Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Korea, 2011

Hamilton leads McLaren one-two in damp second practice

2011 Korean GP second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Korea, 2011
Button was second quickest behind his team mate

Lewis Hamilton was the quickest driver in a damp second practice session in Korea.

He led a McLaren one-two with team mate Jenson Button ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

In marked contrast to the first session of the day, the second hour-and-a-half of practice began with a flurry of cars out on the track setting times.

With the track considerably drier than it was during the morning session, the drivers were quickly setting considerably faster laps.

The McLaren drivers quickly took up the top two places on the times and remained there. Button was fastest to begin with before Hamilton took over at the top.

For much of the session the pair were a clear two seconds faster than anyone else.

As the track conditions improved Jaime Alguersuari took to the track on slick tyres. But has he left the pit lane he was hit by Nico Rosberg, who ran wide at turn one onto the racing line.

Rosberg pulled over with his front wing folded under his front wheel, while Alguersuari drove back to the pits, fuming at the inadequacies of the circuit’s pit lane exit.

As the track continued to dry, drivers were faced with the choice of worn intermediate tyres or gambling on slicks. Both presented problems. Several drivers spun at turn four on worn tyres, including Bruno Senna and both Ferraris.

The other Toro Rosso of Buemi took on a set of super softs and had a spin. Button also tried them out but couldn’t generate any heat in them on the slippery surface.

As the session ended, no-one had been able to improve on their time on intermediate tyres, leaving the McLarens on top.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.828 26
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.932 0.104 19
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’52.646 1.818 30
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’52.774 1.946 25
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’53.049 2.221 27
6 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’53.402 2.574 25
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’53.707 2.879 24
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’53.914 3.086 18
9 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’53.948 3.120 27
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’53.957 3.129 32
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’54.200 3.372 26
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’54.392 3.564 26
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’54.831 4.003 30
14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’54.965 4.137 21
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’55.187 4.359 28
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.203 4.375 24
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.544 4.716 23
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’56.067 5.239 22
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’56.669 5.841 20
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’57.173 6.345 19
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’58.269 7.441 25
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’59.458 8.630 26
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’59.958 9.130 19
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2’00.165 9.337 20

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