2011 Spanish GP – Friday Practice 2 Results

Mark Webber topped the afternoon session of practice for the Spanish GP today, picking up where he left off in FP1. This time, Lewis Hamilton split the two Red Bulls with a lap that was just 0.039s off the Aussie’s time, strongly indicating that the McLaren upgrades are working quite well. For most of the session, it appeared to be the Vettel show, with a lap that was over a second faster than anyone else at that time. But once the other drivers also bolted on the soft tyres, it appeared to evenly matched.

Jenson Button set the fourth fastest time, and that makes it two Red Bulls and two McLarens in the top 4 – perhaps a sign of the pecking order for this weekend. Behind them came Fernando Alonso, who could do no better than fifth, over a second adrift of Mark Webber’s pace. The Spaniard did have traffic problems though, when Jaime Alguersuari seemed to impede him once. Massa had an off-track moment, but recovered and posted the 8th quickest lap, sandwiching the two Mercedes drivers between them. Rosberg was ahead as usual, but Michael demonstrated improved pace, which is encouraging.

I said in the preview that Barcelona more or less gives us the performance level of the cars, and it certainly seemed to be the case, as behind these 8 cars came the Saubers and Renaults, alternating between each other, and then the Toro Rossos and Williams cars did the same behind them. As if to really drive home the point, look at the next lot – two Force Indias mingling with two Lotuses, which was very impressive as Kovalainen was right up there with Sutil and di Resta. Then came the two Virgins, followed by the two HRT cars. The timesheet more or less read like the FIA giving out an official list of drivers for this season.

Mark Webber looks like a more determined man this weekend, and has always done well at this circuit. Hamilton is looking very strong too. And even if Webber is unable to prevent Sebastian from stealing his thunder tomorrow, this time the Spanish GP will be won by the driver who has the ideal blend of speed and tyre management. So don’t rule out Alonso or Button just yet. It still is anyone’s game.

Here are the results :


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