FP2: Red Bull 1-2 as Mercedes hit trouble

Friday 15th March 2013, 07:20 by TF1T Staff 

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Sebastian Vettel once again topped the times to remain fastest in Melbourne - proving the Red Bull RB9 has lost none of its speed.

The German headed his team-mate Mark Webber by over a quarter of a second to hand Red Bull a practice 1-2 on Friday.

Nico Rosberg emerged as third fastest, but it wasn't a great session for Mercedes as both cars stopped with problems in the closing stages of the session.

It was unfortunate for Lewis Hamilton who looked likely to challenge Vettel's fastest lap, before he ran wide and then subsequently stopped a lap later reporting a problem.

It's believed Rosberg's problem centers around the gearbox.

The Lotus duo popped up in fourth and fifth quickest ahead of Fernando Alonso who was near to a second slower than Vettel.

Further down the grid and it's McLaren who look to be struggling. Jenson Button could only manage 11th, over two seconds down, whilst Sergio Perez was a further half second behind in 13th.

Giedo van der Garde brought up the rear once again, after he ended his session early with a spin.

FP2 Times - 2013 Australian Grand Prix:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:25.908   33
02. M. Webber Red Bull 1:26.172 +0.264 31
03. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.322 +0.414 26
04 K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:26.361 +0.453 38
05. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:26.680 +0.772 32
06. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:26.748 +0.840 35
07. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.772 +0.864 28
08. F. Massa Ferrari 1:26.855 +0.947 32
09. A. Sutil Force India 1:27.435 +1.527 35
10. N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:28.187 +2.279 34
11. J. Button McLaren 1:28.294 +2.386 30
12. P. di Resta Force India 1:28.311 +2.403 37
13. S. Perez McLaren 1:28.566 +2.658 33
14. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:28.627 +2.719 31
15. E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:28.772 +2.864 33
16. P. Maldoando Williams 1:28.852 +2.944 36
17. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:28.968 +3.060 36
18. V. Bottas Williams 1:29.386 +3.478 39
19. J. Bianchi Marussia 1:29.696 +3.788 32
20. C. Pic Caterham 1:30.165 +4.257 37
21. M. Chilton Marussia 1:30.600 +4.692 36
22. G. van der Garde Caterham 1:32.450 +6.542 11

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