Vettel and Red Bull dominate Friday running

vetteSebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing dominated Friday practice for the British Grand Prix with Force India’s Adrian Sutil shining in the afternoon session to go third quickest.

“Overall I think it was a good day for both of us,” reflected Vettel, the driver best placed to challenge Jenson Button and Brawn GP this weekend.

“It was a smooth run through the programme. We were able to do a lot of laps and collect a lot of data.

“The new parts that we brought here seem to be working well, which is a good sign, but on a Friday it’s always difficult to know how quick we really are.”

Championship leader and home hero Jenson Button paced third quickest in the morning warm up but had a quiet session in the afternoon practicing long runs.

“We tried a few different evaluations with the aero today and initially struggled as I had no grip in either the high or low speed corners,” said the Brawn driver. “The wind also really affected the car’s performance today. We made improvements towards the end of the afternoon session so we have some good information to look at tonight to try and make further progress before qualifying.”

Lewis Hamilton gave his home crowd a glimmer of hope as he wrestled his ill-handling McLaren car to seventh place in the afternoon session.

“It s no secret that we re lacking speed in the faster sections,” Hamilton concluded. “But the car wasn t too bad today. The balance was good, we ve made some set-up changes and it now appears to be fairly consistent. But this has already turned out to be one of the best weekends of the year for me because I m at my home grand prix and the fans are incredible here I ve seen and felt their support from the very first lap I did today.

“It took a while to get used to the car this morning,” he said. “It feels a little different from what we ve been running in previous races. Generally, I m very happy with the balance but, with a revised car and on a high-speed circuit like this, it takes a bit longer than usual to find the limit.”

Practice 2 Times

1       Sebastian Vettel                Red Bull        1:19.456
2       Mark Webber                     Red Bull        0:00.141
3       Adrian Sutil                    Force India     0:00.685
4       Kazuki Nakajima                 Williams        0:00.753
5       Fernando Alonso                 Renault         0:00.781
6       Rubens Barrichello              Brawn           0:00.788
7       Lewis Hamilton                  McLaren         0:00.961
8       Jarno Trulli                    Toyota          0:01.002
9       Nico Rosberg                    Williams        0:01.012
10      Nelson Piquet                   Renault         0:01.152
11      Robert Kubica                   BMW             0:01.166
12      Heikki Kovalainen               McLaren         0:01.277
13      Timo Glock                      Toyota          0:01.306
14      Jenson Button                   Brawn           0:01.311
15      Nick Heidfeld                   BMW             0:01.476
16      Sebastien Bourdais              Toro Rosso      0:01.489
17      Felipe Massa                    Ferrari         0:01.549
18      Kimi Räikkönen                  Ferrari         0:01.676
19      Giancarlo Fisichella            Force India     0:01.957
20      Sebastien Buemi                 Toro Rosso      0:02.212

Practice 1 Times:

1       Sebastian Vettel                Red Bull        1:19.400
2       Mark Webber                     Red Bull        0:00.282
3       Jenson Button                   Brawn           0:00.827
4       Rubens Barrichello              Brawn           0:00.842
5       Fernando Alonso                 Renault         0:01.058
6       Felipe Massa                    Ferrari         0:01.071
7       Jarno Trulli                    Toyota          0:01.185
8       Lewis Hamilton                  McLaren         0:01.250
9       Nico Rosberg                    Williams        0:01.415
10      Giancarlo Fisichella            Force India     0:01.438
11      Adrian Sutil                    Force India     0:01.513
12      Heikki Kovalainen               McLaren         0:01.629
13      Nick Heidfeld                   BMW             0:01.703
14      Kimi Räikkönen                  Ferrari         0:01.779
15      Sebastien Bourdais              Toro Rosso      0:01.984
16      Timo Glock                      Toyota          0:01.986
17      Kazuki Nakajima                 Williams        0:02.089
18      Nelson Piquet                   Renault         0:02.125
19      Sebastien Buemi                 Toro Rosso      0:02.190
20      Robert Kubica                   BMW             0:02.401