Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011

Vettel on top in Valencia with fastest-ever lap

2011 European GP third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011

Sebastian Vettel set a new fastest ever lap of the Valencia street track to head the times in final practice.

Vettel’s lap of 1’37.258 was three-tenths of a second faster than his pole position time from last year.

The two Ferraris showed good pace in the last practice session ahead of qualifying. Fernando Alonso was second fastest ahead of team mate Felipe Massa and Mark Webber.

It was a quiet session for the McLarens who ended up fifth and seventh. Lewis Hamilton had to back out of one lap when he caught a slow Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher ended the session eighth, two-tenths slower than his team mate, with the two Renaults completing the top ten.

Kamui Kobayashi had a dramatic end to the session as he spun off at the final corner, clipping the barrier and damaging the nose on his Sauber.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.258 15
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’37.678 0.420 16
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’37.840 0.582 17
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’38.068 0.810 13
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.326 1.068 13
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.580 1.322 15
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.741 1.483 13
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.799 1.541 14
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’38.822 1.564 17
10 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’39.113 1.855 15
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.411 2.153 19
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.778 2.520 18
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.823 2.565 18
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.848 2.590 18
15 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.888 2.630 17
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.987 2.729 18
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’40.004 2.746 16
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.239 2.981 20
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’41.267 4.009 15
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.690 4.432 18
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’42.557 5.299 18
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’43.243 5.985 17
23 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’43.309 6.051 18
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’44.630 7.372 19

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’42.941 1’38.265 1’37.258 67
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’41.239 1’37.968 1’37.678 73
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.758 1’38.443 1’37.840 72
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.403 1’38.531 1’38.068 61
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.510 1’38.195 1’38.741 62
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.270 1’38.315 1’38.799 70
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.926 1’38.483 1’38.326 57
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.043 1’38.981 1’38.580 70
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.227 1’39.586 1’38.822 64
10 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’41.580 1’39.040 1’39.113 74
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’41.955 1’39.626 1’39.411 70
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.738 1’40.531 1’39.778 75
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’40.363 1’39.823 25
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.201 1’42.083 1’39.848 70
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.454 1’39.888 49
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.704 1’40.020 1’39.987 75
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’42.841 1’40.301 1’40.004 78
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.216 1’40.239 49
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.136 1’42.156 1’41.267 71
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’42.239 1’41.690 43
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.221 1’42.273 1’42.557 58
22 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.412 27
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.026 1’42.809 1’43.309 71
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’45.494 1’44.460 1’43.243 70
25 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’43.769 7
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’46.926 1’46.906 1’44.630 62
27 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault No time 2

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