McLaren stay ahead in second practice

Hamilton set the fastest time around the Shanghai circuit

Hamilton set the fastest time around the Shanghai circuit

Lewis Hamilton put McLaren on top of the times sheets in the second practice session at Shanghai.

Nico Rosberg split the McLarens with Jenson Button third having been fastest this morning.

Button was one of several drivers to struggle with traffic during the session, shaking his first at Lucas di Grassi after getting stuck behind the Virgin driver.

Fernando Alonso, who missed most of first practice due to an engine failure, had a similar encounter with Bruno Senna at the long turn 13. And Robert Kubica almost collided with Karun Chandhok.

Sebastien Buemi was unable to join in the second session after his crash in practice this morning. But team mate Jaime Alguersuari covered more laps than anyone else – 43 – and set the eighth-quickest time.

At Force India Vitantonio Liuzzi returned to his car which had been used by Paul di Resta this morning. He ended the session 16th, 1.6s slower than Adrian Sutil.

Jarno Trulli was the quickest of the new teams’ drivers but team mate Heikki Kovalainen ended his session early when his T127 came to a halt on the track.

Chandhok put HRT in front of one of their rivals, lapping the Shanghai circuit a tenth of a second faster than di Grassi.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.217 26
2 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.465 0.248 22
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.593 0.376 26
4 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.602 0.385 28
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’35.791 0.574 30
6 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’35.995 0.778 29
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’36.254 1.037 31
8 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.377 1.16 43
9 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’36.389 1.172 29
10 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’36.604 1.387 33
11 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’36.944 1.727 36
12 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’36.986 1.769 27
13 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.421 2.204 32
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.431 2.214 33
15 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’37.657 2.44 30
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’37.804 2.587 31
17 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’37.867 2.65 29
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’39.624 4.407 35
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’39.947 4.73 30
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.233 5.016 27
21 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’41.008 5.791 32
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’41.107 5.89 28
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’41.345 6.128 32
25 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0

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59 comments on McLaren stay ahead in second practice

  1. S Hughes said on 16th April 2010, 8:53

    It’s funny, when Button tops practice, the headline says Button fastest, but when Hamilton tops practice, the headline gives the credit to McLaren and then goes on to make excuses for Button.

    • Ronman said on 16th April 2010, 9:12

      Oh please… get over it… if there is anything to get over in the first place…

      It’s clear that with FP1 Button was the one to highlight, with Hami topping FP2 it made it a MCLaren Duo…so yes McLaren topped both practices while Button topped the first…

      Makes sense, it’s not funny and it’s surely not partial…

    • steph90 said on 16th April 2010, 9:13

      Please not this again, Keith is one of the most fair journalists I have read. If you think that why keep visiting?
      It is practice and if either of the two have issues then it will be written. I have never once read excuses.
      You’re a great member of the community here, you’ve been here longer than me so forgive me but I don’t mind debate or raising a concern but it is becoming the same thing every week and is unfair on Keith’s reputation. He puts in a lot of work which we all benefit from so I find the whole thing rather ungrateful nevermind inaccurate.

    • VXR said on 16th April 2010, 9:19

      Do they really all do that?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th April 2010, 9:30

      What can I say? I have no interest in doing disservice to Hamilton, nor in trying to exaggerate Button’s achievements. You’re reading far too much into a 38-character headline.

      • Supporting Keith on this one. Good reporting.

      • Martin Bell said on 16th April 2010, 13:19

        I stopped coming here for a while because I got so tired of all the conspiracy theorists banging on about Lewis. Just keep doing what you’re doing Keith, and thanks.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th April 2010, 17:14

          OK but if the people who can spot idiot conspiracy theories all go off to other sites then there isn’t much point in me doing what I’m doing, is there?

          I want to foster a good level of debate here but it doesn’t happen without a effort from both sides.

          • Martin Bell said on 16th April 2010, 19:19

            Well, I came back didn’t I? I’m not sure that ‘reading far too much in to your 38 character headline’ constitutes a good level of debate, but there’s plenty else here to inform and stimulate. I can’t think of another driver who provokes such extreme reactions as Hamilton and his supporters can be a bit heavy handed in his defence.

          • Stephen_P83 said on 16th April 2010, 23:28

            I would never stop reading the site. I think I’ve read something on this site nearly every day since mid ’07. I have found that I barely read comments or make my own anymore. I know it’s a product of how great of a job you do with this site, but in the last few months you’ve starting to attract some off the wall comments from people on here. I’m not going off to read another blog those. I read this website everyday and check out Joe Saward’s posts every few days. Between the two, there is nothing else I ever need to know about the F1 world!

    • Sandman said on 16th April 2010, 9:40

      It is a great conspiracy that aims at destroying LH’s career entirely just by using keen and witty headlines. We also put salt in his milk. And steal his newspaper.

      • Ronman said on 16th April 2010, 12:06

        If anyone attempts to destroy Hami’s carreer it’s his stupid actions now and again… he’s a great driver, for sure… but as a character, i think he’s nowhere near the rest…thinks he can get away by being nice and polite… i don’t think so…

        Liegate, spygate, hoongate, nicolegate, fathergate, hangingfromtheceilinginturkeygate, wavingonpetrovgate..

  2. sagar said on 16th April 2010, 8:58

    Does R30 have barge boards?

  3. PeterG said on 16th April 2010, 9:09

    Chandhok improved 3 seconds! All team-mates are close together except for Liuzzi. Is there anything on him doing things differently?

  4. Burt said on 16th April 2010, 9:17

    Mercedes power rules!!! Shumi closer to Nico in this session ..but still can’t catch him. Jensen would have been closer to Lewis but held up by traffic on flying laps when options at their best. Are Red Bull and Ferrari hiding their real pace as usual on Friday?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th April 2010, 9:31

      Yes I would say so.

      • Burt said on 16th April 2010, 10:36

        Maybe ‘hiding’ is the wrong word. It does seem they have different philosophies when it comes to their weekend programme.

        • GeeMac said on 16th April 2010, 10:58

          Bearing in mind McLaren’s problems with their one lap pace in qualifying it makes perfect sense (to me at least) that they should focus on their one lap pace in free practice.

        • macahan said on 16th April 2010, 13:40

          It’s early so pardon me..

          Ferrari nor Red Bull seemed to tried to run quick laps during entire first day of practice. FP1 and FP2 have gone to the McLaren duo, Kubica, Rosberg or Sutil so far.

          FP3 have been dominated by Ferrari and RedBull. Funny thing Vettel never been fastest during FP so far yet taken the pole twice during quali. Only Webber so far been fastest during FP3 and later taken pole in quali.

          So I wouldn’t put any weight on todays result just yet. Wait until FP3 so see more of the picture what teams are a head.

    • Patrickl said on 16th April 2010, 10:30

      It’s not a matter of hiding. It’s simply a different approach or different emphasis.

      Red Bull and Ferrari each did only one or two qualifying simulations where Mercedes and McLaren did three or four.

      The results only show the fastest laps so really only the qualifying simulations show in that list.

      • Invoke said on 16th April 2010, 14:33

        Exactly, to me the Ferrari’s and Red Bull’s looked much better on heavier fuel loads than the Merc’s & Mclaren’s. But then who knows exactly what fuel loads they had in?

        Funny thing Vettel never been fastest during FP so far yet taken the pole twice during quali.

        That says it all really.

    • Ferrari are hiding their engines from high revs.

  5. rampante said on 16th April 2010, 9:22

    A good show by Mclaren although I think with the new tyre regulations FP1&2 times are not worth all the effort we put into trying to read them. I can’t see past the red bulls this weekend and both them and Ferrari still have to show true times.

  6. VXR said on 16th April 2010, 9:23

    “Are Red Bull and Ferrari hiding their real pace as usual on Friday?”

    Oh yes, and maybe Ferrari are also hiding another batch of engines for Fernando.

    3 races gone, 16 to go and already he’s used up 25% of his engine allocation and seriously affected his engine strategy for the rest of the season.

    • GeeMac said on 16th April 2010, 11:00

      Didn’t Ferrari put the engine that blew up in Malaysia in Alonso’s car this weekend? That was my understandnig based on what I had read on various reputable sources.

  7. silencer said on 16th April 2010, 9:32

    yesterday there’s news a bout ferrari and mercedes are testing their f-duct today.

    are these two teams really did that today?

    mercedes looks fast today.

  8. wasiF1 said on 16th April 2010, 9:34

    It looks like Mercedes & Mclaren will use the same horse power to ran away from this race where red Bull will use the cornering speed to win the race. Not sure about Ferrari.

  9. MacLeod said on 16th April 2010, 9:39

    Seems Karun Chandhok gets the better hand over the youngester Senna. But McLaren is definally the ones to watch this weekend that X-duct is really giving them wings. Ferrari is not on the speed during pratices i think they safe the engines a lot. I think most crews are using a new engines as it’s the fourth race?

  10. Patrickl said on 16th April 2010, 9:46

    McLaren and Mercedes are putting in masses of qualifying simulations. Are they trying out their new legal ride height systems to see how much they matter? Or did they simply decdide that qualifying is where it’s at and that the race pace is meaningless with the new ban on refuelling?

    • VXR said on 16th April 2010, 9:54

      No new suspension system for McLaren, and yes, McLaren have decided that track position is equally as important as optimum race pace setup.

      • Patrickl said on 16th April 2010, 10:31

        Well they said that they didn’t change the suspension, but who’s to say that that is fact?

        • Skett said on 16th April 2010, 11:32

          Maybe, but they seem to have pretty good race pace as it is, they’re falling behind ferrari and rb in quali though, so it seems thats the way to go

  11. Gill said on 16th April 2010, 10:13

    Any news on Ferrari’s F-duct ? was it useful or …..

  12. Burt said on 16th April 2010, 10:41

    There’s no point drawing any conclusions from Friday practice, so here are mine:

    Mercedes’ upgrades appear to be working – Nico surprisingly almost matching the McLarens in sector 3 even sans f-duct.

    Jenson on the pace straight away – which is not always the case. Means he’s happy with the car and points to a good weekend.

    Cannot judge Red Bull and Ferrari true pace. No real data on Ferrari’s f-duct.

    Torro Rosso’s front suspension upgrade went a bit wrong.

    Very damn lucky no-one got hurt by Buemi’s flying tyres. Crazy how they both hit the tyre barrier which catapulted them both over the fence.

  13. Gwenouille said on 16th April 2010, 10:50

    Shouldn’t it be “shaking his fist” ?

    Will Buemi be able to qualify/race ?
    Or is his car under investigation?

    • Burt said on 16th April 2010, 11:05

      I should think the car will be ready for P3 and quali tomorrow.

      Did the team change Algersuari’s front suspension set-up before P2? They said on BBC they would revert Buemi’s to the old proven set-up, so i assume they changed Jaime’s before P2?

  14. McLaren on the pace, supposedly. But topping practice won’t mean squat if they get qualifying wrong again.

  15. kbdavies said on 16th April 2010, 11:04

    Just a quick question Keith, if the article headline says “McLaren stay ahead in second practice”, then why show a picture of a Ferrari, with a caption about Alonso’s failed engine?
    I know the whole article is about FP2, but the article headline is about a certain team topping the time sheets.
    I’m not suggesting any prejudice or conspiracy here, the pic just doesn’t go with the headline.

    NB: Its the same in the first article regarding who will win. Again, there’s a Ferrari pic. If anything, judging on form alone, it should be a Red Bull pic.

    • sajonaraman said on 16th April 2010, 12:13

      Yeah… Do you have too much time or something ? Maybe there’s not enough pics of Renault, too? Or maybe the angle from which the Lotuses are depicted is unfair for their livery? You’re being given great articles practicly every day and still you’re picky… I just can’t get it…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th April 2010, 17:15

      Because I didn’t have a picture of McLaren at first. It’s updated now.

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