Free Practice: Massa tops timesheets
Ferrari's Felipe Massa posts the fastest time in the second session of free practice at the Buddh International Circuit ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, as Jerome D'Ambrosio collides with barrier.
Lewis Hamilton had ruled the roost during the morning, but Felipe Massa took Ferrari to the top in the second session. The Brazilian clocked a fastest lap of 1:25.706 minutes, once again relegating world champion Sebastian Vettel to second place. This time, the German was 0.088 seconds off the pace. The times kept tumbling in the afternoon as the track condition improved. The surface still wasn't 100% clean, as several drivers made errors that took them off the track and then returned with more dirt on their tyres.
The biggest departure was that of Jerome D'Ambrosio who crashed into the barrier after about 40 minutes at Turn 12, making his car unusable for the rest of the day and bringing out the red flags. There were no such problems for Fernando Alonso who finished the day 0.224 seconds behind his team-mate in third place. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton was unable to raise his performance on the morning's display and ended the day in fourth place, around seven-and-a-half tenths behind leader Massa.
The remaining Top 6 places were also shared out amongst the three top teams, with Mark Webber in fifth and Jenson Button sixth. Best of the rest was Adrian Sutil who found a fast line through a small area of grass next to the track to finish seventh, 1.61 seconds behind Massa. Bruno Senna, Paul di Resta and Sebastien Buemi completed the Top 10. Vitaly Petrov and Pastor Maldonado joined D'Ambrosio in providing some off-track action. Maldonado spun off shortly after the session began and Petrov a few minutes before it ended. The Venezuelan had to park up his car initially but was then able to climb back in and return to the pits.
Mercedes had a relatively anonymous Friday afternoon, with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher ranking no higher than 19th and 21st. Schumacher kicked his heels in the pits while his car was thoroughly checked after hitting a kerb. Separating the two Mercedes drivers was Timo Glock's Virgin.