Vettel sets pace narrowly in Austin practice

Sebastian Vettel goes fastest in Practice 2 in Texas

Sebastian Vettel goes fastest in Practice 2 in Texas

Sebastian Vettel has continued Red Bull’s relentless march in practice for the US Grand Prix at Austin, Texas.

The already crowned four-times World Champion nudged team-mate Mark Webber from the top spot in Practice 2 at the Circuit of the Americas track.

Vettel recorded 1:37.305s as Red Bull laid down the benchmark in the 90-minute session with Webber registering 1:37.420.

The Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg (1:37.785) and Lewis Hamilton (1:37.958) were next.

Heikki Kovalainen has produced plenty of promise as the replacement for Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus.

Unsurprisingly Kovalainen did the most running of the 22 cars, completing 41 laps and finishing with the fifth fastest time in 1:38.073.

Importantly Kovalainen finished three spots ahead of Lotus incumbent Romain Grosjean (1:38.255).

There were strange scenes in the opening practice session which had to be cut to 60-minutes as heavy fog restricted visibility with the medical helicopter unable to fly in the conditions.

When the session began Jenson Button had laid down the quickest lap before officials pulled out the red flag as it been discovered the helicopter had not yet landed at the track.

With 45 minutes remaining the session resumed however there was still no on-track action. Drivers had to wait until the helicopter landed trackside before launching into runs with just over 30 minutes remaining.

After all this Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in 1:38.343 to shade the early fast man Button.

See below for the Practice 2 result

 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:37.305s 35
 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:37.420 +0.115s 37
 3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.785 +0.480 38
 4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.958 +0.653 38
 5 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:38.073 +0.768 41
 6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.229 +0.924 40
 7 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.254 +0.949 40
 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:38.255 +0.950 33
 9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.269 +0.964 34
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.461 +0.950 33
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:38.719 +1.414 31
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.938 +1.633 37
13 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.941 +1.636 31
14 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:39.246 +1.941 28
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.410 +2.105 34
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:39.512 +2.207 37
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:39.579 +2.274 36
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:39.784 +2.479 33
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:40.376 +3.071 39
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:40.563 +3.258 35
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:46.226 +8.921 31
22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:47.009 +9.704 20

See below for the Practice 1 result

 1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.343s 16
 2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.371 +0.028s 25
 3 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:38.388 +0.045 17
 4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.532 +0.189 18
 5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.657 +0.314 21
 6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.979 +0.636 21
 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.005 +0.662 17
 8 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:39.083 +0.740 17
 9 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.158 +0.815 17
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:39.200 +0.857 15
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:39.238 +0.895 13
12 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.256 +0.913 17
13 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:39.487 +1.144 18
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:39.699 +1.356 15
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.836 +1.493 15
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:39.863 +1.520 19
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:40.065 +1.722 20
18 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:40.662 +2.319 21
19 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1:41.399 +3.056 21
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.605 +3.262 19
21 Charles Pic   Caterham-Renault 1:42.054 +3.711 19
22 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.716 +5.373 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

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