Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013

Vettel on top as problems delay Grosjean

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013Red Bull took their customary positions at the head of the times sheets in the second practice session. Sebastian Vettel led Mark Webber by a tenth of a second.

However Romain Grosjean, who was quickest in the first session, never really got to show his potential as his run on the softer tyres was spoiled by a braking problem.

He had other problems during the session and pulled into the pits with eight minutes remaining.

Lewis Hamilton ended the session third quickest but was unhappy during his long run, concerned about the Mercedes’ pace and struggling to get free of traffic.

With Grosjean down in 12th, Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest of the two Lotuses in fourth place, and showed promising performance on his long run.

Both McLaren drivers were well in the top ten, separated by just four thousandths of a second, with Sergio Perez seven-tenths of a second off Vettel in sixth place.

The Ferrari drivers appeared to have better pace, both in the top ten, separated by Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber.

Some drivers experienced tyre problems during the session including Jenson Button and Paul di Resta, who both had punctures. Max Chilton also had a spin at the exit of turn one, without hitting anything.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.335 35
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’41.490 0.155 32
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’41.690 0.355 37
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’41.726 0.391 42
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.758 0.423 41
6 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’42.006 0.671 36
7 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’42.010 0.675 31
8 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’42.171 0.836 31
9 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.324 0.989 41
10 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’42.440 1.105 36
11 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.509 1.174 39
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’42.607 1.272 18
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’42.806 1.471 27
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’42.952 1.617 36
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.998 1.663 27
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.152 1.817 29
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.271 1.936 36
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’43.565 2.230 36
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’44.138 2.803 35
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’44.459 3.124 35
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’44.525 3.190 38
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’45.565 4.230 27

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