Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2011

Vettel fastest as practice ends in Silverstone

2011 British Grand Prix FP3Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2011

Sebastian Vettel edged Fernando Alonso for the fastest time in final practice at Silverstone.

The session was run in largely dry conditions, though a shower early in the session disrupted some of the teams’ running.

Having lost most of yesterday’s practice to rain, the teams took the opportunity to get as much running as possible on the hard tyres early in the session.

Michael Schumacher held the fastest time early on, but lost time with a floor problem later in the session.

The times tumbled as teams switched to the soft tyres for qualifying runs at the end of the session. Alonso lowered the best time of the day by a second with a 1’31.464.

But Vettel found six hundredths more to put the Red Bull at the head of the times once again.

Mark Webber was third-fastest despite losing a significant amount of the session with a technical problem.

Jenson Button was the fastest McLaren behind Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton, running the team’s new rear wing, could only manage 13th.

The session ran as a storm brewed over the use of exhaust-fed diffusers. Overnight Charlie Whiting changed his position on the technology, and removed Renault’s allowance to use more than 10% of the throttle to feed the diffuser.

The change will affect all the Renault-powered teams, and Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Adrian Newey spent much of session at race control debating the change.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’31.401 19
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.464 0.063 20
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’31.829 0.428 12
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.169 0.768 20
5 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’32.496 1.095 20
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.956 1.555 18
7 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.014 1.613 20
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.044 1.643 23
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.264 1.863 21
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.423 2.022 22
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.551 2.150 11
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.660 2.259 22
13 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.842 2.441 16
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’33.905 2.504 21
15 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’34.042 2.641 22
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.329 2.928 20
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.799 3.398 20
18 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’34.822 3.421 21
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’35.255 3.854 21
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’36.905 5.504 21
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.614 6.213 18
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’38.068 6.667 20
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’38.289 6.888 19
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’38.568 7.167 17

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’48.794 1’54.545 1’31.401 44
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.161 1’52.869 1’31.464 44
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’46.603 1’52.587 1’31.829 37
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’47.562 1’49.967 1’32.169 42
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’48.809 1’55.155 1’32.496 45
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.841 1’51.518 1’32.956 47
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.133 1’51.395 1’33.014 53
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’47.758 1’50.744 1’33.044 62
9 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’47.422 1’52.169 1’33.264 55
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’48.730 1’51.781 1’33.423 47
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’47.263 1’52.325 1’33.551 43
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’51.738 1’33.660 40
13 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.549 1’51.438 1’33.842 43
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’47.347 1’51.992 1’33.905 57
15 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’49.603 1’52.198 1’34.042 46
16 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’48.678 1’54.274 1’34.329 58
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’48.778 1’52.189 1’34.799 59
18 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’48.941 1’54.023 1’34.822 49
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’52.578 1’35.255 37
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’50.222 1’55.155 1’36.905 47
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’52.470 1’55.549 1’37.614 45
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’53.469 1’54.714 1’38.068 59
23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’54.334 1’55.828 1’38.289 53
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’53.143 1’56.037 1’38.568 43
25 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’48.598 19
26 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’51.119 17

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