Sebastian Vettel pips McLarens at Abu Dhabi

  • Saturday 3rd November, 2012 6:45am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Screen Shot 2012 11 03 at 7.56.49 AM 344x229 Sebastian Vettel pips McLarens at Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel at Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel has edged out the fast McLaren pair in the opening two practice sessions in Abu Dhabi.

The Red Bull championship leader trailed both of the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in Practice 1, but turned the tables in Practice 2, edging out the pair by little over 0.1s.

Vettel and Hamilton battled for the fastest time during the first hour of the quicker second session, but the times  failed to improve as the ambient and track temperatures dropped.

The German eventually won the fight with 1m 41.751s, ahead of Hamilton, Button and the second Red Bull of Mark Webber.

The Lotus pair of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen were next fastest, ahead of Vettel’s championship rival Fernando Alonso. The Ferrari star put in a late quick time to finish fourth fastest in the first session, but could only mange seventh in Practice 2.

Alonso’s Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado (Williams) and Sergio Perez (Sauber) completed the top 10.

Practice 1, Abu Dhabi

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:43.285   21
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:43.618 0.333 19
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:44.050 0.765 23
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:44.366 1.081 21
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:44.542 1.257 22
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:44.694 1.409 23
7 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:45.115 1.830 26
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:45.194 1.909 19
9 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:45.347 2.062 25
10 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:45.422 2.137 15
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:45.567 2.282 24
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:45.587 2.302 20
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.722 2.437 20
14 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:45.743 2.458 20
15 11 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1:45.769 2.484 22
16 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.811 2.526 22
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:46.649 3.364 24
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:46.708 3.423 26
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:47.418 4.133 23
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:47.891 4.606 21
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:48.354 5.069 22
22 25 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.887 5.602 22
23 23 Qing Hua Ma HRT-Cosworth 1:50.487 7.202 20
24 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault No time   3

Practice 2, Abu Dhabi

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:41.751   34
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.919 0.168 34
3 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.412 0.661 36
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:42.466 0.715 21
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:42.500 0.749 34
6 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:42.532 0.781 28
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:42.587 0.836 31
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:42.823 1.072 33
9 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:42.998 1.247 37
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.106 1.355 36
11 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:43.191 1.440 34
12 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:43.200 1.449 36
13 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:43.255 1.504 34
14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:43.267 1.516 32
15 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:43.578 1.827 34
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.689 1.938 32
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:44.260 2.509 27
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:45.005 3.254 19
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:45.245 3.494 36
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:45.782 4.031 33
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:46.589 4.838 36
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:46.671 4.920 32
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:46.707 4.956 26
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:47.406 5.655 35

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