2009 SINGAPORE GP: BARRICHELLO LEADS FP1


Rubens Barrichello beat Brawn team-mate and title rival Jenson Button to the fastest time in the opening free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix. The Brazilian got ahead of Button right at the end of a session that the Briton had largely commanded. Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel took an encouraging third and fifth for Red Bull, split by Fernando Alonso's Renault.

The session was halted for ten minutes at half-distance - and with uncomfortable irony the red flag was caused by Renault's number two driver crashing at Turn 17, just as Nelson Piquet had in last year's now infamous choreographed mid-race crash.
Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
1. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:50.179 19
2. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:50.356 + 0.177 22
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:50.416 + 0.237 21
4. Alonso Renault (B) 1:50.567 + 0.388 16
5. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:50.614 + 0.435 16
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:50.699 + 0.520 21
7. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:50.715 + 0.536 17
8. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:50.815 + 0.636 15
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:50.865 + 0.686 20
10. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:51.089 + 0.910 25
11. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:51.427 + 1.248 23
12. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:51.544 + 1.365 14
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:51.643 + 1.464 28
14. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:51.656 + 1.477 15
15. Glock Toyota (B) 1:52.083 + 1.904 20
16. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:52.135 + 1.956 20
17. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:52.390 + 2.211 24
18. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:52.905 + 2.726 23
19. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:53.232 + 3.053 25
20. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:53.458 + 3.279 9