Vettel heads second practice as rivals hit trouble

2013 Japanese Grand Prix second practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2013Sebastian Vettel led second practice as several other drivers had spins and crashes during the session.

Team mate Mark Webber made it a Red Bull one-two on Friday afternoon at Suzuka despite twice being held up by Force Indias.

Mercedes, quickest in the first session, could only manage third-best time with Nico Rosberg. The two Lotuses were next, Romain Grosjean behind Kimi Raikkonen after making a mistake at Degner 2 on his first flying lap.

Just 21 cars participated as Jules Bianchi was unable to participate following his crash in the first session.

Within the first half hour two drivers had joined Bianchi on the sidelines. Pastor Maldonado went off at Degner 2 as the Marussia driver had done and become stuck in the gravel.

The next driver to crash was Sergio Perez. The McLaren driver lost control of his car on the way into Spoon, making heavy contact with the barrier.

Several other drivers lost control without hitting anything. Alonso ended up pointing in the wrong direction at Degner 2 after hitting the kerb in the preceding corner and spinning. That cost him his best run on the medium tyre.

Raikkonen’s session came to an end early in his long run when he spun into a gravel trap at Dunlop corner and was unable to rejoin the circuit.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.852 35
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’34.020 0.168 35
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.114 0.262 36
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’34.202 0.350 17
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’34.411 0.559 30
6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’34.442 0.590 36
7 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.473 0.621 30
8 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’34.698 0.846 35
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.912 1.060 34
10 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.087 1.235 32
11 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.089 1.237 36
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.109 1.257 34
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.182 1.330 34
14 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’35.275 1.423 35
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’35.341 1.489 25
16 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.709 1.857 8
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’36.136 2.284 41
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’36.722 2.870 6
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’37.630 3.778 31
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’37.905 4.053 36
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’38.121 4.269 33
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth No time 0

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50 comments on Vettel heads second practice as rivals hit trouble

  1. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate) said on 11th October 2013, 7:35

    Massa 0.4 up on Alonso? Say it ain’t so!

  2. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 11th October 2013, 7:41

    Red Bull on top as usual, and abysmal pace from Ferrari. 2014 can’t come soon enough.

  3. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 11th October 2013, 7:42

    OK, for the predictions, pole and win looks easy to predict now. The rest of the top 5 are the problem. I keep putting Mark Webber high up and he almost never ends up there…

  4. Ross Brawn earlier stated that Mediums need to Last for 16 to 17 Laps So that they can carry on Two Prime stints. But it seems Mediums last for 12 laps or so. Is 2 Stopper Possible this time around?

  5. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 11th October 2013, 7:48

    Good to see a track that punishes mistakes for once. A challenge for the drivers.

    • Stružák said on 11th October 2013, 7:54

      True story indeed… I am annoyed of the track where you can make almost any kind of mistake without being seriously punished (apart from losing time).

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th October 2013, 8:15

      Yes, that was the best part of the weekend so far for me too @red-andy.

    • panache (@panache) said on 11th October 2013, 12:37

      Indeed and this just confirms that Button was spot on with his comments in the build up to this weekend. On tracks like Suzuka his consistency and lack of mistakes really show. He would be perfectly suited to endurance racing and personally I hope to see him compete in LeMans 24 at least once he retires from F1.

      I just wish modern tracks would be adapted to punish drivers who consistently push past the limits, outbraking themselves and making mistakes. That being said, it’s clearly not a simple thing to achieve whilst maintaining reasonable track safety. Perez’ accident at Spoon was quite scary to watch to be honest and the impact must have really shocked his body.

  6. Sumedh said on 11th October 2013, 7:53

    This track really punishes the drivers, doesn’t it?

  7. Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 11th October 2013, 8:14

    It’s astounding how nobody can give a little fight to the Bulls… Congrats Seb indeed, it’s well deserved.

  8. Cam (@cjm76) said on 11th October 2013, 8:56

    Daniel Ricciardo up there YET AGAIN! Bring on next year.

  9. Another F1 race i wont be watching! Might as well go ahead and put up the race results now. At least there is some half decent motor racing in MotoGP still.

    Cant see 2014 being much different either if Red bull have this traction control Kers system!

    • Time to stop following F1 sites and stop watching F1 then. o/

      • It may well be indeed. I only popped on in hope that someone else other than Vettel would be top. If this keeps up and F1 goes solely to Sky (which will happen over the next few years) numbers will drop significantly.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 11th October 2013, 10:29

      I can think of 22 reasons to watch the GP – 21 drivers who are not Vettel, and the fact it’s Suzuka.

    • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 11th October 2013, 11:09

      Try BSB. the fight between Alex Lowes and Shane Byrne is getting super tense!

    • fangio85 (@fangio85) said on 11th October 2013, 11:52

      Weve got the bathurst 1000 v8 supercar race here in aus on the same day. Much closer racing (14 different winners this year so far). I do love f1 but I don’t think this gp will have anything on bathurst for excitement this year

  10. Red Bull and Mercedes seem the closest they’ve been since Hungary, based solely on practice form. I wouldn’t put it against Red Bull to be holding some pace in reserve however, considering their imperious form here in past seasons.

  11. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 11th October 2013, 12:42

    Lotus has achnace if they make a 2 stop strategy work, other teams are struggling a lot with their tyres

  12. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 11th October 2013, 13:39

    This is why these older tracks are great! They weed out the super talented to the “regulars”

  13. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 11th October 2013, 13:42

    Looks like we are up for a Korea repeat, Red Bull fastest and Merc second for the start, but Red Bull and Lotus for the finish.

  14. Quite the typical weekend lately (for my hapiness!!!)
    1st practice :Mercedes sets best times
    2nd and 3rd: Red Bull sets best times
    Quali: Vettel on pole, Hamilton 2nd or 3rd
    Race: Vettel pulls 2 secs ahead on first lap, bye DRS chances. Fun watching who is second and other battles.

  15. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 11th October 2013, 21:04

    Suzuka is easily my favourite track in the world. It really manages to force a driver to be perfect.

    Can’t wait for the race!

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