McLaren a second clear in first practice

2011 Italian GP first practice

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monza, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monza, 2011

McLaren headed the first practice times by a full second in Monza.

Lewis Hamilton ended the session quickest ahead of Jenson Button, with Sebastian Vettel 1.3 seconds behind in third.

The session got off to a quiet start with only Jerome d’Ambrosio and Daniel Ricciardo setting times in the first half hour.

Jaime Alguersuari briefly headed the times before Vettel took over at the top with a 1’26.381.

Vettel improved his time by half a second over the following laps before Hamilton set a 1’25.203 to displace him at the top of the times.

Hamilton showed considerable pace, improving his best time to a 1’24.512, over a second quicker than either of the Red Bulls. Button moved up to second, around nine-tenths off Hamilton.

Towards the end of the session Vettel improved his time and split the two McLarens. However Button took the place back with five minutes to go and Hamilton signed off with the fastest lap of the session, a 1’23.865.

Adrian Sutil moved up to fifth ahead of Vitaly Petrov with his last lap. The Renault driver was fastest in a straight line, hitting 347kph in the speed trap.

That pushed Fernando Alonso down to seventh, 2.7 seconds off Hamilton, with Felipe Massa fractionally slower.

Sergio Perez and Jaime Alguersuari completed the top ten.

Lotus had a problematic start to the weekend: Karun Chandhok, driving Jarno Trulli’s car, came into the pits complaining the controls on his wheel weren’t working.

Later on Heikki Kovalainen came to a stop at Lesmo 1 after getting stuck in second gear.

Jerome d’Ambrosio also hit trouble in his Virgin, stopping with smoke coming from the back of the car at the Rettifilio. Team mate Timo Glock was delayed by a sensor problem.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.865 18
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.786 0.921 19
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.231 1.366 25
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.459 1.594 24
5 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’26.550 2.685 23
6 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.625 2.760 20
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.647 2.782 20
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.676 2.811 24
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.694 2.829 28
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.696 2.831 15
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.699 2.834 21
12 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’26.826 2.961 21
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.836 2.971 25
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.996 3.131 29
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’27.365 3.500 25
16 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’27.385 3.520 23
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.433 3.568 25
18 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.492 3.627 24
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’29.539 5.674 10
20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’30.148 6.283 19
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’30.609 6.744 27
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’30.619 6.754 24
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.052 7.187 12
24 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.899 8.034 22

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52 comments on McLaren a second clear in first practice

  1. Young One said on 9th September 2011, 14:02

    Too little too late even if he wins the race.

  2. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 10th September 2011, 1:47

    I wasn’t expecting Renault to be the fastest car in the speed trap.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th September 2011, 8:35

    We were late to the circuit by about 30 mins but seems we didn’t miss much.

    Finally got to hear the front-blowing exhaust on the R31. Worth it!

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