Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

Vettel makes it three out of three in final practice

2011 Chinese GP third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Sebastian Vettel remains the man to beat in Shanghai after final practice.

The Red Bull driver was fastest by 0.2 seconds ahead of the McLarens.

But team mate Mark Webber was only 15th after losing time in the final session due to problems with his Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

The McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were second and third.

Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes took fourth ahead of the Ferraris, led by Fernando Alonso.

Vitaly Petrov, Adrian Sutil, Michael Schumacher and Paul di Resta completed the top ten.

One of few incidents in a largely quiet session came at the end of the hour, when Jerome d’Ambrosio’s Virgin lost part of its front wing at turn 13.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’34.968 13
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.176 0.208 15
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.373 0.405 14
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.677 0.709 18
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.818 0.850 17
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.971 1.003 15
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’36.098 1.130 18
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’36.125 1.157 15
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’36.141 1.173 14
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’36.370 1.402 19
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’36.404 1.436 16
12 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.582 1.614 18
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.596 1.628 17
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.717 1.749 16
15 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.896 1.928 5
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.953 1.985 14
17 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’37.007 2.039 20
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’37.304 2.336 18
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’38.176 3.208 12
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’38.739 3.771 12
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’39.938 4.970 17
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’39.998 5.030 16
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’40.593 5.625 17
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’40.881 5.913 18

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.739 1’37.688 1’34.968 70
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.940 1’37.935 1’35.176 68
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.845 1’37.854 1’35.373 57
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.361 1’37.943 1’35.677 75
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.434 1’39.779 1’35.818 49
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.046 1’38.507 1’35.971 76
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.231 1’38.859 1’36.098 65
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’38.735 1’36.125 50
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.301 1’38.105 1’36.141 66
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.610 1’36.370 37
11 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’40.987 1’38.805 1’36.404 47
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.792 1’39.538 1’36.582 71
13 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.189 1’39.953 1’36.596 67
14 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.328 1’39.771 1’36.717 55
15 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.354 1’39.327 1’36.896 65
16 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.828 1’36.953 39
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’41.939 1’39.925 1’37.007 77
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’41.222 1’39.667 1’37.304 75
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’41.579 1’40.476 1’38.176 55
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.482 1’38.739 44
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.438 1’44.747 1’39.938 40
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.089 1’44.008 1’39.998 71
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’44.359 1’43.850 1’40.593 38
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’45.019 1’42.902 1’40.881 66
25 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.494 20
26 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.752 20
27 Luiz Razia Lotus-Cosworth 1’44.542 18

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