Jenson Button, McLaren, Barcelona, 2012

Button leads Vettel in second practice in Spain

2012 Spanish Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Barcelona, 2012Jenson Button was the quickest driver on Friday at the Spanish Grand Prix.

For the second session in a row Sebastian Vettel was second-fastest for Red Bull.

Fernando Alonso led the early running on hard tyres. But several teams made an early switch to the softer rubber, beginning with the two Toro Rossos. Vettel’s soft-tyre run put him fastest initially on a 1’23.563.

Button had complained of “unbelievable” understeer when lapping on the hard tyres. He looked much more at ease with the softs, and took over at the top from Vettel with a lap of 1’23.399.

Romain Grosjean set the fastest time in the first sector but caught Massa and Pic at the end of his lap and lost time, crossing the line with a 1’23.964.

Team mate Kimi Raikkonen pipped his effort by less than five hundredths of a second. That came just moments after Mark Webber had slithered off the track at turn four, and dumped a large quantity of gravel on the track when he returned.

Alonso abandoned his first run on soft tyres so that having been fastest earlier in the session he ended it 14th.

Several drivers struggled for grip in the race simulation stints at the end of the session. Lewis Hamilton went off twice at turn 13, Bruno Senna following him off on one occasion. Senna then had a spin of his own at turn 12.

Narain Karthikeyan failed to set a time as has team tried to solve the electrical problem experienced in the first session. He emerged from the pits only to coast to a stop at turn three.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.399 38
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’23.563 0.164 38
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.771 0.372 41
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.909 0.510 32
5 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’23.918 0.519 32
6 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’23.964 0.565 37
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.065 0.666 34
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.080 0.681 36
9 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.214 0.815 41
10 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’24.365 0.966 22
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.418 1.019 35
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.422 1.023 32
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’24.468 1.069 40
14 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.600 1.201 33
15 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’24.688 1.289 30
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.733 1.334 34
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.769 1.370 37
18 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’25.047 1.648 42
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’26.296 2.897 36
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’26.740 3.341 35
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.314 3.915 27
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.664 4.265 30
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’28.235 4.836 26
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth No time 2

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