Vettel tops close and busy FP2

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunyaes

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time during second free practice at Barcelona. The Red Bull driver led a very busy session and ended up marginally ahead of home hero Fernando Alonso and his own team mate, Mark Webber.

With the sun out and a dry track waiting for the drivers, cars are immediately appearing on track as soon as the pit light goes green for FP2. Sebastian Vettel for instance is one of the first men on track after having run very few laps in the damp morning session.

Most cars are initially running on the hard Orange tyre and it soon turns out that both Mercedes cars are quick. Both men are exchanging the top of the timesheet during the first 20 minutes until Mark Webber takes over the top. Fernando Alonso improved further after his team grinded off some parts of his car's floor around the rear wheels.

20 minutes later, it's Webber again who sets the fastest time of the session after switching to medium tyres. Both Mercedes cars have also switched to the mediums but neither appeared to be able to be as quick or consistent as with the harder compound.

As of that moment most drivers initiated longer runs on the medium tyres simulating a race stint and trying to find out how far the tyres last. The Lotus cars again appeared to have great tyre managed during these runs while at Mercedes the tyre degradation issues are still not resolved.

20 minutes from the end of the session, Paul Di Resta's left rear tyre suddenly delaminates coming out of the fast righthander ahead of the pit straight. The rubber in the centre of the tyre simply flew off, with the tyre carcass itself seemingly still intact and inflated. It's a worrying situation for Pirelli as such a failure after only 6 laps on the tyres may indicate an outright manufacturing issue.

Towards the end of the session, no one of the front runners really managed to improve their times, leaving Vettel on top of the timesheet, a mere few tenths ahead of Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.

Results

Pos.NoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:22.808-34
23Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:22.8250.01735
32Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:22.8910.08336
47Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:23.0300.22232
54Felipe MassaFerrari1:23.1100.30237
610Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:23.1400.33235
79Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:23.3980.59045
815Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:23.8401.03237
918Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:24.0581.25031
1014Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:24.1041.29625
1119Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:24.1751.36732
125Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:24.3061.49835
136Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes1:24.8542.04631
1417Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1:24.8882.08038
1511Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1:25.1672.35938
1616Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:25.3212.51332
1712Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:25.4412.63337
188Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:25.8513.04336
1921Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1:25.9633.15530
2022Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1:26.0783.27031
2120Charles PicCaterham-Renault1:26.9304.12235
2223Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1:26.9704.16226