Singapore swing

Finally, some actual on-track car action to distract from the ridiculousness that was the Renault Crashgate incident. We could do without any more ‘Gates’ from now on please, F1 people.

Although practice today was the most exciting we’ve had all season – thanks to the dusty, slidey track conditions – the irony of Renault’s new boy Romain Grosjean crashing at the exact same place where Nelson Piquet Jnr was ordered to crash last year wasn’t lost on anyone.

No one in the Top Gear office could quite believe it, wry smiles spreading across every face that was watching.

But generally it was an awesome couple of practice sessions, the slidey circuit causing many a tailout moment for a lot of the drivers, which the BBC’s super-slow-mo replays showed really well.

Too tailout for Mark Webber though, who binned it in the later session. But he still managed to post a time good enough for sixth.

His Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel topped the second outing, followed by Renault’s Fernando Alonso, who’s obviously quick here even without help…

Brawn GP’s two title challengers, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, were fifth and 11th respectively, but we’ll have to wait until qualifying tomorrow – at 3pm GMT – to see where everyone’s really sitting.

If quali and the actual race are as dramatic as today’s practice sessions, we’re in for a treat this weekend.

Which we certainly deserve after all the scandal of the past few weeks.

Check BBC Sport’s site for full practice timings and positions, then let us know who you think will be on pole tomorrow.

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