Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Vettel quickest before puncture ends his session

2013 Belgian Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two in the second practice session at Spa-Francorchamps but suffered a setback with a quarter of an hour to go.

Vettel limped into the pits with a right-rear puncture during his race fuel run, bringing his session to an early end. The failure will raise concerns of a repeat of the problems seen at Silverstone.

Shortly after Vettel’s puncture Giedo van der Garde had an even more dramatic problem at Stavelot, the car snapping sideways and spinning into the barrier. Van der Garde climbed out of the damaged Caterham unhurt.

Van der Garde had a near-miss with the other Caterham early in the session when his team mate braked too late for the chicane, forcing him wide. “I don’t know what he was doing,” Van der Garde exclaimed. Vettel had to back off to avoid the pair of them as they rejoined the track.

The Red Bull drivers comfortably led the session up until that point. Mark Webber was the first of the pair to set a time on medium tyres but Vettel pipped him by less than six hundredths of a second.

Romain Grosjean was their closest rival, over eight tenths of a second behind. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen had to cut his last run short due to low water pressure.

Despite complaining about poor rear grip earlier in the session Felipe Massa ended up fourth quickest, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne who impressed for Toro Rosso.

The Mercedes drivers were surprisingly far down the running order, Nico Rosberg ninth and Lewis Hamilton twelfth.

Max Chilton was at the bottom of the times after complaining about a steering problem on his Marussia, which was pulling to the right.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’49.331 22
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’49.390 0.059 34
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’50.149 0.818 34
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’50.164 0.833 27
5 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.253 0.922 28
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’50.318 0.987 33
7 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’50.510 1.179 21
8 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.536 1.205 27
9 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’50.601 1.270 33
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’50.611 1.280 27
11 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’50.629 1.298 30
12 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’50.751 1.420 27
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.972 1.641 33
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’50.991 1.660 28
15 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’51.195 1.864 28
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’51.447 2.116 26
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’51.568 2.237 28
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’51.644 2.313 26
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’53.157 3.826 21
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’53.251 3.920 29
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’53.482 4.151 28
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’54.418 5.087 12

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