GP Messico, prove del sabato–31/10/2015
Mexican GP: Nico Rosberg beats F1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole
Nico Rosberg claimed his fourth straight pole position in Formula 1 in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix.
The German beat Mercedes F1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by 0.188 seconds.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was 0.370s adrift of Rosberg in third, claiming over team radio he "tried everything" to take the fight to the two silver cars.
Red Bull lost pace to its rivals in qualifying compared to practice on Friday, both cars ending up nearly a second adrift of pole.
Daniil Kvyat beat team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.001s as the RB11s placed fourth and fifth on the timesheet.
Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top six, just ahead of Williams team-mate Felipe Massa and the Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen.
Home hero Sergio Perez out-qualified team-mate Nico Hulkenberg by less than a tenth of a second as the two Force Indias completed the top 10.
Late improvements by Verstappen and Massa in Q2 meant Carlos Sainz Jr missed out on making the top-10 shootout by just 0.007s in the second Toro Rosso.
Romain Grosjean was 12th quickest, 0.223s faster than Lotus team-mate Pastor Maldonado and just over a tenth away from making Q3 himself.
Marcus Ericsson couldn’t replicate the pace that put his Sauber 10th quickest in Q1, so he wound up 14th overall, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
The Finn complained of a problem with his brake pedal in Q1, where he ended up outside the top 10 in the times.
He then stopped midway through Q2 after spinning at Turn 1.
The 2007 world champion will incur a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change following the breakdown he suffered with his SF15-T in final practice.
Fellow world champion Fernando Alonso squeaked ahead of the second Sauber of Felipe Nasr by 0.009s with his final flying lap, but the McLaren failed to escape Q1, along with the two Manor Marussias and his team-mate Jenson Button, who failed to take part in qualifying following engine problems in final practice.
Both McLarens will start at the back on account of incurring grid penalties for multiple engine changes earlier in the weekend.
MEXICAN GP GRID
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.398s||0.918s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.399s||0.919s|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m20.710s||1.230s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.716s||1.236s|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.788s||1.308s|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m20.942s||1.462s|
Nico Rosberg edges Lewis Hamilton in F1 Mexican GP final practice
Nico Rosberg pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in final practice for the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix.
The German clocked a 1m21.083s, 0.014s ahead of newly-crowned world champion Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo less than half a tenth adrift in third for Red Bull.
Overnight rain meant the track lost a lot of the rubber that was laid down during Friday practice, creating slippery conditions early in FP3.
Felipe Massa set the early pace with a 1m22.729s on the mediums, with several drivers struggling with tyre warm-up and subsequently suffering for grip.
But the track gradually improved and after 30 minutes, Sebastian Vettel was the first to fit the soft-compound Pirelli tyres to his Ferrari and promptly went fastest on a 1m21.871s.
The German was four tenths up on his next lap after two sectors but he made a mistake and backed out of it before returning to the pits.
Mercedes focused on running the medium tyre for the majority of the session, only switching to the softs with 10 minutes to go.
Rosberg promptly went fastest with a 1m21.205s, while Hamilton lost one of his attempts with a big lock-up at Turn 1.
The German went 0.122s quicker on his second, with Hamilton complaining on the radio that Rosberg was backing up into him only to be told by his engineer that there was plenty of space behind.
Hamilton regrouped and was much closer to Rosberg on his next flier, but a lock-up in the stadium section cost him and he ended the session 0.014s adrift.
Vettel completed another soft tyre run late in the session to finish fourth quickest, with just under a second separating the top 12.
Daniil Kvyat was fifth, having had a spin at Turn 6, ahead of home favourite Sergio Perez, who waved to the fans that had turned out in force for a second day running during his slow down lap at the end of the session.
Valtteri Bottas was the best placed Williams in seventh, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr with Massa and Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.
Kimi Raikkonen had a disappointing session, peeling off the circuit with smoke pouring from the rear of his Ferrari having managed just four laps. He was 17th quickest.
Jenson Button’s difficult weekend continued as he reported vibrations from the engine at low revs and spent most of the session in the garage.
The 2009 world champion, who will take a hefty grid penalty for engine changes, was 20th and last, one place behind Manor’s Alexander Rossi who also completed limited running after being told to be careful on the brake and pit after eight laps.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.201s||0.118s||21|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.530s||0.447s||27|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.603s||0.520s||27|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m21.775s||0.692s||28|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.010s||0.927s||25|
|11||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.039s||0.956s||31|