Vettel dominates final practice session in India

2011 Indian GP third practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Sebastian Vettel was comfortably quickest in the Saturday morning practice session at Buddh International Circuit.

The Red Bull was fastest throughout most of the session, setting a time of 1’26.311 on the hard tyres, just over a tenth of a second quicker than his team mate.

He slipped from the top spot towards the end of the session as Felipe Massa and Jenson Button did their first runs on soft tyres.

But when Vettel put the quicker rubber on he returned to the top of the times with his customary last-lap effort. He was the only driver to lap the track in less than 85 seconds, setting a fastest time of 1’24.824.

Button was second ahead of Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton, followed by the two Ferraris.

Massa’s front wing was seen flexing from side to side at high speeds during the session, sending up sparks from the endplates. This ceased to happen after Ferrari switched wings on the car.

Paul di Resta was seventh-quickest for Force India with Nico Rosberg between himself and team mate Adrian Sutil. Sebastien Buemi completed the top ten.

The new track continued to catch drivers out and there were several more spins and dusty off-track moments throughout the session. However there was no repeat of yesterday’s crashes.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.824 18
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.191 0.367 15
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.203 0.379 19
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.288 0.464 16
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.784 0.960 17
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.058 1.234 16
7 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’26.785 1.961 19
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.873 2.049 22
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’26.958 2.134 19
10 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.146 2.322 20
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’27.217 2.393 21
12 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’27.235 2.411 20
13 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.262 2.438 19
14 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.280 2.456 18
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.387 2.563 20
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.749 2.925 21
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’27.793 2.969 17
18 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’27.875 3.051 20
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’29.355 4.531 21
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’29.750 4.926 19
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.683 5.859 23
22 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’30.900 6.076 25
23 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.851 8.027 19
24 23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’33.246 8.422 19

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Sat/Fri Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.416 1’25.794 1’24.824 -0.97 75
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.394 1’26.714 1’25.191 -1.523 66
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’27.428 1’26.500 1’25.203 -1.297 76
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.836 1’26.454 1’25.288 -1.166 64
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’28.644 1’25.706 1’26.058 +0.352 71
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.899 1’25.930 1’25.784 -0.146 55
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’29.700 1’27.853 1’26.785 -1.068 78
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’28.542 1’31.098 1’26.873 -1.669 89
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’28.705 1’27.316 1’26.958 -0.358 76
10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.219 1’27.868 1’27.146 -0.722 79
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’28.531 1’31.804 1’27.217 -1.314 72
12 Bruno Senna Renault 1’29.799 1’27.498 1’27.235 -0.263 76
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.355 1’28.050 1’27.262 -0.788 82
14 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’29.705 1’27.890 1’27.280 -0.61 77
15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’30.566 1’28.552 1’27.387 -1.165 70
16 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’30.132 1’28.289 1’27.749 -0.54 82
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’30.669 1’28.708 1’27.793 -0.915 63
18 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’30.367 1’28.691 1’27.875 -0.816 70
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’30.818 1’29.332 1’29.355 +0.023 82
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’30.241 1’29.750 -0.491 60
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’32.771 1’31.469 1’30.683 -0.786 79
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’34.113 1’32.824 1’30.900 -1.924 88
23 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1’32.487 24
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.796 1’32.593 1’32.851 +0.258 50
25 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’33.928 1’32.768 1’33.246 +0.478 79

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9 comments on Vettel dominates final practice session in India

  1. guido (@guidof1) said on 29th October 2011, 7:45

    looks like seb is on his way to pole position again. havent really worked out yet how badly traffic affected the top 6 drivers on their flying laps. still the red bulls have much more grip in the last 2 corners, i think

  2. bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 29th October 2011, 7:49

    Man the Ferrari front wings are sic. What is the story with them?

  3. It seems out of top 6, only ferrari drivers didn’t manage significant improvement from FP2 & Massa even slower than FP2. so are they hiding some thing or got wrong with set up as track is improving?

  4. BBT (@bbt) said on 29th October 2011, 8:20

    Love that lap from Di Resta….. best of the rest.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th October 2011, 8:27

    These lap times are just crumbling away all the time. Wonder what times we will see in qualifying? I fully expect a bit of chaos with the track still being slippery.

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 29th October 2011, 11:48

    Massa’s returned to normal form… behind Alonso.

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