Daily Archives: May 20, 2011

Webber retains advantage in second practice

Webber continued to lead in FP2

Webber continued to lead in FP2

Mark Webber continued to lead proceedings in the Spanish Grand Prix second practice.

However, he was closely followed by Lewis Hamilton, as McLaren hone their latest updates.

Sebastian Vettel was 3rd, 3 tenths off his teammate. Jenson Button was 4th, while Fernando Alonso was held up on his fastest lap, but was still 5th.

Rosberg and Schumacher secured 6th and 7th for Mercedes. Both Saubers got into the top 10.

Vitaly Petrov was half a second slower than Heidfeld in 12th. The Williams drivers were 14th and 16th. Adrian Sutil was the only driver to have been slower than one of the 3 bottom teams. His teammate Paul di Resta was a full second faster than him.

The 107% rule only applied to the two Hispanias in this session.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1.22.470           35 
 2.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes       1.22.509   0.039   27
 3.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault       1.22.826   0.356   37
 4.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes       1.23.188   0.718   32
 5.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari                1.23.568   1.098   34
 6.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes               1.23.586   1.116   35
 7.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes               1.23.981   1.511   30
 8.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari                1.24.278   1.808   30
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari         1.24.290   1.820   33
10.  Nick Heidfeld       Renault                1.24.366   1.896   31
11.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari         1.24.483   2.013   38
12.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault                1.24.786   2.316   43
13.  Sebastien Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.25.296   2.826   33
14.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth      1.25.303   2.833   38
15.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.25.457   2.987   34
16.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Cosworth      1.25.603   3.133   43
17.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes   1.26.073   3.603   32
18.  Heikki Kovalainen   Lotus-Renault          1.26.417   3.947   37
19.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes   1.27.123   4.653   20
20.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Renault          1.27.189   4.719   34
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio   Virgin-Cosworth        1.28.036   5.566   36
22.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1.28.062   5.592   28
23.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth           1.29.469   6.999   28
24.  Tonio Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth           1.29.476   7.006   31

Webber dominates Spanish first practice

Webber was a second faster than Vettel

Webber was a second faster than Vettel

Mark Webber led teammate Sebastian Vettel by a full second in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

A 1.25.142 was 1.009 seconds faster than Vettel, who headed Nico Rosberg in 3rd.

It wasn’t a completely satisfactory session for the Red Bull team though, as Vettel was instructed to disable his KERS after another reliability issue early on in the session.

Fernando Alonso was 4th, ahead of Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton. Nick Heidfeld was the only Renault in the top 10, while Jenson Button struggled with his tyres and was 9th.

Daniel Ricciardo took over Sebastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso, and was 1.5 seconds faster than Jaime Alguersuari, although the Spaniard only completed 9 laps with an engine problem.

Felipe Massa was 16th, 3.5 seconds off the pace. Pastor Maldonado spun off, but was 13th.

4 cars were outside of the 107% rule: Both HRT cars, Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock.

Times from FP1:


 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1.25.142    	   27 
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1.26.149   1.007  20
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1.26.379   1.237  29
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1.26.480   1.338  27
 5.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1.26.738   1.596  26
 6.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1.26.988   1.846  19
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1.27.016   1.874  32
 8.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault               1.27.132   1.990  21
 9.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1.27.138   1.996  22
10.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1.27.212   2.070  20
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1.27.241   2.099  22
12.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1.27.471   2.329  23
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1.28.005   2.863  11
14.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1.28.027   2.885  26
15.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1.28.163   3.021  22
16.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1.28.654   3.512  28
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1.28.819   3.677  23
18.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1.28.995   3.853  9
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1.29.231   4.089  21
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1.30.896   5.754  18
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1.31.235   6.093  24
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1.31.268   6.126  23
23.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1.31.418   6.276  12
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1.32.106   6.964  25
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