Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monaco, 2011

Vettel fastest as Schumacher crashes in first practice

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monaco, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monaco, 2011

The last few minutes of the first practice session at Monaco looked like the end of Q3.

A flurry of activity saw Nico Rosberg hit the top of the times before being beaten by Fernando Alonso and then Sebastian Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton tried to join in but was delayed by traffic in the middle of the lap after setting the fastest time through the first sector.

Alonso hit back with a 1’16.732 to go fastest. But Vettel had some more time in hand and took the fastest time by a tenth of a second.

It had been very different at the start of the session, where for a long period of time Narain Karthikeyan was the only driver on track in his HRT. He eventually logged 37 laps.

Team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi’s session came to an end when he crashed. He lost control of his car at the exit of the tunnel and hit the barrier on the inside approaching the chicane, damaging the front of the HRT.

Mark Webber never so much as completed a timed lap. He appeared to be stuck in gear as he drove slowly into the pits after just three laps.

The session was also disrupted by a red flag due to a water leak on the start/finish straight, but resumed after a brief delay.

Then five minutes from the end of the session Michael Schumacher went into the barrier at Sainte Devote. He braked too late, tried to drive into the escape road, but left it too late and hit the barrier.

Team mate Rosberg ended up third fastest, half a second slower than Vettel, ahead of Felipe Massa and Hamilton.

Pastor Maldonado put his Williams seventh fastest with a 1’18.527, and Adrian Sutil showed promise for Force India with eighth-fastest time.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.619 25
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.732 0.113 24
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.139 0.520 20
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’17.316 0.697 24
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.350 0.731 23
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.534 0.915 24
7 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’18.527 1.908 30
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’18.578 1.959 24
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’18.733 2.114 16
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’18.805 2.186 14
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’18.928 2.309 19
12 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.234 2.615 24
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’19.395 2.776 24
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.463 2.844 25
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.768 3.149 25
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.792 3.173 26
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’20.083 3.464 23
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’21.116 4.497 27
19 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’21.548 4.929 32
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.758 5.139 31
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.815 5.196 17
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’22.840 6.221 3
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’23.885 7.266 37
24 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 3

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