FP2: Webber tops second Japanese practice

Friday 05th October 2012, 08:25 by Ryan Wood 

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Mark Webber improved on his first practice position to post the quickest time of the weekend so far, putting him top of the timesheet on Friday.

The Australian led McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, in what is likely to be another Red Bull vs. McLaren shootout for pole position on Saturday as their rivals look seemingly slow in comparison.

Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel secured third with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg in fourth.

His team-mate Paul di Resta meanwhile lost his car at the entry to the Spoon curve and ended up in the barriers.

Michael Schumacher finished tenth quickest, he too crashed at the same corner as Di Resta later in the session. He was unharmed and walked away from the incident.

Vitaly Petrov rounded off an eventful session by shedding weight down the main straight when his Caterham lost its rear-wing for no apparent reason.

#No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps 
1 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:32.493   34
2 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:32.707 0.214 32
3 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:32.836 0.343 37
4 12 N. Hulkenberg Force India 1:32.987 0.494 30
5 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:33.093 0.600 28
6 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:33.107 0.614 35
7 3 J. Button McLaren 1:33.349 0.856 22
8 19 B. Senna Williams 1:33.499 1.006 35
9 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:33.614 1.121 32
10 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:33.750 1.257 13
11 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.866 1.373 19
12 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:33.903 1.410 36
13 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:33.983 1.490 33
14 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:34.291 1.798 12
15 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:34.300 1.807 33
16 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:34.863 2.370 32
17 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:35.080 2.587 34
18 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:35.711 3.218 41
19 21 V. Petrov Caterham 1:35.870 3.377 37
20 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:36.194 3.701 32
21 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:36.636 4.143 28
22 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:37.342 4.849 30
23 23 N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:37.701 5.208 35
24 11 P. di Resta Force India No time   2

 

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