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Webber leads second practice before rain arrives

Webber took advantage of a brief dry period to go fastest

Webber took advantage of a brief dry period to go fastest

Mark Webber nipped in a fast lap just before a rain shower to head second practice in Belgium.

The session began in damp conditions, as the Renaults of Petrov and Senna traded fastest laps. As the track dried out, most of the frontrunners decided to test out their long-range strategies on the harder (medium) tyre.

However, the prospect of further rain forced drivers to take on the soft tyre earlier than expected. Mark Webber posted a 1:50.321 to take top spot, ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Both McLarens were 3rd and 4th, while Sebastian Vettel was only 10th after not setting a time on the option tyre.

Hulkenberg and Sutil in 8th and 9th were separated by 0.026 seconds. A steering issue left Vitaly Petrov in the pits during the dry conditons, and the Russian ended up in last place.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1:50.321           22
 2.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1:50.461  + 0.140  18
 3.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1:50.770  + 0.449  9
 4.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1:50.838  + 0.517  9
 5.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1:51.218  + 0.897  14
 6.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1:51.242  + 0.921  22
 7.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1:51.655  + 1.334  20
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes  1:51.725  + 1.404  17
 9.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1:51.751  + 1.430  8
10.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1:51.790  + 1.469  13
11.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1:51.922  + 1.601  22
12.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Cosworth     1:52.750  + 2.429  20
13.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1:52.780  + 2.459  25
14.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:52.911  + 2.590  24
15.  S├ębastien Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:53.009  + 2.688  24
16.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1:53.156  + 2.835  17
17.  Bruno Senna         Renault               1:53.835  + 3.514  20
18.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Renault         1:55.051  + 4.730  20
19.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1:55.494  + 5.173  22
20.  Heikki Kovalainen   Lotus-Renault         1:56.202  + 5.881  15
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio   Virgin-Cosworth       1:56.816  + 6.495  20
22.  Tonio Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth          1:57.450  + 7.129  19
23.  Daniel Ricciardo    HRT-Cosworth          1:57.612  + 7.291  24
24.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault               2:02.234  + 11.913 12

Mercedes 1-2 in Belgian first practice

Michael Schumacher's special one-off helmet for this weekend

Michael Schumacher's special one-off helmet for this weekend

Michael Schumacher marked his 20 years in Formula 1 by leading first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Wearing a special gold helmet for this weekend, Michael was the first out of the pits, and this proved to be crucial.

Teammate Nico Rosberg was 2nd, as both Mercedes cars were the only drivers who went out on track before a heavy shower.

The rain lasted for the first half an hour of the session, completely soaking the track and forcing the other drivers to take on extreme wet tyres. Over the 90 minutes, drivers opted to switch to intermediates as the track slowly dried out.

Jenson Button was third fastest, over 8 seconds behind Schumacher. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton were 4th and 5th.

The damp track still caught out several drivers, most notably Bruno Senna and Paul di Resta, both crashing out at Turn 9.

Times from FP1:


 1.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1:54.355            13
 2.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1:54.829  + 0.474   15
 3.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      2:02.740  + 8.385   8
 4.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      2:03.752  + 9.397   10
 5.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      2:04.301  + 9.946   7
 6.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  2:04.663  + 10.308  18
 7.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               2:04.728  + 10.373  10
 8.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     2:05.391  + 11.036  12
 9.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    2:06.583  + 12.228  16
10.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        2:06.886  + 12.531  15
11.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               2:07.055  + 12.700  12
12.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        2:07.481  + 13.126  15
13.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Renault         2:08.233  + 13.878  14
14.  Sebastien Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    2:08.239  + 13.884  14
15.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Cosworth     2:08.918  + 14.563  10
16.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      2:09.792  + 15.437  8
17.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       2:12.278  + 17.923  13
18.  Tonio Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth          2:12.389  + 18.034  10
19.  Jerome D'Ambrosio   Virgin-Cosworth       2:12.772  + 18.417  13
20.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  2:13.058  + 18.703  8
21.  Karun Chandhok      Lotus-Renault         2:13.090  + 18.735  11
22.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault               2:13.601  + 19.246  10
23.  Bruno Senna         Renault               2:14.340  + 19.985  7
24.  Daniel Ricciardo    HRT-Cosworth          2:14.933  + 20.578  11

Hamilton retains lead in Hungary second practice

Hamilton stayed on top in second practice

Hamilton stayed on top in second practice

Lewis Hamilton continued to lead proceedings in second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The early parts of the session were spent on the soft (prime) tyre, before drivers moved onto the super-soft compound. It has been estimated that the option tyre is up to one second faster than the prime.

Hamilton’s time of 1:21.018 was nearly a quarter of a second faster than Alonso, who managed 40 laps in FP2.

Jenson Button was consistently on the pace, finishing 3rd. The Red Bulls of Webber and Vettel were half a second off the pace in 4th and 5th. Felipe Massa led the Mercedes and Force India cars to finish the top 10.

Jarno Trulli found huge benefits from his new steering system, lapping only a tenth off Sebastien Buemi. Daniel Ricciardo was 0.5 seconds quicker than Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Times from FP2:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:21.018           29
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:21.259  + 0.241  40
 3.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:21.322  + 0.304  34
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:21.508  + 0.490  35
 5.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:21.549  + 0.531  31
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:22.099  + 1.081  40
 7.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:22.121  + 1.103  36
 8.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:22.440  + 1.422  36
 9.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:22.835  + 1.817  40
10.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:22.981  + 1.963  37
11.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:23.030  + 2.012  34
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:23.399  + 2.381  37
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:23.679  + 2.661  34
14.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault               1:23.861  + 2.843  28
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1:24.181  + 3.163  39
16.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:24.182  + 3.164  26
17.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1:24.546  + 3.528  21
18.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:24.878  + 3.860  35
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1:24.994  + 3.976  38
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1:25.447  + 4.429  39
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1:26.823  + 5.805  33
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1:27.261  + 6.243  28
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1:27.730  + 6.712  31
24.  Vitantonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1:28.255  + 7.237  25

Webber crashes out of Hungary FP1 while Hamilton leads

Onboard with Webber as he crashes into the barriers

Onboard with Webber as he crashes into the barriers

Lewis Hamilton topped the first practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The highlight of the session was Mark Webber crashing out, ending his session prematurely. He lost control of his Red Bull at Turn 9, and hit the barrier, taking the front end off the car.

The session began as damp and lacking grip, but dried out throughout the day. This led to several lock-ups and drivers running wide in the session.

Hamilton’s time of 1:23.350 was enough to take the top spot. He could have gone faster at the end, but was held up by Jaime Alguersuari. Sebastian Vettel was 2 tenths behind in 2nd. Fernando Alonso suffered a small fire on the car during the day, but still participated in the session to go 3rd.

Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov made it into the top 10. Bruno Senna drove Nick Heidfeld’s car for the session, and was 0.8 seconds slower than Petrov.

Daniel Ricciardo was in last place, 8 tenths off his teammate Liuzzi.

Times from Hungarian FP1:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:23.350   	      19
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:23.564  + 0.214   24
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:23.642  + 0.292   29
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:23.666  + 0.316   12
 5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:23.772  + 0.422   20
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:24.115  + 0.765   25
 7.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:24.250  + 0.900   22
 8.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:24.369  + 1.019   20
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:24.620  + 1.270   24
10.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1:25.093  + 1.743   22
11.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:25.113  + 1.763   21
12.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:25.336  + 1.986   22
13.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:25.357  + 2.007   17
14.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:25.836  + 2.486   24
15.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1:25.855  + 2.505   25
16.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:25.890  + 2.540   28
17.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:26.099  + 2.749   36
18.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1:26.124  + 2.774   25
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1:26.878  + 3.528   26
20.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1:27.352  + 4.002   21
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1:28.533  + 5.183   30
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1:28.903  + 5.553   22
23.  Vitantonio Liuzzi     HRT-Cosworth          1:29.059  + 5.709   24
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1:29.904  + 6.554   26

Alonso takes control in Valencia second practice

Alonso was the fastest man in second practice

Alonso was the fastest man in second practice

Fernando Alonso set the pace in second practice for the European Grand Prix.

The Spaniard was the first driver of the weekend to break the 1m.38s barrier, setting a 1.37.968 halfway through the session. His lap time came despite a heavy lock up at the final corner.

Lewis Hamilton was second, holding off Sebastian Vettel in 3rd. Both Renaults managed to get into the top 10 again.

Paul di Resta was restricted to 7 laps, after his car was repaired following Nico Hulkenberg crashing the Scot’s Force India in FP1.

However, he managed 7 more laps than Jaime Alguersuari, who spent the entire session in the pits with an engine problem.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1.37.968           35
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1.38.195   0.227   26
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1.38.265   0.297   31
 4.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1.38.315   0.347   30
 5.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1.38.443   0.475   32
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1.38.483   0.515   30
 7.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1.38.531   0.563   26
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1.38.981   1.013   33
 9.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                1.39.040   1.072   35
10.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1.39.586   1.618   27
11.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1.39.626   1.658   31
12.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1.40.020   2.052   34
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1.40.301   2.333   34
14.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1.40.363   2.395   7
15.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.40.454   2.486   32
16.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1.40.531   2.563   37
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1.42.083   4.115   34
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1.42.156   4.188   39
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1.42.239   4.271   25
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1.42.273   4.305   21
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1.42.809   4.841   36
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1.44.460   6.492   29
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1.46.906   8.938   16

Webber heads Valencia first practice

Mark Webber continued Red Bull’s dominance of 2011 so far, by leading first practice for the European Grand Prix.

The Red Bull was 8 tenths faster than Vitaly Petrov, whose Renault was marginally ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Webber’s teammate Vettel did no low fuel runs, and was 16th. An impressive session for Renault was shown with Nick Heidfeld 5th.

Jaime Alguersuari in 10th headed Daniel Ricciardo in 12th by 2 tenths, as the Australian stood in for Sebastien Buemi.

A dusty and slippery track surface caught Nico Hulkenberg out, sliding under braking at Turn 12, and damaging his Force India’s left rear section. Massa, Kobayashi, Kovalainen, Schumacher and Maldonado all had off-track excursions as the session continued.

A spin by Timo Glock in the final few minutes ruled out any last-gasp improvements from the rest of the field, as his Virgin was beached in the middle of the track.

Karun Chandhok was the only driver not to set a time, as his Lotus was stuck in second gear.

Times from FP1:


 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1.40.403 	    22
 2.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1.41.227   0.824   20
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1.41.239   0.836   22
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1.41.510   1.107   23
 5.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault               1.41.580   1.177   24
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1.41.758   1.355   23
 7.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1.41.926   1.523   14
 8.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1.41.955   1.552   20
 9.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1.42.043   1.640   22
10.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1.42.216   1.813   29
11.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1.42.270   1.867   26
12.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1.42.412   2.009   27
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1.42.704   2.301   23
14.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1.42.738   2.335   20
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1.42.841   2.438   28
16.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1.42.941   2.538   21
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1.43.201   2.798   18
18.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1.43.769   3.366    7
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1.44.136   3.733   17
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1.45.026   4.623   17
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1.45.221   4.818   19
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1.45.494   5.091   24
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1.46.926   6.523   27
24.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault         		     2

Alonso heads disrupted Canadian Friday Practice 2

Fernando Alonso headed the field for Friday Practice 2 for the Canadian Grand Prix. His time of 1.15.107 was several tenths faster than the pole position time from Lewis Hamilton in 2010.

The session was blighted by three crashes within 20 minutes of each other. The first was when Adrian Sutil took off the front left suspension after hitting the wall at Turn 6.

The yellow flags were quickly put out, but the red flag was thrown soon, as Kamui Kobayashi slammed into the barriers at Turn 4.

The session restarted after 10 minutes, but a crash by Jerome D’Ambrosio in the exact same spot as Kobayashi disrupted the session yet again with another red flag.

Because the clock still runs under red flags in Friday Practice, Pedro de la Rosa’s running in the Sauber was ruined. A late replacement for Sergio, the C30 had to be modified for Pedro’s extra height, which cost him time. The red flags resulted in him barely getting any track time.

Paul di Resta impressed with 6th place, while both Mercedes cars lagged in 19th and 20th after struggling with their tyres.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1.15.107          34
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1.15.476  0.369   29
 3.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1.15.601  0.494   33
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1.15.977  0.870   26
 5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1.15.989  0.882   25
 6.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1.16.089  0.982   34
 7.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1.16.102  0.995   28
 8.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1.16.324  1.217   32
 9.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                 1.16.422  1.315   32
10.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1.16.687  1.580   28
11.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1.16.905  1.798   16
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1.16.941  1.834   39
13.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1.17.051  1.944   32
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1.17.684  2.577   34
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1.17.757  2.650   20
16.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1.18.470  3.363   33
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1.18.482  3.375   38
18.  Pedro de la Rosa      Sauber-Ferrari          1.18.536  3.429   14
19.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1.18.601  3.494   38
20.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1.19.209  4.102   28
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1.19.810  4.703   25
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1.20.284  5.177   31
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1.20.311  5.204   38
24.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1.20.922  5.815   26

Rosberg leads while Vettel crashes out of Canada FP1

Rosberg led FP1 in Canada

Rosberg led FP1 in Canada

Nico Rosberg led proceedings for first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. A 1.15.591 was 2.5 seconds faster than the fastest lap set in FP1 last year.

However, the main highlight of the session was Sebastian Vettel crashing out with half an hour to go.

The Red Bull driver locked up at the final chicane, and slid into the “Wall of Champions”, notorious for crashes in the past. As well as losing valuable track time, the team also lost a new front wing which was on Vettel’s car.

Onboard with Vettel as he slams into the Wall of Champions

Onboard with Vettel as he slams into the Wall of Champions

The session was littered with incidents as the track was still in its “green” stage. Nick Heidfeld, Paul di Resta, Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber, Narain Karthikeyan, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa all had off-track moments.

The first hour was spent testing Pirelli’s medium tyre to be used in Valencia, and soon focus switched to the soft compound. The super-soft compound was not used in this session.

Times from FP1:


 1.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1.15.591           32
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1.16.139   0.548   27
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1.16.549   0.958   30
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1.16.658   1.067   26
 5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1.16.676   1.085   20
 6.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1.16.842   1.251   19
 7.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1.16.990   1.399   28
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1.17.294   1.703   26
 9.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                 1.17.445   1.854   28
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1.17.549   1.958   20
11.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1.17.662   2.071   27
12.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1.17.820   2.229   30
13.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1.18.458   2.867   31
14.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1.18.506   2.915   15
15.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1.18.648   3.057   35
16.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1.18.852   3.261    8
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1.18.932   3.341   20
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1.19.274   3.683   29
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1.19.422   3.831   30
20.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1.19.577   3.986   26
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1.19.838   4.247   31
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1.19.960   4.369   23
23.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1.20.520   4.929   21
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1.20.839   5.248   27

Alonso puts Ferrari on top in Monaco second practice

 A special helmet seemed to help Alonso on the streets of Monaco

A special helmet seemed to help Alonso on the streets of Monaco

Fernando Alonso was the fastest driver on the super-soft tyres this afternoon in Monaco second practice.

A 1.15.123 was more than one and a half seconds faster than Vettel’s fastest attempt in TP1. The reigning world champion was half a second away from the Ferrari in 5th.

Lewis Hamilton was 2nd, while Nico Rosberg was again 3rd for Mercedes.

Michael Schumacher was able to join the session after his crash earlier today, and finished 7th. HRT driver Vitantonio Liuzzi was less lucky though, sitting out the entire session after slamming his car into the barriers in TP1.

Mark Webber was 1.5 seconds off the pace in 8th, having missed first practice due to a gearbox issue. Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov were 10th and 11th, the latter knocking off his front wing at the end of the tunnel near the end of the session.

Pastor Maldonado was unable to continue his impressive form from earlier, and was 15th. Paul di Resta was again slower than two drivers from the bottom 3, finishing 20th. However, this time the Force India suffered from a loss of drive 35 minutes into the session.

Times from TP2:

 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1.15.123           42
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1.15.228   0.105  33
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1.15.321   0.198  44
 4.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1.15.448   0.325  38
 5.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1.15.667   0.544  46
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1.15.781   0.658  45
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1.16.356   1.233  33
 8.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1.16.642   1.519  42
 9.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1.17.101   1.978  46
10.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                1.17.126   2.003  38
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1.17.337   2.214  35
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1.17.541   2.418  47
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1.17.570   2.447  39
14.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.17.581   2.458  32
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1.17.633   2.510  49
16.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1.17.706   2.583  37
17.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.17.789   2.666  43
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1.18.266   3.143  50
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1.18.490   3.367  39
20.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1.19.053   3.930  15
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1.19.185   4.062  40
22.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1.19.338   4.215  35
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1.22.066   6.943  33

Schumacher crashes out while Vettel leads Monaco first practice

Vettel beat Alonso and Rosberg to top spot

Vettel beat Alonso and Rosberg to top spot

Sebastian Vettel just came out on top in Monaco Thursday practice 1, in a spirited end to the session which saw 3 drivers lead within a matter of minutes.

It could have been 4 drivers, but Lewis Hamilton was held up on his final run, after setting the fastest sector 1 time of the day.

Vettel pipped Fernando Alonso by one tenth, while Nico Rosberg was 3rd after briefly leading. Felipe Massa was 4th, while the McLarens were 5th and 6th.

As expected, Pastor Maldonado impressed in 7th, having good experience of the Monaco street circuit. Michael Schumacher was more than 1.5 seconds off his teammate in 10th place.

Daniel Ricciardo in, 14th, came within 2 tenths of Sebastien Buemi. The Saubers were 15th and 16th, while the Lotus drivers finished 17th and 18th.

Despite setting 32 laps, Paul di Resta was massively off the pace in 19th position, only 2 tenths ahead of the Virgins. While Narain Karthikeyan got 37 laps under his belt, Vitantonio Liuzzi crashed exiting the tunnel.

He, along with Mark Webber, only set 3 laps each. The Red Bull driver failed to set a fast lap, appearing to be stuck in gear as he cruised around the circuit.

The following is a video of Schumacher’s crash:

As an afterthought, it seems appropiate to mention what happened in GP2 qualifying today. While many F1 drivers have been concerned about the use of DRS around this track, the feeder series had more fundamental problems:

Times from TP1:

 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1.16.619           25
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1.16.732   0.113	24
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1.17.139   0.520	20
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                   1.17.316   0.697	24
 5.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes          1.17.350   0.731	23
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1.17.534   0.915	24
 7.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth         1.18.527   1.908	30
 8.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes      1.18.578   1.959	24
 9.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                   1.18.733   2.114	16
10.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                  1.18.805   2.186	14
11.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                   1.18.928   2.309	19
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1.19.234   2.615	24
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth         1.19.395   2.776	24
14.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1.19.463   2.844	25
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari            1.19.768   3.149	25
16.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari            1.19.792   3.173	26
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault             1.20.083   3.464	23
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault             1.21.116   4.497	27
19.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes      1.21.548   4.929	32
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth           1.21.758   5.139	31
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth           1.21.815   5.196	17
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth              1.22.840   6.221	13
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth              1.23.885   7.266	37
24.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault          N/A                3
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