The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso set the fastest (1.25.706) and third fastest (1.25.930) times of the second session of free practice for the Indian Grand Prix.
The third last round of the Formula 1 world championship is scheduled for Sunday at Noida’s all-new Buddh International Circuit. Sandwiched by the two Ferraris was the Red Bull of world champion Sebastian Vettel, with the second fastest time (1.25.794). I
n this afternoon session, which both Ferrari drivers ended with some practice starts, the team concentrated on a comparison between the two wings and tested the Hard and Soft compounds of tyre brought by Pirelli on different fuel loads.
On the helmets of both Felipe and Fernando there are two stickers dedicated to the memory of Marco Simoncelli and Dan Wheldon, the MotoGP rider and the IndyCar driver who passed away in the last two weeks.
Felipe Massa, P1 - 7th/ P2 -1st“It’s always nice to be in first place at the end of a day’s work, however we know that Friday’s results are all relative.
Sure, it would be nice to move through the weekend in the same position, but that will be very difficult to achieve.
Today, we concentrated on finding the best set-up on the car and on tyre behaviour on this new circuit. I like the track, it is very interesting and there are corners where driving skill can make the difference. In some places the actual track surface is very wide and so it will therefore be possible to take various different lines in the race, which could make overtaking easier.
The car seems competitive, but we must wait and see what McLaren and Red Bull can do tomorrow, as they are still very strong.
The tyres? Probably the hards are too hard for this track and it would have been possible to run the same compounds we had in Korea in two weeks ago, because the track surface is very smooth.”
1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m25.706s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m25.794s + 0.088 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.930s + 0.224 4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.454s + 0.748 5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m26.500s + 0.794 6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.714s + 1.008 7. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m27.316s + 1.610 8. Bruno Senna Renault 1m27.498s + 1.792 9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m27.853s + 2.147 10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m27.868s + 2.162 11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m27.890s + 2.184 12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m28.050s + 2.344 13 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m28.289s + 2.583 14 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.552s + 2.846 15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m28.691s + 2.985 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m28.708s + 3.002 17 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m29.332s + 3.626 18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m30.241s + 4.535 19 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m31.098s + 5.392 20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m31.469s + 5.763 21 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m31.804s + 6.098 22 Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m32.593s + 6.887 23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m32.768s + 7.062
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m32.824s + 7.118