F1 2013

Red Bull continue domination – Indian FP2

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber continued to headline proceedings during FP2 for Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix, with the two Red Bull men looking comfortable at the top of the timesheets.

Their margin extended to almost half a second over closest challenger Romain Grosjean, while Mercedes and Ferrari shared the positions between 4th and 7th.

After qualifying simulation runs on the softer Pirelli tyre – which highlighted pace issues for McLaren and Force India particularly – attention was turned to preparing for race setup on Sunday. Lotus again exhibited competitive pace and posed the greatest threat to the rampant Red Bull’s, while Mercedes and Ferrari seemed locked together on speed.

All teams experienced trouble with front-left graining and degredation on the soft tyre, prompting concerns and some re-thinking over race strategy.

There were problems for Vettel (KERS failure) and Pastor Maldonado (Wheel-nut failure) in the course of the session.

CLASSIFICATION – FP2 – INDIAN GRAND PRIX

POS DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME
1 Vettel Red Bull 1:25:722
2 Webber Red Bull 1:26:011
3 Grosjean Lotus 1:26:220
4 Hamiton Mercedes 1:26:399
5 Alonso Ferrari 1:26:430
6 Rosberg Mercedes 1:26:582
7 Massa Ferrari 1:26:601
8 Raikkonen Lotus 1:26:632
9 Perez McLaren 1:26:857
10 Button McLaren 1:26:972
11 Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:27:304
12 Sutil Force India 1:27:375
13 Bottas Williams 1:27:429
14 Hulkenberg Sauber 1:27:491
15 Di Resta Force India 1:27:608
16 Maldonado Williams 1:27:720
17 Gutierrez Sauber 1:27:949
18 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:28:431
19 Van Der Garde Caterham 1:28:692
20 Bianchi Marussia 1:28:799
21 Pic Caterham 1:29:366
22 Chilton Marussia 1:30:164
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