Daily Archives: November 5, 2010

Vettel continues domination of Interlagos practice

Sebastian Vettel headed the second Friday Practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix, again ahead of Mark Webber. This time, Fernando Alonso had more luck, this time in 3rd place after suffering an engine failure in FP1, although this time team-mate Felipe Massa had trouble out on track.

Sebastian Vettel led the way in FP2

Sebastian Vettel led the way in FP2

Webber initially led the way, but was knocked off the top spot when Sebastian switched to the super-soft tyres. However, Mark managed to remain within a tenth of his team-mate. Fernando was another 2 tenths back.

Lewis Hamilton was 4th, while Felipe Massa was 5th. However, at the same spot where Alonso stopped in FP1, Massa was forced to retire from the session with a clutch problem. Robert Kubica was 6th, and Jenson Button was more than a second off the pace in 7th.

Nick Heidfeld, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished off the top 10. Kamui Kobayashi was 12th, and had another eventful session. This time, he nearly ran into the back of a Lotus car at Turn 1, then narrowly avoided contact with Nico Rosberg later on.

Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher and Jaime Alguersuari had a small incident at Turn 2, when Schumacher overtook the Toro Rosso around the outside, making contact in the process.

At the back, Trulli and Kovalainen were well on the pace, and only 3 seconds slower than Vettel’s fastest lap. Bruno Senna was faster than Christian Klien this time around, but only just.

Times from FP2:

Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’11.968 28
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’12.072 0.104 34
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’12.328 0.360 36
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’12.656 0.688 33
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’12.677 0.709 19
6 Robert Kubica Renault 1’12.882 0.914 37
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.206 1.238 33
8 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’13.222 1.254 40
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’13.333 1.365 34
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’13.346 1.378 36
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’13.520 1.552 37
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’13.610 1.642 41
13 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’13.725 1.757 39
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’13.741 1.773 32
15 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’13.818 1.850 26
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’14.045 2.077 37
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.304 2.336 33
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.578 2.610 37
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’14.984 3.016 47
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’15.101 3.133 43
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’15.433 3.465 35
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’16.070 4.102 42
23 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’16.082 4.114 38
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’16.150 4.182 35

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