Sebastian Vettel pips McLarens at Abu Dhabi

  • Saturday 3rd November, 2012 6:45am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Sebastian Vettel 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

14Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:43.285 21
23Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:43.6180.33319
31Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:44.0500.76523
45Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:44.3661.08121
52Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:44.5421.25722
67Michael SchumacherMercedes1:44.6941.40923
718Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:45.1151.83026
88Nico RosbergMercedes1:45.1941.90919
919Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1:45.3472.06225
109Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:45.4222.13715
116Felipe MassaFerrari1:45.5672.28224
1212Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:45.5872.30220
1314Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:45.7222.43720
1410Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:45.7432.45820
1511Jules BianchiForce India-Mercedes1:45.7692.48422
1615Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1:45.8112.52622
1716Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:46.6493.36424
1817Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:46.7083.42326
1920Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:47.4184.13323
2024Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1:47.8914.60621
2122Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1:48.3545.06922
2225Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1:48.8875.60222
2323Qing Hua MaHRT-Cosworth1:50.4877.20220
2421Giedo van der GardeCaterham-RenaultNo time 3

Practice 2, Abu Dhabi

11Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:41.751 34
24Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:41.9190.16834
33Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:42.4120.66136
42Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:42.4660.71521
510Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:42.5000.74934
69Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:42.5320.78128
75Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:42.5870.83631
86Felipe MassaFerrari1:42.8231.07233
918Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:42.9981.24737
1015Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1:43.1061.35536
1119Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault1:43.1911.44034
128Nico RosbergMercedes1:43.2001.44936
1312Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:43.2551.50434
147Michael SchumacherMercedes1:43.2671.51632
1511Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:43.5781.82734
1614Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:43.6891.93832
1716Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:44.2602.50927
1817Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:45.0053.25419
1921Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1:45.2453.49436
2020Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:45.7824.03133
2124Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1:46.5894.83836
2225Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1:46.6714.92032
2322Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1:46.7074.95626
2423Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1:47.4065.65535

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