USGP: Vettel again on top in practice 2

Sebastian Vettel

After topping the opening practice session comfortably, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber made it a Red Bull Renault 1-2 at the top of the time sheets after second practice for Sunday’s inaugural United States Grand Prix™ at the Circuit of The Americas™.

Once again world champion Vettel was in splendid isolation, the only driver to dip under 1 minute 38 seconds in the session despite turning only 17 laps.

The 25-year-old German, who was the early afternoon pace-setter, spent the middle part of the 90-minute session stuck in his garage as mechanics investigated an apparent water leak on the #1 car. He then fired in a 1:37.718 lap to repeat his morning domination at the new Texas venue.

The circuit saw its first on-track incident when Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen cut across the bows of Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso at Turn 19, leaving the Finnish driver with a punctured left rear tire and bound for his pit garage.

It was another hard-working Formula 1 session as the drivers mixed long runs on the P Zero Silver (hard) tires to help with their race set-up and shorter sprints on the softer of Pirelli’s two compounds, the P Zero White (medium), with a view to finding sheer pace for Saturday’s qualifying hour.

No fewer than 21 of the 24 drivers put in more than 30 laps apiece. Vettel apart, the two who did not were HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan, back in the car after stepping aside for Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua in the opening session, and teammate Pedro de la Rosa.

Mexican Sergio Perez completed the afternoon under the shadow of a reprimand from race stewards for his on-track conduct in the opening session. “Checo", whose entire family including his grandmother will be here to see him in his closest race to home, was found guilty of weaving maneuvers that hindered Timo Glock in the Marussia car.

So just how good is the two-time defending F1 champion? Well consider this. Vettel had to park in the garage after just three laps at the start of the afternoon when the team detected the water system fault.

He would not reappear for almost an hour, but when he did, he demoralized his opponents with a 1m37.718s lap on his second medium-tire run that no one could touch.

If Vettel continues that domination in qualifying Saturday it is going to be a long weekend for everyone else.


Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.718 +0.000s 17
2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m38.475s +0.757s 36
3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m38.483s +0.765s 35
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.748s +1.030s 31
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.786s +1.068s 32
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m39.029s +1.311s 33
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.448s +1.730s 32
8. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m39.531s +1.813s 38
9. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.653s +1.935s 36
10. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m40.115s +2.397s 30
11. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m40.166s +2.448s 32
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m40.230s +2.512s 35
13. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m40.2$6s +2.568s 32
14. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.326s +2.608s 35
15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.435s +2.717s 30
16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.516s +2.798s 32
17. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m40.700s +2.982s 34
18. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m41.430s +3.712s 35
19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m42.476s +4.758s 38
20. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m42.652s +4.934s 33
21. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m42.846s +5.128s 38
22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m43.538s +5.820s 38
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m44.453s +6.735s 16
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m45.114s +7.396s 20

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