F1 2013

Vettel asserts control – Austin FP2

FP1 offered a ray of hope for those wishing to see Red Bull halted in Austin this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas second F1 race.

FP2 shattered the dreams of those foolhardy enough to believe the morning’s disjointed session was a reliable inidcator of the form of the quadruple World Champion as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locked up a comfortable 1-2 finish for Red Bull, some 0.3 seconds clear of 3rd place man Nico Rosberg.

Despite the disruption to the Friday schedule caused by fog and helicopter problems in FP1, FP2 followed the traditional pattern of qualifying simulations before moving on to race setup work. Red Bull clearly led in both categories, with Mercedes and Lotus vying for ‘best of the rest’ just ahead of Ferrari. Hard tyre laptimes varied from the 1:38 range through to 1:41 as the tyres began to go off.

Marussia’s trying day continued in the afternoon. After Rodolfo Gonzalez hit issues in the morning, Max Chilton span off the track with a few minutes remaining when a catastrophic brake failure ended his day.

CLASSIFICATION – FP2 – US GRAND PRIX

POS DRIVER TEAM LAPTIME
1 Vettel Red Bull 1:37:305
2 Webber Red Bull 1:37:420
3 Rosberg Mercedes 1:37:785
4 Hamilton Mercedes 1:37:958
5 Kovalainen Lotus 1:38:073
6 Gutierrez Sauber 1:38:229
7 Hulkenberg Sauber 1:38:254
8 Grosjean Lotus 1:38:255
9 Button McLaren 1:38:269
10 Alonso Ferrari 1:38:461
11 Sutil Force India 1:38:719
12 Massa Ferrari 1:38:938
13 Perez McLaren 1:38:941
14 Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:39:246
15 Di Resta Force India 1:39:410
16 Bottas Williams 1:39:512
17 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:39:579
18 Maldonado Williams 1:39:784
19 Pic Caterham 1:40:376
20 Van Der Garde Caterham 1:40:563
21 Chilton Marussia 1:46:226
22 Bianchi Marussia 1:47:009
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