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Practice Two - Massa edges out Vettel in India 28 Oct 2011

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 150 Italia.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice Day, Friday, 28 October 2011 Senna gets held up by an HRT D'Ambrosio's Virgin smacks into a wall following a spin, prompting red flags Adrian Sutil (GER) Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice Day, Friday, 28 October 2011 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Lotus Renault GP R31 practices a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice Day, Friday, 28 October 2011

Felipe Massa’s recent upturn in speed continued on Friday afternoon as the Brazilian took his Ferrari to the fastest time of the day in the second practice session for the Indian Grand Prix.

He knocked more than a second off Lewis Hamilton’s 1m 26.836s best for McLaren from the morning session, as his 1m 25.706s pipped Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.088s as the German lapped in 1m 25.794s. Fernando Alonso was third in the other Ferrari, with 1m 25.930s.

There was disappointment for Lewis Hamilton and McLaren after the first session when the stewards penalised him three grid places for Sunday for setting his fastest time while marshals were still recovering Pastor Maldonado’s stricken Williams near Turn 16. Sauber’s Sergio Perez got a similar penalty.

Hamilton was fourth fastest in the afternoon session, setting the pace initially and ending up 1m 26.454s before switching to race work, while Mark Webber in the second RB7 was fifth on 1m 26.500s from Jenson Button in the second MP4-26 with 1m 26.714s.

Adrian Sutil’s strong form for Force India continued with seventh fastest time of 1m 27.316s, while team mate Paul di Resta was ninth on 1m 27.853s as they sandwiched Bruno Senna’s Renault. The Brazilian had a few off-road adventures on his way to 1m 27.498s.

Sebastien Buemi completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso with 1m 27.868s from Vitaly Petrov, who spun the other Renault but later managed 1m 27.890s.

Kamui Kobayashi was 12th for Sauber on 1m 28.050s, with team mate Perez right with him on 1m 28.289s, then came Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari on 1m 28.552s, the Williamses of Rubens Barrichello and Maldonado on 1m 28.691s and 1m 28.708s, and Jarno Trulli’s Lotus on 1m 29.332s.

Heikki Kovalainen took his Lotus back from local hero Karun Chandhok and did 1m 30.241s for 18th, then came Nico Rosberg on 1m 31.098s in the first of the Mercedes. Like his team mate Michael Schumacher who was 21st on 1m 31.804s, the younger German focused mainly on race set-up work.

Timo Glock was again in strong form for Virgin with 1m 31.469s, while team mate Jerome D’Ambrosio lapped his MVR-02 in 1m 32.593s. The HRTs were right with him with Daniel Ricciardo on 1m 32.768s and the other local hero, Narain Karthikeyan, again doing a very good job with 1m 32.824s.

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