Not even a water leak could stop Sebastian Vettel in Texas, with the German wunderkind still managing to top the timesheets and lead a Red Bull Racing 1-2 as Friday’s practice action drew to a close at the United States Grand Prix.
Having already claimed top timesheet honours in the day’s first practice session, Vettel appeared to have some dramas as he was confined to the pit lane while his mechanics investigated a water leak in his RB8.
One back out on track, he promptly romped to the top of the timing screens once again, beating team-mate Mark Webber into submission with a time that was almost eight-tenths quicker than the Australian could manage, despite having almost twenty extra laps’ running in the ninety-minute session.
However, it must be stressed that one should be a little circumspect in reading too much into today’s lap times, as the gripless track surface continues to evolve as more rubber is laid down on the brand-new tarmac.
Fernando Alonso finished third-fastest in his Ferrari, ahead of the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button fourth and fifth.
Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa was sixth-fastest, followed by Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes, Bruno Senna’s Williams, Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber and the second Mercedes of Michael Schumacher.
Last-time race-winners Lotus finished outside of the top-ten, with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean sandwiching twelfth-fastest driver Pastor Maldonado, and they were hotly pursed by Sergio Perez, the two Toro Rossos and the two Force Indias.
2012 United States Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing Renault RB8||1:37.718||17|
|2.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing Renault RB8||1:38.475||+ 0.757||36|
|3.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F2012||1:38.483||+ 0.765||35|
|4.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes MP4-27||1:38.748||+ 1.030||31|
|5.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-27||1:38.786||+ 1.068||32|
|6.||Felipe Massa||Scuderia Ferrari F2012||1:39.029||+ 1.311||33|
|7.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG F1 W03||1:39.448||+ 1.730||32|
|8.||Bruno Senna||Williams Renault FW34||1:39.531||+ 1.813||38|
|9.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari C31||1:39.653||+ 1.935||36|
|10.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes AMG F1 W03||1:40.115||+ 2.397||30|
|11.||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus F1 Renault E20||1:40.166||+ 2.448||32|
|12.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Renault FW34||1:40.230||+ 2.512||35|
|13.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Renault E20||1:40.286||+ 2.568||32|
|14.||Sergio Pérez||Sauber Ferrari C31||1:40.326||+ 2.608||35|
|15.||Daniel Ricciardo||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7||1:40.435||+ 2.717||30|
|16.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7||1:40.516||+ 2.798||32|
|17.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes VJM05||1:40.700||+ 2.982||34|
|18.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM05||1:41.430||+ 3.712||35|
|19.||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham Renault CT01||1:42.476||+ 4.758||38|
|20.||Timo Glock||Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01||1:42.652||+ 4.934||33|
|21.||Vitaly Petrov||Caterham Renault CT01||1:42.846||+ 5.128||38|
|22.||Charles Pic||Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01||1:43.538||+ 5.820||38|
|23.||Pedro de la Rosa||HRTF1 Cosworth F112||1:44.453||+ 6.735||16|
|24.||Narain Karthikeyan||HRTF1 Cosworth F112||1:45.114||+ 7.396||20|
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