Mark Webber, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011

Red Bull still fastest as Valencia practice begins

2011 European GP first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011

Mark Webber headed the times at the end of the first practice session for the European Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver had a healthy advantage of eight tenths of a second around the street circuit.

Vitaly Petrov was second-fastest, just one hundredth of a second faster than Fernando Alonso.

There was little running early in the session as the track was dusty and in grip.

The slippery surface caught out Nico H???lkenberg in the first half hour of running. The Force India reserve driver had gone fastest and was improving his time when he lost control of the car at turn 12.

The VJM04 snapped left under braking and he clipped the barrier, damaging the left-rear corner, leaving the mechanics with much work to do to get the car ready for Paul di Resta in the second session.

The dusty surface caught out several other drivers, including Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi, but all were able to take to the run-off area to recover.

Heikki Kovalainen ran wide at turn one and Michael Schumacher had a high-speed moment on the exit kerb at turn 20.

Another reserve driver who didn’t get much running was Karun Chandhok, who toured slowly into the pits after just one lap having lost second gear.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.403 22
2 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.227 0.824 20
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.239 0.836 22
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.510 1.107 23
5 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’41.580 1.177 24
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.758 1.355 23
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.926 1.523 14
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’41.955 1.552 20
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.043 1.640 22
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.216 1.813 29
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.270 1.867 26
12 18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.412 2.009 27
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.704 2.301 23
14 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.738 2.335 20
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’42.841 2.438 28
16 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’42.941 2.538 21
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.201 2.798 18
18 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’43.769 3.366 7
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.136 3.733 17
20 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.026 4.623 17
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.221 4.818 19
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’45.494 5.091 24
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’46.926 6.523 27
24 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault No time 2

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