Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

Red Bull two seconds ahead in first practice

2011 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

Sebastian Vettel was two seconds faster than any non-Red Bull driver in the first practice session in China.

He lapped the Shanghai International Circuit in 1’38.739, 2.1 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren in third place.

Jenson Button was fourth-fastest, delayed by a KERS problem on his McLaren.

Fifth-fastest driver Nick Heidfeld damaged his car in a crash one hour into the session.

Among the other incidents were spins by Paul di Resta and Pastor Maldonado.

Lotus’s Luiz Razia also damaged the front right of his car in an incident.

Timo Glock spent much of the session in the garage and HRT’s Vitantonio Liuzzi stopped on track with an apparent technical problem.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.739
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.354 0.615
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.845 2.106
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.940 2.201
5 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’40.987 2.248
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.046 2.307
7 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.189 2.450
8 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’41.222 2.483
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.231 2.492
10 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.328 2.589
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.361 2.622
12 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.434 2.695
13 14 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.494 2.755
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’41.579 2.840
15 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.610 2.871
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.752 3.013
17 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’41.939 3.200
18 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.301 3.562
19 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.792 5.053
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.089 5.350
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’44.359 5.620
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.438 5.699
23 21 Luiz Razia Lotus-Renault 1’44.542 5.803
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’45.019 6.280

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