28/10/11 - 09:30
Indian Grand Prix
Buddh International Circuit • Free Practice 2

Free Practice 2

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Felipe Massa finishes free practice two with the fastest time as his 1:25.706 takes the second session spoils! The Brazilian tops the timesheet, and that was a consummate display. Vettel is just 0.088 seconds slower than the Ferrari, with Alonso 0.2 seconds off the pace. Hamilton is fourth ahead of Webber and Button, who are all within a second of Massa!


Vettel almost collides with Sutil as he exits the pit lane, and that could have been very embarrassing for both parties! Massa still leads.


Senna runs wide at turn six on the hard tyre as the yellow flag is whisked away and Petrov rejoins the action.


It's a brief yellow flag as a result of that spin off the track from Petrov, and that was pretty inevitable.


Petrov slides off the track as he loses grip entirely, and that does not bode well for the assessment of the circuit.


Massa pits with the fastest time on the board, and the onus is now on Alonso to try to usurp him from third.


Massa leads! The Brazilian sets a new fastest time of 1:25.706 to top the timesheets!


Alonso passes Schumacher exiting turn three, and again he is not afforded a clear lap - will he get one with his next attempt?


Alonso is running faster than Massa through the opening sector, but Massa is also finding a very good pace.


Sutil goes seventh, and this is turning out to be a decent session for the Force with di Resta in ninth.


Alonso goes second, 0.422 seconds slower than Vettel. He looked set for the fastest lap of the session, but Schumacher held him up.


Massa improves once more to go second, but Alonso looks set to make a real impact as he finds a cracking early pace...


Hamilton's fastest time is 1:26.454, but that is still well off Vettel's best of 1:25.794.


Both Schumacher and Rosberg were quick on the soft tyre this morning, but Schumacher has been very subdued thus far.


Hamilton builds up his speed as he moves ahead of Massa - second quickest for the session.


Buemi endures an almost comical lap as he runs very wide on three separate occasions!


Hamilton re-emerges for another run, and he will be very keen to outstrip Massa and Vettel now.


Massa goes second quickest, but he remains 0.269 seconds slower than Vettel on soft tyres.


Alonso remains the only driver to post a seriously competitive time with the hard tyres, and he remains in the pits.


The session has restarted, and the track is finally clear (I'm really far too impatient)...


It's worth saying at this juncture that all the leading drivers have been relying upon the soft tyres for the quickest times in both sessions today.


Make that red! The session has been officially red-flagged as D'Ambrosio's stricken car is recovered...


The yellow flag comes out! There is a big shunt for D'Ambrosio, and a major chunk comes off the rear of his car as he was exiting turn 10, and he simply ran very wide onto the kerb!


It has to be said that the dust continues to be a real issue around this circuit, and grip is pretty poor.


Button improves markedly to set a third quickest 1:26.714, and the McLaren driver begins to make his mark.


Vettel continues to lead the way in this session as information continues to be gathered from Hamilton's controversial run in free practice one.


Massa requires two attempts to turn into turn four and he runs wide into turn nine. It's not very precise work from the Brazilian.


According to a statement from the FIA, Hamilton was penalised for 'ignoring double waved yellow flags at Turn 16 whilst marshals were in close proximity to the track'. The penalty means that Hamilton can only hope to start from fourth position on the grid at best for the Indian Grand Prix.


CONFIRMATION: Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez have both received three-place grid penalties for Sunday's Indian Grand Prix after setting their fastest times under under waved yellow flags at the end of first practice!


Button loses the rear end of his car as he locks up in the penultimate corner, and he had been on course for his best lap!


Vettel goes quickest with a lap of 1:26.492, and that is an imposing move from the Red Bull champion!


Schumacher has completed just four laps so far after an early spin, and he is feeling his way back into the session.


Hamilton is looking very strong early on this weekend, and that will only compound frustration that he has a grid penalty.


Hamilton improves on his previous best time with a 1:26.618, and that puts him 1.2 seconds quicker than the rest of the field at this stage.


Alonso posts a 1:28.719 on the harder tyre, and that is sterling work considering the disparity between the two on the evidence of today.


Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:27.261, and most of the early pace is being set by those on the faster soft tyre.


The track is clear once more as Hamilton sets the fastest middle sector time, and the green flag gives the field the go ahead.


With the yellow flag out, many of the drivers return to the pits to take stock and reassess their options.


Oh dear! Maldonado spins off at turn nine and beaches his car in the gravel trap, and that does not look prettty. Out comes the yellow flag.


Vettel leads the way as he clocks a swift 1:28.014 to head the timesheets, and he makes his mark.


Alonso is seventh quickest thus far as he make valuable progress following his disastrous opening session.


Buemi goes fastest with a 1:31.306, and he makes good early running in his Toro Rosso.


Petrov tops the timesheet early on as he posts a 1:35.418 on the hard compound tyres.


D'Ambrosio is the first man to head out of the garage, and he makes his way out onto the track.


There is a crazed rush to get out on the track by.... well, no one. Okay, so the drivers will bide their time!


Britain's Lewis Hamilton was fastest in first practice. Red Bull looked to have made the perfect start to the weekend, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber having covered the first and second positions in the final moments, but that was until Hamilton's charging 1:26.836s lap put him top as the chequered flag fell.


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This Grand Prix weekend has been a long time in the making for India. There has been a lot of uncertainty with the date moved and then moved back to its original time following the Bahrain problems of earlier in the year. But we should have a cracking weekend in New Delhi!


Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix Free Practice 2 from the Buddh International Circuit in New Dehli. I'll be taking you through the session in its entirety, and you can get in touch with me at any point to let me know your views and comments on the action -