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GP Austria, prove libere venerdì–19/06/2015

Austrian GP: Sebastian Vettel fastest for Ferrari before problems

Sebastian Vettel topped second practice for Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix, but then suffered further gearbox problems on his Ferrari.

Vettel had only completed four laps in the morning session due to a mechanical failure, and he spent the second part of practice two parked in the garage as well.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton led the way when the field was on the slower soft-compound Pirelli tyres in the early part of the session, a tenth-and-a-half clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

But Hamilton was unable to improve when he bolted on the super-soft tyres later in the session thanks to some off-track moments on his quick laps, one at Turn 1 and one when he ran wide after losing the rear through the final double right-hander.

Team-mate Rosberg did manage to improve after his first attempt to do so was undermined by a brief wide moment at the end of the lap, taking top spot for a while before Vettel pipped him by just 11 thousandths of a second.

Raikkonen found over four tenths on the quicker rubber to take third place ahead of Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado, who had a late off-track trip through the gravel at Turn 3 after a lock-up on entry.

This meant that Hamilton was shuffled down to fifth place, 0.537s off the pace, in the final reckoning just ahead of Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Though Vettel had held the edge during the fast laps, he missed much of the long-run section of practice after being ordered to return to the garage with a gearbox problem soon after going out on heavier fuel.

Romain Grosjean made it two Lotuses in the top seven, followed by Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen.

Felipe Nasr and Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10 ahead of Carlos Sainz, who had a trip through the gravel at Turn 5 but was able to rejoin and continue.

Daniil Kvyat could not carry over his form from the morning and ended up 12th ahead of Marcus Ericsson.

Williams pairing Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who locked out the front row in Austria in 2014, kept a low profile during the session – as is often the case for a team that usually only unleashes its real pace on Saturday.

This left the pair down in 14th and 15th places, ahead of the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, who sandwiched Daniel Ricciardo and also completed very limited running.

As always, Manor drivers Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi brought up the rear, albeit with Stevens only 2.922s off the pace on this relatively short circuit.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m09.600s 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m09.611s 0.011s 50
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m09.860s 0.260s 41
4 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m09.914s 0.314s 44
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.137s 0.537s 49
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m10.160s 0.560s 49
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m10.267s 0.667s 38
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m10.356s 0.756s 48
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m10.495s 0.895s 39
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m10.585s 0.985s 46
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m10.631s 1.031s 50
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m10.686s 1.086s 48
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m10.744s 1.144s 40
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m10.746s 1.146s 34
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m11.011s 1.411s 42
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m11.517s 1.917s 17
17 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.676s 2.076s 38
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m11.919s 2.319s 17
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m12.522s 2.922s 34
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m13.094s 3.494s 34

Da Autosport.com


Austrian GP: Nico Rosberg sets pace, Sebastian Vettel has problems

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg topped the opening free practice session for Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari stopped early and was last.

The 29-year-old took the initiative early in the session, when the field was running on its first set of soft-compound Pirelli that must be discarded after 30 minutes, setting a best time of 1m10.401s to put himself 1.1 seconds ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

While the fastest times overall are usually set in the final hour of the 90-minute session when drivers use their second set of tyres, pacesetter Rosberg did not improve.

But his time was good enough to stay fastest, because while Hamilton closed to 0.308s off Rosberg, a wide moment in the final corner and a big lock-up at Turn 1 prevented him from challenging his team-mate.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, who had been third on first-run times, did not return to the track until late in the session and was able to retake his position as best-of-the-rest behind the two Mercedes drivers.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest four Williams at the head of of a gaggle of cars, with just four tenths of a second covering positions fourth through to 10th.

Felipe Nasr was fifth fastest, capitalising on some clear track as both Sauber drivers headed out on their second sets of rubber earlier than most.

That put him ahead of Red Bull pairing Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, with Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen eighth fastest despite a lairy moment in the final corner earlier in his run that led him to describe the car over the radio as "unbelievably hard to drive".

Felipe Massa was ninth fastest after a brief scare shortly before the 30-minute mark when he was released from the Williams pit box just as Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene crossed from the pitwall.

Arrivabene jumped out of the way, while Massa stopped short of where the Ferrari boass had been, with the pair later sharing a joke about the moment.

Sergio Perez, who briefly ran as high as fourth on his second set of tyres, rounded out the top 10 ahead of Carlos Sainz, Pastor Maldonado and Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

Jolyon Palmer was the only non-race driver to participate, after taking over Romain Grosjean’s Lotus.

He was less than half-a-tenth off Maldonado in 14th place and ahead of Ericsson.

Jenson Button was 16th fastest, while McLaren-Honda team-mate Fernando Alonso was one place behind after losing much of the session.

The Spaniard was ordered to shut down his engine at the end of his installation lap as he returned to the pits, staying in the garage until the closing stages when he completed a further nine laps and at least posted a serious laptime.

That was more than fellow world champion Vettel managed for Ferrari, as the German ground to a halt on his fifth lap with what is believed to be a gearbox problem.

Although his car was returned to the pits, he was unable to return to the track and ended up behind Manor drivers Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi after being unable to set a serious laptime.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m10.401s 36
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.709s 0.308s 28
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.028s 0.627s 22
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m11.452s 1.051s 26
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m11.633s 1.232s 28
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m11.642s 1.241s 31
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.724s 1.323s 29
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m11.825s 1.424s 38
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m11.890s 1.489s 29
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m11.905s 1.504s 37
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m11.948s 1.547s 32
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m12.004s 1.603s 34
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m12.031s 1.630s 36
14 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m12.050s 1.649s 27
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.159s 1.758s 30
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m12.920s 2.519s 30
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m13.272s 2.871s 10
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m13.937s 3.536s 29
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m15.459s 5.058s 11
20 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.684s 5.283s 4

Da Autosport.com

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