GP Gran Bretagna, prove sabato–04/07/2015
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg for home pole
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the 2015 British Grand Prix, after narrowly defeating Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg in qualifying.
Rosberg led the way through the first two segments of the session, but Hamilton leapt onto provisional pole during the first runs in Q3, which proved enough to take pole by 0.113s when neither improved later on.
Mercedes ended up with a substantial seven-tenth gap to the rest of the field, as Williams got the better of Ferrari to be best-of-the-rest at Silverstone.
The Grove outfit locked out the second row of the grid, with Felipe Massa improving on his second Q3 run to edge out team-mate Valtteri Bottas by less than a tenth.
Kimi Raikkonen outqualified Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel for only the second time this season by setting the fifth fastest time.
Vettel dropped time in the final sector on his first Q3 run and was then baulked by traffic on his final effort so failed to improve.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat edged out the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr by just 0.013s to qualify seventh fastest, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo wound up slowest of the top-10 runners after losing his best lap in Q3 to a track-limits offence and a late improvement on his single new-tyre run by the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.
The second revised VJM08 of Sergio Perez missed out on a chance to make the top-10 shootout after running wide at Copse on his best lap.
The Mexican ended up 11th fastest, fractionally clear of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, until the Franco-Swiss had his best time deleted for a track limits offense at the final corner.
Fortunately for Grosjean, his second best lap was still good enough for 12th, ahead of a frustrated Max Verstappen.
The teenager complained vociferously about a lack of rear grip from his Toro Rosso throughout his qualifying session, which ended disappointingly after the STR10 showed strong form throughout free practice.
He was close to dropping out in Q1 after having his best time deleted for exceeding track limits at Copse, then struggled to 13th in Q2.
The second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado was penalised for track limits offenses in Q1 and Q2 and wound up 14th fastest overall, fractionally slower than Verstappen but over three tenths clear of Marcus Ericsson in the best of the two Sauber-Ferraris.
The Swede’s Sauber team-mate Felipe Nasr, the McLaren-Hondas of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and both Manor Marussias filled the bottom five places on the timesheet.
Both Nasr and Alonso agonisingly missed the Q2 cut by less than a tenth of a second, thanks to Maldonado having his best time scrubbed for running off the track at Copse.
PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.636s||1.388s|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m33.649s||1.401s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m33.673s||1.425s|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.943s||1.695s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.268s||2.020s|
|13||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m34.502s||2.254s|
British GP: Lewis Hamilton leads practice, trouble for Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in final practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg recovering from another gearbox issue to finish second.
The reigning world champion clocked a time of 1m32.917s on the medium tyre, 0.552 seconds clear of Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third.
Rosberg, who has won three of the last four races, looked to have the measure of Hamilton on Friday when he topped the times in both sessions despite a hydraulics problem.
The German was confined to the garage for much of the final half of the Saturday morning session while Mercedes investigated a gearbox oil leak – but the team managed to get him back out in time to do a qualifying-simulation.
After completing an installation lap early in the session, Mercedes chose to sit in the garage for the opening 20 minutes while the track rubbered back in following overnight rain.
Rosberg was first to lay down a marker with a 1m34.436s on the hard tyres but Hamilton was able to pip the German by 0.037s.
Rosberg improved, clocking a 1m33.731s but again Hamilton responded, going four tenths quicker.
The Briton then waited until the final few minutes to do his low-fuel run on the mediums and promptly went quickest, with Rosberg slotting into second having failed to edge Hamilton in any of the three sectors.
Sebastian Vettel, who was one of a number of drivers who ran wide at Copse corner, was fourth, three tenths adrift of Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen.
Max Verstappen claimed Toro Rosso had the second-fastest car in terms of race pace behind Mercedes and proved it is pretty handy over one-lap, too, with the fifth fastest time, fractionally quicker than team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr in sixth.
The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who admitted to struggling with tyre temperatures on one-lap runs on Friday, were seventh and eighth respectively.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10 with Nico Hulkenberg, whose B-spec Force India showed promise on Friday, 11th.
Daniel Ricciardo, who like team-mate Kvyat and the two Mercedes sat out the opening part of the session while the track rubbered in, was 12th, ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez.
Romain Grosjean was 14th, half a second adrift of his Lotus team-mate Maldonado but ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.
Jenson Button was the lead McLaren in 16th, with his team-mate Fernando Alonso 18th having managed just six laps as he ended his session early.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was 17th with the Manors of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi completing the timesheets in 19th and 20th respectively.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES:
|5||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m34.147s||1.230s||20|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m34.282s||1.365s||23|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m34.545s||1.628s||16|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.886s||1.969s||21|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m34.896s||1.979s||15|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.121s||2.204s||22|