Jenson Button, McLaren, Korea, 2011

Button keeps McLaren on top in Korea

2011 Korean GP third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button was fastest in the final practice session in Korea.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton made it a McLaren one-two at the head of the times with Mark Webber third.

The session got off to a very busy start as the teams tried to maximise the only hour of dry running available before qualifying.

Both Red Bulls stayed out on the track after their installation laps and headed the times to begin with.

But the McLarens showed immediate pace when they join the circuit, Hamilton quickly topping the times by over a second and a half.

He remained on top for much of the rest of the session, with only team mate Jenson Button able to get within a second of him.

Bruno Senna made light contact with the barrier when he spun at turn 13 early in the session. He damaged the front wing on his Renault but was able to return to the pits and continue his session.

Daniel Ricciardo lost a lot of time when his HRT stopped at the pit lane entrance and had to be pushed to his garage. But he was able to rejoin the session later.

Most of the drivers waiting until the final ten minutes before doing runs on the super soft tyres. But with almost all the cars on the track at once, traffic became a serious problem.

Sebastian Vettel caught Jaime Alguersuari during his first effort and had to abort his run.

But he caught the Toro Rosso driver again on his next run and was visibly agitated at losing time again, drawing alongside and shaking his hand at Alguersuari.

Hamilton had a similar run-in with Michael Schumacher which cost him an improvement on his final run.

However Button managed to get a clear lap in and crossed the line with a 1’36.910 to go fastest ahead of Hamilton and Webber.

Fernando Alonso was foutrh fastest having run a new front wing on his Ferrari, with team mate Felipe Massa fifth.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.910 18
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.199 0.289 18
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’37.723 0.813 23
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.029 1.119 21
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.434 1.524 18
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’39.559 2.649 23
7 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’39.612 2.702 20
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.660 2.750 22
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.695 2.785 22
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.743 2.833 25
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.847 2.937 22
12 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.851 2.941 20
13 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.964 3.054 21
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.005 3.095 17
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.030 3.120 18
16 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’40.451 3.541 19
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’40.529 3.619 20
18 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’40.711 3.801 22
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’41.909 4.999 18
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’41.945 5.035 13
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’43.275 6.365 19
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.377 7.467 16
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’44.421 7.511 13
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’45.143 8.233 11

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Sat/Fri Laps
1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.932 1’36.910 -14.022 38
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2’03.391 1’50.828 1’37.199 -13.629 50
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2’05.183 1’53.049 1’37.723 -15.326 55
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’52.774 1’38.029 -14.745 51
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’53.707 1’38.434 -15.273 43
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2’02.784 1’54.965 1’39.559 -15.406 54
7 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’54.200 1’39.612 -14.588 47
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 2’03.141 1’54.392 1’39.660 -14.732 60
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2’02.840 1’52.646 1’39.695 -12.951 60
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2’04.311 1’53.914 1’39.743 -14.171 55
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2’02.912 1’53.957 1’39.847 -14.11 66
12 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’53.402 1’39.851 -13.551 45
13 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’03.182 1’53.948 1’39.964 -13.984 57
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’03.292 1’55.544 1’40.005 -15.539 53
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 2’04.797 1’55.203 1’40.030 -15.173 50
16 Bruno Senna Renault 1’55.187 1’40.451 -14.736 48
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 2’06.852 1’56.067 1’40.529 -15.538 53
18 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 2’08.218 1’54.831 1’40.711 -14.12 57
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’56.669 1’41.909 -14.76 39
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’57.173 1’41.945 -15.228 32
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2’14.508 1’58.269 1’43.275 -14.994 48
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 2’12.658 1’59.458 1’44.377 -15.081 49
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2’00.165 1’44.421 -15.744 33
24 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 2’09.232 1’59.958 1’45.143 -14.815 44
25 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 2’06.350 11
26 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’07.541 9
27 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 2’08.832 14

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