Practice Two - Red Bull run riot in Barcelona 07 May 2010
Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber dished out a stern warning to their rivals at Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya on Friday afternoon when, on a bone dry, track they dominated the second session of practice. Webber set the pace for much of the session, lapping eventually in 1m 20.175s, until Vettel slammed round in 1m 19.965s. He was the only man to breach the 1m 20s barrier.
Confirming the mornings indications that the new long-wheelbase version of the Mercedes MGP W01 suits him nicely, Michael Schumacher looked far more like his dangerous old self as he punched in a 1m 20.757s lap to resist a late challenge from Ferraris Fernando Alonso, who managed 1m 20.819s for fourth overall.
The McLarens were not so fleet this afternoon, relative to their opposition, and Lewis Hamilton had to be content with 1m 21.191s for fifth, just ahead of an increasingly menacing Robert Kubica who took his Renault round in 1m 21.202s to head Mercedes GPs Nico Rosberg (1m 21.271s), Ferraris Felipe Massa (1m 21. 302s), McLarens Jenson Button (1m 21.364s), Force Indias Adrian Sutil (1m 21.518s), BMW Saubers Pedro de la Rosa (1m 21.672s), Force Indias Vitantonio Liuzzi (1m 21.904s and BMW Saubers Kamui Kobayashi (1m 21.931s).
Those anxious to discover the real pecking order after the first four races now had a pretty reasonable idea, despite it being a Friday
Sebastien Buemi was 14th for Toro Rosso with 1m 22.184s ahead of Williamss Rubens Barrichello on 1m 22.192s and off-coursing Vitaly Petrov in 1m 22.435s in the second Renault, while Buemis team mate Jaime Alguersuari managed 1m 22.449s before spinning off in Turn Seven late in the session with possible technical problems.
Nico Hulkenberg was down to 1m 23.765s when he went off and damaged his Williams slightly. That brought out the red flags for a few minutes as a damaged tyre barrier was repaired and left him 18th.
Further evidence of Lotuss improved performance came as Jarno Trulli lapped his T127 in 1m 24.209s, with team mate Heikki Kovalainen next up on 1m 24.894s.
Lucas di Grassi was the faster Virgin this time with 1m 25.066s, ahead of the HRTs of Karun Chandhok (1m 25.972s) and Bruno Senna (1m 26.152s), while Timo Glock brought up the rear after a troubled session, with 1m 26.596s.