Daily Archives: November 12, 2010

Hamilton tops Abu Dhabi second practice

Lewis Hamilton took over at the top of Friday Practice at Abu Dhabi, setting the fastest time in the second session. He was a quarter of a second faster than Sebastian Vettel, who was 2 tenths ahead of Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice

On the medium tyres, Alonso reigned supreme, but stood no chance when everyone switched to the super-softs. Despite setting less laps than his rivals, Hamilton was easily on top.

The Renaults of Kubica and Petrov were 5th and 7th, surrounding Felipe Massa in 6th, who stopped out on track, reporting that his car had run out of fuel.

Jenson Button struggled in 8th, Vitantonio Liuzzi was 9th, and the Mercedes drivers of Rosberg and Schumacher were 10th and 11th.

Heikki Kovalainen took over the new teams in 19th place, 4.2 seconds off Hamilton’s pace. He scraped ahead of Timo Glock, who comfortably beat Jarno Trulli and Lucas di Grassi. Christian Klien and Bruno Senna were up to 2 seconds off their rivals at the back.

Times from FP2:

Pos.
Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.888 25
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.145 0.257 28
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.314 0.426 29
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’41.315 0.427 29
5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.576 0.688 31
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.583 0.695 21
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’42.096 1.208 31
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’42.132 1.244 28
9 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’42.203 1.315 31
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.222 1.334 29
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.246 1.358 29
12 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’42.449 1.561 32
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.535 1.647 21
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.768 1.880 26
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.914 2.026 37
16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.950 2.062 34
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.128 2.240 17
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.584 2.696 33
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’45.180 4.292 36
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.259 4.371 31
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’45.612 4.724 35
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’46.053 5.165 29
23 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’47.210 6.322 32
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’47.434 6.546 28

Vettel leads Abu Dhabi FP1

Sebastian Vettel laid down the gauntlet for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, by setting the fastest time in Friday Practice 1 today. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were 2nd and 3rd, followed by Mark Webber.

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest in FP1

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest in FP1

The session began on a damp track, but it dried out throughout the day. However, the first half an hour was a waste for many, as the drivers sat in the garages waiting for the track to clear. In fact, it took until 50 minutes in for the fast laps to began to be set.

Robert Kubica was 5th, and Fernando Alonso 6th. The Mercedes and Sauber drivers filled the top 10.

Felipe Massa was 11th, and 2.4 seconds off the pace of the leaders. Having said that though, he was forced to abort one of his runs after a problem with the car’s telemetry data, meaning that the team wouldn’t have been able to fully collect data if he had continued.

Rubens Barrichello was 13th, despite stopping out on track. He still managed to beat his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg by 1.2 seconds.

Timo Glock led the way at the back, just ahead of Jarno Trulli, who in turn was nearly a second faster than Lucas di Grassi. Bruno Senna beat Christian Klien by 7 tenths, while Fairuz Fauzy, who replaced Heikki Kovalainen for FP1, was last, and despite setting more laps than most of the new teams, was 8.9 seconds off the pace. However, it was reported that the Lotus was experiencing overheating problems.

Times from FP1:

Pos.
Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’42.760 18
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’43.369 0.609 16
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’43.785 1.025 19
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’43.840 1.080 19
5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’44.080 1.320 19
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’44.121 1.361 17
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’44.199 1.439 19
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.604 1.844 18
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’44.718 1.958 19
10 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.737 1.977 19
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’45.160 2.400 18
12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’45.445 2.685 21
13 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’45.474 2.714 15
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’45.552 2.792 20
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’45.585 2.825 14
16 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.003 3.243 20
17 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’46.664 3.904 19
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’47.105 4.345 22
19 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’48.450 5.690 19
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’48.472 5.712 17
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’49.375 6.615 13
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’49.590 6.830 18
23 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’50.274 7.514 17
24 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.705 8.945 18
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