Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Valencia, 2012

Vettel leads Hulkenberg in second practice

2012 European Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Valencia, 2012Sebastian Vettel was quickest in the second practice session for the European Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver, winner of the last two races at the Valencia street circuit, set a quickest time of 1’39.334. It was another close session with the top 15 covered by 0.910s.

Five different teams appeared in the top five but several of the usual suspects were missing including McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus. Nico Hulkenberg was second for Force India, followed by Kamui Kobayashi, Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna.

Pastor Maldonado led the early running in the session, returning to the top of the time after leading the first session.

He traded fastest times with Jenson Button, the McLaren driver them being pipped by team mate Lewis Hamilton.

Fernando Alonso then took over at the top but the other local driver ran into trouble.

Pedro de la Rosa brought out the yellow flags halfway through the session when he crashed at turn 14. The HRT undesteered wide in the corner and came to a swift halt in the tyre wall. The driver fortunately climbed out uninjured.

This disrupted the efforts of several drivers to improve their times using the soft tyres. Some found the softer rubber gave them only one chance to improve their times.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.334 33
2 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’39.465 0.131 32
3 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.595 0.261 20
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’39.601 0.267 27
5 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’39.644 0.310 34
6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.700 0.366 32
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.733 0.399 34
8 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’39.868 0.534 33
9 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.901 0.567 30
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.926 0.592 32
11 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’39.945 0.611 34
12 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.990 0.656 33
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’40.075 0.741 29
14 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.147 0.813 25
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.244 0.910 35
16 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.511 1.177 29
17 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’40.963 1.629 20
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.121 1.787 32
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’41.197 1.863 38
20 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.263 1.929 29
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.424 3.090 21
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.958 3.624 30
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’44.201 4.867 33
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’44.260 4.926 12

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