Vettel fastest in second practice at Monza

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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