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Maldonado quickest in German FP2
20th July 2012
Williams driver Pastor Maldonado.Pastor Maldonado topped the timesheets in the second free practice session at Hockenheim, largely by virtue of taking to the track at the right time in a session disrupted by rain.
Maldonados lap of 1:27.476 was scored on intermediate tyres in the second half of the session as early rain gave way to an emerging dry line. As the times tumbled, the Venezuelan recorded his lap just a few minutes before another rain shower hit the circuit.
At the end of the session, Nico Rosberg was second, just eight hundredths of a second behind the Williams man. Sebastian Vettel was third, four tenths further back.
Heavy rain at the start of proceedings meant there was little activity initially, and more than 20 minutes elapsed before Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Rosberg and Charles Pic tip-toed onto the circuit to test the conditions.
As the rain held off, Rosberg was the first to move to intermediates and as his lap times improved, everybody followed suit, with Maldonado eventually setting his session-topping time.
When the rains came again, there were inevitably mishaps. Daniel Ricciardo spun his Toro Rosso into the gravel at Turn 13, the corner where Valtteri Bottas had crashed his Williams in the morning session. Ricciardo was lucky to get away with no major damage to his car, but moments later Michael Schumacher was not as fortunate.
The Mercedes drive lost control on the exit of Turn 12. His car was pitched into the barriers, with both ends of the car sustaining damage.
1. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m27.476 14 laps
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m27.564s + 0.088 24
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m27.902s + 0.426 24
4. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m28.402s + 0.926 26
5. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m28.420s + 0.944 20
6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m28.495s + 1.019 22
7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.513s + 1.037 23
8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m28.516s + 1.040 16
9. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m28.877s + 1.401 21
10 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m29.327s + 1.851 22
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m29.364s + 1.888 26
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m29.719s + 2.243 15
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m29.785s + 2.309 24
14 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m30.090s + 2.614 19
15 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m30.220s + 2.744 16
1. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m30.291s + 2.815 22
17 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m30.331s + 2.855 26
18 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m30.437s + 2.961 14
19 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m30.617s + 3.141 16
20 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m31.207s + 3.731 20
21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m32.241s + 4.765 22
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m32.349s + 4.873 17
23 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m32.777s + 5.301 18
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m42.566s + 15.090 8
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