Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull on top in India

Sebastian Vettel at the Buddah International Circuit

Sebastian Vettel at the Buddah International Circuit

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have set the fastest times in Friday practice ahead of this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit.

Reigning world champion Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber headed the times in the faster second session, comfortably sitting over half a second ahead of Ferrari’s title contender Fernando Alonso.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg improved in Practice 2, finishing fourth ahead of Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Bruno Senna (Williams) all endured minor offs in the second practice session, but managed to finish with the eighth, ninth and 10th fastest times of the day respectively.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was impressive, finishing the two sessions in ninth and 14th.

A final practice session will be held tomorrow ahead of qualifying.

Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.619 22
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.929 0.310 22
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.044 0.425 24
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.046 0.427 25
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:28.175 0.556 22
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.447 0.828 25
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:28.542 0.923 24
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:28.993 1.374 23
9 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:29.204 1.585 24
10 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:29.291 1.672 24
11 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:29.691 2.072 26
12 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:29.760 2.141 23
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.802 2.183 18
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:29.850 2.231 19
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.895 2.276 19
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:30.041 2.422 26
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:30.401 2.782 23
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:30.630 3.011 24
19 20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:30.896 3.277 20
20 15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.212 3.593 29
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.903 4.284 22
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:32.125 4.506 24
23 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:32.369 4.750 19
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:32.859 5.240 13

Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.221 35
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.339 0.118 33
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.820 0.599 34
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.022 0.801 38
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:27.030 0.809 40
6 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.131 0.910 38
7 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.182 0.961 24
8 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:27.233 1.012 37
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:27.397 1.176 36
10 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:27.738 1.517 36
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:28.004 1.783 32
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.178 1.957 39
13 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:28.222 2.001 37
14 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:28.239 2.018 37
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:28.296 2.075 23
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.455 2.234 40
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:28.596 2.375 38
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:29.167 2.946 35
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:29.320 3.099 43
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:29.606 3.385 22
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:30.950 4.729 37
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.113 4.892 35
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:31.372 5.151 20
24 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.493 5.272 31

 

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