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Prac Two: Schumacher sets the pace

Friday 13-April-2012 08:40

Michael Schumacher put his definitely legal W-duct to good use at the Shanghai circuit on Friday afternoon, edging Lewis Hamilton to the P1 slot.

Despite a protest from Lotus on Thursday, the FIA once again declared Mercedes' DRS-activated device legal giving the Brackley-based team a much-needed boost ahead of the weekend's proceedings.

And Schumacher demonstrated the worth of the device as he crossed the line with a 1:35.973 to edge Hamilton by 0.172s.

The drivers were quickly out on track for the start of FP2, looking to make up for lost time from the morning's wet session.

Within ten minutes all the drivers barring two had posted lap times with Hamilton leading the field with a 1:36.814. Nico Rosberg was second ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Schumacher.

The drivers kept plugging away, putting in the laps as they evaluated upgrades and worked on finding the perfect set-up for the Shanghai circuit.

One driver who appeared to find something was Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver, using the option Pirellis, went quickest then quicker and ever quicker as he put in three purple lap times, his best being a 1:36.160.

Vettel's reign was cut short by Schumacher as the older of the two Germans put his legal W-duct wing to good use, clocking a 1:35.973 while Hamilton took second, 0.172s off the pace.

Schumacher held onto the position through to the end of the session with Hamilton second and Vettel third.

Times
01 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:35.973 32 laps
02 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:36.145 0.172 29 laps
03 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:36.160 0.187 27 laps
04 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:36.433 0.460 24 laps
05 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.617 0.644 31 laps
06 Jenson Button McLaren 1:36.711 0.738 28 laps
07 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:36.956 0.983 28 laps
08 Paul di Resta Force India 1:36.966 0.993 31 laps
09 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:37.191 1.218 31 laps
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.316 1.343 32 laps
11 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:37.417 1.444 22 laps
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:37.616 1.643 33 laps
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:37.836 1.863 30 laps
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:37.930 1.957 32 laps
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:37.972 1.999 26 laps
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:38.176 2.203 35 laps
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.293 2.320 31 laps
18 Bruno Senna Williams 1:38.783 2.810 37 laps
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:38.990 3.017 36 laps
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:39.346 3.373 20 laps
21 Timo Glock Marussia 1:39.651 3.678 15 laps
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:40.343 4.370 25 laps
23 Charles Pic Marussia 1:40.753 4.780 30 laps
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:41.125 5.152 26 laps

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