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SINGAPORE -- Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel again stamped himself the man to beat by setting the fastest time in Fridays practice for the Singapore Grand Prix. Chasing his third straight win in Formula Ones annual night race and seemingly headed for a fourth successive drivers championship, Vettel set a time of 1 minute, 44.249 seconds on the Marina Bay circuit; six tenths of a second clear of teammate Mark Webber. Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were the nearest rivals, but third-placed Rosberg was more than a second slower than Vettel. "The time we set was a surprise today, I got a good lap in, but I dont think its completely representative," Vettel said. "We seem to be quick, but Mercedes will be very strong in qualifying tomorrow." Lotus driver Sebastian Grosjean had steering problems in the early session and a hydraulic failure in the late one, but was still fifth quickest, outperforming his more experienced teammate Kimi Raikkonen in eighth. Ferraris Fernando Alonso -- who reiterated his commitment to the team on Friday amid speculation of a move to McLaren -- was sixth, ahead of McLarens Jenson Button. Force Indias Adrian Sutil and McLarens Sergio Perez were ninth and 10th. There were few incidents over the two 90-minute sessions. Williams Pastor Maldonado went nose-first into one of the concrete barriers that hem the street circuit but the car had only minor front-wing damage. The lack of problems was a testament to both the track surface, which has more grip this year after resurfacing, and the concentration of drivers who must go through 78 gear changes per lap on the twisty circuit, while dealing with the intense heat of driving under floodlights in the tropical climate. Vettels performance was dispiriting for his rivals, who need a dip in the Germans imperious form if they are to reel in the already-comfortable 53-point lead he holds in the championship. Should he top the times in Saturdays qualifying, that lead is likely to be extended further as Vettel has converted his past three pole positions this season into race wins. About the only bad news for Vettel on Thursday was a 200-euro fine for speeding in the pit lane in the first practice session. The yawning one-second gap between Vettel and third-placed Rosberg was a surprise, given that Mercedes had hoped that a return to a tight, high-downforce circuit would negate the speed advantage Red Bull enjoyed in Belgium and Italy. Mercedes had taken the pole-and-win double at both Monaco and Hungary, the two other races with comparable race settings. "There are some big gaps on the timesheets but we need to focus on our own program and not get distracted by what our competitors are doing," Mercedes F1 executive director Toto Wolff said. Sam Vigneault Jersey . Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers were left fretting over an MRI on the stars left knee. 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But we knew that was a motivational decision, training for 17 years straight, and we needed to make sure that we took the proper time.And unfortunately now — or fortunately now — were able to say we dont know if thats the case. Halfway through the summer we had a glimmer of hope that maybe we would like to come back. But we dont know if thats strong enough and we dont know what that means.Virtue and Moir, who teamed up when she was seven and he was nine, won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and then were edged by American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White last winter in Sochi, to finish second.The two were at Skate Canada International that wrapped up Sunday, working for TSNs broadcast crew, and watched as Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje led Canada in a 1-2 finish in ice dance. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won the silver.Its sort of a mix of emotions, Virtue said. In one sense, its fun to be a fan, and its exhilarating to be on the other side of things in a different capacity.But its also strange when you hear that opening music that were used to hearing before every competition and you get those butterflies. You see wonderful performances and you think: what would we have done this year? What programs would we have chosen? What choreography? What lifts?Moir said they always loved competing at Skate Canada.We were lucky to skate in front of 4,000, 5,000 people, Moir said. It is nice to sit in the stands and see the Canadians do so well, but we were lucky to love what we did every day, trained, competed, and we loved to compete.We do miss it.Three-time world champion Patrick Chan, who won silver in Sochi, is also taking the season off to contemplate his future.Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canadas high performance director, said he suggested both Chan and the ice dancers take their time before announcing any firm decisions.With both, its been a long six to eight years in the last two quad cycles. Sometimes its nice to get a break and kind of look at things from the outside, Slipchuk said. It gives them a chance to kind of see the competition and see whats out in the skating world, and just access what their next plan is.ddddddddddddSometimes you just need a break after that cycle. Often we dont realize how much of a toll that four years plays on the athletes.Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., took the summer and most of the fall completely away from skating. Virtue is back at Western completing her psychology degree, while Moir is coaching.For 17 years, we knew what we were doing every minute of every day, Virtue said. Its unsettling to not know, but its also liberating.They do public speaking engagements. Virtue stays in shape in the gym, Moir plays hockey, and figure skates once in awhile.I get to a point where Im feeling super lazy, so Ill go (skating) one day and then take a week off. Its not really the training schedule for a champion, he said, laughing.Theyre cherishing the chance to live like normal people.Tessa and I laugh, like how great is it we can wake up on a Tuesday and go grocery shop and then go visit our parents, Moir said.Run errands in the middle of the week, Virtue adds.Its the oddest thing to have a normal life, Moir said. Thats the other side that makes me not want to come back to skating.They have a professional show coming up in December, so will hit the ice to train together again soon. They plan to choreograph one of their own programs for Stars on Ice, which is a first.We still are just 27 (Moir) and 25 (Virtue), Moir said. And we can still push ourselves and we can still be better, even if its at the professional level, so thats exciting.They both say if they do come back theyll approach training and competing completely different.Thats the enticing thing, because we know what we would do, Virtue said. And even just the approach to training, we would have a better formula for what works for our bodies. Its much more intellectual, the approach to training, and maybe thats because were older and dealt with injuries, but its also more science-based.Whether or not a comeback is in their future, they feel fortunate they went into last season as if it was their last.We were lucky because not every athlete has the opportunity to do that, Virtue said. But we were healthy and fully prepared and we really couldnt have skated better in Sochi, and thats the best, most satisfying feeling.So if that was it, were thrilled with that. 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