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Vettel maintains advantage in FP2 in India

Second practice for the Indian Grand Prix saw Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber lead the way again, as they had done in the morning session
Friday, October 25, 2013

October 25th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Sebastian Vettel continued to dominate the Indian Grand Prix weekend by setting the fastest time in the second practice session. Mark Webber in the second Red Bull was second fastest, as he was in first practice this morning. Romain Grosjean completed the top three for Lotus.

The session was characterised by front tyre graining and understeer. Many drivers complained of understeer on their team radios, and when the soft tyres were used, the fronts in particular wore out very quickly. Nico Hulkenberg pitted after a few laps on his soft tyres, and onboard footage showed massive graining on the surface of his left-front tyre. The soft tyres are lasting only about 4 or 5 laps on most of the cars, which suggests that the top ten on Sunday will have very short first stints.

Kimi Raikkonen and Pastor Maldonado provided the drama in the FP2 session. Raikkonen spun early on in turn 3, and later understeered wide in turn 10, running over the kerb and then losing the back-end of his Lotus briefly. He managed to continue on both occasions without any trouble. 

Maldonado's session ended prematurely when he lost his right-front wheel nut in turn 7 and eventually came to a halt with a puncture. It's the second weekend in succession that Maldonado has had a wheel-nut issue, which suggests that there could be further penalties coming the way of the Williams team.

Paul Di Resta was back in his Force India after sitting out the morning session due to illness. He completed 38 laps and set the 15th fastest time of the session.

Fernando Alonso was back on track after a gearbox issue cut short his FP1 session. Alonso was fifth fastest in FP2, seven tenths off the pace and just a fraction behind the leading Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg was sixth in the second Mercedes. Felipe Massa set the seventh fastest time in the second Ferrari, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Lotus. Sergio Perez and Jenson Button completed the top ten in their McLarens.

The final practice session will take place at 11:00 am local time in New Delhi tomorrow morning.

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