Vettel fastest after front wing scare

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Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the final practice session at Silverstone.

But he had a scare on his final lap when his front wing failed as he approached the fast new Abbey corner. The nose suddenly collapsed, causing the wing to drag along the floor.

Vettel went straight on but was able to bring the car under control in the run-off area and avoid what could have been a huge crash.

Fernando Alonso was fastest in the early part of the session but the Red Bull pair were able to beat the Ferrari by almost two-tenths of a second.

The two McLarens came out early as they worked on a new set-up without the exhaust-driven diffuser, which were removed from their cars overnight.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button both went off at Abbey again during the session.

Felipe Massa and Adrian Sutil both had problems at Copse. Sutil was the most dramatic, the Force India driver fighting to keep his car under control after hitting the exit kerb hard.

Sutil’s session was ended early by a gearbox problem. Timo Glock also had difficulties in his Virgin, a throttle failure limiting him to just six laps.

Pos.CarDriverCarBest lapLaps
15Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’30.95814
26Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’30.9920.03415
38Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’31.1010.14310
44Nico RosbergMercedes1’31.1880.2315
57Felipe MassaFerrari1’31.2400.28216
611Robert KubicaRenault1’31.5190.56118
72Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1’31.5480.5916
83Michael SchumacherMercedes1’31.5550.59714
922Pedro de la RosaSauber-Ferrari1’31.5590.60118
109Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1’31.5810.62316
1112Vitaly PetrovRenault1’31.6980.7417
121Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’31.7030.74516
1310Nico H?‚??lkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1’31.8670.90917
1423Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1’31.9470.98916
1514Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’31.9941.03613
1616Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari1’32.2351.27718
1717Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso-Ferrari1’32.3311.37320
1815Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1’32.7231.76518
1919Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1’34.3393.38120
2025Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1’35.4794.52117
2118Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1’36.0985.1411
2220Karun ChandhokHRT-Cosworth1’36.2865.32816
2324Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1’36.6405.6826
2421Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1’37.1786.2218

Full practice results

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Total laps
1Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’32.2801’31.8751’30.95861
2Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’32.7471’31.2341’30.99253
3Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’34.4901’31.6261’31.10156
4Nico RosbergMercedes1’33.3181’32.1661’31.18865
5Felipe MassaFerrari1’35.0371’32.0991’31.24062
6Robert KubicaRenault1’32.7251’33.0191’31.51969
7Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1’32.6141’32.7571’31.54854
8Michael SchumacherMercedes1’33.9551’32.6601’31.55560
9Pedro de la RosaSauber-Ferrari1’34.9011’34.0511’31.55964
10Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1’34.0161’32.9671’31.58166
11Vitaly PetrovRenault1’34.3651’32.7451’31.69868
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’33.5191’33.2001’31.70360
13Nico H?‚??lkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1’33.3771’33.1641’31.86765
14Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1’34.7101’33.4021’31.94755
15Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’32.9681’32.7871’31.99458
16Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari1’34.1321’33.8361’32.23575
17Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso-Ferrari1’35.3181’34.6431’32.33183
18Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1’33.7281’32.72345
19Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1’36.7471’35.4651’34.33961
20Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’34.58022
21Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1’37.5181’36.2371’35.47946
22Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1’42.9011’36.09814
23Karun ChandhokHRT-Cosworth1’38.7351’37.0191’36.28664
24Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1’37.3301’36.5531’36.64038
25Sakon YamamotoHRT-Cosworth1’39.6731’38.3031’37.17877
26Fairuz FauzyLotus-Cosworth1’39.51011

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20 comments on “Vettel fastest after front wing scare”

  1. What was Webber doing all session long?

    1. he said he wasn’t going to be trying to put in fast times because of his problems yesterday, not until the end of the session anyway.

    2. He had an electrical problem in P2 yesterday and didn’t get to do heavy fuel runs in the last 20 minutes like others so he probably did them today.

  2. miguelF1O (@)
    10th July 2010, 11:16

    like ted kravitz said “seems that thee problems isnt has bad has it seemed” or something like this i think everyone but redbull wants to see a great reace til now this first time i remember seeing a wing simply colapsing from it own mountings

    1. miguelF1O (@)
      10th July 2010, 11:20

      from first glance it seemed to be a bit weared the fitting holes on the chassis part when they parked the car it was visible that the red bull mechanic was able to put it back when rolling the car backwards to the garage which may indicate further scare next time the front wing gets a big amount of force its going to do the same

  3. The wing didn’t break, it was the nose cone mounting that broke.

  4. Wow, a massive improvement from Petrov. He’s closer to Kubica than he has been all year. I hope he can carry that momentum into qualifying, but where one earth is he pulling an extra half a second from?

    1. He looked pretty good yesterday too. Definitely a candidate for Q3 again.

      1. Well, I haven’t been able to follow it since we don’t get images, But I’m willing to bet that he’s taken to the new section more than Kubica has. The Pole was pretty critical of it.

  5. Jhonnie Siggie
    10th July 2010, 11:21

    Barring reliability issues, we’re probably about to see a Red Bull pole and victory on sunday.

  6. Nice one Pedro!

    1. yep, this one’s been overlooked massively. what an amazing performance.

  7. What was the problem with Alonso’s car. Ferrari said it was a water leak.. but it seemed that they were very worried about it.

    1. You ever had a water leak in your car before? Depending on where it is, it can be pretty serious.

      1. Gen√© said it seems a water leak from the engine. If that’s so maybe they’ll have to change the engine again and counting.

  8. Anyone willing to bet that Button will be out at the end of Q2?

    1. Yep. I think he will either just about make it to Q3.. and qualify 10th.. or he should be out in Q2.

  9. Apart from Malaysia which doesn’t really count anyway, this might be the first time Schumacher out qualifies a McLaren.

    1. He outqualified Button at Bahrain and Monaco, and Hamilton in Australia.

  10. Seems to be a close race this afternoon. Could be dangerous in the P4->P8 places. lots of ground to loose to one mistake.

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