GP Brasile, prove del venerdì–13/11/2015
Brazilian GP: Nico Rosberg heads Lewis Hamilton in F1 practice two
Nico Rosberg headed Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
The German clocked a 1m12.385s on the soft Pirelli compound, 0.458 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel half-a-second further back.
Spits of rain fell throughout the session and though the track was slippery in parts, the warm conditions meant it was not damp enough for intermediates.
There was a flurry of activity at first, with everyone heading out promptly in case the rain intensified.
Hamilton, fastest in first practice, set the pace early on when the medium compound was in use, 0.136s clear of Rosberg.
Valtteri Bottas was the first to switch to the softs and went quickest by 0.031s, Pirelli suggesting there is around a one-second difference between the two compounds.
A number of other drivers headed out on the softs but had to abort their runs when the session was red-flagged to recover Fernando Alonso’s stricken McLaren-Honda.
The double world champion spun at the Descida do Lago left-hander and then pulled off track a few corners later with smoke pouring from the rear of his car.
The session restarted 10 minutes later, with Rosberg pumping in his pacesetting time on a single-lap outing.
Attention then turned to long runs ahead of Sunday’s race.
Hamilton and Rosberg were closely matched on their long run on the softs, before swapping to the mediums for the final 10 minutes.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest for Ferrari, 1.115s off the pace, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who is running Renault’s latest spec engine and will take a 10-place grid penalty due to the resultant component changes.
Bottas was sixth, having had a spin at Pinheirinho during a long run on the mediums, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg.
Daniil Kvyat, running the old-spec Renault power unit in his Red Bull, and Felipe Massa completed the top 10.
Sergio Perez was three tenths slower than Force India team-mate Hulkenberg in 11th, ahead of Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Nasr.
The Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz were 14th and 15th, followed by Jenson Button, who was 2.259s off the pace in the second McLaren.
Marcus Ericsson, Alonso and the Manor-run Marussias of Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi completed the timesheet.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.585s||1.200s||39|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.710s||1.325s||43|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.848s||1.463s||40|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.056s||1.671s||34|
|14||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m14.226s||1.841s||35|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m14.326s||1.941s||45|
Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads opening Friday F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton began his bid for a first Brazilian Grand Prix victory by leading the way in the opening Formula 1 practice session at Interlagos.
The three-time champion, in the headlines over the past 24 hours following a road car accident in Monaco earlier this week he put down to "heavy partying", shrugged aside the incident to comfortably outpace Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
The German swept practice and claimed pole position en route to victory a year ago, and came into this weekend fresh from his recent triumph over Hamilton in the last race in Mexico.
But it was Hamilton, who has also been struggling with a fever this week, who set the pace with a 1m13.543s on Pirelli’s medium-compound rubber.
The 30-year-old ended the 90-minute session, run in warm, dry conditions, just over half a second clear of Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a further tenth of a second adrift in third.
Hamilton had also led after the first half-hour with the additional set of tyres, just 0.021s clear of Rosberg at that point, with Vettel almost six tenths of a second further back.
It was not until the session was 55 minutes old that Vettel jumped to the top, moving just over two tenths clear of Hamilton, only to be swiftly deposed by Rosberg.
Five minutes later Hamilton then swept the board through the sectors in posting his leading lap, although a couple of minutes either side of that he endured lock ups into the Senna S, running wide on both occasions.
With 22 minutes remaining Hamilton then complained of a "weird" feeling and vibrations in the clutch as he left the garage on another run, leading to a swift return, although he did emerge later on for a longer stint.
Daniel Ricciardo, running Renault’s upgraded power unit this weekend for which he will be hit with a 10-place grid penalty, was fourth quickest in his Red Bull, and the only other driver to finish within a second of Hamilton.
Team-mate Daniil Kvyat was two tenths behind Ricciardo in sixth, with Kimi Raikkonen splitting the duo in his Ferrari, finishing 1.006s off the pace, although with the Finn spinning into the gravel with 10 minutes remaining.
Valtteri Bottas was 1.343s down in his seventh, followed by Max Verstappen, who survived his own early spin through the sweeping Turn 3 left-hander, to eventually finish eighth quickest.
Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10.
The Venezuelan’s team-mate for next year Jolyon Palmer, again replacing the Haas-bound Romain Grosjean for first practice, finished 12th and just 0.160s behind Maldonado.
McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were split by a mere 0.034s in 13th and 16th, while in his last race of his short spell for Manor, Alexander Rossi got the better of Will Stevens, albeit with the duo both over four seconds down at the rear of the field.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.449s||0.906s||27|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.696s||1.153s||25|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m14.960s||1.417s||38|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.174s||1.631s||33|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m15.314s||1.771s||38|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.408s||1.865s||32|