Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Red Bull comfortably quickest in second practice

2013 United States Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two in the second practice session at the Circuit of the Americas.

They enjoyed the best part of half a second in hand over their closest rival, Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. Team mate Nico Rosberg was fourth.

Heikki Kovalainen was next, ending his first day of running for Lotus in fifth place. The two Sauber drivers separated him from team mate Romain Grosjean.

McLaren were the fifth-fastest team courtesy of Jenson Button while Fernando Alonso could only manage tenth for Ferrari, over a second off Vettel’s pace.

Several drivers reported poor grip during the session. Daniel Ricciardo complained of traction problems at turn one and Paul di Resta said his car’s grip level was “absolutely shocking”.

Pastor Maldonado was especially blunt with Williams, who he will be leaving at the end of the year. Asked to give his comments on the FW35 halfway through the session he simply replied “everything is wrong”.

For the second session in a row a Marussia driver came to grief in the final ten minutes. This time it was Max Chilton, who spun off at the final corner.

“I just had complete brake failure,” he said, “the pedal went completely to the floor”. He had described a brake problem earlier in the session but the team weren’t able to pinpoint it on their telemetry.

The marshals took several minutes to recover Chilton’s car, causing some frustration among the drivers still circulating. “Jesus, how long do they need to get that car away?” asked an exasperated Hulkenberg. The Marussia was eventually moved clear moments before the chequered flag came out.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.305 35
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’37.420 0.115 37
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.785 0.480 38
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’37.958 0.653 38
5 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’38.073 0.768 41
6 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.229 0.924 40
7 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.254 0.949 40
8 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’38.255 0.950 33
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.269 0.964 34
10 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.461 1.156 33
11 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’38.719 1.414 31
12 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.938 1.633 37
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.941 1.636 31
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.246 1.941 28
15 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.410 2.105 34
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’39.512 2.207 37
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.579 2.274 36
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’39.784 2.479 33
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’40.376 3.071 39
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’40.563 3.258 35
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’46.226 8.921 31
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.987 10.682 20

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