The second free practice session drew to a close earlier, and this time it was McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who took the top spot, beating both Jenson Button’s Brawn and Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull. Like the earlier session, the start was marred by a rain shower, but it soon passed and left a green track behind. Hamilton was able to set his quick lap at the end of the 90 minute run. It wasn’t all plain sailing though as a few drivers spun and suffered near-misses with others.
Sebastian Vettel came close to Sebastien Bourdais at the first corner towards the beginning of the session, the pair thankfully avoiding damage. When it started to drizzle again later in the afternoon, Lewis Hamilton found himself pointing the wrong way, as did Jarno Trulli in the Toyota.
The Force India team had another great showing, but much like the morning run, it was bitter sweet. This time Adrian Sutil claimed P6, but team mate Giancarlo Fisichella, who went P5 before lunch, spun early on and damaged his VJM02.
Ferrari have slipped back a little, Felipe Massa going from P3 to P12 and Kimi Raikkonen similarly going from P6 to P16. Conversely, Rubens Barrichello has managed to find some pace and BMW remain exactly as they were in the morning; P11 and P14 for Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica respectively. Although their times did improve substantially in line with everyone else.
|1.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren||1m32.149s||23 Laps|
|2.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||1m32.331s||31 Laps|
|3.||Jenson Button Brawn||1m32.369s||32 Laps|
|4.||Mark Webber Red Bull Racing||1m32.480s||28 Laps|
|5.||Jarno Trulli Toyota||1m32.511s||32 Laps|
|6.||Adrian Sutil Force India||1m32.585s||32 Laps|
|7.||Rubens Barrichello Brawn||1m32.664s||26 Laps|
|8.||Fernando Alonso Renault||1m32.774s||24 Laps|
|9.||Kazuki Nakajima Williams||1m32.872s||32 Laps|
|10.||Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault||1m32.992s||29 Laps|
|11.||Nick Heidfeld BMW||1m33.012s||36 Laps|
|12.||Felipe Massa Ferrari||1m33.052s||34 Laps|
|13.||Nico Rosberg Williams||1m33.128s||34 Laps|
|14.||Robert Kubica BMW||1m33.161s||28 Laps|
|15.||Timo Glock Toyota||1m33.172s||34 Laps|
|16.||Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari||1m33.182s||29 Laps|
|17.||Heikki Kovalainen McLaren||1m33.724s||27 Laps|
|18.||Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m33.903s||30 Laps|
|19.||Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m34.025s||30 Laps|
|20.||Giancarlo Fisichella Force India||1m38.877s||3 Laps|