2012 SPAIN GP: FRIDAY RESULTS

Jenson Button set the quickest time of the day in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. The McLaren driver began the session on the harder compound tyres and complained of 'unbelievable understeer' despite the team running a new front wing configuration. But a switch to the softer compound Pirelli tyres produced the required effect, Button clocking a best effort of 1:23.399 as the lap times tumbled in the afternoon heat.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished second quickest, as he had done in the morning session, ahead of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. The Lotus duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean were fifth and sixth on the timesheets and could be a team to watch this weekend after both had their fastest laps compromised.

Fernando Alonso gave the upgraded Ferrari an encouraging grand prix weekend debut as he went fastest in the first Friday practice session at Barcelona, but finished well down the timesheets in second free practice, possibly as a result of experimenting with a longer running race configuration and he too had to back out of his first flying lap on soft tyres due to traffic and had lost some performance by the end of his next attempt.

Williams test driver Valtteri Bottas spent a while in second before ending up fifth in Bruno Senna's regular car. Bottas was one of four reserve drivers in action during the morning. Jules Bianchi was 18th in Paul di Resta's Force India, and there were debuts for Caterham's Alexander Rossi and HRT's Dani Clos, who were 21st and 24th respectively. Clos' car developed a problem near the end but he was able to crawl back into the pitlane before coming to a halt at the end of the pit entry.
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Pos      Driver              Team                   Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:24.430            20
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:24.808  + 0.378   18
 3.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:24.912  + 0.482   28
 4.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:24.996  + 0.566   24
 5.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1:25.120  + 0.690   24
 6.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:25.187  + 0.757   15
 7.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1:25.217  + 0.787   16
 8.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:25.252  + 0.822   20
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1:25.285  + 0.855   29
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:25.339  + 0.909   24
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:25.367  + 0.937   22
12.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:25.433  + 1.003   21
13.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:25.539  + 1.109   23
14.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:25.607  + 1.177   20
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:25.918  + 1.488   19
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:26.226  + 1.796   24
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1:26.297  + 1.867   18
18.  Jules Bianchi         Force India-Mercedes   1:26.630  + 2.200   21
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1:27.475  + 3.045   20
20.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1:28.267  + 3.837   21
21.  Alexander Rossi       Caterham-Renault       1:28.448  + 4.018   25
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1:28.633  + 4.203   22
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1:29.107  + 4.677   19
24.  Dani Clos             HRT-Cosworth           1:31.618  + 7.188   19
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Pos     Driver               Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:23.399            38
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:23.563  + 0.164   38
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:23.771  + 0.372   41
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:23.909  + 0.510   32
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1:23.918  + 0.519   32
 6.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1:23.964  + 0.565   37
 7.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:24.065  + 0.666   34
 8.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:24.080  + 0.681   36
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:24.214  + 0.815   41
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:24.365  + 0.966   22
11.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:24.418  + 1.019   35
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:24.422  + 1.023   32
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1:24.468  + 1.069   40
14.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:24.600  + 1.201   33
15.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:24.688  + 1.289   30
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:24.733  + 1.334   34
17.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:24.769  + 1.370   37
18.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1:25.047  + 1.648   42
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1:26.296  + 2.897   36
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1:26.740  + 3.341   35
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1:27.314  + 3.915   27
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1:27.664  + 4.265   30
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1:28.235  + 4.836   26
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           no time              2