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Summary

  1. Alonso fastest in first practice, Hamilton 2nd
  2. Rosberg 3rd, Vettel 4th but stops on track
  3. Suspected engine failure for Vettel
  4. Raikkonen suffers brake fire in searing heat
  5. Second practice follows at 14:30
  6. Rosberg leads Hamilton by 22 points
  7. 1,600 floodlights line the circuit

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Advantage Lewis Hamilton, the Briton having a smooth Friday while Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg missed out on his qualifying-simulation run and didn't look pleased as he headed for the team hospitality unit at the end of the session.

I'll be back tomorrow at 10:30 BST to bring you live coverage of final practice and qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. Until then, it's good afternoon from me. See ya!

Here's

Andrew Benson's developing second practice report. We'll have highlights of the session, which will include Pastor Maldonado's crash, on the website later today.

It's going to be a long night for Lotus as they get to work fixing Pastor Maldonado's battered car. There'll be some number crunching over at Williams, too, I'm sure, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas down in 17th and 18th.

Williams tend to run heavier of Friday, so it's not such a massive shock not to see them at the top of the charts but it does look like they're going to struggle to contest the podium this weekend.

Don't take too much notice of Nico Rosberg's finish down in 13th as he had to abort his qualifying-simulation run when the red flags came out for Pastor Maldonado's shunt.

SECOND PRACTICE RESULTS

1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Fernando Alonso 3) Daniel Ricciardo 4) Kimi Raikkonen 5) Sebastian Vettel 6) Kevin Magnussen 7) Jenson Button 8) Sergio Perez 9) Nico Hulkenberg 10) Daniil Kvyat

11) Jean-Eric Vergne 12) Romain Grosjean 13) Nico Rosberg 14) Pastor Maldonado 15) Adrian Sutil 16) Esteban Gutierrez 17) Felipe Massa 18) Valtteri Bottas 19) Jules Bianchi 20) Max Chilton 21) Kamui Kobayashi 22) Marcus Ericsson

CHEQUERED FLAG

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Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix around the streets of Marina Bay.

Big slide for Fernando Alonso out of the final corner, a proper four-wheel drift, which is well held. The Spaniard is second quickest, one tenth off the pace.

Sebastian Vettel goes fifth fastest on the super-soft tyres with his first flying effort of the session. His time of 1:48.115 is six tenths of a second off the pace.

Pastor Maldonado
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Everyone is out on track apart from Nico Rosberg and, of course, Pastor Maldonado (pictured) who crashed earlier in this session.

Marussia: From P19, Max has pulled off on the escape road, having been asked to stop the car to protect it whilst we investigate a powertrain problem.

Good work from Red Bull to change that engine in time to get Sebastian Vettel out in this session. The German heads out on the super soft tyres with eight minutes remaining.

MECHANICAL

Marussia's Max Chilton has stopped the car after the team inform him he has a turbo issue. They also tell him he has a fire, but there are no flames visibly licking up from the Marussia.

Sebastian Vettel has his helmet on and is in the garage as his mechanics put the final bits back on his Red Bull. He should be back out shortly with 12 minutes to go.

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton is up to 16 laps in this session, which is five fewer than his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Esteban Gutierrez has done the most laps with 25 on the board.

Red Bull are still busy trying to get Sebastian Vettel's car ready in time for the German to get at least some running in this session. Just 20 minutes to go.

Don't expect the current standings to change to much in the closing stages as most have switched their attention to high fuel long-runs.

THIRTY MINUTES TO GO

Lewis Hamilton leads the way from Fernando Alonso. Here's how they stand with half an hour remaining.

1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Fernando Alonso 3) Daniel Ricciardo 4) Kimi Raikkonen 5) Kevin Magnussen 6) Jenson Button 7) Sergio Perez 8) Nico Hulkenberg 9) Daniil Kvyat 10) Jean-Eric Vergne

FP1 HIGHLIGHTS

Kimi Raikkonen
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From Nico Rosberg's moment of mirror-madness to Kimi Raikkonen's great wheels of fire, you can catch up on the FP1 highlights

here (UK only)

Next time around, Fernando Alonso improves to a 1:47.623 to go second, just over a tenth off the pace.

Lewis Hamilton still leads the way, with Daniel Ricciardo third and Kimi Raikkonen fourth.

Kimi Raikkonen
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Interestingly, Fernando Alonso can't beat his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen (pictured) on his qualifying-simulation run, the Spaniard slotting into fourth, a few thousandths adrift with a 1:48.062.

Lewis Hamilton loses a bit of time behind a Caterham, but nevertheless still manages to go fastest of all with a 1:47.490, which is three tenths quicker than Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Mercedes: #FactOfTheDay - there has never been a Singapore GP that has not featured a safety car...

Nico Rosberg had to abort his qualifying-simulation run when the red flags came out. He's back out again now, as is his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

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Jeremiah Kariuki: It is Crashtor Maldonado again. Poor guy! Going for race weekends without a crash for him should be a bonus to his earnings.

Maxwell Phillips: I know it's easy to pick on him, but has Maldonado had a single weekend this season where he hasn't crashed?

Lee Griffin: Surprise surprise, another week another Maldonado crash. When will his money stop putting him (and others) in danger?

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GO! GO! GO!

We're back under way, with just over 40 minutes remaining. Here's how they stand:

1) Daniel Ricciardo 2) Kimi Raikkonen 3) Kevin Magnussen 4) Sergio Perez 5) Nico Hulkenberg 6) Daniil Kvyat 7) Jean-Eric Vergne 8) Romain Grosjean 9) Nico Rosberg 10) Pastor Maldonado

RED FLAG

Lotus mechanics look on in shock as they watch the TV screens showing Maldonado's Lotus swinging around on the crane.

A marshal should really be holding on to that car to stop it banging onto the track, as is happening, and further damaging the car.

RED FLAG

Pastor Maldonado is out of the car, he puts the steering wheel back in and then heads across the track and hops over the wall to safety.

RED FLAG

It's Pastor Maldonado, the Venezuelan suffering massive oversteer on the exit of Turn 10 and smashing into the barriers and destroying the front right corner of his Lotus. The session has been red-flagged.

CRASH!

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There's been a crash. Can you guess which driver is in the wall? I bet you can.

Sebastian Vettel is sat on the Red Bull pit wall keeping track of the action while his mechanics continue to work on changing his engine.

Romain Grosjean of France drives during the first practice session
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Lotus' Romain Grosjean moves up to seventh with his super-soft tyre run. The difference between the soft and super-soft looks like it's more than two seconds, which is a bigger difference than Pirelli expected coming into the weekend.

Daniil Kvyat almost clatters the wall on the exit of Turn 22, but survives to fight another day. The Russian goes fourth quickest with a 1:48.770, one second off the pace which has been set by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Sergio Perez goes quickest after bolting on the super-soft tyres, the Force India driver clocking a 1:48.653, a tenth quicker than team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

Mercedes make a number of tweaks to Lewis Hamilton's car before sending him back on his way. The Briton was complaining that the car was "all over the place" earlier in the session.

Sauber do their qualifying-simulation runs early in this session, with Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez going third and fourth respectively, so that the Swiss team has plenty of time to focus on the long runs.

Mercedes: A completely clean weekend is a rare thing in F1 - no issues to report so far though.

McLaren's Jenson Button reports that he is struggling with bad understeer as he peels into the pits. He asks for some more front wing angle at the pit stop before rejoining.

TEAM RADIO

Nico Rosberg: "Are you allowed to tell me my team-mate's lap time?" Rosberg's race engineer: "You're three tenths quicker, and that's not to your team-mate [Alonso]."

So Nico Rosberg leads the way from Fernando Alonso with an advantage of 0.298 seconds. Here's the top 10 with just over an hour remaining.

1) Nico Rosberg 2) Fernando Alonso 3) Lewis Hamilton 4) Daniel Ricciardo 5) Jean-Eric Vergne 6) Felipe Massa 7) Kimi Raikkonen 8) Kevin Magnussen 9) Jenson Button 10) Daniil Kvyat

Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel are the only two drivers who have yet to set a flying lap. Vettel's sat in the garage while his team change his engine, while Bottas has just headed out on track.