2011 ITALIAN GP: VETTEL NOT GIVING UP SO EASILY FROM FIRST PLACE

Vettel and Red Bull are not giving up so easily from first place!!!

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the second free training for the Italian Grand Prix, beating McLaren's Lewis Hamilton with just about 0.036s. But we have to mention that the Briton when was on fast lap with little fuel onboard and soft tyres, almoust ran into Jamie Alguersuari at Parabolica and lap was ruined. He immediately went into the boxes without a set time. I think that Hamilton car had the fastest time on this training too, as Vettel fastest time is slower than the fastest time from the morning training.

Michael Schumacher was the surprise of second training with third position for Mercedes GP, being slower just 0.337s. Schumi said after training that his position is encouraging, but he will not know whether this is the actual performance of the car until tomorrow's qualifications. Further follow in order Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Jenson Button, in just 0.150s. difference.

The biggest incident was when Sebastian Buemi failed to take Parabolica, and hit the barriers. The Swiss car was badly damaged and could not return to action for the rest of session. Daniel Ricardo drove only seven laps due to problems with broken alternator so most of the training spent in his box. Another driver with problems (KERS) was Nico Rosberg and was more than five seconds slower than the leader, despite completing 25 laps.

Pos     Driver                Team                Time        Gap  Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m24.010s           37
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.046s  + 0.036  21
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m24.347s  + 0.337  39
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m24.366s  + 0.356  33
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m24.433s  + 0.423  31
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m24.468s  + 0.458  32
 7.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.508s  + 0.498  30
 8.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.097s  + 1.087  39
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.182s  + 1.172  37
10.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1m25.325s  + 1.315  38
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1m25.450s  + 1.440  31
12.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m25.496s  + 1.486  39
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m25.683s  + 1.673  37
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.758s  + 1.748  29
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1m26.202s  + 2.192  36
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1m26.353s  + 2.343  40
17.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m28.347s  + 4.337   5
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1m28.559s  + 4.549  32
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1m28.605s  + 4.595  32
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1m28.804s  + 4.794  25
21.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1m29.162s  + 5.152  34
22.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m29.184s  + 5.174  29
23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1m29.622s  + 5.612  34
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1m29.841s  + 5.831   7