Rosberg leads first practice in Valencia

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg was fastest in the first practice session for the European Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver led the McLaren pair of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button after a session which was interrupted by a red flag.

Reserve drivers Paul di Resta and Christian Klien drove during the session.

Bruno Senna lost a wing mirror from his HRT in the first half of the session. It was hit by a couple of cars, including Sebastien Buemi and Heikki Kovalainen, and the session was briefly stopped so marshals could clear the debris from the track.

Several teams tested major upgrades to their cars including Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault – all running their exhaust-driven diffusers for the first time – and Red Bull – who were evaluating their version of the F-duct.

The track was also very dusty and several cars ran wide at the first corner, taking to the escape road to avoid hitting the barriers.

Mistakes became more frequent as the session went on and drivers’ tyres became increasingly worn. Jaime Alguersuari was heard on his team radio saying the tyres were “destroyed”.

Lotus strugged with graining on their front tyres, particularly the front-left. Despite that Heikki Kovalainen was the fastest of the new teams, within one second of Alguersuari.

McLaren led the way to begin with and were half a second quicker than their rivals for a large part of the session.

Rosberg beat Hamilton’s time while testing Mercedes’s F-duct, setting the quickest time while running their rear wing stalling device.

Two teams ran reserve drivers during the session. Paul di Resta appeared for Force India in Adrian Sutil’s place, and Christian Klien took over from Karun Chandhok at HRT. The regular drivers are expected back in the cars in second practice this afternoon.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.175 16
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.339 0.164 19
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.383 0.208 21
4 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.715 0.540 20
5 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’42.182 1.007 21
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’42.216 1.041 24
7 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.275 1.100 17
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.312 1.137 18
9 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’42.421 1.246 22
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.463 1.288 21
11 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’42.707 1.532 23
12 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’42.962 1.787 17
13 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.310 2.135 23
14 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’43.380 2.205 19
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.397 2.222 21
16 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’43.437 2.262 18
17 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.729 2.554 21
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’44.183 3.008 21
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’44.491 3.316 21
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.653 4.478 23
21 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’47.123 5.948 17
22 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’47.285 6.110 18
23 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’47.343 6.168 14
24 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’47.356 6.181 24

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7 comments on “Rosberg leads first practice in Valencia”

  1. Did anyone get some clear view of the Renault back end?

    Practice went pretty much as expected, most teams waiting with doing some more running until the track gets rubbered in a little bit more.

  2. Lions are still sleeping… wake up during practice 3 or qualifying :)

  3. I have a soft spot for Nico. I hope he has a good weekend.

  4. Liuzzi Canada performance, I predict flash in pan, Di Resta hasn’t been in the car for nearly 4 events and still he’s only 2 tenths down on him.

  5. HRT have found a way to deal with the impeding offensive-moveable-wing rule: ejecting chaff into the path on oncoming cars. F1=innovation.

    1. Keith, Kovy was only three tenths off Alguersuari, and Scribe, di Resta was only half a tenth off Liuzzi.

  6. Mercedes promise a lot on Friday but they disappoint us on Saturday & Sunday. I think that Red Bull with Mclaren will be quicker & Alonso there is the top 5 for the Saturday Qualifying.
    Not surprise to see Schumacher struggling as this is a track he never raced before won’t be surprise that if he is feature in the top 10 come Sunday.

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