Red Bull lead Ferrari in final practice

2011 German GP third practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

The Red Bull duo were fastest in the final practice session at the Nurburgring.

But the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso remained an ever-present threat, lapping just two-tenths of a second slower.

Alonso did his best time on his first lap on soft tyres, while the Red Bull drivers had to do a second run to beat his time.

Sebastian Vettel went fastest of all as the chequered flag came out with a 1’30.916.

The McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were fourth and fifth, but around half a second slower than the Red Bulls and Ferraris.

Dry but very cold conditions greeted the teams on Saturday morning: the air temperature was just 12C as the cars took to the track.

Drivers had to do several laps to get their tyres up to temperature, particularly on the harder medium tyres.

The Mercedes drivers traded fastest times early on, before Lewis Hamilton came out to lower the mark.

Shortly after that Alonso took over at the top of the times. The Red Bull drivers were the last to do their medium tyres runs, and Sebastian Vettel was the quicker of the pair with a 1’32.878.

At the end of the session he was almost two seconds quicker on the soft tyres.

Karun Chandhok ended a difficult session with a high-speed spin in a the Schumacher S, having spun earlier at the chicane.

His team mate Heikki Kovalainen missed much of the early part of the session with an hydraulic problem.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’30.916 15
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’31.049 0.133 16
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.138 0.222 12
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.578 0.662 13
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.623 0.707 14
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’31.694 0.778 19
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.144 1.228 13
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.391 1.475 20
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.523 1.607 16
10 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’32.751 1.835 18
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’32.777 1.861 18
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’32.813 1.897 21
13 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’33.072 2.156 18
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’33.179 2.263 17
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.531 2.615 20
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.671 2.755 20
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.948 3.032 21
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.125 3.209 19
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’35.385 4.469 13
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.724 5.808 21
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’36.804 5.888 23
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’36.894 5.978 23
23 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’36.959 6.043 18
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’37.554 6.638 22

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.268 1’32.084 1’30.916 70
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.217 1’31.711 1’31.049 74
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.894 1’31.879 1’31.138 80
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.996 1’32.724 1’31.578 59
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.628 1’33.225 1’31.623 53
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.787 1’32.557 1’31.694 84
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’32.681 1’32.354 1’32.144 72
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.832 1’33.211 1’32.391 81
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.863 1’32.411 1’32.523 78
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’36.842 1’34.996 1’32.751 82
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’34.094 1’33.138 1’32.777 62
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.299 1’32.813 55
13 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’35.444 1’33.098 1’33.072 57
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’35.389 1’34.344 1’33.179 75
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.371 1’34.113 1’33.531 76
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.882 1’34.491 1’33.671 82
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’33.858 26
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.371 1’33.948 44
19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.115 1’34.487 1’34.125 79
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’36.392 1’35.753 1’35.385 84
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.109 1’36.940 1’36.724 76
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’38.145 1’36.804 54
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.428 1’37.313 1’36.894 78
24 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’38.765 1’37.248 1’36.959 70
25 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’39.279 1’40.737 1’37.554 51
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’38.504 22

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24 comments on Red Bull lead Ferrari in final practice

  1. Kazuki (@formula-1) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:08

    Alonso still had tyre life.

  2. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:08

    I still think Alonso will have the edge going into Quali…if it doesn’t rain that is.

  3. CarsVsChildren (@carsvschildren) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:10

    Didn’t see the session, so I am only going off the lap times above, but really really not looking good for Ricciardo….

    • dpod (@dpod) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:24

      Everything written down on paper so far has indeed revealed that you are correct. People just over-rated him too quickly and should have waited for actual results. I’ll give him until the end of the season to fully rate him as a driver but so far no TR or RB seat for him. His results so far makes me wonder if he can beat Narain.

      Unfortunately, Chandhok is not really impressing with his results either.

      • ZanteX (@zantex) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:42

        Well, wouldn’t this be under-rating him too quickly? His first f1 weekend in an HRT, come on… I would imagine driving an F1 car requires getting used to the car and knowing its limits and possibilities, not just the skill of driving A car.

  4. F1andy83 said on 23rd July 2011, 11:18

    Heikki has been doing a great job on lotus.

  5. dpod (@dpod) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:19

    Mark’s vast improvements as of late may begin to reveal fireworks at RedBull. I believe that Silverstone wasnt the only time team orders would come to play, and it might only be a few races before we “really” start to see that he is indeed the #2 driver.

  6. Rob Wilson (@rob-wilson) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:19

    Well he’s 7 tenths slower than Liuzzi…Massa is a second slower than Alonso so i wouldn’t worry too much.

  7. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:19

    Anybody else notice that Hispania have finally gotten rid of the THIS COULD BE YOU decals? It’s been replaced by a silver-and-black HRT logo. There’s another one on the rear wing as well. THIS IS A COOL SPOT is still on the endplate, though. It’s amazing how one simple change makes them look so much more professional; they might be starved for liquid cash, but at least they look like they can keep their heads above water. I figure this is Thesan Captial extending their influence over the team.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd July 2011, 16:07

      I saw it yesterday. They also have the same on the trucks, looks a lot better.

      Today they put up a picture on FB of how the guy from Cosmic Motors had also redesigned Lizzi’s helmet. Looks pretty good as well.

  8. suka (@suka) said on 23rd July 2011, 11:21

    I am glad mclarens closed the gap since yesterday but worried about massa. did not have chance to watch it, but the timing is not very promising for massa’s quali.

    • Adrian Morse said on 23rd July 2011, 11:36

      I suspect Massa was struggling with tyre warming, so for a dry quali maybe he should consider doing two outlaps.

    • infy (@infy) said on 23rd July 2011, 12:00

      Massa needs to up his game some how against Alonso. If alonso is going to stand any chance for the title, he needs to put Massa between himself and the bulls.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 23rd July 2011, 12:19

        Massa needs to improve for his own reasons – but it’s not his business to win the drivers’ championship for Alonso.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 23rd July 2011, 12:36

          Not until Ferrari tells him to. If Ferrari feel Alonso has a shot at the title, they’ll no doubt tell Massa to run interference on the Red Bulls for him to allow Alonso to build up a lead on-track – especially if Massa is out of the title fight.

        • Astonished said on 23rd July 2011, 12:44

          Perhaps simply to help Ferrari constructors by getting as many points as possible for “others”??

          I think th9
          at you are a bit sensitive, hopefull.-y McLaren improves and you more relaxed

        • bananarama said on 23rd July 2011, 12:44

          Of course it isn’t but a good teammate helps if he can and we all know Massa is a good sport when it matters .. he just doesn’t appear capable. Also, finishing on the podium for once would sure be in Felipes best interest aswell. For sure.

  9. Atticus said on 23rd July 2011, 11:29

    I also tip Alonso for pole if it’s not raining.

    But as Crofty mentioned several times clouds are creeping ever closer on the horizon.

  10. Raj said on 23rd July 2011, 11:36

    Hope rani doesn’t spoil real pole fight among bulls & one horse..

  11. i hope it rains or tommorow wont be worth watching.im nt feeling the same on race day this year if webber is not allowed to fight vettle then two teams with n02 drivers at the front every week is not wat i want to watch…

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 23rd July 2011, 12:39

      im nt feeling the same on race day this year if webber is not allowed to fight vettle then two teams with n02 drivers at the front every week is not wat i want to watch

      Do you really think Webber is going to listen to team orders? He didn’t in Silverstone.

      But then, I seriously doubt Webber will get close enough to fight Vettel. He hasn’t been able to all year.

  12. RoboCAT (@robocat) said on 23rd July 2011, 12:43

    Yes he has. Since Valencia he has improves significantly, whether that is down to the tyres. It was only 2 weeks ago Webber was right behind Vettel… until team orders.

  13. Fixy (@fixy) said on 23rd July 2011, 17:48

    Rosberg is good as he’s the only “outsider” to sometimes beat one of the first 6 drivers.

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