Mark Webber led the way in a highly competitive and closely-fought second practice session for the Korean Grand Prix, where drivers from four different teams were represented in the top-four positions, and those same four teams featuring in the top-eight on the session’s timing screens.
As circuit conditions – and driver knowledge – improved over the first day’s running, the lap times dropped noticeably from this morning’s running, with Webber’s best almost three seconds faster than the session-topping time posted by Lewis Hamilton in the first practice session.
After a traditionally cautious morning dialling themselves into the circuit, Ferrari unleashed some impressive pace to head the timesheets mid-session, while the likes of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastien Vettel all taking turns occupying the mantle of the session’s fastest driver.
One of Webber’s fastest times followed a spin at Turn 12 on the lap beforehand, and despite being briefly bettered by Hamilton, he resumed his position at the top of the timing boards.
Alonso would split the Webber-Hamilton duel to finish second-quickest, while the second-quickest man in the morning’s session, Robert Kubica, would wind up fourth-fastest in the afternoon.
Jenson Button finished fifth-fastest, having recovered after an overheating rear end that warranted some attention from the mechanics’ fire extinguishers.
Felipe Massa wound up sixth-quickest overall – although he reported balance problems in the final, twistier sector of the lap – and finished up faster than Sebastian Vettel, Vitaly Petrov, Nico Rosberg and the Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld.
Lotus headed the rookie teams’ race at the bottom of the timing screens, with Heikki Kovalainen fractionally quicker than team-mate Jarno Trulli, with the pair three-tenths quicker than the faster Virgin of Timo Glock
Hispania Racing had a troubled second session, with Sakon Yamamoto momentarily bringing out the red flags when he spin, clipped the wall and stalled in the narrow sequence of final corners. Team-mate Bruno Senna managed just three laps after repairs to his Dallara-design F110, which had suffered a suspension failure in the morning’s running.
2010 Korean GP Practice 2 Session Times: