Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in second practice at Suzuka

By on Friday, October 11, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two during second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel was almost two-tenths of a second faster than team-mate Mark Webber.

Nico Rosberg was third, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth.

The Finn's day ended prematurely when he spun off the circuit at the Esses and beached the Lotus E21 in the gravel with 25 minutes of the session remaining.

Romain Grosjean was fifth, while Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest in first practice, ran wide on his hot lap and ended up in sixth.

Daniel Ricciardo set the seventh fastest time, ahead of Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard spun after taking too much kerb at Degner one but managed to avoid the gravel and recovered to start another lap.

Esteban Gutierrez finished the session just outside of the top 10, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

A couple of drivers crashed out of the session; Pastor Maldonado ran wide at Degner two and damaged the front left corner of the car. The Venezuelan's early mishap meant he sat out the rest of the session and lost further running after more problems in first practice. Maldonado's wheel detached at Spoon curve and he was forced to park the car; the stewards are investigating the incident.

Sergio Perez was another driver to hit the barriers; the Mexican dipped a wheel onto the astroturf on the entry to Spoon curve and slammed into the barriers.

Jules Bianchi missed the session due to damage sustained to his Marussia courtesy of an accident in first practice.


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