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GP Brasile, prove sabato–08/11/2014

Brazilian GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to pole

Nico Rosberg grabbed pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix, beating Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton by just 33 thousandths of a second.

The two Mercedes drivers engaged in a spectacular battle for pole, with Rosberg having the edge by just 29 thousandths on their first runs in the top 10 shootout.

Hamilton then improved his time on his second and final run, briefly knocking Rosberg off top spot.

But Rosberg, behind him on track, then bagged his 10th pole position of the year seconds later.

This secures Rosberg the inaugural F1 pole position trophy.

Williams did look a potential threat for pole position, but after setting the third and fourth fastest times on their first runs, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas failed to improve at the end – Bottas making a small mistake and Massa’s run delayed by a technical problem in the garage.

Jenson Button capped a great turnaround from McLaren after a difficult time during Friday practice with fifth on the grid ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

Button secured that position with his first run, but did not improve on his second attempt.

This allowed Vettel to potentially challenge him, but the German ended up eight thousandths of a second behind despite finding almost half a second on his second run.

The second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen was seventh, just ahead of Fernando Alonso, who completed only one run in Q3.

Daniel Ricciardo had a lacklustre, by his standards, afternoon and will start ninth, just ahead of Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen.

Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez was bumped out of a top 10 slot in the dying seconds of Q2 when Ricciardo posted his sole flying lap, ending up 11th.

He was almost four tenths faster than Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg, who had a lock-up into the Senna S on his best lap, with Adrian Sutil 13th and last of those to run in Q2.

Daniil Kvyat was classified 14th and did not run at all in Q2.

This is because he has to serve a grid penalty, carried over from Austin where he used his 10th internal combustion engine of the season but did not qualify well enough to serve his complete 10-place drop.

Romain Grosjean narrowly missed out on a place in Q2 in the lead Lotus, falling a tenth of a second short of beating Sutil to the all-important 14th place.

Three thousandths of a second behind was Jean-Eric Vergne, who complained variously of understeer and oversteer during Q1.

But his struggles were largely a consequence of the fact he could only complete five laps during Friday practice after handing his car over to Max Verstappen in the morning and then suffering an ERS problem in the afternoon.

Sergio Perez was a quarter of a tenth further back after also suffering a dismal Friday during which he was unable to take to the track following reserve driver Daniel Juncadella’s morning crash.

He has to serve a seven-place grid penalty for wiping out Sutil on the opening lap of last weekend’s United States GP, meaning he will drop behind slowest qualifier Pastor Maldonado.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m10.023s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.056s 0.033s
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m10.247s 0.224s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m10.305s 0.282s
5 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m10.930s 0.907s
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m10.938s 0.915s
7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m10.969s 0.946s
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m10.977s 0.954s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.075s 1.052s
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.099s 1.076s
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m11.591s
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m11.976s
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.099s
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m12.037s
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m12.040s
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m12.233s
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m12.076s

Da Autosport.com


Brazilian GP: Nico Rosberg completes clean sweep in practice

Nico Rosberg will go into Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying as favourite for pole after setting the pace in the final practice session of the Interlagos Formula 1 weekend.

In dry, overcast conditions the German recorded a time just 0.114 seconds faster than his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, having also topped both Friday sessions.

The Williams drivers were again best of the rest behind the Mercedes as Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas set the third and fourth quickest times.

But all the teams were anxiously looking at the weather radars as rain is forecast for the afternoon’s qualifying hour.

Hamilton’s session wasn’t without incident, as he locked up and spun under braking for the Senna S early on.

Then at the end of the hour he was baulked by a Lotus in the twisty part of the lap while on a quick run.

Local hero Massa was one of the main pacesetters throughout the session as he and Williams team-mate Bottas traded fastest laptimes, but it was when the Mercedes switched to the softer tyres that they resumed their customary place at the top of the timesheets.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fifth quickest ahead of the McLaren of Jenson Button.

They finished in front of the two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Dane Kevin Magnussen took ninth overall ahead of Daniil Kvyat who rounded out the top 10.

Sergio Perez was the slowest of the 18 runners, putting in 25 laps following his lack of running on Friday.

He goes into qualifying with a seven-place grid penalty following his first-lap contact with Adrian Sutil at Austin.

He goes into qualifying with a seven-place grid penalty following his first-lap contact with Adrian Sutil at Austin.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m10.446s 28
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.560s 0.114s 20
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m10.875s 0.429s 21
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m11.054s 0.608s 23
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.188s 0.742s 11
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m11.210s 0.764s 19
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.316s 0.870s 15
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m11.399s 0.953s 8
9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m11.499s 1.053s 19
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m11.834s 1.388s 26
11 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m11.967s 1.521s 21
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m12.069s 1.623s 29
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.184s 1.738s 27
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m12.235s 1.789s 30
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m12.235s 1.789s 29
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.286s 1.840s 24
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m12.324s 1.878s 17
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m12.942s 2.496s 25

Da Autosport.com

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