Having been quickest in the first practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix earlier today, Mark Webber has finished fastest in the afternoon’s second practice session.Mark Webber was fastest again in second practice at Spain

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 was lucky to keep it our of the tyre wall Behind the top-five, the two Mercedes GP challengers of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were sixth- and seventh-fastest at the end of the session.

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:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault RB7 1:22.470 35
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 0.039 27
3. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault RB7 + 0.356 37
4. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 0.718 32
5. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari F150° Italia + 1.098 34
6. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 1.116 35
7. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 1.511 30
8. Felipe Massa BRZ Ferrari F150° Italia + 1.808 30
9. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C30 + 1.820 33
10. Nick Heidfeld DEU Renault R31 + 1.896 31
11. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C30 + 2.013 38
12. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault R31 + 2.316 43
13. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 2.826 33
14. Rubens Barrichello BRZ Williams Cosworth FW33 + 2.883 38
15. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 2.987 34
16. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Cosworth FW33 + 3.133 43
17. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 3.603 32
18. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Renault T128 + 3.947 37
19. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 4.653 20
20. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Renault T128 + 4.719 34
21. Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 5.566 36
22. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 5.592 28
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 6.999 28
24. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 7.006 31

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