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SINGAPORE (AP) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday, while teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg and defending champion Sebastian Vettel both had setbacks.
Hamilton's best time of 1 minute, 47.490 seconds at the Marina Bay circuit was a tenth of a second faster than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who was fastest in the morning session.
"Pole here has always been very important," Hamilton said. "Being up at the front will be crucial and that's obviously my target for qualifying tomorrow.