Hamilton keeps McLaren on top as Vettel and Alonso crash

2011 Abu Dhabi GP second practice

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Abu Dhabi, 2011

McLaren headed the second practice session in Abu Dhabi but this time it was Lewis Hamilton on top.

He set a best lap of 1’39.586, two-tenths of a second quicker than team mate Jenson Button.

The two Ferraris were third and fourth but Fernando Alonso was one of two top drivers to hit trouble.

Early in the second half of the session, Vettel lost his car at turn one in much the same way Felipe Massa had in the first session.

But the Red Bull driver made it all the way to the TecPro barrier on the outside of the corner, where the RB7 became stuck, forcing Vettel to get out of the car. He was able to return to the track later in the session.

Around a quarter of an hour later Alonso spun into the barrier at almost exactly the same place as Vettel. The right-rear of the Ferrari was damaged in the impact and Alonso also had to abandon his mount.

Mark Webber also had a quick spin in his Red Bull at turn 18, though he managed not to hit anything.

The session ended with two McLarens in front of two Ferraris and two Red Bulls. Michael Schumacher was seventh, the Mercedes driver taking to the run-offs several times during the session.

The Force Indias of Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta were next, with Kamui Kobayashi completing the top ten ahead of team mate Sergio Perez.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.586 31
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.785 0.199 29
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.971 0.385 20
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.980 0.394 33
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.104 0.518 35
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.132 0.546 26
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.553 0.967 34
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’40.951 1.365 34
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.021 1.435 37
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.490 1.904 34
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.565 1.979 34
12 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.680 2.094 33
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’41.947 2.361 31
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.983 2.397 34
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’42.369 2.783 36
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.798 3.212 35
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’42.910 3.324 34
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’43.562 3.976 36
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’44.050 4.464 38
20 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’44.265 4.679 41
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.486 5.900 34
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’46.142 6.556 32
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’46.249 6.663 21
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’46.328 6.742 34

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44 comments on Hamilton keeps McLaren on top as Vettel and Alonso crash

  1. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 11th November 2011, 14:35

    Amazing how close a lot of the drivers are to their teammates. I guess there are clear distinctions between all the teams’ performance now, so we are getting the ‘Noah’s ark’ look to the grid more and more often.

    Odd for Rosberg to be so far down despite having more laps than anyone. Mercedes have been trying some different strategies in practice recently.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th November 2011, 14:45

      But I guess we can’t expect the ranking of these teams to be the same at the front come Q3, with McLaren leading Ferrari and Red Bull Racing only third fastest!

      Would be a nice suprise if it did turn out that way though :-)

    • gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 11th November 2011, 14:45

      This tends to show that the car definitely plays a great role in the success of a driver.
      I am a bit surprised by RB’s pace. Have they got these .6 of a sec up their sleeves ?

    • vjanik said on 11th November 2011, 15:16

      nowadays the cars are has so under-powered with so much downforce that most drivers on the grid are on the limit of the car. there is maybe a few tenths between them. in the old days a driver could make up several seconds on his team mate, because the cars were harder to drive and harder to drive up to their true potential. today if you have less downforce than your opponent there is pretty much nothing you can do. If you put Ayrton Senna in an HRT he will not be able to beat an average driver in a sauber or STR. its much harder to finish well with a car that doesnt deserve it. it wasnt always like this. reliability plays a role but i believe the cars are easier to drive.

    • On the BBC comentary they said they though Rosberg was doing a race simulation, about 30 laps, he did that in India as well.

  2. The two Ferraris were second and third

    Third and fourth ;)

  3. Did MSC complete a lap without running off?

  4. Raveendhana (@raveendhana) said on 11th November 2011, 14:55

    force india looks they are the fastest of the “big three” in the midfield battle.

  5. Raveendhana (@raveendhana) said on 11th November 2011, 14:58

    times of toro rosso and sauber are so close, so midfield battle going to be great.

  6. JCost (@jcost) said on 11th November 2011, 16:35

    That circuit is beautiful piece of architecture but that’s not for F1!

    When will Bernie save a slot for “stand-alone” GPs? Some countries would not be willing to embark on multi-year deals with Bernie but would find OK to stage a single GP.

    Just an idea.

  7. georges10099 (@georges10099) said on 11th November 2011, 17:14

    How come vettel could go back out? I thought that if you binned the car you could not go back out in that session… :\

  8. The Last Pope (@the-last-pope) said on 11th November 2011, 18:57

    I bet Massa loved hearing that.

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 11th November 2011, 20:46

      They are putting down all the other drivers, specially the ones that had have at least a win in the current: Vettel, Button, Schumacher, Kovalaine, Rubbens… I think it was specially directed to Vettel…and it was uncalled for…

  9. What was so refreshing about reading Vettel’s views (autosport.com) on his incident was his apparent honesty about it… “got too greedy.” Now that shows maturity on the driver’s part. Are you listening/ reading Lewis?

    Also, did anyone else notice Schumacher is upbeat about Kimi coming back… and so is Whitmarsh. One of the few things i’d agree with Whitmarsh on and this is most certainly one.

  10. bad_whippet (@bad_whippet) said on 11th November 2011, 20:31

    Sorry, off topic, but the article heading does at least mention Hamilton and Alonso!

    Alonso was quoted at Abu Dhabi as saying:

    “In fact, at the next winter testing he [Hamilton] will be the only one I’ll be watching closely. The other guys can win if they’ve got the best car; he’s the one who’s able to clinch a championship with a car that’s not the best.”

    Hamilton was apparently quite taken aback by the comment and replied:

    “Despite the relationship we’ve had, I think our friendship and the respect we have for one another has got a lot stronger, so it’s nice to see that coming out because I’ve only ever said he is one of the best drivers, if not the best driver here.”

    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/15701489.stm)

    I know drivers comments about their fellow competitors are usually just mind-games, but I fail to see what either would gain from this very public verbal hug.

    Blimey, respect.

  11. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 11th November 2011, 21:47

    Michael Schumacher was seventh, the Mercedes driver taking to the run-offs several times during the session.

    old fox testing every single inch in the circuit eh? In 2006 @Nurburgring during FP1 and FP2, he keeps missing the pit entry and when asked, he mentioned he was trying to minimize the pit entry time.

  12. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th November 2011, 9:20

    Unusual to see so many drivers having moments off the circuit. Makes me think that they might be running more kinds of set-up than usual. Experimenting?

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