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Practice Two - Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 in Melbourne 15 Mar 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 15 March 2013 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 15 March 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 15 March 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 slid into the gravel.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 15 March 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 15 March 2013

Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull 1-2 in the second free practice session for the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, to hint that not a lot has changed since 2012.

The world champion - who also topped the times in first practice - lapped in 1m 26.070s on Pirelli’s medium tyres before cutting that back to 1m 25.908s on the supersofts. Both times were faster than team mate Mark Webber’s, the Australian lapping in 1m 26.172s on the supersofts to go second fastest. Webber survived a half spin at Turn 13.

A late run on the supersoft tyres saw Nico Rosberg lap his Mercedes in 1m 26.322s for third place, a position previously occupied by team mate Lewis Hamilton. The latter’s attempt to go quicker on the supersofts was spoiled by a lock-up which put him over the grass at Turn Nine, and later he stopped against the tyre wall at Turn Six having gone straight-on into the gravel trap. He was thus held down to seventh position on 1m 26.772s. Soon afterwards Rosberg was told to stop because of a gearbox problem.

Fourth and fifth were the Lotuses of Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 26.361s and Romain Grosjean on 1m 26.680s, while Fernando Alonso coped with the odd KERS problem on the way to 1m 26.748s for Ferrari.

Alonso's team mate, Felipe Massa, ran strongly on the prime tyres, survived a near clash with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez as the Mexican came out of the pits just as the Ferrari was arriving in Turn One, and was eighth on 1m 26.855s.

Adrian Sutil was again on strong form for Force India, with the ninth fastest time of 1m 27.435s, then there was a gap back to Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber on 1m 28.187s. The McLarens thus finished outside the top 10, with Jenson Button 11th on 1m 28.294s and Sergio Perez 13th on 1m 28.566s. They were separated by Paul di Resta’s Force India on 1m 28.311s.

Daniel Ricciardo got the hammer down for Toro Rosso with 1m 28.627s, and Gutierrez was 15th on 1m 28.772s. Williams' Pastor Maldonado on 1m 28.852s and Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne (who spun in Turn Four while running on the medium tyres) on 1m 28.968s completed the runners beneath 1m 29s.

Valtteri Bottas was half a second down on Williams team mate Maldonado with 1m 29.386s, as Jules Bianchi impressed again with 1m 29.696s for Marussia. Charles Pic jumped up to 20th for Caterham on 1m 30.165s, edging out Max Chilton who much earlier recorded a 1m 30.600s in his Marussia.

At the back, Giedo van der Garde was stranded on 1m 32.450s after his Caterham became beached in the gravel at Turn Three partway through the session.

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