It is the 15th April 2011 and this is F1Minute.
Friday Free Practice is done and dusted in Shanghai, with dust perhaps being the word as visibility was a significant problem, particularly in FP1. It wasn’t so much dust, really, as a thick smog that started to clear as the day wore on. In the first session, Sebastian Vettel led the way with teammate Mark Webber behind and Lewis Hamilton third. Timo Glock sat much of the session out, whilst Luiz Razia took Jarno Trulli’s car for a spin, quite literally, as he damaged the front wing.
Another driver struggling was Nick Heidfeld in the Renault, who managed to finish fifth, despite bouncing over the kerbs and damaging the nose of the car. Heidfeld only managed five laps, and was to struggle in FP2 as well. Midway through the second session, he ran wide, crashing the Renault into the tyre barrier. He managed to continue back to the pitlane for another nose change and was back out for the end.
Sebastian Vettel led the way again, this time with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button behind. Mark Webber finished way down in tenth.
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References Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Luiz Razia, Mark Webber
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