Schumacher shakes fists, kids get off lawn
Formula One’s resident pensioner Michael Schumacher topped the timesheets on Friday afternoon, recording the fastest time during a damp free practice two.
The German clocked a time of 1minute 29.183seconds to take home the largely redundant honour of fastest Friday time, though it did go some way add fuel to the speculation fire that places Mercedes as a the dark horse for this weekend’s race.
Kept at bay by the leader was fellow German Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, which managed to set a time a little over a tenth off a second slower than the silver arrow.
Filling in third place was Michael Lamonato impersonator Sergio Perez in his Sauber, recording a 1minute 30.199seconds.
Fernando Alonso was once again fourth in the apparently disappointing Ferrari, while fellow Scuderia driver Felipe Massa finished two places below in seventh – but at least kept his car on the circuit.
The highest Red Bull managed in the evening was tenth, with Sebastian Vettel’s best time being a 1minuets 32.194seconds, just one tenth faster than his Australian team-mate Mark Webber.
McLaren, after recording a one-two for free practice one, set a time only good enough for fifteenth and sixteenth, with Jenson Button again leading the way.
Marussia began to find its feet after a torrid pre-season, during which it failed to pass its safety inspection in time for any of the winter tests. Both cars completed times this afternoon, and were roughly on the pace.
HRT, meanwhile, again fielded only one car, with Narain Karthikeyan setting a disappointing time some 13 seconds off the pace.
Formula One retires for the night, but will be back again for its final practice session tomorrow afternoon at 2PM, ahead of qualifying later on in the evening.