Friday Practice: Button Tops Both, Vettel Crashes

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Image [1]: Button topped both Friday practice sessions in Japan and the man he was out to stop crashed at Degner.

 

Friday in S belonged to Button and McLaren. Jenson was able to top the first session .091 seconds over his teammate, Hamilton and .456 seconds ahead of Vettel, who crashed at the end of the session. Some major and minor offs were seen on and off the track.

 

fripic29-2.jpgBarrichello had a big off in Practice Two as well as many other drivers including Perez, Senna, and Maldonado. Barrichello's incident was probably the worst of those though.

 

Image [2]: Barrichello is thrown through the gravel trap during his massive off at Suzuka.

 

Meanwhile, the McLaren's were darting at the top of the time sheets. Button was leading Fernando Alonso by .174 seconds but for some reason Hamilton wasn't having the same pace as Button. He set a lap time 1:33.245 in the second session which was 1.344 seconds off his session leading teammate and only good enough for eighth place.

 

Vettel was back in the car after his accident and was just .020 seconds behind Alonso who was second in the session. Friday was a huge question starter for the championship. Button was excelling, Vettel crashing, was this not going to be the place where Vettel clinches his title? This topic will be discussed in the Review article so stick around. Results are below for Practice 2. Practice 1 results will be included in the review.

 

Image [3]: Vettel's car is taken away after he crashed in the first session.

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Rank 
No Driver Team Flying Lap  Gap 
Laps
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.901 32
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.075 0.174 33
3 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:32.095 0.194 35
4 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:32.147 0.246 28
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.448 0.547 34
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:32.710 0.809 26
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.982 1.081 27
8 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.245 1.344 26
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:33.446 1.545 36
10 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:33.681 1.780 33
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:33.705 1.804 25
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:33.790 1.889 36
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.393 2.492 35
14 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:34.557 2.656 27
15 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:34.601 2.700 33
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.038 4.137 33
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:36.225 4.324 35
18 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:37.123 5.222 14
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:37.440 5.539 30
20 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:38.093 6.192 30
21 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:38.387 6.486 16
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:38.763 6.862 36
23 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:39.800 7.899 24
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:42.480 10.57  9 4

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