Practice Two - Webber stakes Korea claim for Red Bull 22 Oct 2010
World championship points leader Mark Webber topped a gripping second practice session in Korea on Friday afternoon, as all five title contenders took places in the first seven. The Australian Red Bull driver was the only driver to lap below 1m 38s, with 1m 37.942s. That beat Fernando Alonsos 1m 38.132s in the Ferrari by 0.190s as all five had their turn being fast.
Lewis Hamilton had redefined things late in the session with 1m 38.279s, before Alonso and Webber went quicker. Jenson Button was fifth on 1m 38.726s after traffic twice frustrated his efforts, and both McLaren drivers had a raft of new rear wings to try. Splitting them was Robert Kubica, again very quick for Renault with 1m 38.718s.
Felipe Massa kept his end up for Ferrari with 1m 38.820s, with Sebastian Vettel seventh in the second Red Bull on 1m 39.204s.
Vitaly Petrov was quick for Renault with 1m 39.267s, just ahead of Nico Rosberg on 1m 39.268s in the leading Mercedes. Then came the BMW Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld, on 1m 39.564s and 1m 39.588s respectively, Mercedes GPs Michael Schumacher on 1m 39.598s, Rubens Barrichello in 1m 39.812s for Williams, and Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil in their Force Indias on 1m 39.881s and 1m 39.971s apiece. The Italian stopped out on the circuit close to the end of the session.
Nico Hulkenberg wasnt as quick, in relative terms, as hed been when the track was less grippy this morning, lapping his Williams in 1m 40.478s for 16th ahead of Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi in the Toro Rossos on 1m 40.578s and 1m 40.896s.
Lotus moved ahead of Virgin in the new teams stakes, with Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 42.773s from team mate Jarno Trulli on 1m 42.801s. That compared with Timo Glocks 1m 43.115s for Virgin, and team mate Lucas di Grassis 1m 44.039s. HRT were closer to their rivals, with Sakon Yamamoto 23rd on 1m 45.166s. Bruno Senna only did one flying lap right at the end after this mornings car problem, when a suspension problem caused gearbox damage, and lapped in 1m 46.649s.
Again, there were plenty of minor incidents due to the dusty nature of the track, with Webber spinning in Turn 12 and Yamamoto briefly bringing out the red flag after just clipping the wall in Turn 16 as he spun his HRT, but otherwise the other incidents centred on drivers running wide off the track after exceeding the level of grip. Altogether, given some of the gloomier pre-event predictions, it was a highly successful day.
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