Red Bull to the fore in second practice

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel set a scorching pace around the Catalunya track
Sebastian Vettel set a scorching pace around the Catalunya track

The Red Bull duo were comfortably the fastest cars around the Circuit de Catalunya in the second practice session on Saturday.

Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to set a sub-1m 20s lap and no-one got within half a second of him and team mate Mark Webber.

The session was halted early on after Nico H???lkenberg crashed his Williams. The rookie driver ran onto the artificial grass at the exit of Campsa, lost control of the FW32 and spun into the barriers on the right-hand side of the track.

It was a sizeable crash which tore the front wing off the car before it spun to a halt. H???lkenberg was unhurt, but the session was stopped while the barrier was repaired. Williams reported the damage to the car wasn’t too extensive.

Mark Webber headed the times before the interruptions and he extended his advantage even further when he switched to the soft tyres afterwards. His first effort on the green-ringed rubber was a 1’20.175, over a second quicker than anyone else at that point.

Michael Schumacher moved up into second when he tried the soft tyres but was almost six tenths of a second off Webber’s time.

Webber remained top until his team mate produced a quicker lap on the soft tyres, becoming the first driver this weekend to lap the circuit in less than 80 seconds. Vettel recorded a 1’19.965.

Session one leaders McLaren were much further down the order, Hamilton fifth on a 1’21.191 and Button, who was unhappy with his balance, two tenths of a second slower.

Adrian Sutil and Karun Chandhok returned to their cars after loaning them to other drivers in the first session. Chandhok seemed to be struggling with braking for the tight La Caixa corner at the end of the lap, repeatedly going straight on at the curve.

Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari came to a halt a few minutes before the end of the session. There was a minor drama in the paddock afterwards when the truck which recovered his car struck a bridge on its way back to the pits, though there was no obvious damage caused to the car.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.965 24
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’20.175 0.21 35
3 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’20.757 0.792 28
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’20.819 0.854 30
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.191 1.226 23
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’21.202 1.237 36
7 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’21.271 1.306 27
8 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’21.302 1.337 25
9 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.364 1.399 26
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’21.518 1.553 32
11 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’21.672 1.707 37
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’21.904 1.939 32
13 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’21.931 1.966 29
14 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.184 2.219 37
15 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’22.192 2.227 33
16 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’22.435 2.47 35
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.449 2.484 34
18 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’23.765 3.8 7
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’24.209 4.244 26
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’24.894 4.929 22
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.066 5.101 30
22 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’25.972 6.007 23
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’26.152 6.187 25
24 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.596 6.631 21

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56 comments on “Red Bull to the fore in second practice”

  1. The Red Bull duo were comfortably the fastest cars around the Circuit de Catalunya in the second practice session on Saturday.

    Saturday? i think its a typo.

    1. That or he got a time machine…

      1. maybe some sort of hot tub time machine ?

        I think i’m right in saying Lewis set his best time in p1 on hard tyres, and didn’t get any faster in p2 even with the soft, so the Mclarens definatly heavy on fuel.

        I’m hoping Nico can stay ahead of Schumacher in quali :D

  2. Looks like a vettel pole.. webber second and fernando\lewis third in quali tomorrow. Brave effort by Schumi.. if they gave points for practice sessions .. he would have been a little higher than 10th position

    1. Looks like MSC could be right in there fighting w/ HAM and ALO tomorrow too. The championship fight is only going to heat up from here on in.

  3. Bigbadderboom
    7th May 2010, 14:57

    Keith, correction, Button was 2 tenths slower!

    1. He was – fixed.

      1. He was fixed? Poor man…

  4. I would like a highspeed on the straight comparing so we can see how much wing everyone is using. Maybe the ducts are really working )

  5. Are the pace from Mercedes & Schumacher real or are they just low fuel load runs? I think they have got some pace back not as much as the Red Bulls but certainly they will do good on qualifying & if possible in the race.

    1. I don’t think Rosberg was any heavier, at least not that much heavier. So well done to Schumacher. And poor Glock, the new Virgin is 1,5 seconds off the old one’s pace! Not good.

    2. Shocking though it is, Legard appears to have spotted something other people haven’t:

      (from BBC live text)
      BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard: “One part of the Mercedes upgrades is causing a bit of a stir. Mercedes have mounted their on-board television camera low down on the front wing pillar, where it could influence the airflow and give them an aerodynamic advantage. At least one of the other teams applied to do this earlier in the season and were told by governing body the FIA that it was not allowed.”


      1. MouseNightshirt
        7th May 2010, 18:59

        I spotted this yesterday and mentioned it. Maybe Legard reads F1Fanatic!

      2. I think Ferrari did last year too. Can’t remember if it stayed that way though.

        1. Get me the onboard video for that camera! Bet it’s pretty sweet.

      3. I think McLaren have theirs almost in the same place.

  6. Any idea if Ferrari were using their new rear wing in FP2? It looked like they were struggling with it in FP1, with Alonso and Massa getting on the dirt after the long straights.

    1. The Ferrari’s were the fastest cars on the straight in FP1, I think they were carrying heavy fuel in FP1 that’s why their pace were low.But I was surprise not to see Massa half second down over his teammate.

    2. From the speed trap info in the second training it looks like they were not using it, with only 306 km/h.

  7. Schumacher is BACK!!

    If these results are anything to go by, i think we may see him being FAR more competitive this weekend

    I for one am rooting for Jenson, but if Schumacher is up there racing with Hamilton and the like’s, we’re in for a good weekend of F1!!

    1. Here Here, Schumacher’s getting back in his stride now. His critics will be eating their words soon

      1. I am loving that Schumi is do good in the new car on Friday, but I wonder what will be pace on Saturday & most importantly on Sunday.This is a very tough track to overtake so it’s very important that Schumi do a great lap on qualifying.

      2. Make that statement after Sunday. I’m pretty sure he’ll keep the critics happy ;)

    2. If you can take the slower driver and give him 4 tenths with tailored car modifications, imagine if the team had done the same for the driver who was already 4 tenths up. If MSC is faster Sunday there will be one critic with every right to maintain his position, and he will be the one driving the other car.

      1. That’s what I’ve been thinking too. But could Mercedes have improved the car for Nico or was it a relative design dead-end and they needed to go in the Schumacher direction (presuming that means away from Rosberg’s direction)?

        1. Apparently Rosberg dislikes understeer too, so any change in Schumacher’s direction will also benefit him – just not by as much.

    3. don’t count your chickens! wait till after the weekend.

  8. I think these will be the fastest times of the weekend. Looking at the rain chance for tomorrow, a 70% chance of rain does not bode well for any faster times. Im glad that Mercedes and Schumi are back in the thick of things.
    Looks like the changes to the car we made by Brawn to suit his star driver and how he likes his set ups. 0.5 up on his team-mate is a big swing from 3 weeks ago.

    1. how much do you think Rosberg is biting his lip at this? I mean a general improvement in speed for the team as a whole is a good thing, but i’m pretty sure he would have preferred to stay behind the big guys as long as he was ahead of Schumacher! – I for one would have seen it that way if i were the young rookie up against the 7 times world champion!!

  9. That redbull is fast as lightning. Damn! I wanted Lewis on pole y’all

    1. what’s your avatar btw?

  10. Michael seems genuinely quicker than Nico atleast at Catalunya.

    Will be good to see him answer his critics back. I would even say, he might be in with a chance of a win if it rains.

    1. I think he’ll be more competetive it it’ll be dry actually. He wasn’t quick in China when it rained, but he was ok in Bahrain where it was dry.

    2. Rosberg warned us about this! I suppose it is logical, taking that Michael was really suffering a lot more from the car before.
      Now he has the car more to his liking and he is on a track he knows like his living room so exptect him to get as much from it as he can.
      Rosberg did not suffer that bad, so has less to gain. Still i expect him to be closer to the pace in Qualifying.

  11. Hamilton fifth on a 1′21.191 and Button, who was unhappy with his balance, two tenths of a second faster.

    Shouldn’t it be two tenths of a second slower?

  12. Ned Flanders
    7th May 2010, 15:44

    This is what Eddie Jordan said about Hulkenberg’s crash:

    “I can’t understand what Hulkenberg is thinking with that off, why can’t he lift off and ease up? Does he not realise he has the whole team and the sponsors to look after – it’s just stupid. I get quite angry about this – he might have the hump because he doesn’t have all the upgrades in that Williams but he still needs to keep his head. I built Nico Hulkenberg up so much at the start of the season, I really expected big things from him – he has let me down.”

    Whoah, calm down Eddie. I think we can forgive a rookie for crashing in a pretty difficult corner. It’s only a practice session anyway. There’s no point crying over spilt milk!

  13. Hmm, Petrov 1.2sec behind Kubica. I don’t really see a valid reason to praise him. Rookie or not rookie, 1.2sec is a huuuuge gap. We often see rookies come to F1 an immediately be quicker than their teammates.
    Kubica sure is one of the fastest, but 1.2sec is was too much.

    If Renault had a driver like Heidfeld, who would’ve been no more than 0.1sec behind Robert (as it usually were), then Renault would have been a serious competitor in the constructors’ championship.

    1. Damon, dont read way to much into practice timings. I see Schumi over 6 tenths quicker than his teammate in practice, but I guarantee you that he’ll be six tenths slower in qualifying.

    2. You can hardly judge drivers performance based on training session. For instance, you have no idea about the fuel loads.

      Besides, no one expects Petrov to perform like Heidfeld would. That was never the point. Renault made it abundantly clear at the start of the season, that they won’t try to fight for WDC, but instead focus on development.

      Bearing that in mind, an unexperienced driver with lots of potential is the best bet. He’ll have this season to train and let him deliver in the next one.

    3. Unfounded criticism, man. Sure some rookies are simply exceptional, but in most cases you need to give a new driver half a season to get into a groove. Besides, Kubica seems to really be at home ever since he moved to Renault, which if you read between the lines of some of his comments was not the case at BMW, so it’s kind of hard to tell how someone else would stack up against him in that car. Way too early to pass judgment on Petrov.

      1. It was clear Petrov was struggling with oversteer here. So he was not getting the best out of the car and is working on it.

        Lets see what FP3 looks like and give him a chance in Qualifying. Up to now he has positively suprised me, as i did not expect too much of him.

  14. Keith it would be really cool to see a best lap comparison on all drivers compared to their best lap from testing. Just to see how much the different teams manage to improve since the testing.

  15. keith
    where is the prediction link i am not able to find it
    help me anyone…..

    1. It’s on the front of the home page – it always is on a Friday. Can’t miss it.

  16. Interesting that McLaren didn’t gain any time in the second session. Nearly everyone else gained a second or more. Did they go the wrong way with setup between sessions? Or, are they working on something else? Hmmm.

    1. i.e., maybe wet setup?

    2. perhaps they went for race pace in the 2nd session

  17. Keith – some insight this weekend on the Mercedes car changes and what it means for both Schumi and Rosberg would be great – fascinated by what is happening there at the moment.

  18. It will assuredly rain in qualifying and the race. I would expect that many teams are working on wet or changing-conditions. This makes the times even less representative than usual. I’m surprise we don’t see cars going out on inters to test their degradation in the dry, a crucial scenario in a wet/dry race.

  19. i loved todays commentators even eddie jordan i think he was very bitter but he was right he seemed disappointed with f1 he should know how it works better than everyone but nice double experts today

  20. Apparently Charlie Whiting had more to say about the pitlane incident in China:

    “sources said that Whiting made it clear in Friday night’s drivers’ meeting in Spain that he was not happy with what Vettel did, and he indicated that a repeat will earn a more serious punishment.”

    “The FIA has no problem with the principle of side-by-side drag-racing out of the pits–if the track layout allows it and the drivers give each other space.”


    I guess no changes for qualifying in Monaco either. Makes sense though. The drivers will just have to deal with it.

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