Vettel well clear ahead of rivals in second practice

2013 Italian Grand Prix second practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2013No one could get within six-tenths of a second of Sebastian Vettel during the second practice session at Monza.

Vettel’s quickest time on hard tyres was faster than anyone else could manage on mediums. When he put the softer tyres on he trimmed his time by three-tenths of a second to head the charts on a 1’24.453.

The world champion was the only driver to post a sub-85 second lap. Mark Webber made it a one-two for Red Bull, bouncing back from a KERS problem at the beginning of the session to set a best time of 1’25.116.

He was followed by the two Lotus drivers, both of which set laps which were identical to the nearest thousandth of a second. This was despite Kimi Raikkonen running the longer-wheelbase version of the E21 while Romain Grosjean used the conventional car.

Fernando Alonso put his Ferrari in the top five, albeit 0.877s off Vettel after running wide at Lesmo 2 during one of his runs. Several other drivers went off during the session.

Among them was Lewis Hamilton, who ran wide at the exit of Parabolica, as Raikkonen also had earlier on. Hamilton ended the session sixth followed by team mate Nico Rosberg.

Felipe Massa was eighth despite pitting before the end of the session with a gearbox problem. The two McLaren drivers completed the top ten, both over a second off the flying Vettel.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.453 39
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.076 0.623 39
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’25.116 0.663 36
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’25.116 0.663 40
5 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.330 0.877 38
6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.340 0.887 39
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.367 0.914 42
8 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’25.519 1.066 29
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.532 1.079 42
10 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.627 1.174 39
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.830 1.377 40
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.888 1.435 40
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’26.028 1.575 37
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’26.138 1.685 36
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.224 1.771 32
16 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.385 1.932 43
17 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.599 2.146 43
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’27.198 2.745 44
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.548 3.095 37
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’27.696 3.243 37
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’27.771 3.318 38
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.057 3.604 32

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105 comments on Vettel well clear ahead of rivals in second practice

  1. F1Rollout (@f1rollout) said on 7th September 2013, 0:54

    No driver has won two consecutive races this season.If that does happen this weekend. Then lets focus on 2014.

    • @f1rollout that’s a very curious observation you have made there! Seems very strange for that to be the case since Vettel has won 5 races out of 11 (although that said he may have won in Britain hadn’t it been for all the tyre failures and his gearbox failure).

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