Australia 2010: Free Practice Two

Australia 2010: Free Practice Two

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.

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Australia 2010
Free Practice Two

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Completed

1. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m25.801s 13 Laps
2. British FlagJenson Button McLaren 1m26.076s 16 Laps
3. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m26.248s 22 Laps
4. German FlagMichael Schumacher Mercedes 1m26.511s 16 Laps
5. Russian FlagVitaly Petrov Renault 1m26.732s 26 Laps
6. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m26.832s 29 Laps
7. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m26.834s 22 Laps
8. Italian FlagVitantonio Liuzzi Force India 1m26.835s 17 Laps
9. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Williams 1m26.904s 25 Laps
10. Germany FlagNico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.956s 22 Laps
11. Polish FlagRobert Kubica Renault 1m27.108s 28 Laps
12. Spanish FlagPedro De La Rosa Sauber 1m27.108s 25 Laps
13. Japanese FlagKamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m27.455s 23 Laps
14. German FlagNico Hulkenberg Williams 1m27.545s 25 Laps
15. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Ferrari 1m29.025s 20 Laps
16. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m29.134s 19 Laps
17. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m29.591s 21 Laps
18. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen Lotus 1m29.860s 15 Laps
19. Spanish FlagJaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m30.510s 43 Laps
20. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Lotus 1m30.695s 17 Laps
21. German FlagTimo Glock Virgin Racing 1m32.117s 9 Laps
22. Brazilian FlagLucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing No Time 2 Laps
23. Indian FlagKarun Chandhok Hispania Racing No Time 1 Lap
24. Brazilian FlagBruno Senna Hispania Racing No Time 0 Laps

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