Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2011

Vettel edges Hamilton in second practice

2011 Italian GP second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2011

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

He set a 1’24.010 using the soft tyres, edging Lewis Hamilton by 0.036s.

The track had warmed up to over 40C by the start of the session and the drivers struggled to beat the times from this morning. Vettel’s best was two-tenths off Hamilton’s mark from first practice.

Vettel led the way early in the session when all the drivers were lapping on medium tyres.

But Lewis Hamilton came to the fore halfway through the session when the soft tyres started to appear, taking over at the top of the times.

Vettel was delayed by traffic – Vitantonio Liuzzi and Felipe Massa – on his first run on soft tyres.

But he returned to the top of the times with a 1’24.010 later on. Now it was Hamilton’s turn to get held up in traffic as he caught Jaime Alguersuari.

The Toro Rosso driver had a near miss earlier in the session when he had to take to the grass at one of the fastest points on the circuit.

He had caught Adrian Sutil who appeared to move right to let him past as Alguersuari was already heading the same way. Alguersuari gesticulated angrily at the Force India driver having returned to the track.

Moments later the other Toro Rosso was in more serious trouble. Sebastien Buemi dropped the left-hand wheels of his car into the gravel at the exit of Parabolica, skewed sideways and hit the barrier hard with the left side of the car.

Fortunately Buemi was unhurt but the car was badly damaged and he missed the rest of the session.

Daniel Ricciardo missed much of the running due to an electrical problem on his car. He finally set his first lap with two-and-a-half minutes to go.

Kamui Kobayashi pulled over with an apparent technical problem at the end of the session.

Nico Rosberg was another driver whose running was curtailed by a problem earlier in the session. He ended up third from last while his team mate was third.

The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso completed the top five.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.010 37
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.046 0.036 21
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.347 0.337 39
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.366 0.356 33
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.433 0.423 31
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.468 0.458 32
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.508 0.498 30
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.097 1.087 39
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.182 1.172 37
10 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’25.325 1.315 38
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’25.450 1.440 31
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’25.496 1.486 39
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.683 1.673 37
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.758 1.748 29
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.202 2.192 36
16 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’26.353 2.343 40
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.347 4.337 5
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’28.559 4.549 32
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’28.605 4.595 32
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.804 4.794 25
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’29.162 5.152 34
22 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.184 5.174 29
23 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’29.622 5.612 34
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’29.841 5.831 7

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