Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012

McLaren and Red Bull closely-matched in first practice

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012Just one tenth of a second covered the best times by McLaren and Red Bull’s drivers in the first practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton led the way followed by Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Jenson Button – all covered by 0.086s.

Vettel’s title rival Fernando Alonso was fifth-fastest, 0.261s slower than the best time. Felipe Massa was sixth following a spin in his Ferrari, which left his car undamaged.

Romain Grosjean was seventh for Lotus but team mate Kimi Raikkonen’s session was disrupted by an engine problem. He failed to set a time until the final quarter of an hour after the team’s first attempt failed to cure the glitch.

The Force India drivers also appeared in the top ten, separated by Pastor Maldonado’s Williams.

The HRT drivers did little running early in the session before appearing for a few laps.

Much of the session was conducted by drivers using Pirelli’s development tyre compound for the 2013 season, which were identified with orange markings.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.131 33
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’14.140 0.009 35
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’14.198 0.067 34
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.217 0.086 31
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.392 0.261 28
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.716 0.585 29
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’14.719 0.588 33
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’14.738 0.607 34
9 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’15.015 0.884 37
10 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’15.050 0.919 32
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.114 0.983 36
12 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.255 1.124 31
13 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.396 1.265 32
14 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’15.413 1.282 23
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.587 1.456 35
16 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’15.701 1.570 16
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.048 1.917 35
18 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.315 2.184 36
19 20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’16.460 2.329 32
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’16.506 2.375 31
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’16.617 2.486 30
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’17.234 3.103 26
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’17.678 3.547 15
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’17.895 3.764 13

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