Sebastian Vettel has moved to the top of the timesheets at the end of the second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.
With weather conditions remaining dry after a wet opening exchange, the German narrowly edged out this morning’s pace-setter, Fernando Alonso, by a scant 0.017 seconds. Vettel teammate Mark Webber was third-fastest.
The drier weather encouraged all of the field to head onto the circuit to make up for the morning’s tricker conditions, and with everyone bringing substantial upgrades to their cars, fans were given plenty of chances to view their favourite drivers up close on the Circuit de Catalunya.
The early part of the session was spent evaluating the prototype compound and Pirelli Hard tyres, before a late switch to Medium tyres saw the session come alive. Vettel ultimately managed to find a traffic-free lap to move into top spot.
Alonso’s hopes of reclaiming top spot were thwarted by Esteban Gutiérrez, who momentarily held up the Spaniard on the approach to the Campsa corner. That was just enough to ensure Vettel kept top spot, while Webber was right behind in third spot.
Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa completed the top five, ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who suffered a low-speed spin at Turn 12 early in the session. His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg – who was the early pacesetter on the Hard compound tyres – was seventh-quickest.
Sutil’s teammate Paul di Resta was tenth-fastest, although his running was curtailed by a left-rear tyre failure, with the Pirelli rubber disintegrating in an explosion of debris along the main straight.
The heavily-updated McLarens once again kept a quiet profile, with Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez winding up 12th and 13th respectively at the end of the session.
2013 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:22.808||34|
|2.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:22.825||+ 0.017||35|
|3.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:22.891||+ 0.083||36|
|4.||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:23.030||+ 0.222||32|
|5.||Felipe Massa||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:23.110||+ 0.302||37|
|6.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:23.140||+ 0.332||35|
|7.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:23.398||+ 0.590||45|
|8.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:23.804||+ 1.032||37|
|9.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:24.058||+ 1.250||31|
|10.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:24.104||+ 1.296||25|
|11.||Daniel Ricciardo||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:24.175||+ 1.367||32|
|12.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:24.306||+ 1.498||35|
|13.||Sergio Pérez||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:24.854||+ 2.046||31|
|14.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Renault FW35||1:24.888||+ 2.080||38|
|15.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:25.167||+ 2.359||38|
|16.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Renault FW35||1:25.321||+ 2.513||32|
|17.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:25.441||+ 2.633||37|
|18.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:25.851||+ 3.043||36|
|19.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham Renault CT03||1:25.953||+ 3.155||30|
|20.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:26.078||+ 3.270||31|
|21.||Charles Pic||Caterham Renault CT03||1:26.930||+ 4.122||35|
|22.||Max Chilton||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:26.970||+ 4.162||26|
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