Practice 2: Vettel a little faster than Hamilton

9 September, 2011

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB7. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday 9 September 2011.

Sebastian Vettel fastest in practice two at Monza

Sep.9 (PVM) Spa-Francorchamps was supposed to be a circuit unsuited to the quirks of the Red Bull RB7, nevertheless Sebastian Vettel went on to win the race two weeks ago – fast forward to Monza, a circuit supposedly not suitable to the Adrian Newey creation, and the runaway championship leader ended the second free practice session of the Italian Grand Prix weekend top of the timing sheets.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton was second best in practice session two but ended the day fastest thanks to his time in the morning session

Fastest in the morning, Lewis Hamilton was second best, fractionally slower with the McLaren MP4/26  in qualifying trim during the afternoon but on the long race simulations their pace was apparently a second or more down on Vettel.

Hamilton’s time in the morning, the only one to dip into the 83 seconds zone, was faster than Vettel’s best in the afternoon.

Michael Schumacher gave indication that the Mercedes GP could be well suited to the full throttle nature of the Monza circuit by ending the session third fastest and spending a chunk of time top of the timing screens..

Up next were the Ferrari pair, with Felipe Massa slightly quicker than last year’s winner Fernando Alonso.
Mark Webber was sixth fastest with Jenson Button making up the top half dozen on the timing sheets.

Less than half a second separated the top six, who apart from Massa are still contenders for the title much like last year around the same time in the season.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Next up were a pair of Saubers with Sergio Perez faster than Kamui Kobayashi, a pair Renaults with Bruno Senna again impressing by going quicker than Vitaly Petrov and then Force India duo with Adrian Sutil fractionally quicker than Paul di Resta who sat out the morning session (for Nico Hulkenberg) and has only ever driven at Monza once before – last year during Friday practice.

Kobayashi’s car came to a halt at the very end of the afternoon session with transmission problems.

Nico Rosberg had a frustrating afternoon with KERS issues on his Mercedes GP which cost him the first 45 minutes of the session,while rookie Daniel Ricciardo only managed seven laps in the afternoon due to a faulty alternator which needed to be replaced on the HRT.

Friday, 9 September – Practice 2

Pos No

Driver

Team

Time

Gap

Laps

1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.010 37
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.046 0.036 21
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.347 0.337 39
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.366 0.356 33
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.433 0.423 31
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.468 0.458 32
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.508 0.498 30
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.097 1.087 39
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.182 1.172 37
10 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:25.325 1.315 38
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:25.450 1.440 31
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:25.496 1.486 39
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:25.683 1.673 37
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:25.758 1.748 29
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:26.202 2.192 36
16 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:26.353 2.343 40
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:28.347 4.337 5
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:28.559 4.549 32
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:28.605 4.595 32
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:28.804 4.794 25
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:29.162 5.152 34
22 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:29.184 5.174 29
23 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:29.622 5.612 34
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:29.841 5.831 7


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