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. Schumi_the_greatest said on 16th April 2010, 13:27

    kb davies…..get a life mate…

    mclaren looked good in practice in malaysia too until they fluffed quali with the rain and they reckoned they had found 3 tenths going into that weekend, so unless theres a wet quali we should see some improvement from mclaren

    hard to judge though and until we see the rbr and ferrari true pace its hard to call

    • David A said on 17th April 2010, 0:04

      I like your username, but all kbdavies was really trying to do is point out the mis-matched headline and picture, not suggest some sort of conspiracy like the very first post in this comments section.

  2. kbdavies said on 16th April 2010, 13:57

    @ Sandman and Schumi_the_greatest – You obviously are the ones with issues.
    This is the same forum where people pedantically point out numerous typo’s and miss-spelling errors.
    It wasn’t an issue of a McLaren picture, it was more of the fact that the article heading did not go with the pic displayed. It a bit like posting an article saying “Nick Clegg wins first televised debate” beside a pic of Gordon Brown! Even Keith could see that.

    Moreover, the post was addressed to Keith, not to any of you numpties (im sure thats the plural of numpty), and I’m sure he is quite capable of defending his editorials.

  3. Johnny86 said on 16th April 2010, 14:40

    Mclaren looks good…so does mecedes..but its just practice..its normally practice 3 that ferrari and rbr shows their hand in quali pace..i am impressed by chandhok..after australia ,he has been consistently outpacing his more rated teammate

  4. Schumi_the_greatest said on 16th April 2010, 14:53

    kbdavies…..numpties eh?

    i think the point your missing here is that alot of people appreciate what keith does on this site, and yes a few people do point out the odd typo he makes but i think in general keith appreciates them if hes missed that, your comment came across more as a criticism of his article.

    Meanwhile im off to join some more of numpties

    • kbdavies said on 16th April 2010, 15:40

      So do i. It certainly wasn’t meant as a criticism, and i hope Keith certainly didn’t take it that way.
      That’s why I’ve never pointed out any typo’s or errors before – seeing as Keith wholly writes, proof reads, and maintains the site all by himself – all, with no financial recompense. A truly herculean feat that none of us could even begin to undertake.

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

        all, with no financial recompense

        Although I do write pretty much everything myself (apart from guest posts) I also earn my living from the site!

  5. martinb said on 16th April 2010, 19:13

    Suggestion: On the lap time list, instead of thicker lines dividing the list into three, put a thicker line after 1’35”, 1’36”, 1’37” etc so we get a better idea of the spread.

  6. Tbh both Red Bulls are together again in 2nd practice just like last year, and both have set a similiar time to 2009. They also timed together the same in 3rd practice but vettel ended the winner on race day.

    2009: 2nd practice
    Webber: 1:36.105 -4th
    Vettel: 1:36.167 -5th

    2010: 2nd practice
    Vettel: 1:35.791 -5th
    Webber: 1:35.955 -6th

    Rosberg is 0.299 faster then he was last year which I guess shows the Mercedes power, but for me it doesn’t show If Rosberg is giving it all or is holding back still.

    The Red Bulls look to be holding back again, since it looks like the same 2009 strategy. Because how can we say the RB6 is not better then the RB5 this year, so they must be holding back. The only problem for Red Bull this time round is Hamilton and Alonso have a better car.

    • VXR said on 17th April 2010, 0:57

      “The only problem for Red Bull this time round is Hamilton and Alonso have a better car.”

      RedBull seem to have a similar advantage to what Brawn did over the rest of the field in the early part of 2009. Only difference being that they seem to be not making the most of it.

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