Sebastian Vettel has ended the opening day of the Indian Grand Prix as the fastest driver

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing’s dominance of the 2012 Indian Grand Prix has continued, with the reigning World Champion backing up his morning’s practice pace by posting the fastest overall time as today’s second free practice running drew to a close.

Vettel led a team 1-2 on the timesheets, beating home team-mate Mark Webber by just 0.118 seconds, while Fernando Alonso was the outfit’s closest challenger, even though the Ferrari was almost six-tenths slower than Vettel’s best effort.

Having shown itself to be Red Bull’s closest challenger this morning, McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button slipped down the order as the team continued to experiment with new parts and run heavier fuel loads. The pair finished the session as the sixth- and seventh-fastest respectively, allowing Nico Rosberg and Kimi Räikkönen to instead complete the top-five.

With conditions still proving slippery, the session saw a number of spins, not least of which being two separate moments for Felipe Massa. Bruno Senna – having his first outing of the weekend – had a spin in his Williams, while Romain Grosjean also managed to loop his Lotus during the afternoon’s running.

Having missed the morning’s session while trying to stage a rapid recovery from a heavy cold, Sergio Pérez was back behind the wheel for Sauber, finishing the session as the thirteenth-fastest driver.


2012 Indian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:26.221   35
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:26.339 + 0.118 33
3. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:26.820 + 0.599 34
4. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:27.022 + 0.801 38
5. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:27.030 + 0.809 40
6. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:27.131 + 0.910 38
7. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:27.182 + 0.961 24
8. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:27.233 + 1.012 37
9. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:27.397 + 1.176 36
10. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 1:27.738 + 1.517 36
11. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:28.004 + 1.783 32
12. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:28.178 + 1.957 39
13. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:28.222 + 2.001 37
14. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:28.239 + 2.018 37
15. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:28.296 + 2.075 23
16. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:28.455 + 2.234 40
17. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:28.596 + 2.375 38
18. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:29.167 + 2.946 35
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:29.320 + 3.099 43
20. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 1:29.606 + 3.385 22
21. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:30.950 + 4.729 37
22. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:31.113 + 4.892 35
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:31.372 + 5.151 20
24. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:31.493 + 5.272 31

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