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GP Russia, prove sabato–10/10/2015

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

Nico Rosberg claimed his second consecutive pole position in Formula 1, as Mercedes comfortably set the pace in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

The German was faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton throughout the session at Sochi, and he was able to deny the world championship leader a 50th career pole for the second race running.

Cool track conditions meant the drivers had to complete more than one timed lap on a set of tyres to get them up to temperature, and both Mercedes drivers only attempted one run in Q3.

Rosberg lapped 0.320 seconds faster than Hamilton on his first flying lap, before Hamilton made a mistake and went off at Turn 13 on his second flier, so headed for the pits.

Rosberg was 0.160s slower than his best on his second flying lap, but that mattered not, as his earlier time was enough to secure his third pole of the season.

Valtteri Bottas was again best-of-the-rest, fractionally clear of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, which improved by nearly two tenths on its second Q3 run but fell 0.053s short of toppling the Williams.

Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen made a mistake on his second Q3 effort at the same spot as Hamilton and wound up fifth fastest, ahead of Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, who were separated by less than half a tenth of a second.

Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso, and the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top 10.

Russian home hero Daniil Kvyat failed to make the top-10 shootout by just under a tenth of a second, setting the 11th fastest time in Q2 and complaining: "the tyres were not ready" temperature-wise.

Felipe Nasr put in a strong performance for Sauber to set the 12th fastest time, just 0.111s slower than Kvyat’s Red Bull.

Jenson Button was over half a second further back in 14th, but faster than the second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.

Felipe Massa made a mess of his first run in Q2 then failed to make the cut on his final run, complaining of traffic.

The Braziian was only 15th fastest, a full 1.701s slower than Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was third quickest in Q2.

Fernando Alonso was the highest-profile driver to fail to make it through the first part of qualifying.

Last-gasp improvements from McLaren team-mate Button and Nasr put the double world champion out in Q1.

RUSSIAN GP GRID

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.113s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.433s 0.320s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.912s 0.799s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.965s 0.852s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.348s 1.235s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.659s 1.546s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.691s 1.578s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m38.787s 1.674s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.924s 1.811s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m39.728s 2.615s
11 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m39.214s 2.101s
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.323s 2.210s
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.763s 2.650s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m39.811s 2.698s
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.895s 2.782s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.660s 3.547s
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m43.693s 6.580s
18 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m43.804s 6.691s
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m40.144s 3.031s
20 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault

Da Autosport.com



Russian GP FP3 stopped early due to Carlos Sainz Jr crash

Final practice ahead of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix was brought to a halt 15 minutes early following a heavy accident involving Carlos Sainz Jr.

With 22 minutes of the hour-long session remaining Sainz ploughed his Toro Rosso deep into a barrier at Turn 13, the culmination of one of the fastest parts of the Sochi Autodrom circuit.

The Spaniard’s car lost control under braking for Turn 13, slamming into the outside concrete wall before heading straight on into the Tecpro barrier at the end of the run-off area.

Due to a loss of power on the car there was also no communication available from pit to driver, preventing the team from getting an update on Sainz’s condition.

The FIA took the decision not to restart the session as marshals and medics continued to attend to Sainz, while there were initially no replays of the shunt.

Sainz was eventually removed from his car, placed on a stretcher and into an awaiting ambulance, the 21-year-old appearing to give a wave of his hand and a thumbs-up in the process.

Following what were two heavily disrupted Friday sessions, the initial 45 minutes of FP3 prior to the accident were hectic.

It meant that from the off there was a mix of the tyre compounds used, with some drivers taking the super-soft tyres immediately.

Temperatures, however, were hardly ideal, with the track at just 22 degrees and air flitting between 15 and 16 degrees, ensuring for all concerned that getting heat into the tyres would pose a problem.

Valtteri Bottas initially led the way on softs with a lap of 1m42.829s, the Finn then consistently improving on his run before lowering the benchmark to 1:40.617s.

Twenty minutes into the session Williams team-mate Felipe Massa was Bottas’s closest rival, 0.355s off the pace, with the rest of the field clearly running higher fuel loads as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third, but just over two seconds back.

Switching to the supersofts, Bottas shaved just over three tenths of a second off his best time with a lap of 1m40.275s, before Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes became the first to dip below 100 seconds with a 1m38.941s on super-softs.

Bottas responded by posting faster times in the first two sectors, only to blot his copybook with an error in the final sector and finish three tenths of a second off the pace.

Rosberg then went quicker again with a lap of 1m38.561s before a lock up from Lewis Hamilton in sector one on his maiden super-soft run compromised his lap, with the reigning champion finishing 0.802s down on his team-mate.

Outside of the top three of Rosberg, Bottas and Hamilton, Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg finished fourth and sixth quickest, sandwiching Massa.

McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were seventh and ninth, with Pastor Maldonado eighth, and Felipe Nasr 10th, 2.668s back.

Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel finished 12th and 16th, the latter just over four seconds down.

FP3 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.561s 15
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 0.726s 17
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.802s 13
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.055s 14
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.314s 14
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.356s 14
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.020s 12
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.206s 13
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.639s 11
10 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.668s 14
11 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 2.797s 15
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3.736s 11
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 3.810s 14
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3.889s 14
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 4.122s 19
16 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 4.125s 11
17 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 4.528s 16
18 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 4.786s 14
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 8.206s 19
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 8.688s 18

Da Autosport.com

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