Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011

Vettel beats Webber with one lap in final practice

Spanish Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011

Sebastian Vettel missed much of the session as the team investigated an engine problem on his car.

He finally made it out of the pits with three minutes to spare. But that was all he needed to beat his team mate’s time by eight hundredths of a second.

Michael Schumacher was third-fastest for Mercedes ahead of the two McLarens.

Team mate Nico Rosberg looked on course for a good time before catching Vitaly Petrov’s Renault in the final sector.

Nick Heidfeld had a scare in the other Renault when his car caught fire halfway through the session.

The R31 began spitting flames as he came out of Campsa, and the car was engulfed by fire as he braked to a stop. He jumped clear of the car while the marshals quickly brought the fire under control.

Renault admitted a sensor had reported high temperatures on the right-hand side of Heidfeld’s car as he left the pits, but they mistakenly believed the sensor was faulty.

Ferrari endured a difficult session after being told they could not run their new rear wing which infringed the technical rules.

Fernando Alonso headed for the pits after his car became stuck in sixth gear, and Felipe Massa was told on his radio his rear wing wasn’t working properly.

At the end of the session five cars were slower than 107% of Vettel’s time: Heidfeld’s Renault, plus the HRTs and Virgins. The latter two teams have taken the exhaust-blown diffusers off their cars, prompting speculation they could protest the devices used by their rivals.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’21.707 6
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’21.791 0.084 17
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’23.057 1.350 16
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.068 1.361 13
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.214 1.507 14
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.397 1.690 18
7 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.669 1.962 17
8 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’24.043 2.336 18
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.270 2.563 11
10 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’24.318 2.611 18
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.322 2.615 17
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.329 2.622 19
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’24.399 2.692 17
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.535 2.828 16
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’24.695 2.988 18
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.722 3.015 14
17 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.223 3.516 19
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’26.236 4.529 11
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’27.000 5.293 20
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’27.706 5.999 20
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’28.330 6.623 17
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’29.057 7.350 18
23 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’29.200 7.493 6
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’29.562 7.855 16

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.149 1’22.826 1’21.707 63
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.142 1’22.470 1’21.791 79
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.988 1’22.509 1’23.068 59
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’27.016 1’23.981 1’23.057 78
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.138 1’23.188 1’23.214 68
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.379 1’23.586 1’23.397 82
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.480 1’23.568 1’24.270 72
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.819 1’24.290 1’23.669 73
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.241 1’24.786 1’24.043 83
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.654 1’24.278 1’24.322 75
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.212 1’25.303 1’24.318 76
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.738 1’24.483 1’24.329 83
13 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’27.132 1’24.366 1’29.200 58
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’28.005 1’25.603 1’24.399 71
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.296 1’24.535 49
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.163 1’27.123 1’24.695 60
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.995 1’25.457 1’24.722 57
18 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’26.073 1’25.223 51
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’29.231 1’26.417 1’26.236 69
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’31.418 1’27.189 1’27.000 66
21 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.471 23
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.235 1’28.062 1’27.706 72
23 Nico H???lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.027 26
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.896 1’28.036 1’29.057 72
25 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’31.268 1’29.476 1’28.330 71
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.106 1’29.469 1’29.562 69

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