After McLaren succeeded in taking a quinella on the timesheets in this morning’s practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull has done the same to head the timesheets in the afternoon’s free practice session, with Sebastian Vettel the only driver to break into the 1m19s barrier.
The Red Bulls looked almost glued to the track once fitted with soft tyres, and Vettel’s time was 0.2s quicker than his team-mate Mark Webber, who led the timesheet standings for the majority of the 90-minute session.
Michael Schumacher was quickest of the chasing pack, but the gap to the Red Bulls of over six-tenths of a second might have some drivers and engineers scratching their heads on how to extract extra speed from their respective charges.
Fernando Alonso wound up fourth-quickest, having found considerably more pace in his Ferrari once soft tyres were fitted to the F10.
The top ten was completed by Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil.
In eleventh place was Pedro de la Rosa, who missed out on any meaningful running in the morning’s session with a gearbox problem – this time, he completed 37 trouble-free laps.
Lotus again ran the quickest of the rookie teams, but this time it was Jarno Trulli who emerged faster than Heikki Kovalainen. Lucas di Grassi ran 21st overall in the older-spec Virgin, while team-mate Timo Glock went slower in the upgraded car.
The red flags came out early in the session when Nico Hülkenberg wrecked his Williams exiting the tricky Campsa right-hander. The GP2 champion ran wide exiting the corner, and decided to accelerate through the problem, only to lose the car on a bump as he rejoined. He had a nice tank-slapper and spun back across the circuit to the inside wall, damaging the front and rear of his FW32.
Jaime Alguersuari pulled his Toro Rosso off the circuit in the closing few minutes with some smoke emanating from the back of his STR5. Rather more embarrassingly, the flatbed truck carrying the car back to the paddock crashed into a bridge next to the Virgin Racing motorhome, fortunately not appearing to damage its precious cargo!
2010 Spanish GP Practice 2 Session Times:
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