Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Barcelona, 2011

Webber leads the way for Red Bull in first practice

2011 Spanish GP first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Barcelona, 2011
Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Barcelona, 2011

Last year’s Spanish Grand Prix winner and pole sitter was the fastest man around the track in the first practice session today.

Mark Webber set a 1’25.142 to top the times by a full second in the Red Bull.

Team mate Sebastian Vettel was second on a 1’26.149.

During the session he had to pit after developing a problem with a sensor on the car, and was later told not to use his Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

The closest car to the flying RB7s was Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes on a 1’26.379.

Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest ahead of Sauber Sergio Perez, who improved to fifth with a late effort of 1’26.738.

The fastest McLaren driver was Lewis Hamilton on a 1’26.988.

Force India tested a revised aerodynamic package on the VJM04. Adrian Sutil ran an upgraded car and reserve driver Nico H???lkenberg used the previous specification for comparison.

The other reserve driver running in the session was Daniel Ricciardo. He did the bulk of the laps for Toro Rosso as Jaime Alguersuari was sidelined with an engine problem.

Pastor Maldonado suffered a setback when he skidded off the track just over an hour into the session.

The Williams driver oversteered wide at turn 12 and slithered into the gravel trap where the car came to a stop.

The lap times indicated the 107% rule could give some teams cause for concern. Webber’s lap suggested a 107% time of 1’31.101, which Timo Glock, Jarno Trulli and both HRTs were slower than.

Webber’s fastest lap was four seconds slower than the best set in the same session last year, when Lewis Hamilton did a 1’21.134. The teams were using Pirelli’s new hard tyre in the session.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.142 27
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.149 1.007 20
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.379 1.237 29
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.480 1.338 27
5 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.738 1.596 26
6 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.988 1.846 19
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’27.016 1.874 32
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.132 1.990 21
9 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.138 1.996 22
10 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.212 2.070 20
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.241 2.099 22
12 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.471 2.329 23
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’28.005 2.863 11
14 14 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.027 2.885 26
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.163 3.021 22
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.654 3.512 28
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.819 3.677 23
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.995 3.853 9
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’29.231 4.089 21
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.896 5.754 18
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.235 6.093 24
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’31.268 6.126 23
23 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’31.418 6.276 12
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.106 6.964 25

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