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GP Belgio, prove sabato–24/08/2013

Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton claims pole in breathtaking qualifying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jenson Button put the lead McLaren an encouraging sixth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Da Autosport.com

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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