Mclaren continue to challenge Red Bull dominance as Button tops FP1 in Abu Dhabi

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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit - Free Practice Session 1 Result

As it comes to nearly an end of the 2011 season, Teams are already gearing up for young driver tests only to announce their driver's lineup for 2012 season.

There were three young drivers namely 2010 Formula 3 champion Jean - Eric Vergne, GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series Champion Romain Grosjean and Formula Renault 3.5 Series Champion Robert Wickens. Jean who had already test driven for Toro Rosso in 2010, completed the first practice session at 11th, Romain Grosjean is already a part of F1 from last 3years and Robert Wickens debut for Virgin and finished the session in 23rd.

 

Jenson Button tops the chart as he beats his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the final stages. Lewis and Jenson are swapping the top place until the last few minutes as Button leads from the top as Mark Webber sandwich between the two Mclaren's.

World Champion finished the session 4th only 4tenth of a second slower than Button leading Mclaren. Fernando Alonso continue to keep struggling Ferrari on the toes of the leading Red Bull and Mclaren.

Felipe Massa followed his teammate for 6th. German Adrian Sutil put up again a strong performance as he finished the session 7th in Sahara Force India Team. Nico Rosberg who recently signed the multi-year contract for Mercedes. Paul Di Resta in the 2nd Sahara Force India finished 9th.

Jaime Alguersuari finished the top 10 in the first session.

First Session saw the inclusion of young driver test with Jean Eric finishing 11th in 2nd Toro Rosso followed by Renault test driver Romain Grasjean who finished ahead of Vitaly Petrov.

Pastor Maldonado is 14th in the Williams. Michael Schumacher in a habit of long testing in one session finished 15th followed by the struggling for speed Sauber duo Perez and Kobayashi.

Behind the Saubers the usual scenario continues with Lotus leading from HRT and Virgin. Only this time, HRT yet again put an upperhand on Virgin to finish ahead. Robert Wickens debuted for Virgin as a test driver.

Rubens Barrichello after a Mechanical problem failed to set time in the Williams finished last.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jenson Button Mclaren - Mercedes 1min 40.263sec 21
2 Mark Webber Red Bull - Renault 1min 40.389sec 0.126 26
3 Lewis Hamilton Mclaren - Mercedes 1min 40.403sec 0.140 27
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull - Renault 1min 40.755sec 0.492 27
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1min 40.801sec 0.538 25
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1min 41.260sec 0.997 17
7 Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India - Mercedes 1min 41.340sec 1.077 23
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1min 42.130sec 1.867 26
9 Paul Di Resta Sahara Force India - Mercedes 1min 42.151sec 1.888 28
10 Jaime Alguersuari STR - Ferrari 1min 42.377sec 2.114 26
11 Jean-Eric Vergne STR - Ferrari 1min 42.633sec 2.370 26
12 Romain Grosjean Renault 1min 42.685sec 2.422 29
13 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1min 43.118sec 2.855 13
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams - Cosworth 1min 43.255sec 2.992 29
15 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1min 43.389sec 3.126 24
16 Sergio Perez
Sauber - Ferrari 1min 44.412sec 4.149 28
17 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber - Ferrari 1min 44.484sec 4.221 18
18 Heikki Kovalanien Lotus - Renault 1min 44.565sec 4.302 27
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus - Renault 1min 44.898sec 4.635 25
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT - Cosworth 1min 46.385sec 6.122 28
21 Daniel Ricciardo HRT - Cosworth 1min 46.532sec 6.269 27
22 Timo Glock Virgin - Cosworth 1min 48.024sec 7.761 20
23 Robert Wickens Virgin - Cosworth 1min 48.551sec 8.288 23
24 Rubens Barrichello Williams - Cosworth No time 3

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1 Sebastian Vettel 281
2 Fernando Alonso 278
3 Kimi Räikkönen 207
4 Lewis Hamilton 190
5 Jenson Button 188
6 Mark Webber 179
7 Felipe Massa 122
8 Romain Grosjean 96
9 Nico Rosberg 93
10 Sergio Perez 66
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5 Mercedes 142
6 Sauber - Ferrari 126
7 Force India - Mercedes 109
8 Williams - Renault 76
9 STR - Ferrari 26
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
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