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GP Abu Dhabi, prove del sabato – 28/11/2015

Nico Rosberg takes sixth straight F1 pole in Abu Dhabi GP qualifying

Nico Rosberg claimed his sixth consecutive pole position in Formula 1 with a lap nearly four tenths of a second clear of Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying.

Rosberg trailed Mercedes team-mate Hamilton through the first two segments of the session at the Yas Marina F1 circuit, but he found the speed when it counted to top the timesheet by 0.377 seconds.

Sergio Perez showed Force India’s rapid Friday form was no fluke by qualifying fourth fastest, just 0.133s slower than Kimi Raikkonen, who was the only Ferrari driver to make the top 10 after team-mate Sebastian Vettel made a surprise exit in Q1.

Perez was provisionally third quickest after the first runs in Q3, but he couldn’t go quicker on his second attempt as Raikkonen improved.

Daniel Ricciardo topped a close fight to be fifth fastest, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, and Felipe Massa.

Ricciardo’s Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat was nearly two tenths slower in ninth, well ahead Carlos Sainz Jr, who only made a single run in Q3 and was nearly eight tenths of a second adrift of the Russian’s time.

Sainz bumped his Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen out of the top-10 with his final flying effort in Q2, while McLaren’s Jenson Button missed the cut by less than two tenths of a second as he set the 12th fastest time, complaining of a lack of grip.

Lotus suffered a difficult qualifying session, with Pastor Maldonado only 13th quickest after looking strong in practice, while team-mate Romain Grosjean was unable to set a time in Q2 after suffering technical problems with his E23.

The Lotuses sandwiched the Sauber of Felipe Nasr, who failed to improve on his Q1 laptime and ended up 14th quickest.

Four-time world champion Vettel was the biggest casualty of the first segment of qualifying, backing off early on his final flying lap thinking he’d done enough already but ending up a lowly 16th as rivals improved.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso looked to be on a decent lap until his McLaren-Honda suffered a left-rear puncture that forced him to back off.

The double world champion ended up 17th quickest, ahead of Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber, which appeared to suffer a technical problem in the closing stages that prevented the Swede making a final attempt at progressing to Q2.

Will Stevens out-qualified returning team-mate Roberto Merhi by a massive 1.137s as the Manor Marussias again brought up the tailend of the timesheet.

ABU DHABI GP GRID

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m40.237s

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m40.614s

0.377s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m41.051s

0.814s

4

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m41.184s

0.947s

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m41.444s

1.207s

6

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m41.656s

1.419s

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m41.686s

1.449s

8

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m41.759s

1.522s

9

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

1m41.933s

1.696s

10

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m42.708s

2.471s

11

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m42.521s

2.284s

12

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m42.668s

2.431s

13

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1m42.807s

2.570s

14

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.614s

3.377s

15

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

16

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m42.941s

2.704s

17

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m43.187s

2.950s

18

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.838s

3.601s

19

Will Stevens

Marussia/Ferrari

1m46.297s

6.060s

20

Roberto Merhi

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.434s

7.197s

Da Autosport.com

F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg stays on top in final practice

Nico Rosberg headed Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German, who has taken pole for the last five races, clocked a best time of 1m41.856s, 0.281 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who had a messy session and failed to get a clean lap together.

Sebastian Vettel proved to be the closest challenger to Mercedes, 0.329s off the pace with Sergio Perez continuing his strong Friday form with the fourth-quickest time in the Force India.

With qualifying and the race taking place much later in the day, amid cooler temperatures, teams were limited with what they could learn in this session, in which temperatures hit around 27C.

Hamilton set the pace in the first part, when running was confined to the soft tyre, clocking a 1m43.078s on his second timed lap.

That put the three-time world champion 0.136s clear of Kimi Raikkonen with Rosberg three tenths off the pace.

Hamilton looked set to improve again but encountered traffic, while another lap was ruined when he hit the kerb at Turn 5 hard, which destabilised the car and sent him spinning before rejoining.

With 15 minutes to go, attention turned to qualifying simulations on the super-soft tyre and Rosberg set the benchmark with a 1m42.796s, 1.2s quicker than he managed on the softs.

Hamilton backed out of his first attempt on the super-softs when he made a mistake in the first sector, and had to abandon his second lap, too, when he hit the Turn 5 kerb hard again, forcing him wide.

The Briton eventually got a lap together, but he couldn’t better his team-mate, who himself improved on his earlier leading time.

Raikkonen ended the session fifth, seven tenths off the pace and four tenths slower than Ferrari team-mate Vettel, with Daniel Ricciardo sixth and Nico Hulkenberg seventh.

Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz completed the top 10.

Jenson Button was the leading McLaren in 11th, 1.652s off the pace but half a second clear of team-mate Fernando Alonso, who complained on team radio about traffic on his super-soft run.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat had a troubled session, failing to set a time as his team worked on solving an electrical issue with his power unit.

FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m41.856s

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m42.137s

0.281s

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m42.185s

0.329s

4

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m42.448s

0.592s

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m42.627s

0.771s

6

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m42.726s

0.870s

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m42.859s

1.003s

8

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m43.173s

1.317s

9

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m43.239s

1.383s

10

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m43.429s

1.573s

11

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m43.508s

1.652s

12

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1m43.680s

1.824s

13

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.718s

1.862s

14

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m43.826s

1.970s

15

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

1m43.928s

2.072s

16

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m44.014s

2.158s

17

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m44.325s

2.469s

18

Will Stevens

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.283s

5.427s

19

Roberto Merhi

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.520s

5.664s

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

Da Autosport.com

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