GP Abu Dhabi 2011 - Training 1st

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GP Abu Dhabi 2011 - Training 1
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D he Formula 1 is racing through the desert again. The Grand Prix weekend in Abu Dhabi started with the first free practice on Friday (November 11th). The fans got a lot of entertainment right from the start. On the still very dusty stretch there were some wild slip-ups to be observed.

Above all, the two Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were distinguished by their remarkable high-speed rotators. Timo Glock, Pastor Maldonado and Heikki Kovalainen also received high B grades in the pirouette rating. Thanks to the spacious run-out zones, everything went off without a hitch. Only a few sets of tires have to be sorted out after the spinners.

Jenson Button just about the fastest

Jenson Button got through the first session without any major problems. The McLaren driver set the first fastest time of the weekend in 1: 40.263 minutes. However, the competition did not let the British out of their sight. Red Bull driver Mark Webber was only twelve hundredths behind in second place. Lewis Hamilton also narrowly missed the submission of his team-mate with a deficit of 14 hundredths.

Last year's winner Sebastian Vettel took it a little easier at the beginning. The Heppenheimer had the fourth best time noted - just under half a second behind Button. In fifth and sixth place, the Ferrari duo was in wait. Fernando Alonso was once again ahead of Felipe Massa. The first six cars were all within a second, which already promises an exciting weekend.

Sutil and Rosberg in the top ten

'Best of the rest' was in the first Training Adrian Sutil. Just over a second behind, the German proved once again that he wants to fight for his place at Force India. Team mate Paul di Resta was already eight tenths behind Sutil in ninth place.

Nico Rosberg slipped between the two Force India. The 26-year-old, who announced his contract extension with Mercedes the day before, was 1.8 seconds behind the top. Michael Schumacher's second Silver Arrow completely renounced fast laps. The record champion only finished 15th, 3.2 seconds behind.

First appearance by Grosjean and Wickens

In the first free practice session, the fans also got to see a new, old face. Romain Grosjean, who had already completed several races for Renault in 2009, was allowed to represent Bruno Senna for one meeting. TheThe French came in twelfth.

There was also a new driver in the back field. Renault World Series winner Robert Wickens was allowed to show his skills in Formula 1 for the first time. The Canadian was in the second Virgin for Jerome D’Ambrosio. Wickens did not come close to Timo Glock's time. The German stayed in 22nd place half a second ahead of the newcomer.

Problems with Kobayashi, Barrichello and Petrov

Kamui Kobayashi and Rubens Barrichello started the weekend with starting problems. With the clean from Kobayashi, the gearbox was screwed for a long time. At Williams, an engine problem caused Barrichello to take an early lunch break. At the end of the session, Vitaly Petrov's Renault also had technical problems. The exhaust of the black and gold car gave off wild sparks. The racer was finally pushed into the garage with a smoke.

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