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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Vettel fastest on day two

Day two of action from Barcelona saw Sebastian Vettel vault to the top of the sheets for Red Bull, his 1:19.751 bumping his old team, Toro Rosso.

Takuma Sato again led the trio of STR representatives in second, with incumbent Sebastien Bourdais just off his pace in his attempt to keep his seat for 2009 in third, and young Sebastien Buemi in fourth.

Among the mix of veterans, test driver, and hopeful young talent was Pedro de la Rosa, in 16th for Force India. Just a byproduct of the new agreement with McLaren? Adrian Sutil's management insists the German is safe, while teammate Giancarlo Fisichella's camp has remained intriguingly silent.

Oh, and count BMW test driver Christian Klien among those who don't like what the new regulations have dome to the design of the car, at least in this hybrid version…

"To me, for the moment, it's the worst Formula One car I have ever seen. It just doesn't fit together," he told Autosport. "But we will get used to it. There will be a lot of modifications until the first race in March."

Unofficial times:
  1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:19.751
  2. Takuma Sato, Toro Rosso, 1:20.017
  3. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:20.034
  4. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:20.223
  5. Gary Paffett, McLaren, 1:21.340
  6. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:21.521
  7. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:21.525
  8. Jenson Button, Honda, 1:21.770
  9. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:22.073
  10. Lucas di Grassi, Honda, 1:22.283
  11. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:22.348
  12. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:22.425
  13. Marc Gene, Ferrari, 1:22.772
  14. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:22.945
  15. Giedo van der Garde, Renault, 1:23.250
  16. Pedro de la Rosa, Force India, 1:23.499
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