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Michael Schumacher tops second Chinese practice

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Friday 13th April, 2012 - 5:42pm

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Michael Schumacher topped the second Chinese session for Mercedes-AMG

Michael Schumacher topped the second Chinese session for Mercedes-AMG

Following on from this morning’s damp practice session at the Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, an intense session saw all drivers put in solid programs of running, with Michael Schumacher ending the session the fastest for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team with a 1:35.973.

This morning’s pace-setter, Lewis Hamilton was second quickest for Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes a little over a tenth of a second behind the seven times World Champion. Pleasingly for the Red Bull pair they finished the session in third and fourth placing – Vettel edging Australian, Mark Webber.

The Mercedes powered front runners were getting their softer rubber up to speed very quickly, whilst it was taking the Red Bulls a number of laps to show speed.

The major incident of the session afflicted Marussia’s Timo Glock. Entering turn one, Glock’s front wing came adrift spitting him into the gravel trap in spectacular fashion.

The other Aussie in the field, Daniel Ricciardo completed a massive 33 laps and finished the session 12th – outpacing Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

Lotus F1 Team duo, Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen appear to be struggling in the cooler conditions – Raikkonen finishing the second session in 13th and Grosjean in 15th.

The woes for Felipe Massa continued – the Ferrari driver managing just 17th position from his 30 circulations.

Tomorrow, the final practice session will take place with qualifying later in the afternoon.

Results – Practice session 2 – Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix:

1. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m35.973
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.145s + 0.172
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.160s + 0.187
4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.433s + 0.460
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.617s + 0.644
6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.711s + 0.738
7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.956s + 0.983
8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m36.966s + 0.993
9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m37.191s + 1.218
10. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.316s + 1.343
11. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.417s + 1.444
12. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m37.616s + 1.643
13. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m37.836s + 1.863
14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m37.930s + 1.957
15. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m37.972s + 1.999
16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m38.176s + 2.203
17. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m38.293s + 2.320
18. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m38.783s + 2.810
19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m38.990s + 3.017
20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m39.346s + 3.373
21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m39.651s + 3.678
22. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m40.343s + 4.370
23. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.753s + 4.780

The Chinese Grand Prix will take place this weekend. See below for Speedcafe.com’s Shanghai Race Guide.

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