Red Bull has continued its rather ominous pace-setting form at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel heading another 1-2 at the end of the second practice session.

Sebastian Vettel went quickest again in practice The pairing of Vettel and Webber had been pacesetters throughout the session relative to their nearest rivals at McLaren and Ferrari, and this continued when all runners switched to the super-soft tyre compound in the closing minutes of a busy 90-minute session.

Webber had actually been quicker for much of the session, but Vettel showed fractionally better pace on his later outings to edge ahead by 0.1 seconds, and being the only driver to lap in the 1m11s range.

Ferrari took some fuel out of the F60 and in doing so, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa rocketed up the timesheets from being mired in the lower order in the first session, with Alonso third-quickest and Massa in fifth (who stopped 30 minutes before the end of the session with a clutch problem), split by Lewis Hamilton, who seemed to be happy with the new floor design brought by the team to Sao Paulo.

Felipe Massa showed decent pace before being forced to stop with a clutch problem Less happy was Hamilton’s team-mate Jenson Button, who was only seventh-fastest behind Robert Kubica, and complained of a lack of rear-end stability.

Rounding out the top-ten was a trio of Germans, with Nick Heidfeld in eighth, followed by the Mercedes GP pairing of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.

Jarno Trulli again lapped fastest of the rookie team runners, and will be delighted to have been just four-tenths of a second slower than the next-best placed Jaime Alguersuari. Trulli’s Lotus team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was just a tenth slower in 20th place, followed by Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna, who unlocked some pace from his HRT. Timo Glock was slowest of all.

The good conditions in the afternoon’s session saw teams doing plenty of mileage to fine-tune their cars, and most teams covered the equivalent of a whole race distance between their respective driver pairings.

Schumacher and Alguersuari have a minor coming-together at Turn 1 The relatively short nature of the Sao Paulo lap meant traffic proved problematic at times, and this was demonstrated by Michael Schumacher and Jaime Alguersuari having a minor coming-together at Turn 1, and the Spaniard spun on his way back to the pits.

Similarly, Kamui Kobayashi was lucky to survive a major tank-slapper as he pulled from behind Kovalainen to overtake him during the session.

And with rain forecast for tomorrow’s running, we’re set for a fascinating day.

 

2010 Brazilian GP Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault 1:11.968 28
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault + 0.104 34
3. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 0.360 36
4. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.688 33
5. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 0.709 19
6. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 0.914 37
7. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 1.238 33
8. Nick Heidfeld DEU Sauber Ferrari + 1.254 40
9. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 1.365 34
10. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 1.378 36
11. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 1.552 37
12. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 1.642 41
13. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 1.757 39
14. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 1.773 32
15. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 1.850 26
16. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Force India Mercedes + 2.077 37
17. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.336 33
18. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.610 37
19. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Cosworth + 3.016 47
20. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Cosworth + 3.133 43
21. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 3.465 35
22. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 4.102 42
23. Christian Klien AUT HRT Cosworth + 4.114 38
24. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 4.182 35

[Original images via Formula1.com, LAT and Sutton Images]

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