Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2010

Vettel fastest as Alonso hits trouble

Brazilian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2010
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2010

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest driver in the first practice session at Interlagos, lapping almost half a second faster than anyone else.

But championship rival Fernando Alonso’s session came to an early end when his Ferrari stopped on the track.

Before the failure Ferrari said they were planning to change Alonso’s engine ahead of the second session anyway. Afterwards they said the engine had expired earlier than expected.

Because the cars are not under parc ferme conditions Alonso will not incur a penalty for the engine change.

Mark Webber made it a Red Bull one-two ahead of the two McLarens.

Robert Kubica set the fifth fastest time but team mate Vitaly Petrov hit trouble once again. He spun at Ferradura and crashed heavily into the barriers.

Another driver to hit trouble at the fast right-hand corner was Kamui Kobayashi, but he didn’t make such heavy contact with the barriers after spinning off.

One driver who had a very quiet session was Timo Glock, who didn’t set a time until the final 20 minutes. He ended up second-fastest of the new teams.

The sixth-fastest time went to Nico Rosberg and it was reported during the session that Mercedes were using the track time to test a 2011-style diffuser.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’12.328 23
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’12.810 0.482 28
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’12.845 0.517 24
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.267 0.939 24
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’13.370 1.042 24
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’13.516 1.188 26
7 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’13.546 1.218 26
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’13.643 1.315 25
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’13.918 1.590 26
10 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.000 1.672 23
11 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.004 1.676 23
12 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’14.155 1.827 29
13 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.246 1.918 20
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’14.370 2.042 23
15 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.395 2.067 26
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’14.487 2.159 26
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.618 2.290 30
18 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.734 2.406 29
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’15.603 3.275 25
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’15.860 3.532 20
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’16.057 3.729 26
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’16.707 4.379 28
23 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’16.839 4.511 18
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’17.360 5.032 30

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