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2011 Chinese Grand Prix (Rd 3, Free Practice 2, April 15th)

April 18, 2011

© Creative Commons / Will Pittenger

Sebastian Vettel topped the second free practice session at the Shanghai International Circuit in China.

The German completed 34 laps, with a best of 1:37.688, only just over one tenth ahead of the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel spent a period of the session working on long stints, as Red Bull continue to gather information on the new Pirelli rubber.

Hamilton for his part clocked up 22 laps, heading off teammate Jenson Button, who registered the 3rd quickest time.
The Mercedes duo followed in 4th and 5th with Nico Rosberg leading Michael Schumacher as the pair concentrated on long runs under high fuel loads. While the pair showed better pace, question marks still remain over the true quality of the MGP-W02.

Felipe Massa was the quicker of the two Ferrari’s come the chequered flag; however the Brazilian took advantage of being the afternoon’s busiest runner.
Massa’s 36 laps contrast with the 17 that fellow Ferrari pilot Fernando Alonso banked. The Spaniard missed much of the session due to an hydraulics problem.

Several drivers had offs during the session. Many were caught out by the excessively dusty conditions – none moreso than Renault substitute Nick Heidfeld.
The German veteran suffered his second accident of the day on the long spiralling run through turn 2. Upon losing traction, Heidfeld’s R31 careered off the road and slammed the barrier, destroying another front wing.
Heidfeld eventually finished 8th in the session – just one place and 0.056 ahead of his Russian teammate Vitaly Petrov.

Mark Webber could only manage 10th quickest in the second session. The Australian struggled with poor low fuel form, although the RB7 displayed solid pace on longer stints.
Rubens Barrichello tested a new exhaust system on his FW33 during the session. The Williams driver could only manage 16th place after complaints that the car actually lost some performance.

Vitantonio Liuzzi only managed three laps for Hispania following an hydraulics failure. Despite that, the Italian still jumped both Virgin racers in the time sheets.
Force India could not get Paul di Resta out in second practice – the young Scot was ruled out due to a fuel pressure problem.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m37.688s            34
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m37.854s  +	0.166  22
 3.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m37.935s  +	0.247  31
 4.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m37.943s  +	0.255  34
 5.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m38.105s  +	0.417  29
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m38.507s  +	0.819  36
 7.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m38.735s  +	1.047  35
 8.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                1m38.805s  +	1.117  26
 9.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1m38.859s  +	1.171  31
10.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m39.327s  +	1.639  33
11.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m39.538s  +	1.850  33
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1m39.667s  +	1.979  37
13.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m39.771s  +	2.083  18
14.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m39.779s  +	2.091  17
15.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m39.828s  +	2.140  25
16.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1m39.925s  +	2.237  32
17.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m39.953s  +	2.265  30
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1m40.476s  +	2.788  30
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1m41.482s  +	3.794  32
20.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1m42.902s  +	5.214  25
21.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1m43.850s  +	6.162   3
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1m44.008s  +	6.320  35
23.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1m44.747s  +	7.059  12
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