Australian GP: Vettel Tops The Time Sheets in Friday Practice

By Donna | 15th March 2013 | Category: Formula One | Leave a comment

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Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel topped the time sheets in the second Friday practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel, who was also quickest in first practice, set the pace with an afternoon lap time of 1m25.908s, 0.264 seconds ahead of the team mate Mark Webber.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg finished third despite hitting problems in the final minutes of the session, which resulted in both Rosberg and Hamilton stopping on track with a suspected gearbox failure.

As expected, tyre degradation played a factor in the afternoon practice session, causing a late-session spin for Webber who slid sideways and backwards down the track after losing grip on the exit of Turn 13. Lap times on the short runs also dropped off dramatically after the first flying laps.

Results for the Friday practice sessions are as follows:

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull - Renault1’25.90833
22Mark WebberRed Bull - Renault1’26.1720.26431
39Nico RosbergMercedes1’26.3220.41426
47Kimi RaikkonenLotus - Renault1’26.3610.45338
58Romain GrosjeanLotus - Renault1’26.6800.77232
63Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’26.7480.84035
710Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’26.7720.86428
84Felipe MassaFerrari1’26.8550.94732
915Adrian SutilForce India - Mercedes1’27.4351.52735
1011Nico HulkenbergSauber - Ferrari1’28.1872.27934
115Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’28.2942.38630
1214Paul di RestaForce India - Mercedes1’28.3112.40337
136Sergio PerezMcLaren1’28.5662.65833
1419Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso - Ferrari1’28.6272.71931
1512Esteban GutierrezSauber - Ferrari1’28.7722.86433
1616Pastor MaldonadoWilliams - Renault1’28.8522.94436
1718Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso - Ferrari1’28.9683.06036
1817Valtteri BottasWilliams - Renault1’29.3863.47839
1922Jules BianchiMarussia - Cosworth1’29.6963.78832
2020Charles PicCaterham - Renault1’30.1654.25737
2123Max ChiltonMarussia - Cosworth1’30.6004.69236
2221Giedo van der GardeCaterham - Renault1’32.4506.54211

The 2013 Australian Grand Prix is on Sunday 17 Mar 2013, 05:30 GMT

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