Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2011

Turn eight catches Vettel out in wet first practice

2011 Turkish GP first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel’s Turkish Grand Prix weekend got off to a poor start as he crashed on his fifth lap of the track.

The world champion lost control of his car on the exit kerb on the way out of turn eight and spun into the barriers on the inside of the corner. The session was stopped while his car was recovered.

Vettel was running on intermediate tyres at the time in a wet session, shortly after fresh rain had begun to fall. He had already run wide at turn 11 on an earlier lap.

Several other drivers went off at that corner including Michael Schumacher (twice), Pastor Maldonado, Sebastien Buemi and Timo Glock.

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time around halfway through the session when the track was at its least wet. But the Ferrari driver found the wet tyres wore out very quickly.

The Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Schumacher were second and third, ahead of the two Renaults.

As the session ended Maldonado had a second spin at turn 11, briefly caught the car but lost control again and backed into the barrier.

Jenson Button only did a slow lap at the end of the session to do a practice start, and team mate Lewis Hamilton didn’t even do that after stopping at the pit lane exit.

HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan stopped early in the session with an engine problem but was able to re-join later on.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.670 13
2 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.072 1.402 14
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.132 1.462 18
4 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’40.338 1.668 9
5 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’40.401 1.731 10
6 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.421 1.751 16
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.697 2.027 14
8 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.094 2.424 18
9 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.178 2.508 22
10 14 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.347 2.677 16
11 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.564 3.894 5
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’42.597 3.927 7
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’43.525 4.855 11
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’43.913 5.243 5
15 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’43.986 5.316 6
16 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’44.787 6.117 20
17 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.954 6.284 4
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.183 6.513 15
19 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.237 6.567 11
20 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’48.461 9.791 8
21 20 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’51.676 13.006 6
22 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.791 17.121 13
23 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’00.666 21.996 4
24 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes No time 1

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