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GP Singapore, prove sabato–20/09/2014


Singapore GP: Hamilton beats Rosberg to pole by 0.007s

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix by seven thousandths of a second.

Hamilton was only sixth fastest on his first run in the Q3 top 10 shootout but despite a lock-up at Turn 1 on his final lap, a particularly strong run through the middle part of the lap allowed him to pip Rosberg.

Red Bull locked out the second row, with Daniel Ricciardo third ahead of Sebastian Vettel, just half-a-tenth separating the two.

Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest, only a tenth behind the lead Red Bull, although Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was not able to do better than seventh after suffering a car problem on his second run.

Splitting the Ferraris was Felipe Massa, the Williams driver putting in an impressive lap to go fastest in Q3 on first-run times, but only able to make a tiny improvement on his second lap.

Valtteri Bottas was eighth in the second Williams, the Finn unable to improve on his second run.

Kevin Magnussen was ninth, only 0.569s off Hamilton’s pole position time, while Daniil Kvyat was slowest in Q3 after having only one set on super-soft rubber available for the final session.

Jenson Button and Jean-Eric Vergne were in the top 10 in Q2 on their first runs, but with both Williams drivers setting slow times after choosing to run used super-softs for their first run, were always in danger of missing the cut.

They were bumped down to 11th and 12th when Massa and Bottas improved on fresh rubber.

Button was able to improve on his second run, but a lock-up at the hairpin cost him time and he missed the cut by 23 thousandths of a second, ending up 11th.

Vergne was unable to improve on his second run, complaining about front-end grip and suffering a costly lock-up, meaning he qualified 11th.

Force India pairing Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez also both failed to improve on their second runs, ending up 13th and 15th respectively.

They were split by Esteban Gutierrez, showing a strong turn of pace in the upgraded Sauber.

Romain Grosjean was slowest of those who made it to Q2, complaining vociferously over the radio about an engine problem that cost him time.

Adrian Sutil came close to escaping Q1, but failed to relegate Perez into the dropzone with his final lap in the first segment of qualifying and ended up 17th.

Pastor Maldonado blamed a power unit problem on his final run for failing to reach Q2.

He was unable to fully recharge the battery, meaning he was lacking full power on his final lap, ending up 18th, behind Jules Bianchi.

The Frenchman put in a superb lap on his final effort to jump ahead of team-mate Max Chilton, who ended up 21st, with Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi doing a good job to separate the pair.

Marcus Ericsson joined the session late after the Caterham team had to work flat out to solve an electrical problem that had struck in free practice, ending up last.

 

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m45.681s -
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m45.688s 0.007s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m45.854s 0.173s
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m45.902s 0.221s
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m45.907s 0.226s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m46.000s 0.319s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.170s 0.489s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m46.187s 0.506s
9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m46.250s 0.569s
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.362s 1.681s
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m46.943s 1.262s
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m46.989s 1.308s
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m47.308s 1.627s
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.333s 1.652s
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m47.575s 1.894s
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m47.812s 2.131s
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.324s 2.643s
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m49.063s 3.382s
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m49.440s 3.759s
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m50.405s 4.724s
21 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m50.473s 4.792s
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m52.287s 6.606s

 

Da Autosport.com


Singapore GP: Fernando Alonso and Ferrari back on top in practice

Fernando Alonso was quickest again for Ferrari in third practice for the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, edging Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by 0.051 seconds.

Nico Rosberg was third fastest for Mercedes, 0.189s off Alonso’s time, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton sixth and 0.439s off the leader.

Most teams ran a typical Saturday programme of long runs on the harder of the two available tyre choices, followed by qualifying simulations on the softer one.

There was a flurry of rain at 1pm local time and it remained cloudy throughout the afternoon, with the ambient temperature steady at around 28C – 10C lower than Friday’s twilight session. Thus it was no surprise to hear drivers complaining of a lack of grip early on.

Ferrari appeared to be the fastest of Mercedes’ rivals based on AUTOSPORT’s analysis of raw pace on Friday, but it was Red Bull’s Ricciardo – whose average long-run pace on super-soft rubber was so impressive on day one – who was quickest early on with a five-lap run on softs.

Rosberg soon beat that benchmark by a full second, though, closely followed by Hamilton, who had a half-spin into Turn 5 that he attributed to an engine glitch.

Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, who required an engine change during Friday, then split the Mercedes on their second runs.

Alonso waited until half the session had elapsed before setting out for a long run on softs – and, while his fastest laps were good enough to put him fifth at that point, he was a second off Rosberg’s long-run pace.

Rosberg was among the first to bolt on super-softs and run a qualifying simulation, setting a 1m47.488s lap that looked impressive until both Alonso and Ricciardo edged him out by over a tenth of a second. Rosberg exited his car and was observed in animated conversation with engineer Andrew Shovlin.

Jean Eric Vergne was again impressive on super-soft rubber in the final moments, logging a 1m47.693s lap in his Toro Rosso that was good for fourth place ahead of Vettel, who switched to super-softs very late in the session.

Williams – as usual – waited until Saturday to show its hand. On their long runs on soft tyres Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were sixth and seventh, splitting the Ferraris.

Massa reversed their order on super-soft rubber, three tenths faster than Bottas, and with Vergne’s arrival ahead they ended the session seventh and eighth, still faster than Kimi Raikkonen.

McLaren barely troubled the top 10 throughout, on both tyre choices, and both its drivers were outpointed on their qualifying simulations by Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m47.299s - 12
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m47.350s 0.051s 15
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m47.488s 0.189s 15
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.693s 0.394s 17
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m47.711s 0.412s 17
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m47.738s 0.439s 12
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m47.909s 0.610s 15
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m48.205s 0.906s 15
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m48.226s 0.927s 16
10 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.422s 1.123s 20
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m48.450s 1.151s 11
12 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m48.577s 1.278s 9
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m48.599s 1.300s 16
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m48.637s 1.338s 18
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m49.078s 1.779s 15
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.115s 1.816s 19
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m49.485s 2.186s 17
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m50.149s 2.850s 15
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m50.376s 3.077s 17
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m50.939s 3.640s 17
21 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m51.221s 3.922s 16
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m51.598s 4.299s 17

 

Da Autosport.com


GP Singapore, commenti post libere–19/09/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Room for improvement”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall this was a positive day, even if, as usual, there is room for improvement. In the first session we concentrated on looking at different set-up solutions and on my first set of Soft tyres I managed to do a good lap, then unfortunately some technical niggles prevented me from getting the most out of the second set. At the end of the session I had a problem with the brakes overheating, but the team managed to sort it out quickly and prepare the car for the second session. The changes we made to the set-up improved the handling of the car and with the Supersoft tyres there was plenty of grip.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Singapore, prove venerdì–19/09/2014


Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton ends Friday on top for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton ended the opening day of practice for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix on top of the timesheets in his Mercedes.

The 2014 F1 title contender was only fourth fastest in the early stages of the session, when the field ran on the slower soft-compound Pirelli tyres.

But after leaving his qualifying simulation run on super-softs later than most, Hamilton was able to take to the track when it reopened after a mid-session red flag.

This was caused by Pastor Maldonado, who lost the rear of his Lotus exiting the Turn 10 left-hander and, in correcting, ran out of road and slid heavily into the exit barrier.

Hamilton, who complained about a vibration in his brakes at the start of the run, then set a lap good enough to relegate Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to second place by three tenths of a second.

While the vast majority of drivers had completed their qualifying simulations before the red flag, of the frontrunners only Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg had yet to do so.

Alonso got to within 0.133s of Hamilton on his performance run, ending the session second ahead of Ricciardo.

But Rosberg, who had already started his qualifying simulation when the red flag came out, then went straight into a long-run after the restart.

This meant that his fastest lap on the soft Pirellis stood as his best, the significant performance difference between the two compounds leaving him down in 13th, just over a second-and-a-half off Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen completed a promising day for Ferrari in fourth, four tenths slower than his team-mate.

Remarkably, Sebastian Vettel ended the session fifth having only taken to the track with seven minutes remaining.

He had suffered an engine problem at the end of the day’s first session, with Red Bull doing a superb job to get his car ready for a run on super-softs in the closing minutes.

This relegated McLaren pairing Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button to sixth and seventh.

The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, who had held first and second on the timesheets after being among the earliest to bolt on super-softs, ended up eighth and ninth ahead of the Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Romain Grosjean coaxed a good lap out of a Lotus that looked very difficult to drive to end up 12th, ahead of Rosberg, with Maldonado also setting a good pace on his qualifying simulation prior to his shunt.

With the Saubers of Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez 15th and 16th, it was a difficult day for the Williams team.

Although it had expected to struggle here, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ended up right down in 17th and 18th.

The Marussia drivers won the battle at the back, with Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, the latter of which suffered with a turbo problem late on, outpacing Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m47.490s - 25
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m47.623s 0.133s 28
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m47.790s 0.300s 28
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m48.031s 0.541s 29
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m48.041s 0.551s 5
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m48.358s 0.868s 33
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m48.435s 0.945s 30
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m48.653s 1.163s 30
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m48.751s 1.261s 30
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m48.770s 1.280s 31
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m48.800s 1.310s 33
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m49.062s 1.572s 33
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m49.075s 1.585s 30
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m49.139s 1.649s 13
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.170s 1.680s 34
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.290s 1.800s 36
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m49.361s 1.871s 29
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m49.971s 2.481s 28
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m50.612s 3.122s 24
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m51.558s 4.068s 21
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m52.075s 4.585s 33
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m52.936s 5.446s 31

 

Da Autosport.com


Singapore GP: Fernando Alonso leads practice one for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso scored a coup for Ferrari in the first practice session of the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, edging out Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Alonso’s flying lap of 1m49.056s beat Hamilton by 0.122 seconds, with Nico Rosberg 0.027s further back in third.

The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who had been expected to go well here on account of the RB9’s prodigious downforce, were fourth and fifth fastest, but were much more active than Alonso on track, completing 27 and 21 laps to the Spaniard’s 16.

Rosberg led much of the early running in spite of reporting gear selection problems, and having to remove a loose mirror.

Kimi Raikkonen was the first of the Ferrari drivers to dial in to the circuit, lapping more neatly than Alonso and even briefly topping the timesheets before Rosberg ended his tenure there.

Alonso soon restored the normal Ferrari order, though, and Raikkonen would close out the session seventh fastest with his front brakes on fire in the pits.

At the end of the first half hour, when the teams have to give back their extra set of soft-compound Pirelli tyres, it was Vettel and Alonso who were fastest by a half-second margin from Rosberg.

But with the tyre exchange completed, Rosberg was among the first drivers to head back out on track, once again on the soft-compound tyres, setting a new benchmark nearly two seconds faster then his previous best.

Hamilton responded with a lap 0.027s quicker to ‘win’ this run, and that was how the Mercedes order remained until the chequered flag.

As Hamilton and Rosberg moved on to race simulation runs with 30 minutes of the session remaining, Alonso found space on track to nail a flying lap 0.122s faster than Hamilton’s best.

Vettel made productive use of his new Red Bull chassis to set a time faster than team-mate Ricciardo, though he had a close encounter with the wall at the exit of Turn 21.

Ricciardo moved on to a full-tank race simulation run in the final half hour, undercutting his previous best but also touching the wall while doing so.

It was not all good news for Vettel, though; he suffered a suspected engine failure at the end of the session and stopped in the pitlane.

Toro Rosso showed well on headline times, with Jean-Eric Vergne sixth fastest and Daniil Kvyat ninth, but this was an eventful 90 minutes for the Faenza team.

Vergne required a battery change that put him out of action during the first hour; then, having set his flying lap, he had an ERS failure that ended his session.

Kvyat, for his part, claimed to be being blocked by several other drivers on-track.

McLaren had a new front wing but neither Jenson Button nor Kevin Magnussen were able to make an impression up front, closing the session eighth and 11th.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m49.056s - 16
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m49.178s 0.122s 23
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m49.205s 0.149s 24
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m49.874s 0.818s 27
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m50.122s 1.066s 21
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m50.539s 1.483s 11
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m50.783s 1.727s 19
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m50.922s 1.866s 21
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m50.990s 1.934s 26
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m51.131s 2.075s 23
11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m51.217s 2.161s 24
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m51.604s 2.548s 23
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m51.953s 2.897s 20
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m52.125s 3.069s 25
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m52.146s 3.090s 19
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m52.171s 3.115s 15
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m52.237s 3.181s 22
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m52.906s 3.850s 26
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m54.113s 5.057s 15
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m54.475s 5.419s 26
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m54.607s 5.551s 21
22 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m55.170s 6.114s 17

 

Da Autosport.com


GP d’Italia, prove sabato–06/09/2014


Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes commanding Monza pole for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first Formula 1 pole position since May’s Spanish Grand Prix by setting the pace in qualifying in Italy.

The Mercedes driver outpaced team-mate and world championship rival Nico Rosberg in all three segments of qualifying at Monza.

After establishing himself at the top of the timesheets in the Q3 top 10 shootout on his first run, over four tenths faster than Rosberg, Hamilton had already done enough to be sure of pole.

Rosberg started his second Q3 run before Hamilton, improving his laptime by just under two tenths, which was not enough to knock his team-mate off top spot.

This meant that Hamilton did not need to improve on his final attempt, with the relative position of Rosberg on the track meaning that he knew he had secured pole while on a lap that fell short of his earlier mark of 1m24.109s.

Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa locked out the second row for Williams, both drivers unable to improve on their second runs.

But behind them was the big winner of the final seconds of qualifying, Kevin Magnussen, who leaped from eighth to fifth with his final attempt.

Jenson Button, in the second McLaren, was sixth after failing to improve on his final run, just ahead of Fernando Alonso.

The Ferrari driver had made a slight improvement on his final attempt to relegate Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel to eighth.

Daniel Ricciardo and Force India driver Sergio Perez completed the top 10.

Daniil Kvyat was the quickest of those eliminated in Q2 despite a valiant attempt to snatch a top 10 place on the last lap.

The Russian, who will be given a 10-place grid penalty for using his sixth engine of the season, bumped Kimi Raikkonen out of the top in the dying seconds, only for Magnussen to jump from 13th from 10th.

Raikkonen ended up 12th ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, with Nico Hulkenberg unable to match Force India team-mate Perez and down in 14th place.

Adrian Sutil prevailed in the intra-Sauber battle with Esteban Gutierrez by improving on his final run having looked to be fractionally slower than the Mexican earlier in qualifying.

There were no surprises in Q1, with the three slowest teams in the field populating the dropzone.

Pastor Maldonado was the fastest of those in 17th, just ahead of Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean.

Grosjean was only able to complete five laps thanks to the team having to fix a fluid leak detected in the build-up to the session, ending up a tenth slower than the Venezuelan after missing the first 13 minutes of the 18-minute session.

Kamui Kobayashi, reinstated in the lead Caterham after sitting out the Belgian GP, was a superb 19th ahead of Jules Bianchi thanks to a combination of an excellent lap and a tow from team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

Ericsson himself ended up 22nd, three tenths behind the second Marussia of Max Chilton.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.109s -
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.383s 0.274s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m24.697s 0.588s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.865s 0.756s
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m25.314s 1.205s
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m25.379s 1.270s
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.430s 1.321s
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m25.436s 1.327s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.709s 1.600s
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m25.944s 1.835s
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.110s -
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.157s -
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m26.279s -
14 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.588s -
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.692s -
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m27.520s -
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m27.632s -
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m27.671s -
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m27.738s -
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.247s -
21 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.070s -
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m28.562s -

Qualifying format: 1st-10th – Q3, 11th-16th – Q2, 17th-22nd – Q1

Kvyat has 10-place grid penalty

Da Autosport.com


Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton tops practice, problems for Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton dominated third practice for the 2014 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, while his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg completed just three laps after encountering a gearbox problem.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was 0.412 seconds adrift of Hamilton as he took second place, with Valtteri Bottas just over a tenth further back in third.

Conditions were warmer and sunnier on Saturday with the ambient temperature steady at 23C and the track temperature building slowly from 32C to 36C.

Jenson Button’s early flyer, a 1m26.845s set on the hard-compound Pirelli tyres during his first six-lap run, kept him on top of the timesheets until Bottas undercut him by 0.152s.

Alonso and Massa also managed to edge the lead McLaren on pace during similar-length runs, with Alonso matching the 1m26.693 set by Bottas.

Mercedes did not offer a challenge at this point; Hamilton’s fastest over a 10-lap first run was 1m27.996s.

A gearbox glitch had caused Rosberg to abort his first eight-lap run early, and a recurrence of the problem when he next went out meant that he only completed three laps before abandoning the session.

Button and Hamilton improved on their second runs, still on the hard tyres, but it was Hamilton who blitzed every sector to return Mercedes to its customary first place with a 1m25.742s.

It was not a flawless run, though; after going quickest he over-ran the first chicane and radioed the pits to inform them that “The brakes don’t feel like they’re working too well and the DRS isn’t working”.

Alonso bolted on a set of mediums for his second run and went fastest in the first sector but could not beat Hamilton over the whole lap.

Neither could Hamilton eclipse his own hard-tyre time with his first flyer on mediums during his final stint, as he continued to complain about poor braking performance. Ultimately he improved to 1m25.519s.

Other frontrunners did improve their times on the medium compound by a decent margin in the final minutes, including both the Williams cars – Bottas and Massa jumped to third and fourth, displacing Button to fifth – and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

The Red Bulls were split by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who ran strongly early on completed just 15 laps overall, and Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso.

Kvyat’s pace augurs well for a good qualifying performance, which the team needs in order for him to avoid carrying forward a portion of his gearbox penalty to the Singapore Grand Prix.

Nico Hulkenberg enjoyed better form in three practice and was sixth fastest for much of the session, closing it out 10th fastest, but his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez lost drive as he accelerated out of the first chicane and came to a halt at the Curva Grande.

Kevin Magnussen struggled with the brakes on his McLaren throughout and finished outside the top 10, over a second off the frontrunning pace.

Pos Driver             Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m25.519s           23 
 2. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m25.931s  +0.412s  13 
 3. Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m26.090s  +0.571s  19 
 4. Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m26.114s  +0.595s  18 
 5. Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m26.242s  +0.723s  21 
 6. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m26.290s  +0.771s  17 
 7. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m26.327s  +0.808s  15 
 8. Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m26.437s  +0.918s  21 
 9. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m26.482s  +0.963s  16 
10. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m26.608s  +1.089s  17 
11. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m26.829s  +1.310s  20 
12. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m27.207s  +1.688s  18 
13. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m27.312s  +1.793s  10 
14. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m27.479s  +1.960s  22 
15. Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m27.498s  +1.979s  12 
16. Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m28.025s  +2.506s  19 
17. Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m28.137s  +2.618s  20 
18. Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m28.265s  +2.746s  21 
19. Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m28.459s  +2.940s  14 
20. Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m28.579s  +3.060s  19 
21. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m29.251s  +3.732s  22 
22. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              no time              3

 

Da Autosport.com


GP d’Italia, commenti post libere venerdì–05/09/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “A positive day”

Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a very busy day, but a positive one. We made the most of every minute available to us in both sessions, managing to try everything we had on our programme. In the morning, we concentrated on assessing different aero configurations, in search of the best level of downforce. Then in the afternoon, we opted for an intermediate solution that seemed to produce the best results on both compounds. The difference between the Medium and the Hard is more or less what we expected; the softer one behaves well, but in terms of driveability, I found the Hard wasn’t bad either.”

Da Ferrari.com



GP d’Italia, prove del venerdì–05/09/2014


Italian GP practice: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in FP2

Nico Rosberg topped Friday afternoon practice for the Italian Grand Prix, but Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton pushed him hard despite car problems.

Rosberg set the pace during the early stages of the session on the slower hard-compound Pirelli, shading Fernando Alonso by four thousandths of a second.

The Mercedes driver then switched to the medium Pirellis, improving his fastest time by just over half a second, setting a best of 1m26.225s.

While Rosberg was completing a normal programme, Hamilton spent the first hour of the session in the garage while the Mercedes team chased an electronic problem that prevented the car from firing up.

Hamilton then completed a brief three-lap run on the hard Pirellis before bolting on the faster mediums.

He managed to set a time just 61 thousandths of a second slower than Rosberg, posting the fastest time in the middle sector in the process.

With the tyre degradation mild, Hamilton was able to have another serious attempt at improving, but was unable to do so.

This relegated Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen to third, 0.106s off Rosberg.

The Finn out-paced team-mate Alonso, who might have set a better time but for a small error under braking.

Raikkonen, too, showed he potentially had even more pace, setting the fastest time of all in the first sector before an error meant he had no chance of improving on that lap.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, just ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who lost time with a mistake in the Parabolica on his quickest lap.

McLaren pairing Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were seventh and eighth fastest, the former setting an identical time to Vettel but being classified behind him as the reigning world champion set his lap first.

Felipe Massa and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top 10, which was covered by just three quarters of a second.

Force India pairing Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg just missed out on the top 10, in 11th and 12th, ahead of the best of the Toro Rossos, driven by Daniil Kvyat.

The top 16 were covered by just 1.804s, with Esteban Gutierrez, Jean-Eric Vergne and Adrian Sutil all in that group.

That left a pack of six cars cast adrift at the back, with Jules Bianchi’s Marussia the quickest of those, 2.424s off the pace.

The group also included the Lotus-Renaults of Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean, the latter having missed the morning session to allow Charles Pic to take over and then having a wild trip through the gravel while on his first run on hards early in the session.

Caterham pairing Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson were 21st and 22nd.

A number of drivers had off-track moments during the session and were forced to cut chicanes, with Rosberg, Hamilton, Ricciardo and Button among those who did so.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.225s - 41
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.286s 0.061s 16
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.331s 0.106s 31
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m26.565s 0.340s 26
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m26.758s 0.533s 34
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.762s 0.537s 34
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m26.762s 0.537s 27
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.881s 0.656s 44
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.935s 0.710s 33
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m26.992s 0.767s 37
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.079s 0.854s 42
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m27.227s 1.002s 39
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.476s 1.251s 37
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.840s 1.615s 33
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.929s 1.704s 33
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.029s 1.804s 35
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.659s 2.434s 34
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m28.700s 2.475s 42
19 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.786s 2.561s 29
20 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m29.085s 2.860s 29
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m29.178s 2.953s 32
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m29.275s 3.050s 37

Da Autosport.com



Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Jenson Button in first practice

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in opening practice for Formula 1’s 2014 Italian Grand Prix at Monza by 0.623 seconds from McLaren’s Jenson Button, with Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg third.

It was not a hotly contested session at the sharp end as the majority of the frontrunners swapped to race simulation runs after setting their quick laps.

As is usual in practice one, there was a brief flurry of activity towards the end of the first half hour while teams took advantage of the extra set of tyres they are permitted to use before handing back to Pirelli at the 30-minute mark.

Several drivers observed that the orange-striped hard-compound tyres were taking longer than expected to reach a working temperature.

Max Chilton was the first to benefit from the Parabolica’s controversially revised run-off area, running wide and brushing the astroturf 15 minutes into the session.

Kevin Magnussen and Button provided demonstrated that the MP4-29 is not lacking straightline speed, setting the early pace on the hard-compound tyres before being overhauled by the ‘works’ Mercedes.

Button then sliced three tenths of a second off his previous best during the course of his second run, but his tenure at the top of the timesheets lasted just eight minutes before Hamilton went top.

McLaren did not attempt to respond, switching Button on to a used set of tyres to complete his programme.

Fernando Alonso brought his Ferrari to within a second of the Mercedes with a late effort, lapping in 1m27.169s.

Kimi Raikkonen was nearly four tenths off, having flirted with the Parabolica run-off on his flying lap.

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest of the two Red Bulls in sixth, behind Magnussen, but Daniel Ricciardo completed just 12 laps and had to retire to his garage with a power unit issue with 30 minutes to go.

Both Williams were outside the top 10 in spite of being among the quickest through the speed trap, and Valtteri Bottas was noticeably on the edge of the FW36’s envelope in several places on the track.

There was disappointment, too for Lotus; it took most of the session for Pastor Maldonado to summon a lap clean enough to overhaul both Marussias.

A handful of teams ran test drivers in addition to or in place of their regulars: Daniel Juncadella sat in for Sergio Perez at Force India initially, Charles Pic for Romain Grosjean at Lotus, Giedo van der Garde for Adrian Sutil at Sauber, and Roberto Merhi for Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham.

Perez took over from Juncadella with 20 minutes to go and was straight on the pace on his first run, slotting into the top 10 and outpacing Nico Hulkenberg by nearly half a second. He was also fastest of all through the speed trap.

F1 debutant Merhi (pictured) completed 29 laps to Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson’s 16 and rounded out the session two tenths faster.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.187s - 25
2 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.810s 0.623s 27
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.995s 0.808s 26
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m27.169s 0.982s 23
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m27.228s 1.041s 30
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m27.271s 1.084s 27
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.493s 1.306s 27
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.687s 1.500s 13
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.741s 1.554s 33
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.112s 1.925s 23
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.114s 1.927s 21
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m28.148s 1.961s 20
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m28.150s 1.963s 21
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.300s 2.113s 30
15 Giedo van der Garde Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.429s 2.242s 19
16 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m28.487s 2.300s 12
17 Daniel Juncadella Force India/Mercedes 1m29.192s 3.005s 10
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m29.512s 3.325s 24
19 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m30.017s 3.830s 25
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m30.081s 3.894s 27
21 Charles Pic Lotus/Renault 1m30.125s 3.938s 23
22 Roberto Merhi Caterham/Renault 1m30.704s 4.517s 29
23 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m30.948s 4.761s 16

Da Autosport.com


GP Belgio, prove sabato–23/08/2014


Belgian GP: Nico Rosberg takes pole position at wet Spa

Nico Rosberg claimed his fourth consecutive Formula 1 pole position in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rain meant that the majority of qualifying was run using intermediate tyres and Rosberg’s first flying lap at the start of Q3, a 2m05.591s, proved to be good enough for pole position.

Although Rosberg did switch to a fresh set of intermediates and made a small improvement, he had already done enough to be sure of top spot. He ended up just over two tenths clear of world championship rival and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton, who set a slow time on his first flier, which was compromised by sliding wide at the first corner, leading him to ease off, before improving on his second.

He then pitted for fresh intermediates and got down to a 2m05.819s on his final flier, but it was only enough for second.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, over two seconds slower than Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fourth.

The pair had held third and fourth after the first runs, but improvements later on served only to defend their positions with the Mercedes pairing out of reach.

Daniel Ricciardo, who had an off-track moment on his final attempt, was fifth fastest ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the best of the Williams cars.

Kevin Magnussen outqualified McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, the duo ending up seventh and 10th.

In between them were Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, with the Finn the biggest loser after the first runs and being bumped from fifth down to eighth.

Scuderia Toro Rosso pairing Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne were the fastest of those eliminated in Q2.

Kvyat put in a lap that temporarily put him eighth in the closing stages of the session, but he was shuffled down the order by improvements by Magnussen, Button and Vettel, all of which were in the drop zone at times late on.

Sergio Perez was 13th ahead of Sauber driver Adrian Sutil, with Romain Grosjean 15th.

Although Jules Bianchi was slowest in the middle part of qualifying, the Marussia driver was one of the stars of the afternoon after reaching Q2 at Spa for the second consecutive year.

Pastor Maldonado appeared to have made it through to Q2 by improving his time on his final flying lap in a Q1 session that started off wet but improved throughout.

But the Lotus driver was bumped back down to 17th when Sutil also improved in the dying moments, with all the runners by then using intermediate rubber.

This also led to Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg being eliminated as he slipped down to 18th ahead of Marussia’s Max Chilton having been ahead of both Maldonado and Sutil as they started their final laps.

Hulkenberg admitted to making a mistake at the end of his final lap, which cost him a couple of tenths, also complaining of a lack of braking feel.

Esteban Gutierrez did not have the chance for a proper qualifying attempt as his Sauber stopped on his fifth lap while he was still on wet tyres.

This meant that the Mexican did not get to run in the best of the conditions, ending up ahead of only the two Caterhams.

Remarkably, Andre Lotterer outpaced Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson to avoid starting his debut grand prix last, with the gap between the two almost one second.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              2m05.591s            
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              2m05.819s  +0.228s   
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      2m07.717s  +2.126s   
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               2m07.786s  +2.195s   
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      2m07.911s  +2.320s   
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     2m08.049s  +2.458s   
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      2m08.679s  +3.088s   
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               2m08.780s  +3.189s   
 9. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     2m09.178s  +3.587s   
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      2m09.776s  +4.185s   
Q2 cut-off time: 2m09.272s                                 Gap **
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    2m09.377s  +2.768s
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    2m09.805s  +3.196s
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  2m10.084s  +3.475s
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        2m10.238s  +3.629s
15. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         2m11.087s  +4.478s
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      2m12.470s  +5.861s
Q1 cut-off time: 2m11.081s                                 Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         2m11.261s  +4.131s
18. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  2m11.267s  +4.137s
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      2m12.566s  +5.436s
20. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        2m13.414s  +6.284s
21. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault      2m13.469s  +6.339s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      2m14.438s  +7.308s

107% time: 2m16.029s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
Da Autosport.com


Belgian GP: Valtteri Bottas tops final practice for Williams

Valtteri Bottas went quickest for Williams in a frenzied final few minutes of third practice for Formula 1’s 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, outpacing Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by 0.268 seconds.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was the best of the title contenders in third.

Many drivers only had the opportunity to run one or two flying laps on the soft Pirelli tyre at the end of the session, and were thwarted by traffic.

After overnight rain a dry line had already formed in some places, thanks to the preceding GP3 qualifying session, as the F1 cars took to the circuit for their installation laps.

With the track temperature still hovering around the 16C mark and the surface still mostly wet, there was little activity for the first 30 minutes as most teams – apart from the tail-enders – elected not to risk their machinery.

Thus Marussia annexed the top two positions for half the session as Jules Bianchi (2m01.823s), Max Chilton (2m05.120s) and Andre Lotterer (2m07.529s) each essayed a tentative lap before reporting back to the pits.

Esteban Gutierrez was the first driver out on slick tyres, half an hour into the session. He instantly took 1.581s out of Bianchi’s time, then improved again by over four seconds as his medium-compound Pirellis came up to temperature, and this provided the cue for others to join the fray.

The track evolved quickly over the final 20 minutes as increased activity broadened the dry line, and Ferrari fans will have been heartened by the sight of Kimi Raikkonen bolting on a set of soft tyres and briefly topping the timesheets with five minutes to go.

Bottas, Ricciardo and Rosberg then went faster using the same tyre choice, but Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were unable to eclipse their team-mates and finished fifth and sixth fastest.

Sebastian Vettel finished the session outside the top 10 having done all his running on the medium compound.

He has reverted to an older engine after an ignition problem in one cylinder set in motion a failure of his nominated power unit on Friday.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m49.465s           12
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m49.733s  +0.268s  9
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m49.739s  +0.274s  13
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m49.817s  +0.352s  9
 5.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m49.817s  +0.352s  13
 6.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m49.890s  +0.425s  9
 7.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m49.893s  +0.428s  11
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m50.203s  +0.738s  11
 9.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m50.423s  +0.958s  11
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m50.535s  +1.070s  10
11.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m50.592s  +1.127s  12
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m50.748s  +1.283s  11
13.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m50.814s  +1.349s  10
14.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m50.866s  +1.401s  11
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m50.962s  +1.497s  12
16.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m51.509s  +2.044s  9
17.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m51.610s  +2.145s  10
18.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.898s  +2.433s  15
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m52.457s  +2.992s  14
20.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m52.984s  +3.519s  14
21.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m54.294s  +3.829s  11
22.  Andre Lotterer     Caterham-Renault      1m55.008s  +5.543s  13
Da Autosport.com


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