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2011 Italian Grand Prix (Rd 13, Free Practice 3, Sept 10th, TV Notes)

September 10, 2011

Monza. © Creative Commons / Will Pittenger

Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull 1-2 following third practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The 24-year-old German elbowed teammate Mark Webber off the top of the standings in the final minutes as teams prepared their cars for qualifying.

Webber, however, came over three-tenths shy of his teammate as the team tried new front wings in the sixty minute running.
The Australian has at times this year struggled for answers against Vettel in qualifying and if this session is anything to go by, he may be looking at the rear of his teammate’s machine once again.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa assumed 3rd just ahead of the McLaren pairing of Lewis Hamilton (4th) and Jenson Button (5th).  This was not the brightest of sessions for Button, who admitted struggles with car balance throughout practice.

Mercedes were next on the sheets with Nico Rosberg pipping Michael Schumacher to 6th.  Rosberg led for much the session before being usurped by the Red Bull’s (et al); however his silver and turquoise machine still lost over seven-tenths over the course of a lap.
Schumacher (7th) had a more difficult Saturday morning than anticipated. A spin at the opening chicane curtailed one of his runs, but even in clear running, the veteran fell nearly three-tenths shy of Rosberg.

Williams’ poor weekend continued with a KERS failure for Pastor Maldonado (18th), while behind him front wing damage to Jarno Trulli’s Lotus (19th) stopped him from getting to within 1.5 seconds of the Venezuelan.
It was not the best of sessions for Trulli, who raised a smile to camera’s thanks to a newly signed contract with Lotus for 2012.

There were few smiles at either HRT F1 or Virgin – Daniel Ricciardo lost most of the session through multiple mechanical issues, while Timo Glock ran with a malfunctioning DRS.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m23.170s           18
 2.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m23.534s  + 0.364  19
 3.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m23.668s  + 0.498  14
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.741s  + 0.571  17
 5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.787s  + 0.617  16
 6.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m23.875s  + 0.705  22
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m24.114s  + 0.944  20
 8.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m24.133s  + 0.963  14
 9.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m24.543s  + 1.373  21
10.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m24.581s  + 1.411  22
11.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1m24.853s  + 1.683  20
12.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1m24.889s  + 1.719  19
13.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.948s  + 1.778  22
14.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.261s  + 2.091  21
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1m24.319s  + 2.149  19
16.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.426s  + 2.256  19
17.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.439s  + 2.269  22
18.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1m25.539s  + 2.369  19
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1m27.328s  + 4.158  19
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1m27.491s  + 4.321  21
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1m28.186s  + 5.016  23
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1m28.441s  + 5.271  22
23.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1m28.962s  + 5.792  17
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1m30.316s  + 7.146  16
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