Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012

Vettel leads McLarens in second practice

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012Sebastian Vettel headed the times in second practice at Yas Marina.

Vettel took to the top of the times straight after the session began but was pegged back by Lewis Hamilton at first.

McLaren appeared to be a match for Red Bull on the medium tyres. Hamilton set a 1’42.095 which was around half a second quicker than Vettel could manage on the same rubber.

But when the teams switch to the soft tyres Vettel found much more time. A 1’41.751 put him ahead of Hamilton by 0.168s. Mark Webber was fourth-fastest behind the other McLaren of Jenson Button.

Webber’s session came to an early end after a leak was seen on his car. During the session Webber’s RB8 was also observed to be touching the ground at the T-tray when he had DRS open, kicking up sparks as Vettel’s had done in India.

The two Lotuses were next, Romain Grosjean fractionally faster than Kimi Raikkonen. The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were seventh and eighth.

Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez completed the top ten. Nico Hulkenberg was 13th for Force India after a KERS failure on his car.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.751 34
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.919 0.168 34
3 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’42.412 0.661 36
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.466 0.715 21
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’42.500 0.749 34
6 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’42.532 0.781 28
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’42.587 0.836 31
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’42.823 1.072 33
9 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’42.998 1.247 37
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.106 1.355 36
11 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’43.191 1.440 34
12 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’43.200 1.449 36
13 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’43.255 1.504 34
14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’43.267 1.516 32
15 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’43.578 1.827 34
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.689 1.938 32
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’44.260 2.509 27
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’45.073 3.322 19
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’45.245 3.494 36
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’45.782 4.031 33
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’46.589 4.838 36
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’46.674 4.923 22
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’46.707 4.956 26
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’47.406 5.655 35

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