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Schumacher pips Hamilton in Chinese second practice

Schumacher showed good pace in the Mercedes

Schumacher showed good pace in the Mercedes

Michael Schumacher edged out Lewis Hamilton in second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes’ “Super DRS” gave it the advantage down the back straight, keeping Hamilton in second place. The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were 3rd and 4th.

Paul di Resta and Heikki Kovalainen had spins during the session. Timo Glock was not so lucky, wiping the front wing and nose from his Marussia at turn 1.

Times from FP2:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:35.973            32
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:36.145    0.172   29
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:36.160    0.187   26
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:36.433    0.460   23
 5.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:36.617    0.644   30
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:36.711    0.738   27
 7.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:36.956    0.983   28
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:36.966    0.993   30
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:37.191    1.218   30
10.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:37.316    1.343   32
11.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:37.417    1.444   22
12.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:37.616    1.643   33
13.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1:37.836    1.863   30
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:37.930    1.957   31
15.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1:37.972    1.999   25
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1:38.176    2.203   34
17.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:38.293    2.320   30
18.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1:38.783    2.810   37
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1:38.990    3.017   36
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1:39.346    3.373   19
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1:39.651    3.678   15
22.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1:40.343    4.370   24
23.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1:40.753    4.780   30
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1:41.125    5.162   26

Hamilton leads by a second in Chinese first practice

Hamilton led by over a second

Hamilton led by over a second

Lewis Hamilton’s final effort put him on top in first practice of the Chinese Grand Prix.

The session started off very slowly, with no drivers setting a time in the first 30 minutes, aside from installation laps.

However, around 40 minutes into the session, light rain fell again, causing Romain Grosjean, Charles Pic and Felipe Massa all to slide off the track. Most cars retired to the pits until the shower died down.

It took until the final half hour for cars to resume testing. The track was still damp, as shown by Pic’s and Alonso’s cars twitching and sliding at corner exits. Mark Webber’s early time of 1:39.558 stayed on top for most of the morning, until a charge in the final 5 minutes put him down the order.

Michael Schumacher, then Webber, and Lewis Hamilton all set fastest laps in quick succession, before Lewis’ time ended the session on top.

Valtteri Bottas, Geido van der Garde and Jules Bianchi all drove in FP1 for Williams, Caterham and Force India respectively.

Times from FP1:


 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:37.106            7
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:38.116   1.010   14
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:38.316   1.210   14
 4.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:38.584   1.478   13
 5.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:38.911   1.805   12
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:38.977   1.871   15
 7.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:39.198   2.092   12
 8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:39.199   2.093    6
 9.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:39.748   2.642   16
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:39.768   2.662   14
11.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:40.056   2.950   14
12.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:40.153   3.047   14
13.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1:40.298   3.192    8
14.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:40.328   3.222   13
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1:40.540   3.434   12
16.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1:41.071   3.965   14
17.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1:41.204   4.098   14
18.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1:42.330   5.224   14
19.  Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1:42.521   5.415   11      
20.  Jules Bianchi         Force India-Mercedes  1:44.118   7.012    8
21.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1:44.227   7.121   10
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1:44.500   7.394   15
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1:47.204   10.098  12
24.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1:50.465   13.359  11

Hamilton stays on top in Malaysian second practice

Hamilton stayed on top in second practice

Hamilton stayed on top in second practice

Lewis Hamilton made his intentions clear for this weekend, by topping second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher pipped Jenson Button to second place by 0.002 seconds. Nico Rosberg was 4th, meaning Mercedes-powered cars dominated the top 4 in the timesheets.

Daniel Ricciardo impressed with a 5th-placed finish. Sebastian Vettel was 10th, and complained that “The car is all over the place. Poor balance.”

Paul di Resta spun twice during the session, as well as Michael Schumacher and both HRT drivers.

Track temperatures reached up to 45C, with a constant threat of rain that never materialised. These high temperatures resulted in very high levels of tyre wear, as drivers’ times began to slip after only 6 laps.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:38.172           28
 2.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:38.533  +0.361   34
 3.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:38.535  +0.363   29
 4.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:38.696  +0.524   34
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:38.853  +0.681   33
 6.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:38.891  +0.719   27
 7.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:39.133  +0.961   29
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:39.297  +1.125   33
 9.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1:39.311  +1.139   22
10.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:39.402  +1.230   25
11.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1:39.444  +1.272   35
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:39.464  +1.292   26
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:39.625  +1.453   20
14.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:39.687  +1.515   16
15.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1:39.696  +1.524   29
16.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:40.271  +2.099   27
17.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1:40.678  +2.506   34
18.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:40.947  +2.775   33
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1:41.464  +3.292   25
20.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1:41.681  +3.509   20
21.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1:42.594  +4.422   18
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1:42.874  +4.702   24
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1:43.658  +5.486   18
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1:43.283  +5.561   22


Hamilton leads Malaysian first practice

Hamilton beat Vettel by half a second

Hamilton beat Vettel by half a second

Lewis Hamilton got over his Australian GP disappointment to lead first practice of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel was 2nd for Red Bull, half a second behind the McLaren driver.

The two Mercedes cars of Rosberg and Schumacher were 0.8 seconds off Hamilton’s time, while Romain Grosjean was 5th. The Renault suffered a gearbox issue during the session, becoming stuck in seventh gear.

Kimi Raikkonen was 7th, but will be dropped 5 places on the grid for the race, after undergoing a gearbox change.

Valtteri Bottas drove Bruno Senna’s Williams, finishing 11th. The Ferraris were 13th and 15th, as they continue to struggle with the F2012.

The HRT cars propped up the back of the grid, with Narain Karthikeyan only setting 8 laps after transmission problems.

Times from FP1:

 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:38.021           19
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:38.535  +0.514   21
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:38.813  +0.792   21
 4.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:38.826  +0.805   19
 5.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1:38.919  +0.898   17
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:39.092  +1.071   20
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1:39.128  +1.107   22
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:39.298  +1.277   23
 9.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:39.323  +1.302   15
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:39.440  +1.419   19
11.  Valterri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1:39.724  +1.703   23
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1:39.783  +1.762   23
13.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:39.896  +1.875   16
14.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:39.910  +1.889   21
15.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:39.980  +1.959   23
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:40.099  +2.078   23
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1:40.247  +2.226   19
18.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:40.469  +2.448   23
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1:40.857  +2.836   25
20.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:41.085  +3.064   23
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1:43.170  +5.149   18
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1:44.580  +6.559   14
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1:45.360  +7.339    8
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1:45.528  +7.507   18

Schumacher tops Australian second practice

Schumacher topped another rain-affected session

Schumacher topped another rain-affected session

Michael Schumacher put Mercedes on top of second practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

Like first practice, this session began wet, but slowly dried out over the afternoon.

As the track was even wetter than before, there was very little dry running for the teams. Schumacher pipped Nico Hulkenberg by a tenth of a second near the end of the day.

Sergio Perez spun his Sauber into the gravel at Turn 14, but was able to continue. Mark Webber, Jean-Eric Vergne, Heikki Kovalainen and Daniel Ricciardo all had off-track moments in the tricky conditions.

Marussia improved well compared to FP1. Timo Glock managed 12th, just behind the Red Bulls, and ahead of the McLarens.

However, HRT had another dismal session. Pedro de la Rosa did a single installation lap, while Narain Karthikeyan was 13 seconds off the pace after 16 laps. The team struggled massively with hydraulic problems.

Kamui Kobayashi had a spectacular end to the session, weaving manically for control exiting the final corner before spinning 180 degrees.

Times from FP2:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1:29.183          16
 2.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1:29.292  +0.109  19
 3.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1:30.199  +1.016  23
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1:30.341  +1.158  13
 5.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1:30.709  +1.526  14
 6.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1:31.466  +2.283  13
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1:31.505  +2.322  14
 8.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault        1:31.932  +2.749  16
 9.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1:32.184  +3.001  17
10.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1:32.194  +3.011  19
11.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1:32.296  +3.113  20
12.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth       1:32.632  +3.449  17
13.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault        1:32.767  +3.584  15
14.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1:32.822  +3.639  11
15.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:33.039  +3.856  18
16.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1:33.252  +4.069  11
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1:34.108  +4.925  21
18.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1:34.275  +5.092   7
19.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault        1:34.312  +5.129  17
20.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:34.485  +5.302  29
21.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:34.604  +5.421  31
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth       1:34.770  +5.587  13
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1:42.627  +13.444 16
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth                               1

Button ends Australian first practice on top

Button started off his season well

Button started off his season well

The 2012 Formula 1 season kicked off this morning in Melbourne, with Jenson Button finishing the first practice session on top of the timesheets.

Massa ended the session in the gravel trap

Massa ended the session in the gravel trap

Lewis Hamilton completed a McLaren 1-2, going 0.2 seconds off his teammate’s pace.

The session began wet, catching out Nico Rosberg on his out lap. However, the track soon dried out, and the last half hour allowed for use of the slick tyres.

After half an hour, HRT’s only car for FP1, being driven my Narain Karthikeyan, stopped out on track with an engine issue. Pedro de la Rosa’s car was still being assembled during the day, and has been granted immunity from scrutineering by the FIA.

Kimi Raikkonen spent most of his day in the pits complaining of steering problems. He eventually made it out to set 8 laps, finishing 9th.

Felipe Massa touched the grass of Turn 9 under braking, and spun into the gravel trap. His teammate, Fernando Alonso, held a slide on his Ferrari on his final lap at the last corner. So far the F2012 appears to be a handful for both drivers.

Times from FP1:


 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.560           11
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.805  +0.245   14
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:28.235  +0.675   17
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:28.360  +0.800   21
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:28.467  +0.907   21
 6.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:28.683  +1.123   22
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.908  +1.348   23
 8.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1:29.415  +1.855   16
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1:29.565  +2.005    8
10.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:29.722  +2.162   26
11.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:29.790  +2.230   21
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:29.865  +2.305   17
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:29.881  +2.321   18
14.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1:29.953  +2.393   21
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:30.124  +2.564   22
16.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1:30.515  +2.955   16
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1:30.586  +3.026   16
18.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:30.743  +3.183   11
19.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:31.178  +3.618   17
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1:31.983  +4.423    8
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1:34.730  +7.170    8
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1:40.256  +12.696  11
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           N/A                 3
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           N/A                 0

Hamilton fastest in Interlagos Friday practice

Hamilton pipped Vettel in second practice

Hamilton pipped Vettel in second practice

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel was 2nd, followed by Mark Webber, who had earlier led first practice. The Ferrari of Fernando Alonso pulled over near the end of FP1 with an engine issue, and was 6th and 4th across the afternoon.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Jan Charouz and Luiz Razia all drove in first practice for Toro Rosso, HRT and Lotus respectively, all finishing near the back of the field. Romain Grosjean pulled over with a technical issue while driving Vitaly Petrov’s Renault.

Friday Practice 1

 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1:13.811   	      26
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:13.825   0.014   25
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1:13.961   0.150   20
 4.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1:14.025   0.214   28
 5.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1:14.507   0.696   34
 6.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1:14.541   0.730   26
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1:15.162   1.351   28
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1:15.178   1.367   28
 9.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1:15.241   1.430   31
10.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1:15.321   1.510   29
11.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:15.468   1.657   29
12.  Romain Grosjean       Renault                 1:15.547   1.736   18
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:15.663   1.852   27
14.  Bruno Senna           Renault                 1:15.732   1.921   32
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1:15.747   1.936   31
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1:15.836   2.025   27
17.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1:15.979   2.168   35
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:16.052   2.241   33
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1:16.514   2.703   33
20.  Luiz Razia            Lotus-Renault           1:17.595   3.784   31
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1:18.140   4.329   29
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1:18.653   4.842   29
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth            1:18.952   5.141   33
24.  Jan Charouz           HRT-Cosworth            1:19.577   5.766   37

Friday Practice 2

 1.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:13.392               35
 2.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault       1:13.559   0.167	41
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault       1:13.587   0.195	41
 4.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                1:13.598   0.206	35
 5.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes               1:13.723   0.331	38
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                1:13.750   0.358	39
 7.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes       1:13.787   0.395	36
 8.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes               1:13.872   0.480	42
 9.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes   1:14.144   0.752	41
10.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes   1:14.807   1.415	48
11.  Vitaly Petrov        Renault                1:14.856   1.464	38
12.  Bruno Senna          Renault                1:14.931   1.539	37
13.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari         1:14.970   1.578	32
14.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:15.019   1.627	45
15.  Sebastien Buemi      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:15.264   1.872	44
16.  Jaime Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:15.388   1.996	41
17.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Cosworth      1:15.679   2.287	43
18.  Rubens Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth      1:15.903   2.511	40
19.  Jarno Trulli         Lotus-Renault          1:16.298   2.906	36
20.  Heikki Kovalainen    Lotus-Renault          1:16.338   2.946	48
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio    Virgin-Cosworth        1:18.031   4.639	39
22.  Timo Glock           Virgin-Cosworth        1:18.051   4.659	45
23.  Daniel Ricciardo     HRT-Cosworth           1:18.367   4.975	42
24.  Tonio Liuzzi         HRT-Cosworth           1:18.476   5.084	42

Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi second practice

Hamilton kept McLaren on top

Hamilton kept McLaren on top

McLaren once again dominated practice in Abu Dhabi, but this time it was Lewis Hamilton on top of the timesheets.

Hamilton led teammate Button by nearly two tenths of a second, with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa behind. Mark Webber was 5th, with Sebastian Vettel 6th.

Both Vettel and Alonso crashed at the same spot in second practice. At the entry to Turn 1, both cars hit the barriers, with Vettel rejoining the session later, and Alonso suffering damage to the back of the car.

Mark Webber also spun out, at Turn 18, but managed to rejoin the track.

Michael Schumacher was 7th, ahead of the two Force India and two Sauber drivers. Nico Rosberg was 20th and 4.5 seconds off the pace, despite setting over 40 laps.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:39.586          31
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:39.785   0.199  30
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:39.971   0.385  20
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:39.980   0.394  34
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:40.104   0.518  35
 6.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:40.132   0.546  26
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:40.553   0.967  34
 8.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:40.951   1.365  34
 9.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:41.021   1.435  37
10.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:41.490   1.904  34
11.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:41.565   1.979  34
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:41.680   2.094  33
13.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1:41.947   2.361  31
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:41.983   2.397  34
15.  Bruno Senna           Renault                1:42.369   2.783  36
16.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:42.798   3.212  35
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1:42.910   3.324  34
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1:43.562   3.976  36
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1:44.050   4.464  38
20.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:44.265   4.679  41
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1:45.486   5.900  34
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1:46.142   6.556  32
23.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1:46.249   6.663  21
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1:46.328   6.742  34

Massa heads the field for Indian second practice

Massa led the way for second practice

Massa led the way for second practice

Felipe Massa put his controversial Ferrari on top of the timesheets for second practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

The Scuderia’s front wing continued to raise eyebrows, scraping off the track surface on occasions during the session. Felipe was 0.088 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel in 2nd.

The other Ferrari driver, Fernando Alonso, was 3rd, followed by Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Jenson Button.

The main event of the session was Jerome D’Ambrosio crashing out at Turn 11. The Belgian lost control at the exit of the corner, and slammed the right-rear end of the car into the barriers.

Vitaly Petrov and Pastor Maldonado both had off-course excursions, but both were able to rejoin the session.

Times from Friday practice 2:

 1.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:25.706   	    33
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:25.794   0.088  34
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:25.930   0.224  34
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:26.454   0.748  26
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:26.500   0.794  30
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:26.714   1.008  28
 7.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:27.316   1.610  34
 8.  Bruno Senna           Renault                1:27.498   1.792  36
 9.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:27.853   2.147  35
10.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:27.868   2.162  35
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1:27.890   2.184  37
12.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:28.050   2.344  34
13.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:28.289   2.583  36
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.552   2.846  31
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:28.691   2.985  29
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1:28.708   3.002  24
17.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1:29.332   3.626  39
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1:30.241   4.535  41
19.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:31.098   5.392  38
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1:31.469   5.763  32
21.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:31.804   6.098  28
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1:32.593   6.887  12
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1:32.768   7.062  33
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1:32.824   7.118  33

Hamilton penalised en route to leading India first practice

Hamilton set the fastest time in first practice

Hamilton set the fastest time in first practice

Lewis Hamilton headed the first ever official practice session for the Indian Grand Prix – but suffered a grid penalty in the process.

Hamilton set a flying lap at the very end of the session, putting him half a second ahead of anyone else, but sped through Turn 16 under double-waved yellows, resulting in a penalty from the stewards.

Lewis will be dropped 3 places on the grid, with Sergio Perez receiving the same penalty for the same action.

The red flag was out within minutes of the session beginning, as a stray dog wandered onto the track. Once the session restarted, Karun Chandhok (who will only participate in Practice 1) and Narain Karthikeyan led proceedings.

Pastor Maldonado's stray Williams soon caught out Hamilton and Perez

Pastor Maldonado's stray Williams soon caught out Hamilton and Perez

Fernando Alonso was out of the session early, with the Ferrari losing power. Felipe Massa was handed the Spaniard’s new front wing, which has since caused controversy, as it has been seen vibrating and showering sparks through Turn 4.

Pastor Maldonado pulled over near the end of the session, causing double-waved yellows, which consequently caused Hamilton and Perez’s penalties.

The Red Bulls were 2nd and 3rd, over half a second behind Hamilton. Jenson Button was a further second behind Vettel and Webber, with Michael Schumacher 5th.

Indian drivers Chandhok and Karthikeyan were 19th and 22nd in their respective Lotus and HRT cars.

Times from Friday practice 1:

01.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:26.836    	     22
02.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:27.416   0.580   23
03.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:27.428   0.592   27
04.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:28.394   1.558   23
05.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:28.531   1.695   23
06.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:28.542   1.706   29
07.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:28.644   1.808   22
08.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:28.705   1.869   23
09.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:29.219   2.383   24
10.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:29.355   2.519   29
11.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:29.700   2.864   24
12.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1:29.705   2.869   22
13.  Bruno Senna           Renault                1:29.799   2.963   20
14.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:30.132   3.296   25
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:30.367   3.531   21
16.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:30.566   3.730   19
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1:30.699   3.833   22
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1:30.818   3.982   22
19.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault          1:32.487   5.651   24
20.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1:32.771   5.935   24
21.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1:33.928   7.092   27
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1:34.113   7.277   30
23.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1:35.896   8.960   19
24.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:35.899   9.063    4
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