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Michael Schumacher tops Practice 2 at Albert Park

Friday 16th March, 2012 - 4:43pm

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Michael Schumacher has pipped compatriot Nico Hulkenberg to record the fastest time in Practice 2 for Sunday’s Qantas Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The seven-time World Champion set a best time of 1:29.18s after the chequered flag fell on the 90 minute session to emerge 0.11s faster than the Force India driver.

Hulkenberg had himself displaced Schumacher from the top spot with six minutes remaining, before improving his own benchmark four minutes later.

Sergio Perez was third, while Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi – who surived a wild spin exiting the final corner as the session ended  – rounded out the top five.

Paul di Resta, Felipe Massa, Heikki Kovalainen, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel filled sixth through 10th.

Australians Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo were 11th and 21st fastest respectively.

The session began in full-wet conditions after a deluge hit the Albert Park circuit 40 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Fernando Alonso was the first to try intermediates at the 30 minute mark, while it took a further half hour before Narain Karthikeyan pioneered the move to slicks.

After a 15 minute lull, the top runners joined the HRT driver on slicks for a frantic final 15 minutes.

Practice 3 will kick off at 1400 local time tomorrow ahead of qualifying at 1700.

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s Practice 1 report

CLICK HERE for more on Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo’s practice

Results, Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:29.183 16
2 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:29.292 0.109 19
3 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.199 1.016 23
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:30.341 1.158 13
5 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.709 1.526 14
6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:31.466 2.283 13
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.505 2.322 14
8 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:31.932 2.749 16
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.184 3.001 17
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.194 3.011 19
11 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.296 3.113 20
12 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:32.632 3.449 17
13 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:32.767 3.584 15
14 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:32.822 3.639 11
15 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.039 3.856 18
16 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.252 4.069 11
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:34.108 4.925 21
18 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:34.275 5.092 7
19 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:34.312 5.129 17
20 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:34.485 5.302 29
21 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:34.604 5.421 31
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.770 5.587 13
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:42.627 13.444 16
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth No time 1

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Australian Grand Prix Race Guide

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