Webber takes over at the top in second practice

2011 German Grand Prix second practice

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso were the top two drivers in the second practice session as they had been in the first – but this time Webber led the way.

Alonso was quickest earlier in the session, swapping best times with team mate Felipe Massa.

He used the race-specification soft tyres to set his best time but it was a somewhat messy run that included a few aborted efforts, one as he ran wide at the Dunlop hairpin.

Webber took to the track shortly afterwards and found a tenth of a second to better Alonso’s time, then a few hundredths more on his subsequent effort.

Vettel couldn’t quite match his team mate’s time and for the second session in a row Webber was the faster of the two.

Massa took fourth in front of the two Mercedes. Schumacher nearly had a run-in with Alonso who tried to pass him at the Dunlop hairpin. Alonso took to the grass, skidded sideways and narrowly missed the Mercedes.

Alonso had another encounter with Vitaly Petrov at the end of the session, oversteering close to the Renault as the went through turn three side-by-side.

Both McLarens were behind the Mercedes and Jenson Button ran into trouble after testing a new exhaust development, his session ending 15 minutes before the chequered flag.

Also in trouble was Daniel Ricciardo, whose HRT began belching smoke after five laps and coming to a halt.

Sebastien Buemi joined the track early in the session following his spin at the end of first practice, but wasn’t able to set a time due to an engine problem.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’31.711 34
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.879 0.168 38
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.084 0.373 28
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.354 0.643 36
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.411 0.700 31
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.557 0.846 32
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.724 1.013 28
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’33.098 1.387 17
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’33.138 1.427 22
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.211 1.500 34
11 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.225 1.514 17
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.299 1.588 34
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.113 2.402 34
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’34.344 2.633 34
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.487 2.776 37
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.491 2.780 35
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’34.996 3.285 35
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’35.753 4.042 42
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.940 5.229 32
20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’37.248 5.537 33
21 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.313 5.602 33
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’38.145 6.434 31
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’40.737 9.026 5
24 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari No time 3

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61 comments on Webber takes over at the top in second practice

  1. wallou said on 22nd July 2011, 15:52

    I’ve read that the 107% rule doesn’t exist anymore.

    The FIA agreed this with HRT and Virgin in order to have them accpetto go back to Valencia’s blown diffuser rule.

    Anyone can confirm that ? Keith maybe ?
    i really doubt it.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd July 2011, 16:04

      Not seen anything to suggest that’s the case.

      • wallou said on 22nd July 2011, 16:07

        French sites i go to are saying that. But it surprised me a bit that no one talked about it before this week end.

        Thanks for the reply.

        • wallou said on 22nd July 2011, 16:24

          keith i post again despite your answer because the site i go to is a pretty serious one and i really have mixed feeling about this onfo.
          they have someone at the track this week end and it’s coming from him.

          in case you understand a bit french or if google translate is good enough for you i can give you the url (i don’t know if its allowed to post url in comments)

  2. doncakes said on 22nd July 2011, 16:02

    Good on Perez ahead of Kobayashi. I enjoy the battle between those two this season as Sauber have some great young driving talent in need of faster equipment.

    Can’t say the same for Ricciardo. Yeeesh, some 2.5 seconds off Liuzzi in that pig of a car. He has some work to do.

    Also enjoying the battle at Toro Rosso, seems Alguersuari is comming on strong as the season progresses.

    As for Mclaren… oh boy, could be a long weekend.

  3. doncakes said on 22nd July 2011, 17:39

    Any reason the posts are all out of order?

  4. Alfie said on 23rd July 2011, 5:24

    Keith, typo:

    Second was Massa […]

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