Hamilton tops Abu Dhabi second practice

Lewis Hamilton took over at the top of Friday Practice at Abu Dhabi, setting the fastest time in the second session. He was a quarter of a second faster than Sebastian Vettel, who was 2 tenths ahead of Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice

On the medium tyres, Alonso reigned supreme, but stood no chance when everyone switched to the super-softs. Despite setting less laps than his rivals, Hamilton was easily on top.

The Renaults of Kubica and Petrov were 5th and 7th, surrounding Felipe Massa in 6th, who stopped out on track, reporting that his car had run out of fuel.

Jenson Button struggled in 8th, Vitantonio Liuzzi was 9th, and the Mercedes drivers of Rosberg and Schumacher were 10th and 11th.

Heikki Kovalainen took over the new teams in 19th place, 4.2 seconds off Hamilton’s pace. He scraped ahead of Timo Glock, who comfortably beat Jarno Trulli and Lucas di Grassi. Christian Klien and Bruno Senna were up to 2 seconds off their rivals at the back.

Times from FP2:

Pos.
Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.888 25
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.145 0.257 28
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.314 0.426 29
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’41.315 0.427 29
5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.576 0.688 31
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.583 0.695 21
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’42.096 1.208 31
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’42.132 1.244 28
9 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’42.203 1.315 31
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.222 1.334 29
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.246 1.358 29
12 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’42.449 1.561 32
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.535 1.647 21
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.768 1.880 26
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.914 2.026 37
16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.950 2.062 34
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.128 2.240 17
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.584 2.696 33
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’45.180 4.292 36
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.259 4.371 31
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’45.612 4.724 35
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’46.053 5.165 29
23 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’47.210 6.322 32
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’47.434 6.546 28
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