Raikkonen is Fastest in FP2

kimiThere was no sign of rain as Raikkonen and the two Red Bulls set the three fastest times in a hot FP2. The session started quietly, with Pastor Maldonado, Max Chilton, and Kimi Raikkonen some of the first on track. There were a few early tire lockups, some of which resulted in a few runoffs. Maldonado missed in Turn 11 and Chilton slid out of Turn 4. None of these runoffs resulted in serious incidents.

Alonso, Webber, Massa, and Hamilton started the morning at the top of the time charts. As the session wore on, Hamilton’s times did not improve and he ended the day in P10, nearly a second slower than Raikkonen. Alonso, Webber, and Massa did improve their times. In FP2 of his 200th grand prix, Webber was able to drive his Red Bull to P2.

 

Just over thirty minutes in, Esteban Gutierrez provided the excitement for the day. As he was entering turn 8 inside of Charles Pic’s Caterham, his left front tire went down. Early speculation was a puncture from contact. The two drivers were able to avoid what could have been serious contact and Gutierrez limped back to the pits.

 

The rest of the session was still quiet, with a few more minor tire lockups. The top seven on the chart were covered by less than half a second with the top four within two-tenths. Paul di Resta was able to place his Force India in P5, while both Mercedes were low in the top 10. Rosberg and Perez laid down the most laps at 37, while Mark Webber ran the fewest with 26 laps.

 

Pos. Driver Team Time

Gap

Laps

1

K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:34.154

31

2

M. Webber Red Bull 1:34.184

0.030

26

3

S. Vettel Red Bull 1:34.282

0.128

29

4

F. Alonso Ferrari 1:34.310

0.156

29

5

P. Di Resta Force India 1:34.543

0.389

35

6

F. Massa Ferrari 1:34.552

0.398

34

7

R. Grosjean Lotus 1:34.631

0.477

33

8

N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.666

0.512

37

9

A. Sutil Force India 1:34.932

0.778

33

10

L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.976

0.822

29

11

J. Button McLaren 1:35.356

1.202

32

12

J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:35.506

1.352

36

13

S. Perez McLaren 1:35.589

1.435

37

14

D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:35.761

1.607

33

15

N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:36.133

1.979

36

16

P. Maldonado Williams 1:36.279

2.125

33

17

V. Bottas Williams 1:36.579

2.425

28

18

E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:36.616

2.462

34

19

C. Pic Caterham 1:37.061

2.907

33

20

M. Chilton Marussia 1:37.313

3.159

33

21

J. Bianchi Marussia 1:37.363

3.209

29

22

G. Van Der Garde Caterham 1:37.970

3.816

34