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Vettel fastest in FP2 in Spain

The World Champion led a close session ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso
Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Sebastian Vettel narrowly edged out Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber in a very tight FP2 session in Barcelona. After a wet morning session, the teams took full advantage of a dry track and all of the drivers completed many laps in order to learn about their car setups for Sunday's race.

As usual, all of the teams used both available tyre compounds to test their low fuel and long run pace. There will be more low fuel testing during FP3 tomorrow morning in advance of qualifying. The left front tyres seem to be taking some punishment in turns 3 and 9 and under braking for turn 10. Wear on the left front is likely to be a feature of Sunday's race.

Lewis Hamilton had a spin in turn 12, getting off the brakes and back onto the throttle. The back end of his Mercedes stepped out, and he was just unable to catch it. Fortunately for Hamilton, it was a fairly low-speed spin and he did not do any obvious damage to the chassis or tyres. 

Later on in the session, Paul Di Resta stopped on track after the rubber surface of his left rear tyre came apart. He was exiting the final corner at the time and managed to keep the car on the track, but was already past the pit entrance. All he could do was stop the car, which he did on the grass just after the pit exit. It's the second time a Pirelli tyre has inexplicably come apart this season - it happened to Lewis Hamilton earlier in the season - which will concern Pirelli, as tyre failures can cause accidents.

Ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix, the pecking order is mostly as expected. Ferrari and Red Bull are looking extremely quick. Lotus seem to have good long run pace, which will help them on Sunday if they can qualify well tomorrow. Mercedes are fast on a single lap, but there are still question marks over their ability to conserve tyres during the race. The surprise package is Toro Rosso - Vergne and Ricciardo have been quick in both practice sessions and it looks like the car is suited to the Barcelona track.

Full results from FP2:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.808   34
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.825 0.017 35
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.891 0.083 36
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:23.030 0.222 32
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.110 0.302 37
6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.140 0.332 35
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.398 0.590 45
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:23.840 1.032 37
9 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:24.058 1.250 31
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.104 1.296 25
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:24.175 1.367 32
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.306 1.498 35
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.854 2.046 31
14 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:24.888 2.080 38
15 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.167 2.359 38
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:25.321 2.513 32
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.441 2.633 37
18 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:25.851 3.043 36
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:25.963 3.155 30
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.078 3.270 31
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:26.930 4.122 35
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.970 4.162 26


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