2012 AUSTRALIAN GP: WET FRIDAY

Mercedes AMG had productive Friday
FIRST PRACTICE
Pos     Driver                 Team                Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.560            11
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.805  + 0.245   14
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:28.235  + 0.675   17
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:28.360  + 0.800   21
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:28.467  + 0.907   21
 6.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:28.683  + 1.123   22
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.908  + 1.348   23
 8.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1:29.415  + 1.855   16
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1:29.565  + 2.005    8
10.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:29.722  + 2.162   26
11.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:29.790  + 2.230   21
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:29.865  + 2.305   17
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:29.881  + 2.321   18
14.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1:29.953  + 2.393   21
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:30.124  + 2.564   22
16.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1:30.515  + 2.955   16
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1:30.586  + 3.026   16
18.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:30.743  + 3.183   11
19.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:31.178  + 3.618   17
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1:31.983  + 4.423    8
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1:34.730  + 7.170    8
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1:40.256  + 12.696  11
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           no time              3
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           no time              0

SECOND PRACTICE
Michael Schumacher set the fastest time of a wet/dry second practice for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Schumacher set the fastest time in the last lap of the session to pip Nico Hulkenberg's Force India as Mercedes showed some of the pace that is gained from the legal F-Duct system it has pioneered. The drying track meant times were tumbling throughout the final 15 minutes as drivers went out on slick tyres and exploited the improving track conditions. Sergio Perez was third in the Sauber, a full second slower than Schumacher and 0.1s ahead of Fernando Alonso, with Ferrari the first to go out on intermediate tyres in the middle of the session.

A torrential downpour left the track soaking wet with a lot of standing water, and only a few tentative laps from both Saubers and Toro Rossos were possible in the opening 20 minutes. After some intermediate lap times, there was a break while all the teams waited for the track to dry out a little more before the hectic ending to the session as many ventured out on slicks. Not to much to be read from wet Friday... Waiting for Sunny Saturday...
Pos     Driver                 Team                Time       Gap   Laps
 1.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:29.183            16
 2.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1:29.292  + 0.109   19
 3.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:30.199  + 1.016   23
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:30.341  + 1.158   13
 5.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:30.709  + 1.526   14
 6.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:31.466  + 2.283   13
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:31.505  + 2.322   14
 8.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1:31.932  + 2.749   16
 9.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:32.184  + 3.001   17
10.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:32.194  + 3.011   19
11.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:32.296  + 3.113   20
12.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1:32.632  + 3.449   17
13.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1:32.767  + 3.584   15
14.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1:32.822  + 3.639   11
15.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:33.039  + 3.856   18
16.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:33.252  + 4.069   11
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1:34.108  + 4.925   21
18.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1:34.275  + 5.092    7
19.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1:34.312  + 5.129   17
20.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:34.485  + 5.302   29
21.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:34.604  + 5.421   31
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1:34.770  + 5.587   13
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1:42.627  + 13.444  16
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth                                1