Red Bull to the fore in second practice

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. John M said on 7th May 2010, 18:08

    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.

  2. Adam said on 7th May 2010, 18:13

    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.

  3. DaveW said on 7th May 2010, 20:08

    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.

  4. MigueLP said on 7th May 2010, 20:50

    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

  5. Patrickl said on 7th May 2010, 21:30

    Apparently Charlie Whiting had more to say about the pitlane incident in China:
    http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100507/F1/100509887

    “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.”

    Exactly!

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

  6. polishboy808 said on 7th May 2010, 21:37

    The Loti just 1.2 seconds behind the next guys (not counting the Hulk), has an improvement been made?

  7. it’s for sure red bulls are on pole tomorrow but will see a great battle between ferrari , mclaren and mercedes
    http://shrayyefformula1.blogspot.com/2010/05/spanish-grand-prix-friday-analysis.html

  8. theRoswellite said on 8th May 2010, 3:53

    If Schumacher keeps this up I’ll take my crow grilled with a side bowl of humility dipping sauce.

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