Webber leads final practice at wet Spa

2011 Belgian Grand Prix third practice

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Mark Webber was fastest in another wet practice session at Spa-Francorchamps.

Rain was already falling as practice began. The first drivers to go out did installation laps on intermediates tyres but those who came out later used wet weather tread.

By the time Jenson Button came out to do his installation lap the circuit was extremely wet: “like a lake”, said Button over his radio, adding that the conditions were worse than they had been in Canada.

After 20 minutes the rain ease and Daniel Ricciardo came out of the pits, the last driver to complete his installation lap.

Halfway through the session the track finally started to get busier, with the Toro Rossos and Red Bulls coming out first.

In the heavy wet conditions drivers were taking two-and-a-quarter minutes to lap the 7km Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber took time to sample the circuit in wet conditions while McLaren and Ferrari’s drivers stayed in the pits.

The Force India drivers swapped fastest sector times, the VJM04s looking particularly quick in the first and third sectors.

Adrian Sutil set the fastest time to begin with while team mate Paul di Resta had a spin at Pouhon. But di Resta returned to the track to set the fastest time.

Michael Schumacher was one of the first drivers to try intermediate tyres and went second-fastest behind di Resta. But they were demoted by Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso.

Webber returned to the track to head the times with a 2’08.988, returning to the pits with four minutes to go.

The last driver who looked able to beat his time was Lewis Hamilton, who fell short by five-hundredths of a second with his final effort.

Ferrari did little running in the wet session and Fernando Alonso didn’t set a time at all.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2’08.988 7
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2’09.046 0.058 8
3 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’09.931 0.943 16
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’10.257 1.269 7
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2’10.402 1.414 9
6 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’10.580 1.592 15
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2’10.837 1.849 12
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 2’11.437 2.449 13
9 9 Bruno Senna Renault 2’11.664 2.676 14
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2’11.667 2.679 10
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2’11.874 2.886 13
12 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 2’13.036 4.048 15
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 2’13.074 4.086 12
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’13.182 4.194 12
15 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2’13.290 4.302 15
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 2’13.778 4.790 12
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 2’14.334 5.346 14
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 2’14.682 5.694 11
19 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 2’17.159 8.171 12
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2’18.039 9.051 10
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 2’19.001 10.013 12
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2’19.597 10.609 14
23 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2’22.454 13.466 7
24 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time 5

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Sat/Fri Laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2’09.792 1’50.321 2’08.988 +18.667 37
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2’07.055 1’50.461 36
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’02.740 1’50.770 2’10.257 +19.487 24
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2’04.301 1’50.838 2’09.046 +18.208 24
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2’04.728 1’51.218 2’22.454 +31.236 31
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’54.829 1’51.242 2’10.837 +19.595 50
7 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 2’07.481 1’51.655 2’14.334 +22.679 50
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’51.725 18
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2’13.058 1’51.751 2’11.874 +20.123 30
10 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2’03.752 1’51.790 2’10.402 +18.612 32
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’54.355 1’51.922 2’11.667 +19.745 46
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 2’08.918 1’52.750 2’13.074 +20.324 42
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’06.886 1’52.780 2’13.182 +20.402 53
14 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’06.583 1’52.911 2’09.931 +17.02 57
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’08.239 1’53.009 2’10.580 +17.571 54
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 2’05.391 1’53.156 2’13.778 +20.622 41
17 Bruno Senna Renault 2’14.340 1’53.835 2’11.664 +17.829 42
18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 2’08.233 1’55.051 2’14.682 +19.631 45
19 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2’12.278 1’55.494 2’18.039 +22.545 46
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’56.202 2’13.036 +16.834 30
21 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 2’12.772 1’56.816 2’17.159 +20.343 46
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2’12.389 1’57.450 2’19.597 +22.147 43
23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 2’14.933 1’57.612 2’19.001 +21.389 47
24 Vitaly Petrov Renault 2’13.601 2’02.234 2’13.290 +11.056 37
25 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 2’04.663 2’11.437 +6.774 31
26 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 2’13.090 11

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16 comments on Webber leads final practice at wet Spa

  1. F1andy83 said on 27th August 2011, 11:11

    Anyone has details on senna vs petrov?

  2. do we know whether Webber was on new or used tyres. Vettel, Hamilton and Button were all on used but i didnt hear anything about Mark

    • DavidS (@davids) said on 27th August 2011, 11:23

      He was on wets, the track was wet. Whether or not he was on used or new rubber is irrelevant in those conditions.

      To answer your question, the logical thing would be that he’s on a used set. Why would he use up a new set when qualifying is set to be wet, and the race will probably be rain affected?

      • hmm, so…

        “Why would he use up a new set when qualifying is set to be wet, and the race will probably be rain affected?”

        Well, maybe because…

        “Whether or not he was on used or new rubber is irrelevant in those conditions.”

        Seriously though, being on a new set rather than a used set would have given a significant speed advantage, and yes, whilst you would have thought he was using used, I seem to remember Mark doing a lot more wet running yesterday and perhaps this wasn’t possible?

  3. tattsbrah (@xbarrettmatex) said on 27th August 2011, 11:15

    Here’s hoping Mark’s form continues through to qualifying and the race.

  4. Adrian Morse said on 27th August 2011, 11:22

    Interesting to see that the McLaren drivers did the fewest laps of anybody but Chandok and Hulkenberg. It looks like they are pretty conservative with their material.

  5. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 27th August 2011, 11:23

    Well, I enjoyed watching it, but I still don’t know much about their relative speeds, will be nice to see things developing in qualifying.

  6. BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th August 2011, 11:24

    So we know the FI guys might have gone for a low downforce setup, probalby hoping to be able to make the most of a dry race. And Ferrari must feel pretty confident.

    And the top teams count on doing qualifying on inters or wets even saving them for that.

  7. Senna’s times are missing on the complete pratice times chart

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th August 2011, 12:00

    Qualifying is going to be very interesting. I have no idea who’s going to grab pole!

  9. krtekf1 (@krtekf1) said on 27th August 2011, 12:34

    What´s the forecast for qualifying?

  10. Fixy (@fixy) said on 27th August 2011, 18:30

    The two Ferraris in the last two places look funny ;)

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