GP USA prove sabato–01/11/2014
US GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Austin Formula 1 pole
Nico Rosberg claimed his ninth pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season by beating Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.
The German outpaced Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.376 seconds after a stunning final flying lap.
Rosberg had the edge over Hamilton on the pair’s first runs in Q3, and he improved by just over two tenths on his second attempt to consolidate his position.
Hamilton was behind Rosberg on the track, so still had his lap to complete, but was unable to improve despite setting the fastest final sector seen in qualifying.
Valtteri Bottas beat team-mate Felipe Massa by three tenths as Williams annexed the second row, with Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo making a big improvement on his final run to take fifth.
Fernando Alonso was sixth for Ferrari ahead of Jenson Button, although the McLaren driver has to serve a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Kevin Magnussen, in the second McLaren, was eighth, beating Kimi Raikkonen by a tenth of a second.
Adrian Sutil made it through to Q3, the first time a Sauber has reached the top 10 shootout this season.
Unlike the rest of those who reached Q3, Sutil only attempted one run and ended up 10th.
Thanks to the absence of Caterham and Marussia, four drivers were eliminated in each of the first two stages of qualifying.
Pastor Maldonado narrowly missed out on his first Q3 appearance of the season, ending up 11th after losing an estimated two tenths of a second with a slide in the penultimate corner.
Behind him, Sergio Perez jumped Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg with his final flying lap to take 12th.
Daniil Kvyat complained of tyre temperature problems after his out-lap was compromised by traffic and could only manage 14th.
He will also be hit with a 10-place penalty for changing a power unit component, some of which must now be carried over to next weekend’s Brazilian GP.
Jean-Eric Vergne missed out on making Q2 by just five hundredths of a second, the Toro Rosso driver ending up in 15th place ahead of Esteban Gutierrez.
Sebastian Vettel, who completed a single run on soft tyres as he will start from the pits after a sixth power unit was fitted to his Red Bull, was 17th.
Romain Grosjean was slowest having made a mistake on his sole lap on his final run, locking up the front left wheel under braking for the left-hander at the end of the back straight and running off the track.
But even so, the Franco-Swiss driver suspected he would have been unable to advance to the next stage of qualifying because his Lotus was not as competitive as it was during free practice.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.244s||1.177s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.554s||–|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.598s||–|
|14||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m39.250s||–|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m38.699s||–|
|18||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m39.621s||–|
Button: Five places for gearbox change
Kvyat: Five places for engine component change
Vettel: Pitlane start for taking sixth power unit
US GP: Lewis Hamilton fastest in practice, Nico Rosberg troubled
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the final Formula 1 practice session for the United States Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was only fifth fastest based on pace on the slower medium-compound Pirellis, but in the final 10 minutes he bolted on the soft rubber and went fastest by almost nine tenths of a second.
Team-mate Nico Rosberg was second fastest having struggled with a brake problem until the closing stages of the session.
After initially lapping 0.884s slower on his first push lap on softs, with Hamilton failing to improve on his second attempt, Rosberg had the chance to close the gap.
He improved in the first and second sectors, but a scruffy final sector meant that Rosberg was only able to find a gain of one thousandth of a second.
With track temperatures relatively low, the session started slowly with Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo setting the pace while the field was on the mediums.
He outpaced Williams pairing Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa before the field switched to the softs.
It was the Williams drivers who ended up as best of the rest on qualifying performance, with Massa third fastest ahead of Bottas.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who briefly topped the times after becoming the first frontrunner to set a fast time on softs, ended up fifth ahead of Ricciardo.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, while Adrian Sutil put in a rare Sauber appearance in the top 10 with an impressive eighth fastest.
2007 and ’09 world champions Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button were ninth and 10th, ahead of the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen and the lead Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.
Toro Rosso endured a disappointing session, with Daniil Kvyat its quickest driver down in 15th after setting strong times on Friday.
This was possibly down to a loss of power, while team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne’s session was cut short by an engine problem and ended up 17th behind Esteban Gutierrez.
Sebastian Vettel was slowest, having focused on race set-up work because he will start from the pitlane following the introduction of his sixth power unit.
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.927s||1.820s||16|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.960s||1.853s||20|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.582s||2.475s||21|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m39.688s||2.581s||19|
|17||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m41.443s||4.336s||12|
|18||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m43.765s||6.658s||25|