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Vettel tops timesheets again in FP2

Mar 15, 2013, 3:24 AM EDT

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Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel has continued his good pace from Free Practice 1 after finishing quickest in the second Friday session in Australia.

The Red Bull driver finished over two-tenths clear of teammate Mark Webber, with the team having made a big step forward since the final test in Barcelona.

Nico Rosberg finished third for Mercedes, with his teammate Lewis Hamilton down in seventh place despite both drivers encountering problems late in the session. The Silver Arrows will be pleased with their progress, although they have failed to repeat their testing pace so far. The Lotus pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean finished fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Fernando Alonso in sixth, and Felipe Massa struggled to match his FP1 success down in seventh.

Many of the drivers struggled with the new Pirelli tires, with their super-soft rubber prvoing particularly difficult to work with late in the session. Hamilton and Caterham rookie Giedo van der Garde both beached their cars in the gravel, and Mark Webber spun his RB9 late on as he pushed to beat his teammate.

Once again, it seems that Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus and Mercedes are closely matched with less than one second separating the top eight. McLaren appear to have work to do, finishing in 11th and 13th, whilst Jules Bianchi and Marussia will be happy to not only have beaten Caterham but also finish just three-tenths off Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.

Free Practice 2 – Classification

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.908 33 laps

2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.172 +0.264 31 laps

3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.322 +0.414 26 laps

4 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:26.361 +0.453 38 laps

5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.680 +0.772 32 laps

6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.748 +0.840 35 laps

7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.772 +0.864 28 laps

8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.855 +0.947 32 laps

9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:27.435 +1.527 35 laps

10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.187 +2.279 34 laps

11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.294 +2.386 30 laps

12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:28.311 +2.403 37 laps

13 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.566 +2.658 33 laps

14 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:28.627 +2.719 31 laps

15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.772 +2.864 33 laps

16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:28.852 +2.944 36 laps

17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:28.968 +3.060 36 laps

18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:29.386 +3.478 39 laps

19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:29.696 +3.788 32 laps

20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:30.165 +4.257 37 laps

21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.600 +4.692 36 laps

22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:32.450 +6.542 11 laps

  1. britishpound - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Great job, NBC!
    After the first full day of the F1 season the U.S. fans can breathe easy – it looks like NBC is doing as promised, broadcasting both FP1 and FP2. I am also glad they don’t display that stupid ticker at the bottom. Leigh, David and Steve doing an excellent job, as always.
    We had many doubts after the announcement of TV rights going to NBC, but so far so good!

    • adam1638 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:38 AM

      I suppose the coverage was good, I was not happy that FP1 was not live. Also not a fan of the amount of commercials taken. WAY to many commercials! I understand they must pay the bills, but that was taking it WAY overboard!

      • apexassassin - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Tooo many commercials that are way too long. Even IRL has split screen ads, why don’t we???

        ALL SESSIONS NEED TO BE SHOWN LIVE!!!

  2. mkaunitz - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    I was happy to even have FP1 available so live or not is not a big deal for that session. My bigger issue is that the timing and scoring tree is in the middle of the screen – totally in the way of good images. Get that thing all the way to the left side please so we can really enjoy the images in all their 16:9 glory

  3. randominternetpunter - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    As mkaunitz says…16:9 graphics please
    I do not think anyone has 4:3 TV’s anymore and if they do they are not watching this program.Thank you

    • apexassassin - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      mine was 16:9.

      • apexassassin - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Oops I see I misread mk’s post. Yeah, the graphics need to be shifted, but that’s the FOM feed, not NBC.

  4. wallio - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Start of a Fourth Title run! Can’t stop the bull!

  5. apexassassin - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Great picture & love the commentary! NBC has already surpassed it’s predecessors! So good to hear Matchet and Hobbs again! And David’s “Paddy Lowe” joke was brilliant! I sincerely was lol’n.

    NBCSports: TOO MANY COMMERCIAL BREAKS, TOO MANY LAPS NOT SHOWN, COMMERCIAL BREAKS ARE TOO LONG!!!! I FEAR HOW MUCH OF THE RACE WILL NOT BE SHOWN DUE TO COMMERCIALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Even IRL has spilt-screen ads, is NBCSports going to allow F1 fans to be descrimated against? Seriously, FIX IT!

    ALL SESSIONS NEED TO BE SHOWN LIVE!!!!!!!!!! (though I know many viewers do really appreciate all the replays)

    • jezza819 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Yeah when I heard David make that “Paddy Lowe” joke I knew old Uncle Dave was back. It was great to hear.

      I thought NBC had fewer commercial breaks than Speed used to. It seemed like Speed was taking one every 5 minutes.

  6. purplesectornet - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Please don’t listen to the negative comments, We understand the ads are what pay the bills…you guys are doing a great job!

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