Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel
rose to the top of the pile as dusk fell in Abu Dhabi on Friday afternoon, but the world champion ended FP2 only 0.168s ahead of FP1 pacesetter Lewis Hamilton
Vettel and Hamilton battled for the fastest time for the first hour, after which the times failed to improve as the ambient and track temperatures dropped. The German eventually won the fight with 1m 41.751s, but Hamilton then worked down to 1m 41.919s to keep him honest. Jenson Button
was third in the other McLaren with 1m 42.412s, fractionally ahead of Mark Webber
in the second Red Bull on 1m 42.466s.
into play with 1m 42.500s, backed by team mate Kimi Raikkonen
on 12m 42.532s. Right behind them, Fernando Alonso
managed 1m 42.587s for Ferrari
, with his team mate Felipe Massa
on 1m 42.823s. Pastor Maldonado
and Sergio Perez
rounded out the top 10 for Williams
with 1m 42.998s and 1m 43.106s respectively.
Williams' Bruno Senna
backed Maldonado with 1m 43.191s despite missing FP1, then came Nico Rosberg
in the leading Mercedes
on 1m 43.200s, Nico Hulkenberg
in the first Force India
on 1m 43.255s, Michael Schumacher
on 1m 43.267s in the other Mercedes, Force India's Paul di Resta
on 1m 43.578s and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi
in 1m 43.689s.
Again the Toro Rossos were just out of the midfield club, with Daniel Ricciardo
and Jean-Eric Vergne
in their customary 17th and 18th places on 1m 44.260s and 1m 45.005s.
had a spin on his way to 19th with 1m 45.245s, with Caterham team mate Heikki Kovalainen next on 1m 45.782s. Timo Glock
lapped his Marussia
in 1m 46.589s to edge out Charles Pic
on 1m 46.671s and Pedro de la Rosa
on 1m 46.707s for HRT
. Team mate Narain Karthikeyan
also spun, and brought up the rear on 1m 47.406s. (Formula1.com)