Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 in Brazil FP1

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest driver of Friday Practice 1 at the Brazilian Grand Prix today, while title rival Fernando Alonso suffered engine troubles. Mark Webber was 2nd, cementing Red Bull’s pace at the Interlagos circuit.

Sebastian Vettel dominated FP1 in Brazil today

Sebastian Vettel dominated FP1 in Brazil today

Alonso’s session came to an abrupt halt, when he stopped out on track, with an engine failure. However, the Ferrari team have stated that the engine was going to be changed anyways, and the engine already had many miles on it. Nevertheless, it is a setback to Fernando’s weekend.

Vettel set a 1.12.328, nearly half a second faster than Webber, who, apart from Lewis Hamilton, was well ahead of everyone else. Jenson Button was 4th, while Robert Kubica was 5th. Team-mate Vitaly Petrov suffered a rear wing failure, and suffered a high-speed crash at the Ferradura corner.

The Mercedes drivers of Rosberg and Schumacher were 6th and 8th, and the team were rumoured to be running a 2011-spec rear diffuser today. Rubens Barrichello was 7th, Adrian Sutil 9th, and Nick Heidfeld 10th.

Kamui Kobayashi also spun at Ferradura, but survived to get 11th place. Nico Hulkenberg was 12th, while Alonso was 13th, after setting only 20 laps. Despite this, was was still a tenth faster than Felipe Massa back in 15th.

Vitantonio Liuzzi headed the two Toro Rossos further back. Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock were 20th and 21st. Heikki Kovalainen was 22nd, while Christian Klien was a half a second faster than Bruno Senna at the back.

Times from FP1:
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’12.328
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’12.810
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’12.845
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.267

5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’13.370

6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’13.516
7 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’13.546
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’13.643
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’13.918
10 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.000
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.004
12 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’14.155
13 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.246
14 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’14.370 2.042
15 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.395 2.067
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’14.487
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.618
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.734
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’15.603
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’15.860
21 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’16.057
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’16.707
23 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’16.839
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’17.360

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