GP Brasile, prove del sabato–14/11/2015
Brazilian GP: Nico Rosberg extends F1 pole streak at Interlagos
Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth Formula 1 pole position in a row by narrowly defeating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
Rosberg was faster than Hamilton throughout the crucial final segment of the session, eventually claiming the 21st pole of his F1 career by just 0.078 seconds.
Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari was third fastest, half a second shy of the top spot, while the Williams of Valtteri Bottas split Vettel from Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by finding slightly more time on his second run than his fellow Finn.
Bottas will take a three-place grid penalty, however, for overtaking under red flags during Friday’s second practice session.
Nico Hulkenberg impressively rounded out the top six in his Force India, narrowly faster than Daniil Kvyat in the best of the Red Bulls.
Felipe Massa’s Williams, the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo (running the updated Renault engine here), and Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso completed the top 10.
Ricciardo will drop to a provisional 19th when the penalty for his earlier engine change is applied.
Massa and Verstappen hauled themselves into the top-10 shootout with late improvements in Q2, which meant Felipe Nasr’s impressive lap for Sauber was only good enough for 11th on the timesheet.
Carlos Sainz Jr complained of problems with the dash and data in his Toro Rosso as the Spaniard ended up only 12th fastest, ahead of the second Force India of Sergio Perez, who was a massive 0.662s slower than team-mate Hulkenberg in Q2.
Marcus Ericsson was 14th fastest in the second Sauber, followed by the Lotus of Romain Grosjean, who spun at Ferradura on his crucial lap and then had insufficient tyre life left to get anywhere near making the top 10 on his subsequent effort.
The second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button’s McLaren were next, narrowly missing out on making the Q2 cut in a tight battle during the first segment of qualifying.
Maldonado was just 0.039s slower than Ericsson’s Sauber in placing 16th, while Button reckoned McLaren went "a little bit too far with the front wing" as he ended up 17th, just 0.040s further back.
Team-mate Fernando Alonso failed to set a time after his McLaren-Honda broke down with "no power" early on in the session.
The double world champion was therefore classified last, behind the Manor Marussias of Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens, who were separated by just over a tenth of a second.
PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.265s||0.983s|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.322s||1.040s|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m12.739s||1.457s|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.045s||–|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.147s||–|
|19||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.417s||–|
Brazilian F1 GP: Lewis Hamilton tops practice despite incidents
Lewis Hamilton had the final say over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during a complicated third Brazilian Grand Prix practice session for the 2015 Formula 1 champion.
Hamilton endured a gear-selection problem and was later involved in a spin during the hour-long run at Interlagos before eventually posting the fastest time so far.
The 30-year-old set a lap of 1m12.070s, beating Rosberg by 0.123 seconds in the soft-tyre blast that closed the session.
The duo were head and shoulders clear of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, with the former 0.690s off the pace, and the latter a full second down.
In the medium-tyre runs that dominated the opening 45 minutes, Rosberg, who did not take to the track until 22 minutes into the session, surged his way to the top on only his fourth lap, deposing Vettel by three tenths of a second.
The German then traded fastest laps with Hamilton, who had earlier prompted yellow flags momentarily when he radioed in to say he had "lost gears", bringing him to a halt on track.
Hamilton managed to get going and returned immediately to the pits, and following a quick check was back out again, with his first flying lap shaving a tenth off Rosberg’s time.
Rosberg, however, swiftly responded as moments later he again returned to the top, improving on Hamilton’s lap by almost a third of a second.
Hamilton was then poised to reclaim top spot, setting the fastest time in the first sector by three tenths of a second, only to spin into Mergulho.
Attempting to explain over the radio, Hamilton said: "Don’t know what happened there. The rear gave up real quick and I couldn’t really react to it," to which engineer Pete Bonnington replied: "Looks like the rear just spun up".
That had followed a message from Rosberg in which he also claimed the "rear grip dropped away quite a lot" on one of his runs.
After switching to the softs, Hamilton’s flier was done on his first run, and although Rosberg set the quickest time in the first sector soon after, he was unable to maintain the momentum, missing out by just over a tenth.
Behind the Ferraris were Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg in his Force India, followed by Lotus pair Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado in seventh and ninth respectively, either side of Hulkenberg’s team-mate Sergio Perez.
Max Verstappen completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso, but almost 1.5s down.
Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Kvyat – who had been third at the end of the medium-tyre runs – wound up 11th and 13th, with Felipe Massa in between.
McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were a lowly 14th and 18th, the latter 2.375s off the pace.
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.345s||1.275s||19|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.506s||1.436s||18|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.548s||1.478s||21|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.572s||1.502s||23|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.829s||1.759s||17|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.959s||1.889s||23|