Vettel fastest in second practice at Monza

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the second practice session at Monza.

He pipped Fernando Alonso by seven hundredths of a second and Felipe Massa underlined Ferrari’s pace with the third fastest time.

Massa had been poised to improve his time before going off at the exit of the Parabolica at speed.

He slid sideways through the gravel trap and narrowly missed hitting the barrier.

The McLaren drivers led the way in the early part of the session despite running substantially different set-ups on their cars.

Jenson Button continued using the steeper rear wing from first practice to begin with, while Lewis Hamilton used a lower rear wing and then tried a version without the F-duct. He was just 0.056s quicker than Button at the end of the session.

Hamilton suffered a problem with his front wing during one run when the front-right endplate broke, forcing him to pit for repairs.

Mark Webber ended the session in sixth place but had to cut his running short after a water leak on his engine. He was told by his team to stop the car on the track.

But that paled in comparison to HRT’s problems. Bruno Senna made three attempts to get out on the track, all of which ended with the car breaking down. Sakon Yamamoto only managed five laps in his car.

A few other drivers joined Massa in off-track excursions. Michael Schumacher went off at the Parabolica earlier in the session, though somewhat less dramatically than Massa, and Kamui Kobayashi slewed sideways into the gravel at the second Lesmo corner.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’22.839
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’22.915 0.076
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’23.061 0.222
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.154 0.315
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.210 0.371
6 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’23.415 0.576
7 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’23.708 0.869
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’23.709 0.870
9 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’23.852 1.013
10 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.857 1.018
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’24.181 1.342
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’24.380 1.541
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’24.407 1.568
14 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.448 1.609
15 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.517 1.678
16 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.547 1.708
17 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.785 1.946
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.106 2.267
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’26.204 3.365
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’26.306 3.467
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.631 3.792
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.676 3.837
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’29.498 6.659
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth

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32 comments on Vettel fastest in second practice at Monza

  1. I really thought Massa was going to crash and badly too. He’s still a wild boy at times but at least he’s good at saving his own neck! That was the moment of the session for me.

    I feel really sorry for Bruno. What a miserable day. I think his car stopped about 4 times in the end. I hope things are much better for him for the rest of the weekend.

    • Fully agree with you there Steph. I suppose he did get a bit over exited there with the perspective of having a really good car here in Monza.
      What a relieve he saved it right on time. Let’s hope he takes it to P3 or better tomorrow as well.

      The HRT team really had a lot of trouble today. 3 times stopped for Bruno Senna, not sure how much running YAM got, but it was nott too much i suppose.

    • Tiomkin said on 10th September 2010, 16:13

      That was a great recovery, rallying would be proud.

  2. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 10th September 2010, 14:43

    I think quite a lot of this has to do with the Red Bulls and Ferraris doing their fast runs later than McLaren. I think McLaren are confident enough in their speed to not aim for glory today. We’ll have a better idea tomorrow, probably.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 10th September 2010, 19:23

      I think you’re right. It’s gonna be incredibly close between all three teams tomorrow. I think pole position is anybody’s (from those teams) at this point. Hoping to see Kubica surprise and clinch a good spot on the grid.

  3. So McLaren is faster with the F-Duct. That is very interesting, since the wisdom is that you want only enough downforce to be able to brake in straight line here. They have a hard choice to make, they may lock out the front row running the F-Duct but can they keep from being passed before they can make some gap on the track. Someone needs to box Horner’s ears for his pathetic, fake whining about how bad they where going to do here.

    • The other benefit of running the fduct is that the tyre degradation may well be far less allowing them to run for longer on the soft tyres. This could give them a big advantage in the race.

    • Wasn’t Lewis the faster one of them, in the car running without the F-duct?

      I think they might be doing seperate strategies for Button and Hamilton tomorrow and in the race.

    • NO McLaren were faster WITHOUT the F-duct but was that just the Hamilton Factor?

      • That was a reply to DaveW who comments are normally informative and spot on.

      • I hadn’t realized McLaren had split their set up in FP2. So I had it wrong. I was comparing FP1 to FP2 relative to other teams. So yeah Hamilton was a bit quicker in FP2 running without it than Button with it. (Hamilton has about .25s on Button normally but here I don’t think a driver’s raw pace matters so much on this track). They have an interesting choice to make.

  4. MacLeod said on 10th September 2010, 14:54

    WOrthless these pratices for the prediction game. Who to choose and place them where based off these fp1 and fp2 results!

    If i select Vettel again ad pole something happens and Weber is first or i select Weber And Hamilton is pole. Or must i just guess and hope that RB and Ferarri trash each other.

    I hope to see a patron with the high speed and laptimes and try to compare with each other… Keith i love the topspeeds diag!

  5. Cacarella said on 10th September 2010, 14:56

    If I were the head of something important at the Renault engine factory, I’d want to terminate my engine supply with RedBull. All they ever do is complain about the engine and make negative comments about it. The only reason the media and fans all have a predisposed idea that Renault engines are slow is because of RedBulls rantings. Why isn’t Toro Rosso Sweeping up the track with a similar package and a Ferrari engine? (especially last year when the cars were identical)

    • Sound_Of_Madness said on 10th September 2010, 15:25

      Not meant to defend RBR, but last year there was a huge quality difference between the RBR and the STR drivers.

      • Cacarella said on 10th September 2010, 15:55

        Agreed. Didn’t really consider that but you would think that if the car was the same with a ‘better’ engine and weaker drivers, that at least TR would have been closer. no?

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 10th September 2010, 19:29

        In 2008 when a better driver was in the STR, they won a race… before RBR had ever won a race. Not sure if the cars were identical that year other than engines though. I would assume they were pretty similar.

        It does seem that the Renault is probably a bit down on power compared to other engines though. RBR and Renault have both been extremely dominant on slower twistier tracks, but less so on the high speed circuits. Vettel’s time today may be an indicator that’s changed though. We’ll see tomorrow I guess.

    • Very good point. Its understandable why they do though, since its the only non-standard non-red Bull part in the car.

    • Agree with you completely. I’m not sure why anyone would want to give RBR an engine if they continue to slag it off. Is that really what Renault or any other engine manufacturers need?

      Make your own engines Red Bull, or be quiet.

  6. Have Red Bull found a solution ? Only time will tell.

    • It’s not so much a solution, it’s just that the combination of the good slow-corner stability of the RB6 and the ‘driveability’ of the Renault engine means that both Red Bull drivers get excellent clean exits from corners. They don’t have the top speed of the McLarens or Ferraris, but they can hit it quicker.

  7. charlieboy said on 10th September 2010, 15:14

    Do we get the ultimate lap times for this practice session?

  8. vettel would be tomorow 1

  9. Mclaren have pretty much admitted that they have more pace in the post FP interviews, but how much? They are also a bit surprised by the pace RBR and Ferrari found late on (but I really don’t know why) it seems to me just like Spa they have it in hand again. They are the ones to beat.

  10. McLaren will surely get rid of the F-duct otherwise they will a tasty slipstreaming snack for the Red Bulls and Ferraris.

    Expect Jenson to run without said ‘duct’ tomorrow morning.

  11. oh..i missed massa^s incident….iam eager to watch..any video available????? help me guys.iam tired of searching

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