Mark Webber has ended Friday’s second practice session quickest overall ahead of Sunday’s German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, setting the pace early on to finish ahead of the morning session’s pace-setter Fernando Alonso.
While Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished third-fastest once again, it was a poor session for McLaren, with Lewis Hamilton finishing only seventh-fastest, while team-mate Jenson Button was further adrift after he lost crucial running with a technical issue.
While conditions were again overcast and threatening rain, the precipitation stayed away and drivers enjoyed another 90 minutes’ of dry-weather running.
Except for Sébastien Buemi, that is, who was left largely rooted to the garage when his Toro Rosso was struck by a misfire after his dramatic exit from the first practice session when he had a high-speed spin.
Daniel Ricciardo was another driver to miss out on all-important mileage, with the rookie Australian sidelined by an apparent Cosworth engine problem afflicting his HRT entry. Jenson Button also spent a lot of time in the garage while his McLaren team investigated an issue with his new exhausts.
There was plenty of action on the track as well, with both Lotus drivers enjoying off-track moments along with Rubens Barrichello, while Adrian Sutil had a spin. Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso had a bit of a misunderstanding at the Dunlop Hairpin, with the German cutting across Alonso’s nose as the Spaniard tried to pass the veteran.
With just under an hour’s running completed, Alonso was actually quickest in the session, until Webber put in his hot effort of 1:31.711 to claim the top spot from Alonso, who was followed by Vettel.
Felipe Massa finished the session fourth-fastest once again, while Schumacher was fifth-quickest, despite some occasionally wayward handling from his Mercedes, one spot better than team-mate Nico Rosberg.
2011 German Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Renault RB7||1:31.711||34|
|2.||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 0.168||38|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Renault RB7||+ 0.373||28|
|4.||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 0.643||36|
|5.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP W02||+ 0.700||31|
|6.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP W02||+ 0.846||32|
|7.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 1.013||28|
|8.||Nick Heidfeld||Renault R31||+ 1.387||17|
|9.||Vitaly Petrov||Renault R31||+ 1.427||22|
|10.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 1.500||34|
|11.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 1.514||17|
|12.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 1.588||34|
|13.||Sergio Pérez||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 2.402||34|
|14.||Rubens Barrichello||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 2.633||34|
|15.||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 2.776||37|
|16.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 2.780||27|
|17.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 3.285||35|
|18.||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus Renault T128||+ 4.042||42|
|19.||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 5.229||32|
|20.||Karun Chandhok||Lotus Renault T128||+ 5.537||33|
|21.||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 5.602||33|
|22.||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 6.434||31|
|23.||Daniel Ricciardo||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 9.026||5|
|24.||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||no time||3|