Lewis Hamilton was quickest in Friday's second practice session 

While the track temperatures may have cooled in the Abu Dhabi evening, Lewis Hamilton has set things alight by going quickest in Friday’s second practice session at Yas Marina, heading a McLaren 1-2 a session where Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso both crashed out at Turn 1.

With the opening session earlier today delivering plenty in the way of spins and wild off-track moments, the evening’s running under a full moon proved little different as drivers explored the limits of adhesion on the slippery track surface.

The 90-minute session saw a host of names take turns at the top of the timing sheets, although eventually it would be the McLaren pair of Hamilton and Jenson Button who would lock out the top-two spots before the field switched to heavier fuel-load running.

Despite claims that it had resolved its build quality issues with Felipe Massa’s front wing after the Indian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s newer-spec front wing again flailed alarmingly with the Brazilian behind the wheel, throwing up plenty of sparks along the track’s two longest straights.

The front-running Red Bull drivers also had their own dramas: Mark Webber spun at Turn 19, before Vettel lost control at Turn 1 and slid gently into the barriers. Marshals recovered his car back to the pit lane, and he was impressively able to rejoin the field Vettel looks on as his Red Bull is craned away with ten minutes to go.

Just fifteen minutes after Vettel’s accident, Fernando Alonso went off at the same corner, although his accident was more damaging to his Ferrari, ruling him out of action for the rest of the day.

Despite this, he’d still managed the third-fastest time of the session, while team-mate Massa was fourth-fastest.

Continuing the Noah’s Ark treatment – signifying how clearly car-dependent this weekend will be – the Red Bulls were next up, followed by Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes GP and and both Force India runners. Nico Rosberg’s sister Mercedes was 20th-fastest, with the German running a different programme.

 

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2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 1:39.586 31
2. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 0.199 30
3. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari F150° Italia + 0.385 20
4. Felipe Massa BRZ Ferrari F150° Italia + 0.394 34
5. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault RB7 + 0.518 35
6. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault RB7 + 0.546 26
7. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 0.967 34
8. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 1.365 34
9. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 1.435 37
10. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C30 + 1.904 34
11. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C30 + 1.979 34
12. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 2.094 33
13. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault R31 + 2.361 31
14. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 2.397 34
15. Bruno Senna BRZ Renault R31 + 2.783 36
16. Rubens Barrichello BRZ Williams Cosworth FW33 + 3.212 35
17. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Cosworth FW33 + 3.324 34
18. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Renault T128 + 3.976 36
19. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Renault T128 + 4.464 38
20. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 4.679 41
21. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 5.900 34
22. Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 6.556 32
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 6.663 21
24. Daniel Ricciardo AUS HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 6.742 34

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