Vettel sets commanding pace in second practice

By on Friday, September 6, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time during second practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Vettel's time of 1:24.453 was over six tenths of a second clear of the time set by Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.

Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean were third and fourth, having set identical times in their Lotus E21s.

Fernando Alonso was fifth, while first practice pacesetter Lewis Hamilton was sixth.

His Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, was seventh with Felipe Massa in eighth. Massa lost out on his long run due to a gear selection issue in his Ferrari F138.

McLaren duo Jenson Button and Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10.

Paul di Resta was eleventh, ahead of Esteban Gutierrez, Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado.

Nico Hulkenberg split the two Toro Rossos in sixteenth place, while Valtteri Bottas finished in eighteenth position, having complained about a lack of straight line speed in his Williams.

A few drivers struggled under braking for the Rettifilio and Roggia chicanes; Grosjean and Hamilton both had to take evasive action and take to the run-off.

Late on in the session Alonso had to contend with a slide entering the second Lesmo corner and slithered through the gravel run-off.

Jules Bianchi, who missed first practice, bounced across the gravel at the Ascari chicane but continued on his way, rounding out the 22 man field.

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