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Button topped the practice times in Turkey

Alonso dominated the rain-hit morning practice. Vettle unhurt after major crash.
Friday, May 6, 2011

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 6, 2011 (AFP) - Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel was unhurt and unfazed about his prospects on Friday after a major crash during practice ahead of Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.

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On a day of heavy rain followed by dry conditions, Briton Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, topped the afternoon times for McLaren after Spanish two-time champion Fernando Alonso had dominated the rain-hit morning for Ferrari.

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Button clocked a best lap of one minute and 26.456 seconds at the Istanbul Park race circuit to outpace German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes and the 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton in the second McLaren.

But it was the sight of current leader Vettel, 23, in his jeans and watching from the sidelines that overshadowed the day, his shunt in the final 15 minutes of morning practice having wrecked his Red Bull car.

Vettel, winner of the opening two races of the season, lost control on a kerb at Turn Eight and went into the barriers at high speed, tearing off the front wing of his car and damaging all four wheels and other parts.

He was completely uninjured and walked away, later saying that he was not at all upset at sitting out the afternoon session.

Vettel said: "It makes it a bit more difficult, no doubt, but I don't think it will be a problem (for the race). "We know the track quite well from the past years and in the end it was only one afternoon we had in the dry. We'll see. I'm still confident for tomorrow (qualifying on Saturday). Everything is open. "It looks fairly close and I think it will be quite exciting tomorrow." He added that he had apologised to his mechanics for the damage he caused, but stressed the most important thing was that he was not hurt. "You could see there was nothing I could do to stop the car from hitting the wall, so I think the most important thing is that I'm fine," he said. "Unfortunately we couldn't get the car ready in time. There was a little bit too much damage. I'm sorry for the guys.

"I apologised because it was not my intention to damage the car, but this is racing and it can happen. I think the most important is that we are still here."

His Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was fifth fastest in the session behind seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, who was fourth for Mercedes. Vettel will rely on Webber's work and data to set his car up for qualifying on Saturday.

Webber said: "For sure there will be a lot of stuff he will be looking at overnight, it's normal when someone has a rough day that he tries to see what we can from the other side of the garage."

Button, who expects this weekend's race to reveal the true pace of the teams and their cars this year, said he was satisfied by his performance. "We were reasonably happy with the balance, but there's more that we need to find to look after the tyres in a race situation," he said.

"Over one lap, the car's working okay, but again we're not quite there yet. But it's not bad.

"We don't have all the upgrades that we hoped for. It's a little bit disappointing, but we do have some upgrades. It's nice to keep moving forward." Hamilton said he was encouraged by the performance of the Pirelli tyres, having feared they would wear very quickly.

He said: "I am quite surprised that they felt very similar to the last race. "I thought they'd be a lot worse here, but the long run was probably one of the best practice long runs I've ever had, so it was really good. "I expect something similar to Shanghai, definitely. Two or three stops, no more than that."

Resultados de la Primera Práctica

POS
No.
DRIVER
NAT
ENTRANT
BEST TIMES
LAPS
GAP
KPH
1
5
F. ALONSO
ESP
Ferrari
1:38.670
13
194.758
2
8
N. ROSBERG
GER
Mercedes GP
1:40.072
14
1.402
192.029
3
7
M. SCHUMACHER
GER
Mercedes GP
1:40.132
18
1.462
191.914
4
9
N. HEIDFELD
GER
Lotus Renault
1:40.338
9
1.668
191.520
5
10
V. PETROV
RUS
Lotus Renault
1:40.401
10
1.731
191.400
6
16
K. KOBAYASHI
JPN
Sauber
1:40.421
16
1.751
191.362
7
6
F. MASSA
BRA
Ferrari
1:40.697
14
2.027
190.837
8
19
D. RICCIARDO
AUS
Toro Rosso
1:41.094
18
2.424
190.088
9
18
S. BUEMI
SUI
Toro Rosso
1:41.178
22
2.508
189.930
10
14
N. HULKENBERG
GER
Force India
1:41.347
16
2.677
189.613
11
2
M. WEBBER
AUS
Red Bull Racing
1:42.564
5
3.894
187.363
12
12
P. MALDONADO
VEN
Williams
1:42.597
7
3.927
187.303
13
15
P. DI RESTA
GBR
Force India
1:43.525
11
4.855
185.624
14
11
R. BARRICHELLO
BRA
Williams
1:43.913
5
5.243
184.931
15
21
J. TRULLI
ITA
Team Lotus
1:43.986
6
5.316
184.801
16
23
V. LIUZZI
ITA
Hispania Racing
1:44.787
20
6.117
183.389
17
1
S. VETTEL
GER
Red Bull Racing
1:44.954
4
6.284
183.097
18
24
T. GLOCK
GER
Virgin Racing
1:45.183
15
6.513
182.698
19
25
J. D'AMBROSIO
BEL
Virgin Racing
1:45.237
11
6.567
182.604
20
22
N. KARTHIKEYAN
IND
Hispania Racing
1:48.461
8
9.791
177.177
21
20
K. CHANDHOK
IND
Team Lotus
1:51.676
6
13.006
172.076
22
19
S. PEREZ
MEX
Sauber
1:55.791
13
17.121
165.961
23
4
J. BUTTON
GBR
McLaren Mercedes
2:00.666
4
21.996
159.256
24
3
L. HAMILTON
GBR
McLaren Mercedes
1

Resultados de la Segunda Práctica

POS
No.
DRIVER
NAT
ENTRANT
BEST TIMES
LAPS
GAP
KPH
1
4
J. BUTTON
GBR
McLaren Mercedes
1:26.456
26
222.272
2
8
N. ROSBERG
GER
Mercedes GP
1:26.521
29
0.065
222.105
3
3
L. HAMILTON
GBR
McLaren Mercedes
1:27.033
31
0.577
220.799
4
7
M. SCHUMACHER
GER
Mercedes GP
1:27.063
21
0.607
220.722
5
2
M. WEBBER
AUS
Red Bull Racing
1:27.149
31
0.693
220.505
6
6
F. MASSA
BRA
Ferrari
1:27.340
37
0.884
220.022
7
10
V. PETROV
RUS
Lotus Renault
1:27.517
37
1.061
219.577
8
15
P. DI RESTA
GBR
Force India
1:27.725
37
1.269
219.057
9
17
S. PEREZ
MEX
Sauber
1:27.844
32
1.388
218.760
10
14
A. SUTIL
GER
Force India
1:28.052
37
1.596
218.243
11
5
F. ALONSO
ESP
Ferrari
1:28.069
27
1.613
218.201
12
18
S. BUEMI
SUI
Toro Rosso
1:28.153
36
1.697
217.993
13
9
N. HEIDFELD
GER
Lotus Renault
1:28.475
35
2.019
217.200
14
19
J. ALGUERSUARI
ESP
Toro Rosso
1:28.765
32
2.309
216.490
15
12
P. MALDONADO
VEN
Williams
1:28.828
19
2.372
216.337
16
11
R. BARRICHELLO
BRA
Williams
1:28.946
20
2.490
216.050
17
21
J. TRULLI
ITA
Team Lotus
1:29.409
39
2.953
214.931
18
16
K. KOBAYASHI
JPN
Sauber
1:29.637
27
3.181
214.384
19
20
H. KOVALAINEN
FIN
Team Lotus
1:30.281
37
3.825
212.855
20
25
J. D'AMBROSIO
BEL
Virgin Racing
1:31.035
28
4.579
211.092
21
24
T. GLOCK
GER
Virgin Racing
1:31.221
22
4.765
210.662
22
22
N. KARTHIKEYAN
IND
Hispania Racing
1:31.320
29
4.864
210.433
23
23
V. LIUZZI
ITA
Hispania Racing
1:31.989
30
5.533
208.903

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