Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Jerez, 2011

Heidfeld puts Renault back on top in Jerez

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Jerez, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Jerez, 2011

Nick Heidfeld staked his claim to a drive at Renault by setting the fastest lap on the third day of testing at Jerez.

Heidfeld clocked a 1’20.361 in the R31 with just over an hour to go in Saturday’s test.

It’s the second time Renault have headed a test session this year – Robert Kubica was quickest in the final day at Valencia before he was injured in a rally crash on Sunday.

Huge crowds turned out at the Circuito de Jerez to see Fernando Alonso at the wheel of the Ferrari F150th Italia.

The Ferrari driver moved to the top of the times in the morning and stayed there until he was usurped by Heidfeld.

Behind him was Michael Schumacher, who did a series of long runs in his Mercedes.

McLaren had a difficult day with the MP4-26. Lewis Hamilton covered just 35 laps, although he was quick enough to end the session fourth.

Rubens Barrichello also lost time due to another problem with KERS on the Williams.

Kamui Kobayashi caused two red flags in his Sauber, stopping on the track in the morning and late in the afternoon.

Shortly afterwards Paul di Resta spun off at Curva Angel Nieto, bringing out the red flags again.

His team said he’d “been struggling with the brakes all day” in his first outing in the VJM04. “We’re investigating issues with brakes tonight and fixing for tomorrow” they added.

The session was restarted but Sebastien Buemi went off at the same place, causing a fourth stoppage.

The session was restarted with one minute left to go. Sebastian Vettel, Schumacher, Hamilton, Heidfeld and Barrichello all went out for a final run, but there was no time left for any more flying laps.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Nick Heidfeld Renault R31 1’20.361 86
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F150th Italia 1’20.493 131 0.132
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’21.054 114 0.693
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 1’21.099 36 0.738
5 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’21.242 84 0.881
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’21.574 98 1.213
7 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’21.681 92 1.320
8 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault T128 1’21.711 61 1.350
9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’22.227 99 1.866
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’22.945 64 2.584
11 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 1’25.471 72 5.110

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