Red Bull confirm dominance in FP2

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F1 Grand Prix, GP India, Buddh International Circuitin

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.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:25.722-35
22Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:26.0110.28938
38Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:26.2200.49836
410Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:26.3990.67736
53Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:26.4300.70839
69Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:26.5820.86040
74Felipe MassaFerrari1:26.6010.87941
87Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:26.6320.91032
96Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes1:26.8571.13540
105Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:26.9721.25039
1119Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:27.3041.58217
1215Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:27.3751.65336
1317Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1:27.4291.70731
1411Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1:27.4911.76940
1514Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:27.6081.88638
1616Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:27.7201.99823
1712Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:27.9492.22734
1818Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:28.4312.70930
1921Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1:28.6922.97039
2022Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1:28.7993.07732
2120Charles PicCaterham-Renault1:29.3663.64437
2223Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1:30.1644.44227