Practice 2: Webber fastest from Alonso

22 July, 2011

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB7. Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday 22 July 2011.

Mark Webber ended day one at Nurburgring fastest of all

Jul.22 (PVM) Mark Webber showed a strong turn of pace, in the latter half of the second practice session of the German Grand Prix weekend, to set the fastest time of the opening day at the wheel of the Red Bull RB7.

Fernando Alonso ended the day second quickest

Fernando Alonso ended the day second quickest

The Australian powered around the Nurburgring, under gloomy and rain threatening skies, in a time of  1 minute 31.711 seconds – which was half second faster than his pole winning time at the same venue in 2009 – which also happened to be the first race win of Webber’s Formula 1 career.

Trailing Webber by only 0.168 seconds was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso followed by local hero Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari setting the third fourth best times respectively.

Once again, as in the morning session, the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers filled the top four slots on the timing screens at the end of the 90 minute session.

Red Bull was quick as has become expected, but good news for fans is that they might not be as dominant as earlier in the season because Ferrari showed that their Silverstone form was not a flash in the pan.

They look up for a fight, particularly Alonso who has been bullish throughout the build-up to this race weekend.

Jenson Button was well down the order

Jenson Button was well down the order

Massa too has spent quite sometime in the doldrums but of late appears to at least be close to his Spanish team mates pace and perhaps able to get in the mix for a shot at the podium.

Behind the two pace setting teams the form book is a little blurred.

McLaren are obvious contenders but Silverstone was a disaster by their high standards and the final session on the opening day hardly smile inducing for the Woking squad.

Lewis Hamilton finished the session seventh and his team mate Jenson Button down in 11th – hardly inspirational unless McLaren are keeping their powder dry for when required, because the one second deficit Hamilton has to Webber is huge, with Button 1.5 seconds down on the Aussie’s best.

Thus fastest of the Mercedes powered brigade were the Silver Arrows on home soil with their two German drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg finishing the session fifth and sixth respectively.

Michael Schumacher was fifth fastest

Michael Schumacher was fifth fastest

Much interest focussed on the Renault pair as the R31s were running with very different exhaust configurations, with Nick Heidfeld ending the day eighth fastest with their new (conventional) rear blowing exhaust. Vitaly Petrov in the front blowing version was ninth fastest, only fractionally down on his team mate.

Adrian Sutil was tenth fastest in the Force India with team mate Paul di Resta 12th best.

At the foot of the timing sheets, without setting a time, was Sebastien Buemi whose Ferrari powered Toro Rosso developed a misfire which the team decided to sort out during the session.

Lotus debutant Karun Chandhok closed the gap to team mate Heikki Kovalainen from around 2.5 seconds to 1.5 seconds during the course of the day.

Friday, July 22 – Practice 2 Results

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Time

Gap

Laps

1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:31.711 34
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:31.879 0.168 38
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:32.084 0.373 28
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.354 0.643 36
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:32.411 0.700 31
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:32.557 0.846 32
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:32.724 1.013 28
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:33.098 1.387 17
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:33.138 1.427 22
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:33.211 1.500 34
11 4 Jenson Button McLaren 1:33.225 1.514 17
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India 1:33.299 1.588 34
13 17 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:34.113 2.402 34
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:34.344 2.633 34
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:34.487 2.776 37
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:34.491 2.780 35
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:34.996 3.285 35
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:35.753 4.042 42
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 1:36.940 5.229 32
20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus 1:37.248 5.537 33
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Racing 1:37.313 5.602 33
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1:38.145 6.434 31
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 1:40.737 9.026 5
24 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso No time 3

Jul.22 (PVM) Mark Webber showed a strong turn of pace, in the latter half of the second practice session of the German Grand Prix weekend, to set the fastest time of the opening day at the wheel of the Red Bull RB7.

The Australian powered around the Nurburgring, under gloomy and rain threatening skies, in a time of  1 minute 31.711 seconds – which was half second faster than his pole winning time at the same venue in 2009 – which also happened to be the first race win of Webber’s Formula 1 career.

Trailing Webber by only 0.168 seconds was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso followed by local hero Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari setting the third fourth best times respectively.

Once again, as in the morning session, the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers filled the top four slots on the timing screens at the end of the 90 minute session.

Red Bull was quick as has become expected, but good news for fans is that they might not be as dominant as earlier in the season because Ferrari showed that their Silverstone form was not a flash in the pan.

They look up for a fight, particularly Alonso who has been bullish throughout the build-up to this race weekend.

Massa too has spent quite sometime in the doldrums but of late appears to at least be close to his Spanish team mates pace and perhaps able to get in the mix for a shot at the podium.

Behind the two pace setting teams the form book is a little blurred.

McLaren are obvious contenders but Silverstone was a disaster by their high standards and the final session on the opening day hardly smile inducing for the Woking squad.

Lewis Hamilton finished the session seventh and his team mate Jenson Button down in 11th – hardly inspirational unless McLaren are keeping their powder dry for when required, because the one second deficit Hamilton has to Webber is huge, with Button 1.5 seconds down on the Aussie’s best.

Thus fastest of the Mercedes powered brigade were the Silver Arrows on home soil with their two German drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg finishing the session fifth and sixth respectively.

Much interest focussed on the Renault pair as the R31s were running with very different exhaust configurations, with Nick Heidfeld ending the day eighth fastest with their new (conventional) rear blowing exhaust. Vitaly Petrov in the front blowing version was ninth fastest, only fractionally down on his team mate.

Adrian Sutil was tenth fastest in the Force India with team mate Paul di Resta 12th best.

At the foot of the timing sheets, without setting a time, was Sebastien Buemi whose Ferrari powered Toro Rosso developed a misfire which the team decided to sort out during the session.

Lotus debutant Karun Chandhok closed the gap to team mate Heikki Kovalainen from around 2.5 seconds to 1.5 seconds during the course of the day.


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