GP Cina, prove sabato–11/04/2015
F1 Chinese GP: Hamiton shades Rosberg in Mercedes qualifying 1-2
Lewis Hamilton fended off Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg by less than half a tenth of a second to take Chinese Grand Prix pole at Shanghai, maintaining his perfect qualifying record in 2015.
Hamilton had been strong favourite for pole after topping all three practice sessions and Q2.
A 1m35.782s on his first Q3 run emphasised that status, with Rosberg three tenths adrift at that point.
But it became closer in the final battle, with Hamilton unable to improve and Rosberg closing to within 0.042s.
Malaysian GP winner Sebastian Vettel was nearly a second off Hamilton’s pole time in third place for Ferrari.
That denied the resurgent Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, which were top-three contenders but ultimately found themselves three tenths and half a second down on Vettel respectively.
They still beat the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who was sixth ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Daniil Kvyat failed to reach Q3 for the second time in three appearances with Red Bull, taking 12th.
Romain Grosjean was eighth for Lotus, while his team-mate Pastor Maldonado missed out on Q3 by just 0.007s and will start 11th.
Sauber was the midfield underdog starring in Q3 this time, securing the fifth row places with Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.
By contrast the Toro Rossos were left out in Q2. Max Verstappen, who locked up heavily on his last run, and Carlos Sainz Jr share row seven.
McLaren’s encouraging Friday times proved deceptive as Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso found themselves out in Q1 and on row nine, just 0.004s apart.
They were at least within a tenth of the Force Indias. Nico Hulkenberg only got ahead of Button with a final Q1 effort, while Sergio Perez scraped through into Q2 then languished seven tenths off the Toro Rossos.
The Manor-run Marussias were 3s off the tail of the field but made the 107 per cent target in Q1 so are both clear to start the race, Will Stevens ahead of Roberto Merhi.
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.540s||1.758s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.209s||–|
|13||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m38.393s||–|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m38.538s||–|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.290s||–|
|16||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.216s||–|
F1 Chinese GP: Hamilton makes it three from three in final practice
Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 practice sessions by beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on Saturday morning at Shanghai.
Hamilton was quickest in both segments of the session – leading his team-mate by three tenths on medium tyres and then by 0.226 seconds after the qualifying simulations on softs.
The reigning F1 world champion could have been faster still, outpacing Rosberg by four tenths at sector two on his best lap before losing some of his cushion on the run to the line.
Ferrari was again Mercedes’ closest rival. Sebastian Vettel got within a tenth of Rosberg on mediums but on softs the gap to Hamilton’s pacesetting time grew to 0.7s.
Kimi Raikkonen slotted the second Ferrari into fourth, behind Vettel.
Fernando Alonso was only able to do half a lap in the session as his McLaren-Honda stopped with an apparent engine problem within moments of taking to the track.
Despite McLaren’s best efforts, he was unable to get out again. Jenson Button represented the team alone in 15th, but had looked stronger on medium tyres.
There were headaches for Red Bull and Williams too. Red Bull had to warn Daniil Kvyat to take care of his brakes again, while smoke in the Williams cockpit caused concern for Felipe Massa.
Red Bull ended up better off on pace – Daniel Ricciardo and Kvyat taking fifth and sixth, half a second off the Ferraris and just ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso.
Valtteri Bottas and Massa were only eighth and 11th in the Williams, sandwiching Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean’s Lotus.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m39.020s||1.405s||8|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m39.106s||1.491s||14|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m39.113s||1.498s||17|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m39.274s||1.659s||19|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.513s||1.898s||14|
|17||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.781s||2.166s||17|