March 16, 2012
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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
March 11, 2012
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Melbourne will feature double DRS next week
The first Grand Prix of the 2012 season in Melbourne will see the use of two DRS zones.
The first zone will be similar to last year. The detection zone will be located at Turn 14, while the activation zone will be down the start/finish straight.
However, the second zone activates almost immediately afterwards, from Turns 2 to 3.
Unlike several double DRS zones last year, these two activation points have separate detection areas.
April 3, 2011
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Red Bull will probably need KERS to continue their dominant form in Malaysia
After ditching the device during the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Red Bull are becoming more confident of using KERS next weekend in Malaysia.
After reliability concerns, the KERS unit was removed from Vettel’s and Webber’s cars after Friday Practice. However, it made little difference to their crushing pace, as Vettel dominated from pole to flag.
With a longer pit straight in Sepang, not using the innovation would be a large disadvantage to the Milton Keynes outfit.
While last week’s decision as more precautionary rather than anything more serious, Christian Horner says that his team is now more confident with KERS:
"We ran the system on Friday it ran without any real issue, and it was purely based
on a lack of mileage on the system that our confidence was relatively low.
I think now, armed with that mileage, and having inspected all the components, our
confidence has grown - and hopefully if it runs well on Friday in Malaysia it will
make its race debut during the Malaysia weekend.
It didn't hurt us too much at the last race, but it is, you have to remember, a free
extra 80 horsepower, so over a lap it's effectively free lap time of anything between
Obviously the motivation and desire is to have it onto the car as quickly as possible,
but we won't compromise the performance of the car or the potential reliability of the
car if we feel that the system isn't race-sturdy yet."