Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

Vettel stays on top in Shanghai

2011 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Sebastian Vettel refused to release his grasp on the top spot in the second practice session in Shanghai.

He set a quickest time of 1’37.688 on his second quick run on soft tyres.

That was one tenth of a second faster than Lewis Hamilton’s first run on the same tyres.

Jenson Button was third-fastest but looked able to go quicker, before he was held up by Jaime Alguersuari.

The Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were foutrh and fifth ahead of Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.

An hydraulic problem kept Fernando Alonso in the pits for part of the session. He was able to get out later in the session but was held up by both HRTs.

For the second session row Nick Heidfeld hit a barrier. This time he ran wide at the first corner and skidded, running nose-first into the barrier at low speed.

Slowly he was able to extract the Renault from the barrier and drag it to an escape road where he was recovered, and returned to the track later in the session.

Paul di Resta was unable to run due to a fuel pressure problem. HRT’s Vitantonio Liuzzi also missed a large amount of the session.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap 1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.688 34 2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.854 0.166 22 3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.935 0.247 31 4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.943 0.255 34 5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.105 0.417 29 6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.507 0.819 36 7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’38.735 1.047 35 8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’38.805 1.117 26 9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’38.859 1.171 31 10 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.327 1.639 33 11 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.538 1.850 33 12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’39.667 1.979 37 13 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.771 2.083 18 14 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.779 2.091 17 15 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.828 2.140 25 16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.925 2.237 32 17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.953 2.265 30 18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’40.476 2.788 30 19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.482 3.794 32 20 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’42.902 5.214 25 21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’43.850 6.162 3 22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.008 6.320 35 23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.747 7.059 12

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