Vettel extends his advantage in second practice

2012 Indian Grand Prix second practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2012Sebastian Vettel remained quickest in practice for the Indian Grand Prix as Red Bull increased the margin over their rivals.

By the end of second practice Vettel’s RB8 was almost six-tenths of a second quicker than the next car of a different team.

The Red Bull pair led the way at the start of the session until Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton began trading times. Alonso ended up the quickest of the two to begin with, beating the best time from the first practice session with a 1’27.402.

The slippery track caught several drivers out early on including Alonso’s team mate Felipe Massa. He spun sideways at the exit of turn 11, flat-spotting his tyres.

That caused some concern at Ferrari, who asked Massa if he would still be able to do his planned constant speed aerodynamic test. He carried on, complaining of tyre vibrations.

Moments latest Romain Grosjean spun at the same corner and Bruno Senna had a low-speed spin at turn three.

Vettel claimed back the top time until the drivers began using the softer tyres. Kimi Raikkonen took over with a quickest lap of 1’27.030 in the Lotus.

Massa had another spin on his soft tyres and Alonso had to dodge around his team mate on his way to setting third fastest time. Massa blamed a balance problem on his car but having ruined both his hard and soft tyres, limited him to doing just practice starts instead of a race simulation run at the end of the session.

Alonso briefly took over at the top of the times but the Red Bulls showed their hand soon afterwards. Webber beat Alonso’s time by almost half a second and Vettel lowered the best time by a further tenth of a second.

McLaren struggled to produce any performance on the softer tyres. Hamilton could do no better than sixth behind Rosberg and Raikkonen.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.221 35
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.339 0.118 33
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.820 0.599 34
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.022 0.801 38
5 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’27.030 0.809 40
6 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.131 0.910 38
7 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.182 0.961 24
8 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’27.233 1.012 37
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’27.397 1.176 36
10 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’27.738 1.517 36
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’28.004 1.783 32
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.178 1.957 39
13 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’28.222 2.001 37
14 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.239 2.018 37
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.296 2.075 23
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.455 2.234 40
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’28.596 2.375 38
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.167 2.946 35
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’29.320 3.099 43
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’29.606 3.385 22
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’30.950 4.729 37
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’31.113 4.892 35
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’31.372 5.151 20
24 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’31.493 5.272 31

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37 comments on Vettel extends his advantage in second practice

  1. Red Bull walkover for qualifying and Vettel to fly off into the distance in the race. 2nd Grand Chelem of 2012?

  2. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 26th October 2012, 17:57

    Any rain expected for qualifying or race? :-/

  3. Jono (@me262) said on 27th October 2012, 4:37

    OMG can’t believe it Vettel fastest with the sister RBR..zzzZZZZzzz

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