Schumacher edges Hamilton in second practice

2012 Chinese Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2012Michael Schumacher put Mercedes on top in the second practice session at Shanghai International Circuit.

The second practice session was much busier than the first as the track was dry throughout.

Lewis Hamilton led the times to begin with on medium tyres, with Nico Rosberg slotting into second.

The Red Bull drivers made an early switch to the soft tyres and took over at the top of the list. Sebastian Vettel set two quick laps on the softs, peaking at a 1’36.160, with Mark Webber 0.2s behind.

Several other drivers made minor errors during the session, sometimes exacerbated by the still-wet run-off areas. Paul di Resta spun his Force India at the exit of the final corner doing just that and Heikki Kovalainen copied him later in the session.

Kamui Kobayashi and Bruno Senna also had off-track moments. And Timo Glock’s session came to an end when he spun off at turn one, the front wing and nose cone detaching from his Marussia.

Schumacher was next to try to the soft tyres and went quickest with a 1’35.973. Hamilton was quicker in the first two sectors but couldn’t match the Mercedes in sector three – which includes the long back straight – and ended up second, 0.172s slower.

That demoted the Red Bulls to third and fourth ahead of Rosberg and Jenson Button.

Kamui Kobayashi, the tow Force Indias and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari completed the top ten. His team mate Felipe Massa was down in 17th.

Sergio Perez was 11th. The Sauber driver was one of several to have trouble braking for the turn 14, but his difficulties were the most acute. At one point he flat-spotted his tyres so badly the front of the car started to vibrate and he had to pit.

With track temperature no higher than 15C, the Lotus drivers had trouble with their set-up. Kimi Raikkonen could only manage 13th, Romain Grosjean 15th.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.973 32
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.145 0.172 29
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.160 0.187 27
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.433 0.460 24
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’36.617 0.644 31
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.711 0.738 28
7 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.956 0.983 28
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’36.966 0.993 31
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’37.191 1.218 31
10 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’37.316 1.343 32
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.417 1.444 22
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’37.616 1.643 33
13 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’37.836 1.863 30
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’37.930 1.957 32
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.972 1.999 26
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’38.176 2.203 35
17 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.293 2.320 31
18 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’38.783 2.810 37
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’38.990 3.017 36
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’39.346 3.373 20
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’39.651 3.678 15
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’40.343 4.370 25
23 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’40.753 4.780 30
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’41.125 5.152 26

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74 comments on Schumacher edges Hamilton in second practice

  1. carlos said on 13th April 2012, 22:52

    Since Alonso arrived at Ferrari he has Massa in a Vulcan mind meld, except this meld is to melt Massa and not get knowledge from has worked beautifully. There you have A-Lonso 1 full second ahead of Massa. Massa needs to be told he should not break in a specific corner?? are you f….g kidding me? get out Massa..

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