2011 TURKISH GP: FRIDAY RESULTS


FIRST FREE PRACTICE

What we can say about this free practice?!? Simply nothing, lot of rain in Istanbul, no times worth to compare. Some drivers played safe some took some risks like Sebastian Vettel, and manage to damage his car in turn 8. Coming into the final section of the corner the rear of Vettel's Red Bull twitched slightly and it was enough to force him onto the artificial grass on the outside of the track, which in turn spun him back across the circuit and into the Armco barrier. The right-hand side of the car was demolished along with the front wing and the accident brought out the red flags, stopping the session. Vettel was completely uninjured but the car will require Red Bull's full attention to get it track-worthy for the afternoon session.

Pos  Driver                Team                   Time                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         Renault                1m40.338s  + 1.668    9
 5.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1m40.401s  + 1.731   10
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m40.421s  + 1.751   16
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m40.697s  + 2.027   14
 8.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.094s  + 2.424   18
 9.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.178s  + 2.508   22
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m41.347s  + 2.677   16
11.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m42.564s  + 3.894    5
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1m42.597s  + 3.927    7
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m43.525s  + 4.855   11
14.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1m43.913s  + 5.243    5
15.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault          1m43.986s  + 5.316    6
16.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1m44.787s  + 6.117   20
17.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m44.954s  + 6.284    4
18.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1m45.183s  + 6.513   15
19.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1m45.237s  + 6.567   11
20.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1m48.461s  + 9.791    8
21.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1m51.676s  + 13.006   6
22.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m55.791s  + 17.121  13
23.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       2m00.666s  + 21.996   4
24.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       no time               1
SECOND FREE PRACTICE
Jenson Button set the fastest lap of a dry second practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix, narrowly faster then Nico Rosberg. Mercedes engines dominated the top times at Istanbul Park. Lewis Hamilton was 3-rd and Michael Schumacher 4-th fastest. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel did not run at all after his morning crash, and Mark Webber was fifth for Red Bull.

Felipe Massa set the sixth fastest time 0.8s off Button's pace. It was a less smooth session for Massa's team-mate Fernando Alonso who had a hydraulics problem early in the session. Once he got out on track again he soon spun applying KERS on the exit of turn five, and then returning to the pit lane he stopped at the pit lane entrance and had to be pushed back to the garage. Spanish was 11-th fastest driver in FP2

Renault's Vitaly Petrov, another man who topped the timing screens fleetingly in the early running, was seventh, while the Force Indias of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil sandwiched Sergio Perez's Sauber in the final three top 10 positions.

Pos  Driver                Team                    Time               Laps
 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m26.456s          26
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m26.521s  + 0.065 29
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1m27.033s  + 0.577 31
 4.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1m27.063s  + 0.607 21
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m27.149s  + 0.693 31
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m27.340s  + 0.884 37
 7.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1m27.517s  + 1.061 37
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m27.725s  + 1.269 37
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.844s  + 1.388 32
10.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m28.052s  + 1.596 37
11.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m28.069s  + 1.613 27
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m28.153s  + 1.697 36
13.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                 1m28.475s  + 2.019 35
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m28.765s  + 2.309 32
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1m28.828s  + 2.372 19
16.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1m28.946s  + 2.490 20
17.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1m29.409s  + 2.953 39
18.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1m29.637s  + 3.181 27
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1m30.281s  + 3.825 37
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1m31.035s  + 4.579 28
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1m31.221s  + 4.765 22
22.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1m31.320s  + 4.864 29
23.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1m31.989s  + 5.533 30