Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011

Webber tops times but Alonso quickest in two sectors

2011 European GP FP1 analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011

The first practice session at Valencia gave few clues as to how the changes to the rules this weekend might affect the field.

Mark Webber was comfortably fastest but Fernando Alonso had some strong sector times.

Here’s all the data from the first practice session for the European Grand Prix.

Longest stint comparison

  • Early signs are the medium tyre was holding up very well – Sebastian Vettel and Jaime Alguersuari did ten-lap stints on it with little drop-off in pace
  • However the track was very dusty and slippery and will clean up as the weekend goes on – last year times were four seconds quicker in Q3 compared to first practice. This will put greater demand on the tyres

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sebastian Vettel 105.045 104.363 104.392 102.941 103.639 103.409 103.506 103.584 108.352 103.854
Mark Webber 104.528 103.823 103.847 103.806 104.052 104.663 109.634 102.747 103.393
Lewis Hamilton 103.33 103.113 106.131 102.137
Jenson Button 103.195 104.587 102.447 106.578 101.926 103.921
Fernando Alonso 103.547 103.917 104.774 106.112 105.65 101.611
Felipe Massa 104.536 104.463 102.53 102.154 119.381 109.595 101.758
Michael Schumacher 111.029 104.091 103.357 113.169 109.678 102.687
Nico Rosberg 102.257 112.068 116.082 105.49 102.043 116.126 114.147
Nick Heidfeld 104.143 102.225 110.492 101.967 101.58
Vitaly Petrov 102.416 111.578 101.748 106.221 101.227 101.799
Rubens Barrichello 103.279 111.175 102.704 105.967 109.838
Pastor Maldonado 110.992 102.867 103.191 112.429 103.492 114.811 107.962 104.758 106.588
Adrian Sutil 103.487 102.618 108.302 102.432 102.006
Nico Hulkenberg 107.942 106.302 104.929 103.769
Kamui Kobayashi 106.63 107.279 103.59 106.286 104.045
Sergio Perez 106.502 105.229 104.93 103.388 114.409 104.473 103.07
Daniel Ricciardo 104.186 103.886 109.083 104.126 104.574 104.159 104.542
Jaime Alguersuari 102.584 102.452 109.583 102.78 105.54 103.877 102.216 105.953 102.739 102.641
Heikki Kovalainen 112.372 107.373 104.999 107.364 104.136 108.041 109.249 104.136
Karun Chandhok
Narain Karthikeyan 109.354 106.926 110.858 116.598 107.425 108.658 110.2
Vitantonio Liuzzi 105.873 113.176 106.406 105.494 118.808 106.01
Timo Glock 106.807 105.933 105.221 108.129 105.336
Jerome d’Ambrosio 110.517 107.01 108.416 105.798 105.289

Ultimate lap times

An ultimate lap is a drivers’ best three sector times added together.

  • Fernando Alonso clearly had some time in hand in this session. He was fastest of all in the first two sectors
  • Red Bull were finding a lot of time in the final sector – the only one with any high-speed corners – where Webber was quickest by over four-tenths of a second
  • Adrian Sutil also showed some pace in his Force India
Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.387 0.016
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.866 0.479 0.373
3 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.227 0.840 0.000
4 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’41.272 0.885 0.683
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.283 0.896 0.227
6 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’41.538 1.151 0.042
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.629 1.242 0.129
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’41.753 1.366 0.517
9 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.797 1.410 0.129
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.809 1.422 0.234
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’42.207 1.820 0.634
12 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.207 1.820 0.009
13 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.388 2.001 0.024
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.602 2.215 0.102
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.702 2.315 0.036
16 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’42.870 2.483 0.071
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.903 2.516 0.298
18 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’43.663 3.276 0.106
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’43.761 3.374 0.375
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.965 4.578 0.256
21 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.026 4.639 0.000
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’45.487 5.100 0.007
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’46.881 6.494 0.045

Complete practice times

  • The Renaults showed promising pace, with both their cars in front of Mercedes
  • All drivers were able to lap within 7% of the fastest drivers’ time, which should mean all are able to qualify
Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.403 8/8 59 22
2 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.227 0.824 5/6 71 20
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.239 0.836 6/6 46 22
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.510 1.107 1/3 79 25
5 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’41.580 1.177 5/5 65 24
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.758 1.355 7/7 47 23
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.926 1.523 5/6 50 16
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’41.955 1.552 3/4 89 20
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.043 1.640 5/7 88 22
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.216 1.813 7/10 84 29
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.270 1.867 2/5 85 26
12 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.412 2.009 3/5 87 27
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.704 2.301 3/5 88 23
14 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.738 2.335 4/4 74 20
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’42.841 2.438 4/6 57 28
16 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’42.941 2.538 4/10 82 23
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.201 2.798 3/4 77 18
18 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’43.769 3.366 4/4 22 7
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.136 3.733 5/8 57 17
20 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.026 4.623 3/4 86 17
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.221 4.818 3/5 63 19
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’45.494 5.091 4/6 64 24
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’46.926 6.523 2/7 62 27

Speed trap

  • The McLaren drivers are at the bottom of the times sheets. They were tested a revised rear wing and were not using their Drag Reduction System
# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams Cosworth 317.9
2 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 317.6 0.3
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 317.5 0.4
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 316.3 1.6
5 14 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 315.6 2.3
6 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault Renault 315.4 2.5
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault Renault 315.3 2.6
8 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 314.8 3.1
9 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 314.7 3.2
10 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 314.6 3.3
11 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 313.1 4.8
12 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 312.7 5.2
13 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 312.5 5.4
14 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth 312.5 5.4
15 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 312 5.9
16 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT Cosworth 311.9 6
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 311.7 6.2
18 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 311.6 6.3
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin Cosworth 311.2 6.7
20 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin Cosworth 311 6.9
21 17 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 309.1 8.8
22 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 308.3 9.6
23 4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 302.8 15.1
24 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus Renault 175.8 142.1

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