Sebastian Vettel dominance of the subcontinent continued once again, with the German backing up his first practice session efforts to post the fastest time in today’s closing session at the Indian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull Racing driver went even quicker, lapping 0.289 seconds faster than teammate Mark Webber, while rival outfits were left to ponder the continued pace of the RB9 racers.
After completing an initial run on the Pirelli Medium compound tyre, Vettel was the first frontrunner to switch to the Soft option compound at the half-hour mark, cementing his position with faster and faster sector times after his 1:25.722 benchmark lap, but opted to abandon bettering it and returned to the pits.
Webber once again assumed second position behind Vettel – as has been the story all year – while Romain Grosjean led the ‘best of the rest’ charge for Lotus with the third-fastest time, albeit almost half a second off Vettel’s pace.
Fernando Alonso bounced back from his morning gearbox issues to split the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, while Felipe Massa kept a watching brief in seventh place on the timing screens.
Kimi Räikkönen enjoyed much better balance from his Lotus to post the eighth-fastest time, although he was still almost half a second down on teammate Grosjean on the stopwatch, while the McLaren pair of Sergio Pérez and Jenson Button continued the MP4-28’s so-far promising pace by rounding out the top ten.
The biggest incident of the session came when Pastor Maldonado – for the second Grand Prix running – shed a wheel from his Williams. Shortly after a tour through pit lane, the Venezuelan had to park his car when his right-front wheel worked loose, earning the team another €60,000 fine from the FIA Stewards for failing to secure the wheel fasteners on the car.
2013 Indian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:25.722||35|
|2.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:26.011||+ 0.289||38|
|3.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:26.220||+ 0.498||36|
|4.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:26.399||+ 0.677||36|
|5.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:26.430||+ 0.708||39|
|6.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:26.582||+ 0.860||40|
|7.||Felipe Massa||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:26.601||+ 0.879||41|
|8.||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:26.632||+ 0.910||32|
|9.||Sergio Pérez||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:26.857||+ 1.135||40|
|10.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:26.972||+ 1.250||39|
|11.||Daniel Ricciardo||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:27.304||+ 1.582||17|
|12.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:27.375||+ 1.653||36|
|13.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Renault FW35||1:27.429||+ 1.707||31|
|14.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:27.491||+ 1.769||40|
|15.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:27.608||+ 1.886||38|
|16.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Renault FW35||1:27.720||+ 1.998||23|
|17.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:27.949||+ 2.227||34|
|18.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:28.431||+ 2.709||30|
|19.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham Renault CT03||1:28.692||+ 2.970||39|
|20.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:28.799||+ 3.077||32|
|21.||Charles Pic||Caterham Renault CT03||1:29.366||+ 3.644||37|
|22.||Max Chilton||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:30.164||+ 4.442||27|