Mark Webber, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2012

Webber fastest in eventful second practice

2012 Japanese Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2012Mark Webber was quickest at Suzuka on Friday’s second practice session.

The Red Bull driver was the last of the front-runners to set a time on the soft tyres and ended the session quickest as each driver seemed to find more time as the session went on.

Jenson Button led the way at first before his time was beaten by Romain Grosjean. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton also took turns at the top before Webber claimed the best time.

The session was interrupted soon after it began when Paul di Resta went off at Spoon curve. The Force India driver put his right-hand wheels on the grass approaching the corner and spun into the barrier.

Heikki Kovalainen had made the same mistake moments earlier but got his car back under control on the run-off area. Practice was red-flagged while the Force India was recovered.

That left Di Resta unable to complete any further running. Another driver whose session was badly interrupted was Kimi Raikkonen, who experienced a KERS fault on his car. He was able to return to the track late in the session to set a faster lap time.

As in Singapore with Bruno Senna, Raikkonen was told to get out of the car carefully, not touching it while he made contact with the ground, in case it gave him an electric shock.

With a quarter of an hour to go in the session Schumacher made much the same mistake as Di Resta with similar consequences – his Mercedes ending up in the barriers at Spoon curve.

As the session came to an end Vitaly Petrov had a fright at the first corner as the rear wing came off his Caterham. Fortunately he spun to a stop without hitting anything.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.493 34
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.707 0.214 32
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.836 0.343 37
4 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’32.987 0.494 30
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’33.093 0.600 28
6 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.107 0.614 35
7 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.349 0.856 22
8 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’33.499 1.006 32
9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’33.614 1.121 32
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.750 1.257 13
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.866 1.373 19
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.903 1.410 36
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.983 1.490 33
14 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’34.291 1.798 12
15 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’34.300 1.807 33
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.863 2.370 32
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.080 2.587 34
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’35.711 3.218 41
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’35.870 3.377 37
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’36.194 3.701 32
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’36.636 4.143 28
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’37.342 4.849 30
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’37.701 5.208 35
24 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time 2

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