Practice 2: Hamilton fastest as Mercedes dominate
16 April, 2010
Apr.16 (YF1) A McLaren Mercedes driver was again quickest in the second free practice session, on a cold but eventually sunny, opening day of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.
This time it was Lewis Hamilton who topped the timing screens ahead of Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP), Jenson Button (McLaren Mercedes) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP). The top four were covered by less than a half a second.
Fastest again, of the non-Mercedes powered cars, was fifth fastest Sebastian Vettel who headed up his Red Bull team mate Mark Webber.
Seventh on the final timing screens was Adrian Sutil (Force India) ahead of Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) who headed Robert Kubica (Renault).
The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were 10th and 11th respectively. The Spaniard finally doing laps after an engine problem saw him sidelined during the first session.
Fastest of the Cosworth runners was Rubens Barrichello, down in 15th and almost 2.5 seconds down on Hamilton’s best.
Over four seconds slower off the pace was Jarno Turlli (Lotus) who again was fractionally faster than team mate Heikki Kovalainen. Lotus fastest of the new teams again in China.
The comparatively slow pace of the new teams came into the spotlight in the session as a number of fist waving incidents took place as the faster drivers were baulked, mostly inadvertently, while on faster laps.
This included Alonso who came upon a much slower Bruno Senna (Hispania Racing) and was forced to take avoiding action. Earlier in the session Button had a similar situation with Lucas di Grassi (Virgin Racing). Both incidents highlighted the plight of both drivers in these potentially dangerous and certainly frustrating situations.
Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) was forced to sit out the session after his scary accident in free practice one. According to team boss Franz Tost, Buemi’s crash was caused by a failure of the front-right upright connecting the wheel to the front suspension which overloaded the left-hand one, causing it to break too. Alarmingly they were new before the session began.
Practice 2 Lap Times
|2||4||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP||1:35.465||0.248||22|
|4||3||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP||1:35.602||0.385||28|
|7||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:36.254||1.037||31|
|13||22||Pedro de la Rosa||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||1:37.421||2.204||32|
|14||23||Kamui Kobayashi||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||1:37.431||2.214||33|
|16||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||1:37.804||2.587||31|
|22||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||1:41.107||5.890||28|
|24||16||Sebastien Buemi||STR-Ferrari||No time||0|