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GP Spagna, prove sabato–09/05/2015

Spanish GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to F1 pole position

Nico Rosberg dominated qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to record his first pole position of the Formula 1 season.

Rosberg laid down a 1m24.681s on his first run in the top-10 shootout, and that proved enough for top spot when Hamilton failed to improve on his second run.

The Mercedes W06 had such a pace advantage over the rest that Hamilton and Rosberg could afford to run the harder tyre compound and still outpace everyone else in Q1, so it was only ever likely to be a personal battle between the two for pole – one that Rosberg won.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was best-of-the-rest, but almost eight tenths adrift of Rosberg, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen used a new set of medium tyres to guarantee passage through Q1 and paid the price.

The Finn was four tenths slower on his sole Q3 run than he had been in Q2 and wound up seventh on the grid, behind the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen that have looked strong all weekend.

Felipe Massa wound up ninth fastest, over a second slower than his Williams team-mate Bottas.

The Brazilian split the Red Bulls, with Daniil Kvyat getting the better of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by 0.141s to qualify eighth.

Both Lotus drivers failed to make it through to Q3 by over half a second, with Romain Grosjean 11th (complaining of a lack of front-end grip) and Pastor Maldonado 12th.

Both McLarens made it through to Q2 for the first time this season, but lacked the pace to be top-10 contenders.

Fernando Alonso was 11th fastest on his first Q2 run on used medium tyres, but he failed to improve on new rubber on his second run and slipped to 13th, just ahead of team-mate Jenson Button.

Felipe Nasr’s Sauber split the McLarens in Q1, but the Brazilian lost pace in Q2 and wound up 15th.

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson joined the Force Indias and Manor Marussias in falling after the first segment of the session.

Ericsson found six tenths of a second on his final run in Q1, but it wasn’t enough for him to join team-mate Nasr in Q2.

Ericsson was almost half a second slower than Nasr – lapping 0.171s shy of making the cut – just ahead of the struggling VJM08s of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

The Manor/Marussias predictably brought up the rear of the grid, almost 2.8s adrift of the next fastest car.

Will Stevens again had the better of team-mate Roberto Merhi, to the tune of eight tenths of a second.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.681s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.948s 0.267s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m25.458s 0.777s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m25.694s 1.013s
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.136s 1.455s
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.249s 1.568s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.414s 1.733s
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m26.629s 1.948s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.757s 2.076s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m26.770s 2.089s
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m27.375s 2.694s
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m27.450s 2.769s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m27.760s 3.079s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.854s 3.173s
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.005s 3.324s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.112s 3.431s
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.365s 3.684s
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m28.442s 3.761s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.200s 6.519s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.038s 7.357s

Da Autosport.com



F1 Spanish Grand Prix: Rosberg fastest in FP3, Hamilton spins

Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets in the third and final Formula 1 practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, while his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was third after a spin.

Rosberg clocked a 1m26.031s on the medium-compound Pirelli tyre, 0.156s clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton, who topped second practice, ended up third after a messy session that included a spin at Turn 3 and a small mistake on his medium tyre run.

Rosberg was quickest during the hard tyre runs in the opening part of the session, too, when track temperatures were 22C, nearly 30C lower than they were in FP2 on Friday.

The German, who has not beaten Hamilton in either qualifying or the race so far this year, looked smooth throughout the session as he retained his advantage when attention turned to low-fuel runs.

It was not so successful for Hamilton, who after completing just one installation lap in the opening half of the session ran wide onto the astro turf at Turn 3 and spun.

The Briton stopped the car hitting the wall on the inside of the track before engaging reverse and rejoining the fray.

Hamilton’s medium tyre run was 0.201s shy of Rosberg’s leading time, but four tenths ahead of Williams’s Valtteri Bottas in fourth.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo who recovered from a disappointing day with engine issues on Friday to get 19 laps of running under his belt.

Felipe Massa had a scruffy lap as he clocked the seventh fastest time, with Max Verstappen continuing Toro Rosso’s good form at the Circuit de Catalunya so far this weekend to secure eighth.

Daniil Kvyat missed the first 40 minutes of the session while his Red Bull team fixed a water leak and he managed just seven laps and the ninth fastest time, one place clear of Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr.

Jenson Button was the leading McLaren in 11th, ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who showed good long run pace on Friday.

Sauber is lacking updates in Spain, with Felipe Nasr down in 13th and team-mate Marcus Ericsson 17th.

Fernando Alonso was 14th in the second McLaren, ahead of Lotus pair Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

Sergio Perez was nearly a second adrift of his Force India team-mate Hulkenberg in 18th, with the Manor-run Marussias of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi bringing up the rear.

FP3 RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.021s 19
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m26.177s 0.156s 14
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.222s 0.201s 10
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m26.682s 0.661s 19
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.944s 0.923s 14
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m27.048s 1.027s 19
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m27.109s 1.088s 19
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.132s 1.111s 18
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m27.313s 1.292s 7
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.809s 1.788s 17
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.938s 1.917s 17
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.082s 2.061s 13
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.096s 2.075s 23
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m28.304s 2.283s 17
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m28.578s 2.557s 17
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m28.618s 2.597s 18
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.788s 2.767s 20
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m28.996s 2.975s 14
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.125s 5.104s 16
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.749s 5.728s 17

Da Autosport.com

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