Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Button quickest in first session at Abu Dhabi

2011 Abu Dhabi GP first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button was fastest in the first practice session at Abu Dhabi.

The two McLaren drivers had been quickest towards the end of the session before they were split by Mark Webber.

Hamilton led the early running as he went out on Pirelli’s new development rubber.

The two Red Bulls took over at the top of the times shortly afterwards, Mark Webber briefly leading Sebastian Vettel.

It was a scrappy session for the Ferrari drivers, both of which had spins. Felipe Massa lost the car turning into turn one, spinning off at speed.

Fernando Alonso spun at turn five and had several other off-track moments in his Ferrari.

The pair improved to fifth and sixth late on the session, also using Pirelli’s new development tyre.

Romain Grosjean was faster than his team mate but Vitaly Petrov had to abandon his car at the end of the session as sparks began coming from the car’s exhaust.

Robert Wickens, making his first appearance in an F1 practice session, was the slowest of the drivers to set at time.

Rubens Barrichello was unable to set a time, pulling over early in the session with engine failure.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.263 21
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.389 0.126 26
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.403 0.140 27
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.755 0.492 27
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.801 0.538 25
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’41.260 0.997 17
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’41.340 1.077 23
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.130 1.867 26
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’42.151 1.888 28
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.377 2.114 26
11 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.633 2.370 26
12 9 Romain Grosjean Renault 1’42.685 2.422 29
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’43.118 2.855 13
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’43.255 2.992 29
15 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’43.389 3.126 24
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.412 4.149 28
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.484 4.221 18
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’44.565 4.302 27
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’44.898 4.635 25
20 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’46.385 6.122 27
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’46.532 6.269 28
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’48.024 7.761 20
23 25 Robert Wickens Virgin-Cosworth 1’48.551 8.288 23
24 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth No time 3

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