2013 UNITED STATES GP: RED BULL REMAINS FASTEST TEAM ON FRIDAY PRACTICES

The quickest driver of the day was Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who set a time of 1:37.305 on the medium compound tyres halfway through FP2. His team mate Mark Webber was second fastest, ahead of the two Mercedes, while Heikki Kovalainen was quickly up to speed with both Pirelli compounds to set fifth-fastest time on his debut for Lotus.

The opening free practice session in the morning was delayed by fog and then cut short because of problems with the medical helicopter. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was quickest on the hard tyre, but with little running in the morning, the teams had to make the most of the hour and a half of FP2. With the track still evolving, the teams concentrated on assessing race performance with different fuel loads on both compounds.
FIRST FREE PRACTICE
 P.    Driver               Team           Time       Gap   Laps
 1. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari         1:38.343           16
 2. Jenson Button         McLaren         1:38.371  + 0.028  25
 3. Valtteri Bottas       Williams        1:38.388  + 0.045  17
 4. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber          1:38.532  + 0.189  18
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG    1:38.657  + 0.314  21
 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG    1:38.979  + 0.636  21
 7. Felipe Massa          Ferrari         1:39.005  + 0.662  17
 8. Mark Webber           Red Bull        1:39.083  + 0.740  17
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber          1:39.158  + 0.815  17
10. Pastor Maldonado      Williams        1:39.200  + 0.857  15
11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus           1:39.238  + 0.895  13
12. Sergio Perez          McLaren         1:39.256  + 0.913  17
13. Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus           1:39.487  + 1.144  18
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India     1:39.699  + 1.356  15
15. Paul di Resta         Force India     1:39.836  + 1.493  15
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso      1:39.863  + 1.520  19
17. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso      1:40.065  + 1.722  20
18. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull        1:40.662  + 2.319  21
19. Alexander Rossi       Caterham        1:41.399  + 3.056  21
20. Max Chilton           Marussia        1:41.605  + 3.262  19
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-       1:42.054  + 3.711  19
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia        1:43.716  + 5.373  17
SECOND FREE PRACTICE
 P.     Driver              Team           Time       Gap   Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull        1:41.335           33
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull        1:41.490  + 0.155  32
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG    1:41.690  + 0.355  37
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus           1:41.726  + 0.391  40
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG    1:41.758  + 0.423  39
 6. Sergio Perez          McLaren         1:42.006  + 0.678  35
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren         1:42.010  + 0.675  30
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari         1:42.171  + 0.836  30
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber          1:42.324  + 0.989  40
10. Felipe Massa          Ferrari         1:42.440  + 1.105  35
11. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber          1:42.509  + 1.174  37
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus           1:42.607  + 1.272  18
13. Paul di Resta         Force India     1:42.806  + 1.471  26
14. Pastor Maldonado      Williams        1:42.952  + 1.617  35
15. Adrian Sutil          Force India     1:42.998  + 1.663  25
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso      1:43.152  + 1.817  28
17. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso      1:43.271  + 1.936  35
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams        1:43.565  + 2.237  34
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham        1:44.138  + 2.803  34
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia        1:44.459  + 3.124  34
21. Charles Pic           Caterham        1:44.525  + 3.190  37
22. Max Chilton           Marussia        1:45.565  + 4.230  26