Shanghai Practice 2: Massa fastest as Ferrari show good pace

Felipe Massa fastest in FP2

Felipe Massa fastest in FP2

Felipe Massa ended the opening day of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend fastest of all with teammate Fernando Alonso third quickest, splitting the Ferrari pair was Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus.

Massa, who has never won in China, continued to show a reversal of form by topping the timing screens in the afternoon session at Shanghai International Circuit with a time of 1:35.340, which was 0.152 seconds up on Raikkonen and 0.415 on his Ferrari teammate.

The Shanghai track rubbered-up in between sessions and as a result Massa’s best time was about 1.5 seconds up on the morning session best set by Nico Rosberg. The Mercedes driver was fourth in the afternoon session.

Mark Webber was fastest of the Red Bull duo, ending the session fifth, with Sebastian Vettel down in tenth over half second down on his teammate.

Jenson Button was sixth fastest, suggesting that the Woking based squad have uncovered some pace in the McLaren MP4-28. Sergio Perez, who had a minor excursion in the morning, was 11th.

Lewis Hamilton, who a day earlier was unwell with an allergy of sorts, was seventh at the end of the day in the Mercedes.

Up next were the Force India pair of Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta, eighth and ninth respectively.

Williams, who last year were the surprise package of the season, are on the opposite end of the spectrum as their FW35 is proving to be a dog of a car, hence both Pastor Maldonado (18th) and Valtteri Bottas (16th) struggled at the wrong end of the timing screens.

Also unexpectedly low down the order was Nico Hulkenberg in the Sauber with the 17th best time, while teammate Esteban Gutierrez was 13th and best of the rookies on the day.

In the battle of the back-markers Jules Bianchi was way ahead of his rivals, with the 19th best time but notably half a second up on the best Caterham.

Free Practice 2 Results, Shanghai – Friday, 12 April 2013 

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.340 32
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:35.492 0.152 32
3 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.755 0.415 30
4 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:35.819 0.479 35
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.092 0.752 31
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.432 1.092 29
7 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.496 1.156 39
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:36.514 1.174 32
9 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:36.595 1.255 33
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.791 1.451 27
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.940 1.600 16
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:36.963 1.623 31
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.103 1.763 22
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:37.206 1.866 39
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:38.127 2.787 34
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:38.185 2.845 18
17 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.211 2.871 32
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.276 2.936 34
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:38.725 3.385 29
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:39.271 3.931 21
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:39.814 4.474 27
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.227 7.887 5