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GP Malesya, prove sabato–28/03/2015

Malaysian GP: Lewis Hamilton resists Sebastian Vettel for wet pole

Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari to pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix by less than a tenth of a second in a rain-affected Formula 1 qualifying session.

Hamilton’s first flying lap on intermediate tyres in Q3 proved enough to secure top spot, as Vettel split the reigning F1 world champion from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by qualifying second.

The two Mercedes drivers appeared to get in each other’s way in the crucial closing stages of the session, and Hamilton failed to improve on his final run while Rosberg’s final lap was only good enough for third.

Red Bull team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were fourth and fifth, just ahead of the Toro Rosso of teenaged rookie Max Verstappen, who rounded out the top six.

The drivers who began the session on full wet tyres and had to switch to intermediates filled the remaining spots in the top 10.

Romain Grosjean’s Lotus split Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who could only manage seventh and ninth fastest times respectively, while Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber rounded out the Q3 times.

A thunderstorm in the early stages of Q2 effectively reduced the second segment of qualifying to a single-lap shootout, and delayed the final session by half an hour.

The highest-profile casualty of the scramble for track position to get one dry lap in before the rain came was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

The 2007 world champion was delayed at the final corner trying to pass Ericsson’s Sauber (the last car to make the cut in 10th) and by being passed by Hamilton’s Mercedes at Turn 1, and wound up only 11th fastest.

Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus, the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez (who both ran on used medium tyres), and the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr – who impressively matched Vettel in setting the fourth fastest time in Q1 – were also eliminated.

Australian GP star Felipe Nasr failed to escape Q1, having struggled to get comfortable with his Sauber’s handling since taking his car back from Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello after the first practice session on Friday.

The Brazilian qualified almost three tenths adrift of Perez and the same margin ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren-Honda.

McLaren failed to get either of its cars out of Q1 for the second straight race, as Button and returning team-mate Fernando Alonso wound up 17th and 18th fastest.

Manor GP has at least completed track running this weekend, but failed to qualify within the 107 per cent cut-off in Q1.

Roberto Merhi set a time almost half a second too slow to make the cut-off (7.4s shy of the outright pace), while a fuel system problem discovered in morning practice confined his team-mate Will Stevens to the garage, so he failed to set a time.

However, Stevens registered a lap quick enough to make the cut in the second free practice session on Friday.

Previously the stewards have allowed cars to start the race in such circumstances, even if they haven’t posted a time in qualifying.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m49.834s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m49.908s 0.074s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m50.299s 0.465s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m51.541s 1.707s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m51.950s 2.116s
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m51.980s 2.146s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m52.473s 2.639s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m52.980s 3.146s
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m53.179s 3.345s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m53.260s 3.426s
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.173s
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m42.197s
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m43.022s
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.468s
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.700s
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.308s
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m41.635s
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m41.745s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.677s
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari

Da Autosport.com



Malaysian GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton in final practice

Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Last year’s title fight runner up Rosberg was quickest after the early runs on the hard-compound Pirelli tyres as Hamilton struggled with the brakes, locking up twice at Turn 9.

And in the final 10 minutes of the session, as drivers bolted on the medium tyres for their qualifying simulation runs, Rosberg improved by seven tenths to clock a 1m39.690s.

Hamilton complained that the "braking is all over the place" when he ran the hard tyres early in the session and when he fitted the mediums, his best time was 0.184s adrift of Rosberg.

The circuit was offering little grip in the 62C degree track temperatures, which combined with high-energy corners and heavy tyre degradation.

That caught a number of drivers out. Sergio Perez and Felipe Nasr were among the drivers to take trips off the road, there were countless severe lock-ups and Roberto Merhi spun at Turn 9 and just managed to keep the Manor out of the gravel.

The Ferraris proved to be Mercedes’ closest challengers, with Kimi Raikkonen setting the fastest first sector of all on his way to the third fastest time, 0.555s behind Rosberg, and Sebastian Vettel a few thousandths further back.

Felipe Massa had a couple of off-track excursions early in the session before clocking the fifth fastest time, 0.701s off the pace and a few thousandths quicker than Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas in sixth.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was among the first on track, the Australian managing 19 laps in total and ending the one-hour session seventh ahead of the two Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen.

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson completed the top 10, just edging out the two Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

Daniil Kvyat asked for set-up changes on his Red Bull midway through the session after telling the team it had made a "step back". He ended up 13th, ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.

Fernando Alonso was 2.3s off the pace, finishing in 15th ahead of the second Force India of Sergio Perez, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.

The Manors brought up the rear, with Merhi heading team-mate Will Stevens.

Merhi’s time of 1m46.647s was fractions inside 107 per cent – the margin required in Q1 to ensure qualification – which means both Manor drivers have achieved the feat this weekend.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.690s 13
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.873s 0.183s 10
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.245s 0.555s 9
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m40.266s 0.576s 13
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.391s 0.701s 14
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m40.406s 0.716s 15
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m40.590s 0.900s 19
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.601s 0.911s 19
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.989s 1.299s 18
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.200s 1.510s 19
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m41.206s 1.516s 16
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m41.592s 1.902s 18
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m41.775s 2.085s 14
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m41.804s 2.114s 15
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m41.991s 2.301s 13
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.099s 2.409s 14
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.117s 2.427s 18
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m42.319s 2.629s 13
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.647s 6.957s 9
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.059s 7.369s 6

Da Autosport.com

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