Red Bull began to tighten their grip on the Indian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon, as Sebastian Vettel
finished FP2 at the Buddh International Circuit 0.118s clear of team mate Mark Webber
, who was in turn 0.599s ahead of Ferrari
's Fernando Alonso
This session was perhaps a little less instructive than this morning's, as some teams spent more time honing long-distance set-ups than on setting fast times. But the signs are there that it could be hard to beat the cars from Milton Keynes. Vettel ended the session with 1m 26.221s, with Webber on 1m 26.339s, as Alonso trailed on 1m 26.820s.
fourth with 1m 27.022s, as Kimi Raikkonen
into play with 1m 27.030s. Lewis Hamilton
's better runner in sixth with 1m 27.131s, as Jenson Button
made a late improvement to 1m 27.182s behind him, but Hamilton is believed to have had the best pace on high fuel which bodes well for the teams race chances.
Behind them, Nico Hulkenberg
put Force India
into eighth place with 1m 27.233s despite a spin in Turn Nine and another minor off, and Romain Grosjean
(a half spinner) and Bruno Senna
(a rotator in Turn Three) completed the Top 10 with 1m 27.397s and 1m 27.738s for Lotus and Williams
Paul di Resta
chased his Force India team mate with 1m 28.004s for 11th, ahead of the returned Sergio Perez
on 1m 28.178s for Sauber
. Then came Merecdes' Michael Schumacher
on 1m 28.222s from Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo
on 1m 28.239s, Ferrari's Felipe Massa
on 1m 28.296s, Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi
on 1m 28.455s and Williams' Pastor Maldonado
on 1m 28.596s. The Brazilian had a tough time, with spins in his own Massa Curves (Turn Nine) and then Turn 12, while the Japanese driver struggled with the balance of his Sauber.
was 18th with 1m 29.167s for Toro Rosso, chased by the Caterhams of Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov
on 1m 29.320s and 1m 29.606s apiece, as Pedro de la Rosa
rediscovered his mojo to lap his HRT
in 1m 30.950s. Timo Glock
reasserted himself at Marussia
with 1m 31.113s to head HRT's Narain Karthikeyan
on 1m 31.372s and team mate Charles Pic
on 1m 31.493s. (Formula1.com)
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