Red Bull Racing notched up another ominous practice session where they dominated proceedings in their usual form. Sebastian Vettel comfortably led teammate Mark Webber by a large sixth-tenths of a second in the Australian veteran’s final race on European soil.

Despite running an upgraded long-wheelbase, Kimi Räikkönen posted an identical lap time to teammate Romain Grosjean, who was running the standard-spec E21. The time the two Lotuses posted was a 1:25.116, just 0.040s behind Webber.

Ferrari is looking to have a positive weekend, with Fernando Alonso ending up in fifth position, two tenths off Räikkönen and Grosjean. Along with the Lotus, the Ferrari performed well during their timed flying lap pace, and weren’t too far off the pace of Red Bull in race simulation.

Mercedes were lacking a few tenths during their high fuel load runs, however they’re still posting competitive lap times over a flying lap, proving they can still be a threat Sunday providing they qualify well.

Alonso’’s teammate Felipe Massa was joined by the two McLarens of Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez to round off the top ten, albeit a second off Vettel’s best lap. Pérez, on the medium tyre, was a further 0.1 seconds off his teammate’s best lap on the hard tyre.

A poor practice session saw the Toro Rosso boys finish down in 15th and 17th positions, sandwiching the equally underperforming car of Nico Hülkenberg. Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo branded his run on the medium-compound tyre ‘a disaster.’

Max Chilton is starting to show his talent, finishing ahead of both Caterhams and his teammate Jules Bianchi, who finished the session slowest, although the Frenchman’s showing was no doubt in part due to having to sit out of the opening practice session while the team’s pay-reserve driver Rodolfo González had another practice outing.

2013 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:24.453   39
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:25.076 + 0.623 39
3. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:25.116 + 0.663 36
4. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:25.116 + 0.663 40
5. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:25.330 + 0.877 38
6. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:25.340 + 0.887 39
7. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:25.367 + 0.914 42
8. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:25.519 + 1.066 29
9. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:25.532 + 1.079 42
10. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:25.627 + 1.174 39
11. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:25.830 + 1.377 40
12. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:25.888 + 1.435 40
13. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:26.028 + 1.575 37
14. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:26.138 + 1.685 36
15. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:26.224 + 1.771 32
16. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:26.385 + 1.932 43
17. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:26.599 + 2.146 39
18. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:27.198 + 2.745 44
19. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:27.548 + 3.095 30
20. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:27.696 + 3.243 37
21. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:27.771 + 3.318 38
22. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:28.057 + 3.604 32

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