Vettel quickest in Abu Dhabi ahead of qualifying

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Sebastian Vettel headed the times at the end of the final practice session at Yas Marina.

Both Red Bulls were fastest in the one-hour session ahead of qualifying, with Lewis Hamilton over half a second behind in third.

Fernando Alonso split the two McLarens to go fourth-fastest.

In a session that saw hotter temperatures than yesterday’s running the two RB6s were rarely headed. Vettel was able to set a 1’41.2 on the medium tyres, which few drivers were able to beat or even match on the super-soft tyres.

Vitaly Petrov underlined Renault’s pace with the sixth-fastest time ahead of the two Mercedes.

The Sauber of Nick Heidfeld completed the top ten.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.696 18
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.829 0.133 15
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.280 0.584 13
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.490 0.794 14
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.578 0.882 17
6 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.689 0.993 17
7 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’41.690 0.994 18
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.729 1.033 17
9 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.877 1.181 18
10 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.893 1.197 20
11 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’41.934 1.238 18
12 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.978 1.282 14
13 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.316 1.620 15
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.566 1.870 16
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.587 1.891 18
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’42.858 2.162 14
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.993 2.297 20
18 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.344 2.648 18
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’44.876 4.180 15
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’45.048 4.352 23
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.050 4.354 20
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’45.490 4.794 16
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.629 4.933 22
24 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’46.464 5.768 17

Practice three ultimate laps

An ultimate lap is a driver’s best three sector times added together.

Pos. Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.678 0.018
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.760 0.082 0.069
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.108 0.430 0.470
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.129 0.451 0.151
5 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.427 0.749 0.262
6 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.490 0.812 0.000
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.564 0.886 0.414
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’41.569 0.891 0.121
9 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.607 0.929 0.270
10 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.723 1.045 0.006
11 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’41.824 1.146 0.110
12 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.829 1.151 0.064
13 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.042 1.364 0.274
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.203 1.525 0.363
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.490 1.812 0.097
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.550 1.872 0.000
17 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’42.700 2.022 0.158
18 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.064 2.386 0.280
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’44.876 4.198 0.000
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’44.879 4.201 0.169
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.986 4.308 0.064
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’45.301 4.623 0.189
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.400 4.722 0.229
24 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’46.396 5.718 0.068

Combined Abu Dhabi practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’42.760 1’41.145 1’40.696 64
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’43.840 1’41.315 1’40.829 63
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’43.369 1’40.888 1’41.280 54
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’44.121 1’41.314 1’41.490 60
5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’44.080 1’41.576 1’41.877 68
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’43.785 1’42.132 1’41.578 64
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’45.160 1’41.583 1’41.978 53
8 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’45.445 1’42.096 1’41.689 69
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’44.199 1’42.246 1’41.690 66
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’44.718 1’42.222 1’41.729 65
11 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.737 1’42.950 1’41.893 73
12 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’46.664 1’42.449 1’41.934 69
13 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’45.585 1’42.203 1’42.858 59
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’45.474 1’42.914 1’42.316 67
15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’45.552 1’42.535 1’42.587 59
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.604 1’42.768 1’42.566 60
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.003 1’43.128 1’42.993 57
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’47.105 1’43.584 1’43.344 73
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’45.180 1’44.876 51
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’48.472 1’45.612 1’45.048 75
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’48.450 1’45.259 1’45.050 70
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’49.590 1’47.434 1’45.490 62
23 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’49.375 1’46.053 1’45.629 64
24 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’50.274 1’47.210 1’46.464 66
25 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.705 18

2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Browse all 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix articles

Advert | Go Ad-free

21 comments on Vettel quickest in Abu Dhabi ahead of qualifying

  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 13th November 2010, 11:05

    MSC really raised his game lately!

  2. And McLaren are hiding their true pace as well as Ferrari who are playing down their speed by not running at the very end of the session.

  3. Could be the closest Qualifying in a while. Button slowed on his fastest lap to find space and then blow the next lap. Looks like a 4 or 5 horse race for pole to me, everyone hiding their pace a bit

  4. F1iLike said on 13th November 2010, 11:16

    hmmm.. This is way to thrilling! Can’t stand it!

  5. Fernando will have serious problems if won’t qualiffy better or won’t start better to split both RBRs.
    0,8 sec per lap is a huge gap. The hope is he didn’t show all in FP3.

  6. The Red Bulls may have been faster, but Alonso didn’t go out late and Button backed off on one lap when he was fastest through S2 and then slid off the road on another quick lap, so I think the times are a little misleading.

  7. Ferrari is hiding its real pace?? and Masa is in 12th position… I dont think so…

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 13th November 2010, 11:29

      Yep I really dont think Ferrari is hiding much.. they just seem way off the RBs and Mclarens. I think Fernando’s hope is Lewis taking pole or atleast splitting Vettel and Webber

      • I wouldnt say Ferrari are hiding much. Possibly didnt go out in the last session because of Fernando’s engine mileage?

  8. Younger Hamilton said on 13th November 2010, 11:28

    I think McLaren look good in all sectors despite only going fastest through Sectors 1 and 2.The McLarens look like they have a bit more fuel than in Qualifying.I would expect a Red Bull pole though but hey if Ferrari and McLaren really are sandbagging a bit then it might be a close one for pole.

  9. xabregas said on 13th November 2010, 11:35

    Really hope that Ferrari and Mclaren are hidding their true pace or this race will be a walk in the garden for the Red Bulls.
    One thing i can tell you, wasn´t expecting those results from p2 and p3, was expecting the 3 teams much closer.

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th November 2010, 11:48

    Ooh, I like seeing a McLaren between the Red Bulls.

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments must abide by the comment policy. Comments may be moderated.
Want to post off-topic? Head to the forum.
See the FAQ for more information.