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2011 Australian Grand Prix (Round 1, Free Practice 2)

March 25, 2011

Melbourne's Albert Park circuit.

Free Practice 2
McLaren’s Jenson Button topped the second practice session for this year’s Australian Grand Prix.

The 2009 World Champion ran a best lap of 1:25.854 during a 32 lap run, pipping teammate Lewis Hamilton by just over one-tenth in a session that retained the overcast conditions of the morning. Hamilton registered 31 tours of Albert Park, alleviating some of the fears about the reliability of the MP4-26.

Fernando Alonso lined up 3rd in his Ferrari ahead of the Red Bull pairing of Sebastian Vettel (4th) and Mark Webber (5th), although both Red Bull’s appeared to concentrate on race simulations during the afternoon.
Michael Schumacher (6th) bettered his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg (10th) by eight-tenths, as they squeezed Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Sergio Perez (Sauber) and Rubens Barrichello (Williams), as they finished 7th to 9th respectively.
Indeed Sauber had quite a good afternoon, as they proved to be the busiest on track – between Perez and Kamui Kobayashi, the Swiss team notched up 74 laps in the ninety minute session.

The same could not be said for Hispania Racing. The Spanish squad were only able to manage a single installation lap for Vitantonio Liuzzi – they will be hoping they can run solidly during tomorrow’s third practice session. At Lotus, a fuel pressure problem for Jarno Trulli and a engine misfire for Heikki Kovalainen caused both to lose track time, but both returned to circuit for the last 45 minutes.

There were several excursions during the session – the most notable offs came from Massa, both Williams, both Lotus’, Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso), Vitaly Petrov (Renault) and Timo Glock (Virgin).

Pos  Driver         Team                   Time              Laps
 1.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.854s            32
 2.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.986s  + 0.132   31
 3.  Alonso         Ferrari               1m26.001s  + 0.147   28
 4.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault      1m26.014s  + 0.160   35
 5.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m26.283s  + 0.429   33
 6.  Schumacher     Mercedes              1m26.590s  + 0.736   31
 7.  Massa          Ferrari               1m26.789s  + 0.935   34
 8.  Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m27.101s  + 1.247   39
 9.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1m27.280s  + 1.426   34
10.  Rosberg        Mercedes              1m27.448s  + 1.594   23
11.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m27.525s  + 1.671   31
12.  Petrov         Renault               1m27.528s  + 1.674   29
13.  Heidfeld       Renault               1m27.536s  + 1.682   22
14.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m27.697s  + 1.843   30
15.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.095s  + 2.241   35
16.  di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m28.376s  + 2.522   33
17.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m28.583s  + 2.729   31
18.  Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1m29.386s  + 3.532   29
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1m30.829s  + 4.975   22
20.  Trulli         Lotus-Renault         1m30.912s  + 5.058   23
21.  D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1m32.106s  + 6.252   36
22.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1m32.135s  + 6.281   30
23.  Liuzzi         HRT-Cosworth          No time               1
2 Comments
  1. Blimey that was a quick report. Good stuff 🙂

    Do we think McLaren were sandbagging after all?

    • Leigh O'Gorman permalink

      Maybe a little, but the car they had today was an upgraded version with new exhausts – I believe they have just found an improvement; however Red Bull were on race sims, while everyone else seemed to be on shorter runs.
      The Red Bull’s are very, very safe here from what I can see.

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