Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2011

Red Bull dominate final practice in Melbourne

2011 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2011

Sebastian Vettel set a searing pace in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel was a second faster than any other car and 0.8s faster than team mate Mark Webber.

Jenson Button did an early run on the soft tyres and went fastest.

But Red Bull gave a demonstration of their performance as Sebastian Vettel used hard tyres to beat Button’s time by 0.6 seconds.

Vettel improved his time even further when he changed to soft tyres.

Vitaly Petrov was fifth fastest for Renault ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

The two Williams drivers hit trouble with Pastor Maldonado coming to a halt in a gravel trap. Rubens Barrichello’s session also ended early after a technical problem.

Sauber’s Sergio Perez also wasn’t able to complete the session, rolling into the pits at slow speed halfway through the practice hour.

Vitantonio Liuzzi made a brief appearance in the HRT but only made it as far as turn four before the car shut down. Team mate Narain Karthikeyan was able to complete a single lap, seven minutes before the end of the session.

Late in the session Felipe Massa had an unusual incident when the onboard camera fell off his car, forcing him to abort his run.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.507 15
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.364 0.857 14
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.553 1.046 15
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.567 1.060 16
5 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’25.906 1.399 18
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.121 1.614 16
7 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.417 1.910 17
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.520 2.013 17
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’26.746 2.239 17
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.856 2.349 15
11 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.008 2.501 17
12 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’27.011 2.504 15
13 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.066 2.559 14
14 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’27.087 2.580 15
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’27.180 2.673 15
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’28.068 3.561 7
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.077 3.570 9
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’29.772 5.265 17
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’30.003 5.496 18
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.261 5.754 15
21 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’30.496 5.989 5
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.704 6.197 18
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’41.554 17.047 5
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.158 1’26.014 1’24.507 69
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.831 1’26.283 1’25.364 67
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.483 1’25.986 1’25.553 72
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.440 1’25.854 1’25.567 77
5 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’28.765 1’27.528 1’25.906 62
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.749 1’26.001 1’26.121 64
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.725 1’28.095 1’26.417 65
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’28.152 1’27.448 1’26.520 56
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’28.690 1’26.590 1’26.856 60
10 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’28.928 1’27.536 1’26.746 53
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.842 1’26.789 1’27.011 69
12 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.328 1’27.697 1’27.008 68
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.525 1’27.066 45
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’28.376 1’27.087 48
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.643 1’27.101 1’28.077 66
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’29.314 1’28.583 1’27.180 65
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’28.430 1’27.280 1’28.068 65
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’29.403 1’29.386 1’30.496 58
19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.468 23
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’32.428 1’30.829 1’29.772 52
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’30.912 1’30.003 41
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.289 1’32.135 1’30.261 60
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.282 1’32.106 1’30.704 71
24 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’31.002 20
25 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’41.554 5

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