Sebastian Vettel has reclaimed top spot on the practice timesheets

Sebastian Vettel has topped the timesheets as the opening day’s action at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix drew to a close. The German led home Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, with Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber completing the Red Bull-McLaren sandwich with the fourth-fastest effort as the sun set in the Gulf.

The evening’s cooler conditions allowed the teams to turn up the wicks on their engines, and this – coupled with a switch to the softer Pirelli tyres – saw the times tumble in the ninety-minute session.

The Lotus pairing of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth and sixth, followed by the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, who seemed worryingly off the pace.


2012 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:41.751   34
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:41.919 + 0.168 34
3. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:42.412 + 0.661 36
4. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:42.466 + 0.715 21
5. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:42.500 + 0.749 34
6. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:42.532 + 0.781 28
7. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:42.587 + 0.836 31
8. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:42.823 + 1.072 33
9. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:42.998 + 1.247 37
10. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:43.106 + 1.355 36
11. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 1:43.191 + 1.440 34
12. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:43.200 + 1.449 36
13. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:43.255 + 1.504 34
14. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:43.267 + 1.516 32
15. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:43.578 + 1.827 34
16. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:43.689 + 1.938 32
17. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:44.260 + 2.509 27
18. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:45.005 + 3.254 19
19. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 1:45.245 + 3.494 36
20. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:45.782 + 4.031 33
21. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:46.589 + 4.838 36
22. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:46.671 + 4.920 32
23. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:46.707 + 4.956 26
24. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:47.406 + 5.655 35

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