FP2: Red Bull Hit The Front

Friday 05-July-2013 14:45

Red Bull found their groove in Free Practice Two at the Nurburgring on Friday as Sebastian Vettel claimed P1 with Mark Webber third fastest.

After Mercedes dominated the opening session with Nico Rosberg leading a 1-2 for the Brackley squad, Red Bull showed plenty of pace in the afternoon session.

Defending World Champion Vettel and Webber dominated at the top on the medium tyres early in the session and they were also fast on the soft rubber later on.

Webber was the first man to sample the softs 30 minutes into the session and he immediately went top with a 1:30.683, but he didn't stay there for long as his team-mate posted the benchmark of 1:30.416 to hit the front.

Rosberg got sandwiched between the two Red Bulls with a 1:30.651 while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton was down in P8 and 0.888 off the pace of Vettel. The two Mercs, along with just about all the other teams, focused mostly on long runs on the medium tyres later in the session.

Lotus, who are coming off a forgettable weekend at Silverstone, were fourth and fifth fastest with Romain Grosjean posting a 1:30.843 and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen just five hundredths of a second behind him.

Another team who will be much happier after FP2 is Ferrari after Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa found themselves within one second of Vettel's best effort. Alonso was P5 with a 1:31.056 with his Brazilian team-mate hot on his heels with a 1:31.059. The duo completed 80 laps between them.

McLaren's Jenson Button and Paul di Resta of Force India completed the top 10, but they were more than one second off the pace of the fastest Red Bull.

Jules Bianchi, who sat out the morning session with Rodolfo Gonzalez doing the driving duties, completed only 10 laps as he was feeling under the weather and his Marussia team decided it is best if he rests ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

One person who will be breathing a sigh of relief is Paul Hembery from Pirelli as none of the drivers suffered any tyre problems. The Grand Prix Drivers' Assocation had threatend to boycott the German GP if there were any repeat of the tyre issues that took place at Silverstone.

1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m30.416s 39
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m30.651s + 0.235s 38
3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m30.683s + 0.267s 41
4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m30.843s + 0.427s 32
5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m30.848s + 0.432s 27
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m31.056s + 0.640s 39
7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m31.059s + 0.643s 41
8. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m31.304s + 0.888s 35
9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m31.568s + 1.152s 37
10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m31.797s + 1.381s 40
11. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m31.824s + 1.408s 34
12. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m31.855s + 1.439s 42
13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m32.055s + 1.639s 39
14. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m32.086s + 1.670s 36
15. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.495s + 2.079s 39
16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.762s + 2.346s 44
17. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m32.879s + 2.463s 35
18. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m32.880s + 2.464s 36
19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m33.695s + 3.279s 38
20. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m33.804s + 3.388s 40
21. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m34.017s + 3.601s 10
22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m34.667s + 4.251s 39

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