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Dominant Red Bull stay out front

Sebastian Vettel keeps Red Bull quickest during second free practice at Suzuka
Red Bull continued to dominate proceedings at Suzuka after Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber again led the way during the second free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel once again was quicker of the pair with a best lap this time around of 1min 31.465secs being nearly four-tenths of a second quicker than Webber was able to manage in the sister car.

Once again it was Robert Kubica who emerged as the third quickest driver as Renault continued the solid form shown during the opening session, despite briefly going off into the gravel, while Fernando Alonso was fourth and the final driver to lap within a second of Vettel's benchmark.

Like Alonso, Felipe Massa also made progress up the order in the second session to set the fifth quickest time ahead of Jenson Button, who was left to carry out the majority of McLaren's work as Lewis Hamilton sat in the garage awaiting repairs to his car after his incident in FP1. Hamilton was finally able to hit the track inside the final ten minutes but could manage only the 13th quickest time.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Vitaly Petrov was a solid seventh ahead of Michael Schumacher – who again outpaced Nico Rosberg – Adrian Sutil and Nico Hulkenberg.

The vast majority of the field suffered some kind of brief excursion off track, with Schumacher lucky to avoid the tyre wall at Degner 2 – the scene of Hamilton's accident earlier in the morning.

Heikki Kovalainen was once again the quickest of the newcomers for Lotus, although he was nearly two seconds behind Tonio Liuzzi, who was the man directly ahead of him on the timesheets.



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The blob - Unregistered

October 08, 2010 10:21 AM

So Hamilton crashes? Whats news... Confirms my post yesterday, he doesnt have the BMT to win the title this year! Got a lucky packy title in 08 after Massa and Ferrari threw away 3 Grand Prix wins... Hamilton wont with another title again any time soon, doesnt have the temperament... And the argument that the best time to crash is in Free Practice while valid, still puts the driver and the team back a few hours in terms of set up and track time for the weekend. I wouldnt be surprised if Button outqualifies lulu this weekend. Interestingly, Schumacher and Button both lost it at Denger as well, but were skillful enough to keep it out of the wall. Speaks volumes...



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