Kimi Raikkonen was quickest for Lotus in second practice and looked capable of going quicker.
The Ferrari drivers picked up where they left off at the end of the first session, leading the times after the first runs.
Half an hour into the session the Red Bull drivers switched to the medium compound tyres and Mark Webber took over the fastest time. Sebastian Vettel, who’d made a mistake at the final corner earlier in the session, crossed the line a tenth of a second slower than his team mate.
Fernando Alonso looked on course to beat the benchmark time but he caught Romain Grosjean’s Lotus in the middle of the lap, losing a few tenths of a second. His team mate was two tenths of a second slower and Paul di Resta inserted his Force India into the gap between the two.
That remained the order until halfway through the session when Raikkonen did his first run on mediums. He was substantially quicker through the first two sectors and despite understeering in the final two corners he took the quickest time, albeit by just three hundredths of a second.
Esteban Gutierrez, who already has a five-place penalty for this weekend after his crash in China, had another run-in with a rival during the session. Charles Pic moved wide to let him past at turn eight but the Sauber ran wide into the Caterham and Gutierrez hobbled back to the pits with a punctured front-left tyre.
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