The McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button topped the time sheets in Friday’s second free practice session in Melbourne. The session was punctuated by spells of intermittent rain, which created narrow windows of optimal track conditions, and made the session’s final times somewhat inconclusive. Ferrari, for example, finished the session well down the roster, largely due to the fact that they set their best times on a damp track.
The most experienced drivers, who were already familiar with the track layout, spent much of the session parked in the garage, while the rookies tried to take advantage of available track time as much as possible, regardless of conditions.
The McLarens set their times in the early part of the session, and they remained unmatched, although Mark Webber (Red Bull) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) came close to the Woking duo in the late stages of the day, when the track had become fairly dry.
This session saw newbie teams struggle again, with both HRT cars suffering from mechanical gremlins which kept them from completing any timed laps. And while Timo Glock managed a handful of laps in his Virgin car, his team mate Lucas di Grassi was able to complete no more than an installation lap, with no official time.
In a related story, Virgin have admitted that they’ll need to fit their cars with larger fuel tanks in order to complete some of the races on the 2010 calendar. Fuel tank capacity would seem to be a fairly fundamental design spec, and revising it at this stage could prove costly if it involves any significant alteration of the chassis. The revision would be subject to the same homologation process as the original chassis.
|2||Button||McLaren-Mercedes||1:26.076 + 0.275||16|
|3||Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:26.248 + 0.447||22|
|4||Schumacher||Mercedes||1:26.511 + 0.710||16|
|5||Petrov||Renault||1:26.732 + 0.931||26|
|6||Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:26.832 + 1.031||29|
|7||Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:26.834 + 1.033||22|
|8||Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||1:26.835 + 1.034||17|
|9||Barrichello||Williams-Cosworth||1:26.904 + 1.103||25|
|10||Rosberg||Mercedes||1:26.956 + 1.155||22|
|11||Kubica||Renault||1:27.108 + 1.307||28|
|12||de la Rosa||Sauber-Ferrari||1:27.108 + 1.307||25|
|13||Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari||1:27.455 + 1.654||23|
|14||Hulkenberg||Williams-Cosworth||1:27.545 + 1.744||25|
|15||Alonso||Ferrari||1:29.025 + 3.224||20|
|16||Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:29.134 + 3.333||19|
|17||Massa||Ferrari||1:29.591 + 3.790||21|
|18||Kovalainen||Lotus-Cosworth||1:29.860 + 4.059||15|
|19||Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:30.510 + 4.709||43|
|20||Trulli||Lotus-Cosworth||1:30.695 + 4.894||17|
|21||Glock||Virgin-Cosworth||1:32.117 + 6.316||9|