Vettel responds for Red Bull in Canadian FP2

Sebastian Vettel responded to the dominant performances of McLaren and Mercedes to top the second practice session for the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was the first driver to break into the 1:16s – just under a tenth ahead of the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.

Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, after sitting top for most of the session, with championship leader Mark Webber in fourth.

The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button faired worse, with the former in seventh and the latter only managing eleventh. However, given the pace of the MP4-25 in practice one it would be foolish to write off the team’s chances.

Adrian Sutil continued Force India’s good form in sixth, with team-mate Tonio Liuzzi building on the pace he showed in first practice to set the tenth fastest time.

Meanwhile, Luca Di Grassi recovered from his first practice problems to complete thirty laps. However, the Virgin driver was still rooted at the bottom of the times – 4.7 seconds adrift of Vettel.

With around thirty minutes to go in the session it soon became clear that the drivers were struggling to come to terms with the massive graining experienced while running Bridgestone’s option tyres. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been resurfaced for this weekend, and this may be the root of the cause. However, with the compound remaining the fastest for qualifying, this will ultimately handicap the plans of the top ten qualifiers for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Time              Laps
1.   Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:16.877            32
2.   Alonso         Ferrari                1:16.963  + 0.086   35
3.   Rosberg        Mercedes               1:17.151  + 0.274   34
4.   Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:17.273  + 0.396   33
5.   Massa          Ferrari                1:17.401  + 0.524   33
6.   Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:17.415  + 0.538   28
7.   Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:17.522  + 0.645   29
8.   Kubica         Renault                1:17.529  + 0.652   36
9.   Schumacher     Mercedes               1:17.688  + 0.811   34
10.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:17.903  + 1.026   35
11.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:17.961  + 1.084   33
12.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:18.385  + 1.508   27
13.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:18.447  + 1.570   41
14.  Petrov         Renault                1:18.582  + 1.705   40
15.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:18.658  + 1.781   34
16.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:19.142  + 2.265   38
17.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:19.168  + 2.291   32
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:19.274  + 2.397   41
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:19.969  + 3.092   35
20.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth           1:20.879  + 4.002   29
21.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:21.097  + 4.220   31
22.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:21.346  + 4.469   11
23.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:21.488  + 4.611   25
24.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:21.577  + 4.700   30