Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2011

Hamilton sets fastest time in final practice

2011 Malaysian GP third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

    1. So you also decided to give him another chance at it in your predictions?

      1. Well I predicted Vettel for pole in Aus but I reckon Webber has the edge on him this weekend.

        1. That’s one point less in the predictions so far! (Not being nasty)

    2. No, it has to be Vettel on pole or my predctions are gonna fall through the roof if rain hits tomorrow. :)

      1. LOL. Mine too :)

    3. Not sure about Webber, I think Seb is definitely planning something. But it will pretty much be for the 2nd row between the McLarens, I guess.

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

    1. Lets hope so :)

      1. I might have to become a Pet fan just to take it easier on my nerves!

    2. I feel so sorry for Alonso about that. it’s quite funny because he moved to Ferrari because Renault was to slow.

      1. That must make his little spats with Petrov all the more fun for him.

        1. Now that’s the right attitude to have! ;)

  3. 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?

    1. His lap times with Rosberg are almost identical.
      if Roseberg was using it then it seems as though MSC got the leg up on him in practice.

    2. His fastest lap I don’t think he was using the DRS. At least he wasn’t using it on the last 2 straights.

      1. I think they might have been doing a bit of training to see how they do without it in the first laps of the race. Or were they keeping back their pace?
        Worst case, they might even have been encountering problems with it.

        1. I can see very little reason for Merc. to hide their pace on purpose, so if their car can go faster, it is most likely to be due to issues keeping them back.

    3. I think they were doing something different. Rosberg was only marginally quicker and Schu was even slower than yesterday.

  4. 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.

    1. Hear hear!

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

    1. so did I, which was a bit weird. Also Webber retired and Button won.

    2. Well, those ‘dreams at night’ don’t come true…

      1. Hope not, want to see some racing not bumper cars

        1. My reverie is that Hamilton, Vettel and Webber go wheel to wheel for 90+ minutes. May the best man win.

      2. I had a dream that it rained in qualifying and some mistakes were made.

      3. If you’ve been on the forum you’ll have seen my wierd F1 dream involving Malaysian GP. :L

    3. I had a dream that a Predator was after me…

      should spice up racing.

      1. Would make a change from hares or deers being on the track

        1. Yeah. Bernie should think of hiring the Predator full time. You know.. just to ‘improve the show’ and all.

          1. Just you wait Todfod, the FIA will only allow the Predator to activate his Plasma Caster in FIA sanctioned “zones”.

            PEW PEW!

  6. 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?

    1. Now that would be a very nice way for things to go!

  7. 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.

    1. Just a note to say that Schumacher set his fastest time without the use of DRS.

      1. Ok. But he’s not gonna be closing 2 seconds just by using it!

        1. Yes, he is normally around 10th anyway

          1. I reckon they’ll be competing with the Ferrari’s.

  8. 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!

    1. I read that as RBR 1-2-3 at first.. lol.
      I’ve predicted Heidfeld as 5th in the race. I think we’ll see his normal pace this weekend

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

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

    If it rains, hit the reset button.

    1. 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”

    2. 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. 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. 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. 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
    9th April 2011, 8:47

    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.


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