Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2012

Red Bull lead the way in second practice

2012 Korean Grand Prix second practice resultPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2012Sebastian Vettel led the second practice session in which Red Bull consistently had the quickest car.

The reigning world champion edged team mate Mark Webber by three hundredths of a second around the Korea International Circuit.

Fernando Alonso was third-quickest for Ferrari, three tenths of a second off the RB8s, followed by the McLaren of Jenson Button.

Red Bull led the way at the beginning of the session while the drivers were running on softs. But Vettel was one of several drivers who found difficulty extracting a good time out of the super-soft tyres.

He ran wide at turn one on his first effort and made a similar, smaller mistake the next time around. Webber briefly took over at the top of the times but Vettel finally got a clear run in to set the quickest lap.

Other drivers were having trouble in traffic. Michael Schumacher slowed and gesticulated angrily at Pedro de la Rosa after the HRT driver held him up at turn three. Alonso also cut it fine, dodging around the other HRT of Narain Karthikeyan as he began a lap.

Sergio Perez’s problems were more serious. He lost DRS as he began his first flying lap, then the C31 let him down completely, coming to a stop on the track. The car was returned to the pits before the end of the session but the team were not able to get Perez back on the track.

Having been quickest in the first session there was little sign of the same pace from Lewis Hamilton in the second. He ended up eighth, half a second off his team mate’s time.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.832
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’38.864 0.032
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.160 0.328
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.219 0.387
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’39.330 0.498
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.422 0.590
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.584 0.752
8 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.717 0.885
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’39.739 0.907
10 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’39.839 1.007
11 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’39.957 1.125
12 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’40.089 1.257
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’40.112 1.280
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.445 1.613
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.745 1.913
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.789 1.957
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.997 2.165
18 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’41.200 2.368
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’41.602 2.770
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.596 3.764
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.066 4.234
22 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’43.067 4.235
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.869 5.037
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’44.533 5.701

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