Practice Two: Schumacher Edges Out Hulkenberg

Published on by Kevin V. (Kdawg)

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The second free practice session in Melbourne saw Michael Schumacher infiltrate Hulkenberg for the honors of holding the session topping time. Schumacher was third in the opening session, proving that he and Mercedes still have the pace that they had before. Hulkenberg was leading the session until the chequered flag, when Michael posted the fastest time on his final lap. Second was still a success for Force India, and we all know that they will hope to carry in on to Qualifying and the race.

 

Sergio Perez showed some pace in his Sauber posting the third fastest time, despite being one second off Schumacher's pace. Alonso was one tenth down of the Sauber's time in fourth, with Perez's teammate, Kobayashi in fifth. Kobayashi didn't have it all his way though, as had been getting too friendly with the gravel throughout Friday. di Resta was next on the board, completing a fantastic day for Force India, followed by Massa in the Ferrari, who was happy not to beached this time.

 

d12aus1683If Heikki Kovalainen didn't need to worry about 17th in the first practice session, he sure won't have worry about P8. Kovy was able to push the Caterham to the extreme, and even beat out both Red Bull's. Heikki's teammate, Petrov wasn't too far behind as well as the Russian went thirteenth. It was an accomplishment for Caterham, as the team had never been inside the top ten in any session during a Formula 1 race ever before. Now they have, and hopefully they can maintain that position for quali and the race.

 

Rosberg was ninth in the Mercedes, but Red Bull once again were the team to talk about for the wrong reasons. Vettel was tenth and Webber eleventh, which was even worse than Practice One where Webber was fifth and Vettel, thirteenth. Red Bull really needs to find their pace, or else they could fall behind, which they haven't done since 2009. Of course this is just practice, so we will have to see what happens in Quali.

 

d12aus1573.jpgGlock was another surprise from the backmarker squads, followed by Petrov in the Caterham. Grosjean was still off the pace in the Lotus and McLaren could match their pace from the opening session. Maldonado was next, followed by Raikkonen, who only got seven laps in due to steering adjustments on his Lotus. Senna was still getting to grips with his Williams while Toro Rosso had their work cut out with 20th and 21st. Pic was only able to go 22nd, and Karthikeyan was the last car to set a time. de la Rosa didn't even complete a lap and will risk not even starting the race.

 

Here's a look at the results for Practice 2:

 

1    
7 Michael Schumacher  
Mercedes 1:29.183 Gap 16
2 12  
Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:29.292  
0.109 19
3 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.199 1.016 23
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:30.341 1.158 13
5 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.709 1.526 14
6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:31.466 2.283 13
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.505 2.322 14
8 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:31.932 2.749 16
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.184 3.001 17
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 
1:32.194 3.011 19
11 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.296 3.113 20
12 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:32.632 3.449 17
13 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:32.767 3.584 15
14 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:32.822 3.639 11
15 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.039 3.856 18
16 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.252 4.069 11
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:34.108 4.925 21
18 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:34.275 5.092 7
19 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:34.312 5.129 17
20 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:34.485 5.302 29
21 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:34.604 5.421 31
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.770 5.587 13
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:42.627 13.444 
16
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth No time N/A 0

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tommyh 03/16/2012 18:16

I have it on the DVR. Will watch it tonight. Thanks, Kdawg!