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2012-06-22 16:02

TOP OF THE TIME SHEETS: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel set the top time in Friday's second free practice session at Valencia.

VALENCIA, Spain - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel showed glimpses of a return to his winning form when he set the fastest time in the second free practice session ahead of Sunday's European Grand Prix.

The current Formula 1 world champion set a time of 1min39.334 at the Spanish seaside street circuit on soft tyres, closely followed by Force India's Nico Hulkenberg at 1min39.465.


Kamui Kobayashi was third fastest for Sauber with a time of 1min39.595, while Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna rounded of the top five. The Mercedes and Williams drivers posted times, respectively, of 1min39.601 and 1min29.644.

The close finishes were perhaps indicative of the type of racing fans can look forward to on race-day Sunday - the top 15 finishers in the second free practice session were separated by less than one second!

Second free practice times the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain:

1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1min39.334
2. Nico Huelkenberg (Force India) 1min39.465
3. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) 1min39.595
4. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) 1min39.601
5. Bruno Senna (Williams) 1min39.644
6. Paul Di Resta (Force India) 1min39.700
7. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1min39.733
8. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1min39.868
9. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1min39.901
10. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1min39.926
11. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 1min39.945
12. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1min39.990
13. Pastor Maldonado (Williams) 1min40.075
14. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1min40.147
15. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1min40.244
16. Sergio Perez (Sauber) 1min40.511
17. Vitaly Petrov (Caterham) 1min40.963
18. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1min41.121
19. Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham) 1min41.197
20. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1min41.263
21. Timo Glock (Marussia) 1min42.424
22. Charles Pic (Marussia) 1min42.958
23. Narain Karthikeyan (HRT) 1min44.201
24. Pedro de la Rosa (HRT) 1min44.260

First free practice times

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