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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