Massa tops second Indian GP practice

    Felipe Massa put Ferrari on top as the teams continued to get to grips with India's Buddh International circuit in the second free practice session

    Published On Oct 28, 2011 11:53:00 PM

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    Massa tops second Indian GP practice

    While the Ferrari's new front wing continued to prompt distinctive showers of sparks as it vibrated again the track surface, the revised car showed promising pace, with Massa lapping the dusty track in 1m25.706s 18 minutes before the end of the session to claim the top spot.

    His team-mate Fernando Alonso also showed well in third, 0.224 seconds off Massa's pace.

    They were split by champion Sebastian Vettel, whose Red Bull had been quickest for the majority of the afternoon, until Massa's fast time saw the German pipped by 0.088s.

    Morning pacesetter Lewis Hamilton, who will go into qualifying for a three-place grid penalty for disregarding yellow flags earlier today, was fourth quickest in the best of the McLarens, with his team-mate Jenson Button sixth behind Mark Webber's Red Bull.

    Force India took 'best of the rest' honours in front of its effective home crowd thanks to Adrian Sutil's seventh place, two positions ahead of team-mate Paul di Resta, as they sandwiched Bruno Senna's Renault. SebastienBuemi completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso.

    The Mercedes were further back than usual in 19th (NicoRosberg) and 21st (Michael Schumacher) - the seven-time champion having missed some of the session while an issue was resolved on his car.

    There were plenty of small incidents as the drivers explored the track's limits, particularly at Turn 6, and one red flag after Jerome D'Ambrosio went off at Turn 11 and ended up backed his Virgin into the barriers, causing significant damage. He was unhurt and the session quickly resumed.

    Petrov also had a spin in his Renault, while Pastor Maldonado dumped his Williams in the Turn 9 gravel early on but was retrieved in time to rejoin the session and complete 24 laps.

     

    Position

    Driver

    Team

    Time

    Laps

    1

    Felipe Massa

    Ferrari

    1m25.706s

    33

    2

    Sebastian Vettel

    Red Bull-Renault

    1m25.794s  + 0.088

    34

    3

    Fernando Alonso

    Ferrari

    1m25.930s  + 0.224

    34

    4

    Lewis Hamilton

    McLaren-Mercedes

    1m26.454s  + 0.748

    26

    5

    Mark Webber

    Red Bull-Renault

    1m26.500s  + 0.794

    30

    6

    Jenson Button

    McLaren-Mercedes

    1m26.714s  + 1.008

    28

    7

    Adrian Sutil

    Force India-Mercedes

    1m27.316s  + 1.610

    34

    8

    Bruno Senna

    Renault

    1m27.498s  + 1.792

    36

    9

    Paul di Resta

    Force India-Mercedes

    1m27.853s  + 2.147

    35

    10

    Sebastien Buemi

    Toro Rosso-Ferrari

    1m27.868s  + 2.162

    35

    11

    VitalyPetrov

    Renault

    1m27.890s  + 2.184

    37

    12

    Kamui Kobayashi

    Sauber-Ferrari

    1m28.050s  + 2.344

    34

    13

    Sergio Perez

    Sauber-Ferrari

    1m28.289s  + 2.583

    36

    14

    Jaime Alguersuari

    Toro Rosso-Ferrari

    1m28.552s  + 2.846

    31

    15

    Rubens Barrichello

    Williams-Cosworth

    1m28.691s  + 2.985

    29

    16

    Pastor Maldonado

    Williams-Cosworth

    1m28.708s  + 3.002

    24

    17

    JarnoTrulli

    Lotus-Renault

    1m29.332s  + 3.626

    39

    18

    Heikki Kovalainen

    Lotus-Renault

    1m30.241s  + 4.535

    41

    19

    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes

    1m31.098s  + 5.392

    38

    20

    Timo Glock

    Virgin-Cosworth

    1m31.469s  + 5.763

    32

    21

    Michael Schumacher

    Mercedes

    1m31.804s  + 6.098

    28

    22

    Jerome D'Ambrosio

    Virgin-Cosworth

    1m31.469s  + 5.763

    32

    23

    Daniel Ricciardo

    HRT-Cosworth

    1m32.768s  + 7.062

    33

    24

    Narain Karthikeyan

    HRT-Cosworth

    1m32.824s  + 7.118

    33

    Story source: Autosport.com

    Also,

    Read: Hamilton fastest in first free practice 

    Watch: Indian Grand Prix, Friday in pictures

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