Silver Arrows dominate as Vettel crashes

Button emerged fastest on Friday in Istanbul

Button emerged fastest on Friday in Istanbul

Mercedes-powered cars have dominated the opening day of running in Istanbul, with McLaren’s Jenson Button emerging as the fastest man.

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) rounded out the top four in the dry Practice 2.

World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel had the worst possible start to his weekend – crashing heavily at the feared Turn 8 during the morning’s wet session.

While Vettel walked away unharmed from the incident, the German’s RB7 was not able to turn a lap in Practice 2.

Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber finished the day fifth fastest, having been 11th in the earlier session.

The afternoon saw Turn 8 catch out Williams rookie Pastor Maldonado, with the Venezuelan finding the barriers after losing control on a damp patch.

West Australian Red Bull test driver Daniel Ricciardo again took part in Practice 1 for Scuderia Toro Rosso – impressing with the eighth fastest time.

See below for the Practice 2 result

1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.456s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.521s 0.065
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m27.033s 0.577
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m27.063s 0.607
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m27.149s 0.693
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m27.340s 0.884
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m27.517s 1.061
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m27.725s 1.269
9 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.844s 1.388
10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m28.052s 1.596
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m28.069s 1.613
12 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.153s 1.697
13 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m28.475s 2.019
14 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.765s 2.309
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m28.828s 2.372
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m28.946s 2.490
17 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m29.409s 2.953
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m29.637s 3.181
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m30.281s 3.825
20 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m31.035s 4.579
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m31.221s 4.765
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m31.320s 4.864
23 Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m31.989s 5.533

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