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GP Bahrain, prove sabato–05/04/2014

Bahrain GP: Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole as Mercedes dominates

Nico Rosberg claimed his first pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season, leading a Mercedes front row lockout.

Lewis Hamilton had set the pace throughout practice and headed into the session as favourite for pole position, but after being outpaced by Rosberg on their first runs in Q3 had a big lockup on his second lap at Turn 1 and ran wide, preventing him from mounting a challenge for pole.

Rosberg aborted his final run having been informed Hamilton made a mistake, earning the fifth pole position of his F1 career.

Daniel Ricciardo was one of the few drivers to improve on his second run in Q3, jumping to third on the grid.

This relegated Valtteri Bottas to fourth, the Finn proving that the Williams team’s pace during pre-season testing here was no fluke with a place on the second row.

Force India driver Sergio Perez has been strong all weekend and was fifth fastest, only a tenth slower than Bottas.

He shaded Kimi Raikkonen, who had only one run in Q3 because he had only one set of fresh rubber remaining, by 22 thousandths of a second.

McLaren pairing Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen ended up seventh and eight, split by the second Williams of Felipe Massa, with both making late improvements as they also had only one set of new softs for the session.

Fernando Alonso was slowest in Q3 after a disappointing final lap, ending up six tenths slower than team-mate Raikkonen.

World champion Sebastian Vettel failed to make Q3 for the second time in three races.

Red Bull opted to complete just one run in Q2 and Vettel complained about downshift problems after missing the cut by six-hundredths of a second.

Nico Hulkenberg, who has struggled to match Force India team-mate Perez all weekend, also failed to hook up a good enough lap to make Q3 after running wide onto the kerb at Turn 11, ending up 12th ahead of the Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez shaded Lotus driver Romain Grosjean for 15th place by just 17 thousandths of a second.

Pastor Maldonado was the fastest driver to fall in Q1 in 17th place. He was pipped by Grosjean, who set a time just nine thousandths of a second faster than his team-mate in the dying moments of the first part of qualifying.

Grosjean was impeded by Adrian Sutil’s Sauber late in the session, an incident which will be investigated by the stewards tonight.

The German was also knocked out in Q1, while Caterham continued its recent upward curve in terms of performance, with Kamui Kobayashi 19th fastest, lapping within a quarter of a second of Sutil, and Marcus Ericsson 21st.

Jules Bianchi split the two Caterhams, with Max Chilton slowest.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m33.185s
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m33.464s  +0.279s
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m34.051s  +0.866s
 4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m34.247s  +1.062s
 5. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m34.346s  +1.161s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m34.368s  +1.183s
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m34.387s  +1.202s
 8. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m34.511s  +1.326s
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m34.712s  +1.527s
10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m34.992s  +1.807s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m34.925s                                 Gap **
11. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m34.985s  +1.277s
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m35.116s  +1.408s
13. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m35.145s  +1.437s
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m35.286s  +1.578s
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m35.891s  +2.183s
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m35.908s  +2.200s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m36.654s                                  Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m36.663s  +1.789s
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m36.840s  +1.966s
19. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m37.085s  +2.211s
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m37.310s  +2.436s
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m37.875s  +3.001s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m37.913s  +3.039s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2

Da Autosport.com

Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton completes practice sweep for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton continued Mercedes’ domination as he set the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1′s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Briton, who was fastest in both Friday sessions at the Sakhir circuit, headed his team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.115 seconds.

They finished ahead of Sergio Perez, who was half a second adrift of Hamilton’s best lap, but the pace of the Force India indicates that it is looking good for a strong qualifying performance later on Saturday.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest in his Williams ahead of his team-mate Felipe Massa.

Like Friday, Williams chose to save mileage by sitting out much of the practice period. But when both they first appeared on the medium compound tyre they were the second fastest runners behind the Mercedes pair at the mid-way stage of the hour.

Sebastian Vettel sat out the final 20 minutes of the session after he spun his Red Bull off the track. The world champion seemingly lost control of his car on the exit of Turn 2 and looped his car around into the gravel trap. He had only completed eight laps when he spun off.

Jenson Button was sixth fastest in his McLaren, just ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari and the other Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Hamilton was the first of the frontrunners to head the timesheets, putting in a 1m37.340s lap halfway through the session on the medium compound tyre.

A few minutes later his team-mate beat him by less than a tenth of a second. At that stage they were quicker than Jenson Button’s McLaren by over a second.

A number of drivers were caught out at the end of the back straight and ran wide entering Turn 11 – including the Mercedes runners – thanks to the gusty tail wind at the Sakhir circuit.

There was further problems for Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson, who complained that his Renault was not delivering full power in the opening minutes of the hour.

Qualifying takes place under floodlights at 6pm local time.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m35.324s           12
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m35.439s  +0.115s  12
 3.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m35.868s  +0.544s  10
 4.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m36.116s  +0.792s  10
 5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m36.364s  +1.040s  8
 6.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.394s  +1.070s  8
 7.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m36.454s  +1.130s  12
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m36.455s  +1.131s  11
 9.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m36.680s  +1.356s  16
10.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m36.772s  +1.448s  13
11.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.822s  +1.498s  8
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m37.030s  +1.706s  11
13.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m37.119s  +1.795s  11
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m37.325s  +2.001s  18
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.089s  +2.765s  24
16.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m38.400s  +3.076s  17
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m38.736s  +3.412s  15
18.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m38.880s  +3.556s  21
19.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m38.971s  +3.647s  18
20.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m39.208s  +3.884s  17
21.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.225s  +3.901s  8
22.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m39.597s  +4.273s  14
Da Autosport.com

GP Bahrain, commenti del venerdì–04/04/2014

Kimi Raikkonen: “A difficult Friday”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall, this was a difficult day, because I didn’t feel comfortable with the car in either session. In the first one, I damaged the floor on the kerb at turn 4 and this meant I had to pit. The team did a super job, because they got me back out on track in a short time, but then, because of a problem with the brakes, I was unable to complete the programme. In the second session we concentrated on looking at the two Pirelli compounds and with the Soft it was definitely better than the Medium. Now we will get down to analysing all today’s data, especially regarding the immediate change in the track from day to night and we will try and improve for qualifying and the race.”

Da Ferrari.com

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GP Bahrain, prove venerdì–04/04/2014

Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton stays ahead in second practice

Mercedes continued to set the outright pace in Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets at the end of the second practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton was 0.365 seconds faster than his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Held in warm, dry conditions – five degrees cooler than this afternoon’s first practice – this was the first ever Formula 1 practice session in Bahrain to be held under floodlights.

Third quickest was Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari, significantly more than a second slower than Hamilton, pointing to the continued superiority of the Mercedes team.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa, who had a nervy moment as he was seemingly baulked by Esteban Gutierrez on the back straight a few moments before the session ended.

In sixth place was Jenson Button’s McLaren, one position ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel.

This second session of the day was all about the Mercedes pair. Rosberg was the first of the two silver machines to switch onto the soft tyre and his first run on the new rubber was two seconds faster than his pace on the medium tyres.

Soon afterwards Hamilton upped the ante and his first run on the soft tyre was immediately 0.365 seconds faster than his team-mate.

It was another eventual period for Lotus as first Romain Grosjean complained of a misfire with his Renault, while his team-mate Pastor Maldonado enjoyed a spectacular moment as he got all four wheels airborne after hitting the kerbs at Turn 4.

Briton Max Chilton retired from the session with 35 minutes remaining after he suffered a high-speed spin at Turn 4. He complained on his team radio that he lost drive then the rear axle locked and pitched his Marussia into a spin.

A few minutes later Adrian Sutil climbed out of the cockpit of his Sauber at Turn 6 following a problem with his car. Another retiree was Marcus Ericsson, who stopped his Caterham at the side of the track just five minutes from the flag.

Early on there was a dramatic moment as Sergio Perez narrowly avoided a slow-moving Rosberg as they headed towards the final corner.

The German initially moved to his right to get out of the Force India driver’s way, and Perez had to take action to avoid hitting the Mercedes. The stewards said they would look at the incident after the session.

Pos Driver                Team                      Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m34.325s          28
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m34.690s  +0.365  31
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m35.360s  +1.035  28
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          1m35.433s  +1.108  28
 5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1m35.442s  +1.117  13
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m35.528s  +1.203  21
 7. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m35.606s  +1.281  29
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault        1m35.640s  +1.315  31
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes          1m35.662s  +1.337  22
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      1m35.802s  +1.477  40
11. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes         1m35.920s  +1.595   9 
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault        1m35.972s  +1.647  32
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      1m35.998s  +1.673  18
14. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   1m36.366s  +2.041  32
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari            1m36.962s  +2.637  13
16. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            1m36.975s  +2.650  35
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault             1m37.259s  +2.934  24
18. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m37.599s  +3.274  23
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari          1m37.800s  +3.475  15
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari          1m38.247s  +3.922  10
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault          1m38.257s  +3.932  33
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault          1m39.136s  +4.811  30
Da Autosport.com

Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton puts Mercedes on top in FP1

Lewis Hamilton continued the Mercedes team’s dominance of the 2014 Formula 1 season by topping first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Malaysian GP winner was fastest during the opening half-hour of the 90-minute session, during which drivers are permitted to use their extra set of medium-compound Pirellis, lapping 0.113s faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Both Mercedes waited until the final 20 minutes of the session to head out on their second set of mediums, by which time Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had taken top spot after setting a time four tenths of a second faster than Hamilton’s first run despite a brief lock-up at Turn 10.

Hamilton then set the fastest time of the session in all three sectors to reclaim top spot, the second time he has been quickest during FP1 in three 2014 races.

Rosberg retained second place, although he was around a tenth slower than Hamilton had been on the first runs, ending up 0.231s off the pace.

Alonso ended the session third fastest, four-and-a-half tenths slower than Hamilton and 0.169s ahead of Nico Hulkenberg as the Ferrari and Force India drivers continued the battle that has raged throughout the season so far.

The German looked to have the potential to outpace the Ferrari after lapping a quarter-of-a-second faster than Alonso in sector one but lost time over the rest of the lap.

Alonso endured an abortive start to his running on his second set of rubber, Ferrari inadvertently sending him out of the garage with one soft tyre and three mediums. He stopped in the pitlane and was dragged back to the garage to replace the soft.

Jenson Button’s McLaren was fifth fastest, just ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who had a big lock-up at Turn 1 and ran off the track while on his long-run on his second set of mediums.

The second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen was seventh fastest, ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s Scuderia Toro Rosso, the 19-year-old Russian ended up 1.5s off the fastest time.

World champion Sebastian Vettel was only 10th fastest behind the second Force India of Sergio Perez, 1.887s slower than Hamilton, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo a second slower in 14th.

Felipe Massa was the quickest Williams, setting the 11th fastest time after completing only one installation lap on his first set of tyres.

Three reserve drivers made their first appearances of the season during the session, with Felipe Nasr, driving Valtteri Bottas’s Williams, the quickest of them in 13th place.

Sauber’s Giedo van der Garde, who took over Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber, was 18th fastest, with Caterham’s Robin Frijns 21st quickest in Kamui Kobayashi’s car.

Pos Driver                Team                    Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m37.502s            14
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m37.733s  +0.231s   13
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m37.953s  +0.451s   17
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1m38.122s  +0.620s   10
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m38.636s  +1.134s   16
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 1m38.783s  +1.281s   12
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        1m38.949s  +1.447s   15
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      1m39.056s  +1.554s   24
 9. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    1m39.102s  +1.600s   21
10. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m39.389s  +1.887s   16
11. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       1m39.533s  +2.031s   11
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      1m39.862s  +2.360s   26
13. Felipe Nasr           Williams-Mercedes       1m40.078s  +2.576s   14
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1m40.406s  +2.904s   19
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          1m40.652s  +3.150s   20
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault           1m40.793s  +3.291s   31
17. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        1m40.$89s  +3.387s   20
18. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari          1m40.913s  +3.411s   20
19. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m41.036s  +3.534s   24
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        1m41.794s  +4.292s   20
21. Robin Frijns          Caterham-Renault        1m42.417s  +4.915s   35
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        1m42.711s  +5.209s   2
Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, prove sabato–29/03/2014

Malaysian GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to pole at wet Sepang

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix in a rain-delayed qualifying session for the second round of the 2014 Formula 1 season.

After a 50-minute delay, track conditions were still best-suited to full wet tyres in Q3 and Hamilton’s first flying lap of 1m59.431s was good enough to secure pole position.

But his advantage was a small one, as he ended up just 55 thousandths of a second faster than Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg showed disappointing pace on his first flier, ending up only fourth fastest, but with track conditions a little worse in the closing stages did enough to improve to third.

Fernando Alonso was the man he bumped down to fourth, although the Spaniard was fortunate to make Q3 after surviving a collision with Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat at Turn 9 during Q2.

The Spaniard suffered front-left suspension damage in the clash, which happened when he was struggling back to the pits on intermediate rubber while most were on full wets.

The Russian had closed rapidly on Alonso and dived to the inside of the slow left-hander, but Alonso turned in and Kvyat slid into him.

The incident will be investigated by stewards after the session.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth fastest in the second Red Bull ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who was the only driver other than Hamilton to head the times during Q3, with Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg seventh.

Behind him was Kevin Magnussen, who started Q3 on intermediates but pitted to change to wets, salvaging eighth place while team-mate Jenson Button stuck with the inferior tyre and ended up slowest in 10th.

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne was the other driver to reach the top 10 shootout, ending up ninth.

Williams pairing Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were the big-name casualties during Q2.

With everyone setting their times using wet Pirellis during the middle segment of the session, the Williams FW36 again struggled for traction in the low-grip conditions. And the pair ended up 13th and 14th respectively.

Vergne prevailed in a tense battle for the final Q3 slot, bumping Toro Rosso team-mate Kvyat from the position in the dying seconds of the session.

Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez ended up 12th fastest ahead of the Williams pairing, with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean suffering a late spin and unable to do better than 16th after making Q2 for the first time this year.

Pastor Maldonado was unable to join his Lotus team-mate in the second phase of qualifying, ending up the fastest of those to miss the Q2 cut 0.385s slower than Vergne.

After the delayed start, every team apart from McLaren opted to send their drivers out on intermediate rubber in wet conditions, with the majority of the order dictated by pace during the first half of the session.

Sauber’s Adrian Sutil, Marussia pairing Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton and the Caterhams of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson were the others to fall in Q1.

The session was brought to a premature close when Ericsson lost it on a wet kerb at the exit of Turn 3 after what the Swede described as a "silly mistake" and spun into the barrier, rebounding and coming to rest on the track.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap   
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m59.431s
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m59.486s  +0.055s
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              2m00.050s  +0.619s
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               2m00.175s  +0.744s
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      2m00.541s  +1.110s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               2m01.218s  +1.787s
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  2m01.712s  +2.281s
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      2m02.213s  +2.782s
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    2m03.078s  +3.647s
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      2m04.053s  +4.622s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m36.811s                                   Gap **
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    2m02.351s  +3.310s
12. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        2m02.369s  +3.328s
13. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     2m02.460s  +3.419s
14. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  2m02.511s  +3.470s
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     2m02.756s  +3.715s
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         2m02.885s  +3.844s
Q1 cut-off time: 2m01.689s                                     Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         2m02.074s  +4.891s
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        2m02.131s  +4.948s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      2m02.702s  +5.519s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      2m03.595s  +6.412s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      2m04.388s  +7.205s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      2m04.407s  +7.224s

107% time: 2m05.385s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
Da Autosport.com

Malaysian GP: Nico Rosberg fastest as Mercedes dominates

Nico Rosberg enters qualifying as a favourite for pole position after setting the fastest time in final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg finished ahead of his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton as the team was the class of the field in Saturday lunchtime’s period.

The duo topped the timesheets throughout the hour when they were running on both the hard and medium compound tyres.

The Mercedes pair were a whole second ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen at a hot and overcast Sepang International Circuit.

The Ferraris were the first to switch to the medium compound tyre with just over 20 minutes of the session remaining. But their positions at the top of timing screens were shortlived once the Mercedes switched to the softer compound rubber.

Both the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo sat out most of the beginning of the session, only coming out halfway through the hour. Vettel’s late lap gave him the fourth quickest time, two positions ahead of his team-mate.

German Nico Hulkenberg impressed with the fifth fastest time on the medium compound tyres in his Force India.

It was a problematic session for McLaren, which completed the least of amount of running.

Early in the session Kevin Magnussen complained on the team radio he had suffered a loss of power with his engine. Reports suggest it was a repeat of the exhaust sensor problem he suffered on Friday morning.

And team-mate Jenson Button also spent the majority of the session in the garage, save for a couple of early installation laps.

Lotus finally got some mileage this weekend as Pastor Maldonado managed a total of 20 laps across the hour, although he and his team-mate Romain Grosjean suffered a number of off-track excursions as they struggled to dial the set-up into the car.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m39.008s            13
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m39.240s  +0.232s   13
 3.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m40.156s  +1.148s   13
 4.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.387s  +1.379s   14
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m40.523s  +1.515s   15
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.686s  +1.678s   14
 7.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m40.736s  +1.728s   14
 8.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m40.781s  +1.773s   20
 9.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m40.891s  +1.883s   20
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m41.029s  +2.021s   15
11.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.182s  +2.174s   18
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.441s  +2.433s   18
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.552s  +2.544s   15
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.041s  +3.033s   17
15.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m42.749s  +3.741s   16
16.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m43.539s  +4.531s   20
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.977s  +4.969s   16
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.170s  +5.162s   18
19.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m44.457s  +5.449s   12
20.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m46.015s  +7.007s   7
21.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      2m05.555s  +26.547s  4
22.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes                           5
Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, commenti post libere–28/03/2014

Malaysian GP: Raikkonen sees progress with F1 car issues

Kimi Raikkonen suggested that he might have made a breakthrough with his Ferrari Formula 1 car after an encouraging Malaysian Grand Prix practice day.

The 2007 F1 champion was uncomfortable with aspects of the Ferrari F14 T’s characteristics throughout testing and the season-opening Australian GP.

But Raikkonen was second fastest in both Friday practice sessions at Sepang.

Although he continued to play down his prospects, he acknowledged that the timesheets reflected a genuine improvement since Australia.

"This was definitely a positive day and I had a better feeling compared to Friday in Melbourne," he said.

"I was more comfortable with the F14 T today.

"Even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there’s still a long way to go and a lot to do."

Both Ferraris showed promise on longer runs in particular, with Fernando Alonso fifth in practice two.

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Confronto di traiettorie Raikkonen-Vettel

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GP Malesya, prove libere venerdì–28/03/2014

Malaysian GP: Nico Rosberg ends Friday on top for Mercedes

Nico Rosberg ended the first day of Malaysian Grand Prix practice fastest for Mercedes, continuing his strong run of form at the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season.

The Australian Grand Prix winner was among the first of the frontrunners to switch onto the faster medium-compound tyre.

He knocked Felipe Massa’s Williams, which had been the first to top the timesheets on the quicker rubber, off top spot shortly after the 30-minute mark.

Rosberg’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton went second fastest, a tenth-and-a-half slower than Rosberg, shortly afterwards but appeared to have the pace to go quicker but for a slow middle sector.

The Mercedes were then split by the back-on-form Kimi Raikkonen, who was only 0.035s slower than Rosberg as he went second for Ferrari.

This was just enough to retain second ahead of Sebastian Vettel, whose Red Bull set its fastest time on his second flying lap on medium rubber, which suggests the RB10 is proving to be kind on its tyres in the heat of Malaysia.

Fernando Alonso ended up fifth fastest, half a tenth slower than Hamilton and just eight thousandths of a second quicker than Massa.

Alonso had earlier set the pace when the field was running on fresh hard rubber, his earlier lap of 1m40.737s good enough to shade Hamilton on the Mercedes driver’s best mark on the slower Pirellis.

Jenson Button, driving the upgraded McLaren that includes a modified nose as part of a significant update package, was eighth fastest behind Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, which suffered a brief off late in the session, and ahead of Bottas in the second Williams.

But Button’s team-mate had a more difficult day. Kevin Magnussen was forced to stop during the morning session when an exhaust temperature sensor warning kicked in and he completed only a couple of installation laps early on in practice two before going straight into his medium-tyre running and ending up 12th fastest.

The session was characterised by plenty of spectacular moments as drivers struggled for rear-end grip.

Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne suffered a spin at the final corner and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg locked up and ran through the gravel at the exit of the same turn, later setting a time good enough to beat the Frenchman into the top 10.

Marussia driver Max Chilton also suffered a spin at Turn 3 early in the session. He was unable to get the car going again, but was recovered to the pits and returned to the track later on.

Lotus endured another difficult session. Pastor Maldonado did not run at all because of what is believed to be a turbo problem that developed in morning practice.

Team-mate Romain Grosjean did take to the track, but his running was first interrupted and then ended prematurely by a gearbox problem.

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi was unable to run because of an energy store problem that cropped up during morning practice and a subsequent gearbox issue, although team-mate Marcus Ericsson was able to complete a full programme.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m39.909s           30
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m39.944s  +0.035s  30
 3.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.970s  +0.061s  30
 4.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m40.051s  +0.142s  32
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m40.103s  +0.194s  29
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m40.112s  +0.203s  34
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.276s  +0.367s  29
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.628s  +0.719s  28
 9.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m40.638s  +0.729s  35
10.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m40.691s  +0.782s  34
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.777s  +0.868s  33
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.014s  +1.105s  20
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.257s  +1.348s  28
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.325s  +1.416s  32
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.407s  +1.498s  34
16.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m41.671s  +1.762s  25
17.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m42.531s  +2.622s  14
18.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.638s  +3.729s  20
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.752s  +3.843s  29
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m45.703s  +5.794s  31
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault                           0
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                              0


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Malaysian GP: Lewis Hamilton fastest for Mercedes in practice one

Lewis Hamilton set the early pace in the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend with the quickest time in the opening free practice session for Mercedes.

The Briton recorded his fastest time, a 1m40.691s lap, 0.152 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, an hour into the session, at the hot and humid Sepang International Circuit.

The first Formula 1 running early on Friday morning was characterised by a number of drivers struggling with rear grip and locking brakes on the dry and dusty circuit.

Fernando Alonso spun his Ferrari at the high-speed Turn 8 – a mistake repeated at the same corner by Williams’s Felipe Massa. Hamilton went off at Turn 11 in the closing stages and the errors pointed to the general lack of grip at the tricky Sepang track.

A few teams suffered reliability problems in the blistering heat as they continued to adjust to their new 1.6-litre V6 power units.

McLaren’s Keven Magnussen had just set the fastest time before the hour mark when his car came to a halt after losing engine power at the pitlane entrance. He set the fifth fastest time overall, just one place behind team-mate Jenson Button.

World champion Sebastian Vettel ended practice one in seventh place – 0.832s off Hamilton’s quickest lap.

Lotus hit the most trouble as Romain Grosjean stopped out on track after just two laps of running with a problem with his MGU-H, while team-mate Pastor Maldonado spent most of the session in the garage.

He emerged from the pits less than 20 minutes from the end of practice only to suffer a smoky end to his first lap back out of the pits.

Rosberg ended up third fastest in his Mercedes, but the Australian Grand Prix winner radioed into his team with an early concern with his car after he locked the rear brakes and nearly spun while entering the pitlane after his installation lap right at the beginning of the practice period.

Practice benefited from the use of the additional bonus tyre in the first half and hour and during that time Alonso was initially fastest ahead of Magnussen.

Among other incidents, Caterham’s Marcus Ericssion and Sauber’s Adrian Sutil both looped their cars under braking for the final corner but continued unharmed.

Sergio Perez suffered problems with his Force India and after his installation lap failed to complete another lap of the session.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m40.691s           19
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m40.843s  +0.152s  20
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m41.028s  +0.337s  19
 4.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.111s  +0.420s  20
 5.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.274s  +0.583s  18
 6.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.402s  +0.711s  15
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m41.523s  +0.832s  9
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m41.642s  +0.951s  19
 9.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m41.686s  +0.995s  23
10.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m41.830s  +1.139s  22
11.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m41.923s  +1.232s  14
12.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m42.117s  +1.426s  20
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.365s  +1.674s  21
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m42.869s  +2.178s  21
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.904s  +2.213s  23
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.825s  +3.134s  18
17.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m45.775s  +5.084s  24
18.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m46.911s  +6.220s  10
19.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m51.180s  +10.489s 5
20.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes                      2
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                             2
22.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                             4
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GP Australia, prove sabato–15/03/2014

Australian GP: Hamilton denies Ricciardo pole in damp, Vettel 13th

Lewis Hamilton claimed the first pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, while world champion Sebastian Vettel failed even to make Q3.

The Mercedes driver, on wet tyres, knocked Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who was on intermediate rubber, off top spot by three tenths of a second in the final seconds of a rain-hit session.

Nico Rosberg, who had briefly taken first place before Hamilton and Ricciardo improved late on, was third ahead of McLaren’s rookie Kevin Magnussen.

Both drivers, as well as fifth-placed Ferrari man Fernando Alonso, set their times on wet rubber with opinion split among the 10 runners as to which tyre compound was preferable.

Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne showed his wet weather prowess with a superb sixth place ahead of Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg, both setting their times on intermediates.

Behind the pair was debutant Daniil Kvyat, who impressed despite an off in Q3 on the run between Turns 10 and 11.

He took eighth place on wet rubber, ahead of Williams drivers Felipe Massa (intermediates) and Valtteri Bottas (wets), although the latter must serve a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change before qualifying.

Several of the drivers who failed to advance from Q2 to Q3 were unable to improve thanks to yellow flags caused by Kimi Raikkonen’s late crash as rain returned in intermediate conditions.

The Ferrari driver lost the rear at the exit of Turn 3 and spun into the wall, with Vettel among those who were attempting to jump into the top 10 at the time.

With both failing to make the cut in 12th and 13th, Jenson Button made it three world champions to fail to make the top 10 shootout in 11th.

Sauber’s Adrian Sutil, Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Force India driver Sergio Perez, who ran through the gravel at Turn 2 on his final flying lap, also fell in Q2.

Marussia driver Max Chilton was the fastest of the drivers to be knocked out in Q1, which was effectively ended at a point when most had managed only one run thanks to rain at the halfway mark.

Chilton was just 19 thousandths of a second slower than Kobayashi, who did make the cut but was unable to do better than 15th in the second stage of qualifying.

Chilton’s eam-mate Jules Bianchi, Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez (who will be hit with a five-place penalty for a gearbox change) and Caterham rookie Marcus Ericsson were also eliminated in Q1.

Joining them were the two Lotus E22s of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, the latter not able to attempt a lap until the damp conditions late on and having two off-track excursions before aborting his run.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m44.231s
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m44.548s  +0.317s
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m44.595s  +0.364s
 4.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m45.745s  +1.514s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m45.819s  +1.588s
 6.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m45.864s  +1.633s
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m46.030s  +1.799s
 8.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m47.360s  +3.129s
 9.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m48.079s  +3.848s
10.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m48.147s  +3.916s
                   Q3 cut-off:           1m44.331s       **
11.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m44.437s  +2.173s
12.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m44.494s  +2.230s
13.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m44.668s  +2.404s
14.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m45.655s  +3.391s
15.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m45.867s  +3.603s
16.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m47.293s  +5.029s
                   Q2 cut-off:           1m34.274s       ***
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.293s  +4.118s
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.794s  +4.619s
19.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.117s  +4.942s
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m35.157s  +4.982s
21.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m36.993s  +6.818s
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault

                   107 per cent:         1m37.129s

** Gap to 1st in Q2
*** Gap to 1st in Q3
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Australian GP: Rosberg dominates final practice in Melbourne

Nico Rosberg was comfortably quickest for Mercedes in third practice for the 2014 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix, eclipsing second-placed Jenson Button by 1.391s.

The Mercedes W05 was clearly the fastest car on both of the available tyre compounds as both Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton led the times during early running on mediums.

Rosberg was the first to lap under 1m30s after swapping to softs, lowering the bar to 1m29.375s, and while Hamilton was fastest of all in the first sector in response, he lost time in the middle sector to end the session fourth quickest, 1.501s off Rosberg’s best.

Even though there were spots of rain before the green flag and it was generally cloudier than yesterday, with a gusting wind, the top runners quickly got into the groove and began to improve their times.

Button reported a litany of imperfections in his McLaren’s performance, from locking rear brakes to poor balance on corner entry and exit. But on soft tyres at the end he found enough speed to go second fastest overall, just over a tenth of a second quicker than Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard was the most assured of the Scuderia’s drivers, lapping comfortably while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen ran off-track more than once as he struggled with his car’s balance and finished the session 1.7s off the ultimate pace.

Daniel Ricciardo was quickest of the Red Bulls with 1m30.970s, accomplished on the soft tyres, but Sebastian Vettel was a full 2.880s off Rosberg’s best and finished final practice complaining of a lack of acceleration.

Williams had a less positive session than yesterday, with Felipe Massa propping up the top 10 and Valtteri Bottas completing just two untimed laps before parking his FW36. He will incur a five-place grid penalty after the team confirmed it would have to change his car’s gearbox.

Those teams whose new cars are in a less mature state of development continued to struggle. Esteban Gutierrez returned to the Sauber garage after reporting a gearbox problem and sat out the remainder of the session.

Both Lotus and Marussia had to use one of their six permitted ‘jokers’ to break the curfew on garage working hours, but they, along with Caterham, at least ran more laps than yesterday.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m29.375s             15
 2.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m30.766s  +1.391s    20
 3.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m30.876s  +1.501s    11
 4.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m30.919s  +1.544s    13
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m30.970s  +1.595s    13
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m30.978s  +1.603s    16
 7.  Kimi Räikkönen     Ferrari               1m31.156s  +1.781s    12
 8.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m31.251s  +1.876s    22
 9.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m31.665s  +2.290s    17
10.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m31.723s  +2.348s    20
11.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m31.925s  +2.550s    17
12.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m32.255s  +2.880s    14
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m32.417s  +3.042s    16
14.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.184s  +4.809s    15
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m34.188s  +4.813s    16
16.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m34.413s  +5.038s    19
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.717s  +5.342s    15
18.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m34.754s  +5.379s    15
19.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m36.159s  +6.784s    21
20.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes                            2
21.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari                               2
22.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                                4


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GP Australia, commenti post libere–14/03/2014

Australian GP: Ferrari says sorting Raikkonen problems a priority

Ferrari says that sorting out the problems that are stopping Kimi Raikkonen getting the best out of his Formula 1 car is a priority.

Raikkonen had a difficult first day of practice in Australia on Friday, ending the second session eight tenths of a second behind team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said the team needed to move swiftly to help Raikkonen.

When asked about the Finn’s performances, he said: "We need to make sure that all the things that are still not solved – not only on Kimi’s side – have to be solved or addressed very quickly because the competition is very strong and the time that we have available is not a lot.

"For me, the most important thing is to address and to solve the issue very quickly.

"The driver is not really the problem because I’m sure that both drivers will be able to manage the situation in the best way that they can, but there is still a lot of work to do."

Domenicali accepts that Ferrari is not the quickest team at the moment, but feels there are plenty of possibilities for the team to recover over the next few races.

"What we have to do is keep working on the things we know," he said.

"We need to improve and that’s the way it is.

"For sure there were different things to test and to try between the drivers, but that’s part of the normal programme we do.

"In my view today maybe you will see that some teams were a little bit hiding or having some issues for the day.

"Tomorrow the situation will be different again."

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GP Australia, prove libere venerdì–14/03/2014

Australian GP: Lewis Hamilton puts Mercedes on top in practice two

Lewis Hamilton recovered from a disastrous morning to top the first day of practice for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix in his Mercedes.

The 2008 world champion stopped on only his second lap of the first session thanks to a sensor calibration problem, meaning he had not completed a flying lap heading into the afternoon.

Hamilton was one of the last of the frontrunners to set a time on fresh Pirelli soft tyres in practice two, waiting until the second half of the session before setting his time.

A stunning final sector allowed him to depose Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the timesheets by 0.157 seconds.

Nobody else was able to get close to Rosberg, who had underlined the strength of Mercedes by setting the fastest time achieved on medium-compound Pirellis earlier in the afternoon.

Rosberg looked set to retain his position on the faster rubber after knocking Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who was among the earliest drivers to bolt on the softs and briefly went fastest, off top spot at around the halfway mark of the 90-minute session, only for Hamilton to show his pace.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who was Rosberg’s closest rival on the medium rubber, ended up third fastest, half-a-second off Hamilton.

While the Spaniard was unable to match the Mercedes over the full lap, he was the quickest of all in the first sector at Albert Park.

Sebastian Vettel rounded out an encouraging first day of the season for Red Bull in fourth overall despite an off-track moment at Turn 1 early in the session having dropped a wheel onto the grass at corner entry.

He ended up three-quarters of a second down in fourth place, with team-mate Ricciardo sixth fastest, 0.157s slower than Vettel.

Splitting the Red Bulls was three times Australian GP winner Jenson Button, who was fastest in sector two but struggled with understeer.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh fastest, although his session was interrupted by what is believed to have been a gearbox glitch when he was preparing for a practice start.

The lead Williams of Valtteri Bottas was eighth overall, 1.3s down, although on medium rubber the deficit to the Mercedes had been around half that.

Several drivers had off-track moments during the session, with Kevin Magnussen enduring a bumpy ride after running wide exiting Turn 12 early on and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne going straight on at Turn 3 and through the gravel trap.

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez also had a grassy moment exiting Turn 2 while scrapping for territory with Vettel.

Late in the session, Nico Hulkenberg locked the rears under braking for Turn 9 and spun into the gravel.

Almost simultaneously, Romain Grosjean buried his Lotus in the gravel at Turn 6 after losing the rear under braking and slapping the wall with the left-rear corner.

Only 19 drivers were able to set a time, with Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham unable to run thanks to a "power unit-related fuel system issue" that struck in morning practice.

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson was at least able to get onto the circuit, but a hydraulics problem on his installation lap forced him to return to the pits and the team was unable to get him back out again.

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado did leave the garage, but was unable to make it out of the pitlane after stopping with a suspected ERS problem that the team did not have time to resolve.

This rounded off a dismal day for Lotus, with Grosjean the second slowest of the drivers who did set a time before his late off.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m29.625s           37
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m29.782s  +0.157s  31
 3.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m30.132s  +0.507s  28
 4.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m30.381s  +0.756s  41
 5.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m30.510s  +0.885s  33
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m30.538s  +0.913s  38
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m30.898s  +1.273s  32
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m30.920s  +1.295s  38
 9.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m31.031s  +1.406s  34
10.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m31.054s  +1.429s  33
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m31.060s  +1.435s  35
12.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m31.119s  +1.494s  31
13.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m31.283s  +1.658s  36
14.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m32.355s  +2.730s  36
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m32.468s  +2.843s  26
16.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m32.495s  +2.870s  36
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m33.486s  +3.861s  29
18.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m33.646s  +4.021s  12
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.757s  +5.132s  29
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault                          1
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault
22.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault
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Australian GP: Fernando Alonso and Ferrari fastest in practice one

Fernando Alonso prevailed over Jenson Button as McLaren and Ferrari traded places up front in the first Formula 1 practice session of 2014 at the Australian Grand Prix.

Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were just hundredths of a second off Button’s pace.

But there was disappointment for pre-season favourite Mercedes, with Nico Rosberg only sixth fastest behind Daniel Ricciardo’s much-improved Red Bull, and Lewis Hamilton stopping on track on his out-lap.

Ferrari was first to break the silence as Alonso’s F14 T rumbled out of the pitlane and on to the track to complete a historic, if uneventful, installation lap.

Quite against the pre-season run of form, though, it was Mercedes that claimed the unfortunate accolade of being first to suffer a breakdown during a race weekend.

The session was but five minutes old when Hamilton came to a halt at the exit of Turn 8, a wisp of smoke curling from the rear of his W05 as its engine shut down in response to an oil pressure warning.

Hamilton returned to the pits with his helmet in place, visor down, cold-shouldering an official who requested sight of his pass at the paddock gate.

In contrast, four times world champion Sebastian Vettel lounged on the pitwall with his overalls tied around his waist as his team-mate Ricciardo became the first driver of the weekend to complete a flying lap.

Sergio Perez was the first to spin and Daniil Kvyat the first to explore the gravel trap at the exit of Turn 1, followed in short order by Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, with the team having numerous excursions through the session amid braking system issues.

Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso were busiest in the first half of the session, each running multiple-lap stints with both of their cars, although Kimi Raikkonen’s programme was interrupted by an ERS-K failure that Ferrari fixed within 25 minutes.

As in testing, Mercedes-powered cars covered the bulk of the mileage, but Red Bull has clearly made some progress on reliability; Ricciardo amassed 26 laps and Vettel, after sitting out most of the first hour, ran one installation lap followed by a five-lap timed run, and then another four in the final minutes to go seventh fastest overall.

Both Williams drivers embarked on multiple stints, making good use of the extra set of Pirelli tyres permitted during this session.

Bottas did the most running in the first hour before Massa took to the track, and while the Brazilian veteran was initially faster, Bottas subsequently eclipsed his time and was quickest of all in the middle sector.

Plenty of teams reported teething troubles: McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen alluded to engine problems over the team-radio and Button was not getting lap time readouts on his steering wheel.

Marussia had a low-key session, with Jules Bianchi completing two three-lap stints while team-mate Max Chilton set a time on just one of his four laps.

Besides Hamilton, four other drivers failed to set a time. Both Caterhams completed just one installation lap before returning to the garage for attention to problems with the electrics on Marcus Ericsson’s car and the fuel system on Kamui Kobayashi’s.

Neither Lotus emerged until the final quarter-hour, and Pastor Maldonado promptly deposited his E22 in the gravel at Turn 13 on his installation lap before cruising back to the pits.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m31.840s            20
 2.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.357s  +0.517s   23
 3.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m32.403s  +0.563s   27
 4.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m32.431s  +0.591s   19
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m32.599s  +0.759s   26
 6.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m32.604s  +0.764s   17
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m32.793s  +0.953s   10
 8.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.847s  +1.007s   28
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m32.977s  +1.137s   18
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m33.446s  +1.606s   30
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m33.533s  +1.693s   23
12.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m33.855s  +2.015s   24
13.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m34.272s  +2.432s   27
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.578s  +3.738s   7
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m36.445s  +4.605s   13
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m40.859s  +9.019s   6
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m46.922s  +15.082s  4
18.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault                           1
19.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                                   1
20.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault                           1
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                              2
22.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                              
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GP Abu Dhabi, prove sabato–02/11/2013

Abu Dhabi GP: Mark Webber beats Sebastian Vettel to pole

Mark Webber qualified on pole for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, pipping Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel with a late run.

Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg topped a qualifying segment for Mercedes before Q3, but Red Bull’s pace at the crucial moment was too much, leaving the silver cars on row two.

Vettel recorded a 1m40.091s on his first run of Q3, ahead of the two Mercedes, with Webber apparently struggling.

But a great final effort helped the Australian to 1m39.957s and even a late improvement from his four-time world champion team-mate was not enough to deny Webber the top spot.

Rosberg outqualified Hamilton, who spun off on his final run, while Kimi Raikkonen was the top Lotus in fifth.

Nico Hulkenberg continued his fine form for Sauber to take sixth, ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus and Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.

The times in Q2 were again tight and two big names fell. Ferrari’s Abu Dhabi struggles continued, particularly in the final sector, and Fernando Alonso could only qualify 11th, not helped by a minor error.

A similar charge from Jenson Button also failed to get the McLaren driver into the top 10 after what the Briton described as a "very strange" loss of grip since final practice.

With the circuit getting faster and faster in Q1, the last soft-tyred runs proved crucial and it was Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil’s Force India who were the midfielders to fall.

Giedo van der Garde topped the Caterham/Marussia battle, while Jules Bianchi (20th fastest) has a five-place grid penalty after his gearbox needed changing thanks to his crash in practice three.

The results remain provisional, with several drivers apparently setting their best laps after running all four wheels over the white lines, which they had specifically been warned not to do.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car               Time       Gap
 1.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault       1m39.957s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault       1m40.075s  +0.118s
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes               1m40.419s  +0.462s
 4.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes               1m40.501s  +0.544s
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault          1m40.542s  +0.585s
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari         1m40.576s  +0.619s
 7.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault          1m40.997s  +1.040s
 8.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                1m41.015s  +1.058s
 9.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes       1m41.068s  +1.111s
10.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.111s  +1.154s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m40.989s                                    Gap **
11.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                1m41.093s  +0.620s
12.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes   1m41.133s  +0.660s
13.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes       1m41.200s  +0.727s
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.279s  +0.806s
15.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault       1m41.395s  +0.922s
16.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault       1m41.447s  +0.974s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m41.884s                                    Gap *
17.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari         1m41.999s  +1.306s
18.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes   1m42.051s  +1.358s
19.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault       1m43.252s  +2.559s
20.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth      1m43.398s  +2.705s
21.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault       1m43.528s  +2.835s
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth      1m44.198s  +3.505s

107% time: 1m47.741s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2

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Abu Dhabi GP: Sebastian Vettel leads final practice Red Bull one-two

Sebastian Vettel topped the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, leading another Red Bull one-two.

Vettel and the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen took it in turns to top the times in the early going on the harder tyre.

Raikkonen was the first to dip under 1m44s, then Vettel moved ahead with a 1m43.795s.

Mark Webber went second fastest before Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg moved to challenge the Red Bulls for Mercedes.

As track conditions improved, the duo moved ahead of Vettel just after the halfway mark, with Rosberg ahead.

Vettel and Rosberg then alternated in front, with Rosberg recording 1m43.465s with around 20 minutes to go.

Webber also moved ahead of Vettel, but the newly crowned world champion was set to improve before hitting traffic in the final sector.

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi then spun exiting Turn 1 and hit the barriers, preventing further improvements for several minutes.

Everyone subsequently switched to the softer Pirelli tyre for their low-fuel runs.

Button was the first to strike, with a lap in 1m41.956s. He was soon surpassed by Hamilton, but still ended up sixth as McLaren continued its decent Abu Dhabi form.

Vettel finally took the honours with a 1m41.349s lap, all but matching his best from free practice two, in the final three minutes.

Hamilton had a big moment at the last corner as he tried to improve, and ended up being pipped by a late charge from Webber.

Behind Rosberg, Romain Grosjean’s Lotus was fifth fastest, while both Saubers proved competitive, Nico Hulkenberg finishing seventh, one spot ahead of Esteban Gutierrez.

Raikkonen had a minor moment in the final 20 minutes and ended up ninth.

Ferrari continued to struggle on both the hard and soft tyres, Fernando Alonso ending up 11th, Felipe Massa 14th.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m41.349s           19
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m41.571s  +0.222s  17
 3.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m41.580s  +0.231s  18
 4.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m41.721s  +0.372s  19
 5.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m41.832s  +0.483s  19
 6.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.956s  +0.607s  19
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.055s  +0.706s  19
 8.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.282s  +0.933s  19
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m42.387s  +1.038s  18
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m42.457s  +1.108s  21
11.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m42.516s  +1.167s  15
12.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m42.681s  +1.332s  23
13.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m42.698s  +1.349s  19
14.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m42.702s  +1.353s  16
15.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m42.727s  +1.378s  18
16.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m42.798s  +1.449s  18
17.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m42.989s  +1.640s  22
18.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m43.142s  +1.793s  15
19.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m44.472s  +3.123s  20
20.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m44.728s  +3.379s  21
21.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m45.621s  +4.272s  20
22.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m47.506s  +6.157s  15
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GP Abu Dhabi commenti post libere–01/11/2013

Back to Basics for Kimi Räikkönen in Abu Dhabi

After making the call to revert on the team’s longer wheelbase E21 configuration this weekend, our Iceman was satisfied with initial progress as his quest for a repeat Yas Marina masterclass began earlier today…

How was your day?

The car feels okay and we had a pretty normal Friday. The shorter chassis feels okay here>, but I didn’t drive it back to back with the longer one so it’s difficult to say which is better. We’re still trying to get rid of some understeer, but on this circuit the car feels better so far.

How are you approaching qualifying tomorrow?

As always, there are some improvements we can make to the car so hopefully we can get it as we want it. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

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Abu Dhabi GP: Raikkonen to switch to short wheelbase car

Kimi Raikkonen will switch back to Lotus’s short-wheelbase configuration for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The team felt its long-wheelbase upgrade had been a key part of its return to form in recent races.

But team boss Eric Boullier said Raikkonen felt more comfortable with the previous specification.

"He is trying because the last two races he was not 100 per cent happy with his balance and he is just trying something different," said Boullier."

"The first thing is to know where you are so you obviously go back to back what you were doing."

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane said that Raikkonen would stick with the short-wheelbase car for qualifying and the race as the change had paid off in practice.

"He wanted to try the short wheelbase car again as he felt its characteristics would suit this circuit," said Permane.

"So far it all looks good and this configuration will be kept on his car for the remainder of the weekend.

"His long-run pace looks very encouraging on both [compounds of] tyres."

Raikkonen was sixth quickest in Friday practice.

The Finn is the centre of attention in Abu Dhabi this weekend, having admitted that he had considered skipping the race due to his ongoing pay dispute with Lotus and could yet walk away from the final races of the 2013 Formula 1 season if the issue continued.

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GP Abu Dhabi, libere venerdì–01/11/2013

Abu Dhabi GP: Sebastian Vettel takes charge in second practice

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber returned Red Bull to the top in the second Friday practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After being shaded by Lotus and Mercedes in the afternoon session, Red Bull regained its habitual top spot as darkness fell over Yas Marina.

Vettel had been fastest on the harder tyres in the opening quarter of an hour, and then left his switch to softs relatively late.

Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen was first to make that move and found a big time gain to go fastest.

He was eventually usurped by first Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, then Mark Webber’s Red Bull.

Vettel then came through with a 1m41.335s to head Webber in a Red Bull one-two that held until the finish.

Hamilton and Raikkonen retained third and fourth places, followed by the former’s team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Practice one pacesetter Romain Grosjean was only 12th fastest, having been sidelined by a front brake failure.

Several drivers had incidents and issues, with both Force India’s Paul di Resta and McLaren’s Jenson Button having to slow with punctures.

Button was still seventh, one place behind team-mate Sergio Perez, in a strong session for McLaren.

Ferrari improved on its quiet opening practice and at least got both cars into the top 10, albeit only eighth and 10th, either side of Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber.

Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde both had spins, but rejoining without finding the barriers.

Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m41.335s          33
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m41.490s  +0.155s 32
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m41.690s  +0.355s 37
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m41.726s  +0.391s 40
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m41.758s  +0.423s 39
 6. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m42.006s  +0.671s 35
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m42.010s  +0.675s 30
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m42.171s  +0.836s 30
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m42.324s  +0.989s 40
10. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m42.440s  +1.105s 35
11. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m42.509s  +1.174s 37
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m42.607s  +1.272s 18
13. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m42.806s  +1.471s 26
14. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m42.952s  +1.617s 35
15. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m42.998s  +1.663s 25
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m43.152s  +1.817s 28
17. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m43.271s  +1.936s 35
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m43.565s  +2.230s 34
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m44.138s  +2.803s 34
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m44.459s  +3.124s 34
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m44.525s  +3.190s 37
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m45.565s  +4.230s 26


Da Autosport.com

Abu Dhabi GP: Romain Grosjean quickest in opening practice

Romain Grosjean thrust Lotus to the top of the times with a late charge in opening practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Amid all the focus on his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen’s relationship with the squad, Grosjean bucked the usual Friday morning trend by waiting until the closing moments to set his best time.

Grosjean’s 1m44.241s lap put him 0.192 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton, who would normally have expected to stay up front after winning the traditional mid-session dice for top spot.

No one set a flying lap for the first half hour, and it was near the hour mark before the Mercedes and Red Bulls really raised the bar.

Hamilton emerged on top for Mercedes at that stage, 0.066s ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull.

The world champion had a slight scare at the end of the session, when he misjudged his entry to the Red Bull pit stall and required some evasive action from his crew as he locked up.

Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber beat Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes to fifth, with the in-the-spotlight Raikkonen seventh.

Paul di Resta put Force India in an encouraging seventh place. His team-mate Adrian Sutil moved aside for James Calado this time. The GP2 title contender was 14th.

Other ‘Friday drivers’ in action were Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen and Marussia’s Rodolfo Gonzalez, who were 20th and 22nd.

The McLarens ended up eighth and 10th, split by the Williams of Pastor Maldonado.

Ferrari had a low-key start, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa 12th and 17th.

Pos Driver                Team                      Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m44.241s           20
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m44.433s  +0.192s  22
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m44.499s  +0.258s  18
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault          1m44.712s  +0.471s  18
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m44.741s  +0.500s  23
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault             1m44.929s  +0.688s  21
 7. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes      1m45.040s  +0.799s  19
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m45.099s  +0.858s  19
 9. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault          1m45.150s  +0.909s  23
10. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes          1m45.331s  +1.090s  19
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari            1m45.378s  +1.137s  21
12. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m45.440s  +1.199s  17
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault          1m45.823s  +1.582s  21
14. James Calado          Force India-Mercedes      1m45.924s  +1.683s  19
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            1m46.068s  +1.827s  17
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m46.114s  +1.873s  21
17. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                   1m46.124s  +1.883s  17
18. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m46.126s  +1.885s  20
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault          1m47.600s  +3.359s  21
20. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault          1m47.670s  +3.429s  21
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth         1m47.723s  +3.482s  22
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia-Cosworth         1m49.565s  +5.324s  21
Da Autosport.com

GP d’India, prove sabato–26/10/2013

Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel flies to pole ahead of Nico Rosberg

Sebastian Vettel produced one of his most commanding qualifying performances of an already-dominant 2013 Formula 1 campaign to take Indian Grand Prix pole.

The Red Bull driver, who is poised to clinch a fourth straight world championship this weekend, was 1.7 seconds faster than his rivals when he first put in the 1m24.119s that became pole.

That statistic was skewed by the fact that all those out on that stage were using medium tyres whereas Vettel was on softs.

But even the soft-shod Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were seven tenths off Vettel as they took second and third.

The shock of qualifying was Romain Grosjean’s Q1 exit.

The man who fought for victory at Suzuka a fortnight ago will be fighting to get through the field at Buddh having chosen to use medium tyres in Q1.

Vettel was the only other man who went for that strategy, but while he had no problem getting through in 11th, Grosjean could only manage 17th.

Mark Webber used mediums successfully in Q3 to take fourth on the grid. He was 0.928s slower than Red Bull team-mate Vettel, but 0.8s and four places ahead of next-best medium user Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard’s Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa took fifth, followed by Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg for Lotus and Sauber respectively.

McLaren used mediums for both its drivers as Sergio Perez and Jenson Button completed the top 10.

There were no surprises in Q2, with the Toro Rossos and Force India intermingling on rows six and seven, ahead of Valtteri Bottas’s Williams and Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber.

Pastor Maldonado joined Grosjean among the Q1 departures, and was only 0.128s clear of Jules Bianchi’s Marussia and 0.265s ahead of Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m24.119s
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m24.871s  +0.752s
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m24.941s  +0.822s
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m25.047s  +0.928s
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m25.201s  +1.082s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m25.248s  +1.129s
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m25.334s  +1.215s
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m25.826s  +1.707s
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m26.153s  +2.034s
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m26.487s  +2.368s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m25.458s                                    Gap **
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m25.519s  +0.951s
12. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m25.711s  +1.143s
13. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m25.740s  +1.172s
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m25.798s  +1.230s
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m26.134s  +1.566s
16. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m26.336s  +1.768s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m26.178s                                    Gap *
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m26.577s  +1.003s
18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m26.842s  +1.268s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m26.970s  +1.396s
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m27.105s  +1.531s
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m27.487s  +1.913s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m28.138s  +2.564s

107% time: 1m31.564s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
Da Autosport.com

Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull complete practice sweep

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull remained untouchable in Indian Grand Prix practice, the Formula 1 world champion leading team-mate Mark Webber in a shortened final session ahead of qualifying.

Vettel, quickest in both of Friday’s sessions, needed just one lap on the softer tyres to elevate himself to first place with a time of 1m25.332s. He then focused on longer runs with the soft rubber, which he seemed to struggle on as the blistering issues continued.

The German driver did not even complete a run using the harder compound.

Webber finished second, but over 0.5 seconds behind his team-mate, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso the first of the non-Red Bull drivers in third, albeit over seven tenths off Vettel.

Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg showed strong pace once more, the Sauber driver finishing in fourth ahead of Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, who completed the top five.

The start of the session was initially delayed by 15 minutes because of visibility problems.

Race control announced a further 15-minute delay moments later, only to then shorten that to five minutes, with the session finally getting underway 20 minutes later than scheduled and the running restricted to 40 minutes.

The decision to shorten the session meant the action was frantic from the start, with most drivers taking to the track right away.

Webber was the initial pacesetter in the Red Bull before Felipe Massa and then team-mate Alonso moved to the top of the times, before the Australian driver regained the top spot moments later.

Twelve minutes in, it was McLaren’s Sergio Perez who went quickest by just 0.044s as the top four were covered by less than a tenth of a second.

Alonso then regained first place before Vettel completed his first soft-tyre run with a time that was over 1.5s quicker than anybody else and also the best lap of the weekend so far, a 1m25.332s.

Webber also tried the soft tyres before the halfway point, but the Australian was over half a second off his team-mate’s pace.

Red Bull, struggling with the degradation of the soft tyres this weekend, seemed to focus mainly on solutions to extend the life of the rubber.

Despite everyone trying the soft tyres as the session progress, no one could get close to Vettel’s time.

The only significant incident of the session involved Hulkenberg hitting one of his Sauber mechanics when returning to the pits. The mechanic took a tumble but got up on his own and seemed to suffer no serious injuries.

Pos Driver                Team                   Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m25.332s           16
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m25.892s  +0.560s  14
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m26.105s  +0.773s  19
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m26.306s  +0.974s  17
 5. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m26.350s  +1.018s  16
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m26.435s  +1.103s  20
 7. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m26.438s  +1.106s  15
 8. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m26.441s  +1.109s  19
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m26.489s  +1.157s  15
10. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m26.557s  +1.225s  17
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m26.635s  +1.303s  14
12. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m26.641s  +1.309s  13
13. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m26.737s  +1.405s  13
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m26.847s  +1.515s  17
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m26.876s  +1.544s  17
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m26.883s  +1.551s  15
17. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m27.259s  +1.927s  18
18. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m27.941s  +2.609s  18
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m28.019s  +2.687s  15
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m28.498s  +3.166s  16
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m29.094s  +3.762s  11
22. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m29.169s  +3.837s  13
Da Autosport.com

GP d’India, commenti post libere–25/10/2013

Kimi Räikkönen Encouraged by Setup Improvements in India

A day of setup improvement seeking for our Finn at the Buddh International Circuit resulted in a much more satisfied Iceman heading into tomorrow’s qualifying lottery; here’s his view on events…

How would you sum up your day?

It was a pretty normal Friday for us. We kept trying to find improvements in the car. We had some problems in the morning, and I flat spotted a hard tyre on my first run in the afternoon so I couldn’t really use it much as I couldn’t see when running in a straight line after that. Just normal Friday things really; we’ll look at everything and try to make the car better for tomorrow now.

Did you find any improvements today?

Yes, the car’s better than it started the day but it’s still not completely the way we want it and I have a few issues with the front end. We’d like to change a few things that you can’t now because of the latest rules for how you can use the tyres with camber and pressures, so we’re looking at different ways of changing the set-up to get what I want from the car. I’m not too worried about it today and I’m sure I could have gone faster; if I can’t get it as I want I’ll just try and live with it.

There’s been quite a bit of talk about tyre blistering today – any dramas for you?

We had some blistering on the soft tyres but we changed the set-up and it made things better.

How well do you think you can qualify tomorrow?

I’m sure we can do better than in the last few races where I made a few mistakes; some of those because the car’s not easy to drive as it’s not exactly as I want it. Let’s see tomorrow.

Da LotusF1.com

Raikkonen says revised tyres hampering qualifying progress

Kimi Raikkonen says the chances of curing his qualifying issues are being hampered by the tyre usage restrictions that have been imposed over the second half of the campaign.

As reported by AUTOSPORT, Raikkonen has suffered a drop in qualifying form because the new Pirelli tyres used since the Hungarian Grand Prix do not suit his driving style.

Although he has made some progress on the issue in recent races, he revealed ahead of the Indian GP that he is being limited in what he can do by the camber and pressure restrictions that Pirelli have imposed on safety grounds.

"The limits on the cambers and pressures, they add up to a lot," he said, when asked by AUTOSPORT about how he was coping with the matter.

"There are not many things you can do, and unfortunately we are a bit stuck. If we were free to do with the cambers what we want, it would be a much easier thing.

"But that is how it is. I think for one lap it is an issue – but in the race it is not so much because you don’t push as much in certain places

"Hopefully we can try to do other things, but then you start hurting in places that you were fine before.

"It is a never ending story and we are not really getting anywhere – so we have to try to figure it out. It is what it is, but we are not worried by it.

"In certain places yes I could go faster, but we have to try to live with it."

Despite fearing that the usage limits will prevent a total cure for his problems he thinks that some progress is being made.

"We have some plans and hopefully we can improve it a bit," he said. "I am sure we can do better than the last few races."

Da Autosport.com

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GP d’India, prove libere venerdì–25/10/2013

Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel stays ahead in second practice

Red Bull claimed another one-two in second Indian Grand Prix practice, as Sebastian Vettel again led Mark Webber.

As had been the case in the morning, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg offered a plucky challenge to the Red Bulls.

On the medium compound tyre, Rosberg emerged with the honours, beating Webber by just 0.001 seconds.

Times were over a second faster on softs, and Vettel’s early 1m25.722s secured the top spot with an hour to spare, as teams then switched to long-stint tyre work.

Webber repeated the practice one Red Bull symmetry by grabbing second, 0.289s slower than his team-mate, who is poised to secure a fourth consecutive Formula 1 title this weekend.

Rosberg was only sixth on soft tyres, behind Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, the second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Following his morning gearbox issues, Alonso made up for lost time with 37 laps of running. His team-mate Felipe Massa was seventh.

Kimi Raikkonen got into the top 10 this time in eighth, but was half a second down on team-mate Grosjean.

The McLarens completed the top 10 spots.

Pastor Maldonado provided the most notable incident when his Williams shed a wheelnut on track. He managed to coax the loose-wheeled car back as far as the pitlane entry before having to park.

Paul di Resta was back in action for Force India after his earlier illness and took 15th place, 0.2s and three spots behind his team-mate Adrian Sutil.

Pos Driver                Team                    Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m25.722s           35
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m26.011s  +0.289s  38
 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m26.220s  +0.498s  36
 4. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m26.399s  +0.677s  36
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m26.430s  +0.708s  39
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m26.582s  +0.860s  40
 7. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m26.601s  +0.879s  41
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m26.632s  +0.910s  32
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m26.857s  +1.135s  40
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m26.972s  +1.250s  39
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m27.304s  +1.582s  17
12. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m27.375s  +1.653s  36
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m27.429s  +1.707s  31
14. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.491s  +1.769s  40
15. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m27.608s  +1.886s  38
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m27.720s  +1.998s  23
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.949s  +2.227s  34
18. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m28.431s  +2.709s  30
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m28.692s  +2.970s  39
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       1m28.799s  +3.077s  32
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m29.366s  +3.644s  37
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m30.164s  +4.442s  27

Da Autosport.com

Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel on top in first practice session

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber held off the Mercedes and Lotus challenge to give Red Bull a one-two in opening practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg ensured that Vettel did not have things all his own way during the mid-session short runs when most of the quick laps were set.

Rosberg did a 1m27.937s then a 1m27.217s in quick succession to remove the McLarens from their early position on top.

Vettel then beat his compatriot by 0.021 seconds, but within a minute Rosberg went quicker again and produced a 1m26.899s on the 10th lap of his run.

After a slower lap, Vettel got back up to speed again with a 1m26.683s that would keep him ahead for the rest of the morning.

Webber then snuck his Red Bull between the two Germans in the closing minutes.

Romain Grosjean was fourth for Lotus, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen never attempted a lower-fuel run and was 1.7s slower in 17th.

Lewis Hamilton had also languished in the midfield for much of the session, before jumping to fifth late on, just ahead of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez’s McLarens.

It was a tough start for Ferrari, with Felipe Massa eighth and Fernando Alonso sidelined by a gearbox problem after six laps.

Williams got itself into the top 10 with Valtteri Bottas just behind Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber in 10th. Bottas’s team-mate Pastor Maldonado also had a spell in the top half of the field, though he also had a spin.

James Calado was the session’s other spinner, as he stood in for the unwell Paul di Resta at Force India.

Pos Driver                  Team                     Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel        Red Bull-Renault         1m26.683s           24
 2. Mark Webber             Red Bull-Renault         1m26.871s  +0.188s  17
 3. Nico Rosberg            Mercedes                 1m26.899s  +0.216s  23
 4. Romain Grosjean         Lotus-Renault            1m26.990s  +0.307s  20
 5. Lewis Hamilton          Mercedes                 1m27.227s  +0.544s  21
 6. Jenson Button           McLaren-Mercedes         1m27.335s  +0.652s  23
 7. Sergio Perez            McLaren-Mercedes         1m27.416s  +0.733s  23
 8. Felipe Massa            Ferrari                  1m27.692s  +1.009s  21
 9. Nico Hulkenberg         Sauber-Ferrari           1m27.770s  +1.087s  19
10. Valtteri Bottas         Williams-Renault         1m27.800s  +1.117s  23
11. Jean-Eric Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1m28.035s  +1.352s  25
12. Fernando Alonso         Ferrari                  1m28.214s  +1.531s   6
13. Daniel Ricciardo        Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1m28.336s  +1.653s  18
14. Pastor Maldonado        Williams-Renault         1m28.342s  +1.659s  21
15. Adrian Sutil            Force India-Mercedes     1m28.468s  +1.785s  20
16. Esteban Gutierrez       Sauber-Ferrari           1m28.538s  +1.855s  18
17. Kimi Raikkonen          Lotus-Renault            1m28.730s  +2.047s  18
18. James Calado            Force India-Mercedes     1m29.197s  +2.514s  22
19. Giedgo van der Garde    Caterham-Renault         1m29.413s  +2.730s  24
20. Jules Bianchi           Marussia-Cosworth        1m29.560s  +2.877s  20
21. Charles Pic             Caterham-Renault         1m30.026s  +3.343s  23
22. Max Chilton             Marussia-Cosworth        1m30.471s  +3.788s  17
Da Autosport.com

GP Giappone, prove sabato–12/10/2013

Japanese GP: Mark Webber ends Sebastian Vettel’s pole run

Mark Webber ended Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s qualifying supremacy as he beat the German to Japanese Grand Prix pole.

Vettel was hobbled by a loss of KERS on his first Q3 lap and was 0.4 seconds adrift of Webber’s provisional pole effort.

The system was successfully reset for Vettel’s second run but he could not improve enough to depose Webber, who then improved his pole time to 1m30.915s.

The result was not only Webber’s first pole of 2013, but the first time he had outqualified Vettel all year.

Lewis Hamilton won a very tight battle for third in his Mercedes, edging out Romain Grosjean’s Lotus and Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg was 0.144s slower than team-mate Hamilton in sixth place.

Fernando Alonso was only eighth quickest, 0.3s off Massa and pushed back a further place by Nico Hulkenberg’s flying Sauber.

Kimi Raikkonen again struggled for qualifying speed, lapping 0.319s slower than Grosjean as he ended up five places adrift.

Jenson Button’s McLaren rounded off the top 10.

Q2 was extraordinarily close, with barely half a second covering second to 14th places.

Sergio Perez ended up on the wrong side of the cut-off in 11th, just ahead of Paul di Resta.

The Scot had a much better qualifying session than Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil, who picked up a gearbox-change penalty following his morning crash and then struggled for speed. He was only 17th fastest and was eliminated in Q1.

The main piece of Q1 drama was a bizarre fire on both rear brakes of Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso. The Frenchman had to park on the exit of the hairpin and the session was briefly red-flagged so marshals could deal with the fire safely.

That left Vergne 18th, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo only managed two places higher as he trailed the Q2 pack.

Those dramas helped Williams to an encouraging 13th and 15th with Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado.

They were split by Esteban Gutierrez, whose Sauber fleetingly caught fire in the pit garage halfway through Q1. There was no damage and he was able to continue qualifying.

Marussia’s Max Chilton produced the best qualifying performance of his F1 career so far to beat the Caterhams and his team-mate Jules Bianchi to 19th place.

Both Charles Pic and Bianchi have 10-place grid penalties for Korean GP incidents so should share the back row.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time            Gap    
 1. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m30.915s                  
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m31.089s  +0.174s         
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m31.253s  +0.338s         
 4. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m31.365s  +0.450s         
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m31.378s  +0.463s         
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m31.397s  +0.482s         
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m31.644s  +0.729s         
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m31.665s  +0.750s         
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m31.684s  +0.769s         
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m31.827s  +0.912s         
Q2 cut-off time: 1m31.848s                                   Gap **       
11. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m31.989s  +0.699s         
12. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m31.992s  +0.702s         
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m32.013s  +0.723s         
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m32.063s  +0.773s         
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m32.093s  +0.803s         
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m32.485s  +1.195s         
Q1 cut-off time: 1m32.875s                                    Gap *
17. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m32.890s  +1.066s         
18. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m33.357s  +1.533s         
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m34.320s  +2.496s         
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m34.556s  +2.732s         
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m34.879s  +3.055s         
22. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m34.958s  +3.134s         
107% time: 1m38.251s                                                      
* Gap to quickest in Q1                                                   
** Gap to quickest in Q2                       


Da Autosport.com


Japanese GP: Mark Webber fastest as Sebastian Vettel hits trouble

Mark Webber kept Red Bull ahead in final Japanese Grand Prix practice at Suzuka, as his team-mate Sebastian Vettel ran into mechanical problems.

It was a commanding morning for Webber, who put himself on top during the early part of the session when everyone was on hard tyres.

He was deposed by an early medium-tyre run from Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, but once Webber was on the softer rubber as well, he burst clear with a 1m32.053s, 0.643s in front of the field.

Vettel had been second to Webber on hard tyres, 0.314s off his team-mate’s pace after what he admitted had been a scruffy lap.

That ended up being Vettel’s best run as a KERS problem then left him watching the final quarter of an hour from the pits.

Webber looked set to keep his six-tenth advantage until late runs from the two Mercedes.

First Nico Rosberg got to within 0.302s of the Red Bull, then Lewis Hamilton put in a 1m32.187s after the flag to take second from his team-mate, 0.134s behind Webber.

Grosjean was pushed back to fourth, ahead of Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Jenson Button took an encouraging seventh place for McLaren, within a tenth of the Ferraris.

Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10.

Adrian Sutil provided the only crash of the session when he ran wide on the exit of Spoon and put his Force India into the barriers, sustaining relatively minor damage.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m32.053s           17
 2.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m32.187s  +0.134s  18
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m32.355s  +0.302s  18
 4.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m32.707s  +0.654s  26
 5.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m32.800s  +0.747s  14
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m32.815s  +0.762s  14
 7.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.869s  +0.816s  17
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m32.946s  +0.893s  25
 9.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m33.036s  +0.983s  8
10.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m33.076s  +1.023s  12
11.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m33.158s  +1.105s  15
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m33.260s  +1.207s  15
13.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m33.490s  +1.437s  16
14.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m33.638s  +1.585s  17
15.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m33.660s  +1.607s  19
16.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m33.732s  +1.679s  15
17.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m33.955s  +1.902s  18
18.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m34.773s  +2.720s  8
19.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m35.473s  +3.420s  20
20.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m35.518s  +3.465s  18
21.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m35.844s  +3.791s  16
22.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m39.378s  +7.325s  20
Da Autosport.com

GP Giappone, prove libere venerdì–11/10/2013

Japanese GP: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull go top in practice two

Sebastian Vettel beat Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to top spot in an incident-strewn second Formula 1 practice session at Suzuka.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso both had moments at the Degners – the latter doing well to save a spin without damage – while Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado all suffered early exits after accidents.

Perez’s off was the most dramatic: the Mexican clipped the Astroturf on the entry to Spoon with his McLaren’s rear right and was pitched sideways into a heavy collision with the barriers.

Williams driver Maldonado also hit the tyres – this time at Degner, just 12 minutes into the session – while Raikkonen lost the rear of his Lotus and ended up beached in the gravel at Dunlop 30 minutes from the session’s end.

The Finn still ended the session fourth fastest, as the field collectively switched to long runs for the final third of the afternoon.

That put him just behind the lead Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, who was little more than a quarter of a second down on Vettel in third.

Raikkonen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean was fifth fastest, fractions ahead of Hamilton, whose best lap on the medium compounds was spoiled when he ran wide exiting the Degners.

Alonso’s spin was one of several lurid moments for the Spaniard, who must finish inside the top eight on Sunday if he is to prevent Vettel from clinching a fourth straight world championship crown this weekend.

The Spaniard could only manage 10th at the flag, behind Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo, Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Jenson Button.

Esteban Gutierrez beat Jean-Eric Vergne and Sauber team-mate Nico Hulkenberg to 11th, with the trio covered by less than one tenth of a second.

Perez was 16th, while Maldonado hung on to 18th despite completing just six laps.

Charles Pic claimed rear-quartet honours, although Jules Bianchi’s morning crash meant he was unable to participate in the session.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m33.852s           35
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m34.020s  +0.168s  35
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m34.114s  +0.262s  36
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m34.202s  +0.350s  17
 5.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m34.411s  +0.559s  30
 6.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m34.442s  +0.590s  36
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m34.473s  +0.621s  30
 8.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m34.698s  +0.846s  35
 9.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m34.912s  +1.060s  34
10.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m35.087s  +1.235s  32
11.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.089s  +1.237s  36
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m35.109s  +1.257s  34
13.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.182s  +1.330s  34
14.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m35.275s  +1.423s  35
15.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m35.341s  +1.489s  25
16.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m35.709s  +1.857s  8
17.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m36.136s  +2.284s  41
18.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m36.722s  +2.870s  6
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m37.630s  +3.778s  31
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m37.905s  +4.053s  36
21.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m38.121s  +4.269s  33
Da Autosport.com

Japanese GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in FP1

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes the early advantage in Japanese Grand Prix Friday practice.

In a ‘two by two’ top eight in which the driver pairings from Formula 1′s leading four teams lined up next to each other, Mercedes secured a one-two ahead of the Red Bulls.

Rosberg put in his quick lap, a 1m34.487s, first but it was usurped shortly afterwards when Hamilton went 0.330 seconds quicker.

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest Red Bull in third, albeit 0.611s off the pace.

His team-mate Mark Webber took fourth, followed by the Ferraris, and Lotuses, with Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean outpacing their respective team-mates.

The symmetry was broken at the foot of the top 10, where Daniel Ricciardo put his Toro Rosso between the McLarens of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button late on.

Several drivers further down the order ran into trouble.

Pastor Maldonado had to park his Williams at Spoon after spinning when his left rear wheel flew off.

Both Jules Bianchi and Giedo van der Garde crashed at Degner. While the Caterham only just nudged the tyres, Bianchi’s Marussia will need a more substantial rebuild following his early crash.

Despite only managing eight laps on his Suzuka debut, Bianchi was a second clear of Marussia team-mate Max Chilton and was only narrowly pipped to rear quartet honours by Caterham’s returnee practice driver Heikki Kovalainen.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m34.157s          19
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m34.487s  +0.330s 19
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m34.768s  +0.611s 24
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m34.787s  +0.630s 20
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m35.126s  +0.969s 14
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m35.154s  +0.997s 16
 7. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m35.179s  +1.022s 15
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m35.364s  +1.207s 17
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m35.450s  +1.293s 27
10. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m35.635s  +1.478s 19
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m35.868s  +1.711s 22
12. Nico Hülkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.900s  +1.743s 18
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m36.066s  +1.909s 20
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m36.165s  +2.008s 19
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m36.178s  +2.021s 12
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m36.340s  +2.183s 23
17. Paul Di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m36.399s  +2.242s 18
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m36.760s  +2.603s 22
19. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m37.595s  +3.438s 22
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m37.629s  +3.472s  8
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m38.025s  +3.868s 15
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m38.763s  +4.606s 18

GP Corea, prove sabato–05/10/2013

Korean GP: Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton to pole position

Sebastian Vettel took his third straight Formula 1 pole as he beat Lewis Hamilton in Korean Grand Prix qualifying.

Practice had suggested that Mercedes would be able to give Red Bull a much harder time in qualifying at least at Yeongam.

But in the event Sebastian Vettel’s initial Q3 lap of 1m37.202s put him 0.308 seconds clear of the leading Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

That lap had put Hamilton in third behind the second Red Bull of Mark Webber.

Although Hamilton was able to get ahead of the Australian on his final pole shot, he was still 0.218s adrift of Vettel, who was able to back off his own last lap, confident pole was secure.

Webber also abandoned his final lap and stayed third in the times, which will become 13th on the grid when his 10-place grid penalty for accumulating three driving reprimands is applied.

That will elevate Romain Grosjean to third, the Lotus driver having outpaced the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Grosjean’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage 10th, 1.3s slower.

For the first time this year, Sauber got both cars into Q3, with Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez eighth and ninth quickest.

Sauber’s qualifying breakthrough came at McLaren’s expense.

Despite encouraging signs in practice, the silver cars found themselves back in 11th and 12th, with Sergio Perez and Jenson Button missing Q3 by just 0.035s and 0.038s respectively.

The Toro Rossos and Force Indias were also eliminated in Q2, while neither Williams made it beyond Q1, although Valtteri Bottas could at least be pleased to outqualify Pastor Maldonado by half a second.

Charles Pic squeezed ahead of Caterham team-mate Giedo van der Garde by 0.007s to lead the rear quartet.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time            Gap   
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m37.202s
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m37.420s  +0.218s
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m37.464s  +0.262s
 4. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m37.531s  +0.329s
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m37.679s  +0.477s
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m38.038s  +0.836s
 7. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m38.223s  +1.021s
 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.237s  +1.035s
 9. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.405s  +1.203s
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m38.822s  +1.620s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.327s                                   Gap **
11. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m38.362s  +0.793s
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m38.365s  +0.796s
13. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m38.417s  +0.848s
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m38.431s  +0.862s
15. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m38.718s  +1.149s
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m38.781s  +1.212s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m39.175s                                    Gap *
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m39.470s  +1.129s
18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m39.987s  +1.646s
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m40.864s  +2.523s
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m40.871s  +2.530s
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m41.169s  +2.828s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m41.322s  +2.981s

107% time: 1m45.224s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
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Korean GP: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull on top in final practice

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull moved to the front in the final practice session before Korean Grand Prix qualifying.

The champion driver and currently dominant team had been shaded by Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton on Friday.

But with Hamilton not getting a clear run on super-softs at the end of practice three, Vettel led team-mate Mark Webber in a Red Bull one-two.

The duo had been up front for most of the morning, swapping first position in the opening half of the session.

Hamilton eventually pipped them to the quickest time on harder tyres, slipping in a late 1m38.860s.

Drivers then gained anything from half a second to just over a second on super-softs.

Webber started the rush of qualifying simulations with a 1m38.132s, before improving to a 1m38.018s after backing off for a lap.

That was then deposed by Vettel becoming the only man in the 1m37s with a 1m37.881s lap, 0.137 seconds quicker than Webber managed.

Mercedes had to settle for third and fourth this time, with Nico Rosberg ahead of Hamilton, who had traffic early in his super-soft run.

Ferrari and Lotus continued to battle just behind Red Bull and Mercedes. Fernando Alonso was fifth, followed by Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.

Nico Hulkenberg got Sauber into the top 10 with ninth place in front of Jenson Button’s McLaren in a very close upper midfield pack.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m37.881s           17
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m38.018s  +0.137s  17
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m38.318s  +0.437s  16
 4.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m38.332s  +0.451s  15
 5.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m38.486s  +0.605s  13
 6.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m38.701s  +0.820s  19
 7.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m38.816s  +0.935s  14
 8.  Kimi Räikkönen       Lotus-Renault         1m38.857s  +0.976s  17
 9.  Nico Hülkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.961s  +1.080s  16
10.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.114s  +1.233s  14
11.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m39.128s  +1.247s  15
12.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m39.196s  +1.315s  16
13.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m39.204s  +1.323s  17
14.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.274s  +1.393s  15
15.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.327s  +1.446s  17
16.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m39.371s  +1.490s  19
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.665s  +1.784s  15
18.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m40.128s  +2.247s  17
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m41.360s  +3.479s  19
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m41.614s  +3.733s  20
21.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m41.646s  +3.765s  14
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m42.267s  +4.386s  17
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GP Corea, commenti post libere–04/10/2013

Rare Off-Track Excursion for Kimi Räikkönen Countered by Strong Pace

After an uncharacteristic excursion into the barriers left his crew busy repairing the car over lunch, our Finn went on to post some impressive long run lap times around the Yeongam circuit; boding well for the weekend ahead

How was your day?

Obviously it didn’t help that I destroyed part of the car this morning; maybe I ran out of talent there! It didn’t cause too much damage and the car was fine for the second practice, even if the guys had quite a hurry to fix it. They did a good job and we managed to complete everything we wanted today.

How does the E21 feel here?

The car feels quite strong – especially on the long runs – so that’s good news for the race. On the short runs it wasn’t exactly as I wanted, but we still have some time to make improvements there.

Can you remember the last time you had a crash in a practice session?

It was a pretty long time ago… maybe 2007?

How’s the back?

It’s pretty okay, no dramas there.

Da LotusF1.com

Korean GP: Lotus to stick with long wheelbase F1 car

Lotus will stick with its long wheelbase car for the remainder of the Korean Grand Prix weekend after an encouraging opening day of practice.

Although Kimi Raikkonen’s day was interrupted by a high-speed crash at the end of first practice, Romain Grosjean ended the second session with the sixth fastest time.

The team has faith that the tweaks to the car – which were tried for the first time at the Italian Grand Prix – deliver enough of a boost for it to be worth committing to for now.

Grosjean said that he could not feel where the car was a step forward, but that was probably due to the fact that there was no opportunity to conduct a proper back-to-back test.

"To be honest, I don’t feel any difference so we should be alright," said Grosjean. "It is on paper supposed to be more stable on high speed and the entry of slow speed – but it is hard to say when you get in the car and drive it.

"It is not like we could have done a back-to-back to see exactly what the differences are. In general, we don’t have to complain about the car too much."

Raikkonen believes that things were heading in the right direction for the team, despite his crash.

"It didn’t help that I destroyed the car this morning, so there was a hurry to fix it," he said.

"I think it was okay. The long run seems to be fine, but on the short run it is not exactly how I wanted. But I think I made in the end a good car, just a bit faster."

Da Autosport.com

Da Sky 04/10/2013

Raikkonen denies crash due to fading motivation

Kimi Raikkonen has denied his motivation is fading as he sees out his last few races at Lotus.

The laconic Finn is returning to his former team Ferrari next year, and on Friday in Korea he made an ultra-rare mistake and crashed heavily.

In fact, it was Raikkonen’s first significant incident since his return to F1: "It must have been about 2008," the 33-year-old is quoted by Speed Week.

He is out of the running for this year’s world championship, and reportedly racing without pay for the time being.

Is Raikkonen’s motivation on the wane?

"For me, nothing changes," he insisted. "The title is gone but I still fight for wins and podiums.

"The fact that I have signed for another team changes nothing, as I’m not interested in just rolling around."

When asked about his back injury, Raikkonen said it feels "ok" in Korea, even though he admitted he is deliberately dodging some of the harshest kerbs.

Da Grandprix.com

GP Corea, prove libere venerdì–04/10/2013

Korean GP: Lewis Hamilton stays on top in second F1 practice

Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of fastest times in Korean Grand Prix Friday practice as Mercedes again took the fight to Red Bull.

In another strong hint that the champion team will face tougher opposition this weekend than of late, Hamilton not only set the outright pace with a 1m38.673s, but was also very positive about tyre life over later long runs.

Sebastian Vettel was 0.108 seconds down on Hamilton in second place.

The runaway world championship leader, chasing a fourth consecutive Formula 1 race win this weekend, waited much longer than anyone else to move to super-soft tyres, jumping to second when he did so.

That denied Mercedes a one-two, with Vettel edging Nico Rosberg by 0.016s.

Mark Webber had been Hamilton’s main rival early on, as the pair swapped first place several times. The second Red Bull ended up back in fourth, but was within 0.063s of its sister car.

Felipe Massa was Ferrari’s pacesetter in fifth, two places ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso. Romain Grosjean’s Lotus was in between them.

The second Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen got straight back out after its morning crash and went eighth.

Despite a cockpit niggle, Jenson Button was ninth for McLaren, ahead of very-closely matched Force India duo Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta, who were just 0.001s apart.

No one repeated Raikkonen’s trip into the wall, but both Caterham’s Charles Pic and Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez had spins during the afternoon while Alonso visited the grass on his final lap.

Pos Driver                Team                   Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m38.673s           31
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m38.781s  +0.108s  30
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m38.797s  +0.124s  32
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m38.844s  +0.171s  35
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m39.114s  +0.441s  30
 6. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m39.226s  +0.553s  34
 7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m39.444s  +0.771s  31
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m39.757s  +1.084s  33
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m39.774s  +1.101s  29
10. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m40.006s  +1.333s  34
11. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m40.007s  +1.334s  34
12. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m40.152s  +1.479s  31
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m40.186s  +1.513s  33
14. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m40.210s  +1.537s  34
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m40.446s  +1.773s  30
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m40.552s  +1.879s  26
17. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m41.117s  +2.444s  35
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m41.289s  +2.616s  34
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m42.461s  +3.788s  36
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m42.798s  +4.125s  35
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m43.108s  +4.435s  31
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m43.441s  +4.768s  29
Da Autosport.com

Korean GP: Lewis Hamilton sets FP1 pace as Raikkonen crashes

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in opening practice for the Korean Grand Prix as Kimi Raikkonen suffered a big crash at the end of the session.

Mercedes driver Hamilton posted a lap of 1m39.630s to beat championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 0.037s, although the Red Bull driver had all the fastest sectors of the session.

Team-mate Mark Webber was third quickest and the only other man to lap in the 1m39s.

Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes was fourth ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. Romain Grosjean was seventh ahead of Raikkonen, who ended the session with a heavy crash.

As the session was coming to a close, Raikkonen lost control of his Lotus and crashed heavily at the final corner, causing substantial damage to his car.

The Finn was able to walk away from the crash, but the team faces a race against the time to have the car ready for second practice.

Although perfect weather conditions welcomed the drivers at the start of the session, it took over 15 minutes before the first lap time was set by Rodolfo Gonzalez.

The Marussia driver had the track basically to himself for the first half hour, but that did not stop him from enduring drama, the Venezuelan losing control of his car and crashing against the barriers at Turn 13.

He lost his front wing and returned to the pits, leaving the circuit empty for several more minutes.

McLaren’s Sergio Perez and Button joined Gonzalez in the timesheets with over 35 minutes of the session gone as the action finally began to pick up. Perez was the pacesetter for several minutes as most of the frontrunners continues to wait in their garages for the track conditions to improve.

Mercedes’ Rosberg relegated Perez to second at the 50-minute mark, the German posting a 1m41.498s that was soon bettered by less than a tenth by Alonso.

Rosberg fought back seconds later to regain the top spot, the Mercedes driver followed by Vettel and Raikkonen, all of them lapping in the 1m40s.

Hamilton became the first man to lap in the 1m39s with half an hour left, the Briton outpacing his team-mate by nearly half a second as Webber jumped up to second behind the Briton.

Hamilton’s time would remain unbeaten until the end, although Vettel moved up to second with a minute of the session left.

Apart from Gonzalez’s and Raikkonen’s crashes, the session included spins from James Calado and Hamilton, as well as several offs without further consequences.

Felipe Massa’s session was curtailed by a puncture that meant the Brazilian spent most of the 90 minutes in the pits, the Ferrari driver completing his first timed lap with just 12 minutes to go.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m39.630s           20
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m39.667s +0.037s 20
3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m39.816s +0.186s 19
4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.117s +0.487s 20
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.215s +0.585s 22
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.374s +0.744s 18
7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m40.396s +0.766s 19
8. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m40.677s +1.047s 15
9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.860s +1.230s 20
10. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.880s +1.250s 13
11. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.899s +1.269s 20
12. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m41.432s +1.802s 18
13. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m41.482s +1.852s 22
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.626s +1.996s 21
15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.924s +2.294s 19
16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m42.002s +2.372s 20
17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m42.043s +2.413s 18
18. James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1m43.008s +3.378s 21
19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m43.660s +4.030s 20
20. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m43.883s +4.253s 19
21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m44.100s +4.470s 14
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1m46.810s +7.180s 10


Da Autosport.com

GP Singapore, prove sabato–21/09/2013

Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel escapes late scares to take pole

Sebastian Vettel hung on to take his fifth pole of the 2013 Formula 1 season in Singapore Grand Prix qualifying.

The Red Bull driver opted to do just one Q3 run as his initial 1m42.841s lap put him 0.6 seconds clear of his rivals. He had also outpaced the pack by nearly a second in Q2.

Vettel’s casual approach to the pole shootout almost proved costly, as first Mark Webber, then Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean all hinted at pole pace on their second shots.

In the end, they all fell short. Rosberg’s Mercedes came closest, 0.091 seconds down on Vettel, who is separated from team-mate Webber by Grosjean’s Lotus.

Lewis Hamilton was only fifth in the second McLaren, while the Ferraris were down in sixth and seventh, with the departing Felipe Massa ahead of team leader Fernando Alonso again.

Massa had earlier only just made it beyond Q1 having encountered traffic at the wrong moment.

It emerged just before qualifying that Kimi Raikkonen was struggling with back pain and that Lotus had been sufficiently concerned to get reserve driver Davide Valsecchi prepared.

The Finn only managed to qualify 13th, lapping 0.7s slower than team-mate Grosjean in Q2. It remains unclear whether his race participation is in jeopardy.

Esteban Gutierrez was among the stars of qualifying as he put aside recent Saturday woes to reach Q3 for the first time, having first hauled himself out of Q1 at the last moment.

His Sauber team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was overshadowed for once and is only 11th on the grid.

Sauber was not the only team to have one driver either side of the Q2/Q3 divide.

Jenson Button sneaked into the top 10 for McLaren by just 0.058s and took eighth, while the under-pressure Sergio Perez was down in 14th.

Jean-Eric Vergne was within 0.091s of joining Toro Rosso team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in Q3 but will start 12th, three places behind the Australian.

Gutierrez and Massa’s late jumps in Q1 caught out Paul di Resta, who was already in the pits and pushed back to 17th. Team-mate Adrian Sutil only managed two places better.

Williams’s Pastor Malonado was also knocked out in Q1, though team-mate Valtteri Bottas made it to Q2.

Caterham was again quicker than Marussia, Charles Pic coming out in front among the tail-end pack.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap     
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m42.841s                 
 2.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m42.932s  +0.091s        
 3.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m43.058s  +0.217s        
 4.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m43.152s  +0.311s        
 5.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m43.254s  +0.413s        
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m43.890s  +1.049s        
 7.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m43.938s  +1.097s        
 8.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m44.282s  +1.441s        
 9.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m44.439s  +1.598s        
10.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        No time set               
Q2 cut-off time: 1m44.555s                                   Gap **
11.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m44.555s  +1.650s        
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m44.588s  +1.683s        
13.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m44.658s  +1.753s        
14.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m44.752s  +1.847s        
15.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m45.185s  +2.280s        
16.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m45.388s  +2.483s        
Q1 cut-off time: 1m45.982s                                   Gap * 
17.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m46.121s  +1.925s        
18.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m46.619s  +2.423s        
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m48.111s  +3.915s        
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m48.320s  +4.124s        
21.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m48.830s  +4.634s        
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m48.930s  +4.734s        
107% time: 1m51.489s                                                   
* Gap to quickest in Q1                                                   
** Gap to quickest in Q2             
Da Autosport.com

Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel holds off Romain Grosjean in FP3

Sebastian Vettel was fastest again in final practice ahead of Singapore Grand Prix qualifying, but Romain Grosjean and Lotus stepped up to pressure Red Bull.

There were hints throughout the session that Red Bull’s rivals had reduced the advantage it held at the end of Friday.

Red Bull again held a one-two during the main running on the harder Pirellis.

This time Mark Webber turned the tables on Vettel after their Friday battle as his 1m46.220s lap beat the German by 0.079 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes was just 0.2s slower, a notable improvement on practice two.

Again there were substantial pace improvements on the super-soft tyre, with a massive leap from Grosjean putting the Lotus on top with a 1m44.364s.

Vettel managed to still pip that with a 1m44.173s, 0.191s faster, while Webber hit traffic on super-softs and was only fourth behind Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton ended the hour in fifth ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Alonso was followed by the man McLaren would perhaps like to oust in his favour next year: Sergio Perez.

Nico Hulkenberg gave Sauber another boost with eighth place, with Jenson Button and Felipe Massa completing the top 10.

While Grosjean starred, his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage 12th with a disappointing super-soft attempt.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time        Gap	      Laps	
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m44.173s               15      
 2. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m44.364s   + 0.191s    16      
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m44.741s   + 0.568s    18      
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m44.906s   + 0.733s    14      
 5. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m44.921s   + 0.748s    14      
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m44.257s   + 0.084s    13      
 7. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m45.500s   + 1.327s    12      
 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m45.876s   + 1.703s    19      
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m45.890s   + 1.717s    13      
10. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m45.935s   + 1.762s    13      
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m46.084s   + 1.911s    15      
12. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m46.147s   + 1.974s    13      
13. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m46.338s   + 2.165s    17      
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m46.358s   + 2.185s    16      
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m46.660s   + 2.487s    17      
16. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m46.879s   + 2.706s    16      
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m46.893s   + 2.720s    13      
18. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m47.249s   + 3.076s    19      
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m48.931s   + 4.758s    17      
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m49.037s   + 4.864s    18      
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m49.182s   + 5.009s    21      
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m49.982s   + 5.809s    20  
Da Autosport.com

GP Italia, prove sabato–07/09/2013

Italian GP: Vettel leads all-Red Bull front row at Monza

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Italian Grand Prix as all his Formula 1 championship rivals made a mess of their qualifying sessions.

Fernando Alonso could only qualify fifth amid failed attempts at slipstreaming tactics by Ferrari, while neither Lewis Hamilton nor Kimi Raikkonen made it into the top 10.

Mark Webber, meanwhile, made it a Red Bull one-two, while an astounding effort from Nico Hulkenberg gave the struggling Sauber team a shock third place on the grid.

Ferrari had experimented with its drivers giving each other slipstreams in final practice, but its efforts to orchestrate the same strategy in Q3 fell apart.

The cars were never close enough to make the tactic work and appeared to end up spoiling each other’s laps. Felipe Massa eventually found himself fourth ahead of Alonso.

Webber looked to have a shot at pipping Vettel right at the end, but was first on the scene as Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso ploughed through the Parabolica gravel.

That left Vettel clearly on pole with a 1m23.755s lap, 0.2 seconds quicker than his team-mate.

Although Adrian Sutil is being investigated for impeding Hamilton’s Mercedes at the Parabolica at the end of Q2, the Briton blamed poor driving on his part for the qualifying result.

Lotus appeared to be simply short of pace, with Raikkonen and team-mate Romain Grosjean only 11th and 13th.

While they all underperformed, Hulkenberg starred with a Q3 lap just 0.037s off Webber’s Red Bull and ahead of the Ferraris and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes.

Toro Rosso got two cars in Q3, with Daniel Ricciardo seventh but Vergne’s mistake leaving him 10th.

The two McLarens start behind them, Sergio Perez outqualifying Jenson Button.

Sutil is currently 14th, pending any penalty. Force India looked in jeopardy of a Q1 exit until late improvements for both drivers, but there was little progress in Q2.

Paul di Resta ended up 16th, just behind fellow late Q1 escapee Pastor Maldonado.

Rookies Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas were ultimately the drivers who joined the Caterhams and Marussias at the back.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time           Gap   
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m23.755s
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m23.968s  +0.213s
 3. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m24.065s  +0.310s
 4. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m24.132s  +0.377s
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m24.142s  +0.387s
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m24.192s  +0.437s
 7. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m24.209s  +0.454s
 8. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m24.502s  +0.747s
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m24.515s  +0.760s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m28.050s  +4.295s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m24.776s                                   Gap **
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m24.610s  +0.633s
12. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m24.803s  +0.826s
13. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m24.848s  +0.871s
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m24.932s  +0.955s
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m25.011s  +1.034s
16. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m25.077s  +1.100s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m25.030s                                   Gap *
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m25.226s  +0.907s
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m25.291s  +0.972s
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m26.406s  +2.087s
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m26.563s  +2.244s
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m27.085s  +2.766s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m27.480s  +3.161s

107% time: 1m30.221s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2


Da Autosport.com

Italian GP: Vettel keeps Red Bull on top in FP3

Sebastian Vettel kept his Red Bull out of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari’s reach in final practice ahead of Italian Grand Prix qualifying.

The session was a battle between Alonso and Red Bull duo Vettel and Mark Webber throughout.

Vettel repeated his Friday afternoon performance at first with a 1m24.551s lap that was six tenths of a second clear of his two rivals.

Alonso could feel there was more speed to come though, having abandoned a better lap due to yellow flags for Paul di Resta crashing at the Parabolica.

Ferrari had previously tried slipstreaming tactics, with Alonso and Felipe Massa taking turns to tow each other round on their first runs.

When they switched to softer tyres for the final laps, Vettel improved first to a 1m24.478s, then a 1m24.360s.

Alonso took second from Webber as both also improved on each of their last runs.

But the order remained the same, with Alonso in a Red Bull sandwich and the trio covered by 0.317s.

Lewis Hamilton ultimately got within 0.035s of Webber in his Mercedes.

His team-mate Nico Rosberg will go into qualifying somewhat compromised as a technical problem limited him to only five laps in the session.

McLaren had an encouraging morning as Sergio Perez took fifth and Jenson Button eighth after a long top-five spell.

Toro Rosso, which won at Monza with Vettel in 2008, also showed great promise as Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo blasted in two rapid laps on his final run to earn sixth ahead of Massa.

Pastor Maldonado put Williams in the top 10 in ninth, as Lotus slumped to 10th and 14th with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

Aside from di Resta’s Parabolica accident, which he put down to a technical breakage on his Force India, there were also incidents at the Ascaris for Adrian Sutil and Jean-Eric Vergne. Both continued unscathed.

Pos Driver                Team                    Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m24.360s          18
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m24.643s  +0.283  13
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m24.677s  +0.317  22
 4. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m24.712s  +0.352  17
 5. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m24.864s  +0.504  19
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m24.865s  +0.505  19
 7. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m24.995s  +0.635  14
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m25.103s  +0.743  15
 9. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m25.116s  +0.756  20
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m25.120s  +0.760  18
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m25.136s  +0.776  16
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m25.273s  +0.913  21
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m25.324s  +0.964  22
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m25.499s  +1.139  17
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m25.660s  +1.300  21
16. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m25.702s  +1.342  19
17. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m26.120s  +1.760  11
18. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m26.607s  +2.247  21
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m27.172s  +2.812  20
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       1m27.605s  +3.245  18
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m27.665s  +3.305  18
22. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m27.822s  +3.462   5
Da Autosport.com

GP d’Italia, prove libere venerdì–06/09/2013

Italian GP: Vettel flies in second Monza practice

Sebastian Vettel claimed first place in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix by a commanding 0.6-second margin in his Red Bull.

The world champion was barely headed during the session, pulling clear of his rivals with an early 1m24.7s lap before improving to his final benchmark 1m24.453s after half an hour.

Vettel’s long-run times also proved comfortably quicker than the pack in the latter half of the session.

Underlining Red Bull’s ominous form, Mark Webber completed a one-two in the second car.

The times were much closer in Webber’s region, though, as Lotus pair Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean were equal on 1m25.116s just 0.040s behind.

Their identical times came despite Raikkonen using the upgraded long-wheelbase version of the car while Grosjean remained in the standard specification Lotus.

Fernando Alonso was fifth in the best of the Ferraris. Like Grosjean, the Spaniard had a brief trip through the gravel during the session.

Felipe Massa put the second Ferrari eighth behind Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, but had to park in the pits early with a gearbox issue.

The McLarens of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez filled the final top-10 places.

Pos Driver                Team                    Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m24.453s           39
2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m25.076s +0.623s 39
3. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m25.116s +0.663s 36
4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m25.116s +0.663s 40
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.330s +0.877s 38
6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.340s +0.887s 39
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.367s +0.914s 42
8. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m25.519s +1.066s 29
9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.532s +1.079s 42
10. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.627s +1.174s 39
11. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m25.830s +1.377s 40
12. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.888s +1.435s 40
13. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m26.028s +1.575s 37
14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m26.138s +1.685s 36
15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.224s +1.771s 32
16. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.385s +1.932s 43
17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.599s +2.146s 39
18. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m27.198s +2.745s 44
19. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.548s +3.095s 30
20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m27.696s +3.243s 37
21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m27.771s +3.318s 38
22. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m28.057s +3.604s 32
Da Autosport.com

Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads opening Monza practice

Lewis Hamilton topped the opening free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver, running a revised low-downforce package after the team was disappointed with its form at Spa two weeks ago, was the last of the leading drivers to start setting flying laps.

He knocked Ferrari’s Alonso from top spot by 0.298 seconds five minutes before the one-hour mark.

Alonso looked set to reclaim top spot three minutes later, setting the fastest times in both the first and second sector, only to run a little wide at the exit of the Parabolica, kicking up dust, and end up 35-thousandths of a second slower.

Hamilton’s 13th lap suggested he would have been able to go quicker again even if Alonso improved, going fastest in both the first and second sectors before backing off in the final part of the lap and not improving his time.

The first half-hour of the session was predictably quiet, with only four drivers setting lap times and Sergio Perez heading Jenson Button at the top of the timesheets by over a second.

During this early running, Button’s car developed a problem with the DRS not shutting as quickly as expected, triggering a stewards’ investigation into unauthorised use of the device.

McLaren fixed the problem and the 2009 world champion later returned to the track to end up seventh fastest.

With all drivers running the orange-banded Pirelli hard compound rubber, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel knocked Perez out of top spot just before the halfway point of the 90-minute session.

He was eventually relegated to third by Hamilton, Alonso and Nico Rosberg, the second Mercedes driver improving to third relatively late in the session.

Kimi Raikkonen ended the session fifth fastest driving the new long-wheelbase specification Lotus E21, believed to be around 100mm longer than the previous car, for the first time.

Team-mate Romain Grosjean drove the regular version of the car to allow the team to back-to-back the two. He ended the morning 12th.

Force India’s new third driver, James Calado, made his grand prix session debut after previously testing for the Silverstone squad. He completed 24 laps, ending up within half-a-second of team-mate Paul di Resta’s pace and will now turn his attention to GP2 action for the rest of the weekend.

Both Caterham and Marussia also ran their reserve drivers. Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen was the faster of the two, while Rodolfo Gonzalez was the first driver to complete a flying lap to top the times after 21 minutes but ended the session slowest.

As is typical for Monza, numerous drivers were forced to short-cut chicanes after a mistake, with Williams driver Pastor Maldonado having the most dramatic moment when he bounced through the gravel at Ascari.

The top 14 cars were all within nine tenths of a second of each other.

Pos Driver                Team                    Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m25.565s          24
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m25.600s +0.035s  25
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m25.704s +0.139s  25
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m25.753s +0.188s  26
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m25.941s +0.376s  22
 6. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m26.007s +0.442s  24
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m26.035s +0.470s  23
 8. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m26.103s +0.538s  27
 9. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m26.149s +0.584s  21
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m26.155s +0.590s  25
11. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m26.194s +0.629s  25
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m26.295s +0.730s  23
13. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m26.387s +0.822s  21
14. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m26.449s +0.884s  16
15. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m26.594s +1.029s  13
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m26.802s +1.237s  21
17. James Calado          Force India-Mercedes    1m27.041s +1.476s  24
18. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.224s +1.659s  16
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m27.818s +2.253s  24
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m27.869s +2.304s  20
21. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault        1m28.192s +2.627s  21
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia-Cosworth       1m29.526s +3.961s  26

Da Autosport.com

GP Belgio, prove sabato–24/08/2013

Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton claims pole in breathtaking qualifying

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth consecutive Formula 1 pole position in a breathtaking end to the Belgian Grand Prix qualifying session.

A rain shower at the start of Q3 made it look like Paul di Resta would snatch a sensational pole position for Force India.

But as the track dried up again, the Mercedes and Red Bulls blasted through to demote the Scot to fifth.

Di Resta was the only man to start Q3 on intermediates, and while the other nine drivers slithered helplessly and had to pit again to abandon their slicks, the Force India flew to the top.

It seemed that no one else would have a chance, although Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg hinted at a challenge when he got within half a second of the Force India in much worse weather.

While di Resta pitted with pole apparently in the bag, the rain eased completely, and those able to squeeze in a lap at the end were back in pole contention.

It was Rosberg who first deposed the Force India, but he was quickly beaten by first Red Bull’s Mark Webber, then Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel came through 0.2 seconds slower than Hamilton to claim the second front row spot, followed by Webber, Rosberg and di Resta.

Jenson Button put the lead McLaren an encouraging sixth.

Lotus and Ferrari had to settle for rows four and five, with title contenders Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso back in eighth and ninth positions.

The biggest upset of the wet-but-drying first part of qualifying was Marussia duo Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton plus Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde all making it through to Q2.

The trio were the only drivers to try slicks at the end of the session and all jumped up the order, all the way to third in van der Garde’s case.

As they progressed, both Williams, both Toro Rossos and Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez were left to rue more conservative tactics as they failed to reach Q2.

With Q2 dry, van der Garde, Bianchi and Chilton lined up in 14th to 16th places.

That still means Caterham will share row seven with a McLaren, as Sergio Perez was the highest-profile driver to fall in Q2.

He starts behind the all-German row six pairing of Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil.

Pos  Driver              Team                   Time            Gap   
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes               2m01.012s           
 2.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault       2m01.200s  + 0.188s 
 3.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault       2m01.325s  + 0.313s 
 4.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes               2m02.251s  + 1.239s 
 5.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes   2m02.332s  + 1.320s 
 6.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes       2m03.075s  + 2.063s 
 7.  Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault          2m03.081s  + 2.069s 
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault          2m03.390s  + 2.378s 
 9.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari                2m03.482s  + 2.470s 
10.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari                2m04.059s  + 3.047s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m49.088s                             Gap **
11.  Nico Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari         1m49.088s  + 0.792s  
12.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes 	1m49.103s  + 0.807s  
13.  Sergio Perez        McLaren-Mercedes     	1m49.304s  + 1.008s  
14.  Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault     	1m52.036s  + 3.740s  
15.  Jules Bianchi       Marussia-Cosworth    	1m52.563s  + 4.267s  
16.  Max Chilton         Marussia-Cosworth    	1m52.762s  + 4.466s  
Q1 cut-off time: 2m02.948s                              Gap *
17.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault       2m03.072s  + 2.882s  
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne  	 Toro Rosso-Ferrari   	2m03.300s  + 3.110s  
19.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari  	  2m03.317s  + 3.127s  
20.  Valtteri Bottas   	 Williams-Renault     	2m03.432s  + 3.242s  
21.  Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber-Ferrari         2m04.324s  + 4.134s  
22.  Charles Pic         
107% time: 2m08.603s    
* Gap to quickest in Q1 
** Gap to quickest in Q2


Da Autosport.com


Belgian GP: Sebastian Vettel keeps Red Bull on top in practice three

Sebastian Vettel kept Red Bull on top at Spa with a late flyer in a dry final Belgian Grand Prix practice session.

Fernando Alonso put Ferrari in second place, ahead of Mark Webber and an impressive run from Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.

Much of the session had been conducted on Pirelli’s hard compound, but with 15 minutes left on the clock the entire field pitted to bolt on the medium option.

Force India’s Adrian Sutil was the first man to set a time on the new compound and instantly went quickest, but his time was soon eclipsed by Alonso’s 1m48.432s.

That stood as the session’s benchmark until the final two minutes, when Vettel found just over one tenth of a second to keep Red Bull in the ascendancy.

Felipe Massa and Jenson Button rounded out the top six, while Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez was a surprise seventh, fractions ahead of the lead Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

That meant no ostensible overnight cure to Mercedes’ struggles, with Nico Rosberg ninth and Lewis Hamilton 12th, more than 0.7s down on Vettel.

As had been the case in Friday’s opening practice, drivers had the early challenge of coping with a circuit that was damp in patches and completely dry in others.

That meant several moments of wild understeer or oversteer – the latter effect almost pitching Paul di Resta and Felipe Massa into the Turn 9 barriers early on – and a spin for Lewis Hamilton at the final chicane.

In such conditions it was Jean-Eric Vergne who was the early pacesetter, working his way down to a 1m49.479s on Pirelli’s hard compound.

That put the Frenchman almost a quarter of a second clear and disrupted what had been an incredibly tight fight at the top of the timesheets, with the top seven at one stage covered by less than two tenths of a second.

Kimi Raikkonen had held top spot until Vergne’s flyer, but struggled to translate his form on the medium compound and wound up 10th overall.

Bottas, who like Raikkonen had enjoyed early spells at the head of the field, sank to 14th.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps  
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m48.327s             16
 2.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m48.432s  +0.105s    14
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m48.533s  +0.206s    16
 4.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m48.776s  +0.449s    15
 5.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m48.788s  +0.461s    15
 6.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m48.882s  +0.555s    13
 7.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m48.930s  +0.603s    18
 8.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m48.967s  +0.640s    14
 9.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m48.993s  +0.666s    16
10.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m49.008s  +0.681s    17
11.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m49.035s  +0.708s    15
12.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m49.046s  +0.719s    17
13.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m49.122s  +0.795s    15
14.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m49.177s  +0.850s    15
15.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m49.226s  +0.899s    14
16.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m49.471s  +1.144s    14
17.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m49.478s  +1.151s    19
18.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m50.418s  +2.091s    14
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m51.416s  +3.089s    15
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m51.800s  +3.473s    18
21.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.221s  +3.894s    17
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m53.507s  +5.180s    18
Da Autosport.com


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