Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2012: Free Practice 2 (FP2) live blog
F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel drives in for a pitstop during practice for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit on March 16, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
The second Australian Formula 1 practice session for 2012 commences at 4:30pm (ADST), with blue skies hoped to hold out over the Melbourne track for Free Practice 2. Join us for a live blog and updates of F1′s FP2.
Free Practice 1 started slowly as rain fell on the track, but the Melbourne circuit at Albert Park dried out after some early running on intermediate tyres and the final minutes of the session saw a flurry as the drivers looked to gather data for their engineers.
The McLaren pair of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets in the first practice, but those results don’t mean a lot just yet.
It’s encouraging for the team, but no question have been answered yet in a season where team and drivers aren’t yet sure where they stand.
The only confirmation is that the new teams are still struggling, the first race of the season seemingly coming too soon again for HRT and Marussia Virgin, who struggled.
The other two stories of interest were Felipe Massa, who lost his car into the gravel at turn nine, and Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus suffering reliability problems, with a broken steering column costing him some running time.
In FP1, the cars were free to use DRS, however, in the last 30 minutes of practice two, the FIA will switch to DRS race mode to test the system. This means it will only work if drivers are within one second of another car.