Valencia: Webber tops opening practice

Mark Webber

In what was largely deemed a track cleaning session, Mark Webber was fastest in the opening practice session for this weekend's European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia.

The Australian Red Bull driver posted a time of 1m40.597s to beat Renault's Vitaly Petrov by nearly a full second in a session that was mostly incident-free but really did not mean much because any street circuit is dirty and has very little rubber laid down until Saturday.

Local hero Fernando Alonso was third fastest in the Ferrari, with Lewis Hamilton in fourth but already over a second behind the Red Bull of Webber. Nick Heidfeld completed the top five in the second Renault.


Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.403s +0.000s 22
2. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m41.227s +0.824s 20
3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m41.239s +0.836s 22
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.510s +1.107s 23
5. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m41.580s +1.177s 24
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m41.758s +1.355s 23
7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.926s +1.523s 14
8. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m41.955s +1.552s 20
9. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m42.043s +1.640s 22
10. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m42.216s +1.813s 29
11. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m42.270s +1.867s 26
12. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m42.412s +2.009s 27
13. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m42.704s +2.301s 23
14. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.738s +2.335s 20
15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m42.841s +2.438s 28
16. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m42.941s +2.538s 21
17. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m43.201s +2.798s 18
18. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m43.769s +3.366s 7
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m44.136s +3.733s 17
20. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m45.026s +4.623s 17
21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m45.221s +4.818s 19
22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m45.494s +5.091s 24
23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m46.926s +6.523s 27
24. Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault No Time 2

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