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
|11||Di Resta||Force India||1:25:830|
|21||Van Der Garde||Caterham||1:27:771|