The second practice session at Albert Park saw almost as much drama as the first with rain affecting play in Melbourne. While the morning session went uninterrupted with beautifully clear skies, the clouds soon rolled in and a light drizzle just before the second practice began got heavier and heavier. A small window appeared partway through which saw most drivers head out for track time, but the rain soon returned and sent the drivers scurrying back to their garages. The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button went first and second, making the most of the opportunity to run before the weather turned against them.
The final ten minutes of the session saw a dry line appear but only Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber could make the most of it and improve their times. Schumacher ended his Friday afternoon in P4 with local driver Webber in P3. Schumacher’s Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg had led the field early on before the McLaren’s took control and the German pilot eventually finished in P10. Sebastian Vettel was running well in the final dry spell but got a little too close to the wet grass and spun his RB6 on a hot lap. Vettel returned to the pitlane remaining in P16.
Force India returned Adrian Sutil to the car after they ran Paul Di Resta in the morning. Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi were separated in the afternoon by just 0.001s and Sutil was only 0.002s behind Sebastien Buemi. Pedro De La Rosa, who had a problematic first session, managed to set an identical time to the morning’s fastest driver, Robert Kubica, the pair each setting a 1m27.108s lap time.
Virgin Racing continued to repair the oil leak on Timo Glock’s gearbox, and combined with the wet weather, the German could only complete nine laps. Team mate Lucas Di Grassi fared even worse and only managed two tours of the Albert Park lake, a problem with his telemetry box being the cause of his woes. Lotus again did better with Jarno Trulli ending his afternoon in P20 while Heikki Kovalainen managed to get into P18 ahead of Jaime Alguersuari.
The Spanish Scuderia Toro Rosso driver completed the most laps on the damp track, touring the circuit 43 times, albeit with a scary moment exiting the final corner and resigned himself to pitting. Team mate Sebastien Buemi had a better time of it though and finished in a respectable P6. The Hispania duo suffered problems in the second session with Karun Chandhok parking his car up with a suspected gear box failure and Bruno Senna spending his afternoon in the dry surrounds of his garage, looking at an oil pressure problem with his car.
|1.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren||1m25.801s||13 Laps|
|2.||Jenson Button McLaren||1m26.076s||16 Laps|
|3.||Mark Webber Red Bull Racing||1m26.248s||22 Laps|
|4.||Michael Schumacher Mercedes||1m26.511s||16 Laps|
|5.||Vitaly Petrov Renault||1m26.732s||26 Laps|
|6.||Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m26.832s||29 Laps|
|7.||Adrian Sutil Force India||1m26.834s||22 Laps|
|8.||Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India||1m26.835s||17 Laps|
|9.||Rubens Barrichello Williams||1m26.904s||25 Laps|
|10.||Nico Rosberg Mercedes||1m26.956s||22 Laps|
|11.||Robert Kubica Renault||1m27.108s||28 Laps|
|12.||Pedro De La Rosa Sauber||1m27.108s||25 Laps|
|13.||Kamui Kobayashi Sauber||1m27.455s||23 Laps|
|14.||Nico Hulkenberg Williams||1m27.545s||25 Laps|
|15.||Fernando Alonso Ferrari||1m29.025s||20 Laps|
|16.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||1m29.134s||19 Laps|
|17.||Felipe Massa Ferrari||1m29.591s||21 Laps|
|18.||Heikki Kovalainen Lotus||1m29.860s||15 Laps|
|19.||Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m30.510s||43 Laps|
|20.||Jarno Trulli Lotus||1m30.695s||17 Laps|
|21.||Timo Glock Virgin Racing||1m32.117s||9 Laps|
|22.||Lucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing||No Time||2 Laps|
|23.||Karun Chandhok Hispania Racing||No Time||1 Lap|
|24.||Bruno Senna Hispania Racing||No Time||0 Laps|
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