Massa leads the way in second practice

2013 Chinese Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2013Felipe Massa put Ferrari on top at the end of Friday’s running in Shanghai.

Second practice began much as the previous session had ended, with the two Mercedes drivers leading the Red Bull pair.

Nico Rosberg looked set to sustain that after switching to soft tyres and easily staying fastest. Mark Webber managed to split the two Mercedes.

But drivers who did their soft tyres runs later were able to find more time. First among those was Massa, whose 1’35.340 put him almost half a second clear of the Mercedes.

The second Ferrari of Fernando Alonso took third place, over four-tenths of a second off his team mate. In between them was Kimi Raikkonen, who found the soft tyres more to his liking than the mediums.

Lewis Hamilton lost time on his soft tyre run as he had to picked his way past Nico Hulkenberg. The Sauber driver was in no mood to be obliging having been held up by Hamilton and Rosberg on his fast lap: “The bloody Mercedes,” he said on the radio, “both of them didn’t get out of the way”.

Most teams completed their soft tyre runs early so they could conduct more extensive evaluations of their race pace. Not everyone liked what they found. “I’ve never seen tyres behave this way,” said Hamilton on the radio. “Do other people have the same degradation?” He was told his team mate’s situation was similar.

But Rob Smedley was far happier with Massa’s race pace. “Compared to the other people on this tyre it’s not good it’s incredible,” he said at one point.

Sergio Perez’s difficult day continued. Having gone off at the end of the first session he had another moment early on in the second, skidding into the gravel.

He wasn’t the only driver to go off during the session. Giedo van der Garde had a lurid high-speed spin at the first corner and Pastor Maldonado also went off during the session.

Max Chilton’s session was wasted as he stopped with an engine problem early on. He eventually rejoined the track only to come to a stop again with just five laps on the board. “We have an engine oil problem again,” said race engineer Gary Gannon, “sorry Max”.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.340 32
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’35.492 0.152 32
3 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.755 0.415 30
4 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.819 0.479 35
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.092 0.752 31
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.432 1.092 29
7 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’36.496 1.156 39
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’36.514 1.174 32
9 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’36.595 1.255 33
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.791 1.451 27
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.940 1.600 16
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’36.963 1.623 31
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.103 1.763 22
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’37.206 1.866 39
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.127 2.787 34
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’38.185 2.845 18
17 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.211 2.871 32
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’38.276 2.936 34
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’38.725 3.385 29
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’39.271 3.931 21
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’39.814 4.474 27
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.227 7.887 5

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