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Formula One: Lewis Hamilton fastest in first practice session at Singapore Grand Prix

Germany's Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing steers past the F1 pit building during the first practice session of the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST
Germany's Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing steers past the F1 pit building during the first practice session of the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Germany's Adrian Sutil of Sahara Force India steers past the F1 pit building during the first practice session of the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST P
Germany's Adrian Sutil of Sahara Force India steers past the F1 pit building during the first practice session of the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Holland's Giedo van der Garde of Caterham F1 Team steers past the F1 pit building during the first practice session of the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVI
Holland's Giedo van der Garde of Caterham F1 Team steers past the F1 pit building during the first practice session of the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on Friday, Sept 20, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks in the paddock prior to the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix on Thursday, Sept 19, 2013. Hamilton took the first step toward bouncing back from his ninth-place finish at the Ita
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks in the paddock prior to the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix on Thursday, Sept 19, 2013. Hamilton took the first step toward bouncing back from his ninth-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix the last time out, as he clocked the fastest lap in the first practice session of the Singapore Grand Prix. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Lewis Hamilton took the first step toward bouncing back from his ninth-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix the last time out, as he clocked the fastest lap in the first practice session of the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

The 2009 race winner clocked 1min 47.055sec in his Mercedes on Friday evening to deliver a statement of intent to his rivals.

The Briton was followed closely by the two Red Bulls - Mark Webber was second and defending champion Sebastian Vettel third, with times of 1:47.420 and 1:47.885 respectively.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg rounded off the top four finishers in P1, as he clocked 1:48.239. The second practice session will begin at 9pm.