Sebastian Vettel has edged out McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton for top honours in the second practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, although the Red Bull Racing driver was unable to better the fastest lap time posted by Hamilton in the morning’s first practice session.
After a quiet morning’s running, Vettel clocked a total of 34 laps around the five-kilometre circuit, finishing with a session-topping lap-time of 1:24.010, to outpace Hamilton by just three-hundredths of a second.
Hamilton had looked set to take top honours on his final flying lap, but the McLaren driver hit traffic on his final flying lap and had to settle for second-fastest. The pair finished ahead of Michael Schumacher, whose Mercedes GP showed excellent pace with the German clocking the third-fastest time in the session.
The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso showed improved pace on the ever-warming track surface with the fourth- and fifth-fastest times, while Mark Webber was sixth-fastest, just four-hundredths of a second quicker than Jenson Button’s McLaren.
The session’s one major incident occurred when Sébastien Buemi ran wide at Parabolica, which sent his Toro Rosso skating across the kitty litter and crashing heavily into the tyre barriers. The Swiss driver’s car was too damaged for him to continue.
The other runner to suffer a lack of mileage was Daniel Ricciardo, who HRT was cooped up in the team garages for much of the 90-minute session while various technical gremlins were being tended to. The Australian finished slowest overall, although still improved his lap-time from the morning session by close to two seconds.
2011 Italian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Renault RB7||1:24.010||37|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 0.036||21|
|3.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP W02||+ 0.337||39|
|4.||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 0.356||33|
|5.||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 0.423||31|
|6.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Renault RB7||+ 0.458||32|
|7.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 0.498||30|
|8.||Sergio Pérez||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 1.087||39|
|9.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 1.172||37|
|10.||Bruno Senna||Renault R31||+ 1.315||38|
|11.||Vitaly Petrov||Renault R31||+ 1.440||31|
|12.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 1.486||39|
|13.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 1.673||37|
|14.||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 1.748||29|
|15.||Rubens Barrichello||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 2.192||36|
|16.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 2.343||40|
|17.||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 4.337||5|
|18.||Jarno Trulli||Lotus Renault T128||+ 4.549||32|
|19.||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus Renault T128||+ 4.595||32|
|20.||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 4.794||25|
|21.||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 5.172||34|
|22.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP W02||+ 5.174||29|
|23.||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 5.612||34|
|24.||Daniel Ricciardo||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 5.831||7|
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