Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2011

Vettel quickest as practice finishes in Monza

2011 Italian Grand Prix FP3Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2011

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was half a second fastest than his closest rival in a different car.

Vettel led the early running with a lap of exactly one minute 24 seconds, putting him almost half a second clear of his team mate. Behind them were the two McLarens.

Luca di Montezemolo made his traditional Saturday morning appearance in the garage at Monza. But the red cars weren’t seen for much of the first half of the session.

Once they did out, Felipe Massa was the quicker of the two but more than a second off Vettel’s mark.

Nico Rosberg was the first driver to run on soft tyres having been unable to on Friday. He aborted his first run but his second effort put him fastest with a 1’23.875.

Fernando Alonso’s first effort on soft tyres left him behind both Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel, who at that time had only run on medium tyres.

A flurry of improvements late in the session saw first Felipe Massa and then Webber take the fastest times.

But Vettel crossed the line as the session drew to a close with a lap of 1’23.170, four-tenths quicker than Webber, to head the times.

Lewis Hamilton improved his time from yesterday by a tenth of a second to go fourth ahead of Button.

The two Mercedes of Rosberg and Schumacher were next, followed by Alonso.

The Force Indias completed the top ten, Adrian Sutil four-hundredths of a second quicker than Paul di Resta.

For the second session in a row Daniel Ricciardo lost a considerable amount of time as the team dismantled and repaired his car.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’23.170 18
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’23.534 0.364 19
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’23.668 0.498 14
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.741 0.571 17
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.787 0.617 16
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.875 0.705 22
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.114 0.944 20
8 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.133 0.963 14
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’24.543 1.373 21
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’24.581 1.411 22
11 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’24.853 1.683 20
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’24.889 1.719 19
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.948 1.778 22
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.261 2.091 21
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’25.319 2.149 19
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.426 2.256 19
17 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.439 2.269 22
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’25.539 2.369 19
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’27.328 4.158 19
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’27.491 4.321 21
21 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.186 5.016 23
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’28.441 5.271 22
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.962 5.792 17
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’30.316 7.146 16

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Sat/Fri Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.231 1’24.010 1’23.170 -0.84 80
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.459 1’24.468 1’23.534 -0.934 75
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.676 1’24.366 1’23.668 -0.698 71
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.865 1’24.046 1’23.741 -0.124 56
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.786 1’24.508 1’23.787 -0.721 65
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.492 1’29.184 1’23.875 -3.617 75
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’26.699 1’24.347 1’24.114 -0.233 80
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’26.647 1’24.433 1’24.133 -0.3 65
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’26.550 1’25.496 1’24.543 -0.953 83
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’25.683 1’24.581 -1.102 59
11 Bruno Senna Renault 1’27.385 1’25.325 1’24.853 -0.472 81
12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.625 1’25.450 1’24.889 -0.561 70
13 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.694 1’25.097 1’24.948 -0.149 89
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.996 1’25.182 1’25.261 +0.079 87
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.836 1’26.202 1’25.319 -0.883 80
16 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.696 1’25.758 1’25.426 -0.332 63
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.433 1’28.347 1’25.439 -1.994 52
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’27.365 1’26.353 1’25.539 -0.814 84
19 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’26.826 21
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’28.559 1’27.328 -1.231 51
21 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’29.539 1’28.605 1’27.491 -1.114 63
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.899 1’29.622 1’28.186 -1.436 79
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’30.619 1’29.162 1’28.441 -0.721 80
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.052 1’28.804 1’28.962 +0.158 54
25 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’30.609 1’29.841 1’30.316 +0.475 50
26 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’30.148 19

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