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
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