2011 Turkish GP – Saturday Practice Results

Saturday practice for the Turkish GP started under blue and sunny skies and the teams got a second session of dry running this weekend. Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the session right at the end, getting himself back to his usual place on the time sheet. The Red Bull driver banged in a 1:26.037 time that was just 0.001 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes. The Silver Arrows continued their strong showing from Friday practice, with Nico Rosberg fourth fastest behind Webber in the second RBR-Renault.

McLaren were quick as well, Button leading Hamilton in 5th and 6th with the car around half a second off the leading pace. Lewis admitted that he was a bit worried about the big upgrade packages brought by some teams to Turkey, which we can assume indicates Mercedes and Ferrari. But Hamilton is exceptional at out-performing his car in qualifying and Button is brilliant at conserving his tyres, so they are very much in contention for the win here. Mercedes’ pace, however, must be a cause for concern at the British team, for Schumacher and Rosberg look likely to be fighting at the top this weekend. One hopes the German duo were not grandstanding on a low fuel run.

Despite not having a single lap in the dry yesterday, Sebastian Vettel moved to the top of the tree around the halfway mark with a 1:27.134 lap. And even though that time was beaten by several runners on the soft option tyres, his pace on the harder tyres was ominous. The world champion looked at ease, and there wasn’t much to suggest he was struggling with car balance. No doubt he would have been using Mark Webber’s data from yesterday to help him find the right setup. If anything, a possible issue with KERS during the session offers some hope for his rivals that all is not exactly well with the RB7 as Christian Horner says.

Ferrari seem to have fallen behind Mercedes on pace, and to make matters worse, Alonso continued to suffer from hydraulic issues that had bothered him yesterday. He was quicker than Massa though, but whether he has seen the last of his reliability problems for this weekend remains to be seen. It is interesting to note that the top 15 runners were covered by just 1.5 seconds. Sandbagging from the top teams? Could be. Qualifying will give us the true picture.

Here are the results :


One Response to “2011 Turkish GP – Saturday Practice Results”

  1. Saiprasaad Ganapthy Says:

    Great! Wow what a come back by Vettel very nice. And Schu also did a fantastic finish after a long time as a second. Hope qulaifying round will give a very twisted results and Ferrari in the first two places. Glee!!!

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