Virgin are at risk of falling foul of the 107% rule if they cannot find more performance from their car in the Australian Grand Prix.
And HRT could be caught out by the same rule having failed to set a time in either of Friday’s two practice sessions.
The fastest of the two MVR-02s, driven by Jerome d’Ambrosio, was 0.242s slower than 107% of the best lap of the session, a 1’25.854 by Jenson Button.
Virgin may take some encouragement from the fact that Timo Glock was able to set his best time, which almost matched d’Ambrosio’s best, on the tenth lap of a stint, suggesting there is more performance to be found from the car.
However if teams like Red Bull and Ferrari are able to go much faster than McLaren, that could spell trouble for Virgin and HRT.
Longest stint comparison
Compare each driver’s lap times over their longest stint. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers.
- Sebastian Vettel did a 20-lap stint in which his times rose from 1’31.0 to 1’31.7. That low rate of degradation, far less than what was observed in testing, could improve further on Sunday with warmer temperatures and more rubber on the track. It looks as though Vettel may be able to complete the race distance on fewer than three pit stops.
- Team mate Mark Webber didn’t seem to keep his tyres alive quite as well, but he may have been carrying more fuel.
- Lotus were well off the midfield pace. Mike Gascoyne said on Twitter they were struggling to use the tyres well.
|Paul di Resta||95.194||94.14||93.517||93.543||93.282||94.281||94.628|
Ultimate lap times
An ultimate lap time is a driver’s best three sectors combined.
|Car||Driver||Car||Ultimate lap||Gap||Deficit to best|
|4||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’26.014||0.160||0.000|
|5||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’26.283||0.429||0.000|
|10||19||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’27.192||1.338||0.333|
|14||18||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’27.602||1.748||0.095|
|16||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1’28.376||2.522||0.000|
|17||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’28.470||2.616||0.113|
Practice times in full
- Drivers who set their best times in the last half hour of the session (at 60 minutes or later) may not have been able to use DRS fully as the FIA was testing the ‘race’ mode of the system at that time. This may include Fernando Alonso and Vettel.
- The two Virgin drivers also set their best times at this point, showing another means by which they might improve their qualifying time.
- Pastor Maldonado has a lot of ground to make up – he’s been over two seconds per lap slower than Rubens Barrichello in both sessions.
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