Vettel fastest as Alonso hits trouble

Brazilian Grand Prix first practice

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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82 comments on Vettel fastest as Alonso hits trouble

  1. Ferrari.
    Smoke, Mirrors, Sandbagging.
    Hope not. We need a failure.

  2. Derek said on 5th November 2010, 14:16

    Hay everyone, I’m looking forward to seeing the F1 qualifying tomorrow on BBC One HD, It will be upscaled to 1080i. Berni is too mean to buy HD Cameras for F1 as it will reduce his profit margin. I read somewhere that he intends to replace one camera per year for HD, as the old ones wear out!

    • Up-scaling means nothing. It’s just a waste of pixels & bandwidth.

      My TV up-scales an SD signal to my 1080 screen already, absolutely no benefit whatsoever.

  3. frank said on 5th November 2010, 14:32

    Why did vettel have intermediate on in the end?

  4. Invoke said on 5th November 2010, 15:01

    Does anyone understand the clause in the rules regarding engine usage in the final race of the season? Not sure if I have that correct but I have seen it mentioned before and I have never fully understood what it meant.

    • DeadManWoking said on 5th November 2010, 15:22

      If an engine is changed under parc ferme conditions (after they leave the pits for the 1st time in qualtfying until the start of the race) the one that has been replaced cannot be used again in Qualifying or a Race (it can be used in FP1, FP2 or FP3) until the last Qualy and Race of the year.

  5. Oracle said on 5th November 2010, 15:09

    All teams use an old engine for FP1 and 2.FP 1 and 2 are not classed as part of the event.
    For FP3 they use the race engine and it is only if they replace that engine with a new one they receive a penalty.

  6. samuel said on 5th November 2010, 15:44

    can somebody enlighten me a bit on how the FIA polices the engine to see if anybody cheats on it i.e. dis-assemble the engine to change the inside stuffs then re-seal it using the same engine cover? can it be done without being detected?

    • DeadManWoking said on 5th November 2010, 15:56

      http://argent.fia.com/web/fia-public.nsf/65EE8F15945D0941C12576C7005308AE/$FILE/1-2010%20SPORTING%20REGULATIONS%2023-06-2010.pdf

      FIA Sporting regulations
      28.4 c) After consultation with the relevant engine supplier the FIA will attach seals to each engine prior to it being used for the first time at an Event in order to ensure that no significant moving parts can be rebuilt or replaced.
      Within two hours of the end of the post race parc fermé exhaust blanking plates (with one 10mm diameter inspection hole per cylinder) and further seals will be applied to all used engines in order to ensure that these engines cannot be run between Events. Upon request to the FIA these additional seals will be removed after the start of initial scrutineering at the next Event at which the engines are required. All such engines must remain within the team’s designated garage area when not fitted to a car and may not be started at any time during an Event other than when fitted to a car eligible to participate in the Event.
      d) If any of the FIA seals are damaged or removed from an engine after it has been used for the first time that engine may not be used again unless they were removed under FIA supervision.

      • samuel said on 5th November 2010, 16:23

        this is great…thanks mate

      • Hairpin said on 5th November 2010, 19:59

        I really got to take my hat off to you, keep trying to educate people about the rules, it seems a large majority on here can’t read or understand the regulations, and run off at the mouth at what they think it should be.

        Best of luck with it, I gave up some time ago.

        • DeadManWoking said on 6th November 2010, 0:47

          Wellll, they have more important things on their minds like Vettel’s Finger or Alonso’s Eyebrows. :D

  7. itern said on 5th November 2010, 15:52

    christein destroyed senna there with less laps

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