Red Bull stamps authority in Practice 2

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have put in a commanding performance on the opening day of the 2013 Formula 1 season.

Having topped Practice 1 earlier in the afternoon, Vettel’s Practice 2 best of 1:25.91s saw the German 0.26s clear of second-placed Webber.

The Australian had thrilled local fans by shooting to the top of the order halfway through the 90 minute hit-out after moving to the super soft tyre.

Vettel answered the challenge with his own super soft time soon after, before the final 30 minutes saw mainly high-fuel running.

Webber’s session effectively ended with a wild spin at the exit of Turn 13 in the final minutes as he battled with the rapidly degrading rubber.

The quickest non-Red Bull proved the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, which lapped some 0.41s slower than Vettel.

It was a dramatic end to the session for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton’s entry going straight on at Turn 6 after an apparent mechanical failure, moments before Rosberg pulled off with gearbox troubles.

Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean ended a promising day for Lotus in fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Fernando Alonso, Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Adrian Sutil and Nico Hulkenberg.

McLaren meanwhile appears to be in for a tough start to the season with Jenson Button 11th and new team-mate Sergio Perez 13th.

West Australian Daniel Ricciardo was 14th in his Toro Rosso, three places ahead of team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

It was a tough session for rookie Giedo van der Garde, who missed the final hour after spinning his Caterham off the circuit at Turn 6.

A third and final Formula 1 practice session will get underway at 1400 on Saturday afternoon before qualifying at 1700.

See below for the full Practice 2 result






1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.908
2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.172 0.264
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.322 0.414
4 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:26.361 0.453
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.680 0.772
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.748 0.840
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.772 0.864
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.855 0.947
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:27.435 1.527
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.187 2.279
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.294 2.386
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:28.311 2.403
13 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.566 2.658
14 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:28.627 2.719
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.772 2.864
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:28.852 2.944
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:28.968 3.060
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:29.386 3.478
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:29.696 3.788
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:30.165 4.257
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.600 4.692
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:32.450 6.542

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