Mark Webber led the way in a highly competitive and closely-fought second practice session for the Korean Grand Prix, where drivers from four different teams were Mark Webber went fastest in second practice represented in the top-four positions, and those same four teams featuring in the top-eight on the session’s timing screens.

As circuit conditions – and driver knowledge – improved over the first day’s running, the lap times dropped noticeably from this morning’s running, with Webber’s best almost three seconds faster than the session-topping time posted by Lewis Hamilton in the first practice session.

After a traditionally cautious morning dialling themselves into the circuit, Ferrari unleashed some impressive pace to head the timesheets mid-session, while the likes of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastien Vettel all taking turns occupying the mantle of the session’s fastest driver.

One of Webber’s fastest times followed a spin at Turn 12 on the lap beforehand, and despite being briefly bettered by Hamilton, he resumed his position at the top of the timing boards.

Alonso would split the Webber-Hamilton duel to finish second-quickest, while the second-quickest man in the morning’s session, Robert Kubica, would wind up fourth-fastest in the afternoon.

Jenson Button finished fifth-fastest, having recovered after an overheating rear end that warranted some attention from the mechanics’ fire extinguishers.

Felipe Massa wound up sixth-quickest overall – although he reported balance problems in the final, twistier sector of the lap – and finished up faster than Sebastian Vettel, Vitaly Petrov, Nico Rosberg and the Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld.

Lucas di Grassi had his first outing on the Korean track, finishing a second slower than team-mate Timo Glock Lotus headed the rookie teams’ race at the bottom of the timing screens, with Heikki Kovalainen fractionally quicker than team-mate Jarno Trulli, with the pair three-tenths quicker than the faster Virgin of Timo Glock

Hispania Racing had a troubled second session, with Sakon Yamamoto momentarily bringing out the red flags when he spin, clipped the wall and stalled in the narrow sequence of final corners. Team-mate Bruno Senna managed just three laps after repairs to his Dallara-design F110, which had suffered a suspension failure in the morning’s running.


2010 Korean GP Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault 1:37.942 23
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 0.190 30
3. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.337 29
4. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 0.776 29
5. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.784 19
6. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 0.878 32
7. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault + 1.262 22
8. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 1.325 28
9. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 1.326 29
10. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 1.622 26
11. Nick Heidfeld DEU Sauber Ferrari + 1.646 25
12. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 1.656 26
13. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 1.870 35
14. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Force India Mercedes + 1.939 27
15. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 2.029 22
16. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 2.536 30
17. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.636 29
18. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.954 32
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Cosworth + 4.831 29
20. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Cosworth + 4.859 19
21. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 5.173 26
22. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 6.097 29
23. Sakon Yamamoto JPN HRT Cosworth + 7.224 19
24. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 8.707 3

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