Jenson Button, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011

Button fastest as Vettel sits out second practice

2011 Turkish GP second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011
Jenson Button, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011

Jenson Button put McLaren on top of the time sheets in the second practice session in Istanbul.

His best lap of 1’26.456 was just two tenths of a second slower than last year’s pole position time.

Nico Rosberg showed good pace for Mercedes, lapping within a tenth of a second of Button to go second.

Their team mates, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, were third and fourth. Schumacher avoided damaging his car in a lurid high-speed spin after he appeared to be caught by surprise when a Force India appeared alongside him at turn 11.

Mark Webber was fifth fastest for Red Bull but team mate Sebastian Vettel missed the entire session following his crash in first practice.

Felipe Massa was sixth fastest for Ferrari. But team mate Fernando Alonso struggled after going fastest in the first session.

An hydraulic problem delayed his running to begin with, then when he returned to the track he stopped twice. First he spun at turn six, then got the car going again, only to park up on the way in to the pits. He was pushed to his garage and later re-joined the session.

Pastor Maldonado also had problems, losing control of his car twice, as he had in first practice.

The Williams driver spun at turn eight early in the session, then in the last quarter of an hour he lost the car again and went into the carrier.

Team mate Rubens Barrichello’s session came to an early end with KERS problems.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.456 26
2 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.521 0.065 29
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.033 0.577 31
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’27.063 0.607 21
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’27.149 0.693 31
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’27.340 0.884 37
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.517 1.061 37
8 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’27.725 1.269 37
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.844 1.388 32
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.052 1.596 37
11 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’28.069 1.613 27
12 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.153 1.697 36
13 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’28.475 2.019 35
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.765 2.309 32
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’28.828 2.372 19
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’28.946 2.490 20
17 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’29.409 2.953 39
18 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.637 3.181 27
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’30.281 3.825 37
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.035 4.579 28
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.221 4.765 22
22 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’31.320 4.864 29
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’31.989 5.533 30
24 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time 0

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