Webber fastest in Australia first practice

"The first FP of 2011 season sees Webber on top"

The Formula 1 season is officially go, go, go. Friday free practice saw the cars running for the first time in final race trim, and as expected Red Bull made a strong start. Home boy Mark Webber made the perfect start by going fastest in opening free practice and his world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel  was only slower by 0.03sec.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third fastest, but was more than half a second behind Vettel. Rosberg put the Mercedes fourth but it was Rubens Barrichello who was the surprise package of the day; he put the Wiliams Cosworth combination as high up as fifth, ahead of even McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

The session didn't go well for the Indian drivers. Narain's car was still being put together, as was the other HRT, and Karun Chandhok hit the wall in the Lotus, as he exited the pits at the start of the session. He was on cold tyres and spun in a flash.  

Position

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1.

Webber

Red Bull-Renault

1m26.831s  +

20

2.

Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

1m27.158s  + 0.327

19

3.

Alonso

Ferrari

1m27.749s  + 0.918

20

4.

Rosberg

Mercedes

1m28.152s  + 1.321

16

5.

Barrichello

Williams-Cosworth

1m28.430s  + 1.599

24

6

Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1m28.440s  + 1.609

29

7

Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

1m28.483s  + 1.652

26

8

Schumacher

Mercedes

1m28.690s  + 1.859

14

9

Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

1m28.725s+ 1.894

13

10

Petrov

Renault

1m28.765s  +  1.93

15

11

Massa

Ferrari

1m28.842s  + 2.011

20

12

Heidfled

Renault

1m28.928s  + 2.097

14

13

Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

1m29.314s  + 2.483

19

14

Buemi

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

1m29.328s  + 2.497

21

15

Maldonado

Williams-Cosworth

1m29.403s  + 2.572

24

16

Ricciardo

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

1m29.468s  + 2.637

23

17

Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

1m29.643s  + 2.812

18

18

Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

1m31.002s  + 4.171

20

19

Kovalainen

Lotus-Cosworth

1m32.428s  + 5.597

13

20

d’Ambrosio

Virgin-Cosworth

1m35.282s  + 8.451 

17

21

Glock

Virgin-Cosworth

1m35.289s  + 8.458 

15

22

Chandhok

Lotus-Cosworth

1:30.695  + 4.894   

1

23

Liuzzi

HRT-Cosworth

NO Time

 

24

Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

No Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

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