Vettel stays ahead in USA FP2

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F1 Grand Prix, GP United States, Circuit of The Americasus

Sebastian Vettel was again fastest during the second free practice session at Austin. Even despite having to sit out half of the session with a technical issue, the German appeared dominant again. Mark Webber was seconds fastest and on his behalf only fractionally faster than Fernando Alonso.

Jean-Eric Vergne is the first to take the track and is soon followed by numerous drivers in order to complete the regular shakedown lap.

30 minutes into the session, the battle at the front is between Ferrari and Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel at that time is still in the garage, looking at his engineers fixing a water leak on his Red Bull RB8. The German only completed 3 laps in the first half of the session and returned to the track later on, with half an hour to go.

Just past the halfway mark, Jean-Eric Vergne is the first to go out on track on the medium tyre, soon followed by Grosjean. The latter is later annoyed by De La Rosa, who rejoined the track and was still getting up to speed between turn 6 and 9 when Grosjean arrived at full speed.

When Vettel finally returned to the track, his first lap was 4th fastest, followed by another lap on medium tyres to go to the top of the timesheet, edging his teammate by more than 0.7 seconds.

Vettel time remained the same until the end, with none of his closest competitors being able to improve their own due to traffic.

Results

Pos.NoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:37.718-17
22Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:38.4750.75736
35Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:38.4830.76535
44Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:38.7481.03031
53Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:38.7861.06832
66Felipe MassaFerrari1:39.0291.31133
78Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:39.4481.73032
819Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault1:39.5311.81338
914Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:39.6531.93536
107Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG1:40.1152.39730
119Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:40.1662.44832
1218Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:40.2302.51235
1310Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:40.2862.56832
1415Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1:40.3262.60835
1516Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:40.4352.71730
1617Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:40.5162.79832
1712Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:40.7002.98234
1811Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:41.4303.71235
1920Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:42.4764.75838
2024Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1:42.6524.93433
2121Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1:42.8465.12838
2225Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1:43.5385.82038
2322Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1:44.4536.73516
2423Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1:45.1147.39620