McLarens close on Vettel in Practice 2

McLaren looks set to go head to head with Red Bull in China

McLaren looks set to go head to head with Red Bull in China

While Sebastian Vettel was again the man to chase in Practice 2 in Shanghai, the German topped the session by a much reduced margin compared to his morning efforts.

Having been more than two seconds adrift of Vettel in Practice 1, McLaren team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button closed to within 0.3s of the reigning World Champion to take second and third respectively.

Four Mercedes powered cars ended the 90 minutes in the top five, with factory drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher showing signs of improvement in their W02s.

Fernando Alonso was again outside the top 10, having lost considerable time with a hydraulic problem.

Mark Webber was 10th fastest after completing 33 laps, with his best effort 1.6s adrift of Vettel’s.

The third and final practice session will be held tomorrow ahead of qualifying.

See below for the Practice 2 result

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.688s
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.854s 0.166
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.935s 0.247
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.943s 0.255
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.105s 0.417
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m38.507s 0.819
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m38.735s 1.047
8 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m38.805s 1.117
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m38.859s 1.171
10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m39.327s 1.639
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.538s 1.850
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m39.667s 1.979
13 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.771s 2.083
14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m39.779s 2.091
15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.828s 2.140
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m39.925s 2.237
17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.953s 2.265
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m40.476s 2.788
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m41.482s 3.794
20 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m42.902s 5.214
21 Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m43.850s 6.162
22 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.008s 6.320
23 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.747s 7.059

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