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GP Belgio, presentazione–23/08/2016


Maranello, 23 August – After a one month break from racing, Formula 1 is back in action with the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which is so popular with drivers and race fans alike. Spa has undergone numerous changes from the 14 kilometre track used for the first race back in 1924, to the current 7.004 km, which has resulted in a reduction in the top speeds seen on some sections in the past. However, it still has a special attraction and, as well as being the longest circuit on the calendar, it is still today’s most technical track. Part of this is down to the uncertain nature of the weather, which can even change from one section of track to another. Therefore, the Belgian round is major test bench for cars and drivers, as Formula 1 rounds the mid-point marker and tackles this the thirteenth round of the season.

“It’s an old, traditional circuit, with up and down hills.” – says Kimi on the subject of the Belgian track. “ That’s what is different, more than other circuits, even just the place itself in the middle of nowhere. They changed lightly the last chicane in the past years, but I enjoy it. Conditions can be tricky sometimes, but it’s usually good for overtaking and that’s nice for drivers and spectators. On TV it’s hard to say, but when you’re there you can see it’s quite steep.”

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Dalla Sauber alla Ferrari, intervista


From Sauber to Ferrari – Kimi Raikkonen on F1’s evolution

Not only is he one of the most popular drivers on the grid and an F1 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen is also the eighth most experienced driver in history in terms of race starts. In that time, Raikkonen has raced V10s, V8s, tried his hand at rallying and is now trying to help Ferrari return to the front during the highly technological V6 era.

So what have been the big differences during his time in F1? And where are the big gains made which Raikkonen hopes will eventually see the Scuderia fighting for championships again in the near future? After signing a new contract at Ferrari, the Finn sat down with F1i to reminisce.

The Sauber and McLaren years

Raikkonen first drove an F1 car at Mugello in late 2000 as Sauber evaluated the quick youngster who had impressed during his debut year of Formula Renault. Then just 20 years old, Raikkonen admits he needed a day to adapt to grand prix machinery.

“I didn’t really have much idea because obviously I had never seen the car in real life – OK I’d seen them but not at the racetrack – apart from the day I went there and it was hard to know what to expect,” Raikkonen recalls. “I did Formula Renault, I did one test in Formula 3, OK it’s a bit faster than Formula Renault but not so much. The first test I did at Mugello, I was at the circuit earlier that year with Formula Renault but it’s a slightly different story with the F1 car!

“I think I went into it very open-minded because I didn’t really know what to expect so I just wanted to see how it is. Obviously it was a bit tricky because the conditioning for F1, my neck couldn’t handle it – any other circuit would have been a lot easier – so I could do maybe three laps and then I would box and wait. Obviously at that time there was no power steering in the car so that was a bit hard.

“I didn’t feel that it was so difficult to drive, it was just more the speed, to get used to the speed. Everything happens much faster and obviously it takes a while to get used to how hard you can brake. I would say the first day was a bit tricky because of that, just because everything happens so quickly, but then already after the first night it was a lot like everything slowed down and got more normal like you would drive a Formula Renault. It just slows down and it’s so much easier. It was an amazing feeling.”

The move to McLaren came about just a year later, with Raikkonen having impressed in his debut F1 season. You’d think the change to a front-running car was a noticeable one for a young driver, but the Finn says his first F1 car was still a competitive chassis.

“In a way yes, but I think we had a pretty good car at Sauber. It wasn’t like a completely bad car and we finished fourth in the championship so it was not a bad car at all. They did the best with their budget. McLaren is how it comes, a big team and so many people, it used to be in their old factory and not where they are now. English and Swiss teams have slightly different ways of working to achieve the same results.

“Car-wise every car is different, but I think we changed to Michelins as well at that time so I think that was the bigger difference to try and learn the tyres from Michelin. So the car was hard to compare really. It’s still a top, top team comparing with Sauber, but it was like you’ve jumped from one year to another year, it wasn’t like a completely new thing.

“So it was exciting, nice and new but I didn’t really find it so hard. There was always a lot more help from the team because they have more people and more money to use so in a way things got easier because of that. And then with experience it was also quite a lot different.”

Sat in the Shell track lab in the Ferrari trucks at Silverstone, the surroundings highlight just how much more support front-running teams can get in F1 thanks to close partnerships. Raikkonen says those sort of details stepping up from Sauber to McLaren are what start to make a big difference.

“You have a lot more resource for the team to develop the car, engine, fuel, oil, everything. More so electronics because it was a big part of that time [in the early 2000s]. In Sauber we got the power steering in Monza I think and obviously it was quite a nice thing, but all the small details that can make a lot of lap time – the diff, traction control and stuff – even then we had all the gearboxes that you could have, but the upshifts and downshifts, if you have more people you can put into those things it can make up a lot of lap time.

“So in that way it was also easier because there was not the knowledge and not enough people to do those things [in smaller teams]. It was just more people but they are trying to achieve the same result in two different companies. So McLaren took me in very easily and I felt straight away good. I had very good engineers there and it was just a new challenge.”

A first switch to Ferrari

Still searching for the drivers’ championship, Raikkonen moved to Maranello in 2007 to replace the outgoing Michael Schumacher. They were huge shoes to fill, but the first season brought the success Raikkonen had been searching for. So was that year’s Ferrari F2007 the best car he has driven in F1, or is that too simplistic given his title victory?

“Again the big difference was to change tyres,” Raikkonen explains. “To go from using Michelins for many years and then go back to Bridgestone; and it wasn’t the Bridgestone that it used to be before, it was completely different because everybody had the same tyres. So it was nowhere near as good or as special tyres as when there were two manufacturers fighting against each other. That made a big difference and also how you can drive and how the tyres work. So if you could have had the same tyres I don’t think it would have been so tricky, because it was not easy.

“Obviously between all of the cars I have driven, comparing the Ferrari it has always been harder to get it working, it takes more time to get it how you want. Once you get it then it’s fine, but it’s different. In those years when the tyres changed and went backwards – when I jumped to Michelin there was more grip and they made better tyres and kept improving – so it was a bit going the opposite way.

“Again a different country and different people, but I really enjoyed it. I was many years with McLaren and once I came to Ferrari I had a contract knowing I was going there for a long, long time and it was nice. You dream – or maybe you don’t dream – but Ferrari’s Ferrari, you know? And the other teams, they are not Ferrari. I don’t care how much they have won and all that.”

The season itself was a dramatic one, which Raikkonen admits was far from easy even if it resulted in championship success at the final round in Brazil.

“Obviously I struggled a bit in the beginning during testing, finding a lot of different ways of doing similar things. Then we found our way, then we had some struggles but we managed to turn everything around and make a good season out of it, but it wasn’t easy in any way. We started well, maybe too well, because then it went back to normal and we knew we were not where we wanted to be at the start. We hung in there, we had some issues but we came back very strong but it was an amazing year.

“You always wish it could be more smooth sailing because it was a lot of up and down but we managed to do it in the end and we won more races than the other guys and had more points. I didn’t expect to win the championship straight away, especially with Ferrari, and it hasn’t been easy at any point but I think we’re getting back to where we feel that it’s going in the right direction and it has been going well for a couple of years. I’m sure we can get back to where Ferrari used to be and where we should be.”

A break and a return with Lotus

Having already enjoyed nine consecutive seasons in F1, Raikkonen took a break and went to compete in other motorsport categories – mainly rallying – for two years. He had only experienced one year of new aero regulations when he left, and in a less competitive Ferrari than he had been used to.

Returning to F1 two years before the V6 turbo engines were introduced, Raikkonen had to adapt to another new team in the form of Lotus, and a new tyre manufacturer in Pirelli. It’s a period he feels improved him as a driver, as he had to learn additional skills on top of his raw driving talent.

“Obviously I had my doubts because I hadn’t driven for a few years in F1 but I also knew more or less how it’s going to be,” Raikkonen says of his return to the sport. “Every year there are rule changes, this and that, tyres change, but I was pretty sure that as long as the front is somewhere there with the car we’ll be just fine with it.

“When I drove a two-year old car – the first Lotus – with the demo tyres in Valencia it felt good straight away. There were some issues we had to fix with the steering and stuff, some minor details, but it felt very normal from the first lap. So I think it was a good place to start. In Valencia I haven’t done too many laps in my life because it’s a short circuit and not the fastest circuit but after ten laps it felt very normal and I knew it would be just fine.

“Then there is a question mark over how is that year’s car comparing to the others, but when I came back I didn’t have many worries. OK you always have something in your mind about how it’s going to be but I would never have signed a contract if I didn’t think that it would be fine. One big benefit that I felt was that I was driving all the time, I was racing and in the rally – whatever people say – it teaches you a lot. Even when I did rallies in 2009 with Ferrari I felt that it was only helpful.

“Obviously there are dangers and stuff like this but you can get hurt anywhere so I think it teaches you a lot because you have to be so precise and concentration has to be even higher because you have to listen all the time. It’s not just listening but driving too, so you have to mix a few things and until that gets completely normal to the point you’re not thinking about it you will never be fast enough.

“I could be as fast as the others on test roads because you know it and it’s not an issue. But then to do it from the notes – and you have to build the notes up – I felt that it teaches you a lot. And it helps for sure to be driving because it’s a very hard sport, so that’s why if I was not doing anything for two years for sure it would take time but I felt like it was not such a big deal.”

Ferrari comes calling again as V6s arrive

At the start of the new power unit era, Raikkonen returned to Ferrari for a second time. While the team is familiar, the regulations and the sport itself is very different from the last time at Maranello.

Nowadays, it is not just new front wings or engine updates which help increase the car’s competitiveness, with Shell providing Ferrari with 25% of its overall performance gain in 2015 through fuel and oil. Guy Lovett, Shell’s Innovation Manager for motorsport, works out of the track lab where Raikkonen is sat, and explains the improvements all come within very strict regulations.

“In Formula 1 the fuel is really tightly regulated, which is a good thing because it means that the fuel we’re using here for Ferrari in Formula 1 is very, very similar to the fuel you can buy out in a gas station,” Lovett says. “It’s 99% the same. For Shell that is absolutely imperative because all the technology and all the innovation that we yield from working in Formula 1 and motorsport we can then transfer to our road-going products. That is of fundamental importance to us.

“Nevertheless, the regulations do allow for a degree of innovation, which again is important to us to be able to trial new concepts, new technologies and new additives here in Formula 1 in quite controlled yet incredibly extreme conditions.

“Right now there are no limits to the number of formulations you can bring and there’s very little regulation governing the oils. There is a bit on fuel but still there is enough scope for us to innovate. Fuel and oil have always been relatively unconstrained in a good way to push forward development, where engine regulations have been somewhat more fixed in the past. So, looking at the V8 era, again there were very little regulations governing fuel and oil whereas the engines were pretty much fixed towards the end of the V8 time.

“It’s opened up a lot more from an engine perspective with the V6, it’s starting to be more prescribed. Next year is going to get a little bit more interesting, a little bit freer but it will be the same for us and that’s what we want. We’re here to innovate and develop and learn. Our mandates are to help Ferrari win and transfer technology from track to road. Kind of simple in that respect!”

When Raikkonen jumps in the car, he admits the performance gains are difficult to notice, but that again is a product of the evolution in F1 as teams and suppliers rarely get the chance to do back-to-back comparisons of upgrades.

“It’s hard to feel the difference,” Raikkonen says. “In the past it was much easier when we were testing between races because you could do one run with this fuel and then change it for the next run so you can really feel it or maybe or not. Obviously if it’s just one horsepower or two then you will probably never feel it because you can have one lap with the wind blowing one way and then the other on the next lap!

“But you could often feel it, whereas now it’s either one race weekend or another, different places, different wing levels, often different conditions, so there’s so many variables that it has to be a big, big change on anything that we bring to the car to really pinpoint ‘OK, yes I can feel it’, because we don’t do that kind of testing. Like when we used to do tyre testing we would do one run and then do the next run with a different tyre so you could get a good idea of things.

“Now it’s more like we trust the numbers, that’s why we have all these things [in the lab]. Obviously Shell has been a long partnership with Ferrari and even when I was with them in 2007 and 2008 and 2009, in 07 we made big, big gains in fuel and oil and lots of horsepower. So I knew how it works, and obviously now with the new rules and everything it is a big benefit to have this relationship because obviously certain years you get close to the maximum you can achieve under those rules. Now everything has been mixed up with new rules, you again have more opportunities to make a big difference. So for sure we get a lot of help from Shell.”

Having been through so much in his career already and having to adapt to new ways of working, does Raikkonen find the current formula in F1 enjoyable? Put simply: “Yeah.

“When it came in in 2014 everything was new and probably not at the level we wanted. OK, some teams were at the level they wanted, but for sure we were not happy with where we were. Drivability was also depending on how good your car is or the grip on the circuit or conditions, it wasn’t always easy [to judge] because it made it quite tricky. But now after a few years everything has improved so much.

“Driving-wise the sound is different but the driving itself hasn’t changed. You drive the same way, OK you have fuel saving but in the past you had brake saving or something, so it’s the same thing just affecting different things. So I wouldn’t say there’s an awful lot different apart from the sound and I guess a certain feeling around you, but for me it’s good already again that it’s normal now.”

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GP Germania, commenti post gara–31/07/2016


German Grand Prix – “I believe in the team”

Kimi stays positive “but we must add downforce”

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a very quiet and boring race, nothing much happened. At the start I had some wheelspin and lost one position on Sebastian. With new tires the car felt pretty ok but then I was starting having understeer and oversteer, as basically we lacked grip. In the last stint we had to do fuel saving so there was not much to do. Obviously we have to improve the car in all areas, if we add downforce it will definitively help us. We all want to do better and it’s painful to see that we are not where we want to be, but I believe in the team. We need some time and hard work and we’ll get there. It’s important for us to find improvements and work as a group.”

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Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari’s current Formula 1 form is painful

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari’s current Formula 1 form is "painful" for the whole team after another disappointing performance in the German Grand Prix.

His team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished 32 seconds adrift of winner Lewis Hamilton in fifth and 15s behind fourth-placed Nico Rosberg. Raikkonen was five seconds off Vettel in sixth.

With Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen scoring Red Bull’s first double podium since last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the team moved ahead of Ferrari into second in the constructors’ championship.

In the last three grands prix, Ferrari has failed to score a single podium and taken just 50 points to Red Bull’s 80, having been a contender for a race win in the season-opening race in Australia.

"Everybody can see where we finished and it’s obviously a bit painful for all of us," said Raikkonen.

"But this is how it is right now and we just have to work hard and improve.

"Obviously we want to win and beat everybody, that’s always the aim in racing.

"We were ahead of Red Bull, now Red Bull has got ahead of us.

"Hopefully we can challenge both of them [Red Bull and Mercedes] later on but it’s not going to be easy."

There is now a four-week gap between grands prix, with Belgium hosting the next race on August 28.

Raikkonen said Ferrari would have to work hard before then to find some answers if it wants to fight at the front.

"Hopefully we find some tools to make our car quicker," he said.

"Obviously, Spa is a completely different layout to here so it might be different.

"But we have work to be done to get where we want to be. We need to improve."

Raikkonen, who is fourth in the drivers’ standings, admitted Ferrari’s race pace was not quite what it was expecting come Sunday.

"That was what we were hoping [to have good race pace], but it didn’t happen and we just weren’t fast enough so it’s as simple as that unfortunately," he said.

"It wasn’t too bad when we had fresh tyres, but they seemed to drop off quite quickly."

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GP Germania, gara–31/07/2016


Lewis Hamilton stretches Formula 1 lead with German Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead before Formula 1’s summer break with a commanding victory in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

The reigning world champion benefited from polesitter and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s poor start to take the lead into Turn 1 and controlled the race from there.

It was Hamilton’s sixth win in seven races, putting him 19 points clear of Rosberg with nine grands prix remaining.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo clinched second, 6.9 seconds behind, with team-mate Max Verstappen completing the podium in third.

Rosberg bogged down at the start, dropping to fourth as Verstappen went round the outside of Ricciardo through Turn 1 to take second behind clear leader Hamilton.

At the first round of stops, Mercedes and Red Bull split strategies, with Rosberg and Verstappen taking the super-softs and Hamilton and Ricciardo the softs – though all the leaders ultimately ended up on three-stop plans.

Verstappen struggled with that rubber, allowing Rosberg to close the gap and then pit early to try the undercut.

Red Bull responded by bringing the Dutchman in early too and he rejoined ahead but Rosberg got in the slipstream on the run down to the hairpin.

Rosberg dived down the inside, with Verstappen moving in the braking zone before then giving him some room.

Rosberg ran deep into the corner, pushing Verstappen wide and then off track. Following an investigation, the Mercedes driver was handed a five-second time penalty to take at his final pitstop.

Hamilton and Ricciardo ran longer before their second stops, and went to super-softs whereas Verstappen and Rosberg had gone for softs.

That helped Ricciardo to close on and pass Verstappen, and when he took more super-softs at the last stops while Hamilton reverted to softs he mounted a charge towards the lead.

Hamilton had enough in hand, though, raising his pace when required to stay clear of Ricciardo and win again.

Rosberg appeared to be held for longer than five seconds for his penalty at his final stop and rejoined fourth, losing all hope of rescuing a podium.

Ferrari was largely anonymous with Sebastian Vettel fifth, 32.5s adrift at the chequered flag and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen 4.4s further back after they swapped positions at the start.

It meant Ferrari dropped behind Red Bull, which scored its first double podium since Hungary 2015, to third in the constructors’ championship, 14 points adrift.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh ahead of Jenson Button with Valtteri Bottas ending up ninth after a falling behind both during a long final stint on the soft tyre.

Sergio Perez snatched 10th from Fernando Alonso with three laps to go, and got within 1.5s of Bottas at the flag.

Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr were the only two retirements, with the Williams driver struggling after being hit by Jolyon Palmer at Turn 6 on the first lap, then pulling into the garage mid-race.

RESULTS – 67 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h30m44.200s
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 6.996s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 13.413s
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 15.845s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 32.570s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 37.023s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m10.049s
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1 Lap
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 2 Laps
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari Power Unit
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Collision

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 217
2 Nico Rosberg 198
3 Daniel Ricciardo 133
4 Kimi Raikkonen 122
5 Sebastian Vettel 120
6 Max Verstappen 115
7 Valtteri Bottas 58
8 Sergio Perez 48
9 Felipe Massa 38
10 Nico Hulkenberg 33
11 Carlos Sainz 30
12 Romain Grosjean 28
13 Fernando Alonso 24
14 Daniil Kvyat 23
15 Jenson Button 17
16 Kevin Magnussen 6
17 Pascal Wehrlein 1
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19 Esteban Gutierrez 0
20 Jolyon Palmer 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 415
2 Red Bull/Renault 256
3 Ferrari 242
4 Williams/Mercedes 96
5 Force India/Mercedes 81
6 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 45
7 McLaren/Honda 42
8 Haas/Ferrari 28
9 Renault 6
10 Manor/Mercedes 1
11 Sauber/Ferrari 0

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GP Germania, prove sabato–30/07/2016


German GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to earn home F1 pole

Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth pole position of the 2016 Formula 1 season at the German Grand Prix.

Having been outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the first two segments of qualifying, Rosberg was on the back foot after the first runs in Q3 having had to abort his lap because of an "electronic issue".

Hamilton meanwhile went quickest by six tenths of a second among those who completed an early run.

Rosberg headed out early for his second run on super-softs, presumably to give him the option of a second lap if required, and took top spot by just over a tenth of a second.

Hamilton then set off for his final run, but after being just over a tenth of a second faster than Rosberg in the first sector, locked up at the Turn 6 hairpin and fell short.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo beat team-mate Max Verstappen to fourth, 0.363s off Rosberg’s pace.

Ferrari locked out the third row, with Kimi Raikkonen outpacing Sebastian Vettel by almost two tenths to win the intra-team battle.

Force India and Williams had a very close battle for the final four places in the top 10, with the four cars covered by just 0.105s.

Nico Hulkenberg won the battle ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Sergio Perez ninth ahead of Felipe Massa.

Esteban Gutierrez was the fastest driver in Q2 to be eliminated, ending up 11th on the grid, after briefly breaking into the top 10 with his final run before being eliminated by Massa’s late improvement.

McLaren driver Jenson Button was 12th ahead of Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr, who is under investigation for impeding Massa at Turn 2.

Fernando Alonso was 14th after running wide over a kerb and shedding some small parts of his front wing in the stadium section – although he also complained about being held up by Vettel’s slow Ferrari.

Romain Grosjean, who lost most of Saturday morning practice to a gearbox problem that will lead to a five-place penalty, was 15th ahead of Renault driver Jolyon Palmer, the Briton making his first Q2 appearance since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was the surprise driver to be eliminated in Q1 thanks to late improvements from the Renault drivers and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.

Palmer’s final lap put him into Q2, with Kevin Magnussen taking 17th place with a lap less than a tenth slower than his team-mate.

Despite not believing he could have gone any quicker after his second run, Wehrlein used a third set of super-softs to take 18th with what he described as a "great" lap ahead of the baffled Kvyat.

Sauber pairing Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson locked out the back row, with the former just over a tenth faster than his team-mate.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m14.363s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.470s 0.107s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.726s 0.363s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m14.834s 0.471s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m15.142s 0.779s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.315s 0.952s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m15.510s 1.147s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m15.530s 1.167s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m15.537s 1.174s
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m15.615s 1.252s
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m15.883s
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m15.909s
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.989s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.041s
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m16.665s
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m16.716s
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m16.717s
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m16.876s
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m16.977s
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.086s
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.123s
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.238s

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F1 German GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg stays on top in FP3, rivals closer

Nico Rosberg maintained his Formula 1 free practice supremacy ahead of the German Grand Prix by setting the pace on Saturday morning.

But the Mercedes driver’s advantage over team-mate Lewis Hamilton was vastly reduced, with the gap between the pair just 0.057 seconds, setting the stage for a close battle in qualifying.

Both Mercedes drivers set their best times relatively early in the session on their first set of super-soft Pirellis, with first Rosberg going fastest on a 1m16.134s.

Hamilton then posted a 1m16.015s followed by a lap of 1m15.795s only for Rosberg to bang in the fastest lap of the session – a 1m15.738s.

That decided the top two, with neither attempting further quick runs later in the session and focusing on other preparation work.

The only problematic moment for Mercedes was when an investigation was triggered into Hamilton being released into the path of Haas driver Romain Grosjean in the pits.

Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest after not running on the super-softs until late in the session.

He lapped just 99 thousandths slower than Rosberg, setting the fastest time of all in the long middle sector, to secure the position of best of the rest.

The two Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, ended up fourth and fifth ahead of Max Verstappen.

At the end of the session, Vettel returned to the pits complaining of possible floor damage most likely as a result of hitting a kerb badly, with the right side of his front wing flapping.

Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa held first and second 15 minutes into the session, but were inevitably shuffled down to seventh and eighth by the end.

This was a big step forward from Friday’s single-lap pace relative to the opposition, although the car had looked good on race pace.

Fernando Alonso was another driver who did not run on the super-softs until the final 10 minutes, posting the ninth fastest time.

At the same time, Nico Hulkenberg also had his first super-soft run to secure 10th place ahead of Carlos Sainz and Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez.

Grosjean had a troubled session, completing only four laps after suffering a gearbox problem moments after spinning onto the grass coming through Turn 3.

Following warnings about track limits being exceeded at Turn 1, only five drivers were noted to have strayed beyond what was allowed – Raikkonen, Verstappen, Vettel, Hamilton and Sergio Perez, with all but Verstappen deemed to have gained no advantage.

Perez did, though, damage the front of his Force India, requiring repairs before he jumped up from 19th to 12th in the closing stages.

THIRD PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.738s 16
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.795s 0.057s 19
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m15.837s 0.099s 13
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m15.902s 0.164s 16
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.104s 0.366s 20
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.182s 0.444s 23
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m16.400s 0.662s 28
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m16.630s 0.892s 26
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.916s 1.178s 11
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.972s 1.234s 16
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.028s 1.290s 20
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m17.066s 1.328s 10
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m17.160s 1.422s 17
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.227s 1.489s 19
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m17.351s 1.613s 9
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m17.473s 1.735s 23
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.685s 1.947s 19
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.057s 2.319s 24
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m18.093s 2.355s 6
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m18.270s 2.532s 24
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m18.272s 2.534s 18
22 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m25.160s 9.422s 4

Da Autosport.com

GP Germania, commenti post libere–29/07/2016


“We’re more or less there”

Kimi confident with further overnight improvement

Kimi Raikkonen: “On Friday it’s always difficult to have a clear idea of where you are, from tomorrow we’ll understand more, but the session today was not too bad. For sure there’s some work to be done to improve, but more or less we are about there. Obviously we want to be in the front, so this evening we are going to focus on fixing some things and improve in certain areas, then I’m sure we’ll be ok.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Germania, prove libere venerdì–29/07/2016


F1 German GP: Rosberg leads Mercedes team-mate Hamilton in FP2

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second free practice for the German Grand Prix, outpacing Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton by four-tenths of a second.

The home hero had topped the morning session, but initially lagged behind Hamilton on the first runs using the soft Pirelli rubber by four-tenths.

But when the duo then bolted on the super-soft Pirellis, reckoned to be around 1.2 seconds faster than the softs, Rosberg took the upper hand.

First Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg and then Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen hit the top after doing their first super-soft laps, before the two Mercedes drivers.

But Rosberg had his first flier just after the 30-minute mark, setting a time of 1m15.614s to take top spot.

Hamilton then completed his lap, but was slower in all three sectors and ended up 0.394s slower after a slightly ragged effort.

Initially, Red Bull pairing Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccairdo were best of the rest after relegating Raikkonen.

But then Sebastian Vettel, who had a longer break between his runs, finally set his super-soft time just before the 45-minute mark to take second place, six-tenths off Rosberg.

Verstappen and Ricciardo ended up fifth and sixth, with the latter earning criticism from Hamilton late in the session for jinking into the pit exit while passing a slow Manor.

That led to Hamilton moving to the left and complaining over the radio.

Hulkenberg was eventually shuffled down to seventh ahead of Jenson Button, who only completed 16 laps and missed the second half of the session.

Both Button and McLaren-Honda team-mate Fernando Alonso looked to have the potential to go quicker, but ended up slotting into eighth and 10th, sandwiching Force India driver Sergio Perez.

The two Toro Rosso drivers, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat, were separated by just 25 thousandths of a second in 11th and 12th, ahead of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.

Romain Grosjean, who appeared to be battling the same problems under braking as he was in the morning session and had both an off and a spin at the Turn 6 hairpin, was 14th fastest, just ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams.

But the Franco-Swiss driver only completed 13 laps during the session, spending much of it in the pits presumably chasing the cause of the vibration under braking he complained about over the radio.

During 90 minutes, multiple drivers, including Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso and Perez, were reported for running wide beyond track limits at Turn 1 – early in the session, race control issued a message to teams that this situation was being carefully monitored.

This led to drivers being regularly warned by their teams, albeit with regular infringements continuing, particularly for Perez.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.614s 43
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.008s 0.394s 36
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.208s 0.594s 39
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.456s 0.842s 40
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.490s 0.876s 38
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.512s 0.898s 45
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.781s 1.167s 43
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.087s 1.473s 16
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m17.148s 1.534s 44
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.225s 1.611s 21
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.342s 1.728s 32
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.367s 1.753s 38
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m17.425s 1.811s 44
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m17.602s 1.988s 13
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.686s 2.072s 40
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m18.005s 2.391s 42
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m18.056s 2.442s 46
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.130s 2.516s 28
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m18.193s 2.579s 42
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m18.313s 2.699s 47
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m18.591s 2.977s 47
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.295s 3.681s 41

Da Autosport.com



F1 German GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg fastest in FP1 on home soil

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace in first practice for his home Formula 1 grand prix in Germany.

Rosberg’s time of 1m15.517s spearheaded an unsurprisingly dominant one-two for the Silver Arrows, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton 0.326 seconds adrift.

Its nearest challenger in Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was just over a second back in third.

F1 showed just how far it has come since its last visit to Hockenheim in 2014, with 20 of the 22 drivers quicker than Rosberg’s best FP1 time that year.

Rosberg himself was more than three-and—a-half seconds faster than his 1:19.131s lap in that session, when the current turbo hybrid era was only just six months old.

After losing the championship lead he had held all season last weekend in Hungary, Rosberg was quickly on the pace, leading the way early with a 1m17.030s.

With the super-soft tyres then strapped on for the second half of the session, Rosberg was able to improve by almost two seconds, and was never headed.

Reigning champion Hamilton – on a run of five wins from the last six grands prix to take the points lead from Rosberg – was not as smooth as his team-mate throughout a lap, resulting in the three-tenths deficit.

Both drivers were among the many who went off track at Turn 1, which proved particularly problematic to get right as the limits were explored.

Behind the Mercedes duo, Vettel emerged the best of the rest, just over two tenths of a second ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth quickest, separated by 0.162s.

On his 35th birthday, Fernando Alonso emerged seventh fastest in his McLaren, 1.666s down on Rosberg.

Alonso was followed by team-mate Jenson Button, seemingly underlining McLaren’s recently-declared belief it is now the fourth quickest team in F1 behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

With the timesheets following a team-by-team order, Toro Rosso pair Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr rounded out the top 10, with both around 2.5s down.

Further down the field there were practice outings for Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc with Haas and Renault reserve Esteban Ocon.

Leclerc, standing in Esteban Gutierrez, was 17th, just three places and three tenths of a second behind Romain Grosjean.

Ocon, meanwhile, was 19th and only 0.048s behind Kevin Magnussen, with Jolyon Palmer having made way.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.517s 32
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.843s 0.326s 30
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.667s 1.150s 29
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.852s 1.335s 23
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.927s 1.410s 29
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m17.089s 1.572s 30
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.183s 1.666s 18
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.612s 2.095s 15
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m18.008s 2.491s 25
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m18.044s 2.527s 22
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.198s 2.681s 28
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m18.210s 2.693s 37
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m18.322s 2.805s 33
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.589s 3.072s 20
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.591s 3.074s 35
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m18.628s 3.111s 29
17 Charles Leclerc Haas/Ferrari 1m18.882s 3.365s 32
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m18.933s 3.416s 35
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.961s 3.444s 22
20 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m18.981s 3.464s 30
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m19.167s 3.650s 34
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m19.975s 4.458s 33

Da Autosport.com

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