Shanghai Practice 2: Schumacher ends day one fastest of all

Michael Schumacher in action on day one in Shanghai

Michael Schumacher in action on day one in Shanghai

Apr.13 (PVM) Michael Schumacher ended day one of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend fastest of all in the controversial Mercedes AMG W03, which 24 hours early was subject of a protest by Lotus regarding the legality of the rear wing ‘double DRS’ system.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull pit garage

With the FIA dismissing the protest, Schumacher went on to set his best time just short of the hour mark. He was the only driver to dip into the 95 second zone with his best time of  1 minute 35.973 seconds.

Next quickest was Lewis Hamilton, 0.172 seconds down, in the McLaren MP4-27. Hamilton was constantly at the sharp end of the times all day, ending the morning session on top, but on his final flying lap late in the afternoon session he locked up going into Turn 14.

Third and fourth fastest were the Red Bull pair with Sebastian Vettel 0.015 seconds off Hamilton and third quickest, with Mark Webber fourth on the timing sheets.

Nico Rosberg’s fifth on the timing screens was 0.644 seconds down on Mercedes teammate Schumacher with Jenson Button sixth best in the other McLaren with a similar gap to Hamilton.

A Sauber was again fastest of the Ferrari powered cars, this time Kamui Kobayashi setting the seventh best time.

Kamui Kobasyahi

Kamui Kobasyahi was afstest of the Ferrari powered drivers

After sitting out the morning – for Jules Bianchi, Paul di Resta was on duty again in the Force India VJM05 and set the eighth best time and the only other driver with a second off Schumacher’s best lap time. Nico Hulkenberg in the sister car was ninth fastest.

Rounding out the top ten was Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F2012, 1.343 seconds down on the top pace. Teammate Felipe Massa was down in 17th and 2.320 seconds off Schumacher.

After impressing massively in the first two races of the season, Lotus were inexplicably down the order in both sessions on the day. In the afternoon session Kimi Raikkonen was 13th and Romain Grosjean 15th

Around the halfway mark in the session Timo Glock suffered what appeared to be a front wing failure on the Marussia MR01 which ended in a nasty trip through the gravel.

Glock reported, “I’m feeling OK now – there’s no problem. First it felt like I had pain in my left hand. I have no idea what happened – I just came to Turn 1 and the car went straight [on]. We had some new bits on the car so I hope they are still in one piece.”

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Free Practice 2 – Shanghai, 13 April 2012

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:35.973 32
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.145 0.172 29
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.160 0.187 27
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.433 0.460 24
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.617 0.644 31
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.711 0.738 28
7 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.956 0.983 28
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:36.966 0.993 31
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:37.191 1.218 31
10 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.316 1.343 32
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.417 1.444 22
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:37.616 1.643 33
13 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:37.836 1.863 30
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:37.930 1.957 32
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.972 1.999 26
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.176 2.203 35
17 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.293 2.320 31
18 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:38.783 2.810 37
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:38.990 3.017 36
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:39.346 3.373 20
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:39.651 3.678 15
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:40.343 4.370 25
23 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.753 4.780 30
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:41.125 5.152 26
  • Bec

    Sky UK missed Schumacher going fastest as they were on another commercial break.

    Sky are charging a premium to watch yet their broadcasts are sub-standard.

    They even keep cutting away from track action to show Martin ‘Grumble’ in the pit lane.

  • Alex

    I don’t know if they picked it up eventually on Sky (I left with 20min left of FP2). But Alonso is looked like running different rear wing to Massa. Alonso’s rear wing got two triangle looking cravings on top.