US Grand Prix: Vettel leads the way in second practice

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull United States Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel led his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber as they secured a one-two in second practice ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

Vettel, who retained his drivers’ crown for the fourth successive year a fortnight ago, had finished down in 18th after the first session as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was quickest in Austin, Texas.

However normal service was resumed in the afternoon as the German beat Webber by 0.115 seconds, with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg third from team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Lotus’s Heikki Kovalainen, who was drafted in to replace Kimi Raikkonen following his back surgery, was fifth from the Saubers of Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg and team-mate Romain Grosjean.

McLaren’s Jenson Button, who has been given a three-place grid penalty for ignoring red flags in the first session, was ninth and Alonso made up the top-10.

Despite the dominance of Red Bull, Hamilton was fairly pleased with his work on Friday and he is looking for Mercedes to put pressure on their rivals in qualifying on Saturday.

He said: “The Red Bulls are a long way down the road but we’ll still try to give them hell and catch them.”

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