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Two on top as Kobayashi and Grosjean lead Mugello day two - Identical times from Sauber and Lotus in second test day

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Schumacher completes a lap of Mugello
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Vitaly awaits his turn
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Di Resta surveys the pitlane in Italy
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Webber unwinds at Mugello
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After a terrible start to the test yesterday, with poor conditions causing red flags throughout the session, Mugello testing really got underway today. This time there were no less than four drivers who completed more than 100 laps, with Michael Schumacher the star pupil of the day. The Mercedes driver, after not setting a time yesterday, went on to complete 144 laps today, finishing 8th fastest.

Romain Grosjean was at the top of the timesheets as the session began winding down, but Kamui Kobayashi came storming through to set exactly the same lap time. The Sauber and the Lotus finished the day on the same pace, with Grosjean completing 10 more laps than Kobayashi.

It’s always good to end the day on top, but we have to remember that in testing lap times mean very little. Having said that, the car felt great and I was very comfortable from the start. This test gives us an opportunity to try things that we wouldn’t have time to do during a race weekend, so hopefully it’ll help us to keep pushing forward.

- Romain Grosjean

Behind the two top times, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel edged out his teammate for third place, whilst Felipe Massa couldn't match Alonso's day one headlines and finished fifth overall.

2012 Mid-Season Testing - Day 2, Mugello
1Romain GrosjeanLotus1:21.60397
2Kamui KobayashiSauber1:21.60387
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:21.82564
4Mark WebberRed Bull1:21.99754
5Felipe MassaFerrari1:22.257106
6Jean-Éric VergneToro Rosso1:22.42265
7Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1:22.58822
8Michael SchumacherMercedes1:23.404144
9Charles PicMarussia1:23.98246
10Vitaly PetrovCaterham1:24.312112
11Gary PaffettMcLaren1:24.48059
12Timo GlockMarussia1:24.49937
13Paul di RestaForce India1:24.74914
14Bruno SennaWilliams1:24.842100

Towards the back, Bruno Senna was back in the car for Williams, after Valtteri Bottas took a turn yesterday. Senna completed 100 laps but his time was the slowest of the day.

Some longer runs this afternoon for Bruno... getting through our programme for today

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Vitaly's piling up the laps this afternoon, running what could be called a mirror program against this morning to evaluate the new parts.

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My driving here in Mugello is complete so now i watch the rest and keep close to everything happening. Good one & half days for me!

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For an extra peek at the leader of testing today, plus a good look at how much better the weather was, do head on over to F1 Big Picture for day two of testing.

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