Vettel moves ahead as sun sets on Abu Dhabi
2 November 2012 – Sebastian Vettel has topped the second practice session ahead of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, leading Lewis Hamilton on Friday evening by less than two tenths of a second. Jenson Button and Mark Webber completed the top four, although the latter suffered technical problems. Title contender Fernando Alonso was seventh for Ferrari.
Behind the Red Bull-McLaren lockout which made up the top four, Lotus were best of the rest. Romain Grosjean was fifth as Kimi Räikkönen recovered from an earlier puncture and late running with the yellow-marked Soft compound. At Mercedes, Michael Schumacher was left to ponder his second unintentional blocking moment of the day; in the first session, Timo Glock had been annoyed, whereas Sergio Pérez had to take evasive action on this occasion.
At McLaren, fastest man Hamilton was a more than comfortable half-second up on Button, having elected to remain on-track early instead of pitting when the team had asked him too; the decision – respected by the mechanics – turned out to be correct, as the 2008 Champion improved his position at the time.
Running in this evening’s 90-minute practice phase was particularly critical, as the session took place at the same time of day that qualifying will be staged on Saturday.
Third and final practice starts at 2pm local time (GMT +4) on Saturday and can also be followed through the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report