McLaren head second practice as Alonso hits trouble

2012 Italian Grand Prix second practice

Jenson Button, McLaren, Monza, 2012Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button topped the times in the second practice session at Monza.

Less than four-hundredths of a second separated the two McLaren drivers at the top of the times. Behind them was Fernando Alonso a mere two-hundredths of a second slower.

But for the second session in a row the Ferrari driver’s running came to an early end. He coasted back to the pits with an apparent gearbox fault with more than 20 minutes remaining.

Alonso did not reappear, thereby missing much of the high-fuel running at the end of the session.

The top eight drivers were covered by little more than a quarter of a second, with Felipe Massa fourth ahead of Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen and the two Force Indias.

Michael Schumacher, tenth, would probably have been up there with his team mate had he not had a fault with his DRS. It was one of several problems the team had to deal with including a loss of telemetry on Schumacher’s car and another DRS glitch on Rosberg’s.

Schumacher also had concerns with the track. He addressed FIA race director Charlie Whiting at one point, saying the speed bumps in the run-off at the Roggia chicane were a safety hazard. Schumacher described them as “ridiculous”, saying a driver could “break their spine” if they hit them at speed after a brake failure.

Both Red Bull drivers finished the session outside the top ten, with Jerome D’Ambrosio splitting the two RB8s in 12th place.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.290
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.328 0.038
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.348 0.058
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’25.430 0.140
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.446 0.156
6 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’25.504 0.214
7 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’25.547 0.257
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.548 0.258
9 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.068 0.778
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.094 0.804
11 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.104 0.814
12 10 Jerome D’Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 1’26.157 0.867
13 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.394 1.104
14 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’26.404 1.114
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.724 1.434
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.730 1.440
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’26.783 1.493
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’26.841 1.551
19 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.864 1.574
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’27.222 1.932
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.944 2.654
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.968 2.678
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’28.575 3.285
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’28.779 3.489

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72 comments on McLaren head second practice as Alonso hits trouble

  1. People always start talking about Red Bull struggling on Fridays, However even when Vettel was dominating last year they were very rarely near the top of the results on Fridays as they tend to put more focus on race pace.

    Looking back at this year Red Bull have often seemed to struggle in practice yet had good pace come the race & based off Webber’s comments on sky after FP2 there very happy with race pace again this weekend.

    • Yobo01 (@yobo01) said on 7th September 2012, 17:46

      Well they are happy with race pace, but here in Monza with the top speed they have and with a terrible performance over a single lap, they will struggle.
      I mean, today they weren’t able to do a lap under one minute and 26, which is quite alarming. If it keeps on like that they will struggle to get into Q3. And from then you have to do a perfect race to achieve a podium.

      • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th September 2012, 21:56

        @yobo01 Not necessarily. They had a similar car philosophy last year, qualified P1 and won the race. I don’t actually expect they will this year as they won’t enjoy as much of a performance gap, but things won’t be anywhere near as bad as FP would suggest.

  2. Can anyone give some information reg. whether mercedes has brought an update for their front or rear wings ? Read on another site that they have brought an update and calling it as Triple DRS !!

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th September 2012, 21:49

    Looks like Narain put his foot down during this session. Feeling the burn from Ma by any chance? ;)

    Things look really tight. It seems that D’Ambrosio is capable of faster still, given that he will have spent most of FP1 familiarising himself with the circuit. Top end of Q2 or Q3 would be good for him and the team I think.

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