2011 SPANISH GP: FRIDAY RESULTS


Red Bull is team to beat at the Spanish Grand Prix. They started in perfect fashion, with Mark Webber topping the opening practice session ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Webber, who won at the Circuit de Catalunya last year, clocked the fastest time midway through the session and finished over a second faster than Vettel, who completed less laps and had a minor sensor problem on his car early in the session. However, the times are not the best indicator of what to expect later this weekend as drivers up and down the pit lane focused on assessing new upgrades and the Pirelli's new hard tyres.

Pos    Driver                Team                  Time       Gap   Laps
 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m25.142s           27 
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m26.149s  + 1.007  20
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m26.379s  + 1.237  29
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m26.480s  + 1.338  27
 5.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m26.738s  + 1.596  26
 6.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m26.988s  + 1.846  19
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m27.016s  + 1.874  32
 8.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault               1m27.132s  + 1.990  21
 9.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.138s  + 1.996  22
10.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1m27.212s  + 2.070  20
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1m27.241s  + 2.099  22
12.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m27.471s  + 2.329  23
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1m28.005s  + 2.863  11
14.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m28.027s  + 2.885  26
15.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m28.163s  + 3.021  22
16.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m28.654s  + 3.512  28
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.819s  + 3.677  23
18.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m28.995s  + 3.853  9
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1m29.231s  + 4.089  21
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1m30.896s  + 5.754  18
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1m31.235s  + 6.093  24
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1m31.268s  + 6.126  23
23.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1m31.418s  + 6.276  12
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m32.106s  + 6.964  25
SECOND FREE PRACTICE

Mark Webber led the way again in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, but there was encouragement for Red Bull's rivals as McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was just 0.039 seconds off the pace as he split Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel

Webber set the headline time of 1:22.509, to beat Lewis Hamilton by just 0.039s, with Sebastian Vettel third on a 1:22.826. Hamilton did his lap on soft tyres after the two Red Bull's and his team-mate Button who was 0.7s off the pace, and surprised many by setting the fastest middle sector time on his way to increasing hopes of a more competitive qualifying session.

Fernando Alonso was fifth ahead of the Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, with Rosberg again around 0.4s quicker than his team-mate. Felipe Massa, Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld were the only other drivers to get within two seconds of Webber's time.

The end of the session saw many drivers battling for clear air to complete consistent runs, with Alonso angry at being blocked by Jaime Alguersuari, before Button suffered the same fate behind Petrov and Glock held off Sutil for more than a lap. Hamilton also came close to running in to the back of Narain Karthikeyan, as HRT finished the session seven seconds off the pace and will have half an eye on the 107% time tomorrow.


Pos  Driver              Team                   Time                Laps
 1.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1m22.470s            35 
 2.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes       1m22.509s  + 0.039   27
 3.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault       1m22.826s  + 0.356   37
 4.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes       1m23.188s  + 0.718   32
 5.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari                1m23.568s  + 1.098   34
 6.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes               1m23.586s  + 1.116   35
 7.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes               1m23.981s  + 1.511   30
 8.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari                1m24.278s  + 1.808   30
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari         1m24.290s  + 1.820   33
10.  Nick Heidfeld       Renault                1m24.366s  + 1.896   31
11.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari         1m24.483s  + 2.013   38
12.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault                1m24.786s  + 2.316   43
13.  Sebastien Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m25.296s  + 2.826   33
14.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth      1m25.303s  + 2.833   38
15.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m25.457s  + 2.987   34
16.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Cosworth      1m25.603s  + 3.133   43
17.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes   1m26.073s  + 3.603   32
18.  Heikki Kovalainen   Lotus-Renault          1m26.417s  + 3.947   37
19.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes   1m27.123s  + 4.653   20
20.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Renault          1m27.189s  + 4.719   34
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio   Virgin-Cosworth        1m28.036s  + 5.566   36
22.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1m28.062s  + 5.592   28
23.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth           1m29.469s  + 6.999   28
24.  Tonio Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth           1m29.476s  + 7.006   31