Rosberg quickest as Vettel hits the champions’ wall

2011 Canadian GP first practice

Nico Rosberg set the pace in the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

But he had to abandon his final run in the session when he began to experience burning in the car.

Other drivers found the circuit a considerable challenge as the little-used track proved very dusty. The slippery surface caught out several drivers – including the world champion.

Sebastian Vettel lost the rear of his car at the final chicane and slithered helplessly into the wall, smashing the front-right corner of the car. The Wall of Champions claimed another victim.

Many other drivers went off the track during the session including Nick Heidfeld, who pirouetted on his way out of the Senna hairpin.

Paul di Resta locked his brakes at the L’Epingle hairpin and took to the run-off there.

The Ferraris led the way early on, with Fernando Alonso heading the times for much of the second half of the session.

Lewis Hamilton had been quickest up to that point but suffered a technical problem relating to the steering wheel which confined him to the garage halfway through the session.

He was able to join the track later in the session. Team mate Jenson Button also hit trouble with a faulty Drag Reduction System.

Michael Schumacher ended the session third fastest ahead of Felipe Massa and the two McLarens.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.591 32
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.139 0.548 27
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.549 0.958 30
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.658 1.067 26
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.676 1.085 20
6 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.842 1.251 19
7 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’16.990 1.399 28
8 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’17.294 1.703 26
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’17.445 1.854 28
10 14 Nico H?â??lkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’17.549 1.958 20
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.662 2.071 27
12 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’17.820 2.229 30
13 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.458 2.867 31
14 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’18.506 2.915 15
15 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.648 3.057 35
16 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’18.852 3.261 8
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’18.932 3.341 20
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’19.274 3.683 29
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’19.422 3.831 30
20 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.577 3.986 26
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.838 4.247 31
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’19.960 4.369 23
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’20.520 4.929 21
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’20.839 5.248 27

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58 comments on Rosberg quickest as Vettel hits the champions’ wall

  1. krtekf1 said on 10th June 2011, 18:25

    BBC: “Nico Rosberg may have been fastest in first practice but he says he is worried about his Mercedes “destroying” the tyres during the race. ”

    It looks like its gonna be another bad weekend for Mercedes…

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th June 2011, 22:21

    PLEEEASE Mercedes don’t have another disappointing weekend. They tend to do well in practise but lose it towards quali and in the race.

    I can’t imagine Vettel is at all perturbed by smashing into the wall…rite of passage!

  3. dragon said on 11th June 2011, 1:47

    He clearly did it on purpose. He loves his stats, does Seb, and I’m sure he didn’t consider himself a true champion until he ploughed into that wall!

  4. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 11th June 2011, 3:00

    Am i the only one who think that getting on the podium for the Red Bull this weekend will be tough.They are not traditionally good as far as pace is concerned on low downforce circuit.

  5. Definitely a fix, BIG ONE — HULLLLLLLOOOOOOO !?!?

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