Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Nurburgring, 2011

Hamilton fastest as Webber crashes in practice

German Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hungarian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver around Hungaroring in the first practice session this morning.

But Mark Webber’s session came to an end after he crashed at turn nine. The Red Bull driver lost control of his car at turn nine and hit the barrier hard, taking the front wing off his car.

Webber was the only driver to crash but several drivers had lock-ups or ran wide as the track was damp and slippery as the session began.

Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel was fastest earlier in the session, edging Fernando Alonso for the fastest time.

But Hamilton returned to the track to lower the fastest time by two-tenths of a second. He was on course to improve further with three minutes to go but was held up by Jaime Alguersuari in the final sector.

Alonso had a problem early in the session when he returned to the pits with a small fire at the rear of his car. But it didn’t stop him from participating in the rest of the session.

Jenson Button was fifth-fastest ahead of Felipe Massa, followed by the two Mercedes drivers.

Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petov completed the top ten. Petrov was joined at Renault by Bruno Senna for this session, Senna lapping eight-tenths of a second slower than his team mate.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.350 19
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’23.564 0.214 24
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’23.642 0.292 29
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’23.666 0.316 12
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.772 0.422 20
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.115 0.765 25
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’24.250 0.900 22
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.369 1.019 20
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.620 1.270 24
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’25.093 1.743 22
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.113 1.763 21
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.336 1.986 22
13 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’25.357 2.007 17
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’25.836 2.486 24
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’25.855 2.505 25
16 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.890 2.540 28
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.099 2.749 36
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’26.124 2.774 25
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’26.878 3.528 26
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’27.352 4.002 21
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.533 5.183 30
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.903 5.553 22
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’29.059 5.709 24
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’29.904 6.554 26

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