Vettel continues domination of Interlagos practice

Sebastian Vettel headed the second Friday Practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix, again ahead of Mark Webber. This time, Fernando Alonso had more luck, this time in 3rd place after suffering an engine failure in FP1, although this time team-mate Felipe Massa had trouble out on track.

Sebastian Vettel led the way in FP2

Sebastian Vettel led the way in FP2

Webber initially led the way, but was knocked off the top spot when Sebastian switched to the super-soft tyres. However, Mark managed to remain within a tenth of his team-mate. Fernando was another 2 tenths back.

Lewis Hamilton was 4th, while Felipe Massa was 5th. However, at the same spot where Alonso stopped in FP1, Massa was forced to retire from the session with a clutch problem. Robert Kubica was 6th, and Jenson Button was more than a second off the pace in 7th.

Nick Heidfeld, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished off the top 10. Kamui Kobayashi was 12th, and had another eventful session. This time, he nearly ran into the back of a Lotus car at Turn 1, then narrowly avoided contact with Nico Rosberg later on.

Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher and Jaime Alguersuari had a small incident at Turn 2, when Schumacher overtook the Toro Rosso around the outside, making contact in the process.

At the back, Trulli and Kovalainen were well on the pace, and only 3 seconds slower than Vettel’s fastest lap. Bruno Senna was faster than Christian Klien this time around, but only just.

Times from FP2:

Pos.
Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’11.968 28
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’12.072 0.104 34
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’12.328 0.360 36
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’12.656 0.688 33
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’12.677 0.709 19
6 Robert Kubica Renault 1’12.882 0.914 37
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.206 1.238 33
8 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’13.222 1.254 40
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’13.333 1.365 34
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’13.346 1.378 36
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’13.520 1.552 37
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’13.610 1.642 41
13 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’13.725 1.757 39
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’13.741 1.773 32
15 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’13.818 1.850 26
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’14.045 2.077 37
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.304 2.336 33
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.578 2.610 37
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’14.984 3.016 47
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’15.101 3.133 43
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’15.433 3.465 35
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’16.070 4.102 42
23 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’16.082 4.114 38
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’16.150 4.182 35
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