Webber edges Button in first practice session

2011 Brazilian GP first practice

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2011

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2011

Mark Webber headed the first practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull pilot was just 14 thousandths of a second quicker than Jenson Button.

The McLaren and Red Bull cars swapped fastest times during the session. Lewis Hamilton was third quickest ahead of Sebastian Vettel, the world champion wearing a new helmet-mounted camera during the session.

The two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were next. Alonso’s session came to an end when his engine failed five minutes before the chequered flag came out.

Romain Grosjean, driving Vitaly Petrov’s car, also came to a stop before the end of the session with a technical problem on the Renault.

Several other teams ran one-off drivers during the session. Nico Hulkenberg was eighth-quickest for Force India behind Michael Schumacher.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 18th for Toro Rosso, Luiz Razia 20th for Lotus and Jan Charouz last in the HRT.

Kamui Kobayashi had a minor spin during the session but didn’t hit anything and ended up 15th-fastest.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’13.811 26
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.825 0.014 25
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.961 0.150 20
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’14.025 0.214 28
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.507 0.696 34
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.541 0.730 26
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.162 1.351 28
8 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’15.178 1.367 28
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’15.241 1.430 31
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.321 1.510 28
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.468 1.657 29
12 10 Romain Grosjean Renault 1’15.547 1.736 18
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’15.663 1.852 27
14 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’15.732 1.921 32
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.747 1.936 31
16 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’15.836 2.025 27
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.979 2.168 35
18 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.052 2.241 33
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’16.514 2.703 33
20 21 Luiz Razia Lotus-Renault 1’17.595 3.784 31
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.140 4.329 29
22 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.653 4.842 29
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’18.952 5.141 33
24 23 Jan Charouz HRT-Cosworth 1’19.577 5.766 37

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23 comments on Webber edges Button in first practice session

  1. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 25th November 2011, 13:38

    I wonder if the new wing Sebastian is running isn’t actually working… I know it’s only FP1, but it will be interesting to see if Red Bull keep him on it all weekend.

  2. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 25th November 2011, 13:54

    Sadly, this is all I’ll have to go on for predictions. Gonna be off visiting relatives for the holiday in the states :/. Go figure that one of the few times they’re close to my time zone is the one time I need them to be finishing FP2 at like 8 am my time instead.

  3. Thomas (@infi24r) said on 25th November 2011, 13:56

    Great to see Webber back on top. Lets hope it stays this way all weekend.

  4. STSCM (@stscm) said on 25th November 2011, 13:59

    Curious if FA is going to need a new engine? Starting from 15th wouldn’t do his #2 goal much good.

  5. Shomir (@shomir) said on 25th November 2011, 14:00

    Amazed that Grosjean still beat Senna after completing so much fewer laps.

    Then again Senna might be on Race Simulation

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th November 2011, 14:02

      Or on testing whatever new bits they might have. But the big grin on Grosjeans face tells us he feels pretty good about that race deal for next year, I guess.

      • Thomas (@infi24r) said on 25th November 2011, 14:19

        He has looked very fast. He never really got the chance or the car to impress on his F1 debut and since then he has improved beyond recognition as a race driver. I think he is very talented and may perform to a Kubica level.

  6. Girts (@girts) said on 25th November 2011, 14:02

    So these are the drivers who have headed the FP1 sessions in 2011:

    Webber 6
    Hamilton 4
    Schumacher 2
    Alonso 2
    Vettel 2
    Button 2
    Rosberg 1

    • Hahaha – thank you for posting this. It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of stock some people put into FP1 times, apparently thinking they will be representative of the rest of the weekend!

  7. Way to go Hulkenberg and Grosjean.

  8. David-A (@david-a) said on 25th November 2011, 14:23

    Maybe Vergne ought to concentrate on beating Alguersuari first.

    (And before you tell me that practice doesn’t mean anything, a young drivers test using different tyres, possibly different parts, and with a significantly warmer daytime track didn’t mean anything either).

  9. If Massa had beat Alonso by a second, I’d know Alonso had problems. But as he’s narrowly ahead I have hopes he can be in for a great race!

  10. Richard F150 - I am not a truck said on 25th November 2011, 15:37

    So next year based on this result I would bet on…

    Romain Grosjean > Senna = (Petrov, Grosjean – Renult)
    Nico Hulkenberg > Paul di Resta = (Hulkenberg, Sutil – FI)
    Jaime Alguersuari > Jean-Eric Vergne = (Alguersuari, Buemi – TR)
    Rubens Barrichello > M$ldon$do = (M$ldon$do, Bottas – Williams)

    Any takers?

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 26th November 2011, 9:12

    Vettel’s helmet cam was so disorientating. Great though!

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