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
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