Mark Webber

Mark Webber has ended Friday’s second practice session quickest overall ahead of Sunday’s German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, setting the pace early on to finish ahead of the morning session’s pace-setter Fernando Alonso.

While Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished third-fastest once again, it was a poor session for McLaren, with Lewis Hamilton finishing only seventh-fastest, while team-mate Jenson Button was further adrift after he lost crucial running with a technical issue.

While conditions were again overcast and threatening rain, the precipitation stayed away and drivers enjoyed another 90 minutes’ of dry-weather running.

Except for Sébastien Buemi, that is, who was left largely rooted to the garage when his Toro Rosso was struck by a misfire after his dramatic exit from the first practice session when he had a high-speed spin.

Daniel Ricciardo was another driver to miss out on all-important mileage, with the rookie Australian sidelined by an apparent Cosworth engine problem afflicting his HRT entry. Jenson Button also spent a lot of time in the garage while his McLaren team investigated an issue with his new exhausts.

Alonso and Schumacher nearly tangleThere was plenty of action on the track as well, with both Lotus drivers enjoying off-track moments along with Rubens Barrichello, while Adrian Sutil had a spin. Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso had a bit of a misunderstanding at the Dunlop Hairpin, with the German cutting across Alonso’s nose as the Spaniard tried to pass the veteran.

With just under an hour’s running completed, Alonso was actually quickest in the session, until Webber put in his hot effort of 1:31.711 to claim the top spot from Alonso, who was followed by Vettel.

Felipe Massa finished the session fourth-fastest once again, while Schumacher was fifth-quickest, despite some occasionally wayward handling from his Mercedes, one spot better than team-mate Nico Rosberg.



2011 German Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault RB7 1:31.711 34
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari F150° Italia + 0.168 38
3. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault RB7 + 0.373 28
4. Felipe Massa BRZ Ferrari F150° Italia + 0.643 36
5. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 0.700 31
6. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 0.846 32
7. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 1.013 28
8. Nick Heidfeld DEU Renault R31 + 1.387 17
9. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault R31 + 1.427 22
10. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 1.500 34
11. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 1.514 17
12. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 1.588 34
13. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C30 + 2.402 34
14. Rubens Barrichello BRZ Williams Cosworth FW33 + 2.633 34
15. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 2.776 37
16. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C30 + 2.780 27
17. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Cosworth FW33 + 3.285 35
18. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Renault T128 + 4.042 42
19. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 5.229 32
20. Karun Chandhok IND Lotus Renault T128 + 5.537 33
21. Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 5.602 33
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 6.434 31
23. Daniel Ricciardo AUS HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 9.026 5
24. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 no time 3

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Richard Bailey

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