Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2011

Vettel leads Schumacher in final practice in Istanbul

2011 Turkish GP third practice resultPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2011

Sebastian Vettel bounced back from his problems yesterday to lead the final practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver set a fastest lap of 1’26.037. Despite being held up by Vitantonio Liuzzi at the end of his lap he was one thousandth of a second faster than Michael Schumacher.

But Vettel did not enjoy a completely trouble-free session as he was forced to pit with an overheating KERS at one point.

The second Red Bull of Mark Webber was third ahead of Nico Rosberg.

The McLaren pair were fifth and sixth, with Jenson Button ahead of Lewis Hamillton, neither faster than Button’s best time from yesterday.

Behind Vitaly Petrov in seventh was Fernando Alonso, who had another troubled session in his Ferrari. He drove slowly to the pits during the session with a loss of power.

Team mate Felipe Massa and Sebastien Buemi completed the top ten. Buemi’s team mate Jaime Alguersuari lost time early in the session after a spin at turn four, but was able to return to the track later on.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.037 17
2 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.038 0.001 17
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.404 0.367 16
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.420 0.383 19
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.578 0.541 17
6 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.726 0.689 14
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.755 0.718 20
8 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.819 0.782 12
9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.883 0.846 12
10 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.080 1.043 16
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.121 1.084 20
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’27.255 1.218 18
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’27.318 1.281 19
14 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.379 1.342 17
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.528 1.491 19
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’27.644 1.607 18
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.724 1.687 15
18 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.976 1.939 19
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’28.911 2.874 15
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’29.697 3.660 17
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.097 5.060 25
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.175 5.138 19
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’31.375 5.338 19
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.009 5.972 15

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.954 1’26.037 21
2 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.132 1’27.063 1’26.038 56
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.564 1’27.149 1’26.404 52
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.072 1’26.521 1’26.420 62
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’00.666 1’26.456 1’26.578 47
6 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.033 1’26.726 46
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’40.401 1’27.517 1’26.755 67
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.670 1’28.069 1’26.819 52
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.697 1’27.340 1’26.883 63
10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.178 1’28.153 1’27.080 74
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.791 1’27.844 1’27.121 65
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’42.597 1’28.828 1’27.255 44
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.052 1’27.318 56
14 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’40.338 1’28.475 1’27.379 61
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’43.913 1’28.946 1’27.528 44
16 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’43.525 1’27.725 1’27.644 66
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.765 1’27.724 47
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.421 1’29.637 1’27.976 62
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’30.281 1’28.911 52
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’43.986 1’29.409 1’29.697 62
21 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.237 1’31.035 1’31.097 64
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.183 1’31.221 1’31.175 56
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’48.461 1’31.320 1’32.009 52
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’44.787 1’31.989 1’31.375 69
25 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.094 18
26 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.347 16
27 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’51.676 6

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