His fastest time of 1:22.470 was close to three seconds quicker than his best effort this morning – a result of soft-tyre running and the track beginning to rubber in – but this time his margin over his rivals was much smaller, with Lewis Hamilton managing to split the Red Bulls and trail Webber by just 0.039 seconds.
Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, while Jenson Button was not far behind and fourth-fastest. Home crowd favourite Fernando Alonso was over a second slower than Webber and finished the session fifth-quickest.
While the margins at the top of the timesheets might look particularly close, there was a time during the afternoon’s 90-minute session when the Red Bulls were streets ahead of everyone else, enjoying a two-second gap over their nearest competitors.
Part of that could be explained by their use of the soft-compound tyres, and when the McLarens switched over to them, then the gaps tightened up considerably.
Felipe Massa improved on his morning’s pace go to eighth-quickest in this session, although the Brazilian had a scary high-speed trip through the Turn 8 gravel and came within a few inches of rearranging his rear suspension against the tyre wall.
Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld completed the top-ten runners, while further down the order, Heikki Kovalainen was able to split the Force India’s with his heavily-upgraded Lotus, giving the sophomore team confidence that its new package will see it heading in the right direction.
2011 Spanish Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Renault RB7||1:22.470||35|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 0.039||27|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Renault RB7||+ 0.356||37|
|4.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 0.718||32|
|5.||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 1.098||34|
|6.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP W02||+ 1.116||35|
|7.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP W02||+ 1.511||30|
|8.||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 1.808||30|
|9.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 1.820||33|
|10.||Nick Heidfeld||Renault R31||+ 1.896||31|
|11.||Sergio Pérez||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 2.013||38|
|12.||Vitaly Petrov||Renault R31||+ 2.316||43|
|13.||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 2.826||33|
|14.||Rubens Barrichello||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 2.883||38|
|15.||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 2.987||34|
|16.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 3.133||43|
|17.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 3.603||32|
|18.||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus Renault T128||+ 3.947||37|
|19.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 4.653||20|
|20.||Jarno Trulli||Lotus Renault T128||+ 4.719||34|
|21.||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 5.566||36|
|22.||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 5.592||28|
|23.||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 6.999||28|
|24.||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 7.006||31|
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