Monaco GP: DRS use in tunnel banned, pit straight ok

The debate over the use of the Drag Reduction System at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix has finally been closed after the FIA decided to ban it in the tunnel section of the track.

However, the system will be allowed anywhere else in practice and qualifying and only, as in all previous races so far this seaqson, down the main straight during the race.

Controversy had arisen following the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, where despite drivers’ reservations, race director Charlie Whiting had suggested the system could be used at a number of points including the tunnel. The underpass is in fact a difficult right hander, though it is normally taken flat by modern high-downforce F1 cars.

Some drivers might have been tempted to gain time by trying to take the tunnel flat with their wings open, but today matters have been clarified by the sport’s governing body.

Ferrari’s Costa victim of race team reshuffle

Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa is to lose his position as the Italian marque reshuffles its engineering department, it was reported today.

The Italian becomes the biggest scapegoat for the team’s failure to challenge the front of the grid so far this season, with team principal Stefano Domenicali enjoying what is likely to be a stay of execution.

Costa is set to “take on new responsibilities within the company”, Ferrari announced today, with ex-McLaren man Pat Fry thought to be taking over his immediate duties.

Luca Marmorini maintains his position at engine and electronics.

Button and Hamilton add weight to road safety campaign

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have added their voices and support to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety Campaign.

The McLaren drivers met with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street to push the initiative, which promotes safety on public roads, just weeks before they themselves will do battle on the streets-cum-racetrack of Monaco.

Button told the BBC that he and his team mate’s aim was to raise awareness of the danger facing road users.

“We need to do as much as we can for road safety – not just in the UK but around the world. So we’re trying to make as many people aware as possible about the action campaign,” he said.

He went on to draw a clear line in the sand between racing and driving on public roads.

“We’re racing drivers, we have our fun on the circuit, but when you are on the road you have to think of others,” he added.

Lewis Hamilton, whose driving misdemeanour in Australia in 2010 resulted in a run-in with the Melbourne police, swatted away concerns that he was not the right man to front such a campaign.

“We’re young, we have experiences that we learn from, we’re only human beings…and we are just aware of the situation – more and more people are dying every year,” he said.

Button finished by adding a personal note and affirming his and Hamilton’s commitment to the cause.

“We’re going to have families in the future, and childhood deaths [on the road] – it’s going to be the main killer,” he argued.

Alonso optimistic for Principality race

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has said he is optimistic ahead of this upcoming weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The Spaniard had a stellar start in front of his adoring home crowd in Barcelona yesterday and despite falling back to finish fifth ultimately, is intending to take some impetus into the street circuit race.

“I think it will be very interesting to see the cars perform in Monaco. I am reasonably optimistic for Monaco because it is a very unique venue, a unique track with a very special set-up that we use,” he said.

“There is one clear thing, we are lacking downforce and in Monaco you normally put on maximum downforce, and our maximum downforce is not enough, we are sure of that.

“But I have more or less the same feeling as last year. We finished Barcelona with some gap to Red Bull, 1.2 seconds in qualifying, and in the race they were very easy for the win. We arrived in Monaco and they were very competitive.

“This year in Barcelona again they dominate[d] the weekend so there is still the hope that we can repeat what happened last year and we are…competitive as well,” he finished.

“No reason not to use DRS at Monaco” – Whiting

FIA F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has said that there is “no reason not to use” the controversial Drag Reduction System at Monaco for next weekend’s grand prix.

The system, which aids overtaking at certain tracks, varies in popularity amongst the drivers, and at Barcelona over the weekend there was a consensus that its use might prove dangerous in the twisty streets of the Principality.

But Whiting will adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach before making a final decision, it is thought, in the next 24 hours.

“I’ve spoken to the drivers a few times about it and it was quite clear that the majority of them did not want to use it in Monaco,” he told the media in Catalunya. “However, there is no evidence to support the theory that it is unsafe in Monaco.

“Obviously, we are not waiting for an accident to happen, but there is simply no evidence to support the theory that it is going to be dangerous. So as it has been introduced as an overtaking aid, it would be somewhat perverse not to allow it in the place where you need overtaking the most.

“So there is no reason not to use it in Monaco as far as we can see. That is the long and the short of it. As far as we are concerned it’s a device that’s open to anyone to use legally at any race. That is what it is there for.”

The drivers’ objections are likely to centre around the narrowness of the track at Monaco, and the potentially disastrous consequences if a car became airborne.

Vettel marches on with victory in Spain

Sebastian Vettel took a deserved but hard-fought victory in this afternoon’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Red Bull man drove round a suspected issue with his KERS facility to take the win on a hot day in Catalonia, although his dominance was not as assured this time out.

The German was harried to the finish line by Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren, who had a magnificent afternoon in his own right and was just unable to pass his opponent.

Third place was taken by Jenson Button, who recovered after a poor start with the help of clever strategy from his team and careful management of the fragile Pirelli rubber that played such a part in the race.

Despite starting on pole Mark Webber was only capable of fourth place, showing that the Red Bull’s race pace was not the equal of itself in qualifying trim. In truth, Webber’s race was lost by a poor start when he lost out to Fernando Alonso and his team mate Vettel. He spent the race toiling behind Alonso.

Alonso in the Ferrari got a barnstorming start, leading into the first turn and for the first stint, but sadly for the home fans he was incapable of translating that into a podium finish. The Ferrari was hard on its tyres and in terms of raw pace, a way behind the Red Bull and McLaren cars. Alonso nevertheless took fifth place.

Mercedes-Benz took sixth and seventh places in the hands of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, with the elder man bettering his team mate through a combination of canny strategy and borderline defensive driving.

Nick Heidfeld drove an outstanding race from the back of the grid, making the point that conserving sets of tyres in this new era is probably a wiser decision than actually qualifying. He finished eighth with some good overtaking, including of his team mate Vitaly Petrov who ended up 11th.

The two Saubers will also be happy with ninth and tenth, Perez bettering Kobayashi in a creditable showing for the Mexican.

The Force Indias came in 12th and 13th with Paul di Resta again getting the measure of Adrian Sutil, whose off-track difficulties cannot have helped his pre-race preparation. Di Resta was a character as ever and represents a strong prospect for the team.

Sebastian Buemi was 14th, beating his team mate Jaime Alguersuari once more into what would have been 15th had the latter not come together with Pastor Maldonado on the last lap. As it was, Maldonado’s destruction derby tactics paid off and he took 15th, with the local man Alguersuari limping into 16th. Maldonado’s team mate Rubens Barrichello had another torrid afternoon, finishing 17th.

Jarno Trulli was the first of the new teams in 18th, while his team mate Kovalainen crashed towards the end of the race, after looking combative early on in the race. Glock, d’Ambrosio and Karthikeyan were the last of the finishers respectively.

Pos Driver Team Time
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h39:03.301
2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 0.630
3. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 35.697
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 47.966
5. Alonso Ferrari + 1 lap
6. Schumacher Mercedes + 1 lap
7. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
8. Heidfeld Renault + 1 lap
9. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
11. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
12. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
15. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
16. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 2 laps
17. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 2 laps
18. Trulli Lotus-Renault + 2 laps
19. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps
20. D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps
21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 4 laps

Fastest lap: Alonso, 1:26.727

Not classified/retirements:

Driver Team On lap
Massa Ferrari 60
Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 49
Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 29

Spanish GP 2011: as it happened

12.55pm Hello and welcome to’s coverage of the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix.

“We can’t give you a guarantee, but we think it will work.” So says Sebastian Vettel, referring to his KERS system, the loss of which effectively ceded pole position to his team mate yesterday.

Webber, then, starts on pole, with the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton and the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso sure to be hot on the Bulls’ heels.

It’s hot and sunny in Barcelona, playing host to a race which will surely see a great many pit stops as the Pirelli rubber deteriorates. That was definitely the story in qualifying yesterday at any rate, with the softer compound the faster but the quicker to wear down.

They are lining up now and about to depart on the formation lap. The top ten are all on the soft tyres, but the question is how soon they will have to pit. It could be very.

Lap 1 And they’re off! The charge down to the first corner is led by Fernando Alonso! What a start from the Spaniard and he leads on home turf!

He’s followed by Vettel and Webber and Hamilton, Petrov, Schumacher and Rosberg. Button has tumbled down the field!

Lap 2 And they cross the line. What an absolutely sensational start from the home grand prix hero. He slid up the inside of both the Red Bulls, having left Hamilton dawdling on the line. A bit of a disaster, that start, for Webber, who’s now third, and Button, who fell down to tenth and is now behind a Toro Rosso.

Lap 3 Button is struggling to pass Buemi who is in that Toro Rosso. Kobayashi has had to pit with what looks like a puncture.

Lap 4 We’re now getting replays of the start and it was mighty close between Alonso and the Red Bulls, it could have been a massive accident if the Spaniard hadn’t jinked out of the way at the last millisecond. Supreme ability. Meanwhile, Schumacher also got a good start although it looked as though he might have had a little nudge from Massa, who is now eighth behind Rosberg.

Lap 5 Button has passed Buemi, finally.

Lap 6 There’s now a bit of a gap between the front four, Alonso-Vettel-Webber-Hamilton, and the fifth placed Vitaly Petrov.

Lap 7 Button is now hounding Massa for eighth. Massa locks up twice as he feels the pressure.

Lap 8 Perez has pitted for Sauber.

Lap 9 As does Maldonado, who did not make good on his top ten start at all. He was in 15th before he came in. And now Vettel does too! That’s a surprise, almost certainly meaning four stops for the German. He comes out and it’s oh so close between him and Button!

Lap 10 But he nails Button into Turn four! Uncompromising stuff from the German who must be spitting teeth that he’s in so early. And Vettel does Massa, and over the line…

Lap 11 Vettel takes Rosberg! And Webber and Alonso also pit to cover Vettel…Alonso emerges ahead of the fighting pack, well done to him. Webber is behind the lot of them.

Lap 12 Hamilton, Petrov, Rosberg, Massa all pitted on that lap. Hamilton is up into third on his exit. Button is in fifth but he hasn’t pitted yet.

Lap 13 Vettel is very close to Alonso and looks in determined mood. Hamilton is hanging onto the back of the two manfully.

Lap 14 They cross the line, 1-2-3, just like that. The three best in the business, nose to tail. I think these new regulations are nice. Button may be on three stops, we’re hearing, although he is a bit off the pace at the moment and that doesn’t look like the best strategy at this point.

Lap 15 Button’s in. After his stop the order is Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton, Webber, di Resta (yet to pit), Schumacher, Button, Petrov, Rosberg, Massa, Trulli, Buemi, Kovalainen, Heidfeld, Maldonado, Alguersuari, Perez, Liuzzi, Kobayashi, Glock, Sutil, d’Ambrosio, Barrichello and Karthikeyan.

Lap 16 Button swoops past Schumacher into Turn Two. Devastatingly easy.

Lap 17 “The DRS isn’t really working here, is it?” asks Martin Brundle rhetorically. No, it isn’t. The activation line is too far down the straight and that stupid chicane they put in a few years back prior to the last corner has ruined it.

Lap 18 Hamilton is looking hungry behind Vettel. Closer, methinks, than Vettel is to the leader Alonso.

Lap 19 And Vettel has dived into the pits just as Hamilton looked as though he would have him down the straight. Vettel has clear tarmac in front of him and will hop onto a fast out lap. Fernando Alonso, we hear, is set to follow him into the pits this lap.

Lap 20 And Hamilton was right on the back of the Ferrari as the Spaniard dived into the pits! And Alonso exits the pits….behind Vettel! The Red Bull has leapfrogged the Ferrari in the pits! The question is now whether Hamilton can rock that boat…

Lap 21 Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race….he is on it now. How quickly can he get into the pits and out of them? It’s a real three-way battle here, Webber has fallen off the back of the battle and Button is not really in contention either.

Lap 22 The gap between Hamilton and Vettel is hovering around fifteen and a half seconds. Not enough to race him, perhaps, but definitely enough to get ahead of Alonso….

Lap 23 Webber is hounding Alonso, who has been lacklustre after his stop. I wouldn’t blame him for being a little miffed….he didn’t do much wrong and lost the lead to Vettel after a tardy pit stop. Hamilton has exhausted his rubber and needs to pit, now, McLaren…he is haemorraghing time to the leaders.

Lap 24 “They waited too long,” agrees Martin Brundle, on the subject of McLaren. But he’s in now….he comes out ahead of Alonso and Webber, but way way behind Vettel. A fight for second place, perhaps, is what the crowd are faced with for their man Alonso and his good mate Hamilton.

Lap 25 It’s now Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Webber, Button, Schumacher, Rosberg, Petrov, Buemi, Massa.

Lap 26 Vettel is keeping a fairly constant gap of around four and a bit seconds to Hamilton.

Lap 27 Ted Kravitz, in the pits for the BBC, believes McLaren think Button’s three stopper is a great idea. We will see, it’s a fool who bets on tyres this season.

Lap 28 Rosberg pits and exits quite a way behind Schumacher. The first time, truly, the elder German has had the upper hand.

Lap 29 Hamilton is reducing that gap now to Vettel.

Lap 30 Alonso and Webber pit together…and are released together! An unsafe release from Ferrari there? Only just ok, I reckon. Webber hasn’t given up, though.

Lap 31 Button pits.

Lap 32 The Englishman emerges into fifth.

Lap 33 Not a lot happening now, which is just about the first time this year that there has been a lull. Webber is still determined to take Alonso, though, and the Spaniard looks equally determined to keep him behind. They plunge into the first turn line astern…and is on his gearbox throughout the lap. He’s not close enough, and the DRS has not helped many people here.

Lap 34 “That fight might just put Jenson Button on the podium,” says Brundle insightfully. But Webber’s through! No he’s not! Alonso has taken him back and meanwhile Vettel has pitted again. Alonso was very uncompromising as he hustled his way back past.

Lap 35 Hamilton pits. He’s back out behind Vettel, but not so far…

Lap 36 Button does a banzai move down on Mark Webber into the first turn…There was the most delicate of kisses between them as the Frome man went through. And on the same lap, he’s past Alonso! What a move and what a succession of passes from the McLaren man! I may have to eat my words about this strategy of his. Although he is on the softs whereas the others are on the slower, harder tyre.

Lap 37 Alonso and Webber are still at it, now for fourth. They may yet have the last laugh over Button.

Lap 38 The hard tyre is majorly slow.

Lap 39 Massa spins. It’s a long time since that has happened, of drivers’ own accord. His blushes might be spared in that these tyres are in a class of their own.

Lap 40 Alonso is into the pits now for his fourth stop. Rosberg meanwhile is thrusting down the inside of Schumacher, who is resolutely not letting him past. That battle is for sixth place.

Lap 41 Webber is actually reasonably quick when he’s not got a Ferrari in front of him. He will still have to pit again.

Lap 42 Oddly, Alonso has opted for another set of hards. This is presumably because he thinks the softs would not go the distance. He will be surely surrendering a fair amount of time on track by doing that, won’t he? Elsewhere, Schumacher pits from sixth.

Lap 43 The order is Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Webber, Alonso, Rosberg, Schumacher, Massa, di Resta.

Lap 44 Hamilton can see Vettel ahead of him, by 1.4 seconds to be precise. This race is not over. Just as I was writing that, the Englishman had some difficulties with traffic. Nightmare.

Lap 45 It is now seeming as though Vettel’s KERS is malfunctioning. This is blood Hamilton can smell.

Lap 46 “We think Vettel has no KERS,” McLaren tell Hamilton.

Lap 47 Heidfeld takes 11th from his team mate Petrov. He started last on the grid, David Coulthard reminds BBC viewers, with a full set of all tyres. What exactly is the point of qualifying, then? It serves you better not to go out at all.

Lap 48 The gap between Hamilton and Vettel is now roughly a second. Meanwhile, Webber pits, emerging well ahead of his nemesis for the afternoon Alonso.

Lap 49 Vettel pits, 3.8 seconds stationary. Fast. Button dives in too, and the McLaren team better their counterparts by a tenth. The real test will come will Hamilton.

Lap 50 And it was 4.4 secs stationary for Hamilton, which may have lost him the race. They are a second and a bit apart with 16 laps remaining.

Lap 51 “Use KERS,” say Red Bull to Vettel. It’s working then?! He goes through Turn Seven to see Kovalainen in the gravel and the tyre wall.

Lap 52 The gap between Vettel and Hamilton is 1.8seconds or so. And this last lap, he went and took more than half a second out of him! It’s now back to 1.1seconds.

Lap 53 This gap is hopping around…it’s below a second now, although it got to more than 1.5 earlier on. Riveting stuff.

Lap 54 Vettel doesn’t seem to be using that KERS if it is working.

Lap 55 There’s traffic, which has put Hamilton right on Vettel’s gearbox. This is nailbiting.

Lap 56 It’s so close as they go over the line! But Vettel repels him…

Lap 57 This is fantastic stuff, although Hamilton doesn’t seem to be able to get close enough…McLaren recommend that he save all his KERS for the start-finish straight.

Lap 58 There’s no time to report on anything else, sadly, as this battle is consuming everyone’s attention.

Lap 59 Hamilton is as close as he’s been into turns one and two. Thirty seconds down the road, Button is third, with Webber fourth and Alonso a distant fifth. Ferrari’s woes are compounded as Massa loses successive places to Perez and Heidfeld.

Lap 60 Has Hamilton given up? It’s a great rearguard action from Vettel at the moment.

Lap 61 Massa retires.

Lap 62 Heidfeld gets past Perez for eighth. A fantastic drive from very last from the German, worthy of Kubica, the man he replaced.

Lap 63 There are four laps to go and Hamilton is still chasing Vettel doggedly. You have to wonder how long the pair’s tyres will last with the punishment they have been giving them.

Lap 64 Hamilton still a crucial three or four car lengths behind out of the last corner. Not good enough. Vettel’s KERS seems to be non-existent again.

Lap 65 It looks as though Hamilton won’t be able to do it, though. He locks up into turn three.

Lap 66 It’s the last lap now and what a battle it has been!


He is followed home by a hard-charging Lewis Hamilton, and eventually by Jenson Button to make it a McLaren two-three. Fourth was Mark Webber, with the local favourite Fernando Alonso fifth and Michael Schumacher sixth. Nico Rosberg filed in seventh with Heidfeld eighth and Perez and Kobayashi ninth and tenth respectively.

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Ferrari pleased with first podium of the 2011 season

Ferrari scored their first podium of the season thanks to a a third place finish from Fernando Alonso. Although Felipe Massa failed to score in eleventh place, the team are hopeful that the competitive pace they showed today will continue in the next few races.

“It’s been a very long time since we last saw one of our drivers on the podium and today, finally, we were able to,” Stefano Domenicali said. “Fernando drove a very nice race, to crown a great weekend on this past; he did not put a foot wrong and was aggressive when he needed to be and prudent when he had to manage the situation.

“I am very sorry for Felipe who has every possibility of getting a good result.

“Today we were competitive for long periods and if Fernando had not been stuck behind Rosberg for a few laps after the start, he could have put Vettel under more pressure.”

Alonso is pleased with his first podium of the season – a result which sees him remain in fifth place in the drivers’ standings. “I am pleased with this results which is down to three weeks of hard work from the entire team at Maranello and at the track this weekend,” Alonso commented.

“We have not started this Grand Prix on the right foot, after having quite a few problems on Friday. But then we moved forward and today it was great to be back fighting for the top places.

“We had come so close to the podium already in Malaysia and China and today we managed to jump on in – but this is only a first step. We must continue in this direction.”

Despite his lack of points, Massa is pleased with the performance of the car. “The positive thing about this weekend is the improvement in performance of the car; we had a bit more aerodynamic downforce and also greater speed on the straights.

“It is an encouraging sign but we have to continue moving in this direction, introducing new parts already in Barcelona.”

Williams: We just weren’t fast enough

Williams F1 found today’s Turkish Grand Prix a struggle despite qualifying well in P11 and P14. Technical Director Sam Michael has admitted that the cars suffered from some issues with their KERS during the race and this, coupled with tyre degradation, meant they were unable to keep up with the pace during the latter part of the Grand Prix.

“We brought both cars to the finish again, but we just weren’t fast enough today,” Michael explained. “In the first stint of the race we showed some decent pace against a number of cars that finished in the points. However from the second stint onwards we couldn’t match the laptimes of those same cars.

“Small changes in the car balance can have a large effect on tyre degradation and wear. There were also some issues with cooling the KERS during the race. Our focus is now on the upgrades that we have for the Barcelona Grand Prix that will give the car a boost in performance.”

Rubens Barrichello commented, “We struggled quite a bit with straight line speed today and at various points during the race I couldn’t use KERS which made it difficult to defend and I also struggled with it locking up under braking when I was charging.

“We had a better qualifying session but we need to make some changes to the car to ensure the rear tyres can get to the end of the race in good shape. So it is up to us to improve our pace.”

Pastor Maldanado believes that his pace towards the end of the race was good however the penalty he incurred for speeding in the pit-lane did little to help his race.

“It was difficult from the beginning of the race,” Maldonado said. “It was difficult to maintain a consistent pace in the first two stints because I had a lot of oversteer.

“We had a much better pace towards the end of the race when on primes but I made a mistake by speeding in the pit-lane which cost me a drive-through penalty.”

Vettel leads home Webber for comfortable one-two in Turkey

Sebastian Vettel today won the Turkish Grand Prix 2011 in comfortable fashion from his Red Bull team mate Mark Webber.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was third in what was a promising performance from the Italian team as they look to challenge at the front again.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was fourth after a slow pit stop ruined his chances of a podium finish. In all honesty the MP4-26’s heavy use of its rubber probably would have rendered that the highest possible finish at any rate. Jenson Button could only manage sixth place, opting for a three stop strategy which put him at a distinct disadvantage in the closing stages.

Mercedes took fifth place with Nico Rosberg while Nick Heidfeld was seventh and Vitaly Petrov eighth for Renault respectively. Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Buemi was an excellent ninth with a heroic performance from Kamui Kobayashi, who started right at the back, finishing tenth in the final points position.

In an exciting race, Vettel was almost anonymous up front, such was the margin of his superiority. He was even able to take the luxury of an additional stop to make sure his tyres were perfect in the closing stages.

It never looked in any doubt and even in the same machinery Webber was not able to threaten the German, further evidence that Vettel has upped his game this year compared to last. Webber’s battle was more with the Ferrari of Alonso, with whom he fought tooth and nail on track at points.

The combat on track was everywhere you looked, particularly in the first 40 minutes or so of the race. DRS and KERS are making this season the most exciting for years and the rapid degradation of the Pirelli rubber adds another variable into the mix. The McLarens were wheel-to-wheel on occasion and there were battles right down the field making for compelling viewing.

Vettel’s dominance was not questionable, though, and his armour looks impenetrable as long as strategy is executed well. Leading into the European season it is difficult to see where the threat will come from, although Ferrari will take heart from Alonso’s showing today. McLaren seem not to have progressed lately.

Here are the complete results:
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h30:17.558
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 8.807
3. Alonso Ferrari + 10.075
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 40.232
5. Rosberg Mercedes + 47.539
6. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 59.431
7. Heidfeld Renault + 1:00.857
8. Petrov Renault + 1:08.168
9. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:09.300
10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1:18.000
11. Massa Ferrari + 1:19.800
12. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:25.400
13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
14. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
15. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
16. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
17. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
18. Trulli Lotus-Renault + 1 lap
19. Kovalainen Lotus-Renault + 2 laps
20. D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth + 2 laps
21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 3 laps
22. Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth + 5 laps