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GP Abu Dhabi, libere venerdì–01/11/2013

Abu Dhabi GP: Sebastian Vettel takes charge in second practice

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber returned Red Bull to the top in the second Friday practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After being shaded by Lotus and Mercedes in the afternoon session, Red Bull regained its habitual top spot as darkness fell over Yas Marina.

Vettel had been fastest on the harder tyres in the opening quarter of an hour, and then left his switch to softs relatively late.

Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen was first to make that move and found a big time gain to go fastest.

He was eventually usurped by first Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, then Mark Webber’s Red Bull.

Vettel then came through with a 1m41.335s to head Webber in a Red Bull one-two that held until the finish.

Hamilton and Raikkonen retained third and fourth places, followed by the former’s team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Practice one pacesetter Romain Grosjean was only 12th fastest, having been sidelined by a front brake failure.

Several drivers had incidents and issues, with both Force India’s Paul di Resta and McLaren’s Jenson Button having to slow with punctures.

Button was still seventh, one place behind team-mate Sergio Perez, in a strong session for McLaren.

Ferrari improved on its quiet opening practice and at least got both cars into the top 10, albeit only eighth and 10th, either side of Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber.

Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde both had spins, but rejoining without finding the barriers.

Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m41.335s          33
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m41.490s  +0.155s 32
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m41.690s  +0.355s 37
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m41.726s  +0.391s 40
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m41.758s  +0.423s 39
 6. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m42.006s  +0.671s 35
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m42.010s  +0.675s 30
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m42.171s  +0.836s 30
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m42.324s  +0.989s 40
10. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m42.440s  +1.105s 35
11. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m42.509s  +1.174s 37
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m42.607s  +1.272s 18
13. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m42.806s  +1.471s 26
14. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m42.952s  +1.617s 35
15. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m42.998s  +1.663s 25
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m43.152s  +1.817s 28
17. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m43.271s  +1.936s 35
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m43.565s  +2.230s 34
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m44.138s  +2.803s 34
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m44.459s  +3.124s 34
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m44.525s  +3.190s 37
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m45.565s  +4.230s 26


Da Autosport.com

Abu Dhabi GP: Romain Grosjean quickest in opening practice

Romain Grosjean thrust Lotus to the top of the times with a late charge in opening practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Amid all the focus on his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen’s relationship with the squad, Grosjean bucked the usual Friday morning trend by waiting until the closing moments to set his best time.

Grosjean’s 1m44.241s lap put him 0.192 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton, who would normally have expected to stay up front after winning the traditional mid-session dice for top spot.

No one set a flying lap for the first half hour, and it was near the hour mark before the Mercedes and Red Bulls really raised the bar.

Hamilton emerged on top for Mercedes at that stage, 0.066s ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull.

The world champion had a slight scare at the end of the session, when he misjudged his entry to the Red Bull pit stall and required some evasive action from his crew as he locked up.

Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber beat Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes to fifth, with the in-the-spotlight Raikkonen seventh.

Paul di Resta put Force India in an encouraging seventh place. His team-mate Adrian Sutil moved aside for James Calado this time. The GP2 title contender was 14th.

Other ‘Friday drivers’ in action were Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen and Marussia’s Rodolfo Gonzalez, who were 20th and 22nd.

The McLarens ended up eighth and 10th, split by the Williams of Pastor Maldonado.

Ferrari had a low-key start, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa 12th and 17th.

Pos Driver                Team                      Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m44.241s           20
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m44.433s  +0.192s  22
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m44.499s  +0.258s  18
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault          1m44.712s  +0.471s  18
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m44.741s  +0.500s  23
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault             1m44.929s  +0.688s  21
 7. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes      1m45.040s  +0.799s  19
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m45.099s  +0.858s  19
 9. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault          1m45.150s  +0.909s  23
10. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes          1m45.331s  +1.090s  19
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari            1m45.378s  +1.137s  21
12. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m45.440s  +1.199s  17
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault          1m45.823s  +1.582s  21
14. James Calado          Force India-Mercedes      1m45.924s  +1.683s  19
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            1m46.068s  +1.827s  17
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m46.114s  +1.873s  21
17. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                   1m46.124s  +1.883s  17
18. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m46.126s  +1.885s  20
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault          1m47.600s  +3.359s  21
20. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault          1m47.670s  +3.429s  21
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth         1m47.723s  +3.482s  22
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia-Cosworth         1m49.565s  +5.324s  21
Da Autosport.com


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