Vettel stays on top in second practice

Sebastian Vettel headed practice at Suzuka for the second time today as Red Bull extended their margin over their rivals.

Mark Webber ended the second session fastest ahead of Robert Kubica, who survived a high-speed spin in his Renault.

The two Ferrari drivers were fourth and fifth, but almost a full second slower than the flying RB6s around Suzuka.

Jenson Button was not far behind. But Lewis Hamilton was only able to set a handful of laps in the last ten minutes of the session after his car had been repaired.

The Degner curve almost claimed another driver in the second session – Michael Schumacher skirted disaster when he got onto the kerbs and into the gravel, but stayed out of the barriers.

He ended the session eighth behind Vitaly Petrov and ahead of a trio of German drivers: Adrian Sutil, Nico H???lkenberg and Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton’s last effort was good enough for 13th behind home hero Kamui Kobayashi.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’31.465 32
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’31.860 0.395 29
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’32.200 0.735 32
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’32.362 0.897 34
5 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.519 1.054 35
6 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.533 1.068 28
7 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’32.703 1.238 32
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.831 1.366 27
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.842 1.377 26
10 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’32.851 1.386 26
11 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.880 1.415 26
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.471 2.006 31
13 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.481 2.016 8
14 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’33.564 2.099 16
15 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.697 2.232 33
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.005 2.540 32
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.055 2.590 37
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’34.310 2.845 33
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’36.095 4.630 37
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’36.333 4.868 33
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.630 5.165 28
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.834 5.369 28
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’37.352 5.887 33
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’37.831 6.366 34

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62 comments on Vettel stays on top in second practice

  1. Nice to see that Schumacher is keeping his nose clean but he needs to perform on Saturday & more importantly on Sunday. It will be a very difficult weekend for Hamilton given the fact he had very little time on track.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 8th October 2010, 18:18

      He’s typically been terrible in qualifying, but usually makes up some places in the race (especially on his starts). Qualifying in the wet could see him do well though, so maybe he’ll have a decent race here.

  2. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 8th October 2010, 14:06

    Kubica’s performance will decide the championship!

    If he keeps his Renault there, he’ll make things difficult to Alonso, Hamilton and Button (in that order). He’ll be racing for Red Bull on sunday.

    It’ll be interesting.

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