Hamilton heads Button in first practice

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hamilton set a best time of 1'28.653 around the Istanbul track
Hamilton set a best time of 1'28.653 around the Istanbul track

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver in the first practice session in Turkey, setting setting a lap almost a second quicker than team mate Jenson Button.

The two Mercedes were behind them, followed by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.

Red Bull and Force India both ran their version of the F-duct for the first time in 2010.

Onboard cameras suggest Red Bull have a hand-operated device which Vettel tested while Mark Webber drove the standard version of the car.

Adrian Sutil, however, suffered a high-speed crash in his Force India at turn eight three minutes before the chequered flag came out.

The VJM03 speared off the track as he approached the exit of turn eight, making it all the way across the run-off and into the barrier. Sutil was fortunately uninjured.

The first half of the session saw little running as the little-used track was very dusty.

Karun Chandhok had a disrupted sessionafter suffering an electrical problem early on. The marshals waved white flags as the HRT crawled into the pits.

After spending much of the session in the garage he finally made it out 15 minutes from the end of practice to set a time.

Alongside him in the other HRT for this session was reserve driver Sakon Yamamoto, making his first appearance for the Spanish team. Bruno Senna will be back in the car in the second session.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.653 20
2 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’29.615 0.962 21
3 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’29.750 1.097 24
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.855 1.202 25
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’29.867 1.214 30
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’30.061 1.408 23
7 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’30.065 1.412 24
8 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’30.097 1.444 26
9 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’30.294 1.641 20
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’30.501 1.848 17
11 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’30.615 1.962 20
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’30.853 2.200 21
13 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’30.867 2.214 22
14 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.011 2.358 24
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.238 2.585 18
16 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’31.355 2.702 23
17 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’31.464 2.811 19
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.735 3.082 27
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’32.161 3.508 24
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’32.990 4.337 23
21 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’34.876 6.223 13
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.137 6.484 21
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.583 6.930 15
24 21 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’36.137 7.484 26

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26 comments on “Hamilton heads Button in first practice”

  1. I sure hope that Yamamoto brings a lot of money with him as he seems rather useless to them otherwise.

    1. I think part of the gap to Chandhok will be down to Chandhok doing his times on fresher tyres later in the session. But even so…

      1. Will Klien be in the car again in one of the next races?

    2. So while lotus is now rather respectably close to the established teams, Virgin has slipped back into the clutches of the HRT…..

      HRT haven’t actually improved surely, so what is wrong with Virgin?

    3. “Yamamoto!!”
      That’s who it was, going through every driver to try and work out who “YAM” could have been, but he is a 3rd driver from a team. The commentators should have told me, I wasn’t awake enough!!

    4. I an interview Kolles said, that he now wants to have drivers with experience of other F1 cars giving their opinions, to learn more about the car.

      He did do the same with Force India, so maybe he does not really mind if the driver is not fast. And the money helps as well to pay for the effort.

  2. Maybe Force India were trying the F Duct, and Sutil took his hand off?

    I don’t know if they were using it or not but it is possible.

    1. regarding sutil crash; here’s what clubforce tweet said:

      he said he had understeer and went off into the marbles, which then put him into the barriers.

      1. damonsmedley
        28th May 2010, 10:43

        I know I keep saying it but here is another example a mystery easily solved by an onboard camera. Same with Hulkenberg in Monaco and Kobayashi in Melbourne. Come on FOM, this is the 21st century.

        1. I saw a picture of Hulkenberg’s car at the hairpin in Monaco and his front wing was busted, thus justifing his understeer and crash into the tunnel.

  3. Hmmm..too early to draw any conclusion but it looks like mclaren will be performing better than monaco…any onboard shots of the ferrari to suggest if its hand operated ??
    wow!! Chandhok quicker than the Virgins..that maybe down to their worn out tyres compared to his fresh ones towards the end of the session …

  4. Lotus seem to be getting ever close to the Toro Rosso. I really hope by the end of the season they steel a cheeky point or 2.

  5. The gap from Lotus to the other new teams is becoming quite significant… but not surprising with Mike at the helm.

    Pretty damn impressive considering their late start.

  6. On the inside of the exit @ turn 8 is a “gutter” type bump. If the driver goes in too tight, he will ramp over it. Generally its okay to do if the driver does it without turning, but if the driver turns while going over the bump, the rear would slide out and its extremely hard to regain control, even in lower formulas.

  7. Am I the only one who finds the white flag waving for Chandhok hilarious?

  8. Vettel has named his new chassis as Randy Mandy!!

  9. I think Red Bull and Ferrari hide their lights under a bushel until qualifying, so I shan’t take these times too seriously yet. Hope they are “real” but don’t think so.

    In other news, Button has kicked his loyal supportive girlfriend into touch. Niiiiccce.

    1. So true, usually Hammy goes out and agressively puts out some real fast times, but Red Bull as usual (and Ferrari too) I expect will belt out wome real fast laps during Q3.

    2. Yeah S Hughes, just like your precious Hamilton did to his own daddy at the start of the year!

  10. Wonder if Sutil has more respect for T8 now?

    1. wasn’t it Glock who said 8 is “nothing special” ?

  11. richard hughes
    28th May 2010, 11:00

    loving the fact that the lotus cars get better every race :)

  12. the same old script: McLaren fastest in FP, Red Bulls fastest in Qualifying.

  13. HounslowBusGarage
    28th May 2010, 11:11

    Not a lot of apparent difference between Vettel with the F-Glove thingy and Webber without.
    But if there does appear to be a significant advantage in P2, will Red Bull be able to update Webber’s car for Qualifying?

    1. Has anybody run it first up?
      I wonder with RBR always taking it easy Fri how easy or hard it would be to make the call for Sat when they are looking against the rest of the field?
      Would it be raceability and speed down the straight vs losing a tenth in qualifying if they haven’t tuned it?
      Somehow I doubt they will run it first up.

  14. Vettel’s trap times are pretty good if they have the engine turned down more than their opposition as appears normal for RBR on a Friday.

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