GP Abu Dhabi, prove libere venerdì–27/11/2015
Abu Dhabi GP: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in F1 practice two
In-form Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg returned to the top of the timesheet in second practice for the final Formula 1 grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Rosberg’s three-time champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton had led the way come the conclusion to the initial 90-minute session at the Yas Marina circuit by 0.141 seconds over Rosberg.
Following the opening stint on the softs in practice two, Hamilton again held sway over Rosberg, but come the switch to Pirelli’s super-softs, the German managed to turn the tables.
Rosberg, who has claimed the last five straight poles and won the last two grands prix, posted the only sub 1m42s lap of the day.
The 30-year-old finished with a time of 1m41.983s, 0.138s clear of Hamilton, the Briton then half-a-second ahead of surprise frontrunner Sergio Perez’s Force India.
The Mexican’s session finished 20 minutes early, however, due to a brake issue.
After deciding to ditch the upgraded Renault engine tested by Daniel Ricciardo over the course of the last race in Brazil and revert back to an old spec, Red Bull put up a strong showing.
Ricciardo finished fourth quickest, 0.664s behind Rosberg and just a fraction down on Perez, with team-mate Daniil Kvyat a further 0.151s adrift in sixth.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel sandwiched the Red Bull pair, just over seven tenths of a second behind Rosberg, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen seventh.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso in his McLaren both finished within a second of Rosberg in eighth and ninth.
Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10, albeit half a second adrift of Alonso, and 1.448s behind Rosberg, but another half a second up on his team-mate Romain Grosjean.
Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa could only manage 11th and 12th, the duo finishing marginally behind Maldonado.
Toro Rosso pair Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr also find themselves low on the pecking order in 13th and 14th, with McLaren’s Jenson Button two seconds down in 16th, just over a second off Alonso.
As per usual, Manor occupied the bottom two positions. Will Stevens headed returnee team-mate Roberto Merhi by over half a second, albeit with the Briton 4.467s behind Rosberg.
|3||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m42.610s||0.627s||23|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m42.647s||0.664s||37|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m42.798s||0.815s||34|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m42.928s||0.945s||35|
|13||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m43.662s||1.679s||40|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m43.854s||1.871s||20|
Abu Dhabi GP: Lewis Hamilton tops first F1 practice
World champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace in first practice for the season-ending Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m43.754s, 0.141s clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen six tenths further back in third.
There were warm and sunny conditions throughout, with a number of teams using the opening part of the 90-minute session to carry out aero data gathering.
Rosberg led the way after the first half an hour, just over a tenth clear of team-mate Hamilton by the time the teams had to give back the sets of tyres permitted only for the first 30 minutes.
The German was on course to improve that time on his next run, going fastest in the first two sectors, but he ran wide in the final sector and backed off.
With 30 minutes to go, Hamilton usurped his team-mate and remained unchallenged for the remainder of the session.
Daniil Kvyat was fourth quickest ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg, whose Force India team is celebrating its 150th grand prix in its current guise.
Daniel Ricciardo, reverting to the older spec Renault engine in his Red Bull, was seventh ahead of Sergio Perez.
Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa completed the top 10.
Valtteri Bottas, who is just one point clear of fellow Finn Raikkonen in the battle for fourth place in the drivers’ standings, was 11th ahead of Max Verstappen.
Jenson Button edged McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso by a tenth and a position to take 13th, but he was two second adrift of Hamilton.
Jolyon Palmer, promoted to a Lotus race seat next season, sat out the majority of the session while his team tended to water leak.
The Briton got out in the final few minutes of the session, completing a handful of laps and having a spin as he ended up 18th.
Roberto Merhi, who has swapped places with Alexander Rossi for this weekend, was just over a second adrift of Manor team-mate Will Stevens in 20th and last.
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.702s||0.948s||23|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m44.751s||0.997s||22|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.893s||1.139s||26|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m44.934s||1.180s||27|
|12||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m45.718s||1.964s||32|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m46.220s||2.466s||21|