Despite missing part of the session with a water leak, Sebastian Vettel was still fastest in Friday practice

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:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:37.718   17
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:38.475 + 0.757 36
3. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:38.483 + 0.765 35
4. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:38.748 + 1.030 31
5. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:38.786 + 1.068 32
6. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:39.029 + 1.311 33
7. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:39.448 + 1.730 32
8. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 1:39.531 + 1.813 38
9. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:39.653 + 1.935 36
10. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:40.115 + 2.397 30
11. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:40.166 + 2.448 32
12. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:40.230 + 2.512 35
13. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:40.286 + 2.568 32
14. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:40.326 + 2.608 35
15. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:40.435 + 2.717 30
16. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:40.516 + 2.798 32
17. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:40.700 + 2.982 34
18. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:41.430 + 3.712 35
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:42.476 + 4.758 38
20. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:42.652 + 4.934 33
21. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 1:42.846 + 5.128 38
22. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:43.538 + 5.820 38
23. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:44.453 + 6.735 16
24. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:45.114 + 7.396 20

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