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.
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.136s||1.455s|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.249s||1.568s|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m26.629s||1.948s|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m26.770s||2.089s|
|17||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.365s||3.684s|
|18||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.442s||3.761s|
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.
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m27.048s||1.027s||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|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.082s||2.061s||13|
|18||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.996s||2.975s||14|