Mark Webber, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2011

Webber snatches fastest time from Vettel

2011 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2011
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2011

Mark Webber set the fastest time in the dying moments of the first practice session in Melbourne.

The Red Bull driver hit the top of the times early in the session but was overhauled by Sebastian Vettel shortly afterwards. Vettel posted a 1’27.739 but by the end of his stint his tyres had visibly deteriorated.

The Ferrari of Fernando Alonso split the pair of them later in the session, falling short of the fastest time by just a hundredth of a second.

In the final minutes the Red Bulls took to the track again and Webber briefly saw the top of the times again – only to be pegged back by his team mate once more.

But Webber had a little more in hand and with his final lap of the session lowered the best time to a 1’26.831.

The two Mercedes also showed some potential – at one point Nico Rosberg did the fastest time over the first two sectors before backing off in the third.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were sixth and seventh having made an early start to the session in the revised McLaren.

But Karun Chandhok had a disastrous return to F1 with Lotus as he crashed on his first lap. The T128 snapped right as he accelerated out of turn three, putting him in the barrier.

He at least got further than F1’s other Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan. He and team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi spent the session in the pits while the HRT mechanics scrambled to get their cars finished.

Several drivers had off-track moments during the session including Felipe Massa, who had a particularly large lock-up at the first corner.

Virgin were well off the pace in the first session and failed to lap within 7% of the fastest time by 2.3 seconds.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.831 20
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.158 0.327 19
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.749 0.918 20
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’28.152 1.321 16
5 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’28.430 1.599 24
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.440 1.609 29
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.483 1.652 26
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’28.690 1.859 14
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.725 1.894 13
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’28.765 1.934 15
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.842 2.011 20
12 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’28.928 2.097 14
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’29.314 2.483 19
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.328 2.497 21
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’29.403 2.572 24
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.468 2.637 23
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.643 2.812 18
18 15 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’31.002 4.171 20
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’32.428 5.597 13
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.282 8.451 17
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.289 8.458 15

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