GP Spagna prove venerdì – 08/05/2015
F1 Spanish GP FP2: Lewis Hamilton fastest from Sebastian Vettel
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton comfortably led the way at the top of the timesheets in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion clocked a 1m26.852s on the medium-compound Pirelli tyre, 0.408s clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Nico Rosberg, who was quickest in first practice, had downshifting problems on his qualifying-simulation run and ended up 0.764s adrift of his team-mate in third.
Hamilton also set the pace on the hard tyres early in the session, the Briton 1.249s clear of Rosberg, with Vettel 0.010s adrift.
Track temperatures hit 50C and ambient temperatures 29C on a glorious day at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, with conditions expected to get warmer over the course of the weekend.
When the teams switched focus to high-fuel long runs, several drivers reported a lack of grip and were warned about a crosswind at Turn 3.
Aside from a small lock-up on his medium-tyre run, Hamilton didn’t put a foot wrong with Mercedes looking like it still holds an advantage over rival Ferrari.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest, the Finn securing his best time on the second lap of his run after a small mistake on the first.
While Daniil Kvyat set fifth fastest time, one second off the pace, his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo didn’t fair so well.
Having completed just nine laps in first practice, the Australian didn’t make an appearance in the second until the five minutes before the end because the team changed his engine.
Red Bull had run a power unit with higher mileage in the first session before swapping to what will be Ricciardo’s fourth of the season and he ended up 13th.
Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was just 1.165s slower than Hamilton in sixth, with Jenson Button in the new-liveried and upgraded McLaren half a second further back in seventh.
Valtteri Bottas was the leading Williams in eighth, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr, with the other Williams of Felipe Massa completing the top 10.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was 11th ahead of Romain Grosjean, who brought out the red flag when his Lotus’ engine cover broke off on the pit straight.
After spending nearly an hour in the garage, Grosjean emerged to run the medium tyres to finish 12th, 2.2s off the pace and two places clear of team-mate Pastor Maldonado.
The Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson were 15th and 16th ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, with Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi propping up the timesheets in the Manor-run Marussias.
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m27.943s||1.091s||25|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m28.017s||1.165s||32|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m28.674s||1.822s||31|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.098s||2.246s||4|
|17||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.601s||2.749s||38|
|18||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.707s||2.855s||35|
Nico Rosberg pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top spot in the first Formula 1 free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The German ended up at the top of the timesheets, just seven-hundredths of a second faster than Hamilton, with Mercedes almost a second clear of the rest of the field.
Rosberg set the pace during the first half-an-hour, when all drivers have the use of a set of hard-compound Pirelli tyres that they cannot use once the first 30 minutes have finished.
He set a best time of 1m27.333s during this period as he and Hamilton traded fastest times on rubber enduring enough to produce good pace for multiple laps.
That was almost two-tenths faster than Hamllton could manage, with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who did briefly go fastest, ending up third and 0.8s down.
Once onto their new sets of hard Pirellis, Hamilton drew first blood, outpacing Rosberg by 45-thousandths of a second on their first flying laps, largely thanks to stunning pace in the first sector.
But with Hamilton’s second flier looking set to improve his advantage, he had a slow final sector, meaning that his first flying lap was to remain his fastest of the morning.
Rosberg then improved, finding almost a tenth of a second in the final sector compared to his first lap, to establish a 0.070s margin in first place.
Ferrari was best of the rest, with Vettel and Raikkonen separated by just 26-thousandths, but they were a second slower than Rosberg.
Scuderia Toro Rosso pairing Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen ran strongly throughout the session to seal fifth and sixth place, with the lead Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat – sporting a new nose – in seventh, just under two seconds off the pace.
It was another difficult session for Red Bull, with Kvyat’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo not able to complete any proper running until the final 10 minutes of the session.
The Australian reported a problem when he applied full throttle on his outlap, and while he soon returned to the track for another attempt, he then disappeared into the garage for much of the session before restarting late on to go ninth fastest.
As usual, Williams had a relatively low-profile Friday practice session on heavy fuel, with Felipe Massa eighth and development driver Susie Wolff, making her first FP1 appearance since last July’s German GP weekend, 14th and 0.877s off the Brazilian.
Sauber driver Felipe Nasr banged in a lap good enough for 10th, 2.312s off the pace, with 12 minutes remaining, which relegated Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg to 11th.
Reserve driver Raffaele Marciello backed up team-mate Nasr in 12th place on his second FP1 appearance, with another backup driver, Jolyon Palmer, 13th in the faster of the Lotus-Mercedes.
McLaren-Honda had a quiet start to the weekend with its upgraded MP4-30, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button setting near-identical pace in 15th and 16th places.
At one stage, Button reported that “the balance is completely wrong” over the radio with the front wing he was trying, while Alonso had a late spin at Turn 12.
Sergio Perez, who had a trip through the gravel exiting Turn 3 after 26 minutes, was 17th in the second Force India.
Pastor Maldonado was only able to complete seven laps thanks to what the team described as a “minor gearbox issue”, meaning his fastest time was his run on the first set of tyres, putting him down in 18th place and ahead only of the two Manor-run Marussias of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m28.132s||1.304s||27|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m28.529s||1.701s||23|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m28.785s||1.957s||7|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m29.075s||2.247s||9|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m29.409s||2.581s||20|
|17||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m30.096s||3.268s||19|