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2011 Italian Grand Prix (Rd 13, Free Practice 2, Sept 9th, TV Notes)

September 9, 2011

Monza. © Creative Commons / Will Pittenger

Sebastian Vettel led the times at the second practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The reigning champion set a best lap of 1:24.010 in the second half of the session, while showing some tame pace during the later long runs.

Vettel pipped McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by a mere 0.036 of-a-second as qualifying simulations came to a close; however Hamilton was hit by clutch problems late in the running.

Michael Schumacher was again the faster of the two Mercedes pilots, helped somewhat by KERS problems for teammate Nico Rosberg.  Rosberg eventually managed twenty-nine laps, although spent his session managing high fuel runs, leaving him 22nd.
Unlike the morning practice, Felipe Massa proved to be the quicker of the Ferrari’s, although he and Fernando Alonso remained close to half-a-second shy of the leading pace.

It wasn’t a stellar session for the Ferrari-powered cars. Both Toro Rosso’s had offs, with Jaime Alguersuari being forced onto the grass at speed by one of the Force India’s.
That paled into comparison with Sebastien Buemi’s adventures – the Swiss pilot ran wide at the Parabolica, resulting in the STR06 hitting the curving barrier hard.
At Sauber, Kamui Kobayashi’s session finished early thanks to a transmission failure, but not before he secured the 9th best time of the session, only one-tenth and one place shy of teammate Sergio Perez.

Balance problems hindered running for the Williams squad with Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado only achieving a best of 15th and 16th respectively.
At HRT F1, Daniel Ricciardo’s day took a turn for the worse – his Cosworth-driven machine completed only seven laps, due to an electrical fault.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m24.010s           37
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.046s  + 0.036  21
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m24.347s  + 0.337  39
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m24.366s  + 0.356  33
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m24.433s  + 0.423  31
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m24.468s  + 0.458  32
 7.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.508s  + 0.498  30
 8.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.097s  + 1.087  39
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.182s  + 1.172  37
10.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1m25.325s  + 1.315  38
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1m25.450s  + 1.440  31
12.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m25.496s  + 1.486  39
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m25.683s  + 1.673  37
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.758s  + 1.748  29
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1m26.202s  + 2.192  36
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1m26.353s  + 2.343  40
17.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m28.347s  + 4.337   5
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1m28.559s  + 4.549  32
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1m28.605s  + 4.595  32
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1m28.804s  + 4.794  25
21.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1m29.162s  + 5.152  34
22.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m29.184s  + 5.174  29
23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1m29.622s  + 5.612  34
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1m29.841s  + 5.831   7
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