F1 2013

Vettel strikes back – Germany FP2

Sebastian Vettel put a temporary halt to Mercedes’ erstwhile unstoppable domination of Formula One in the second of three Free Practice sessions for this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

The Red Bull driver posted a 1:30:416 before switching to long run simulations, which also proved encouraging for the Milton Keynes team as both the German and team-mate Mark Webber comfortably out-performed rivals Mercedes. Webber performed a very impressive 22 lap run on the medium compound Pirelli tyres as he bids to win his first race of 2013.

Lotus also proved competitive despite doom-sayers predicting a torrid weekend in the relatively cool ambient conditions of the Eifel Mountains, as did Ferrari who bounced back from an appalling FP1 showing. Jenson Button was again inside the top 10 for McLaren, as Force India appeared to slip back down the order a little on the softer, faster tyre.

Jules Bianchi was forced to withdraw from the session after a stomach upset rendered him too ill to compete. If the situation remains the same on Sunday, the Frenchman may be replaced by Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia’s test and reserve driver who took part in FP1.


1 Vettel Red Bull 1:30:416
2 Rosberg Mercedes +0.235
3 Webber Red Bull +0.267
4 Grosjean Lotus +0.427
5 Raikkonen Lotus +0.432
6 Alonso Ferrari +0.640
7 Massa Ferrari +0.643
8 Hamilton Mercedes +0.888
9 Button McLaren +1.152
10 Di Resta Force India +1.381
11 Sutil Force India +1.408
12 Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1.439
13 Vergne Toro Rosso +1.639
14 Perez McLaren +1.670
15 Hulkenberg Sauber +2.079
16 Gutierrez Sauber +2.346
17 Bottas Williams +2.463
18 Maldonado Williams +2.464
19 Pic Caterham +3.279
20 Van Der Garde Caterham +3.388
21 Bianchi Marussia +3.601
22 Chilton Marussia +4.251

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