Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2013

Vettel heads second practice as rivals hit trouble

2013 Japanese Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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