GP Singapore, prove venerdì–18/09/2015
Singapore GP: Daniil Kvyat leads Kimi Raikkonen in F1 practice
Daniil Kvyat edged out Kimi Raikkonen by less than half a tenth of a second to top the second free practice session for the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix.
Kvyat was only 18th fastest and completed just eight laps in the first session of the weekend, after encountering a fuel system problem on his Red Bull-Renault, but he shrugged off his lack of track time to set the pace in the second session, which took place under floodlights.
His 1m46.142s effort on the super-soft tyre put the Russian just 0.039 seconds clear of Raikkonen’s Ferrari.
Kvyat’s Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheet for a while early on, when the drivers were focused on running the harder soft-compound tyre.
The Australian was just 0.075s slower than Raikkonen after bolting on the super-softs.
World champion Lewis Hamilton locked up heavily at Turn 1 on his first attempt at a flying lap on the super-soft.
The Mercedes driver’s second effort was only good enough for fourth, 0.223s slower than Ricciardo’s RB11.
Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg, who has taken the last of his allocated engines for the season after suffering a failure on his third unit in Italian GP practice earlier this month, was only seventh fastest, behind the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Force India of Sergio Perez.
Double world champion Fernando Alonso was the last driver to lap below 1m47s as he set the eighth-fastest time for McLaren, ahead of the second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg and Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso.
Felipe Massa was the fastest of the two Williams drivers in 11th, just ahead of Sauber pair Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, driving the heavily revised C34 this weekend.
Verstappen’s Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr was one of several drivers not to get away with striking the wall during the session.
The Spanish rookie suffered a left-rear puncture after hitting the wall at Turn 5, while Lotus racer Pastor Maldonado also compromised the early part of his session by brushing the barriers.
Sainz wound up 15th fastest, behind Jenson Button’s McLaren and ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus and the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
Will Stevens became the second Manor driver to crash in practice for this event, after losing the rear end of his car at Turn 11 early on in the session.
His new team-mate Alexander Rossi joined the session late, after waiting for his car to be repaired following the heavy impact with the wall the American suffered in FP1.
|1||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.142s||–||34|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.256s||0.114s||29|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m46.659s||0.517s||30|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m47.294s||1.152s||35|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m47.427s||1.285s||32|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m48.012s||1.870s||23|
Singapore GP: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in first practice
Nico Rosberg set the pace in the opening free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton second quickest.
Rosberg fitted the fourth and final power unit of his allocation for first practice and put it to good use as he clocked a 1m47.995s to finish 0.319 seconds clear of Hamilton.
The world champion had made a few small mistakes, including missing the apex at Turn 2 and running wide, early on and was only fourth at first as Rosberg set the pace.
Red Bull has traditionally run well in Singapore, winning every year from 2011-13 and finishing second and third on the podium last year, and it continued that form this year with Daniel Ricciardo third, 0.017s adrift of Hamilton, having been second for a spell.
Alexander Rossi, who is making his full grand prix weekend debut this weekend with Manor, was on-course for a trouble-free session and was just 0.015s adrift of team-mate Will Stevens.
But with a few minutes of first practice remaining, the American hit the barrier at Turn 18, causing quite significant damage to the right-hand side of the car and bringing out a red flag that ended the session early.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was fourth, got on the kerb on the approach to Turn 5 and had to abort halfway round the corner, narrowly keeping it out of the wall.
The other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was fifth ahead of Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
Carlos Sainz Jr was two seconds off the pace in eighth, but he pipped Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen by just 0.019s.
Pastor Maldonado, whose Lotus kissed the barriers at Turn 13, completing the top 10.
McLaren has long said Singapore could be a highlight of its troubled season and the early signs were positive, with Fernando Alonso 11th quickest, three tenths quicker than Jenson Button, who encountered radio problems, in 15th.
Force India’s Sergio Perez was 12th, followed by Felipe Nasr in the heavily-updated Sauber, which has been revised with 2016 in mind.
Romain Grosjean took part in first practice for the first time since Canada, having generally had to give his Lotus up for reserve driver Jolyon Palmer, and was 14th.
Marcus Ericsson was 16th in the second Sauber, ahead of Williams’s Felipe Massa and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who spent a lot of time in the garage after concerns over the fuel system were raised.
Humidity hit 80 per cent during first practice as the sun set in Singapore and the floodlights around the 3.147-mile Marina Bay circuit flickered on.
PRACTICE ONE TIMES:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m48.331s||0.336s||21|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m49.466s||1.471s||17|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m49.854s||1.859s||21|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m50.019s||2.024s||28|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m50.125s||2.130s||23|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m51.188s||3.193s||8|