I t is an exciting duel between Red Bull and McLaren it was a one-on-one draw after the best training times. After Mark Webber brought the Austrian racing team into the lead in the morning, Lewis Hamilton provided the direct counterattack in the second session. The Briton set the fastest lap of the day with 1: 13.392 minutes.
Vettel just ahead of Webber
Sebastian Vettel came within one and a half tenths of the target, but had to go on But in the end I was satisfied with second place in the classification. As in the first training session, the German was out and about with a camera that weighed only eight grams and was mounted directly on the outside of Vettel's helmet. The new perspective made for fascinating pictures.
Despite the additional weight on the head protection, Mark Webber could not beat the time of his Red Bull teammate. The Australian was missing 32 thousandths in the end on Vettel. McLaren driver Jenson Button did not take part in the time hunt of his three competitors. He switched to longer runs with a lot of fuel. In the time classification, the Briton didn't get past seventh place.
Alonso only two tenths behind the top
After a cautious first practice session, Ferrari also found a little more speed in the afternoon. Fernando Alonso ended up in fourth place two tenths behind the fastest time. During the lunch break, the mechanics had installed a new engine in his Ferrari.
With Michael Schumacher in fifth place, a Silver Arrow was able to place surprisingly well in front. Only a good three tenths were missing from Hamilton's top value. The record champion was even able to leave Felipe Massa's second Ferrari and - as already mentioned - Jenson Button behind him.
First eight drivers within half a second
The eighth best time had Schumi's team-mate Nico Rosberg noted. Not even half a second separated the pilots of the four top teams. The fans can look forward to an exciting qualifying. In the battle for the last World Cup points, Force India seems to have the best chances. Adrian Sutil in ninth place was able to leave team mate Paul di Resta (tenth place) six tenths behind.
Behind Force India, the midfield teams lined up neatly side by side. The two Renault finished in eleven and twelve, Sauber took 13th and 14th, Toro Rosso finished the training in 15th and 16th and the Williams driverswere performed on 17 and 18.
Of the three newcomers from last year, Lotus once again made the best impression. Timo Glock from rival Virgin came in 22nd because team-mate Jerome D'Ambrosio was 20 thousandths faster. The Hessian could only leave the two Hispania cars behind.