Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Hamilton keeps McLaren on top as Vettel and Alonso crash

2011 Abu Dhabi GP second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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