Jenson Button, McLaren, Suzuka, 2011

Button stays on top at Suzuka

2011 Japanese GP second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Suzuka, 2011
Button was quickest in both sessions on Friday

Jenson Button was fastest again in the second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Three different cars occupied the top three places with Fernando Alonso second for Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel third for Red Bull.

Mark Webber was fourth fastest ahead of Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher was struggling with rear tyre grip towards the end of the session and had an off-track moment at the first corner.

Several incidents during the session made life difficult for drivers trying to set laps on the soft tyres.

One of the first drivers to go off was Bruno Senna, who lost control of his Renault at turn one.

He skidded across the tarmac run-off and into the gravel on the outside of the corner. Fortunately he kept the engine running and was able to continue.

Rubens Barrichello was not so lucky when he lost control of his car at the entry to Degner. He touched the grass on the way into the corner and spun into the barrier.

It was a double blow for Williams as Pastor Maldonado pulled over at the corner shortly afterwards with an apparently technical problem.

The most lurid moment of the session came when Kamui Kobayashi lost control of his car at 300kph going through 130R. Impressively he wrestled the Sauber away from the barrier at the inside of the corner and continued without damage.

Kobayashi had two other moments during the session, twice running wide at the Spoon Curve.

Vitantonio Liuzzi logged just four laps in his only practice session of the day before his HRT came to a stop.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.901 32
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’32.075 0.174 33
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.095 0.194 35
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.147 0.246 28
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.448 0.547 34
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.710 0.809 26
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.982 1.081 27
8 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.245 1.344 26
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’33.446 1.545 36
10 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.681 1.780 33
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.705 1.804 25
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.790 1.889 36
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.393 2.492 35
14 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’34.557 2.656 27
15 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’34.601 2.700 33
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.038 4.137 33
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’36.225 4.324 35
18 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’37.123 5.222 14
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.440 5.539 30
20 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’38.093 6.192 30
21 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’38.387 6.486 16
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’38.763 6.862 36
23 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’39.800 7.899 24
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’42.480 10.579 4

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