Vettel fastest after front wing scare

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the final practice session at Silverstone.

But he had a scare on his final lap when his front wing failed as he approached the fast new Abbey corner. The nose suddenly collapsed, causing the wing to drag along the floor.

Vettel went straight on but was able to bring the car under control in the run-off area and avoid what could have been a huge crash.

Fernando Alonso was fastest in the early part of the session but the Red Bull pair were able to beat the Ferrari by almost two-tenths of a second.

The two McLarens came out early as they worked on a new set-up without the exhaust-driven diffuser, which were removed from their cars overnight.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button both went off at Abbey again during the session.

Felipe Massa and Adrian Sutil both had problems at Copse. Sutil was the most dramatic, the Force India driver fighting to keep his car under control after hitting the exit kerb hard.

Sutil’s session was ended early by a gearbox problem. Timo Glock also had difficulties in his Virgin, a throttle failure limiting him to just six laps.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’30.958 14
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’30.992 0.034 15
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.101 0.143 10
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’31.188 0.23 15
5 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’31.240 0.282 16
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’31.519 0.561 18
7 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.548 0.59 16
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’31.555 0.597 14
9 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.559 0.601 18
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’31.581 0.623 16
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’31.698 0.74 17
12 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.703 0.745 16
13 10 Nico H?‚??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’31.867 0.909 17
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.947 0.989 16
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’31.994 1.036 13
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’32.235 1.277 18
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’32.331 1.373 20
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’32.723 1.765 18
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’34.339 3.381 20
20 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.479 4.521 17
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’36.098 5.14 11
22 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’36.286 5.328 16
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.640 5.682 6
24 21 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’37.178 6.22 18

Full practice results

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.280 1’31.875 1’30.958 61
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.747 1’31.234 1’30.992 53
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’34.490 1’31.626 1’31.101 56
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.318 1’32.166 1’31.188 65
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.037 1’32.099 1’31.240 62
6 Robert Kubica Renault 1’32.725 1’33.019 1’31.519 69
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.614 1’32.757 1’31.548 54
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.955 1’32.660 1’31.555 60
9 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.901 1’34.051 1’31.559 64
10 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’34.016 1’32.967 1’31.581 66
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’34.365 1’32.745 1’31.698 68
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.519 1’33.200 1’31.703 60
13 Nico H?‚??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’33.377 1’33.164 1’31.867 65
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.710 1’33.402 1’31.947 55
15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.968 1’32.787 1’31.994 58
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.132 1’33.836 1’32.235 75
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.318 1’34.643 1’32.331 83
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’33.728 1’32.723 45
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’36.747 1’35.465 1’34.339 61
20 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’34.580 22
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.518 1’36.237 1’35.479 46
22 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’42.901 1’36.098 14
23 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’38.735 1’37.019 1’36.286 64
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.330 1’36.553 1’36.640 38
25 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’39.673 1’38.303 1’37.178 77
26 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’39.510 11

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20 comments on Vettel fastest after front wing scare

  1. Victor. said on 10th July 2010, 11:15

    What was Webber doing all session long?

    • nelly said on 10th July 2010, 11:31

      he said he wasn’t going to be trying to put in fast times because of his problems yesterday, not until the end of the session anyway.

    • ZanteX said on 10th July 2010, 11:33

      He had an electrical problem in P2 yesterday and didn’t get to do heavy fuel runs in the last 20 minutes like others so he probably did them today.

  2. miguelF1O (@) said on 10th July 2010, 11:16

    like ted kravitz said “seems that thee problems isnt has bad has it seemed” or something like this i think everyone but redbull wants to see a great reace til now this first time i remember seeing a wing simply colapsing from it own mountings

    • miguelF1O (@) said on 10th July 2010, 11:20

      from first glance it seemed to be a bit weared the fitting holes on the chassis part when they parked the car it was visible that the red bull mechanic was able to put it back when rolling the car backwards to the garage which may indicate further scare next time the front wing gets a big amount of force its going to do the same

  3. Dr. Gonzo said on 10th July 2010, 11:17

    The wing didn’t break, it was the nose cone mounting that broke.

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 10th July 2010, 11:18

    Wow, a massive improvement from Petrov. He’s closer to Kubica than he has been all year. I hope he can carry that momentum into qualifying, but where one earth is he pulling an extra half a second from?

  5. Jhonnie Siggie said on 10th July 2010, 11:21

    Barring reliability issues, we’re probably about to see a Red Bull pole and victory on sunday.

  6. Electrolite said on 10th July 2010, 11:32

    Nice one Pedro!

  7. Todfod said on 10th July 2010, 11:39

    What was the problem with Alonso’s car. Ferrari said it was a water leak.. but it seemed that they were very worried about it.

  8. Robbie said on 10th July 2010, 11:47

    Anyone willing to bet that Button will be out at the end of Q2?

    • Todfod said on 10th July 2010, 11:53

      Yep. I think he will either just about make it to Q3.. and qualify 10th.. or he should be out in Q2.

  9. Robbie said on 10th July 2010, 11:59

    Apart from Malaysia which doesn’t really count anyway, this might be the first time Schumacher out qualifies a McLaren.

  10. Staffan said on 10th July 2010, 12:35

    Seems to be a close race this afternoon. Could be dangerous in the P4->P8 places. lots of ground to loose to one mistake.

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