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Sebastian Vettel quickest in FP2 despite troubled outings

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Sebastian Vettel quickest in FP2 despite troubled outings
Jun 19, 2015, 3:29 PM

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the second practice session ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix but after claiming top spot in the afternoon the Germ...

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the second practice session ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix but after claiming top spot in the afternoon the German was sidelined by more of the technical issues that had blighted his morning session at the Red Bull Ring.

Vettel completed just four laps in the morning before stopping on track and while the afternoon session was more productive, with the German at least able to run consistently in the opening half hour of FP2 on the soft tyre and then to claim top spot with a time of 1:09.600 on his performance run on the supersoft tyre, he was soon after told to return to the garage with a gearbox problem.

The opening part of the session was a busy, as with rain forecast teams rushed to pack as much work as possible in the expectation of a compressed window of opportunity.

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On the prime tyre Vettel initially swapped fastest times with team-mate Kimi Räikkonen before Nico Rosberg took over at the top. His Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton then stole P1 with a lap of 1:10.137s 15 minutes into the session, a tenth and a half faster than Raikkonen. Vettel then took P3 after 25 minutes.

Räikkonen was the first to switch to supersofts, half an hour into the 90-minute session and he quickly set a new benchmark of 1:09.860. Rosberg then bolted on the option tyres and dumped the Finn down the order with a lap of 1:09.611.

Vettel then grabbed the top spot with 1:09.600, 0.011s quicker than Rosberg, while Lewis Hamilton failed to set a representative time on the option rubber, mistakes on his several attempted quick laps scuppering any chance he had to taking the fight to Vettel. The championship leader ended the session in P5.

With Vettel in P1 ahead of Rosberg, third place went to Räikkonen, with Pastor Maldonado vaulting Lotus to fourth after finishing 12th in the morning session. Team-mate Romain Grosjean finished the afternoon session in seventh place after ceding his seat to reserve Jolyon Palmer in the morning session.

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Le Mans winner Nico Hulkenberg gave Force India hope of a good weekend to confirm progress made in Montreal by annexing fifth place in the session. In the morning team-mate Sergio Perez had been 10th quickest and the Mexican repeated that in the afternoon.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was the first non-Mercedes or Ferarri-powered car in the order, with the Dutch teen finishing eighth with a lap of 1:10.356, despite complaining of a headache early on in the session. His P8 finish was a repeat of his morning placing.

Verstappen’s team-mate, Carlos Sainz, finished his afternoon programme in P11, with the Italian marque looking susprisingly competitive on a stop-start circuit that was not expected to particularly favour the team’s car.

Ninth place in the afternoon went to Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, with the Brazilian dropping back from fifth place in FP1.

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After looking competitive in the morning, with sixth and seventh places for Daniel Ricciardo and Dany Kvyat in the morning, Red Bull Racing slipped in the afternoon, with Kvyat 12th and Ricciardo a lowly 17th.

Williams too had been quick in the morning, with Valtteri Bottas fourth and Fekipe Massa ninth. IN FP2, however, they reverted to their usual script of focusing on high fuel runs, with Bottas finishing 14th, marginally clear of Massa in 15th as the Also slower than expected were Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa: 14th and 15th respectively, as they concentrated on high-fuel runs.

Fernando Alonso, sidelined by technical problems for a long period in the morning was 16th as he debuted McLaren's short nose, while Jenson Button used the old version. Button ended the session in P18 ahead of the Manors Will Stevens and Robero Merhi.

2015 Austrian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:09.600 28

2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:09.611 0.011 50

3 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:09.860 0.260 41

4 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:09.914 0.314 44

5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:10.137 0.537 49

6 Nico Hülkenberg Force India 1:10.160 0.560 49

7 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:10.267 0.667 38

8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:10.356 0.756 48

9 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:10.495 0.895 39

10 Sergio Pérez Force India 1:10.585 0.985 46

11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:10.631 1.031 50

12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:10.686 1.086 48

13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:10.744 1.144 40

14 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:10.746 1.146 34

15 Felipe Massa Williams 1:11.011 1.411 42

16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:11.517 1.917 17

17 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:11.676 2.076 38

18 Jenson Button McLaren 1:11.919 2.319 17

19 Will Stevens Manor 1:12.522 2.922 34

20 Roberto Merhi Manor 1:13.094 3.494 34
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