Webber fastest in Australia first practice

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

    Published On Mar 24, 2011 07:00:00 AM

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    Webber fastest in Australia first practice

    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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