Jenson Button, McLaren, Melbourne, 2011

McLaren lead second practice in Australia

2011 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Melbourne, 2011
Jenson Button, McLaren, Melbourne, 2011

The McLaren duo were the fastest drivers in the second practice session in Melbourne.

They took over at the top of the times as the drivers tried the soft tyres for the first time later in the session.

Jenson Button pipped team mate Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time by a tenth of a second.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest for Ferrari ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

In the last half hour of the session the drivers were restricted to using the Drag Reduction System under racing conditions. Vettel and Alonso were seen using theirs on the straight, but neither were able to overtake the cars in front of them.

Sergio Perez was eighth-fastest for Sauber ahead of Rubens Barrichello’s Williams.

The Virgin pair were much closer to beating the 107% time than they were in the first session but were a few tenths of a second away.

But HRT were even further away, only managing to get Vitantonio Liuzzi’s car on track in the final two minutes of the session. He did a single installation lap before returning to the pits.

Rain fell in the final ten minutes of the session meaning there was little further improvement in the times.

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Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.854 32
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.986 0.132 31
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.001 0.147 28
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.014 0.160 35
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.283 0.429 33
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.590 0.736 31
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.789 0.935 34
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.101 1.247 39
9 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.280 1.426 34
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.448 1.594 23
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.525 1.671 31
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.528 1.674 29
13 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.536 1.682 22
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.697 1.843 30
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.095 2.241 35
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’28.376 2.522 33
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.583 2.729 31
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’29.386 3.532 29
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’30.829 4.975 22
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’30.912 5.058 23
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.106 6.252 36
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.135 6.281 30

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