Vettel fastest despite delay in second practice

2012 United States Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel's helmet, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2012Sebastian Vettel was quickest for the second session in a row at the Circuit of the Americas.

But the Red Bull driver had to spend around half the session in the pits after a water leak was discovered on his car after just three laps.

Mark Webber, who had a similar problem to Vettel in the first session, was second-fastest but over three-quarters of a second slower than his team mate.

He was just eight-thousandths of a second faster than Fernando Alonso. Next were the two McLaren drivers, fourth-placed Lewis Hamilton having a 360-degree spin at one point.

As in the first session several drivers had spins and off-track moments as the track surface offered very little grip. Romain Grosjean and Vitaly Petrov spun in separate incidents at turn one.

Petrov had a near-miss when Michael Schumacher came past him at one point. At almost the same time the other Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen suffered a puncture after being nudged by Jean-Eric Vergne.

The two HRT drivers did practically no running in the first half of the session, but did appear and set times in the second half.

As the session came to an end Pastor Maldonado crawled into the pits with an apparent engine problem, race engineer Xevi Pujolar telling him on the radio to stop the car and turn his engine off.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.718 17
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’38.475 0.757 36
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.483 0.765 35
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.748 1.030 31
5 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.786 1.068 32
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.029 1.311 31
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.448 1.730 32
8 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’39.531 1.813 38
9 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.653 1.935 36
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.115 2.397 30
11 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’40.166 2.448 32
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’40.230 2.512 35
13 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’40.286 2.568 35
14 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.326 2.608 35
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.435 2.717 30
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.516 2.798 32
17 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’40.700 2.982 34
18 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.430 3.712 35
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’42.476 4.758 38
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.652 4.934 33
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’42.846 5.128 38
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.538 5.820 38
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’44.453 6.735 16
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’45.114 7.396 20

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