Hamilton sets fastest time in final practice

2011 Malaysian GP third practice

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2011

Lewis Hamilton broke Mark Webber’s hold on the fastest practice times in the final session ahead of qualifying in Malaysia.

The McLaren driver’s final effort put him three-tenths of a second ahead of Webber’s Red Bull.

Hamilton was also four-tenths quicker than team mate Jenson Button, who was third.

Nick Heidfeld put Renault fourth following their problems on Friday, ahead of his team mate and the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi and the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher completed the top ten.

Paul di Resta was one of few spinners in a largely incident-free, dry session at Sepang.

Vitantonio Liuzzi spent much of the session in the pits and only managed to get on-track in the final quarter of an hour.

More to follow

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.340 11
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.630 0.290 16
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.762 0.422 14
4 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’37.115 0.775 17
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.175 0.835 14
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’37.284 0.944 11
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’37.297 0.957 16
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’37.762 1.422 12
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.059 1.719 18
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.300 1.960 20
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.307 1.967 20
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.448 2.108 17
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’38.464 2.124 16
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’38.597 2.257 15
15 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.665 2.325 14
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’38.681 2.341 16
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.716 2.376 14
18 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’38.864 2.524 13
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’39.260 2.920 19
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’39.699 3.359 15
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’41.215 4.875 17
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’41.414 5.074 18
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’43.147 6.807 6
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.383 7.043 11

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.316 1’37.010 1’36.340 50
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’37.651 1’36.876 1’36.630 62
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.927 1’36.881 1’36.762 60
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.627 1’37.090 1’37.175 62
5 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’40.525 1’38.570 1’37.115 39
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.601 1’38.583 1’37.284 61
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’47.932 1’39.267 1’37.297 37
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.453 1’38.089 1’37.762 65
9 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.872 1’39.398 1’38.059 74
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’39.791 1’38.088 1’38.300 75
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.646 1’38.565 1’38.307 74
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.642 1’39.603 1’38.448 75
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’40.734 1’39.809 1’38.464 65
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’40.443 1’38.968 1’38.597 71
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.115 1’38.665 45
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’40.581 1’39.187 1’38.681 67
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.770 1’38.846 1’38.716 69
18 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.625 1’38.864 44
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.886 1’39.260 23
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.620 1’41.890 1’39.699 55
21 Nico H?â??lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’40.377 23
22 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.748 23
23 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’42.154 1’40.866 1’41.414 60
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’42.540 1’41.215 37
25 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’45.228 1’43.991 1’43.147 40
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’46.267 1’43.197 1’43.383 36
27 Davide Valsecchi Lotus-Cosworth 1’44.054 18

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51 comments on Hamilton sets fastest time in final practice

  1. RIISE (@riise) said on 9th April 2011, 7:10

    Like Anthony Davidson said Red Bull have a lot more up their sleeve. I still think Webber will get pole though.

  2. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 9th April 2011, 7:10

    Petrov is frightenling close to Alonso again. It’s getting to be a regular thing isn’t it?

  3. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 9th April 2011, 7:11

    So did MSC do his fastest without the DRS? And if so, because they (again?) had issues with it, or to try the race pace somehow? What do you think?

  4. Franz said on 9th April 2011, 7:12

    You get the feeling Red Bull has something left in the tank, but I’m sincerely hoping it’s not a lot. Would love to see an honest to goodness scrap between both Red Bulls & McLarens as long as they don’t take each other out.

  5. runforitscooby (@runforitscooby) said on 9th April 2011, 7:14

    I had a dream last night that Hamilton and Vettel took each other out, hmmm….

  6. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 9th April 2011, 7:16

    So last year Hamilton was fastest in FP1 and FP2, Webber slightly faster in FP3. This year Webber was fastest in FP1 and FP2, Hamilton slightly faster in FP3. Does that mean Hamilton will get pole in a wet qualifying and be passed by Button into the first corner?

  7. VXR said on 9th April 2011, 7:27

    Hamilton did a one lap run to set his time. Most other drivers stayed out on the soft tyre after they had done their fastest time.

    Red Bull will get pole (if it remains dry). It’s just a question of which one.

  8. Himmat S. said on 9th April 2011, 7:32

    I think Red Bull 1-3 and McLaren 2-4 in Qualifying. Gonna be less than 0.4s separating those four cars. The next best? A second away from P4!

  9. Daniel said on 9th April 2011, 7:37

    MSC’s best lap today was slower by 0.3 seconds than its best lap yesterday. Why didn’t he use the DRS?

    • VXR said on 9th April 2011, 7:42

      I guess that you can be fairly certain of what time you will make up by using DRS. What probably mattered more to Mercedes is what the car goes like in the race when you are not using DRS on fresh soft tyres.

  10. VXR said on 9th April 2011, 7:38

    Red Bull will be well ahead, with maybe McLaren behind, and then Renault, Ferrari etc follwing them.

    If it rains, hit the reset button.

    • VRX why do you ware red bull tinted glasses. I think red bull will prob be slighty ahead but it will be very close with mclaren, doubt they will be “well ahead”

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 9th April 2011, 7:49

      Yep. I have a feeling Red Bull are confident enough that they were still running heavy and gathering tire data for the race whereas everyone else were doing quali sims.

  11. TommyC said on 9th April 2011, 8:10

    does anyone think this is reflective of Mercedes’ real pace? if so, i’m worried. I’m sure that sort of performance is not what Schuey had in mind. I feel kinda disappointed for rosberg too, he deserves better i reckon.

  12. xline said on 9th April 2011, 8:25

    IS there any meaning in amount of laps run? Just flicking through the above time sheet I wonder about Alonso and Hamilton being the only ones aside from the last guy with 11 laps run in FP3. Also, in total Hamilton ran only 50 laps whereas all others (top ten ignoring Renault coz technical troubles) at least 60+.

  13. RoboCAT (@robocat) said on 9th April 2011, 8:35

    Off topic but..

    Why do the rest of Australia get F1 quali live, but Tasmania has an hour late delay?? They have some M7 Multisporrt thing advertised for 6pm in Tasmanias guide. But for the rest of Australia M7 Multisport is on at 5pm?

  14. Geordie Porker said on 9th April 2011, 8:47

    Keith,
    Any chance you could put up a 107% time in the tables. I know it’s only free practice, but in FP3 most teams are doing qualifying runs and it would save me (and probably others) trying to work out how close the likes of HRT are to failing to make the cut.

    Of course, if nobody else wants this (or indeed if you do!) just reply to this so Keith knows whether it’s worth his effort.

    Thanks

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