Vettel tops practice in upgraded Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has set the pace during practice for Sunday’s European Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit.

Driving a Red Bull RB8 sporting a substantial aerodynamic upgrade kit, the two-time and reigning World Champion set a best time of 1:39.33s during the second of two 90 minute sessions.

Vettel had earlier trailed Practice 1 pace-setter Pastor Maldonado by just 0.08s to be second fastest in the opening session.

Nico Hulkenberg’s effort in the afternoon would put the Force India driver second quickest for the day, while Kamui Kobayashi, Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna completed the top five.

Points leader Lewis Hamilton could manage no better than 14th, albeit just 0.81s adrift of Vettel’s pace.

A third practice session will take place on Saturday prior to qualifying.

See below for the full Practice 2 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.334
2 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:39.465 0.131
3 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.595 0.261
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:39.601 0.267
5 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:39.644 0.310
6 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.700 0.366
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.733 0.399
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:39.868 0.534
9 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.901 0.567
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.926 0.592
11 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:39.945 0.611
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.990 0.656
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:40.075 0.741
14 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.147 0.813
15 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:40.244 0.910
16 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.511 1.177
17 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:40.963 1.629
18 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:41.121 1.787
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:41.197 1.863
20 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:41.263 1.929
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.424 3.090
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.958 3.624
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:44.201 4.867
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:44.260 4.926

See below for the full Practice 1 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

1 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:40.890
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.973 0.083
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.984 0.094
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.994 0.104
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.065 0.175
6 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:41.105 0.215
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:41.117 0.227
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.158 0.268
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.182 0.292
10 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:41.620 0.730
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:41.784 0.894
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.838 0.948
13 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.861 0.971
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:42.109 1.219
15 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1:42.175 1.285
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:42.299 1.409
17 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:42.442 1.552
18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:42.758 1.868
19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:42.777 1.887
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:43.209 2.319
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:44.173 3.283
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:44.996 4.106
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:45.120 4.230
24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.338 4.448

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