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autoviva2011-05-06 11:16:42

Alonso quickest in wet practice as Vettel crashes

Alonso quickest in wet practice as Vettel crashes

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was the fastest in the first free practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix. In a wet session the Spaniard’s best lap of 1m38.670s was set on intermediate tyres. The session was marked by a crash which involved Sebastian Vettel and caused stewards to show the red flag.

Both Mercedes drivers were at the front in this first session as they managed to take second and third places ahead of Renault’s Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov.

In sixth place came Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi who was faster than Felipe Massa and Toro Rosso’s Friday man Daniel Ricciardo. The third driver of the Italian Scuderia was faster than his team-mate Sebastien Buemi and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, who completed top-ten.

Thanks to rain that fell from the sky in Istanbul this morning, teams were able to learn more about Pirelli's wet weather tyres in competition conditions, and as usual it took some time before anyone made a significant effort on track.

With 40 minutes to go in the session rain started to fall harder. Still, it didn’t stop Alonso to make his best lap of the morning session running on intermediates.

Although Rosberg had warned via radio that aquaplaning was occurring at Turns 2 and 11 several drivers ran wide, especially on Turn 11, including Timo Glock, Sebastien Buemi, Schumacher, Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel, who lost the driest period of running but decided to come out to the track.

But his run wouldn’t last for long as he hit the barrier when he ran wide at Turn 8. The heavy punch forced stewards to bring up the red flag for 10 minutes.

At this time the track was very wet and the drivers who still made an attempt to set a quick time discovered that the times were now a couple of seconds slower. Thanks to the wet conditions both rookies Pastor Maldonado and Paul di Resta, as well as Schumacher made a spin. Maldonado had another incident which seemed to damage his car.

As for the McLarens, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton didn’t make any significant running on the morning session, with Hamilton not even setting a time.

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m38.670s    13
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.072s  + 1.402 14
3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m40.132s  + 1.462   18
4. Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault 1m40.338s  + 1.668    9
5. Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault 1m40.401s  + 1.731   10
6. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m40.421s  + 1.751   16
7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.697s  + 2.027   14
8. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m41.094s  + 2.424   18
9. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1m41.178s  + 2.508   22
10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m41.347s  + 2.677   16
11. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m42.564s  + 3.894    5
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m42.597s  + 3.927    7
13. Paul di Resta Force India 1m43.525s  + 4.855   11
14. Rubens Barrichello Williams 1m43.913s  + 5.243    5
15. Karun Chandhok Team Lotus 1m43.986s  + 5.316    6
16. Tonio Liuzzi HRT 1m44.787s  + 6.117   20
17. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m44.954s  + 6.284    4
18. Timo Glock Virgin 1m45.183s  + 6.513   15
19. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin 1m45.237s  + 6.567   11
20. Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1m48.461s  + 9.791    8
21. Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 1m51.676s  + 13.006   6
22. Sergio Perez Sauber 1m55.791s  + 17.121  13
23. Jenson Button McLaren 2m00.666s  + 21.996   4
24. Lewis Hamilton McLaren no time no time 1


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Can Alonso actually win in Turkey?... Let's wait and see.
06.05.2011 @ 18:09


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