Vettel ends Turkish practice on top

At the end of an eventful morning session

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29 May 2010 - 11:15
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Practice for the Turkish GP resumed this morning under cloudy skies.

As is the norm, most of the drivers did an installation lap at the start of the session before making their way back into their garages and waiting for their engineers to give them the all-clear for a first proper run.

There were early problems for Heikki Kovalainen – a sensor problem in the gearbox – and Adrian Sutil – loss of hydraulic pressure. The Lotus team managed to quickly fix Kovalainen’s problem but it took longer for the Force India team and the German was unable to take further part in the session.

Lucas di Grassi and Karun Chandhok were the first to post a time on the board. The Brazilian briefly established his Virgin at the top of the timesheets, before Jaime Alguersuari put his Toro Rosso on top.

The frontrunners left the pits shortly afterwards. Mark Webber immediately found himself in trouble with his engineer telling him there was no throttle response. The Australian was instructed to return to the pits at ‘idle’. As he diligently did so, his teammate Sebastian Vettel traded fastest times with Robert Kubica and Fernando Alonso.

Halfway through the session, the German was leading the field from Hamilton, Alonso and Schumacher. As he was looking to improve his time, Lewis Hamilton spun at Turn 8 and got stuck in the gravel trap, although he eventually managed to get out of it and slowly made his way back to the pits.

The problem on his RB6 having been fixed, Webber got back on track with twenty minutes left. He was already up in 7th place after his second timed lap and further improved his pace to join Vettel at the front.

The soft tyres were fitted in the last ten minutes of the session and brought more improvements. Hamilton reclaimed top spot. Both Red Bulls pushed hard to beat the Briton’s fastest time and Vettel eventually did it despite a trip in the run-off area at Turn 8. The German set a fastest 1’27’’086 lap time to conclude practice on top.

Nico Rosberg’s last lap demoted Hamilton down to third. Despite a couple of moments and a spin, Webber ended the session in fourth place, ahead of Kubica, Alonso and Schumacher. Button, Massa and Petrov completed the top ten.

Pos.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 1.27.086 18
02 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1.27.359 +0.273 16
03 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1.27.396 +0.310 14
04 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 1.27.553 +0.467 15
05 Robert Kubica Renault 1.27.784 +0.698 20
06 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1.27.861 +0.775 18
07 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1.27.879 +0.793 16
08 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1.27.963 +0.877 17
09 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.27.969 +0.883 20
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1.28.344 +1.258 18
11 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 1.28.610 +1.524 22
12 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber Ferrari 1.28.652 +1.566 21
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari 1.28.734 +1.648 21
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 1.29.036 +1.950 20
15 Nico Hulkenberg Williams Cosworth 1.29.044 +1.958 18
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India Mercedes 1.29.211 +2.125 15
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 1.29.305 +2.219 14
18 Jarno Trulli Lotus Cosworth 1.30.618 +3.532 19
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Cosworth 1.30.884 +3.798 22
20 Timo Glock Virgin Racing Cosworth 1.31.341 +4.255 21
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing Cosworth 1.32.180 +5.094 16
22 Bruno Senna HRT F1 Cosworth 1.32.230 +5.144 22
23 Karun Chandhok HRT F1 Cosworth 1.32.762 +5.676 19
24 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes -.—.--- +-.--- 1

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