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FP2: Red Bull Take Control in Abu Dhabi
Friday 01st November 2013, 14:35 by TF1T Staff
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Red Bull took a commanding 1-2 in second practice, with Sebastian Vettel leading from Mark Webber.
Not only did they look good over a single lap, but their long runs also looked ominous. They were the only team to consistently lap in the 1:46s during their race simulations.
However it does look a bit closer than in India with Lewis Hamilton 0.355 seconds slower than Vettel's quickest time. Kimi Raikkonen was also within four tenths of Vettel and completes the top four.
Rosberg was fifth fastest for Mercedes. McLaren will be very content with 6th and 7th and being comfortably ahead of both Ferrari drivers. They also looked strong comparative to Ferrari in the race simulations.
In particular McLaren were very quick in the speed traps, with perhaps an eye on having a good car to overtake with in the race.
FP2 Full Times - 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:
# Driver Team Gap Laps 01. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:41.335 35 02. M. Webber Red Bull + 0.155 32 03. L. Hamilton Mercedes + 0.355 37 04. K. Raikkonen Lotus + 0.391 42 05. N. Rosberg Mercedes + 0.423 41 06. S. Perez McLaren + 0.671 36 07. J. Button McLaren + 0.675 31 08. F. Alonso Ferrari + 0.836 31 09. N. Hulkenberg Sauber + 0.989 41 10. F. Massa Ferrari + 1.105 36 11. E. Gutierrez Sauber + 1.174 39 12. R. Grosjean Lotus + 1.272 18 13. P. Di Resta Force India + 1.471 27 14. P. Maldonado Williams + 1.617 36 15. A. Sutil Force India + 1.663 27 16. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso + 1.817 29 17. J. Vergne Toro Rosso + 1.936 36 18. V. Bottas Williams + 2.230 36 19. G. Van Der Garde Caterham + 2.803 35 20. J. Bianchi Marussia + 3.124 35 21. C. Pic Caterham + 3.190 38 22. M. Chilton Marussia + 4.230 27
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