Hamilton tops FP2



P1 programme                                     8 laps                           2m03.391s (+0.607s)     7th

P2 programme                                     26 laps                         1m50.828s                    1st

"Today’s times don’t really give us a relevant read on pace and set-up, particularly as I hear that the weather will be better for the next two days. Still, if it rains on Sunday then I think we’re in a good position – which is a positive.

“It would be great to get the pole here tomorrow: it’s difficult to read too much into today’s times – the lap on slicks at the end was impossible – but I think we are quick, the car is good and Jenson showed at the last race that we can be very competitive. So I have no doubt that we’ll be able to challenge the Red Bulls in qualifying.

“I think we’ll get a much better feel for things tomorrow.”



P1 programme                                     1 lap                             No time                        24th

P2 programme                                     19 laps                         1m50.932 (+0.104s)       2nd

“Our car was quick in today’s conditions – but it’s difficult to say how it will be in the dry. I hope it’ll be the same: it’d be nice to have the same gap back to the cars behind, but that’s unlikely.

“We didn’t really learn too much today – the humidity was so high that the track never really dried out. It looked like it was going to be dry right at the very end, but you couldn’t get any grip from the slicks because you couldn’t get any temperature into them.

“Over the last few races, we’ve been getting stronger in qualifying. I’d love to qualify well here, and I’ll definitely be giving it a go, but P3’s also going to be very important tomorrow because nobody knows how the cars behave on high fuel and dry tyres.

“There’s a lot more to understand.”


Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Despite the wet weather, this morning we were able to carry out a useful test on Lewis’s car, which allowed us to successfully evaluate some components. With little to gain from the track-time, Jenson opted to sit out the majority of the session so that his mechanics could make a change to his car ahead of P2.

“The afternoon was more productive – although it’s arguable how much we’ll be able to take into tomorrow’s session if, as predicted, it stays dry. At the very end of the afternoon, Lewis and Jenson each attempted a time on slicks, but the track wasn’t fully dry so they found it difficult to generate enough heat in the tyre to really make the slick work.

“As we near our 700th grand prix, it’s nonetheless encouraging to top the timesheets – but we’re under no illusions that this circuit will be very different in the dry. The aim now for our engineers is to analyse today’s data in order to best set us up for the rest of the weekend.”Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps

1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.828  26 2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.932 0.104 19 3 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:52.646 1.818 30 4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:52.774 1.946 25 5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:53.049 2.221 27 6 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:53.402 2.574 25 7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:53.707 2.879 24 8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:53.914 3.086 18 9 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:53.948 3.120 27 10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:53.957 3.129 32 11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:54.200 3.372 26 12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:54.392 3.564 26 13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:54.831 4.003 30 14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:54.965 4.137 21 15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:55.187 4.359 28 16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:55.203 4.375 24 17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:55.544 4.716 23 18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:56.067 5.239 22 19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:56.669 5.841 20 20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:57.173 6.345 19 21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:58.269 7.441 25 22 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.458 8.630 26 23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:59.958 9.130 19 24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2:00.165 9.337 20

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