Barrichello leads Button in first practice

Rubens Barrichello pipped his championship rival, Jenson Button, to set the fastest time in the first free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The on-form Brazilian was faster than his Brawn team-mate by just under two tenths of a second, in a session which featured both day and night running.

Practice One was full of irony as Romain Grosjean managed to crash his Renault in the exact same spot as Nelson Piquet had during last year’s infamous race fix scandal. The incident brought out the red flags.

Grosjean’s team-mate faired much better with Fernando Alonso setting the fourth fastest time – splitting the two Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

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   
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

All Timing Unofficial