Robert Kubica, Renault, Valencia, 2011

Kubica quickest for Renault in Valencia test

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Robert Kubica set the fastest time of the Valencia test as the three days of running came to an end.

Driving the Renault R31 for the second day, the Polish driver topped the times with a best of 1’13.144.

The red flag came out within the first hour of the session as Felipe Massa hit trouble.

The Ferrari driver spun off the circuit, then a fire at the rear of the car caused extensive damage to the F150 as well as disrupting Ferrari’s test plans.

From then on the teams had the track to use as they pleased. A third day of clear, dry conditions allowed more than half the drivers present to complete over 100 laps each.

Leading the way was Jenson Button, amassing 117 laps as he sampled Pirelli tyres for the first time in last year’s McLaren.

He ended the session with the third-fastest time, behind Adrian Sutil in the Force India.

The next fastest driver in a 2011 car was Mark Webber in the Red Bull RB7.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Robert Kubica Renault R31 1’13.144 95
2 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM03 1’13.201 117 0.057
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 1’13.553 105 0.409
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’13.936 105 0.792
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari F150 1’14.017 80 0.873
6 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 1’14.207 114 1.063
7 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’14.299 101 1.155
8 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’14.458 104 1.325
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’14.537 110 1.393
10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’14.801 73 1.657
11 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth F110 1’16.535 63 3.391
12 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault T128 38

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