Vettel leads another Red Bull one-two in India

2013 Indian Grand Prix second practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Second practice for the Indian Grand Prix had the same result as the previous five practice sessions at the Buddh International Circuit: Sebastian Vettel was quickest.

As in first practice the Red Bull drivers topped the times, with almost three tenths of a second separating Vettel from team mate Mark Webber. Vettel had a KERS problem earlier in the session as he did on Saturday in Japan.

Romain Grosjean came closest to the Red Bulls but was almost half a second slower than Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen was eighth after running wide at turn ten during his fastest lap on the soft tyres.

Several drivers found the front-left tyre was wearing out very quickly, particularly when using the soft compound.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso completed the top five ahead of their respectively team mates – Alonso avoiding a repeat of his first practice gearbox problems. McLaren pair Sergio Perez and Jenson Button were ninth and tenth.

Pastor Maldonado missed the final 20 minutes of running after suffering a wheel nut problem on his Williams for the second Friday running. His front-right wheel nut came off in turn five, and he had to pull to a stop before the pit lane entrance, though unlike in Japan the wheel remained on the car.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.722 35
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.011 0.289 38
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.220 0.498 36
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’26.399 0.677 36
5 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.430 0.708 39
6 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.582 0.860 40
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.601 0.879 41
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’26.632 0.910 32
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.857 1.135 40
10 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.972 1.250 39
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.304 1.582 17
12 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’27.375 1.653 36
13 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’27.429 1.707 31
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.491 1.769 40
15 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’27.608 1.886 38
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.720 1.998 23
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.949 2.227 34
18 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.431 2.709 30
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’28.692 2.970 39
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.799 3.077 32
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’29.366 3.644 37
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.164 4.442 27

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29 comments on Vettel leads another Red Bull one-two in India

  1. Dizzy said on 25th October 2013, 11:22

    So it looks like this will be yet another tyre management race. So more ‘maintain a 2 second gap’ & less ‘push’ messages to be heard over the radios.

    I am growing real tired of this nonsense now, Im sick of what F1 has become to the point where I don’t have much love left for it.
    I’ll watch Vettel/Red Bull wrap up the titles & that may very well be it for me as far as F1 is concerned, Im sick of the tyre management, Im sick of artificial highway passing with DRS & Im just sick of been constantly told ‘But its entertaining’ when frankly as far as im concerned its far more boring & significantly less entertaining/interesting.

    Watching the level of tyre management were stuck with now, Having tyres been the dominating factor of practically every weekend as they have been the last 2 years & having 95% of the ‘passing’ been done easily at the push of a button is anything but entertaining in my view.

    • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 25th October 2013, 11:26

      Don’t leave us Dizzy. See if the grass is greener in 2014 before you leave ;-)

    • ME4ME (@me4me) said on 25th October 2013, 11:33

      That’s one way to look at it. Not saying it is right or wrong. But when Pirelli choose conservative compounds last year (or even this year, at other races), and tirewear was minimal, the race suddenly get rated “boring”. Pirelli is basicly doomed if they do, and doomed if they don’t. There is always someone complaining.

      • MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 25th October 2013, 11:40

        The weird thing is, until Pirelli showed up, I don’t think anyone was blaming the boring races on the tyres.

      • TMF (@tmf42) said on 25th October 2013, 12:03

        @me4me – COTA had a conservative tyre choice but it was a great race. imo, the tires don’t make the spectacle – they can only ruin it.

        • ME4ME (@me4me) said on 25th October 2013, 12:33

          @tmf42 – 1 result does not make that true. Counterargument being Australia 2012, with quickly degrading tyres. It’s currently the highest rated race of the year.

          • TMF (@tmf42) said on 25th October 2013, 18:34

            @me4me – not saying it does. Just wanted to say that not all races with conservative tyres are boring and maybe it’s worth looking into alternatives. A lot of races this year with a lot of tyre management got rated poorly as well – so it can’t be the rubber that makes the show.

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 25th October 2013, 13:20

      2014 brings with it uncertainty so I will go into the season excited as I normally do. Pirelli have already said they are going conservative next year (who can blame them!?) so tyre management shouldn’t be an issue.

      My main worry is the fuel situation. I haven’t seen anything to suggest most races won’t be mainly spent in fuel saving mode.

    • PeterG said on 25th October 2013, 17:02

      I 100% agree, Its getting silly this season.

      I also find it a bit odd how some of the fans who support the extreme nursing of the tyres we have seen this season are so against the prospect of fuel saving next year. Both amount to the same thing, Drivers tootling around well off the pace been told to run to a lap delta & at times to not race the cars around them.

      Fuel saving in Indycar & Champcar before it has been an issue for years & its a constant sore point amongst fans yet sadly something various rule changes over the years (From bigger/smaller fuel tanks, pit windows, longer/shorter races & the removal of driver controlled fuel mix settings) has failed to solve.

  2. robbyvert said on 25th October 2013, 11:30

    0,5 second betwen vettel and grosjean, i really hope grosjean have a magnificent start like last race

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th October 2013, 11:38

    Should we get hour hopes of at least a mildly tense race up after we saw Red Bull struggling to make their soft tyres last?

  4. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 25th October 2013, 11:46

    Hulkenberg said on team radio at the end: “Car is mega on prime!”

    McLaren, watch out for your 5th place!

    • caci99 (@caci99) said on 25th October 2013, 11:59

      He’s being the entertaining factor last couple of races, so let’s hope so.

    • Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 25th October 2013, 12:03

      I doubt McLaren are really under threat from Sauber. In the last 4 races, when Hulkenberg started his points scoring streak, Sauber scored 38 points. In the same period, McLaren scored 18 points. There are four races to go, and the gap between McLaren and Sauber is 38 points. If the form of both teams stays about the same, Sauber might expect to catch up to within 18 points of McLaren at the end of the season, but unless McLaren becomes horrible and Sauber finds some extra improvement, I think Sauber will finish 6th in the championship.

      For Force India, on the other hand, the gap from Sauber has been reduced by 37 points in the last 4 races, as they have only scored 1 point. Seeing that the current gap between Force India and Sauber is only 17 points, with four races to go Force India will likely drop to 7th at the end of the season, while Sauber take 6th.

      • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 25th October 2013, 12:10

        It really depends on whether Gutierrez can get more decent points finishes. If he can, this could be a problem for McLaren.

        I agree though that it is more likely that McLaren will retain 5th.

    • aquataz said on 25th October 2013, 12:38

      Dog of a McL … it’s hard to believe we’re doing math vs. a sauber reborn on ’12 tyres

  5. caci99 (@caci99) said on 25th October 2013, 11:58

    Do you think Mercedes have more in hand? I don’t think they are so behind, on pace with Ferrari (talking about one lap pace).

  6. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 25th October 2013, 12:12

    I liked the Vettel rebellion:

    Rocquelin: “We think torque five would be better at this point.”
    Vettel: “Negative. I don’t like torque five.”

  7. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 25th October 2013, 13:04

    Grosjean and the Hulk to shine again, while the Bulls storm to 1-2?

  8. svarun (@svarun) said on 25th October 2013, 14:48

    Missed the Free practice, i wanted to know about the results of free practice of the long runs?
    Are there any surprises in store? Do the bulls have a second even in long runs? :(

  9. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 25th October 2013, 21:25

    Yawn. At least the race is on early so I don’t waste the afternoon watching Vettel bore me to tears.

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