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FP2: Red Bull Racing takes over from Mercedes

  • Published on 05 Jul 2013 16:34
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  • By: Rob Veenstra
The 22 Formula One drivers completed another 801 laps of the Nurburgring circuit on Friday afternoon without any problems with Pirelli's revised tyres, as Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull jumped to the top of the timesheets ahead of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes.

Vettel recorded the best time of 1m 30.416s, but Rosberg was only 0.235s behind on 1m 30.651s. Red Bull’s Mark Webber was next on 1m 30.683s, ahead of the very close-matched Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 30.843s and 1m 30.848s respectively.

Everybody used the soft tyres during the 90-minute afternoon session, as well as doing distance runs on the mediums, and the 801 laps compared with only 458 this morning on the mediums as teams mainly looked just for one-lap pace.

Fernando Alonso recovered from his morning technical problems to run sixth on 1m 31.056s, with Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa right on his tail with 1m 31.059s. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton should have done better than 1m 31.304s, but after setting a very quick first sector time he got sector two wrong on his one fast run on the softs and thereafter focused instead on race running.

Jenson Button on 1m 31.568s for McLaren and Paul di Resta on 1m 31.797s for Force India completed the top 10, with Di Resta's team mate Adrian Sutil right behind him on 1m 31.824s and Daniel Ricciardo in the hunt for Toro Rosso with 1m 31.855s.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 13th in the second Toro Rosso on 1m 32.055s, from Sergio Perez on 1m 32.086s in the second McLaren. Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez were close in their Saubers in 15th and 16th, on 1m 32.495s and 1m 32.762s, while Valtteri Bottas fractionally shaded Williams partner Pastor Maldonado, 1m 32.879s to 1m 32.880s.

Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde were ahead of the Marussias in their Caterhams, with laps of 1m 33.695s and 1m 33.804s, compared to 1m 34.017s and 1m 34.667s for Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton. A poorly Bianchi only covered 10 laps before his team decided to rest him for the rest of the session. (Formula1.com)

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