Vettel moves ahead in second practice
6 September 2013 – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel dominated Friday afternoon's second free practice for the Italian Grand Prix. The reigning World Champion, who delivered a time of 1:24.453 on the Medium compound tyre, led team-mate Mark Webber by 0.623 seconds, with Lotus rival Kimi Räikkönen rounding out the top three positions.
As has traditionally been the case throughout the 2013 campaign, the second half of the session was dedicated to race simulations, meaning the order was settled in the early stages. Fastest on both the Prime and Option rubber, Vettel's final improvement put him in a completely different class, with his rivals unable to deliver a response.
Behind second-placed Webber, Räikkönen and fellow Lotus driver Romain Grosjean posted identical lap times, the Finn taking third as his effort came earlier in the session. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso followed, while morning pace-setter Lewis Hamilton had to settle for sixth after a series of off-track excursions.
Nico Rosberg was the final man within a second of Vettel as the chequered flag fell, the German placing just ahead of Felipe Massa who endured a late gear selection problem. McLaren's Jenson Button, who has been cleared by the stewards after his opening practice DRS malfunction, ended the day ninth fastest, edging out team-mate Sergio Pérez.
Force India duo Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil, who have both enjoyed strong Monza form in the past, wound up in 11th and 13th respectively, while new Red Bull signing Daniel Ricciardo classified 17th. At the tail-end of the timing screens, Marussia's Max Chilton led the battle between his team and key rivals Caterham by 0.148 seconds.
In a repeat of the opening session, this afternoon's 90-minute outing was filled with a string of trips through the Monza gravel. The exit of the second Lesmo corner and the high speed Parabolica proved to be incident hotspots for the majority of the drivers.
Friday feelings from pace-setter Sebastian Vettel
Saturday morning's third and final practice session at Monza begins at 11am local time (GMT +2) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature