Webber takes over at the top in second practice

2011 German Grand Prix second practice

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso were the top two drivers in the second practice session as they had been in the first – but this time Webber led the way.

Alonso was quickest earlier in the session, swapping best times with team mate Felipe Massa.

He used the race-specification soft tyres to set his best time but it was a somewhat messy run that included a few aborted efforts, one as he ran wide at the Dunlop hairpin.

Webber took to the track shortly afterwards and found a tenth of a second to better Alonso’s time, then a few hundredths more on his subsequent effort.

Vettel couldn’t quite match his team mate’s time and for the second session in a row Webber was the faster of the two.

Massa took fourth in front of the two Mercedes. Schumacher nearly had a run-in with Alonso who tried to pass him at the Dunlop hairpin. Alonso took to the grass, skidded sideways and narrowly missed the Mercedes.

Alonso had another encounter with Vitaly Petrov at the end of the session, oversteering close to the Renault as the went through turn three side-by-side.

Both McLarens were behind the Mercedes and Jenson Button ran into trouble after testing a new exhaust development, his session ending 15 minutes before the chequered flag.

Also in trouble was Daniel Ricciardo, whose HRT began belching smoke after five laps and coming to a halt.

Sebastien Buemi joined the track early in the session following his spin at the end of first practice, but wasn’t able to set a time due to an engine problem.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’31.711 34
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.879 0.168 38
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.084 0.373 28
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.354 0.643 36
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.411 0.700 31
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.557 0.846 32
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.724 1.013 28
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’33.098 1.387 17
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’33.138 1.427 22
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.211 1.500 34
11 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.225 1.514 17
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.299 1.588 34
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.113 2.402 34
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’34.344 2.633 34
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.487 2.776 37
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.491 2.780 35
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’34.996 3.285 35
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’35.753 4.042 42
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.940 5.229 32
20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’37.248 5.537 33
21 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.313 5.602 33
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’38.145 6.434 31
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’40.737 9.026 5
24 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari No time 3

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