Practice Two - Red Bull retain their grip in Japan 08 Oct 2010
Red Bull continued to dominate practice at Suzuka on Friday, in a second session that started out warm but cooled quite considerably as the track temperature dropped five degrees by the end of its 90 minutes. Sebastian Vettel again set the pace after a tussle with team mate Mark Webber, and this time the margin between them was 0.395s. Vettel lapped in 1m 31.465s, Webber 1m 31.860s.
Once again Robert Kubica was their closest challenger, lapping his Renault in 1m 32.300s after surviving a rare spin into the gravel at the Hairpin. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were fourth and fifth for Ferrari, with 1m 32.362s and 1m 32.519s respectively, and Jenson Button was sixth in the lead McLaren with 1m 32.533s.
The British team had brought along several different parts to try here, splitting the running with them between Button and Lewis Hamilton, so having both cars damaged this morning didnt help that endeavour. Button ran the whole session, whereas Hamilton only got going with six and a half minutes left when the track conditions were past their best and nobody was making any improvements. The 2008 world champion lapped his MP4-25 in 1m 33.481s, which was good enough for 13th.
Between the two McLarens, Vitaly Petrov was on good form for Renault with 1m 32.703s for seventh ahead of Michael Schumacher, who continued to show Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg the way this time with 1m 32.831s. Adrian Sutil managed 1m 32.842s in his Force India, with Nico Hulkenberg 10th on 1m 32.851s in the leading Williams. Rosberg was right behind him with 1m 32.880s.
Kamui Kobayashi spent most of the session trailing BMW Sauber team mate Nick Heidfeld, but banged in a 1m 33.471s lap to show the German the way. Heidfeld was 15th on 1m 33.697s, separated from his partner by Hamilton and Rubens Barrichello in the other Williams, on 1m 33.564s.
Sebastian Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari proved very evenly matched in their Toro Rossos on 1m 34.005s and 1m 34.055s respectively, while Tonio Liuzzi had problems with his Force India and failed to better 1m 34.310s for 18th.
Lotus had the upper hand in the new team stakes, with Heikki Kovalainen fastest on 1m 36.095s ahead of team mate Jarno Trulli on 1m 36.333s. Then came the Virgins of Lucas di Grassi and Timo Glock on 1m 36.630s and 1m 36.834s respectively. Bruno Senna was 23rd in the lead HRT on 1m 37.352s, with Sakon Yamamoto bringing up the rear on 1m 37.831s.
As grip levels trailed off, plenty of drivers went off-roading: Kobayashi, Petrov, Buemi, Yamamoto, Alguersuari, Kubica, Kovalainen, Massa, Vettel, Di Grassi, Schumacher, Glock, Heidfeld and Liuzzi all had minor incidents, some of them more than once.
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