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2011 Canadian Grand Prix (Rd 7, Free Practice 3, June 11th)

June 12, 2011

© Creative Commons / Will Pittenger

Sebastian Vettel laid down a marker for qualifying in Saturday morning practice.

The reigning Champion set a fastest lap of 1:13.381 – finishing the session three-tenths quicker than Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Vettel’s Australian teammate Mark Webber did not have the same luck. A failed battery pack in his KERS unit ensured he would set no laps.

Nico Rosberg assumed 3rd place on the time sheets. The Mercedes driver was the first to break the 1 minute 14 second barrier on his way to completing 29 laps.
It has been something of a positive weekend so far for Mercedes – whether the silver team can carry this pace through to qualifying and the race remains to be seen. Rosberg’s teammate, Michael Schumacher took 7th in the classification, having been pipped by Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and both McLaren’s, headed by Jenson Button.

A late session accident for Pedro de la Rosa brought out the red flag. The Sauber man lost his C30 exiting turn 3, although with the chequered flag thrown, it made little difference.
Following their accidents into turn 4 yesterday, both Jerome d’Ambrosio (Virgin) and Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) received new chassis.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m13.381s            21
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m13.701s  + 0.320   21
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m13.919s  + 0.538   29
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m13.956s  + 0.575   20
 5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m14.335s  + 0.954   18
 6.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1m14.469s  + 1.088   16
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1m14.488s  + 1.107   23
 8.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1m14.917s  + 1.536   23
 9.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m15.217s  + 1.836   18
10.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m15.243s  + 1.862   17
11.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1m15.312s  + 1.931   19
12.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                 1m15.350s  + 1.969   22
13.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m16.138s  + 2.757   17
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m16.145s  + 2.764   19
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1m16.236s  + 2.855   21
16.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1m16.438s  + 3.057   21
17.  Pedro de la Rosa      Sauber-Ferrari          1m16.706s  + 3.325   22
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1m17.093s  + 3.712   21
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1m17.523s  + 4.142   24
20.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1m18.910s  + 5.529   20
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1m19.073s  + 5.692   19
22.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1m19.213s  + 5.832   22
23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1m20.475s  + 7.094   19
24.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        No time
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