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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Da Autosport.com


German GP: Nico Rosberg back on top in final practice

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

Fernando Alonso was third quickest for Ferrari.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


GP Germania, commenti post libere venerdì–18/07/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Too early for predictions”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Like every Friday, our programme covered set-up work in the first session, then evaluating the tyres and doing a race simulation in the afternoon. Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the Soft tyres, but thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track. In the afternoon, we made up for lost time and managed to improve on all fronts. Overall, it’s been a reasonably positive day, but it’s still to early to make any predictions. We will have to wait until tomorrow to know more.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Germania, prove venerdì–18/07/2014


German GP: Hamilton pips Rosberg in second practice

Lewis Hamilton pipped Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to the fastest time on the opening day of practice for the German Grand Prix.

Rosberg had been the faster of the Mercedes pair early in the session while on the slower soft-compound Pirellis, outpacing Hamilton by just over three tenths of a second.

But the world championship leader made a mistake at Turn 2 on his first flying lap on super-soft rubber, meaning he was unable to improve his time until his next lap.

Hamilton then put in a 1m18.341s on his first flier, setting the fastest time in the middle sector, with Rosberg ending up 24 thousandths of a second slower.

Mercedes later had a problem in the pits when Hamilton came in unexpectedly and the team had Rosberg’s tyres ready, meaning that it took time to get his correct tyres.

With Hamilton sat in the pits, Rosberg came in and had to queue to wait for the team to put on the correct tyres amid concerns about his brakes overheating.

Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest for Red Bull, just a tenth off the pace, with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen a strong fourth, half a second down.

Kevin Magnussen continued his recent run of impressive form with fifth fastest, just ahead of Williams driver Felipe Massa, who was briefly second fastest in the early stages of the super-soft runs.

World champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were eighth and ninth fastest, the former failing to extract as big an improvement on super-soft rubber as those at the front.

Sauber driver Adrian Sutil was 11th fastest for Sauber ahead of Daniil Kvyat, with Force India pairing failing to break the top 10 for the second grand prix Friday in a row in 13th and 14th place.

Caterham had a troubled session, with both cars stopping on the circuit.

Kamui Kobayashi parked with flames emerging from the rear of the car after completing 12 laps, while Marcus Ericsson was ordered to stop his car on track because of a drop in oil pressure after just three laps.

But the team did get Ericsson’s car back and he was able to return to the track in the final half hour, allowing him to set the 20th fastest time.

With the ambient temperature at over 30C throughout the afternoon, track temperatures hit 58C, the highest so far this season.


Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m18.341s           38
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m18.365s  +0.024s  39
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m18.443s  +0.102s  35
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m18.887s  +0.546s  38
 5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m18.960s  +0.619s  40
 6. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m19.024s  +0.683s  36
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m19.221s  +0.880s  40
 8. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m19.248s  +0.907s  35
 9. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m19.329s  +0.988s  32
10. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m19.385s  +1.044s  34
11. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m19.417s  +1.076s  41
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m19.452s  +1.111s  27
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m19.581s  +1.240s  28
14. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m19.593s  +1.252s  32
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m19.760s  +1.419s  32
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m20.158s  +1.817s  35
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m20.358s  +2.017s  35
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m20.504s  +2.163s  40
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m21.328s  +2.987s  31
20. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m21.870s  +3.529s  21
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m21.898s  +3.557s  28
22. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m23.728s  +5.387s  12
Da Autosport.com


German GP: Rosberg leads Hamilton in first practice

Nico Rosberg went fastest for Mercedes in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Rosberg went 0.065s quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was best of the rest, 0.292s off Rosberg's pace.

The Mercedes pairing were among many to explore the track limits frequently as the drivers adjusted to life without the FRIC suspension systems that all teams have removed in advance of the weekend.

Sebastian Vettel was fastest on 1m20.295s in the busy first half-hour of session as several drivers made use of the extra set of soft tyres that have to be handed back to Pirelli at the 30-minute mark.

He improved that time during a multi-lap run later in the session, but by that time both Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo had gone even faster.

At that point Mercedes finally showed its hand as first Rosberg, then Hamilton, went half a second faster than their rivals, a gap only Alonso could partially bridge - and then only with a committed lap.

Hamilton was quickest of all in the first two sectors, but could not unite the two over the course of one lap, finishing on 1m19.196s to Rosberg's 1m19.131s.

Ferrari used the early part of the session to evaluate aero characteristics of Alonso's rear wing with flow-vis paint, but its programme was set back when Kimi Raikkonen had a water pump failure that took half an hour to resolve.

Raikkonen returned to the track but, in spite of completing a respectable number of laps, set a best time of 1m20.210 that was only eighth fastest overall.

McLaren sported a fresh look, with a new rear wing design featuring sophisticated detailing around the endplates, and a new race engineer for Jenson Button: Olympic rowing medallist Tom Stallard.

They had a reasonably encouraging session, Button completing 24 laps and Kevin Magnussen 32, finishing fifth and seventh quickest.

Williams tester Susie Wolff enjoyed a lengthier stint in the cockpit than she did at Silverstone, despite a scare in the opening minutes when her FW36 slowed with a sensor issue.

She closed out the session just two tenths of a second off the pace of Felipe Massa, well under the half-second benchmark the team had set.

There was a substantial gap between the runners at the bottom end of the timesheets as Lotus, Caterham and Marussia languished over two seconds off the pace.

Romain Grosjean had a rear wing failure that caused his DRS to stick open under braking in a high-speed section, while Max Chilton brought up the rear after a number of power unit problems.

Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m19.131s           29
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m19.196s  +0.065s  25
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m19.423s  +0.292s  21
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m19.697s  +0.566s  27
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m19.833s  +0.702s  24
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m20.097s  +0.966s  28
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m20.105s  +0.974s  32
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m20.210s  +1.079s  21
 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m20.337s  +1.206s  28
10. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m20.505s  +1.374s  18
11. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m20.542s  +1.411s  19
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m20.586s  +1.455s  23
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m20.592s  +1.461s  22
14. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m20.598s  +1.467s  24
15. Susie Wolff           Williams-Mercedes      1m20.769s  +1.638s  22
16. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari         1m20.782s  +1.651s  23
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m21.603s  +2.472s  20
18. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m21.854s  +2.723s  30
19. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m22.572s  +3.441s  31
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m22.982s  +3.851s  24
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m23.256s  +4.125s  35
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m23.299s  +4.168s  22
Da Autosport.com


GP Gran Bretagna, prove sabato–05/07/2014


British GP: Rosberg on pole as team-mate Hamilton finishes sixth

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix, with Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton down in sixth.

With rain coming and going throughout the qualifying hour, the first runs in Q3 were all affected to varying degrees by rain in the final sector, with Hamilton initially going fastest on slicks.

But conditions had dramatically improved by the final seconds of qualifying as drivers attempted their second runs and with Hamilton abandoning his lap after complaining that it was too slippery, he tumbled down the order late on as others improved.

Rosberg’s pole lap was 1.6s faster than second-placed Sebastian Vettel, who had not set a time on his first run after abandoning his lap because of the rain.

Jenson Button was third fastest thanks to his late lap ahead of the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg, the German briefly taking top spot after being the first to improve on the second runs.

Kevin Magnussen, the last of the five drivers who did improve on their second runs, was fifth fastest ahead of Hamilton.

Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne had held positions third-to-seventh until moments before the end of the session thanks to their first run times, but plummeted as other drivers completed their final laps.

Romain Grosjean was the fastest of those to drop out in Q2, ending up 11th.

But the big surprise in the middle segment of qualifying, which started in intermediate conditions before everyone switched to slicks, was Marussia.

Having both escaped Q1 after good performances in mixed conditions, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton produced the best qualifying performance for the team since it came into F1 in 2010, finishing 12th and 13th.

Esteban Gutierrez was 14th after losing his Sauber on the exit kerb at Brooklands corner and being spat onto the grass at the entry to Luffield and backing into the wall.

Behind him was Pastor Maldonado, who was forced to stop late in the session after suffering an engine problem.

Adrian Sutil was 16th fastest, making Q2 but being unable to participate as he had spun into the gravel.

Ferrari and Williams suffered Q1 disasters, with Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen all being knocked out.

Q1 had started in intermediate conditions, but all four were unable to put together good enough laps having switched to medium-compound Pirellis.

Bottas and Massa, who were among the latest drivers to take slick rubber, ended up 17th and 18th thanks to a combination of yellow flags and light rain returning late on.

Alonso was 19th after losing the rear on turn-in to Brooklands and having to take to the runoff area on what should have been his best lap.

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was 20th, ahead only of the Caterhams of Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi.

Neither Caterham driver set a time on slicks, with Kobayashi suffering a car problem after a single lap on mediums and Ericsson suffering a couple of offs during the session.

The stewards will investigate an impeding incident involving Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez, which occurred during Q2, after the session..

Pos Driver                Team                 Time           Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m35.766s          
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m37.386s  +1.620s  
 3. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m38.200s  +2.434s  
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m38.329s  +2.563s  
 5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m38.417s  +2.651s  
 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m39.232s  +3.466s  
 7. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m40.457s  +4.691s  
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m40.606s  +4.840s  
 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m40.707s  +4.941s  
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m40.855s  +5.089s  
Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.166s                                Gap **
11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m38.496s  +3.626s
12. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m38.709s  +3.839s
13. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m39.800s  +4.930s
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m40.912s  +6.042s
15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m44.018s  +9.148s
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       no time
Q1 cut-off time: 1m45.086s                                    Gap *
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m45.318s  +4.938s
18. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m45.695s  +5.315s
19. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m45.935s  +5.555s
20. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m46.684s  +6.304s
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m49.421s  +9.041s
22. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m49.625s  +9.245s

107% time: 1m47.406s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
Da Autosport.com


British GP: Sebastian Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 in final practice

Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets for Red Bull during a damp third Formula 1 practice session for the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Vettel, who had a moment at Becketts shortly after setting his session-topping 1m52.522s, edged his team-mate by 0.109s. Both drivers completed just six laps.

Running conditions were very different after overnight rain, and the only consistent factor was the gusting nature of the wind, now blowing from the northwest rather than the south.

The track briefly began to dry during the opening minutes of the session before a fresh bank of rain blew in, and most teams therefore took a conservative approach.

Neither Williams drivers set a time until the final minutes, and both Mercedes drivers aborted potentially quick laps before ducking back in to the pits. Lewis Hamilton was provisionally half a second quicker than Vettel before running off-track at Stowe and heading immediately to the garage.

Lotus drivers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean were third and fourth fastest, Maldonado completing 10 laps while Grosjean called it a day after spinning at the exit of Club and nearly hitting the pit wall.

Adrian Sutil was fifth quickest, setting his best lap on intermediate tyres just before the end of the session. Sauber team-mate Esteban Gutierrez struggled to match Sutil's enterprise under braking and finished outside the top 10.

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat was an impressive sixth fastest and ran the most number of laps (15), encountering a wide variety of track conditions and testing the limits of his car on a number of occasions.

Kimi Raikkonen was the only Ferrari driver to set a time, though he completed just five laps, with Fernando Alonso and both Mercedes at the foot of the timing screens without a flying lap to their names.

Max Chilton was another not to set a time, the Briton suffering a terminal gearbox problem on his installation lap that required the team to fit a new gearbox, which will mean a five-place grid penalty.

Pos  Driver               Team              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel  Red Bull-Renault     1m52.522s              6
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull-Renault     1m52.631s  +0.109s     6
 3.  Pastor Maldonado  Lotus-Renault        1m53.044s  +0.522s    10
 4.  Romain Grosjean   Lotus-Renault        1m53.566s  +1.044s     6
 5.  Adrian Sutil      Sauber-Ferrari       1m53.585s  +1.063s    12
 6.  Daniil Kvyat      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m53.654s  +1.132s    15
 7.  Kevin Magnussen   McLaren-Mercedes     1m53.911s  +1.389s     5
 8.  Jenson Button     McLaren-Mercedes     1m54.041s  +1.519s     6
 9.  Valtteri Bottas   Williams-Mercedes    1m54.217s  +1.695s     4
10.  Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari              1m54.558s  +2.036s     5
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne  Toro Rosso-Renault   1m54.602s  +2.080s     6
12.  Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari       1m54.761s  +2.239s    13
13.  Felipe Massa      Williams-Mercedes    1m55.003s  +2.481s     4
14.  Nico Hulkenberg   Force India-Mercedes 1m55.688s  +3.166s     6
15.  Sergio Perez      Force India-Mercedes 1m56.918s  +4.396s     7
16.  Marcus Ericsson   Caterham-Renault     1m57.091s  +4.569s    10
17.  Jules Bianchi     Marussia-Ferrari     1m57.566s  +5.044s     6
18.  Kamui Kobayashi   Caterham-Renault     1m57.914s  +5.392s    10
19.  Max Chilton       Marussia-Ferrari                            1
20.  Fernando Alonso   Ferrari                                     4
21.  Nico Rosberg      Mercedes                                    4
22.  Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes
Da Autosport.com


GP Gran Bretagna, commenti post libere–04/07/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Problematic afternoon”

Kimi Raikkonen: “This morning in the first session things went reasonably well. We followed the standard programme, including analysing car behaviour on the Hard tyres and we just had a few problems with traction at some points on the track and a bit of understeer in the high speed corners. In the second session, we made some small changes which did not work and the handling of the car was not the same. Putting a good lap together was really difficult and so we went back to the morning settings, but unfortunately we had the same problems. Now we must find out what happened between the two sessions, even if I think it’s partly down to the track conditions and the gusts of wind, which were very strong today. I’m sure that studying the data will give us the information we need to prepare as well as possible for tomorrow.”

Da Ferrari.com

Pat Fry:

[…] with Kimi, we continued working on set-up to try and resolve some problems that cropped up on his car. Now we must find the best compromise to help both drivers to get the right stability for the rest of the weekend, taking into account that the weather is meant to get worse for tomorrow with a chance of rain.”

Da Ferrari.com


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GP Gran Bretagna, prove venerdì–04/07/2014


British GP: Lewis Hamilton tops practice before Mercedes fails

Lewis Hamilton outpaced Formula 1 title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone before suffering a car failure.

Hamilton set the pace during the early running while the field was using the slower hard-compound Pirellis, around two tenths faster than Rosberg, with Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo splitting the pair.

But although Rosberg briefly took top spot on his first flying lap on mediums, there were some scruffy moments during the lap and he struggled to put as good time together as he would have liked to.

Hamilton produced a better lap, even though he was slower than Rosberg in the first sector of the lap, ending up 0.228s faster.

He later showed that he had the potential to lap even faster, setting the fastest opening sector of all on the fifth lap of his medium run before heading for the pits.

But Hamilton suffered a setback with 30 minutes remaining when his engine shut down while he was on an out-lap, meaning he completed only 14 laps.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest, just under three quarters of a second down.

This meant Ricciardo slipped to fourth, one second off the pace after failing to improve his lap time on the mediums, complaining that the front tyres did not come up to temperature.

Sebastian Vettel was able to find pace on the medium rubber, but still ended up just over a tenth behind his team-mate in fifth place after struggling with balance problems.

After sitting out morning practice to allow Susie Wolff to make her F1 weekend debut, Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest, 1.5s off the pace. He suffered a problem with his engine cover on the left side of the car suffering damage late in the session.

His car had managed only four laps in the morning following an engine failure, but was still able to take to the track early in the session after quick work by the Williams team.

Jenson Button was one of the later drivers to try the mediums with just over 40 minutes remaining, pipping McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen by seven hundredths.

Kimi Raikkonen and Jean-Eric Vergne rounded out the top 10, with Felipe Massa 11th after joining the session late following repairs required by damaged sustained when he crashed exiting Stowe during the morning session.

Vergne himself escaped an accident when the left-front wheel came free from his Toro Rosso at Abbey late in the session, forcing him to stop on track.

Esteban Gutierrez, who was the first to set a time on mediums and briefly climbed as high as sixth, ended up 13th behind Daniil Kvyat.

Lotus had a trying day, with Pastor Maldonado going 14th fastest after missing the morning session and Romain Grosjean battling an unstable car, at one stage losing the rear at Luffield and running through the gravel.

Local team Force India, based across the road from the main entrance of Silverstone, had a low-key day, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg 16th and 17th.

Marcus Ericsson, who ended up slowest, pulled into the old pitlane with a problem with 25 minutes remaining and a hole in his engine cover.

Marussia’s Jules Bianchi had held bottom spot for much of the session after battling a battery problem, but he improved to 19th fastest late on.


Pos Driver                Team                   Time     Gap       Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m34.508s            14
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m34.736s  +0.228s   35
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m35.244s  +0.736s   32
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m35.511s  +1.003s   11
 5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m35.627s  +1.119s   27
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m36.016s  +1.508s   33
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m36.228s  +1.720s   34
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m36.299s  +1.791s   35
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m36.554s  +2.046s   29
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m36.583s  +2.075s   26
11. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m36.671s  +2.163s   29
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m36.778s  +2.270s   31
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m36.951s  +2.443s   35
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m37.064s  +2.556s   35
15. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m37.097s  +2.589s   33
16. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m37.236s  +2.728s   37
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m37.449s  +2.941s   27
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m37.520s  +3.012s   25
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m38.658s  +4.150s   11
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m39.068s  +4.560s   31
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m39.224s  +4.716s   28
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m39.762s  +5.254s   21
Da Autosport.com


British GP: Rosberg edges Hamilton in first practice

Nico Rosberg was quickest in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, 0.731s faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The session was red-flagged for 16 minutes after Felipe Massa crashed his Williams at Stowe, and track activity resumed with 47 minutes remaining.

Both Rosberg and Hamilton set their quickest times on the medium-compound Pirellis early in the session before completing the balance of their running on the harder of the available compounds.

Hamilton did look as though he might overhaul his team-mate at one point, going fastest of all in the first sector, but he had to back off because Marcus Ericsson spun at Becketts, bringing out the yellow flags.

Fernando Alonso was best of the rest for Ferrari, 0.839s off Rosberg's quickest with a lap set right at the end of the session following a rear-wing change.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest but had to cut his session short after reporting gearbox problems. He was three tenths faster than team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel put in all but one of his laps after the session resumed following the red flag.

Jenson Button was fastest of the two McLarens, who were split by the Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Caterham's Marcus Ericsson was the slowest of the drivers to complete a meaningful number of laps, a second off the pace of Max Chilton's Marussia.

Both Marussia drivers reported understeer as well as oversteer, and Chilton observed that he had more oversteer than Jules Bianchi in high-speed corners.

Williams, frontrunner in Austria two weeks ago, was unable to show its hand or even run through its normal FP1 programme.

Susie Wolff's much-anticipated appearance came to a frustratingly early halt when an internal component failure caused her engine to shut down after completing just four laps.

Massa ran wide on the exit of Stowe after seven laps and spun back over the track, making a heavy impact with the inside wall.

Technical problems also confined Caterham's Robin Frijns and the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado to the garage early in the session, though Frijns was able to take to the track with 10 minutes remaining.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m35.424s           25
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m36.155s  +0.731s  22
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m36.263s  +0.839s  23
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m36.623s  +1.199s  21
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m36.703s  +1.279s  23
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m36.921s  +1.497s  20
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.963s  +1.539s  25
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m37.175s  +1.751s  29
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m37.227s  +1.803s  25
10. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m37.231s  +1.807s  30
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m37.720s  +2.296s  22
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m37.910s  +2.486s  21
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.056s  +2.632s  18
14. Daniel Juncadella     Force India-Mercedes  1m38.083s  +2.659s  23
15. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.328s  +2.904s  19
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m38.917s  +3.493s  12
17. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m39.461s  +4.037s   7
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m39.814s  +4.390s  24
19. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m40.597s  +5.173s  19
20. Robin Frijns          Caterham-Renault      1m42.261s  +6.837s  11
21. Susie Wolff           Williams-Mercedes     1m44.212s  +8.788s   4
22. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         no time              2
Da Autosport.com


GP d’Austria, prove sabato–21/06/2014


Austrian GP: Felipe Massa leads all-Williams front row

Felipe Massa led a shock Williams one-two in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian’s last-gasp effort knocked team-mate Valtteri Bottas off top spot in the final seconds of qualifying, giving him pole by just under a tenth of a second.

It was Massa’s first pole since the 2008 Brazilian GP and the first for Williams since the 2012 Spanish GP.

World championship leader Nico Rosberg was third fastest after failing to improve on his final attempt, but while he missed out on top spot he will be happy to see title rival Lewis Hamilton down in ninth.

Hamilton’s first run in Q3, which would have been good enough for fifth on the grid, was disallowed for exceeding track limits at the exit of Turn 8 after the rear stepped out.

His second attempt was ruined by a spin at Turn 2, meaning that he did not set a time, putting him ahead of only the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Fernando Alonso was just over half-a-second off the pace in fourth place.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth fastest ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, with Daniil Kvyat a superb seventh.

Kimi Raikkonen was the slowest of those actually to register a lap time in Q2, ending up eighth.

Sergio Perez was 11th after being bumped out of a Q3 position late on, missing out by just under a tenth of a second.

But he will start 16th thanks to the five-place grid penalty he received for causing a collision with Massa in the Canadian GP two weeks ago.

The Mexican’s former team-mate Jenson Button, whose morning practice session was ruined by a rear brake problem, and Sebastian Vettel, whose lack of pace in the final sector cost him, were just behind Perez.

Pastor Maldonado outqualified Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean for the first time this year, the pair sandwiching 15th-placed Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso.

Adrian Sutil was the fastest of those to be knocked out in Q1, ending up just four-thousandths slower than Maldonado.

He was comfortably ahead of Sauber team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, with Jules Bianchi 19th fastest.

Kamui Kobayashi did a good job to split the Marussias, a tenth faster than Max Chilton, with Marcus Ericsson unable to improve on his second run and ending up last.

Numerous drivers had lap times automatically disallowed during the session for running wide beyond track limits at the exit of Turn 8.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m08.759s
 2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m08.846s  +0.087
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m08.944s  +0.185
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m09.285s  +0.526
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.466s  +0.707
 6. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.515s  +0.756
 7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m09.619s  +0.860
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m10.795s  +2.036
 9. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes
Q2 cut-off time: 1m09.657s                                   Gap **
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m09.754s  +0.780s
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.780s  +0.806s
13. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.801s  +0.827s
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m09.939s  +0.965s
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m10.073s  +1.099s
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m10.642s  +1.668s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m10.821s                                    Gap *
17. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m10.825s  +1.311s
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m11.349s  +1.835s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.412s  +1.898s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m11.673s  +2.159s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.775s  +2.261s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m12.673s  +3.159s


107% time: 1m14.379s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2

Da Autosport.com


Austrian GP: Valtteri Bottas grabs practice top spot for Williams

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas topped Saturday morning's final free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix with a stunning last-lap effort.

The Finn had shown well during the early stages of the session, ending up second-fastest on soft-compound pace on a strong weekend for Williams.

But Lewis Hamilton had looked set to top the times for Mercedes when he knocked the other Williams of Felipe Massa off top spot by three thousandths of a second with four minutes of the hour remaining.

Bottas then strung together a superb final lap, including the fastest final sector of the session, to go fastest by just five hundredths of a second.

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat also put in an impressive late lap to go fourth-fastest, with Nico Rosberg ending up fifth having earlier set the pace when the field was running on the soft-compound Pirellis.

A tight qualifying session is expected this afternoon, with Fernando Alonso down in sixth but only two tenths slower than Bottas.

Red Bull's taxing weekend continued, with Daniel Ricciardo half a second off the pace in sixth place, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel was 10th, seven tenths down.

Sandwiched by the Red Bulls were Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen.

Jenson Button had a frustrating session, running off track at Turn 1 and complaining about a lack of engine braking.

McLaren discovered that he had a problem with the right-rear brakes, meaning it had to change the calliper as well as replacing the floor, which was damaged when Button went off.

The 2009 Formula 1 world champion managed only four laps during the session and was unable to post a serious time, meaning he ended up slowest.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m09.848s           22
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m09.898s  +0.050s  25
 3.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m09.901s  +0.053s  21
 4.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m09.927s  +0.079s  25
 5.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m09.999s  +0.151s  31
 6.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m10.054s  +0.206s  17
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m10.392s  +0.544s  19
 8.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m10.449s  +0.601s  23
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m10.488s  +0.640s  22
10.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m10.562s  +0.714s  21
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m10.683s  +0.835s  22
12.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m10.776s  +0.928s  26
13.  Jean-Rric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m11.043s  +1.195s  22
14.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m11.103s  +1.255s  22
15.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m11.235s  +1.387s  18
16.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m11.294s  +1.446s  24
17.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m11.558s  +1.710s  23
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m11.848s  +2.000s  21
19.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m12.320s  +2.472s  23
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m12.892s  +3.044s  27
21.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m12.915s  +3.067s  14
22.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m14.237s  +4.389s  4
Da Autosport.com

GP d’Austria, commenti post libere–20/06/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Different programmes”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today was particularly busy, which is normal when you go back to a track for the first time in many years. Despite the changeable weather reducing the amount of track time in the first session, we still managed to complete our programme, which today centred on analysing new aerodynamic parts brought for this race. Along with Fernando, we concentrated on different set-up tests, me on the front end and him on the rear, so as to compare the data from the second session. In the afternoon, I had a better feeling from the car, but for various reasons, including a lack of grip, traffic and the wind, I didn’t manage to put together a good lap, or to improve in the final sector.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Austria, prove libere venerdì–20/06/2014


Austrian GP: Lewis Hamilton goes quickest in second practice

Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by almost four tenths of a second.

Hamilton was fastest early in the session while all drivers were running on the slower soft-compound Pirelli tyres, just 39-thousandths of a second faster than his Mercedes team-mate.

But when the pair headed out for their super-soft runs, Hamilton made a big improvement to put in a time 0.747s seconds faster than Rosberg, who found only a tenth on his first flier.

Hamilton subsequently found another tenth to improve his advantage to 0.857s briefly, only for Rosberg to string together a better lap to end up 0.377s down.

Later in the session, Hamilton did have some trouble while doing long-run work, complaining of a loss of power.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was third fastest, just over nine tenths off the pace, while Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who had been the closest challenger to Mercedes on soft-tyre pace, was fourth.

Felipe Massa completed a strong showing for Williams with fifth overall, just two-thousandths slower than his team-mate.

Sebastian Vettel, who started the session late thanks to his floor having to be changed after his high-speed spin exiting the final corner during the morning session, was sixth fastest, almost 1.3s slower than Hamilton.

Jenson Button, driving the updated McLaren, was seventh fastest, just six thousandths of a second slower than Vettel and a tenth quicker than the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, who also had to have a floor changed after a morning off.

Kevin Magnussen was ninth fastest, with Jean-Eric Vergne once again making it into the top 10 for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

It was a difficult session for Kimi Raikkonen, who ended up 11th fastest, half-a-second slower than team-mate Alonso, and endured a grassy moment after running wide at the last corner late on.

Adrian Sutil, who managed only nine laps this morning after a split hose led to the turbo failing, completed a full programme to end up 16th fastest.

Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson also had a better session after stopping after eight laps this morning.

Although rain threatened late in the session, it stayed away and teams were able to complete their planned programmes.

   
Pos Driver                Team                   Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m09.542s           37  
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m09.919s  +0.377s  50 
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m10.470s  +0.928s  40 
 4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m10.519s  +0.977s  44 
 5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m10.521s  +0.979s  39 
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m10.807s  +1.265s  39 
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m10.813s  +1.271s  44 
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m10.920s  +1.378s  36 
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m10.936s  +1.394s  45 
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m10.972s  +1.430s  39 
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m10.974s  +1.432s  45 
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m11.261s  +1.719s  45 
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m11.296s  +1.754s  36 
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m11.491s  +1.949s  42 
15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m11.765s  +2.223s  30 
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m11.806s  +2.264s  42 
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m11.935s  +2.393s  39 
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m12.229s  +2.687s  43 
19. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m12.262s  +2.720s  46 
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m12.279s  +2.737s  36 
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m12.937s  +3.395s  24 
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m13.596s  +4.054s  48 
Da Autosport.com


Austrian GP: Rosberg leads first practice from Hamilton

With rain expected to interrupt the later part of the session, both Mercedes drivers made use of the extra set of soft tyres made available to all drivers in FP1 to pump in some early quick laps.

Rosberg set the early pace as Mercedes trialled a titanium skid plate on the floor of the championship leader's car, successfully producing sparks as the German navigated the undulations of the circuit.

An unspecified 'power unit issue' cut short the German's initial running and meant he slipped as low as 13th in the times as other drivers improved, but he returned to the track to set what stood as the fastest time of the session with around 40 minutes to run.

Rosberg's 1m11.295s best put him just over a tenth clear of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who pushed his Mercedes up to second in between the spells of rain that affected the final 30 minutes of running.

Hamilton had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with his team-mate in the early part of the session, as Rosberg slowed with his engine issue.

Hamilton worked down to a 1m12.255s over an initial 10-lap run, which stood as the benchmark for a long while, until first McLaren's Jenson Button and then Rosberg broke into the 1m11s.

Fernando Alonso looked set to send Ferrari to the top of the times during the opening half-hour, but ran wide after a moment at the penultimate turn and spoiled the lap.

The Spaniard eventually went third fastest, ahead of Felipe Massa's Williams and Button, these three the only other drivers to break through the 1m12s barrier.

The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg headed the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen, as all eight Mercedes-engined cars occupied the top nine spots on the timesheet.

Jean-Eric Vergne was the fastest Renault-powered runner, rounding out the top 10 for Toro Rosso.

The Frenchman improved in the final five minutes to displace Kimi Raikkonen (also trialling a titanium skid plate on his Ferrari) by just one thousandth of a second.

World champion Sebastian Vettel endured a difficult session on Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz's home circuit, lapping a lowly 15th fastest and narrowly missing the barriers after a wild 720-degree spin across the grass exiting the final turn.

Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo also survived a wild trip across the grass at the same corner as he battled his way to the 13th fastest time, just behind Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat and ahead of Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, who lapped 0.004s faster than Vettel.

Lotus continued to struggle for speed with Romain Grosjean only 16th and failing to escape the 1m13s, while team-mate Pastor Maldonado was 17th quickest, just ahead of both Marussias.


Pos Driver                Team                   Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m11.295s           19
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m11.435s  +0.140s  32
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m11.606s  +0.311s  23
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m11.756s  +0.461s  27
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m11.839s  +0.544s  33
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m12.009s  +0.714s  33
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m12.072s  +0.777s  20
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m12.114s  +0.819s  21
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m12.313s  +1.018s  36
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m12.364s  +1.069s  30
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m12.365s  +1.070s  21
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m12.372s  +1.077s  35
13. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m12.570s  +1.275s  28
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m12.984s  +1.689s  19
15. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m12.988s  +1.693s  25
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m13.168s  +1.873s  28
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m13.642s  +2.347s  27
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m13.738s  +2.443s  26
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m13.857s  +2.562s  28
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m14.611s  +3.316s  24
21. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m14.691s  +3.396s  9
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m17.501s  +6.206s  8
Da Autosport.com

GP Canada, prove sabato–07/06/2014


Canadian GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to pole position

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix after a stellar performance in the top 10 qualifying shootout.

Rosberg’s Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, had dominated practice, setting the fastest time of Friday and then going quickest on Saturday morning, meaning he went into qualifying as the hot favourite at a track where he thrives.

Hamilton had topped both Q1 and Q2 but was outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Rosberg by 68 thousandths of a second on their first runs in Q3 after hitting traffic in the final sector.

Rosberg then made a small improvement on his second run, but it was not necessary as a poor middle sector meant that Hamilton was unable to better the German’s earlier time.

Sebastian Vettel was best-of-the-rest, jumping from sixth to third with a strong final lap.

Williams had looked set to be the closest challenger to Mercedes, but Valtteri Bottas was unable to improve on his final run and ended up fourth.

His team-mate Felipe Massa was fifth fastest, just ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso was seventh, his Ferrari not quite showing the pace to threaten the top six.

Jean-Eric Vergne was fastest of those who only attempted one run in Q3, shading McLaren’s Jenson Button to eighth place by two-hundredths of a second.

Kimi Raikkonen was the slowest of the Q3 runners, securing 10th place on the grid.

All of the top 10 will start the race on super-soft rubber thanks to new-for-2014 rules dictating that drivers must use the set they set their best Q2 time on.

Nico Hulkenberg missed out on a place in the top 10 shootout by just under half-a-tenth and will start 11th.

The second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen was 12th after failing to improve on his second run.

Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat were 13th, 14th and 15th, with Sauber driver Adrian Sutil attempting only one run in Q2 as he had used two sets of super-softs in Q1, ending up 16th.

Pastor Maldonado was the fastest of those to be eliminated in Q1 after his Lotus ground to a halt in the closing stages.

He had just jumped Marussia pairing Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi before he hit trouble.

Bianchi was unable to attempt a second run in Q1 thanks to a car problem, while Chilton had to rely on the time posted on his first run because of incidents late in the session.

Kamui Kobayashi was the faster of the two Caterhams in 20th place after making a good improvement on his final run, although he will be hit with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson brought out a red flag with 16 seconds of Q1 remaining after crashing at the exit of the first chicane.

Esteban Gutierrez was unable to participate in qualifying thanks to chassis damage sustained in a crash during Saturday morning’s free practice session.

The Sauber team is building up a car around a spare chassis for the Mexican for tomorrow’s race.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time           Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m14.874s         
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m14.953s  +0.079s 
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m15.548s  +0.674s 
 4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m15.550s  +0.676s 
 5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m15.578s  +0.704s 
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m15.589s  +0.715s 
 7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m15.814s  +0.940s 
 8. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m16.162s  +1.288s 
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m16.182s  +1.308s 
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m16.214s  +1.340s 
Q2 cut-off time: 1m16.255s                                   Gap **
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m16.300s  +1.246s
12. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m16.310s  +1.256s
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m16.472s  +1.418s
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m16.687s  +1.633s
15. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m16.713s  +1.659s
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m17.314s  +2.260s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m18.235s                                Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m18.328s  +2.578s
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m18.348s  +2.598s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m18.359s  +2.609s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m19.278s  +3.528s
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m19.820s  +4.070s
22. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       no time


107% time: 1m21.052s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2

Da Autosport.com


Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton on top again in final practice

Lewis Hamilton marked himself out as one of the favourites for pole position as he set the pace in the final practice session for Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix.

The Briton was just under half a second quicker than Felipe Massa as the Brazilian raised the hopes of a strong weekend for the Williams team.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was third quickest at the end of the final one-hour practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying.

The Mercedes both set their best times on the soft tyre and were unable to improve on super-softs, unlike the majority of the field.

The top three were trailed by the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and sixth placed Kimi Raikkonen, as the Italian team maintained its impressive practice pace at a hot and sunny Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

They were split by Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull in fifth, while his world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10.

The two Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne were eighth and ninth fastest respectively, just one position behind Valtteri Bottas's Williams

A number of drivers were struggling on the brakes into the tight Turn 10 hairpin and locked up into the run-off area unharmed. There were also a few spins into the tricky Turn 8/9 chicane, as both Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson made errors there.

The session was red-flagged 15 minutes into the session after Esteban Gutierrez spun his Sauber under braking for Turn 3 and clattered into the outside wall.

At that stage, only eight cars had managed to set a laptime with Kevin Magnussen quickest in his McLaren at the interruption. The Dane lost control of his car later in the session with a spin under braking for Turn 1.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m15.610s           18
 2.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m16.086s  +0.476s  16
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m16.120s  +0.510s  20
 4.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m16.488s  +0.878s  15
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m16.504s  +0.894s  15
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m16.528s  +0.918s  22
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m16.684s  +1.074s  20
 8.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m16.820s  +1.210s  21
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m16.824s  +1.214s  19
10.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m16.884s  +1.274s  15
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m16.944s  +1.334s  17
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m16.993s  +1.383s  19
13.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m17.121s  +1.511s  21
14.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m17.188s  +1.578s  19
15.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m17.224s  +1.614s  21
16.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.360s  +1.750s  23
17.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m17.900s  +2.290s  23
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m18.518s  +2.908s  25
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m18.525s  +2.915s  19
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m19.865s  +4.255s  23
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m20.227s  +4.617s  14
22.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m22.388s  +6.778s  6
Da Autosport.com

GP Canada, commenti del venerdì–06/06/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Speedy work”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Like every Friday, today’s programme centred on looking at different set-ups in the first session and a race simulation with both compounds in the second one. This morning, because of a problem on my car, I was unable to run as much as planned and that’s never a good thing, because getting in plenty of laps is very important. Thanks to speedy work from the team, in the afternoon, we managed to make up for the run lost in the morning and even if it’s too early to make predictions, overall, it didn’t go badly and by the end of the day my feeling with the car had improved. I am still not 100% happy with the handling of the F14 T, but I am sure that an analysis of the data we gathered will point us in the right direction for qualifying and the race.”

Da Ferrari.com



19:33 Here’s how the top 10 stacked up in that second session:
1 Hamilton 1m16.118s
2 Rosberg +0.175s
3 Vettel +0.455s
4 Raikkonen +0.530s
5 Alonso +0.583s
6 Massa +0.656s
7 Bottas +0.775s
8 Magnussen +0.934s
9 Button +0.941s
10 Vergne +1.062s

19:20 Grosjean went off there at the chicane at Turn 8/9 and has deposited a significant amount of mud both on the track and in the path of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari.

19:18 Lloyd lets Raikkonen know that he’s lapping faster than the Mercedes, which are on super-softs while the Ferrari has softs. Lloyd is also certain the Mercedes are running lighter.

19:15 Raikkonen’s new engineering team member David Lloyd tells the Finn to use "fuel six", then explains that this setting "is automatic fuel-saving."

18:57 Raikkonen goes for a spin at the Turn 10 hairpin. The car snapped around quickly there, not a lot Kimi could have done to save it.

18:52 After a careful lap, Raikkonen picks things up and goes third fastest, beating Ferrari team-mate Alonso.

18:19 Raikkonen spoils the symmetry by thrusting his Ferrari into sixth place.

17:45 Changes in Kimi Raikkonen’s engineering line-up, as Ferrari recalls David Lloyd to try to improve lines of communication.

16:02 BEN ANDERSON: "Another fascinating venue at which to watch the cars trackside. Really interesting to see the contrasting styles of Alonso and Raikkonen in particular. Raikkonen carries a lot of momentum and really leans on the rear of his car, while Alonso seems to be pushing harder with the front of his Ferrari, and takes masses of kerb at the first chicane."

14:30 Conversely, next time around EDD STRAW spotted Alonso having a big sideways moment, while Raikkonen carried better speed.

BEN ANDERSON’s observations on the Ferrari drivers: "Raikkonen is wonderful to watch here. He looks set for an accident every lap as he rally drives his way through the chicane. It’s spectacular, but surely not the quickest way.
"Alonso is much tidier and using more kerb on the way in."

Da Autosport.com


GP Canada, prove libere venerdì–06/06/2014


Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg in practice two

Lewis Hamilton continued the Mercedes team’s dominance of Formula 1 in 2014 by topping Friday’s second free practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg headed the timesheets for much of the afternoon, with the 2008 world champion fastest while the field was on the slower soft-compound Pirellis early on.

Rosberg knocked Williams driver Valtteri Bottas off top spot after 17 minutes, with Hamilton outpacing him moments later as the Silver Arrows pressed home their advantage.

Rosberg was the first frontunner to take super-softs, but he only improved on his previous best time by nine hundredths of a second, which was still enough to relegate Hamilton to second with just under 40 minutes remaining.

Hamilton’s response was almost immediate as he banged in the best time in all three sectors of the circuit to retake top spot by over half a second.

Although Rosberg subsequently improved again, he ended up 0.175s off his team-mate.

Ferrari had looked set to end the session as the best of the rest, with Kimi Raikkonen shading Fernando Alonso, but Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel left his super-soft run late.

Vettel jumped to third in the closing stages of the session, 0.455s off the pace, with Raikkonen fourth-fastest, just half a tenth quicker than his team-mate.

The Finn also suffered a spin after losing his Ferrari on the power at the exit of the hairpin while on super-softs, although this was after he had posted his quickest time.

Felipe Massa was sixth fastest ahead of Williams-Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was just over a tenth slower.

Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button ended up just behind the duo, with the McLaren showing encouraging pace at a track that masks some of the shortcomings of its car.

Tenth-fastest Jean-Eric Vergne, who took to the escape road at the first chicane in the final minute of the session after locking up his brakes, was only a second off the pace, but the Frenchman had almost a 0.5s advantage over Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, which was 11th.

Daniel Ricciardo was only 12th fastest after encountering some gear-change issues during the afternoon, but he was still able to outpace the two Force Indias.

Several drivers had off-track moments, with Kamui Kobayashi, who sat out the morning session to allow Alexander Rossi some mileage, spinning at Turn 2 early on.

Esteban Gutierrez also lost his Sauber at the first chicane early on and spun, while both Grosjean and Adrian Sutil missed the last corner on their first super-soft runs.

Sutil’s off at the last chicane was as a result of encountering a slow-moving Magnussen, with stewards investigating the incident but opting to take no action.

Also among those to cut the final chicane were Kobayashi, Rosberg and Pastor Maldonado.

Daniil Kvyat’s session ended prematurely, the Russian completing only one run of nine laps before returning to the Toro Rosso garage and never re-emerging.

It was also a quiet session for Jules Bianchi, whose Marussia team had replaced a number of components at the rear of the car after he glanced the wall exiting the first chicane this morning. He hit engine problems following the completion of only three slow laps in practice two.

Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson also had a disappointing afternoon, pulling off at the first chicane shortly after the half-hour mark before he had the chance to use the super-soft Pirellis..

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m16.118s            42
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m16.293s  +0.175s   39
 3.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m16.573s  +0.455s   26
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m16.648s  +0.530s   31
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m16.701s  +0.583s   27
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m16.774s  +0.656s   37
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m16.893s  +0.775s   37
 8.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.052s  +0.934s   42
 9.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.059s  +0.941s   38
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m17.180s  +1.062s   40
11.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m17.626s  +1.508s   28
12.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m17.644s  +1.526s   36
13.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m17.712s  +1.594s   35
14.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m17.819s  +1.701s   33
15.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m17.868s  +1.750s   27
16.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m17.964s  +1.846s   47
17.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.340s  +2.222s   43
18.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m18.693s  +2.575s   34
19.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.732s  +2.614s   9
20.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m20.244s  +4.126s   38
21.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m22.418s  +6.300s   13
22.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m32.127s  +16.009s  3

 

Da Autosport.com


Canadian GP: Alonso beats Mercedes duo in first practice

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in the opening practice session for this weekend's Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard managed to set a time just 0.016 seconds faster than the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

The Briton was fractionally ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg during the morning's dry practice session at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal.

World champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest in his Red Bull ahead of Valtteri Bottas's Williams and his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is characterised by long straights and slow corners and it was the Mercedes-powered cars that filled most of the top 10 positions, with both McLaren and Williams impressing early on in the weekend.

But the session belonged to Alonso, who was trialling a number of new upgrades in his Ferrari. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished the session in ninth place.

After some early morning drizzle, the first half of the session was held in dry, sunny conditions and it was characterised by drivers struggling on the low grip track, either locking up at the Turn 10 hairpin or cutting the final chicane.

Dark rain clouds developed throughout the morning and the final minutes just escaped a heavy shower of rain.

Just before the hour mark, Marussia's Jules Bianchi was in trouble after he damaged the right-hand side of his car after running wide and hitting the wall at Turn 4. He was able to return to the pits slowly with suspension damage.

Brazilian Felipe Massa - celebrating his 200th race weekend in F1 - had to end his session early after a battery problem with his Williams.

Nico Hulkenberg was an early spinner in the session, losing control at Turn 8 in his Force India after he placed his wheels on the grass braking for the chicane and was able to continue unharmed.

Only one reserve driver ran in FP1, American Alexander Rossi took over Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham seat. He finished the session 22nd and slowest overall.


Pos Driver                Team                  Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m17.238s           21
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m17.254s  +0.016s  25
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m17.384s  +0.146s  32
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m18.131s  +0.893s  28
 5. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1m18.361s  +1.123s  20
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m18.435s  +1.197s  26
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m18.446s  +1.208s  33
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m18.514s  +1.276s  31
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m18.578s  +1.340s  15
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.643s  +1.405s  14
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m18.733s  +1.495s  30
12. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m18.959s  +1.721s  22
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m19.108s  +1.870s  24
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m19.142s  +1.904s  32
15. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m19.177s  +1.939s  21
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m19.340s  +2.102s  37
17. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m19.575s  +2.337s  7
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m19.804s  +2.566s  15
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m20.200s  +2.962s  15
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m20.844s  +3.606s  26
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m21.404s  +4.166s  33
22. Alexander Rossi       Caterham-Renault      1m21.757s  +4.519s  27
Da Autosport.com

GP Monaco, prove sabato–24/05/2014


Monaco GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to pole despite error

Nico Rosberg claimed his second successive Monaco Grand Prix pole position despite going off on his final flying lap.

The German was the faster of the Mercedes duo on the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout, shading Lewis Hamilton by 59 thousandths of a second.

He then made a mistake on his final flier, locking up and sliding up the escape road at Mirabeau.

But as Hamilton, who was behind Rosberg on track, was slow in the middle sector of his final lap because of the resulting yellow flags, the Briton was unable to attempt to defeat Rosberg.

Daniel Ricciardo continued his strong weekend by beating Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel to third, with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen claiming the third row.

Jean-Eric Vergne qualified seventh after winning his personal battle with Monaco GP debutant Kevin Magnussen.

The second Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat, impressed by surviving a crash in Q1 at the chicane that ripped off his front wing by making it to Q3 in ninth, ending up ahead of Sergio Perez.

Jenson Button, winner in Monaco in 2009, was the biggest-name casualty in Q2, ending up 12th behind Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was 13th, with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado behind him as the Lotus team continued to have a difficult weekend.

Felipe Massa ended up only 16th after being unable to participate in Q2.

The Williams driver let Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson through at Mirabeau in the closing stages of Q1, but the Swede had to correct a rear-end slide under braking for the right-hander and hit Massa, who was holding a wide line.

Both cars nosed into the barrier and neither was able to get back to the pits, although Massa did get his car going again but then ground to a halt.

The tangle will be investigated by the stewards after the session.

This incident meant that the battle to avoid elimination in Q1 was interrupted and there were few late changes, with Sauber pairing Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil ending up 17th and 18th.

Marussia pairing Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton filled the 10th row, with the Caterhams of Kamui Kobayashi and Ericsson at the back.

The stewards are also investigating several cases of impeding from Q1, one involving Perez and Gutierrez and the other involving Maldonado and Kvyat.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap    
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m15.989s         
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m16.048s  +0.059s
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.384s  +0.395s
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.547s  +0.558s
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m16.686s  +0.697s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m17.389s  +1.400s
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m17.540s  +1.551s
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.555s  +1.566s
 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.090s  +2.101s
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m18.327s  +2.338s
                          Q3 cut-off time:      1m17.755s  **     
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m17.846s  +1.492s
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.988s  +1.634s
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m18.082s  +1.728s
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m18.196s  +1.842s
15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m18.356s  +2.002s
16. Felipe Massa          Williams-Renault                        
                          Q2 cut-off time:      1m18.616s*        
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.741s  +1.184s
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.745s  +1.188s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m19.332s  +1.775s
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m19.928s  +2.371s
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m20.133s  +2.576s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m21.732s  +4.175s
                                                                  
107 per cent time: 1m22.985s                                      
* Gap to fastest in Q1                                            
** Gap to fastest in Q2                  
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Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Daniel Ricciardo in practice three

Lewis Hamilton established himself as favourite for his fifth Formula 1 pole position of 2014 by topping Saturday morning practice in Monaco.

The Briton lagged 0.130 seconds behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the first part of the session, when all drivers were lapping on the slower soft-compound Pirellis.

But Hamilton was the first of the pair to head out on super-soft rubber for his qualifying simulation, doing so with 10 minutes to go.

By then, Red Bull pairing Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel had already jumped to first and second place respective on their option tyre runs.

The Australian was four tenths faster than Vettel, although the latter had looked set to improve on a later lap before being held up by having to pass Felipe Massa's Williams at Rascasse.

Hamilton then went fastest with five minutes to go, albeit just half a tenth faster than Ricciardo, and appeared likely to improve again before locking up and straightlining the chicane.

Rosberg, who was the last driver to head out on super-softs, left his best lap until late in the session.

He looked set to retake top spot on his penultimate lap, setting the fastest time of all in sector one and then a personal best in sector two, but a slow final sector meant he ended up third behind Ricciardo, 0.116s slower than Hamilton.

Vettel held on to fourth place ahead of Fernando Alonso, the latter lapping just two hundredths of a second quicker than Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Force India opted to sit out the first part of the session and was the last to hit the track, with Sergio Perez ending up a strong seventh fastest ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who made visits to the run-off area at both Ste Devote and Mirabeau in the closing stages of the session, was ninth ahead of Toro Rosso team-mate and Monaco rookie Daniil Kvyat.

McLaren's troubles continued, with Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button 11th and 12th, while Williams also disappointed with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa 13th and 14th.

Lotus struggled too, with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado 16th and 18th, sandwiching Jules Bianchi's Marussia, which showed impressive pace that potentially gives him the chance to challenge for a Q2 position.

Marcus Ericsson was slowest after a difficult session during which he visited the Ste Devote escape road, having to reverse onto the track, and also survived a brush with the barrier.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m16.758s           27 
 2. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.808s  +0.050s  26 
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m16.874s  +0.116s  24 
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m17.184s  +0.426s  23 
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m17.428s  +0.670s  22 
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m17.448s  +0.690s  24 
 7. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m17.725s  +0.967s  23 
 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m18.074s  +1.316s  21 
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.136s  +1.378s  19 
10. Danil Kvyat           Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.166s  +1.408s  26 
11. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m18.249s  +1.491s  28 
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m18.262s  +1.504s  21 
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m18.430s  +1.672s  31 
14. Felipe Massa          Williams-Renault      1m18.542s  +1.784s  30 
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.598s  +1.840s  24 
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m18.776s  +2.018s  26 
17. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m18.872s  +2.114s  23 
18. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m19.118s  +2.360s  28 
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m19.149s  +2.391s  28 
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m20.271s  +3.513s  32 
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m20.394s  +3.636s  25 
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m20.589s  +3.831s  30 
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GP Monaco, commenti post libere–22/05/2014


Monaco GP: Ferrari gearbox issue caused Kimi Raikkonen’s problems

Ferrari has revealed that a gearbox problem restricted Kimi Raikkonen’s running in the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix, in which Fernando Alonso set the fastest time.

Raikkonen set the sixth fastest time in Thursday morning’s dry session, but was classified slowest of the 22 runners, 27 seconds off the pace, after clocking just four laps in the wet/dry second session.

The Finn said a gearbox gremlin had forced him out of the session before he could set a representative time.

"Unfortunately, the bad weather affected this first day of practice and halved the possibility to complete the work we had planned," said Raikkonen.

"In the morning, on the dry track, we tried various set-up options, without encountering any particular problems, apart from a lack of grip at the front under braking.

"In the afternoon, we made a few changes to improve the balance of the car, but having waited almost an hour before being able to go out, a problem with the gearbox prevented me from completing the session.

"On Saturday we will try and make the most of the third free practice session to complete our programme for qualifying, which we know is the key factor here."

Da Autosport.com


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GP Monaco, prove venerdì–22/05/2014


Monaco GP: Fernando Alonso puts Ferrari on top in FP2

Fernando Alonso topped Thursday’s rain-affected second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Although it did not rain during the 90 minutes of running, a heavy downpour in the hour before soaked the track, leading to a tentative start in terms of track action.

It was not until the final 10 minutes that drivers started posting lap times on slick rubber, with Alonso completing a six-lap stint on super-soft Pirellis and setting his best time of 1m18.482s on his final flier.

With the track getting faster in the final minutes, everyone except Kimi Raikkonen set their fastest time on super-soft rubber, although it did not get fast enough for Alonso to eclipse Lewis Hamilton’s fastest time of the morning session.

Hamilton was second fastest, 0.419s slower on the same rubber, with Sebastian Vettel third quickest, just over half-a-second down.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who had been the first driver to set a time on slicks with eight minutes remaining on soft rubber, then switched to the faster supersofts and went fourth fastest ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas was the only driver to head out during the first 38 minutes, completing a single, tentative installation lap on intermediate rubber early on.

Things then livened up, with Monaco debutant Daniil Kvyat the first to post a complete lap to go top briefly before Toro Rosso team-mate Vergne deposed him, with both on intermediate rubber.

The STR duo traded fastest times, initially running in the 1m40s bracket, but soon the best laps on intermediates tumbled in tricky conditions that caught out Kvyat when he had to take to the escape road at Ste Devote.

Eight drivers posted serious times on intermediate rubber before the final 20 minutes of the session, with McLaren’s Jenson Button ending up fastest with a best time of 1m31.594s to head Sebastian Vettel by a second.

Raikkonen was the ninth driver to complete a lap during this phase of the running, but it was not a serious attempt thanks to his Ferrari getting stuck in third gear, leading him to return to the pits and end his session prematurely, hence his position 27 seconds off the pace at the foot of the timesheets.

With conditions improving all the time, intermediate-shod Kevin Magnussen was set to knock his team-mate off top spot after setting the fastest time in the first two sectors before overdoing it into the Turn 15/16 right/left chicane and cutting the track.

His lap was good enough to go second fastest, 0.733s behind Button, but with the track rapidly drying out it was clear that the timesheets would be dominated by laps set on dry-weather rubber.

Despite the tricky conditions, Marcus Ericsson, carrying a Ronnie Peterson helmet livery in tribute to his compatriot’s 1973 Monaco GP victory, was the only driver to find the wall.

He nosed his Caterham into the barriers at the exit of Portier in the penultimate minute, but was able to back out and return to the pits.

Pos Driver                Team                     Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  1m18.482s           15
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 1m18.901s  +0.419s  12
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         1m19.017s  +0.535s  15
 4. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       1m19.351s  +0.869s  14
 5. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        1m19.421s  +0.939s   9
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     1m19.668s  +1.186s   9
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     1m19.712s  +1.230s  10
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1m19.721s  +1.239s  16
 9. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         1m19.779s  +1.297s  11
10. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         1m20.230s  +1.748s  16
11. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes        1m20.394s  +1.912s   8
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       1m20.622s  +2.140s  13
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           1m20.811s  +2.329s   8
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1m20.977s  +2.495s   7
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           1m21.467s  +2.985s   8
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            1m21.700s  +3.218s   6
17. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         1m21.924s  +3.442s   6
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         1m21.937s  +3.455s  13
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         1m22.683s  +4.201s  13
20. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 1m22.862s  +4.380s  11
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         1m23.164s  +4.682s   6
22. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                  1m45.509s  +27.027s  4
Da Autosport.com
 


Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP1

Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton edged team-mate Nico Rosberg to set the pace in the first free practice session for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

The Mercedes duo traded places at the top of the timesheet before Hamilton asserted himself with the fastest time of the session roughly halfway through.

Rosberg was fastest of all in the first sector of the lap, but his later efforts to topple his team-mate fell short by less than half a tenth of a second.

Daniel Ricciardo interloped in this personal battle by briefly going fastest in the early part of the session, and he was one of only two other drivers to ultimately lap below 1m19s.

The Australian looked to have Red Bull's RB10 hooked up nice an early and he wound up third fastest, less than a quarter of a second slower than Hamilton.

The last man below 1m19s was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who leapt to fourth with 10 minutes left of the session to run.

That bumped world champion Sebastian Vettel to fifth. The German took a while to find his own groove and ended up half a second shy of his team-mate's best time.

Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen also improved late on to round out the top six, less than a tenth clear of fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas in the best of the two Williams.

Sergio Perez had his Force India inside the top three early on, but although he improved his time the Mexican slipped back to eighth as the session wore on.

He was just under two tenths faster than team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who complained of some braking issues and ended up just fractions of a second slower than Kevin Magnussen's McLaren.

Hulkenberg was the last man to lap below 1m20s in the session. His Force India rounded out the top 10, ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button and Esteban Gutierrez, who was an impressive 12th fastest for Sauber.

Lotus has shown improved form recently but struggled in this session, as Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado could only manage the 13th and 14th fastest times.

Felipe Massa also struggled in the second Williams, winding up 16th fastest behind Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso.

There were suggestions ahead of the event that Monaco might present the toughest challenge of the season to the drivers, but there were only a handful of significant incidents.

Max Chilton's Marussia became stranded after an early spin at Mirabeau, while Adrian Sutil's Sauber struck the barrier after a spin at the same corner in the late-stages.

Raikkonen's Ferrari spun but continued at Ste Devote on his final run, while team-mate Alonso took to the escape road at Mirabeau after locking his brakes, but the Spaniard easily kept his car out of the barriers.

Pos Driver                Team                     Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 1m18.271s           32
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 1m18.303s  +0.032s  31
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         1m18.506s  +0.235s  37
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  1m18.930s  +0.659s  31
 5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         1m19.043s  +0.772s  33
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                  1m19.467s  +1.196s  31
 7. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        1m19.494s  +1.223s  31
 8. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     1m19.666s  +1.395s  29
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         1m19.789s  +1.518s  29
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     1m19.856s  +1.585s  38
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1m20.033s  +1.762s  35
12. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           1m20.118s  +1.847s  33
13. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            1m20.207s  +1.936s  33
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1m20.241s  +1.970s  38
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       1m20.260s  +1.989s  36
16. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes        1m20.517s  +2.246s  25
17. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           1m20.736s  +2.465s  18
18. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       1m20.914s  +2.643s  37
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         1m21.310s  +3.039s  27
20. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         1m22.063s  +3.792s  40
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         1m22.492s  +4.221s  38
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         1m25.817s  +7.546s   7
Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, prove sabato–10/05/2014


Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton denies Nico Rosberg pole

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season by topping qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the first two segments of qualifying, but delivered when it counted in Q3 to take pole by 0.168 seconds in a tense final-lap battle.

With Mercedes continuing to dominate, the rest were battling for third and it was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo who emerged as best of the rest, albeit a second off Hamilton.

Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth for Williams, comfortably ahead of Romain Grosjean, who continued the recent upward trend for the twin-tusk Lotus E22 with a season’s best fifth place.

The two Ferraris lapped at a similar pace, ending up sixth and seventh with Kimi Raikkonen shading team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Jenson Button was eighth ahead of Felipe Massa, the latter looking set for a stronger grid position but for a disappointing Q3 lap.

Sebastian Vettel qualified 10th after being unable to complete a lap during Q3 thanks to his Red Bull grinding to a halt early in his run, prompting a brief red flag stoppage.

Nico Hulkenberg was fastest of the drivers to fail to make the top 10 shootout. He was bumped out of the Q3 slots by Bottas late on, albeit less than a tenth slower than home hero Alonso, who just scraped through.

The second Force India of Sergio Perez was 13th ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Gutierrez.

Behind them, Kevin Magnussen was classified 15th despite not running in Q2 with an engine problem striking his McLaren-Mercedes.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 16th after also not running, but he will start from the back of the grid thanks to a 10-place grid penalty for shedding a wheel during Friday afternoon practice.

Adrian Sutil, who complained about a problem with his Sauber over the radio, was the fastest of those who failed to escape Q1.

He was bumped down to 17th in the dying seconds of the first segment of qualifying by Button, who put on the quicker medium Pirelli in order to ensure he was not knocked out.

Max Chilton was 18th, outqualifying Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi by six tenths of a second, with Marcus Ericsson doing a good job in the lead Caterham to end up just ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.

Pastor Maldonado will start last after failing to complete a flying lap before crashing.

He lost the rear end of his Lotus at the exit of Turn 3 after drifting wide on his first flying lap in Q1, spinning into the inside wall and bringing out the red flag for seven minutes.

Pos  Driver                Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m25.232s
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m25.400s  +0.168s
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m26.285s  +1.053s
 4.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1m26.632s  +1.400s
 5.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m26.960s  +1.728s
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m27.104s  +1.872s
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m27.140s  +1.908s
 8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.335s  +2.103s
 9.  Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m27.402s  +2.170s
10.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault                 
                           Q3 cut-off time:      1m27.602s  **
11.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m27.685s  +1.597s
12.  Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m28.002s  +1.914s
13.  Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.039s  +1.951s
14.  Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.280s  +2.192s
15.  Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault
                           Q2 cut-off time:      1m28.472s  *
17.  Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.563s  +1.799s
18.  Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m29.586s  +2.822s
19.  Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.177s  +3.413s
20.  Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m30.312s  +3.548s
21.  Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m30.375s  +3.611s
22.  Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault

     107 per cent time:    1m32.837s

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

 

Da Autosport.com


Spanish GP: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in final practice

Mercedes continued its dominance of Formula 1 as Nico Rosberg topped the third practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Qualifying this afternoon will most likely be another personal duel between the two Silver Arrows machines. They were split by 0.869 seconds in Saturday morning practice.

Local hero Fernando Alonso was third quickest in his Ferrari, more than 1.3s behind Rosberg and just fractionally ahead of Felipe Massa's Williams.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean was fifth quickest for Lotus ahead of Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and the other McLaren of Jenson Button.

Pastor Maldonado was ninth quickest in the second Lotus, while Sebastian Vettel made up for the time he lost on Friday by completing 20 laps in his Red Bull and finishing with the 10th fastest time.

At the beginning of the hour the Ferraris set the early pace, with firstly Kimi Raikkonen, then his team-mate Alonso going fastest on the hard tyres in the first 20 minutes.

As the half hour mark approached the Mercedes drivers emerged from the pits and started lighting up the timesheets. Rosberg was first to post the quickest time, over a second faster than Alonso's Ferrari.

Rosberg and his team-mate Hamilton then traded fastest lap times at the top of the order, but it was clear that a number of drivers continued to struggle with the low grip on a dry but overcast day in Barcelona.

Several drivers, including the spectacular Alonso, battled with rear grip issues and once again Max Chilton's session ended in the gravel trap, this time after he locked up his front left heading into Turn 5 and slid wide into the gravel on the outside of the corner.

Kamui Kobayashi also had a late off-track excursion in his Caterham but was able to continue unharmed.

Pos Driver             Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m25.887s           16
 2. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m26.756s  +0.869s   9 
 3. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m27.188s  +1.301s  15
 4. Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m27.223s  +1.336s  10
 5. Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m27.682s  +1.795s  18
 6. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.806s  +1.919s  16
 7. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m27.808s  +1.921s  12
 8. Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.006s  +2.119s  11
 9. Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m28.076s  +2.189s  19
10. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m28.085s  +2.198s  20
11. Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m28.101s  +2.214s  12
12. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.242s  +2.355s  16
13. Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.298s  +2.411s  16
14. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m28.419s  +2.532s  16
15. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m28.571s  +2.684s  13
16. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m28.668s  +2.781s  13
17. Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.715s  +2.828s  16
18. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.865s  +2.978s  18
19. Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.169s  +4.282s  15
20. Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.670s  +4.783s  12
21. Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m30.712s  +4.825s  18
22. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m31.559s  +5.672s  19
Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, commenti post libere–09/05/2014


Raikkonen: “E’ stata una giornata particolarmente intensa”

"Abbiamo cercato di girare il più possibile per portare a termine il programma previsto"

Il commento di Kimi Raikkonen al termine delle due sessioni di prove libere sul circuito di Barcellona per il Gran Premio di Spagna.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Questa è stata una giornata particolarmente intensa, in cui abbiamo cercato di girare il più possibile per portare a termine il programma previsto per le due sessioni di prove libere.
Al mattino abbiamo provato differenti soluzioni di assetto, alternando due diverse ali posteriori, mentre nel secondo turno ci siamo dedicati alla preparazione di qualifica e gara, e allo studio del comportamento delle due mescole messe a disposizione dalla Pirelli. Questa sera analizzeremo attentamente tutti i dati che abbiamo raccolto, per scegliere quale direzione seguire”.

Da Ferrari.it


GP Spagna, prove venerdì–09/05/2014


Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton stays on top in FP2

Lewis Hamilton dominated Friday afternoon practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by almost half-a-second.

After Hamilton and Rosberg topped the times during the early running, when all drivers lapped on the hard-compound Pirellis, Daniel Ricciardo was the first frontrunner to run the faster rubber.

He improved his time by a second to go top by half-a-second from Hamilton shortly after the half-hour mark, with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen also completing a relatively early lap on mediums to go third.

But both Mercedes drivers were soon out on the medium Pirellis, with Rosberg momentarily taking top spot with 51 minutes to go before Hamilton set a time 0.449s faster.

Ricciardo’s lap was good enough to hold third, with home hero Fernando Alonso jumping ahead of Raikkonen.

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen went sixth fastest shortly after the halfway mark of the session, shading team-mate Jenson Button with Felipe Massa’s Williams just behind.

Pastor Maldonado, the first driver to set a time on the mediums which briefly elevated him to fourth fastest, was shuffled down to ninth by the end of the session ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.

Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean was only 17th after a troubled session, initially complaining of a lack of rear-end downforce before being called in with a braking problem that potentially made the car unsafe.

Force India had a quiet session, with Nico Hulkenberg the faster of its drivers in 11th place ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, whose session came to an end with five minutes to go after his right-rear wheel flew off after he had stopped to change tyres.

Behind them was Adrian Sutil in the improved, lightweight Sauber-Ferrari C33, a car he hopes will allow him to fight for a points finish for the first time in 2014 this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel sat out the session after completing only four laps in the morning thanks to an electrical problem.

His Red Bull squad discovered that the wiring loom had been damaged, meaning there was not enough time to get the car fixed and back out on track.

Marussia driver Max Chilton also hit trouble, suffering an engine problem that restricted him to only in-and-out laps early in the session before completing some meaningful running later on.

He ended the session in the gravel at Turn 4 after what appeared to be a driver error.

He also caused a yellow flag at the entry to the final corner when his Marussia shed a piece of bodywork that had to be recovered by a marshal.

Track conditions were good throughout the session, with the ambient temperature around the 23-24C mark and track temperatures in the mid-40s.


Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1:25.524s           33
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:25.973s  +0.449s  36
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1:26.509s  +0.985s  38
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:27.121s  +1.597s  33
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1:27.296s  +1.772s  33
 6. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1:27.788s  +2.264s  37
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:27.811s  +2.287s  29
 8. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1:27.824s  +2.300s  31
 9. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1:27.866s  +2.342s  42
10. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1:28.049s  +2.525s  35
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:28.074s  +2.550s  31
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1:28.246s  +2.722s  30
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1:28.284s  +2.760s  33
14. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1:28.698s  +3.174s  33
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1:29.105s  +3.581s  24
16. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1:29.129s  +3.605s  34
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1:29.463s  +3.939s  26
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1:29.991s  +4.467s  26
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1:31.148s  +5.624s  28
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1:31.338s  +5.814s  38
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1:31.586s  +6.062s  39
22. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      no time
Da Autosport.com


Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton leads first practice for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton set the pace for the opening Formula 1 practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend to continue his stronghold on this year's championship.

The Mercedes driver ensured it was a British 1-2 at the top of the timing sheets as he finished 0.868s ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button.

Button held the fastest time for the majority of the Friday morning session recording his best time on the hour mark.

The McLaren driver was stationed at the top of the timesheets until his compatriot Hamilton set the fastest time five minutes from the end of the session.

There were problems for Sebastian Vettel, who sat out nearly the entire practice period after an electrical issue halted his running and he pulled to the side of the track at Turn 5, just 25 minutes into FP1.

The German had only completed four laps when the problem struck his car and he ended up with the 20th fastest time.

Nico Rosberg could only manage the fifth fastest time after he suffered a lack of running due to a problem with his Mercedes power unit.

Behind Button, Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in his Red Bull ahead of Fernando Alonso, who was visibly hustling his Ferrari around the Spanish GP circuit.

His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen.

There was drama for Giedo van der Garde when he suffered a partial brake failure at Turn 1 and ran through the gravel at high speed, just missing the barriers on the outside of the corner.

Sauber's reserve driver was in the car in place of Esteban Gutierrez for FP1. He was able to continue to the pits unharmed.

The opening practice session of the weekend was the first chance for all the teams to try test the performance of their upgrades.

There was a bizarre moment for Sergio Perez when his left rear view mirror broke and came into his cockpit, forcing the Force India driver into the pits.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m27.023s           17
 2. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.891s  +0.868s  26
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m27.973s  +0.950s  21
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m28.128s  +1.105s  23
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m28.168s  +1.145s   9
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m28.337s  +1.314s  19
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.423s  +1.400s  27
 8. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m28.744s  +1.721s  34
 9. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m28.779s  +1.756s  18
10. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m28.791s  +1.768s  13
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.792s  +1.769s  24
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m28.828s  +1.805s  17
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.859s  +1.836s  24
14. Felipe Nasr           Williams-Mercedes     1m29.272s  +2.249s  15
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m29.688s  +2.665s  16
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m29.820s  +2.797s  22
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m29.444s  +2.421s  21
18. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari        1m30.440s  +3.417s  21
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.748s  +3.725s  19
20. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m30.942s  +3.919s   4
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m30.997s  +3.974s  22
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m31.421s  +4.398s  22
Da Autosport.com

GP Cina, prove sabato–19/04/2014


Chinese GP: Lewis Hamilton continues Mercedes’ pole run in damp

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season by setting the pace in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

With qualifying held in wet conditions, initially with most running on wets before the intermediates became the tyre of choice, Hamilton went fastest on his first run in Q3 then improved by almost half a second on his second run to consolidate his position.

It is the 34th pole position of Hamilton’s F1 career, meaning he has broken Jim Clark’s British record, with only Michael Schumacher (68), Ayrton Senna (65) and Sebastian Vettel (45) still ahead of him overall.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo will start second, setting a time six tenths slower than Hamilton on his final attempt.

This means he outqualifies team-mate Sebastian Vettel for the third time this season, with Vettel third ahead of the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg had looked set to take provisional pole away from Hamilton on his second run, but he carried too much speed into the hairpin, running wide and preventing him from improving.

A spin at the final corner on his final attempt ensured that Rosberg could do no better than fourth.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest having never threatened the top positions during qualifying, with Williams pairing Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas closely matched in sixth and seventh.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg qualified eighth, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.

Romain Grosjean put a Lotus into Q3 for the first time since 2013, ending up slowest in the top 10 shootout.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren driver Jenson Button were the big-name casualties during Q2.

Both were unable to set a good enough pace on their second set of intermediates to break into the top 10 after being bumped out of it by well-timed improvements by Vergne, Massa, Hulkenberg.

Button, who complained of a lack of front tyre temperature, and Raikkonen both lapped quickly enough in the first two sectors to make Q3 on their final laps, but worsening conditions in the final sector made it impossible to improve overall.

Daniil Kvyat was 13th ahead of Adrian Sutil, Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez.

Esteban Gutierrez was the fastest of those to fall in Q1. He had looked set to seal a place in the second stage of qualifying with a late run on intermediates before a very poor final sector, including a wide moment at the final corner, ruined his attempt.

Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi beat Jules Bianchi to 18th, with team-mate Marcus Ericsson outpacing the second Marussia of Max Chilton.

Pastor Maldonado was classified 22nd as he was unable to participate thanks to an engine problem that forced him to stop on track during morning practice.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m53.860s
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m54.455s  +0.595s
 3.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m54.960s  +1.100s
 4.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m55.143s  +1.283s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m55.637s  +1.777s
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m56.147s  +2.287s
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m56.282s  +2.422s
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m56.366s  +2.506s
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m56.773s  +2.913s
10.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m57.079s  +3.219s
                        Q3 cut-off time:      1m56.847s
11.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m56.860s  +2.831s*
12.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m56.963s  +2.934s*
13.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m57.289s  +3.260s*
14.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m57.393s  +3.364s*
15.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m57.675s  +3.646s*
16.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m58.264s  +4.235s*
                        Q2 cut-off time:      1m58.411s
17.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m58.988s  +3.472s**
18.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m59.260s  +3.744s**
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m59.326s  +3.810s**
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      2m00.646s  +5.130s**
21.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      2m00.865s  +5.349s**
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault

107 per cent time: 2m03.602s

* Gap to 1st in Q2
** Gap to 1st in Q1
Da Autosport.com


Chinese GP: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo leads damp final practice

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo recorded the fastest time in a wet practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying for the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

The Australian driver was quickest in the damp, slippery conditions ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa.

Rain started to fall at the beginning of the session and intermittently throughout the hour. More rain is expected for qualifying later on Saturday afternoon.

The bad weather meant running was limited, with the Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren teams sitting out most of the session.

In the late stages, both Nico Rosberg and Kevin Magnussen emerged in the last 10 minutes for a run but did not complete a timed lap.

Romain Grosjean was third quickest in his Lotus, but there were more problems for his team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

Despite setting the sixth fastest time he was ordered by his team to stop his car with 20 minutes of the session remaining and pulled to the side of the track at Turn 10.

Just ahead of Maldonado on the timesheets was Kimi Raikkonen, who emerged from his garage for a late run to set the fifth fastest time overall in his Ferrari.

Nico Hulkenberg was fourth fastest in his Force India, while Daniil Kvyat was seventh in his Toro Rosso.

Next up was Valtteri Bottas who was one of the drivers who was caught out in the tricky conditions, spinning his Williams on the exit of Turn 10 in the mid-stage of the hour, but able to continue unharmed.

On his installation lap Jean-Eric Vergne was complaining about a problem with his Renault power unit in the back of the Toro Rosso, but managed five laps in total.

Track temperatures were particularly low - 14 degrees C air and 15 degrees on track. Qualifying commences at 2pm local time.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m53.958s           5
 2.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m54.492s  +0.534s  5
 3.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m54.514s  +0.556s  4
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m55.032s  +1.074s  6
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m55.062s  +1.104s  4
 6.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m55.228s  +1.27 s  12
 7.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m55.235s  +1.277s  7
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m55.381s  +1.423s  5
 9.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m55.673s  +1.715s  4
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m56.019s  +2.061s  6
11.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m56.233s  +2.275s  8
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m56.380s  +2.422s  9
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m56.760s  +2.802s  8
14.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m56.841s  +2.883s  13
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m57.468s  +3.51 s  9
16.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m57.812s  +3.854s  12
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m57.976s  +4.018s  14
18.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m59.507s  +5.549s  6
19.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                                  4
20.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes                          3
21.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                                   1
22.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                                  3
Da Autosport.com

GP Cina, prove libere venerdì–18/04/2014


Chinese GP: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton recovers to lead practice two

Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a late start to top Friday’s second free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver missed the first 25 minutes of the one-and-a-half hour session thanks to a suspension problem, which had also limited his running during free practice one.

But after a brief stint on the medium-compound Pirellis, during which he lapped a second-and-a-quarter off the pacesetters on equivalent rubber, Hamilton switched to softs at around the halfway mark.

Hamilton, who complained of understeer on his first run, blitzed the final sector of the lap, setting comfortably the quickest time of the afternoon in that part of the circuit to knock Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso off top spot by 0.141s.

Alonso had earlier relegated the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg from the top of the times by four tenths of a second, setting a particularly strong pace in the twisty middle sector of the lap.

After a dismal Bahrain GP weekend, it was a far stronger day for Alonso. He earlier topped the first free practice session and then set the fastest time during the medium-compound running at the start of the afternoon’s running.

Rosberg had the potential to produce a better time and after setting the fastest time of all in sector one, yellow flags at the final corner cost him time, although it is not clear how much. He had to be content with third-fastest time.

Daniel Ricciardo beat Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel to fourth place, with Felipe Massa making good on the Williams team’s hopes for a stronger weekend in China in sixth overall.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh fastest after a brief off at the final corner, with McLaren’s Jenson Button eighth ahead of Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat.

Behind them, Force India failed to recapture its Bahrain form, with Nico Hulkenberg 11th fastest and almost a second-and-a-half off the pace, and Sergio Perez 15th.

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado endured a fraught session, suffering off-track moments at the final and the first corner prior to crashing in the pit-entry shortly after the half-hour mark.

Both Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Marussia’s Max Chilton spun during the session, with Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen among those to have off-track moments.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m38.315s           25
 2.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m38.456s  +0.141s  28
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m38.726s  +0.411s  30
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m38.811s  +0.496s  30
 5.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.015s  +0.700s  31
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m39.118s  +0.803s  25
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m39.283s  +0.968s  25
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.491s  +1.176s  29
 9.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m39.537s  +1.222s  36
10.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m39.648s  +1.333s  26
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m39.736s  +1.421s  30
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.744s  +1.429s  29
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m39.759s  +1.444s  28
14.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m39.830s  +1.515s  25
15.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m40.124s  +1.809s  32
16.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.359s  +2.044s  32
17.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.395s  +2.080s  30
18.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m40.455s  +2.140s  12
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m42.327s  +4.012s  27
20.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.473s  +5.158s  30
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m43.530s  +5.215s  32
22.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m43.679s  +5.364s  32
Da Autosport.com

Chinese GP: Fernando Alonso and Ferrari lead first Friday practice

Fernando Alonso set the early pace for the Ferrari Formula 1 team in the opening practice session for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

The two-time world champion was 0.398 seconds faster than Nico Rosberg's Mercedes at a cool and misty Shanghai International Circuit.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third quickest in his Red Bull ahead of Jenson Button's McLaren.

Nico Hulkenberg was fifth fastest for Force India, one place in front of the other McLaren of Kevin Magnussen.

The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton was eighth fastest overall, but his session ended a few minutes early after he reported a problem with the balance of his car.

Alonso's pace will have pleased Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who made his first appearance in his new role with the Scuderia this morning.

There was less joy on the other side of the garage as Alonso's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage a single installation lap after he suffered problems with the front of his car.

As ever the first practice session of the weekend was characterised by low grip and many drivers struggled with locking brakes. A number of teams were also trailing new parts - including Mercedes, which has arrived in China with a new front wing.

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez did not emerge from his garage until an hour into the session after he suffered a malfunction his clutch. Jules Bianchi had a fuel system problem following his installation lap and sat out nearly all of the 90 minutes before joining for a brief late run.

There was early drama for Pastor Maldonado when he spun his Lotus at Turn 9 just 10 minutes into the session. He appeared to be looking down to make an adjustment on his steering wheel as he lost control.

Rookie Daniil Kvyat was another to leave the track, when he made a small mistake and spun at Turn 1 and also Turn 14.

Williams ran its test and reserve driver Felipe Nasr in place of Valtteri Bottas for this session and he finished with the 13th fastest time.

Sauber also used one of its test roster, with Giedo van der Garde standing in for Adrian Sutil.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m39.783s           20
 2.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m40.181s  +0.398s  16
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault      1m40.772s  +0.989s  23
 4.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.970s  +1.187s  23
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes  1m41.175s  +1.392s  16
 6.  Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.366s  +1.583s  20
 7.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.505s  +1.722s  26
 8.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m41.560s  +1.777s  9
 9.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m41.629s  +1.846s  19
10.  Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes     1m41.699s  +1.916s  14
11.  Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.977s  +2.194s  23
12.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m42.090s  +2.307s  24
13.  Felipe Nasr          Williams-Mercedes     1m42.265s  +2.482s  13
14.  Giedo van der Garde  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.615s  +2.832s  16
15.  Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes  1m42.733s  +2.950s  13
16.  Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault         1m43.731s  +3.948s  22
17.  Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham-Renault      1m44.038s  +4.255s  16
18.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m44.162s  +4.379s  17
19.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.270s  +4.487s  7
20.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.782s  +4.999s  20
21.  Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault      1m44.835s  +5.052s  22
22.  Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari                                   1
Da Autosport.com

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.”

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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

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