Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011

Vettel quickest as rain hits testing in Barcelona

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Red Bull driver only did 37 laps on the first day of the four-day test.

The Ferrari of Fernando Alonso was second-fastest in front of fans at the home of the Spanish Grand Prix.

The test began on a wet track following overnight rain, which dried during the course of the day.

That gave teams the opportunity to assess the wet weather tyres supplied by Pirelli.

Michael Schumacher was eighth-fastest after completing a race simulation in his Mercedes.

Heikki Kovalainen’s session was cut short by a gearbox problem. He was also delayed by a water leak early on in the day.

The session was interrupted by red flags caused by technical problems Kamui Kobayashi and Rubens Barrichello’s cars. Barrichello had to have an engine change.

A spin for Jaime Alguersuari caused another interruption.

Renault had a KERS problem on their car which kept Vitaly Petrov from doing the running they had planned for the afternoon.

Jenson Button and Paul di Resta also spent a long time in the pits.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB7 1’24.374 37
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F150th Italia 1’25.485 101 1.111
3 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6 1’25.638 57 1.264
4 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari C30 1’25.641 78 1.267
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 1’26.365 77 1.991
6 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM04 1’26.575 26 2.201
7 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth FW33 1’26.912 52 2.538
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’27.512 90 3.138
9 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth F110 1’28.393 116 4.019
10 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault T128 1’30.065 54 5.691
11 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02 1’30.950 116 6.576
12 Vitaly Petrov Renault R31 1’35.174 20 10.800
13 Nick Heidfeld Renault R31 1’44.324 27 19.950

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