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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


GP Belgio, commenti post libere venerdì–22/08/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Not the best Friday”

Kimi Raikkonen: “A difficult day, complicated by a series of setbacks which cost us valuable track time. In the morning, I had a brake problem, but once it was sorted, we were able to get through our planned programme for the first session. The new components we brought for this race seem to be working, but only after we have cross-referenced all the data will we be able to work out what is the best package to use for the rest of the weekend. In the afternoon, an electrical problem complicated our work, preventing us from carrying out the race simulation. Tomorrow, we can expect a busy free practice session, in which we will do our best to prepare the car for qualifying and the race.”

Da Ferrari.com



[…]

You’ve worked with both the drivers that you’re with at the moment quite a lot through your career. Obviously what Fernando is doing this season is fairly clear but can you spell out or put your finger on what’s characterised Kimi’s season so far?
JA: Well, I would say that we have had a car that is not especially easy to drive – that’s certainly true. Particularly in Kimi’s case he doesn’t much like the front end of the car and Kimi’s a driver who likes to have a very strong and predictable front end to the car and then he’s able to make the most of the skill he had. That isn’t something he’s found yet in Ferrari and we haven’t yet provided for him. That’s, I think, what we’re looking at.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) James, as Fernando and Kimi, they have different kinds of driving style. Is it possible to build a car that suits both of them next year?
JA: Yeah, I think so. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t, put it that way. Any driver responds to more downforce, any driver responds to more horsepower, any driver responds to more mechanical grip. We’re putting all of those things into next year’s car and I hope that both the drivers will be satisfied with the outcome.  […]

Da Fia.com


GP Belgio, prove libere venerdì–22/08/2014


Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton tops the times in second practice

Lewis Hamilton topped the opening day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by six tenths of a second in the afternoon.

The 90-minute session was interrupted by two red flags during the first half-hour of running, the first caused by a crash for Pastor Maldonado and the second by Esteban Gutierrez’s spin.

But Hamilton was not fazed by these brief stoppages and was already fastest, four tenths quicker than Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, before the second red flag.

He then switched to the soft rubber for his performance run, heading out at the halfway point of the session.

By the time Hamilton set his best time, on his first flying lap on the faster rubber, he had slid down to seventh, with Rosberg having bumped McLaren driver Jenson Button off top spot moments earlier.

Hamilton then outpaced Rosberg in all three sectors, a massive 0.445s of his advantage coming in the middle sector, helped by the German having a scruffy lap.

Alonso was third fastest ahead of old team-mate Felipe Massa, the Brazilian Williams driver showing that his team would again be a podium threat here.

Button ended up fifth fastest, 1.470s down, but he set the fastest overall time in sector one, suggesting he was trying a set-up that was low downforce, even by Spa standards.

Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest in the second Williams, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, with both drivers briefly being classified as high as second thanks to completing their qualifying simulation laps before some of the frontrunners.

Daniel Ricciardo was down in eighth place after completing his first soft-tyre run later than most while work was being done on his front brakes in the pits, jumping from 15th and bumping Kevin Magnussen and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg down to ninth and 10th.

Adrian Sutil was 12th fastest in the improving Sauber, briefly running as high as fourth before being bumped down the order, behind Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso, with Sergio Perez down in 13th.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean complained of the rear end of his car being unpredictable on his way to 14th, just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

The Ferrari driver endured a difficult session, with a misfire setting in early on and forcing a lengthy stay in the pits.

He returned to the track in the closing stages of the session, but the car was not able to do any better than 15th.

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi was up in 16th, just 3.587s off the pace, although his position was boosted by several others hitting trouble.

Gutierrez ended up 18th after managing only seven laps before he spun at Blanchimont and being unable to rejoin.

Andre Lotterer continued to impress, ending the session just half-a-tenth off team-mate Marcus Ericsson in 19th place.

Max Chilton, who had yesterday been replaced by Alexander Rossi before earning a reprieve this morning, had sat out the morning session and ended up 20th after his running was hindered by a turbo problem.

Maldonado did not set a time after causing an early red flag when he crashed just after the eight-minute mark.

The Lotus driver drifted onto the grass on the right-hand side of the track run-out of Rivage towards Pouhon and lost control, spearing across the track and heavily into the barrier on the opposite side of the circuit.

But he at least went further than Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to sit out the session as a result of an electrical problem related to the engine in the morning.

This has forced an engine change, which the team did not have the time to do before the afternoon’s running.


Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m49.189s           26
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m49.793s  +0.604s  28
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m49.930s  +0.741s  19
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m50.327s  +1.138s  24
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m50.659s  +1.470s  31
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m50.677s  +1.488s  26
 7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m50.725s  +1.536s  25
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m50.977s  +1.788s  16
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m51.074s  +1.885s  31
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m51.077s  +1.888s  26
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m51.383s  +2.194s  26
12. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m51.450s  +2.261s  29
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m51.573s  +2.384s  28
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m52.196s  +3.007s  25
15. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m52.234s  +3.045s  18
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m52.776s  +3.587s  23
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m53.955s  +4.766s   7
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m54.040s  +4.851s  18
19. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m54.050s  +4.861s  30
20. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault       1m54.093s  +4.904s  24
21. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          no time              2
22. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       no time

Da Autosport.com


Belgian GP: Nico Rosberg quickest in opening practice session

Mercedes was fastest in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg outpacing Lewis Hamilton by 0.097s.

As expected, Mercedes­-engined cars dominated the top 10, with the ‘works’ cars trading quickest times in the final half hour.

Rosberg topped the timesheets for the first half of the session with a 1m51.724s lap before Hamilton edged ahead, but Rosberg hit back by going another tenth of a second faster.

Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington informed him that the time came from Rosberg being quicker through the chicane and picking up more mid­-corner ­to ­exit speed at Pouhon.

Both Mercedes then returned to the circuit in the final minutes but did not improve their times.

Ferrari arrived at Spa with a revised low­-downforce aero package and proved to be the fastest non­-Mercedes team. Fernando Alonso was especially impressive, third fastest and just two tenths off Rosberg’s benchmark.

Kimi Raikkonen, so often a Spa specialist, continued to fight his F14 T but finished fifth fastest, albeit a second slower than his team-­mate.

The Ferraris sandwiched the McLaren of fourth-­placed Jenson Button, who survived a brief scare when his DRS stuck open. Button was a comfortable half­ second faster than team-­mate Kevin Magnussen.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the only other top 10 runner without a Mercedes engine, closing the session in ninth place, behind Magnussen and the two Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Ricciardo’s team-­mate Sebastian Vettel was two places adrift after an eventful session. He reported gearshift problems and ran off ­track at Pouhon, then ran just another handful of laps before returning to the garage with a temperature-­related exhaust failure.

Valtteri Bottas was the only Williams driver to finish inside the top 10, seven tenths quicker than team-­mate Felipe Massa.

While 1.595s separated P1 from P10, the gap from fastest to slowest on the entire grid was a substantial 6.4s, with the usual suspects propping up the order.

Alexander Rossi, who will not now drive in the grand prix, was over a second slower than Marussia team-­mate Jules Bianchi.

It only took F1 debutant Andre Lotterer 10 laps at the wheel of the newly upgraded Caterham to overhaul team-­mate Marcus Ericsson, who spun at La Source in response.


Pos Driver                Team                      Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m51.577s           25    
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m51.674s  +0.097s  24    
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m51.805s  +0.228s  16    
 4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m52.404s  +0.827s  21    
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   1m52.818s  +1.241s  17    
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      1m52.903s  +1.326s  24    
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes          1m52.922s  +1.345s  23    
 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      1m52.937s  +1.360s  22    
 9. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          1m52.972s  +1.395s  19    
10. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes         1m53.172s  +1.595s  20    
11. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m53.369s  +1.792s  11    
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault        1m53.594s  +2.017s  21    
13. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m53.597s  +2.020s  20    
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari            1m53.703s  +2.126s  14    
15. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1m53.968s  +2.391s  20    
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault        1m54.189s  +2.612s  20    
17. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari            1m54.335s  +2.758s  16    
18. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault             1m55.336s  +3.759s  21    
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari          1m55.782s  +4.205s  19    
20. Alexander Rossi       Marussia-Ferrari          1m57.232s  +5.655s  20    
21. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault          1m57.886s  +6.309s  24    
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault          1m57.977s  +6.400s  24
Da Autosport.com


GP Ungheria, prove sabato–26/07/2014


Hungarian GP: Rosberg on pole, fire puts Hamilton out in Q1

Nico Rosberg had a clear run to pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix after team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes caught fire early in qualifying.

Hamilton was the favourite for pole after topping all three free practice sessions, but he was eliminated just five minutes into Q1 when he stopped in the pit entry with the rear of his Mercedes ablaze thanks to a fuel leak.

But although this meant Rosberg’s main rival was not in contention, rain that struck at the start of Q3 made the world championship leader’s task difficult.

Rosberg was the first onto the track on slick tyres with conditions worsening, but with the first corner particularly wet he slid off into the runoff area on his first flier, ruining his lap.

But Kevin Magnussen, who was second on the road, also outbraked himself, hitting the tyre barrier on the outside of the corner and bringing out the red flag before anyone could set a time.

When qualifying resumed after an eight-minute delay, the rain had eased and while the track was slippery, everyone opted to continue on slicks.

With the track drying up, everyone went back out on slicks, with Rosberg going fastest on his second flying lap after a brief spell at the top of the times for Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.

But unlike Rosberg, who stayed out and used only one set of softs in Q3, Vettel pitted for new rubber and took top spot from the Mercedes driver on his final lap.

Moments later Rosberg improved, taking pole position by almost half-a-second.

Vettel held onto second ahead of Bottas, the latter also opting to pit for new tyres, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth fastest.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were fifth and sixth, both also having two runs in the restarted Q3 segment, with Jenson Button eighth ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne.

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg was the slowest of those to set a time in Q3 in ninth, with Magnussen classified 10th having not set a time before his crash.

Daniil Kvyat was in contention for a top 10 slot, but he locked the rears at Turn 12 on his final lap in Q2 and spun, ending up 11th.

Sauber driver Adrian Sutil was 12th ahead of Sergio Perez, who suffered a hydraulic leak during Q2 and could only attempt one run.

Esteban Gutierrez took 14th ahead of Romain Grosjean, with Jules Bianchi ending up 16th after an excellent performance to make the second stage of qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen was a shock casuality during Q1, ending the session 17th fastest.

With Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado, whose Lotus had stopped early in Q1, not running, most teams opted not to send their cars out for a second run on the basis that they only needed to finish ahead of the Caterhams and the Marussias to make the next phase.

But Raikkonen was the slowest of those who did not attempt a run on soft rubber and when Bianchi put in his final lap, the Finn was relegated to the dropzone while sat in the garage.

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi was 18th ahead of Max Chilton, who suffered a fuel pressure problem on his final run, with Marcus Ericsson slowest of those who set a lap.

Hamilton was classified 21st ahead of Maldonado thanks to starting a flying lap.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m22.715s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m23.201s  +0.486s
 3.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m23.354s  +0.639s
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m23.391s  +0.676s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m23.909s  +1.194s
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m24.223s  +1.508s
 7.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.294s  +1.579s
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m24.720s  +2.005s
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m24.775s  +2.060s
10.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes
Q3 cut-off time:                       1m24.647s
11.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m24.706s  +1.396s**
12.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.136s  +1.826s
13.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m25.211s  +1.901s
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.260s  +1.950s
15.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m25.337s  +2.027s
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m27.419s  +4.109s
Q2 cut-off time:                       1m26.728s
17.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m26.792s  +1.851s***
18.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m27.139s  +2.198s
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m27.819s  +2.878s
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m28.643s  +3.702s
21.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault

107 per cent time: 1m30.886s

** Gap to fastest in Q2
*** Gap to fastest in Q1

Da Autosport.com


Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton edges Nico Rosberg in final practice

Lewis Hamilton cemented his status as favourite for pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix by topping Saturday morning free practice.

The Mercedes driver had a quiet start to the session, not going for laptimes on his early laps on the slower medium-compound Pirellis.

Hamilton was down in 18th place when he went out for his third run, still on the mediums, jumping to eighth fastest on his 14th lap on the rubber and then knocking Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari off top spot by almost three-tenths of a second on his 16th lap.

But with a big step in performance between the medium and the soft-compound Pirellis, the fastest laps were always going to be set on that rubber.

Hamilton had slipped to seventh by the time he started his qualifying simulation, but he set the fastest times in the first two sectors of the lap and then a personal best in the final one to knock team-mate Nico Rosberg off top spot with four minutes remaining.

Rosberg subsequently improved on his second attempt after a cool-down lap, closing the deficit to Hamilton from 0.453s to 0.229s. He then improved again, cutting the deficit to just 47-thousandths.

Sebastian Vettel then went third fastest on his qualifying simulation, four-tenths off the pace, with Valtteri Bottas just shaded to fourth fastest by the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, who had been the first of the frontrunners to go out on the soft Pirellis with 10 minutes remaining were briefly first and second after lapping just 49-thousandths apart.

But they eventually slid to sixth and seventh in the final reckoning, just ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren.

Scuderia Toro Rosso proved it would be a threat for Q3 this afternoon, with Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat ninth and 10th ahead of Felipe Massa and Jenson Button.

Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were down in 17th and 18th place behind the Saubers and the two Lotus entries, both unable to extract a competitive laptime from the soft rubber.

Kamui Kobayashi continued Caterham’s improved weekend by outpacing the Marussias of Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi, with team-mate Marcus Ericsson 21st after a brief spin at Turn 13.

Pos Driver             Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m24.048s           21
 2. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m24.095s  +0.047s  24
 3. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m24.455s  +0.407s  16
 4. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m24.678s  +0.630s  15
 5. Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m24.685s  +0.637s  21
 6. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m24.769s  +0.721s  11
 7. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m24.818s  +0.770s  19
 8. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.867s  +0.819s  21
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m25.162s  +1.114s  17
10. Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m25.170s  +1.122s  19
11. Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m25.231s  +1.183s  18
12. Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.468s  +1.420s  14
13. Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m25.829s  +1.781s  22
14. Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m25.859s  +1.811s  19
15. Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.934s  +1.886s  21
16. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m26.023s  +1.975s  23
17. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m26.035s  +1.987s  19
18. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m26.142s  +2.094s  17
19. Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m27.560s  +3.512s  23
20. Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m28.083s  +4.035s  17
21. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m28.605s  +4.557s  22
22. Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m28.821s  +4.773s  14
Da Autosport.com


GP Ungheria, commenti post libere–25/07/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Evaluate every detail”

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first free practice session, we managed to do a good job, testing various solutions on the programme and I was feeling reasonably pleased with the handling of the car. Then, in the afternoon, I went out for a second run on the Medium tyres, because the behaviour of this compound seemed worse as the temperature went up and that affected the handling of the car, while on the Soft I had no problems. In the second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the Mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn’t show any problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Ungheria, prove venerdì–25/07/2014


Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton stays on top in second practice

Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg.

The Mercedes driver, who earlier topped morning practice, was fastest during the early stages of the session when everyone ran on the slower medium-compound Pirelli tyres.

Red Bull pairing Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo briefly took first and second positions thanks to switching onto the faster softs before Mercedes just after the half-hour mark.

But Rosberg then put Mercedes back on top with his first flier on the faster rubber, while team-mate Hamilton had a scruffy start to his run.

Hamilton then put in two faster laps, first outpacing Rosberg by 0.207s and then improving his best mark by 61 thousandths on the sixth lap of his run.

This was despite complaining several times during the session of struggling with the brakes, saying over the radio early on that “I can’t seem to stop the car”.

Vettel, who had an off at the chicane in the early running, held on to end up the best non-Mercedes in third overall, six tenths off the pace and three tenths up on old title rival Fernando Alonso.

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen, who ploughed through the gravel at the chicane in the early running, was fifth fastest ahead of Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, with Ricciardo sliding to seventh as others improved on the soft rubber.

Williams was lower down the timesheets than usual, with Valtteri Bottas eighth ahead of the second McLaren of Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa was 10th after suffering a spin early in his soft-tyre run before a car problem forced him to return to the garage and miss out on some of the planned long-run track time.

Williams engineering boss Rob Smedley was seen examining the left-rear wheel in the garage, suggesting the problem might have been in that area.

Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne was 11th and 12th ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who had briefly been third after being the first to try the soft rubber.

Adrian Sutil was the faster of the two Sauber’s ahead of Sergio Perez’s Force India.

Behind them were the two Lotus entries of Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean.

Maldonado suffered a quick spin on his first run, but recovered to complete a full programme, while Grosjean’s running was restricted by the team having to chase a cooling system leak.

Kamui Kobayashi, another to suffer a spin, was 19th fastest ahead of both Marussias and Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson.


Pos Driver                Team                     Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 1m24.482s          38
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 1m24.720s +0.238s  38
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         1m25.111s +0.629s  33
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  1m25.437s +0.955s  26
 5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         1m25.580s +1.098s  34
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                  1m25.730s +1.248s  30
 7. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         1m25.983s +1.501s  29
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        1m25.999s +1.517s  37
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1m26.234s +1.752s  33
10. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes        1m26.402s +1.920s  18
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       1m26.689s +2.207s  42
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       1m26.703s +2.221s  37
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     1m26.789s +2.307s  39
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           1m26.919s +2.437s  41
15. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     1m27.013s +2.531s  39 
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1m27.019s +2.537s  40
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            1m27.021s +2.539s  14  
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           1m27.480s +2.998s  32
19. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         1m28.370s +3.888s  35 
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         1m28.469s +3.987s  26
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         1m28.586s +4.104s  35
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         1m29.036s +4.554s  34
Da Autosport.com


Hungarian GP: Hamilton leads Rosberg in opening practice

Mercedes underlined its dominant position at the front of Formula 1 by comfortably leading the way in the first free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton beat team-mate Nico Rosberg to the fastest time by just 0.183 seconds, after struggling with his brakes in the early part of the session.

The silver cars were the only ones to lap below 1m26s around the Hungaroring.

Kimi Raikkonen finished up best of the rest in third, six tenths of a second adrift of championship leader Rosberg.

The Finn matched Hamilton in the first sector but his Ferrari fell away across the rest of the circuit.

Raikkonen lapped four tenths clear of Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was in turn four tenths faster than reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel in the best of the Red Bulls.

Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren rounded out the top six, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso, the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, and the sister McLaren of Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa was fastest of the two Williams drivers in 10th, while team-mate Valtteri Bottas was only 15th, behind Esteban Gutierrez in the best of the Saubers, Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, and Pastor Maldonado in the best of the Lotus.

Hulkenberg’s Force India team-mate Sergio Perez was next, ahead of the troublesome second Lotus of Romain Grosjean, which stopped early with a technical issue related to the car’s water system.

Adrian Sutil was 18th fastest, more than a second slower than Sauber team-mate Gutierrez, but well ahead of the two Caterhams – led by Kamui Kobayashi – and the two Marussias.

There were a number of brake lock-ups and trips across the circuit run-off areas as drivers explored the track’s limits early on, but the most dramatic moment of the session befell Max Chilton as he returned to the pits after his installation lap.

Chilton is hoping his form will improve this weekend, after switching back to a chassis he used before June’s Austrian GP, but the Briton’s session was barely five minutes old when his Marussia caught fire in the pitlane when some oil leaked onto the car’s exhaust, requiring a change of gearbox on the MR03.

He returned to the track just in time to register a flying lap two tenths clear of his team-mate Bianchi.


Pos Driver               Team                    Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes                1m25.814s           27
 2. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                1m25.997s  +0.183s  31
 3. Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari                 1m26.421s  +0.607s  29
 4. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                 1m26.872s  +1.058s  23
 5. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault        1m27.220s  +1.406s  28
 6. Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes        1m27.357s  +1.543s  28
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault      1m27.683s  +1.869s  30
 8. Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault        1m27.782s  +1.968s  16
 9. Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes        1m27.804s  +1.990s  27
10. Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes       1m27.960s  +2.146s  24
11. Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.967s  +2.153s  25
12. Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes    1m28.101s  +2.287s  28
13. Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault      1m28.208s  +2.394s  32
14. Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault           1m28.266s  +2.452s  28
15. Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Mercedes       1m28.330s  +2.516s  21
16. Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes    1m28.376s  +2.562s  24
17. Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault           1m28.593s  +2.779s  24
18. Adrian Sutil         Sauber-Ferrari          1m29.025s  +3.211s  23
19. Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham-Renault        1m30.363s  +4.549s  30
20. Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault        1m30.892s  +5.078s  24
21. Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari        1m31.004s  +5.190s  5
22. Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari        1m31.248s  +5.434s  20
Da Autosport.com


GP Germania, prove del sabato–19/07/2014


German GP: Rosberg on pole, Hamilton down in 15th

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix after Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton crashed early in the session.

With Hamilton absent, Rosberg’s main challenge for pole position came from Williams driver Valtteri Bottas..

After setting the pace on the first runs in Q3, Rosberg was unable to improve his time on his second run thanks to a slow first sector, but although Bottas set a stunning pace in the middle sector he ended up 0.219s slower.

Hamilton’s shunt happened during Q1 when he locked up and went off at the Sachskurve after suffering what Mercedes confirmed was a right-front brake disc failure, forcing the session to be red-flagged.

The Mercedes driver was transferred to the medical centre complaining of pain in his knees, with the team subsequently reporting that he was “OK, but sore after the crash”.

Although he had already set a laptime good enough to make Q2, Hamilton was unable to take any further part in the session so was classified 16th overall.

Felipe Massa was third fastest for Williams, three tenths slower than team-mate Bottas, with Kevin Magnussen a superb fourth for McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo again outqualified Sebastian Vettel, putting in a strong lap on his one remaining set of super-soft Pirellis in Q3 to beat his team-mate by three tenths.

Fernando Alonso was seventh, ahead of another star rookie, Daniil Kvyat, with Force India pairing Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez ninth and 10th.

Jenson Button failed to make Q3 after being relegated to 11th by Perez in the dying seconds on the second part of qualifying.

He was joined in being knocked out by fellow world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who was four tenths off Ferrari team-mate Alonso in Q2.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 13th after a late effort in Q2, which included a lairy oversteer moment at the exit of the final corner, ahead of Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean.

But Gutierrez must serve a three-place grid penalty for his clash with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone, meaning he will start 18th, meaning Hamilton’s 16th place will put him one place higher on the grid.

Adrian Sutil was the fastest of the six who failed to reach Q2 after being bumped down to 17th by Grosjean late in the first segment of qualifying, with his run on super-soft rubber interrupted by the red flag thrown for Hamilton’s accident.

Jules Bianchi was the faster of the Marussias, around half-a-second slower than the Sauber, with Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado 19th.

Kamui Kobayashi pipped Max Chilton to 20th, but the second Caterham of Marcus Ericsson was unable to run at all thanks to a hydraulic leak.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m16.540s            
 2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m16.759s  +0.219s   
 3. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m17.078s  +0.538s   
 4. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m17.214s  +0.674s   
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m17.273s  +0.733s   
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m17.577s  +1.037s   
 7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m17.649s  +1.109s   
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m17.965s  +1.425s   
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m18.014s  +1.474s   
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m18.035s  +1.495s   
Q2 cut-off time: 1m18.161s                                   Gap **
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m18.193s  +1.084s
12. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m18.273s  +1.164s
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m18.285s  +1.176s
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m18.787s  +1.678s
15. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m18.983s  +1.874s
16. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             no time
Q1 cut-off time: 1m18.927s                                     Gap *
17. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m19.142s  +1.511s
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m19.676s  +2.045s
19. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m20.195s  +2.564s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m20.408s  +2.777s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m20.489s  +2.858s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     no time

 

Da Autosport.com


German GP: Nico Rosberg back on top in final practice

Nico Rosberg was 0.601s faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in third practice for the 2014 Formula 1 German Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso was third quickest for Ferrari.

Both Mercedes went out on simulated qualifying runs in the closing minutes but Hamilton’s lap was scrappier than Rosberg’s.

Most teams focused on longer runs with higher fuel loads for the majority of the session, before sending their drivers out for simulated qualifying runs on the super-soft tyres in the final 10 minutes.

Williams was chasing lap time early in the session, which put Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa at the top of the timesheets for the first half hour until Kimi Raikkonen, the first driver to go out on the super-soft tyres, usurped them.

Times then tumbled in the final minutes as Mercedes returned to its customary 1-2 position.

Alonso had a spin at Turn 8 after overshooting the apex and running wide over the exit kerb, but his super-soft run was flawlessly committed and he closed out the session third fastest, 0.60s off Rosberg’s benchmark.

Team-mate Raikkonen did not improve on the 1m18.842s he set on his first super-soft run, eighth quickest overall.

Bottas had outpaced Massa on the longer runs, but in qualifying trim the Brazilian had the edge over his team-mate and they ended the session fourth and fifth just off Alonso’s pace.

It was Jenson Button’s turn to test McLaren’s new rear wing, but he struggled with locking brakes and ended the session slower than team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who was sixth fastest.

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were fighting their cars throughout and the Red Bull drivers could do no better than seventh and ninth.


Pos Driver                Team                    Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m17.779s           24
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m18.380s  +0.601s  20
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m18.384s  +0.605s  11
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       1m18.575s  +0.796s  18
 5. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes       1m18.611s  +0.832s  19
 6. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        1m18.756s  +0.977s  16
 7. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1m18.769s  +0.990s  13
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 1m18.842s  +1.063s  8
 9. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m18.890s  +1.111s  17
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1m19.127s  +1.348s  19
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      1m19.131s  +1.352s  19
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      1m19.470s  +1.691s  20
13. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m19.489s  +1.710s  15
14. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    1m19.505s  +1.726s  21
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m19.601s  +1.822s  23
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m20.078s  +2.299s  23
17. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        1m20.198s  +2.419s  21
18. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault           1m20.466s  +2.687s  19
19. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          1m20.844s  +3.065s  6
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault        1m21.018s  +3.239s  21
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        1m23.077s  +5.298s  14
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        1m23.449s  +5.670s  7
Da Autosport.com


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