Vettel tops final practice session in Brazil

2011 Brazilian GP third practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2011

Sebastian Vettel put Red Bull on top in the final practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Team mate Mark Webber was third fastest with the McLaren pair second and fourth.

The Renault drivers were out first, Bruno Senna heading the times briefly on his home track before pitting.

The next driver to head the times was Lewis Hamilton, before team mate Jenson Button beat his fastest lap on the harder tyres.

Sebastian Vettel edged Button with his last effort, going just five-hundredths of a second faster than the McLaren.

The Mercedes drivers were the first onto soft tyres, Rosberg getting within a tenth of a second of Vettel’s time.

Webber – still on the harder tyres – beat Vettel’s time by three-hundredths of a second, before Adrian Sutil hit the top of the times with a 1’13.113 on softs.

Fernando Alonso was the next driver to go fastest, lowering the mark to 1’12.765, before Hamilton eclipsed his time by a tenth of a second.

But it was a familiar sight at the end of the session as Vettel set the fastest time once again, then improved it to end up on a 1’12.460.

Button moved up to second, less than a tenth of a second behind the Red Bull, with Webber taking third on a 1’12.597, pushing Hamilton down to fourth.

Sutil’s time was good enough to put him sixth behind Alonso, and ahead of the two Mercedes. Michael Schumacher had a near-miss when he came across a dawdling Massa in the pit lane exit at the end of the session.

Massa ended up tenth behind Paul di Resta. But Sebastien Buemi was unable to set a time after a technical problem on his Toro Rosso.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’12.460 21
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’12.547 0.087 19
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’12.597 0.137 21
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’12.622 0.162 15
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’12.765 0.305 17
6 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’13.113 0.653 22
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’13.286 0.826 21
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’13.393 0.933 19
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’13.419 0.959 19
10 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’13.583 1.123 18
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’13.838 1.378 20
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’14.283 1.823 19
13 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’14.296 1.836 20
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.311 1.851 24
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’14.454 1.994 22
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.547 2.087 24
17 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1’14.550 2.090 15
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’15.843 3.383 24
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’16.026 3.566 22
20 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’16.616 4.156 26
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’17.143 4.683 23
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’17.296 4.836 23
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’17.984 5.524 23
24 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari No time 3

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Sat/Fri Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’14.025 1’13.559 1’12.460 -1.099 90
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.825 1’13.787 1’12.547 -1.24 80
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’13.811 1’13.587 1’12.597 -0.99 88
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’13.961 1’13.392 1’12.622 -0.77 70
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.541 1’13.598 1’12.765 -0.833 78
6 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’14.144 1’13.113 -1.031 63
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.321 1’13.872 1’13.286 -0.586 91
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.162 1’13.723 1’13.393 -0.33 85
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’15.241 1’14.807 1’13.419 -1.388 98
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.507 1’13.750 1’13.583 -0.167 91
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’14.856 1’13.838 -1.018 58
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’15.663 1’15.903 1’14.283 -1.38 86
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.468 1’15.388 1’14.296 -1.092 90
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.747 1’15.019 1’14.311 -0.708 100
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’15.836 1’15.679 1’14.454 -1.225 92
16 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.979 1’14.970 1’14.547 -0.423 91
17 Bruno Senna Renault 1’15.732 1’14.931 1’14.550 -0.381 84
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’15.178 28
19 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.264 47
20 Romain Grosjean Renault 1’15.547 18
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’16.298 1’15.843 -0.455 60
22 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’16.514 1’16.338 1’16.026 -0.312 103
23 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.052 33
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.653 1’18.031 1’16.616 -1.415 94
25 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’18.476 1’17.143 -1.333 65
26 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1’18.952 1’18.367 1’17.296 -1.071 98
27 Luiz Razia Lotus-Renault 1’17.595 31
28 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.140 1’18.051 1’17.984 -0.067 97
29 Jan Charouz HRT-Cosworth 1’19.577 37

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11 comments on Vettel tops final practice session in Brazil

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 26th November 2011, 14:15

    Ah, Vettel!

  2. usukpam (@usukpam) said on 26th November 2011, 14:26

    Vettel will not be on pole today!!!

    • I actually wouldn’t mind another ‘best ever’ stat, I’ll be rooting for him today, which seems like a safe bet. :)

  3. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 26th November 2011, 14:35

    If it rains, I think we could see a McLaren or Ferrari on pole. No-one seems to know what the weather’s up to though!

  4. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 26th November 2011, 15:01

    Great job by Adrian Sutil! Mark Webber also seem to feel good at Interlagos. Hoping for an exiting wet race tomorrow, with a great battle for #1 between Vettel and Webber.

  5. sid_prasher (@) said on 26th November 2011, 15:30

    Rain in the last race of the season will be fun!

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 26th November 2011, 15:35

    I still expect to see Vettel on pole.

  7. Is there a way to see a comparison b/w the use of DRS of different drivers? In the pole lap replay I saw that Vettel’s use od DRS was 100% perfect… Would be interesting to see how Sebastien compares to others.

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