F1 2012 Indian Grand Prix: Hamilton sixth fastest ahead of qualifying

PUBLISHED: 14:58 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:57 17 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton  [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

Lewis Hamilton [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]


FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was only sixth fastest in second practice for the 2012 Indian Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel dominated today’s (Friday’s) two sessions.

The 27-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 star from Hertfordshire clocked a time of 1m 27.131s in FP2 at the Buddh International Circuit.

Hamilton, who is quitting McLaren at the end of the season for German rivals Mercedes GP, had earlier gone fourth quickest in first practice.

Vettel’s Red Bull topped the timesheets in both sessions, the German F1 world champion clocking a lap of 1m 26.221s after lunch in India.

Mark Webber made it a Red Bull one-two in second practice at the circuit near Delhi, with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari third fastest.

Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg recorded the fourth best time with Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus also faster than Hamilton.

However, Hamilton said: “It was quite a positive day – on my side of the garage, at least.

“The car felt quite good, but to get the best from the tyres each lap wasn’t so easy.

“We’re not quite quick enough yet, but tyre durability and our long-run pace both looked quite good.

“In fact, I was very happy with the long run. If we continue in that direction, we’ll hopefully be strong in the race.”

McLaren teammate Jenson Button was seventh best in P2 with a 1m 27.182s.

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