Practice 2: Webber owns day one at Sepang

Mark Webber during practice for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 8, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mark Webber ended day one in Malaysia fastest of all

Apr.8 (PVM) The first day of track action at Sepang was more akin to a test day and at the end of the afternoon in Malaysia it was Red Bull‘s Mark Webber who topped the timing sheets.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB7. Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 8 April 2011.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest

Webber set his time of 1 min 26.876 shortly before the hour mark, displacing team mate Sebastian Vettel from top spot. Thereafter the Red Bull pair, along with most of their rivals, focussed on heavy fuel load laps and evaluating the effects on the Pirelli tyres.

The session ended Webber tops and Vettel fourth fastest, perhaps signalling a welcome turnaround for the Australian who was fractionally faster in the afternoon session than his morning’s best..

Splitting the Red Bull’s were the McLaren pair with Jenson Button 0.005 seconds faster than team mate Lewis Hamilton. Button looking more at ease in the MP4-26 than during the first session when he was plagued with lack of rear grip.

Less than a quarter second separated the top four!

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/26. Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 8 April 2011.

Jenson Button ended the first day at Sepang second fastest

A full second down on the top quartet was Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes GP, the seven times world champion apparently more in the groove in Malaysia than two weeks earlier in Australia. His team mate Nico Rosberg was seventh on the timing sheets.

Splitting the Silver Arrows in sixth, was Felipe Massa in the Ferrari, with his team mate Fernando Alonso ninth best. The Maranello boys not tempted to explore the pace of the 150 Italia, rather keeping to a stringent test programme on the first day atSepang.

Ferrari wrote on Twitter: “This afternoon’s programme will be a classical one, i.e. focused on finding the best set-up and evaluating Pirelli tyres.”

They later concluded, “The degradation with both tyres is huge: the pit-stop crews will have a very busy Sunday ahead of them…”

Fernando Alonso (ES) Ferrari F150 Italia   en el circuito de Sepang G.P. de Malasia, segunda prueba del Mundial 2011 el viernes 8 de abril de 2011 *** Local Caption *** Fernando Alonso (ES) Ferrari F150 Italia   en el circuito de Sepang G.P. de Malasia, segunda prueba del Mundial 2011 el viernes 8 de abril de 2011

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari were anonymous on day one

After their tribulations in the first free practice Renault drivers were last out on track for the second session as the team did all they could to ensure that the cars would stand up to the stresses of Sepang.

Forty minutes into the session and the Renault were still in the garage, “No running for LRGP at the moment as we try to fully understand our suspension issues from this morning. Best to be on the safe side.”

Eventually Heidfeld managed 16 laps to claim eighth fastest time, with Petrov 13th on the timng sheets with 17 laps credited.

Jaime Alguersuari rounded out the top ten in the Toro Rosso STR6.

Despite their efforts Virgin Racing could not repair Jerome D’Ambrosio’s VR02 in time for him to do any running in the session, after his car was severely damaged when it suffered a front end failure.

The damaged car of Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL) Virgin Racing MVR-02.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 8 April 2011.

Virgin racing crew could not repair Jerome D'Ambrosio's damaged car in time for him to partake in the second session

On track Timo Glock will have brought some cheer to the team after finishing 19th quickest and ahead of the two Lotus cars of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen.

HRT, who are still very much having teething problems with their F111 despite it already being the second round of the world championship – what are FIA thinking!

However it was not all doom and gloom as Narain Karthikeyan set a time within the required 107% of the fastest time of the session (Webber) that would be required in qualifying, prompting optimism from the Indian F1 returnee.

He tweeted: “Feels good to get some running. Lot of work to be done, but feel positive for qualifying! Glad to be within the 107%.”

Friday, 8 April – Free Practice 2 Results

P

#

Driver

Team

Time

Gap

Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:36.876 24
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren 1:36.881 0.005 30
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:37.010 0.134 23
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:37.090 0.214 30
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:38.088 1.212 26
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.089 1.213 31
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:38.565 1.689 25
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:38.570 1.694 16
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.583 1.707 27
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:38.846 1.970 31
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:38.968 2.092 25
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:39.187 2.311 30
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:39.267 2.391 17
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:39.398 2.522 29
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:39.603 2.727 34
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India 1:39.625 2.749 31
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:39.809 2.933 28
18 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:40.115 3.239 31
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 1:40.866 3.990 24
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1:41.890 5.014 19
21 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:43.197 6.321 15
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1:43.991 7.115 14
23 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:44.886 8.010 4
24 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Racing No time 0

 

P No Driver Team Time Gap L
1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:36.876 24
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.881 0.005 30
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.010 0.134 23
4 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:37.090 0.214 30
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:38.088 1.212 26
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.089 1.213 31
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.565 1.689 25
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:38.570 1.694 16
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.583 1.707 27
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:38.846 1.970 31
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:38.968 2.092 25
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:39.187 2.311 30
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:39.267 2.391 17
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.398 2.522 29
15 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.603 2.727 34
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.625 2.749 31
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:39.809 2.933 28
18 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:40.115 3.239 31
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:40.866 3.990 24
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:41.890 5.014 19
21 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:43.197 6.321 15
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:43.991 7.115 14
23 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:44.886 8.010 4
24 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth No time 0