Mar 15, 2013, 3:24 AM EDT
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
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