2011 AUSTRALIAN GP: FREE PRACTICE RESULTS

FIRST FREE PRACTICE
Mark Webber and Red Bull made the perfect start to the 2011 season by going fastest in first free practice for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. As many predicted, the Red Bull looked quick with Mark Webber near second fastest of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. However, the times should not be taken too literally as fuel loads are completely unknown and the drivers drove only on hard tyres, saving their set of softs for the second session. The tyres look likely to play a major part in Race as drivers experienced pretty serious wear, with chunks of rubber shedding from the surface. Vettel's first set looked in particularly bad shape after 16 laps of running, but the Pirellis should have an easier time once the track surface has been rubbered in and temperatures increase over the course of the weekend.
Pos    Driver               Team                   Time     Gap   Laps
 1.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m26.831s           20
 2.  Seastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m27.158s  + 0.327  19
 3.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m27.749s  + 0.918  20
 4.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m28.152s  + 1.321  16
 5.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1m28.430s  + 1.599  24
 6.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.440s  + 1.609  29
 7.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.483s  + 1.652  26
 8.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m28.690s  + 1.859  14
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.725s  + 1.894  13
10.  Valery Petrov       Renault               1m28.765s  + 1.930  15
11.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m28.842s  + 2.011  20
12.  Nick Heidfeld       Renault               1m28.928s  + 2.097  14
13.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  1m29.314s  + 2.483  19
14.  Sebastian Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m29.328s  + 2.497  21
15.  Paston Maldonado    Williams-Cosworth     1m29.403s  + 2.572  24
16.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m29.468s  + 2.637  23
17.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m29.643s  + 2.812  18
18.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes  1m31.002s  + 4.171  20
19.  Heikki Kovalainen   Lotus-Renault         1m32.428s  + 5.597  13
20.  Jerom d'Ambrosio    Virgin-Cosworth       1m35.282s  + 8.451  17
21.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1m35.289s  + 8.458  15
22.  Karun Chandhok      Lotus-Renault         no time              1
23.  Vitantonio Liuzzi   HRT-Cosworth          no time
24.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          no time

SECOND FREE PRACTICE
Jenson Button and McLaren led the way at the end of second practice at the Australian Grand Prix, as the car's upgrade package appeared to pay off. But whether Red Bull and Ferrari were pushing quite as hard remains to be seen, as Fernando Alonso finished third fastest, and Vettel was fourth. As always in Friday practice, fuel loads remain a mystery and the times are far from conclusive. The Red Bull certainly looks more stable over Albert Park's bumpy surface and Ferrari often saved their best until Saturday practice.
Pos     Driver              Team                Time        Gap    Laps
 1.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.854s            32
 2.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.986s  + 0.132   31
 3.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m26.001s  + 0.147   28
 4.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m26.014s  + 0.160   35
 5.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m26.283s  + 0.429   33
 6.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m26.590s  + 0.736   31
 7.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m26.789s  + 0.935   34
 8.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m27.101s  + 1.247   39
 9.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1m27.280s  + 1.426   34
10.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m27.448s  + 1.594   23
11.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m27.525s  + 1.671   31
12.  Valery Petrov       Renault               1m27.528s  + 1.674   29
13.  Nick Heidfeld       Renault               1m27.536s  + 1.682   22
14.  Sebastian Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m27.697s  + 1.843   30
15.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.095s  + 2.241   35
16.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m28.376s  + 2.522   33
17.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  1m28.583s  + 2.729   31
18.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Cosworth     1m29.386s  + 3.532   29
19.  Heikki Kovalainen   Lotus-Renault         1m30.829s  + 4.975   22
20.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Renault         1m30.912s  + 5.058   23
21.  Jerom D'Ambrosio    Virgin-Cosworth       1m32.106s  + 6.252   36
22.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1m32.135s  + 6.281   30
23.  Vitantoani Liuzzi   HRT-Cosworth          No time               1