F1 2013

Vettel and Red Bull back on top – Italy FP2

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber put Red Bull back ahead of main rivals Mercedes in FP2 this afternoon at the Monza circuit in Italy with a commanding lead at the head of the timesheets. Temperatures were considerably higher than the morning session, with a high of 28c.

The German was 0.6 seconds quicker than his team mate, with the Australian a further 0.1 ahead of Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and Roman Grosjean who set identical fastest laptimes as they continued to trial different car layouts. Fernando Alonso was 5th, ahead of Lewis Hamilton in 6th.

All soon switched back to the harder compound Pirelli tyres to begin high fuel run simulations, and Red Bull further extended their advantage with a comfortable margin and a fastest time for Vettel of 1:28:361 on his 12th lap out the blocks. Mercedes and Ferrari seemed evenly matched, while McLaren looked a little more competitive than they had done on lighter fuel loads.

Felipe Massa’s somewhat miserable day of running continued as he was forced to return to the pits late on in the afternoon with a gearbox malady, as yet unexplained by Ferrari.

More to follow.

CLASSIFICATION – FP2 – ITALIAN GRAND PRIX

POS DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME
1 Vettel Red Bull 1:24:453
2 Webber Red Bull 1:25:076
3 Raikkonen Lotus 1:25:116
4 Grosjean Lotus 1:25:116
5 Alonso Ferrari 1:25:330
6 Hamilton Mercedes 1:25:340
7 Rosberg Mercedes 1:25:367
8 Massa Ferrari 1:25:519
9 Button McLaren 1:25:532
10 Perez McLaren 1:25:627
11 Di Resta Force India 1:25:830
12 Gutierrez Sauber 1:25:888
13 Sutil Force India 1:26:028
14 Maldonado Williams 1:26:138
15 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:26:224
16 Hulkenberg Sauber 1:26:385
17 Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:26:599
18 Bottas Williams 1:27:198
19 Chilton Marussia 1:27:548
20 Pic Caterham 1:27:696
21 Van Der Garde Caterham 1:27:771
22 Bianchi Marussia 1:28:057
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