Felipe Massa has enjoyed a rare visit to the top of the practice timesheets by ending today’s second 90-minute session as the fastest driver. The Brazilian outpaced Red Bull Racing champion Sebastian Vettel by less than a tenth of a second, while Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso was third-fastest.
Running a new front wing on his Ferrari – which seemed to produce spectacular sparks when it struck the track’s surface – Massa pipped Vettel into top spot with just under twenty minutes of the session remaining.
The McLaren pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button rounded out the top six, sandwiching Mark Webber’s Red Bull.
With the morning’s session having generally fewer incidents, several drivers had off-track moments as they explored the track’s limits. Jérôme d’Ambrosio hit the wall at Turn 11 and damaged his Virgin Racing entry, while Pastor Maldonado had a spin at Turn 9.
Outside the top-three teams, Force India’s Adrian Sutil finished seventh to claim ‘best of the rest’ honours. The German was followed by Bruno Senna, Paul di Resta and Sébastien Buemi.
Well down the order – after finishing this morning’s practice session fifth- and sixth-fastest – was Mercedes GP, with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher mired in 19th and 21st places, respectively. It is generally believed that the silver cars were running with very high fuel loads and they were not chasing a session-beating lap-time.
2011 Indian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F150° Italia||1:25.706||33|
|2.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Renault RB7||+ 0.088||34|
|3.||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 0.224||34|
|4.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 0.748||26|
|5.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Renault RB7||+ 0.794||30|
|6.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 1.008||28|
|7.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 1.610||34|
|8.||Bruno Senna||Renault R31||+ 1.792||36|
|9.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 2.147||35|
|10.||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 2.162||35|
|11.||Vitaly Petrov||Renault R31||+ 2.184||37|
|12.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 2.344||34|
|13.||Sergio Pérez||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 2.583||36|
|14.||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 2.846||31|
|15.||Rubens Barrichello||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 2.985||29|
|16.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 3.002||24|
|17.||Jarno Trulli||Lotus Renault T128||+ 3.626||39|
|18.||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus Renault T128||+ 4.535||41|
|19.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP W02||+ 5.392||38|
|20.||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 5.763||32|
|21.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP W02||+ 6.098||28|
|22.||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 6.887||12|
|23.||Daniel Ricciardo||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 7.068||33|
|24.||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 7.118||33|
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