F1: Vettel quickest in second free practice


Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time at the second free practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel was the only driver who managed to slip under teh 1m 20s barrier, and was two-tenths quicker than his team-mate, Mark Webber. While Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button had managed to make a mark in the first practice session, this time, it was Red Bull all the way, with the two drivers setting times that were six tenths better than the rest of the grid.

Michael Schumacher managed to make it to third spot on the timing sheets, incidentally the same spot he managed in the first free practice session. Schumacher's Mercedes GP team-mate, Nico Rosberg finished the session in seventh spot. By the looks of it, Michael has clearly benefited from the upgrades made to his car ahead of the Spanish GP, with the seven-time world champion himself saying that he now feels a lot more comfortable within the car. Schumacher also admitted that he was feeling more confident in the Mercedes GP car, saying that now progress was possible in the direction that he wanted.

Finishing fourth behind the Mercedes driver was Fernando Alonso in the first of the Ferraris. Alonso benefited from increased pace thanks to a softer tyre compound.

Karun Chandhok managed to pip his team-mate to a better time, and this is what he had to say about the session:

I am quite pleased with the job I did this afternoon after not taking part in the first practice session. I managed to get up to speed quite quickly and ended up with a very competitive lap time. We had some issues with the brakes but am sure we will be able to fix it in time for tomorrow morning's session. It was really good to hear Christian's comments and interesting to hear that they were similar to mine. On a lighter note it is nice to end up as top of the three HRT drivers today in front of the home crowd and guests. All in all a good day as we managed to complete our planned program for the day and will now concentrate on getting the car prepared for qualifying tomorrow.

Timings from second free practice at the 2010 Spanish GP  

 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault         1:19.965         

 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault         1:20.175 

 3.  Schumacher     Mercedes                 1:20.757 

 4.  Alonso         Ferrari                  1:20.819 

 5.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes         1:21.191

 6.  Kubica         Renault                  1:21.202 

 7.  Rosberg        Mercedes                 1:21.271

 8.  Massa          Ferrari                  1:21.302 

 9.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1:21.364 

10.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes     1:21.518

11.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari           1:21.672

12.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes     1:21.904

13.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari           1:21.931

14.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1:22.184 

15.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth        1:22.192 

16.  Petrov         Renault                  1:22.435 

17.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1:22.449 

18.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth        1:23.765 

19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth           1:24.209 

20.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth           1:24.894 

21.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth          1:25.066 

22.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth             1:25.972 

23.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth             1:26.152 

24.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth          1:26.596