May 10th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Sebastian Vettel narrowly edged out Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber in a very tight FP2 session in Barcelona. After a wet morning session, the teams took full advantage of a dry track and all of the drivers completed many laps in order to learn about their car setups for Sunday's race.
As usual, all of the teams used both available tyre compounds to test their low fuel and long run pace. There will be more low fuel testing during FP3 tomorrow morning in advance of qualifying. The left front tyres seem to be taking some punishment in turns 3 and 9 and under braking for turn 10. Wear on the left front is likely to be a feature of Sunday's race.
Lewis Hamilton had a spin in turn 12, getting off the brakes and back onto the throttle. The back end of his Mercedes stepped out, and he was just unable to catch it. Fortunately for Hamilton, it was a fairly low-speed spin and he did not do any obvious damage to the chassis or tyres.
Later on in the session, Paul Di Resta stopped on track after the rubber surface of his left rear tyre came apart. He was exiting the final corner at the time and managed to keep the car on the track, but was already past the pit entrance. All he could do was stop the car, which he did on the grass just after the pit exit. It's the second time a Pirelli tyre has inexplicably come apart this season - it happened to Lewis Hamilton earlier in the season - which will concern Pirelli, as tyre failures can cause accidents.
Ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix, the pecking order is mostly as expected. Ferrari and Red Bull are looking extremely quick. Lotus seem to have good long run pace, which will help them on Sunday if they can qualify well tomorrow. Mercedes are fast on a single lap, but there are still question marks over their ability to conserve tyres during the race. The surprise package is Toro Rosso - Vergne and Ricciardo have been quick in both practice sessions and it looks like the car is suited to the Barcelona track.
Full results from FP2:
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:22.808||34|
|3||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:22.891||0.083||36|
|8||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:23.840||1.032||37|
|10||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:24.104||1.296||25|
|19||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:25.963||3.155||30|