Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

Vettel leads another Red Bull one-two in India

2013 Indian Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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