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Practice Two - Button leads in Barcelona for McLaren 11 May 2012

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 11 May 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 11 May 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 11 May 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 11 May 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 11 May 2012

Jenson Button emerged at the top of the timesheets after an hour of the second practice session here at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday, and stayed there for the remaining 30 minutes as everyone switched to their long runs.

The 2009 world champion lapped his McLaren in 1m 23.399s, just 0.164s ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull on 1m 23.563s. Nico Rosberg was within three-tenths for Mercedes, on 1m 23.771s, with Lewis Hamilton half a second shy of his McLaren team mate on 1m 23.909s with the Lotuses of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean right behind on 1m 23.918s and 1m 23.964s respectively.

Mark Webber had a few off-track adventures on his way to seventh in the other Red Bull, with 1m 24.065s, and Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher was right on his tail with 1m 24.080s. Kamui Kobayashi was ninth for Sauber on 1m 24.214s, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Force €ndia on 1m 24.365s.

Felipe Massa was Ferrari’s leader this time with 1m 24.418s, as team mate Fernando Alonso only just improved on his strong 1m 24.739s time set on the hard Pirelli tyre when he switched to the soft; he was 14th on 1m 24.600s. €n between them, Sauber’s Sergio Perez was 12th on 1m 24.422s and Pastor Maldonado took his Williams round in 1m 24.468s.

Paul di Resta’s first run of the day in the Force €ndia ultimately yielded 1m 24.688s for 15th, ahead of the Toro Rossos of Jean-Eric Vergne whose early lap of 1m 24.733s had at one time been the fastest, and Daniel Ricciardo who managed 1m 24.769s.

Bruno Senna’s efforts to go quicker than 1m 25.047s resulted in a late spin for the Williams driver in Turn 12, leaving him 18th ahead of the squabbling Caterham, Marussia and HRT teams. Heikki Kovalainen led them from team mate Vitaly Petrov, 1m 26.296s to 1m 26.740s, with Timo Glock and Charles Pic on 1m 27.314s and 1m 27.664s apiece; Pedro de la Rosa was again HRT’s faster runner in their home race, with 1m 28.235s.

Narain Karthikeyan got his car back from Dani Clos but had to wait for the last half hour to get out due to mechanical problems, which then brought him to a halt within half a lap once he’d finally left the pits. He failed to set a time.

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