Webber stays on top in Sepang by tiny margin

2011 Malaysian GP second practice

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2011

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2011

Mark Webber stayed on top of the times sheets in the second practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

But he did not enjoy the same emphatic margin he had in the first session. Jenson Button in second was just five thousandths of a second slower.

Lewis Hamilton backed up his team mate with the third-fastest time ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

Pastor Maldonado set the fastest time early on but he lost time after spinning in the pit lane entry and hitting a barrier. But the damage to his Williams was light and he was able to rejoin later on.

Vitantonio Liuzzi hit trouble in the HRT early on, coming to a halt at turn nine after bouncing over a kerb a few corners earlier. He was also able to return to the track.

The Renault drivers missed the early part of the session as the team worked on repairing the failures they suffered in first practice.

But Jerome d’Ambrosio’s Virgin never made it out following his front-right failure.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.876 24
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.881 0.005 30
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.010 0.134 23
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.090 0.214 30
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.088 1.212 26
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.089 1.213 31
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.565 1.689 25
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’38.570 1.694 16
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.583 1.707 27
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.846 1.970 31
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’38.968 2.092 25
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.187 2.311 30
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’39.267 2.391 17
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.398 2.522 29
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.603 2.727 34
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.625 2.749 31
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.809 2.933 28
18 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.115 3.239 31
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.866 3.990 24
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.890 5.014 19
21 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.197 6.321 15
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’43.991 7.115 14
23 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.886 8.010 4
24 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth no time 0

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69 comments on Webber stays on top in Sepang by tiny margin

  1. BBT (@bbt) said on 8th April 2011, 8:37

    Looks about the same as the last race.

    • Hare (@hare) said on 8th April 2011, 9:49

      Except that this race, it’s Red Bull AND McLaren that are a second faster than everyone else.

      Mind, it’s only practice, but that’s very interesting.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th April 2011, 10:06

        Hamilton thinks RB are keeping at least 0,5 seconds in hand for Q3, and from experience I would say that fits the pattern. He didn’t say how much he was keeping back though.

        And I read some comments and tweets about Schu doing his fastest time without using his DRS, so he might have a bit of reserve as well (or its broken)

    • mingmong said on 8th April 2011, 12:08

      All the best Webbster for Sepang! Unfortunately you’re not in their GRAND plan however please don’t buy into Horner’s insulting techniques to try & disrupt your season. Despite recently what he has publicly said you are top shelf mate and who really cares if he doesn’t think so… Without you RBR would not be in the position it is today to fight for world championships. When you race a little bit of all of us is racing & by the way last I checked Mansell was still racking up WDC at the age of 40. As you know well it’s a game of chess & not checkers & you are a Thoroughbred! All skeptics in time will be proven wrong. AUSSIEGRIT!

      Oh not that you would backdoor a mate in strife but please keep an eye on that Renault seat for 2012, they are going places & really need a number 1 driver like you to lead the team. Obviously depending on Rob’s unfortunate outcome…

      Mark Webber – 2011 WDC

  2. vickyy (@vickyy) said on 8th April 2011, 8:38

    this so resembles last years packing order

  3. Carl said on 8th April 2011, 8:39

    Did the Red Bulls set their best times on the Option tyres? I know Mclaren did.

    • Dave Blanc said on 8th April 2011, 8:40

      Yep – all on options.

      • Carl said on 8th April 2011, 8:46

        Thats looking good for McLaren then. But we dont know fuel loads.

      • Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 8th April 2011, 8:53

        What about Ferrari – are these their times on options or did they stay on hard.

        Would love to see Ferrari loose out to Red Bull & Mclaren and having to fight for 3rd

        • I believe Ferrari were on the hards but I could be wrong. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter as Ferrari are almost always lower down the order or slower in practice. Come quali they should still be behind Mcl and RBR though.

          • Fixy (@fixy) said on 8th April 2011, 13:23

            Yes, you’re right. Most times last year Alonso was in the midfield in FP1 & FP2, then on Saturday he reached the front.
            That’s why I’m not worried (yet).

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 8th April 2011, 8:43

      I don’t think they are slower on the option unless they keep making mistake.

  4. Eggry (@eggry) said on 8th April 2011, 8:41

    It looks like that Webber is good at Sepang. We know Webber got pole last year. if Vettel had not passed Webber at start, he could have win. Redbull and Mclaren’s close pace is welcome. but I hope Ferrari didn’t show their true quali pace.

    • Dave Blanc said on 8th April 2011, 8:43

      I think Ferrari have more in them but i don’t think they are going to get near mclaren or red bull. Massa and Alonso had some traffic on their quick runs with the soft tyres.

    • I’d say Mark’s pole was more down to an inspired tyre choice than his raw pace. However, Mark managed to qualify 2nd in 04 at this track so maybe he does like it. His races tend to be quite unlucky here though.

  5. mename2332 (@mename2332) said on 8th April 2011, 8:44

    107% = 1.43.657
    Liuzzi & Kovalinen need to improve dramatically!

    • bosyber said on 8th April 2011, 8:55

      Both had problems and associated limited running though. But Lotus do seem off the pace today.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 8th April 2011, 8:55

      No need to improve if top teams would use hard tyre in Q1. They could pass 107% easily.

      • Eric said on 8th April 2011, 10:25

        Gotta say I am really impressed with HRT. To be this fast with no testing is a really good effort. I’m a little worried that Narain will have trouble getting up to speed without more track time. He was faster than Liuzzi today however I would hazard a guess that is because of setup. He was way off Liuzzi in qualifying in Melbourne. I hope they qualify this weekend.

        • Eggry (@eggry) said on 8th April 2011, 12:22

          Performance of HRT is weird. F110 had had no update during last season but gap between them and Lotus or Virgin was always same though Lotus and Virgion had updated quite hard.(and sometime it works for closing gap to mid field.) Does it mean cars of the rest actually weren’t improved? Mysterious…

    • Oh so well it does look like the HRT’s will make it then. I think the FIA will grat them a dispention if they can even get within 108% of the best Q1 time…Kovy will come back…he just did installation laps..

      • Zecks (@zecks) said on 8th April 2011, 9:15

        And since this track requires quite a good downforce set up, it seems as though HRT will be able to make the 107% at the other circuits as well. Still, I am absolutely amazed that Narain outpaced Luizzi.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th April 2011, 9:55

      I wouldn’t call 3 tenths dramatically for Liuzzi, esp. after missing the most of the session while his car was brought back to the pits.
      And Kovalainen also missed quite some track time, he probably didn’t even put on soft tyres.

  6. BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th April 2011, 8:48

    A lot will be up to the weather tomorrow and on Sunday. The tyre wear might prove to be key to winning the race.

    Surely RB could go a few tenths down in the times for tomorrow, hard to say exactly how much though.

    Good job from HRT to be pretty close, with Narain being within the 107% cut and Liuzzi missing out by little over 3 tenths after missing a bit of running this session. Lets see how that will look tomorrow.

  7. Dave Blanc said on 8th April 2011, 8:52

    Looks like Webber may have the beating of Vettel. Still only Free Practice but it was the same story last year here. Good news for the championship.

  8. Tango said on 8th April 2011, 8:54

    HRT must have a killer designer hidden out in a cave. Their cars have hardly any running and yet they are close to two teams who have had decent amount of running.

  9. Malibu_ GP said on 8th April 2011, 8:55

    Seb will be higher up the order tomorrow, though Lewis and Jenson looked really strong in the second session… As well, let’s hope Mark qualifies well and delivers a drive worthy of the car…

  10. Fredthebadwolf (@fredthebadwolf) said on 8th April 2011, 8:55

    I dont know if i only noticed it,but didnt Ham set that time without the DRS as it was under 30 minutes in P2 and this is in race simulation???

  11. Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 8th April 2011, 8:58

    Interesting to see the sector times – Mclaren is faster in 1st and 2nd sector but Red Bull is faster 3rd sector.

    This is opposite of what I would expect with the long straight being 3rd sector.

    Ultimate lap is won by Mclaren with 1.36.794 vs. Red Bull 1.36.845. Then a second later comes Mercedes with 1.37.937 and Ferrari with 1.37.958 followed by 0.5 second Renault at 1.38.537

    On the 107% rule – all the teams stay within the limit but Heikki and Luizzi would not make it.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th April 2011, 10:02

      But the Renaults did not really set best times in those 16 laps they did.

      And Tonio and Heikki would have had better times, if not for sitting out large part of FP2.

      Interesting work comparing the teams like that Jelle. Maybe RB put the wings down a bit to make sure they don’t get passed to easily on the straights, while McLaren went for cornering? Or maybe Webber and Vettel holding back a bit in those corners.

  12. Ben Curly said on 8th April 2011, 9:02

    Karthikeyan is within 107% this time, but barely.

    Webber’s 96.876 * 107% = 103.657.

  13. TFLB said on 8th April 2011, 9:03

    Team 1Malaysia are so disappointing. After all the hype, for example Gascoyne saying the car looked like a front-runner, they are still fighting with Virgin and are no faster in comparison to where they were last year. They should keep their mouths shut and work on solving their problems before they make wild predictions.

    • Christian said on 8th April 2011, 9:14

      I don’t think Gascoyne ever quite said the car would be a front runner..

      Talk about keeping your mouth shut….

      • TFLB said on 8th April 2011, 9:17

        He said at the launch:

        ‘you look at this car it looks like a front-running car in every area’

        So please if you are going to tell me to keep my mouth shut make sure you know what you’re talking about.

  14. Oliver said on 8th April 2011, 9:11

    Interesting when watching the on board shot of the Redbulls, as the car starts to hit higher speeds, you begin to see the front wing disappear from view, this is far much greater than from any on board shot from the other cars. The camera position on Webber’s car was different so I couldn’t see the wing, unlike from Vettel’s car.

  15. Proesterchen said on 8th April 2011, 9:50

    Did any one of you note whether Mercedes GP ever used DRS during the two practice sessions? I don’t think I’ve seen it activated, I know MSC did his fastest lap in the afternoon not using DRS.

    • Harry Palmer said on 8th April 2011, 10:44

      That is interesting… I was a bit concerned that they were still a second off the pace, but if RBR and Mclaren were using DRS on their laps then things could be looking up for Mercedes. It is only practice though, the real test of where they are will come over Saturday and Sunday1 ;)

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