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Webber on top of first practice in Spain

Rosberg got the third and Alonso the forth best time.
Friday, May 20, 2011

Alonso in Practice at Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain, May 20, 2011 (AFP) - Australian Mark Webber topped the times for the Red Bull team in Friday's opening practice session for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old, who won last year's race here, clocked a best time of one minute and 25.142 seconds to finish the session a second clear of his team-mate and defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany.

Another German Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes ahead of Spanish two-times champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari with Mexican rookie Sergio Perez of Sauber fifth.

Briton Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 champion, was sixth quickest for McLaren ahead of seven-times champion Michael Schumacher, 42, in the second Mercedes and another German Nick Heidfeld for Renault.

Hamilton's McLaren team-mate and compatriot Jenson Button was ninth and veteran Brazilian Rubens Barrichello of Williams 10th under blue skies and warm sunshine at the Circuit de Catalunya, celebrating the 20th anniversary of
its first hosting of the event in 1991.

The morning session was largely uneventful, but it was clear that once again Webber revelled in the demands of the circuit and that Red Bull had the performance to match the challenge as they dominated at the front.

Hamilton spent some time back in the McLaren garage looking for aerodynamic tweaks to his car in a bid to close the gap at the head of the field where Webber enjoyed a full second's advantage on Vettel.

Webber is without a win this year and lies third in the title race with 55 points behind Hamilton, on 59, and Vettel on 93 after four races. Vettel has won three and Hamilton one.

Here are the Times:

PRACTICE #1
Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:25.142   27
2 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:26.149 1.007 20
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.379 1.237 29
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.480 1.338 27
5 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.738 1.596 26
6 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.988 1.846 19
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:27.016 1.874 32
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:27.132 1.990 21
9 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.138 1.996 22
10 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:27.212 2.070 20
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:27.241 2.099 22
12 18 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:27.471 2.329 23
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:28.005 2.863 11
14 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.027 2.885 26
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:28.163 3.021 22
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:28.654 3.512 28
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.819 3.677 23
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:28.995 3.853 9
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:29.231 4.089 21
20 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:30.896 5.754 18
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:31.235 6.093 24
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:31.268 6.126 23
23 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:31.418 6.276 12
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:32.106 6.964 25

             

 

 

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