Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: A hairdrier is being used to remove the final damaged stickers. Not sure if it's Nick's personal drier, or a team one
Thankfully, they're keeping their sense of humour!
Fernando Alonso also had trouble this morning, as his car got stuck in sixth gear.
And Sebastian Vettel was in the garage until late in the session. He only completed 6 laps in the 60 minutes available, but managed to top the session in one attempt right at the end.
You can see the full results here: https://sidepodcast.com/post/spain-2011-free-practice-3-results
Also, catch up with yesterday's action in just 60 seconds: https://sidepodcast.com/news/mark-webber-leads-both-free-practice-sessions-in-spain
Now, we have an hour of build-up before the action begins in Barcelona. If you're watching, why not join the comments? https://sidepodcast.com/dashboard
Make sure you vote on the qualifying poll as well: https://sidepodcast.com/post/live-spain-2011-qualifying Who will be the fastest non-Red Bull car?
Tweet from @ianparkesf1: Hole in the exhaust was the cause of Heidfeld's fire. Renault say engine will be replaced and he should be okay for quali.
The BBC coverage has begun, a stream is available for UK viewers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9491744.stm
Comment from Alex Andronov: I voted McLaren... nobody has voted Ferrari!
Some other useful bits and bobs you might need. Live timing: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/live_timing.html
Autosport's live text will be here: http://live.autosport.com/commentary.php/id/347
So, who is your favourite driver and how are they getting on this weekend? Are you expecting great things in Spain?
|Free Practice 1||Webber||1:25.142|
|Free Practice 2||Webber||1:22.470|
|Free Practice 3||Vettel||1:21.707|
Ted News on Renault: "If you have a look at the car right now, they've changed the engine... and they're putting in a new gearbox as well. Still working on it, and it's quite a big job, so touch and go whether they make it into qualifying or not."
Thirty minutes to go until qualifying begins.
Tweet from @MBrundleF1: Quali one going to be especially interesting. Who can get through on hard tyres which are 2 secs slower. Who can survive the 107% rule
Don't forget to vote in the poll: https://sidepodcast.com/post/live-spain-2011-qualifying Can Mercedes be the fastest car, not counting Red Bull? Or perhaps Ferrari can find some speed?
Lewis Hamilton makes a brief appearance on the BBC, walking past the pundits chatting. He seems cool and calm.
Eric Boullier on Heidfeld's car in qualifying: "We hope so, the guys are pushing very hard to fix his car. We have to be safe, it's qualifying and afterwards it's parc ferme. We'll see. I think it's going to be tough."
Live timing has reset, less than five minutes to go.
Ross Brawn on the new harder tyre: "It's quite a lot slower than the option so I think the margin for getting through Q1 is further down the grid. We're going to run a prime tyre to begin with and see what the time looks like. A Lotus on an option could do a similar time to us on a prime, so it's going to be closer than normal."
Tweet from @BaronVonClutch: DRS zone for this weekend is the 830m Front Straight. Drivers may use the entire length of the front straight, the longest so far. #F1
Qualifying session 1 begins.
Karthikeyan, Petrov, Liuzzi and D'Ambrosio out on track first.
The poll is now closed, and McLaren got 56% of the votes for the fastest non-Red Bull team.
Nobody voted for Renault, which isn't a surprise given the flames!
Button, Sutil and Glock join the action.
Karthikeyan sets the first time a 1:28.981, beaten by Liuzzi immediately, but of course, not representative of what we're expecting.
Tweet from @EliGP: Last time the winner didn't start from pole in Spain was in 2000
Five minutes gone, three times on the board. Petrov in the lead at the moment.
Petrov improves to a 1:26.107.
Jenson Button's first lap is slow, a 1:30.180 leaving him sixth and currently last.
Ron Dennis watches on from the McLaren garage as Button knocks six seconds off his own time for P1.
Webber jumps Button by almost an entire second.
Vettel slips into second, a 1:24.276 compared to Webber's 1:23.619.
Alguersuari has popped up to second now, 1:24.049.
Ted News suggests Heidfeld's car is still not ready so it's looking unlikely he'll be out.
Team radio from Hamilton: "Massive understeer."
Less than ten minutes of this first session les.
The two Saubers leave it late again, with Kobayashi just leaving the garage, followed by Pérez.
Buemi knocks his teammate out of second, the tyres allowing Toro Rosso just a couple of tenths off Red Bull.
If Heidfeld doesn't get out for a lap, we probably already know what the drop zone will look like.
Kobayashi jumps up to P2, and Pérez up to P6.
Along with Heidfeld, only D'Ambrosio and Trulli are without times.
Tweet from @tonyfernandes: problem with jarno gearbox
Comment from rethymno racer: Force India cars not very quick. P17 and 18
Petrov improves to P1, a 1:23.069.
With three minutes left the drop zone looks like Di Resta, Liuzzi, Karthikeyan, Glock, D'Ambrosio, Trulli, and Heidfeld.
Massa is down in 15th, close to the drop zone, with Alonso up in 12th at the moment.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: Still frantic bolting together around the rear end of Nick's car. F1 precision means there shouldn't be 'extra' bolts left over and end
Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a 1:22.960.
That brings the 107% time down to 1:28.767, but those with times are still just a couple of tenths within that.
Paul di Resta improves to tenth place.
Trulli has left the garage.
Qualifying session 1 ends.
Ted News: Rubens had suspected gearbox problems.
Heikki Kovalainen gets his Lotus through to Q2, beating the Williams of Barrichello.
Tweet from @MyTeamLotus: YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Q2 for Heikki!!!!!!!!!!
Bruno Senna on Heidfeld: "Tomorrow the tyres are going to play a really big role in the race, so he could have a good race from the back even if he didn't get a chance to qualify."
A very glum Rubens Barrichello: "We had a gearbox problem but the car was not doing well when I was running. When I came back they already said I couldn't go out again. It's very frustrating because the car is not very competitive and it's never running... the only positive is that we did save tyres."
Qualifying session 2 begins.
No cars going out yet.
An unusual collection of people here.
Who's going to be first?
Sebastian Vettel! He leaves the garage for the first lap of Q2.
Ted News: "Change of tactic from Red Bull to everyone else, everyone else is planning to do one run... some people considering to get a move on whilst the track is still in good condition."
Tweet from @autosportlive: The top teams will look to secure a place in the shootout with a single flying lap on the soft tyres.
Vettel sets the first time, 1 :21.540 on the soft tyres.
Webber comes in behind, just a couple of tenths off.
Ten cars out on track, three with times so far. The other time is Alguersuari with 1:24.091.
Button and Hamilton set their first times, both in the low 1:22s. Alonso has a 1:22.8 with Massa on a 1:23.0.
Plenty of debate on whether Kovalainen will attempt a flying lap, or be happy with his position and save tyres.
Both Red Bulls have returned to the pitlane. They probably won't come out again until Q3.
Tweet from @Jamesallenonf1: #f1 If Vettel has KERS issue and Webber doesn't could be the difference Webber needs to get on top
Currently ten cars have set times, and have all returned to the pits.
Rosberg, Petrov, Schumi, Sutil, di Resta, Maldonado and Kovi all with work to do.
Team radio to Hamilton: "Middle sector was very competitive. We lost a bit of time in the first and third sectors."
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: Less than 7 mins to go, a set of new softs bolted on to Vitaly's car, blankets off and out to set a time
Ted News: Red Bull saying KERS is not available for Vettel to use at the moment, and they may not be able to fix it before the car goes into parc ferme. KERS on Webber's car is working fine.
Kovalainen has exited the garage to attempt a time.
Tweet from @MikeGascoyne: Heikki going out on the soft tyres, both Force Indias on prime so we have a chance to get them
One minute left to go.
Maldonado jumps to P8, pushing Massa down to tenth.
Drop Zone features Buemi, Kobayashi, Alguersuari, Pérez, Di Resta, Sutil and Kovalainen.
Qualifying session 2 ends.
Kovalainen beats both Force Indias, up to 15th.
|11||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso|
|13||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso|
|16||Paul di Resta||Force India|
|17||Adrian Sutil||Force India|
|Force India||Qualified Ahead|
|Paul di Resta||4|
Good show by Maldonado to get into Q3.
Kovalainen's time was completed on soft tyres, whilst the Force India guys remained on harder tyres.
Heikki Kovalainen: "It was to go for the qualifying time and maximise our performance. Everyone agreed on the pitwall, I think it was the right choice. I don't like calculations, I don't like playing the safe game. We've still got tyres for tomorrow."
Tweet from @sparkteamlotus: Tony has just bounced round the garage hi-fiveing everyone :)
Qualifying session 3 begins.
No one is lining up at the end of the pitlane to head out.
One minute gone.
Gerhard Berger spotted in the Red Bull garage, chatting to Dietrich Mateschitz.
Hamilton and Button break cover.
Vettel also leaves the pitlane, with two minutes gone.
Button sets the first time 1:21.996. Hamilton beats it with a .961.
Vettel - 1:21.181.
Webber beats it with a 1:20.981.
Still four and a half minutes to go, but Red Bull are probably job done.
Replays show Lewis Hamilton locking up seriously on a fast lap, ruining a tyre so that you can see the flat spot circling.
Vettel is still sitting in his car, unlike at the last race.
Schumacher has headed out on hard tyres.
Ah, Vettel is climbing from the car now. Webber also done.
Just one minute to go now.
The McLaren boys have also remained in the garage, settling for third and fourth.
Schumacher returns to the pits without a time.
Qualifying session 3 ends.
Alonso has jumped up to P4, ahead of Button and splitting the McLarens.
|1||Mark Webber||Red Bull|
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull|
Fernando Alonso sounds very happy on the team radio with fourth position. "Great lap," he says.
This is worth looking at too. Webber finally gets ahead.
|Red Bull||Qualified Ahead|
Paul di Resta: "I think that was the safest option for us, and the most productive going to tomorrow. Given our performance, we've struggled towards the end of options. As a team, we felt this was the best option. I knew when Heikki got through to Q2 he would go for an option run... hopefully we'll get him off the line and from then on think about the last remaining points."
Jenson Button: "It was pretty good. I felt pretty good out there. The car got better and better through qualifying with the soft tyres, and the setup. I was three hundredths behind Lewis and disappointed not to be third on the grid. It's so, so close. The positive side is I'm on the clean side of the grid and that makes quite a difference here."
Press Conference Quotes - Mark Webber: "It was a good session, it was pretty clear going into qualifying that we might have had a bit of a margin. You never can underestimate these guys but we thought we'd battle for pole between ourselves. We got through on the first set of hards.
"Coming to the crucial part of qualifying was just getting the lap right for Q3. I was just praying my number went above number one, and it did, so it was a nice lap. It was a good battle with Seb and today was my day."
Press Conference Quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "I don't think we can speak of big disappointment at the end of the day. We made a good step forward, Barcelona is usually the place where everyone brings a lot of parts. You're here to find out if they work.
"We like this track, our car feels comfortable. In Q1 I didn't get into the rhythm immediately. Q2 I felt much happier on the soft compound, then unfortunately in the last qualifying I lost a little bit too much. We had some problems, so Mark did a good job. It was up between us and he did a better job today. We'll see what we can do tomorrow."
Press Conference Quotes - Lewis Hamilton: "I do have a slight flat-spot, but fortunately we can rebalance so it shouldn't be a problem for the race. Very happy with today's result. You can see the gap between ourselves and the Red Bulls has increased, however we have been working really hard."
So, Red Bull are still massively ahead of everyone else, but a change of face at the front with Webber getting pole position.
Alonso finished just three thousandths of a second off Hamilton's third place, whilst Massa seemed to struggle more.
Further down the order, the battle between Kovalainen and the Force Indias will be a key part of the first race stint.
It'll also be interesting to see how far Heidfeld can make it through the field from the back.
Until tomorrow then, fact fans. Enjoy your day and I'll see you back here for racing action at 12pm BST.
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