Sebastian Vettel proved once again fastest, this time on the soft tyres. Just like in the morning, he was quicker than his teammate. Romain Grosjean was the closest challenger to Red Bull, ending with the third best time, 2 tenths off of Webber.
The early part of the session again sees the Red Bull drivers take the lead, confirming what they showed during FP1.
After half an hour of more running on the medium tyre, Vettel is amongst the first to fit the softer tyres, immediately improving his time by 1.3 seconds. Pirelli expected up to a second of difference, but it appears to be slightly more.
Further running from other drivers also soon proved that the soft is quite fragile around this track, with especially the left front taking a considerable hammering. Nico Hulkenberg for instance returned to the pits after a number of laps and reported "oh my, this look really bad". Nico Rosberg on the other hand did a 14 lap stint on the soft tyres and reported very heavy wear, but without problematic issues.
20 minutes from the end of the session, another wheelnut problem pops up for Williams. After having been handed a penalty already at the Japanese Grand Prix, Maldonado soon after a pitstop reports "something is not quite right on the right front". Moment later, he's wide through a left hander, followed by the wheelnut going off of the wheel, requiring the Venezuelan to park the car aside of the track.
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:25.722||-||35|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:26.011||0.289||38|
|4||10||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1:26.399||0.677||36|
|6||9||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG||1:26.582||0.860||40|
|12||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:27.375||1.653||36|
|15||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:27.608||1.886||38|
|19||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:28.692||2.970||39|