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Turkish Grand Prix – Button on top after Day 1
Posted By: James Allen  |  28 May 2010   |  1:44 pm GMT  |  22 comments

An eventful first day of practice at Istanbul ended with Jenson Button setting the fastest time, with team mate Lewis Hamilton fourth.

The Red Bull cars look very fast but there are reliability worries. Winner of the last two Grands Prix Mark Webber stopped out on track in the final moments of practice with a suspected engine failure, having set the second fastest time. It will have been an old engine, probably close to its mileage limit, but nevertheless and engine failure is an engine failure. His Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel was third fastest despite time lost to replace a water pipe and some wider concerns about water pressure.

Red Bull trialled their new drag reducing rear wing and will make a decision on whether to race it this weekend, or whether to take the learnings from today forward to the Canadian Grand Prix, where it will be indispensable.

The McLarens looked fast all day. McLaren’s drag reducing rear wing was working well for them, Button and Hamilton were top of the speed trap times at 311km/h.

The afternoon session took place in blisteringly hot conditions, with a track temperature of 52 degrees.

Most of the running was done on the hard tyre from the Bridgestone range, but the fast times were set on the soft tyre, which has the speed on its first flying lap.

The multi-apex Turn 8 proved a real challenge for the drivers with many of them spinning or going off.

The most spectacular was the accident of Adrian Sutil in the Force India, equipped with a new drag reducing rear wing. He had a heavy impact with the barriers on the exit of the corner.

His team mate Tonio Liuzzi had a big spin there in the afternoon, but he wasn’t the only one; Felipe Massa had three moments there, one of which destroyed his set of soft tyres.

Meanwhile Kobayashi and Petrov also found that the slightest mistake in the early part of the corner, particularly on the bump, will send the car off its trajectory.

In contrast the Red Bull cars looked very fast through Turn 8, the extra downforce they have giving them a very stable car through there. Webber’s fastest Middle sector time was half a second quicker than either of the McLaren drivers. But the McLaren made up for it with its pace on the long straights and in the first sector.

Further back, Lotus showed signs of more progress, Heikki Kovalainen setting a time just 6/10ths of a second slower than the midfield team, the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari. His time was 1.4 secs faster than the Virgin of Lucas di Grassi.

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Turkish Grand Prix practice

1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.280 30
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:28.378 + 0.098 24
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:28.590 + 0.310 26
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.672 + 0.392 32
5. Alonso Ferrari 1:28.725 + 0.445 30
6. Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.914 + 0.634 22
7. Schumacher Mercedes 1:28.974 + 0.694 22
8. Kubica Renault 1:29.225 + 0.945 34
9. Petrov Renault 1:29.501 + 1.221 36
10. Massa Ferrari 1:29.620 + 1.340 26
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:29.629 + 1.349 16
12. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:29.987 + 1.707 17
13. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.053 + 1.773 34
14. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.176 + 1.896 34
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:30.386 + 2.106 32
16. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:30.627 + 2.347 28
17. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:30.766 + 2.486 32
18. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:30.933 + 2.653 37
19. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:31.610 + 3.330 37
20. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:33.013 + 4.733 28
21. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:33.081 + 4.801 11
22. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:33.312 + 5.032 29
23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:33.420 + 5.140 35
24. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:33.740 + 5.460 25

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The lotus pace is getting better and better – particularly heikki.

considering how little time they had to design the car…..

he seems to be outshining trulli at the moment – and trulli is no slouch.


I think McLaren have found quite a bit of time with the latest tweeks they have brought this weekend but have played down expectations with interviews to the media saying that the Red Bulls still have a big advantage over them.

If McLaren can keep clear from shooting themseves in the foot i think they may surpise this weekened.


Webber’s failure was expected and only cost him 6 or so laps. It was the last session they planned to use it. Or so they say.

Webber was consistantly faster then Vettel in S3. Webber was also consistantly faster in S3 at Spain. And Monaco was complete domination. The car is great in fast corners but only Webber seems to be able to get the most of it in the slow corners. In the first corners of Shanghai, Vettel clawed it back in qualifying and the team said “how did you do that?”. But he wasn’t able to do it in the last 2 races. So it’s looking like another Webber pole. Unless he repeats China again.

McLaren look good but Button’s time is fuel. Hamilton’s time is more representitive, unless anyone thinks that Button can be 3 tenths quicker then the Redbull’s and his teammate? Button would be lucky to be 3 tenths faster over the whole lap, but even that is pushing it.






That’s the grid for the race. Unless something unexpected happens.


3 tenths quicker in S1 is what I meant.


So they did swap Vettel’s unreliable cars to Webber .. yikes…


Yeah, no Randy Many…Webber’s Misses.


Im hoping that the Mclarens can put this pace into qualifying, something that hasnt happened as often as it should this season when comparing free-pratice to qualifying (for various reasons, as we know). That said, as long as its not a comfortable Redbull 1-2 (in the sense i want some jockying for p1) il be happy whoever wins, id just prefere a Brit 🙂

And bravo Lotus, closing the gap it would appear, although I do wonder if they will maintain this momentum of upgrades or choose to slow it down to concentrate on next seasons car??

Steven Pritchard

Button seems to be going better here than at either of the last two races and is close to Hamilton’s high standards in terms of raw pace.

You have to say Red Bull’s middle sector pace make them once again the team to beat, but I do fear for their overall reliability which might become a factor later in this long season.

I do love this circuit, the best of the Tilke’s by far!


So you know the fuel weight?

Steven Pritchard

No. Do you?

But if you look at the long run lap times, and the low(ish) fuel run lap times (they were both on similar length runs) you can guestimate where they are at.


Which is why I don’t make idiotic comments about who is faster…I don’t know the fuel loads. Anyone who concludes someone is faster because of a practice session is living in their own littl world.

Funny when Button is ‘faster’ in practice, all you white Brits go apesheet, but when he is 8th on the grid on Saturday, while Hamilton is 4 places ahead, we don’t hear you talk about ‘raw pace’.


lol do you know the fuel weight? You think Button was 4 tenths faster as he was carrying less fuel?

Hamilton and Button are so close on raw pace yet some of you have a bizarre blinkered view things and just don’t see it.


Well done Jenson, for topping the time sheets under ‘normal’ conditions. Hope you can convert it tomorrow.


Normal meaning very light.


Yes I am sure Lewis’s car was running with a full fuel load this morning when he topped the time sheets. What is it with all this Button hate.


So let’s get this straight, this morning Lewis pips Jenson (he was second this morning) on full fuel loads. This afternoon, under “normal” conditions (read, lighter fuel loads simulating qualifying) Jenson smokes Lewis. So, what conclusions can we draw here? Jenson outqualifies Lewis (again) due to his superiority in normal conditions. Lewis spends the whole race “exciting” us with his passing of slower cars. Jenson coasts to a better finish, again. How does that pie taste Merry me boy? 🙂


Because he’s got a ginger beard.


Button is not a top driver, is why.

He was doing lighter fuel runs than Hamilton, now we have learned. Eat the pie.


Please give us inside informations about Webber gestures! 😉

This was so feaking hilarious. At first i also didn´t really got what Webber was up to …


he wanted the guy to put the fire extinguisher against the tire so it wouldnt roll further when he went out of the car.

f1 cars have no hand brake, and he was on a hill. if the hydraulic system failed, he probably couldnt put it on gear too, or something.


Surely the Red Bulls are using old engines for practice 1 & 2?

Is it likely to be hot again for Saturday & Sunday?


Good to see a nice mix up the front and times closer than i thought they would be….but still it is only practice and i take these times with a grain of salt.

Heres hoping that Red Bull get the technical gremlins under control and Webber goes on to win three in a row!

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