F1 2013

Barcelona FP2 – Vettel back on top

Faced with a dry track for the first time this weekend, Sebastian Vettel made the most of the conditions to post fastest time in Free Practice Two for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso continued his strong start to the event.

Lewis Hamilton added a bit of action to a session aimed at car setup optimisation by spinning during one of his early flying laps, although the Mercedes man was easily able to recover to the pits without needing to sit out the rest of the session. Fellow Brit Paul Di Resta was less fortunate, retiring from the afternoon running when the left rear tyre on his Force India VJM06 disintegrated in a manner similar to Hamilton’s mishap in Bahrain.

Lotus and Romain Grosjean looked particularly menacing, with the Frenchman continuing Lotus’ strong pre-season testing form here by continually lapping quicker than anyone else in race trim. McLaren failed to deliver on hope their upgrade package would move them forward, with Button and Perez languishing in P12 and P13.

Further back, Giedo Van Der Garde was fastest of the new teams for the first time this year, while Bottas once again outperformed 2012 Spanish GP winner Pastor Maldonado.

POS DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME
1 Vettel Red Bull 1:22:808
2 Alonso Ferrari +0.017
3 Webber Red Bull +0.083
4 Raikkonen Lotus +0.222
5 Massa Ferrari +0.302
6 Hamilton Mercedes +0.332
7 Rosberg Mercedes +0.590
8 Sutil Force India +1.032
9 Vergne Toro Rosso +1.250
10 Di Resta Force India +1.296
11 Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1.367
12 Button McLaren +1.498
13 Perez McLaren +2.046
14 Bottas Williams +2.080
15 Hulkenberg Sauber +2.359
16 Maldonado Williams +2.513
17 Gutierrez Sauber +2.633
18 Grosjean Lotus +3.043
19 Van Der Garde Caterham +3.155
20 Bianchi Marussia +3.270
21 Pic Caterham +4.122
22 Chilton Marussia +4.162
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