Hamilton on top again in second practice

Vettel was second quickest but gremlins struck Red Bull again

Vettel was second quickest but gremlins struck Red Bull again

Lewis Hamilton led the way in the second practice session at Sepang, heading the times once again in a second dry session at the Malaysian track.

Second fastest was Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull but it was his team mate’s turn to suffer from the RB6’s poor reliability.

Once again the session saw several drivers struggling to keep their cars on the track. Both Toro Rosso drivers had moment off the track, with Jaime Alguersuari sliding wide with oversteer in between turns seven and eight.

Kamui Kobayashi and Timo Gock also had sideways moments as they got to grips with the Sepang circuit.

As in the first session the McLaren drivers headed to the top of the times after some quick runs early in the session. Hamilton set the fastest time of 1’34.175 using the soft tyres.

Red Bull’s reliability problems continued – Mark Webber pulled up early in the session and came to a halt in the turn nine gravel trap. Sebastian Vettel complained of power steering problems but was still able to set the second fastest time, 0.27s off Hamilton’s pace.

It appeared that some teams – notably Ferrari – were concentrating on high-fuel runs. Fernando Alonso ended the session seventh, Felipe Massa a lowly 15th.

Having missed the first session Vitantonio Liuzzi and Heikki Kovalainen were back in their cars. Lotus were the quickest of the new teams with Jarno Trulli one second off the next slowest car, Nico H???lkenberg’s Williams.

Pos. Car number Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.175 27
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’34.441 0.266 28
3 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.443 0.268 30
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.538 0.363 24
5 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’34.674 0.499 30
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’35.148 0.973 34
7 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.581 1.406 34
8 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.660 1.485 39
9 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’35.872 1.697 20
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’35.957 1.782 32
11 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.018 1.843 38
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’36.221 2.046 34
13 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.325 2.15 33
14 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.325 2.15 39
15 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’36.602 2.427 30
16 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’36.813 2.638 26
17 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’37.415 3.24 19
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’38.454 4.279 34
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’38.530 4.355 32
20 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’38.786 4.611 13
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’39.061 4.886 23
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’39.158 4.983 29
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’41.084 6.909 27
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’41.481 7.306 32

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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46 comments on Hamilton on top again in second practice

  1. I like the comparison in times between the lower 3 teams and the lowest legitimate team! Ha ha ha. I’m sure that the Lotus was on fumes when they set their best time, while I feel it highly likely Williams were not focusing on quali runs.

    Some of you mentioned but I thought I’d clarify… Several teams have some for of duct/stall system now, Renault, Sauber and now Mercedes has some small gap just behind their front suspension that may be a duct as well. Ferrari probably has one as well but its invisible!

  2. Palle said on 2nd April 2010, 20:48

    Ferrari also had quality problems before and around the time, when Michael came to the team. Then they really concentrated on quality in all aspects. After a few years the number of DNF’s dropped accordingly. I think Red Bull needs to go through this process – I would have expected them to have started this work already, but apparently not. They really need to concentrate on quality in production, mounting, check etc. etc. Webbers car lasted the whole race in AUS. Vettels car suffered a lost torsion rod in the front suspension, without any kind of contact with other cars – could be caused by poor quality of the mountings or poor quality in workmanship of the mechanics and lack of control of this quality.
    Difficult for a young driver to turn a culture of “good enough” with Redbulls mechanics and/or responsible for choice of materials, bolts, nuts, mounting and locking devices etc. – If this is the problem?
    And of course Mercedes will keep Michael for all 3 years, his skills in feedback and ideas to further develop a car will still be there, even if he don’t succeed in becomming the fastest driver in the team.

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