Daily Archives: May 6, 2011

Button on top in Turkey Friday Practice 2

Button put McLaren on top in the dry conditions

Button put McLaren on top in the dry conditions

Jenson Button headed up the timesheets in second practice for the Turkish Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel was stuck in the pits after his crash this morning.

Nico Rosberg continued his impressive form with 2nd place, less than a tenth off the McLaren. Lewis Hamilton was a further half second behind in 3rd.

The first dry running of the weekend saw much less tyre degradation than expected.

Michael Schumacher survived a scare at Turn 11 to finish 4th, with Mark Webber and Felipe Massa 5th and 6th. Felipe briefly led proceedings early on, but the three-time winner here failed to maintain his pace.

His teammate Fernando Alonso was hampered by a hydraulic issue. A spin later on confined him to 11th.

Williams had a turbulent session, with Rubens Barrichello pulling out after KERS problems. Pastor Maldonado spun on a damp patch at Turn 8, damaging the front of his car, also ending his day prematurely.

At the back of the field, the Virgin cars spent most of the session at the very back, before quicker laps near the end put Glock and D’Ambrosio ahead of HRT.

Times from Turkey FP1:


 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1.26.456             26
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1.26.521  	0.065	29
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1.27.033  	0.577	31
 4.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1.27.063  	0.607	21
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1.27.149  	0.693	31
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1.27.340  	0.884	37
 7.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1.27.517  	1.061	37
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1.27.725  	1.269	37
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1.27.844  	1.388	32
10.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1.28.052  	1.596	37
11.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1.28.069  	1.613	27
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1.28.153  	1.697	36
13.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                 1.28.475  	2.019	35
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1.28.765  	2.309	32
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1.28.828  	2.372	19
16.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1.28.946  	2.490	20
17.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1.29.409  	2.953	39
18.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1.29.637  	3.181	27
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1.30.281  	3.825	37
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1.31.035  	4.579	28
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1.31.221  	4.765	22
22.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1.31.320  	4.864	29
23.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1.31.989  	5.533	30

Vettel crashes out of wet Friday Practice 1

Alonso put Ferrari on top

Alonso put Ferrari on top

Sebastian Vettel crashed out of Friday Practice 1 for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso was comfortably fastest in a soaked session, setting a 1.38.670, over 1.4 seconds faster than Nico Rosberg.

Vettel lost control on the exit kerb of Turn 8, and slammed into the barriers, ending his day after only 5 laps. He was running on intermediate tyres at the time, despite the track being near saturated with water. On the previous lap he had run wide at Turn 11.

Michael Schumacher, Pastor Maldonado, Timo Glock and Sebastien Buemi also all ran wide at Turn 11.

Schumacher was behind his teammate in 3rd place, ahead of the Renaults of Heidfeld and Petrov. Daniel Ricciardo was 8th, beating Buem, who was 9th.

Nico Hulkenberg took over from Adrian Sutil, and was 10th, while Paul di Resta finished 13th.

Mark Webber was 11th, having only set 5 laps. Vettel was 17th after his crash. Neither of the McLarens set a competitive lap time, with Button and Hamilton 23rd and 24th.

Interestingly, Alonso reported that the wet tyres wore out much quicker than he expected.

Here is a video of Sebastian’s crash:

Times from FP1:


 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1.38.670           13
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1.40.072   1.402   14
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1.40.132   1.462   18
 4.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                1.40.338   1.668    9
 5.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1.40.401   1.731   10
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1.40.421   1.751   16
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1.40.697   2.027   14
 8.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.41.094   2.424   18
 9.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.41.178   2.508   22
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1.41.347   2.677   16
11.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1.42.564   3.894    5
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1.42.597   3.927    7
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1.43.525   4.855   11
14.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1.43.913   5.243    5
15.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault          1.43.986   5.316    6
16.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1.44.787   6.117   20
17.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1.44.954   6.284    4
18.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1.45.183   6.513   15
19.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1.45.237   6.567   11
20.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1.48.461   9.791    8
21.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1.51.676   13.006   6
22.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1.55.791   17.121  13
23.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       2.00.666   21.996   4
24.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       N/A                 1
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