GP Bahrain, prove del venerdì–01/04/2016
Nico Rosberg on top again in second Bahrain Grand Prix practice
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the top spot in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The German clocked a 1m31.001s on the super-soft tyres, nearly 1.6 seconds quicker than last year’s pole position time, to finish 0.241s clear of Hamilton.
Rosberg had earlier led another Mercedes one-two in first practice and continued the team’s dominance in the second session as the sun set and the floodlights flickered on at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Jenson Button showed surprising form with McLaren as he became the Mercedes’ closest challenger but he was 1.280s off the pace with Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen fourth, a tenth further back.
Mercedes started on the softs with Rosberg going quickest with his first run, 0.210s faster than Hamilton managed moments later.
Sebastian Vettel slotted into third on the softs, 0.477s off the pace, but made two mistakes on his super-soft run and failed to improve.
The German’s session came to a premature end when he stopped out on track with 15 minutes remaining.
Vettel initially reported that he lost drive but then told his team: "So the rear-left is not tight. The nut is not on, that was the problem."
While Vettel, who ultimately finished sixth quickest, focused on qualifying pace early on, team-mate Kimi Raikkonen worked on race preparation, completing a 20-lap run on the mediums.
The Finn bolted on a set of super-softs later in the session and clocked the fifth fastest time, just two tenths quicker than Vettel’s soft lap.
The final third of the session was dedicated to long-run pace, with running split across all three compounds.
Daniil Kvyat was seventh, while Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa completed the top 10.
Stoffel Vandoorne continued his impressive F1 race weekend debut, as a stand-in for the injured Fernando Alonso, with the 11th quickest time.
The Belgian’s time of 1m32.999s was seven tenths off the pace of team-mate Button.
Esteban Gutierrez was the leading Haas in 12th, a couple of tenths quicker than team-mate Romain Grosjean.
Grosjean ran off track late on, reporting that front wing became detached and lodged itself under the car, and that brought out the virtual safety car to clear the debris.
Force India traditionally runs well in Bahrain, but Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were off the pace in 15th and 17th respectively.
Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein was inside three seconds of Rosberg in 19th ahead of the Sauber duo and his team-mate Rio Haryanto.
PRACTICE TWO TIMES
|4||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.406s||1.405s||31|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m32.703s||1.702s||34|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m32.870s||1.869s||23|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m33.177s||2.176s||36|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m33.406s||2.405s||35|
|17||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m33.570s||2.569s||37|
Nico Rosberg leads Mercedes one two in first F1 practice in Bahrain
Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap in Formula 1’s first practice session for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, leading a Mercedes one-two.
On a run of four consecutive victories, Rosberg picked up where he left off in the Australian Grand Prix to comfortable outpace Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at Sakhir.
Rosberg’s lap of 1m32.292s on Pirelli’s soft-tyre compound was half-a-second quicker than reigning champion Hamilton, and 0.277s up on his pole lap from last year.
The latest Mercedes one-two was streets ahead of the rest, with Kimi Raikkonen third in his Ferrari, albeit 1.834s adrift of Rosberg.
Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were fourth and fifth quickest, separated by 0.080s, but both just over two seconds down on the leading Mercedes.
In a tightly-bunched midfield, Ricciardo in fourth down to Jenson Button in 14th were covered by one second.
Nico Hulkenberg was 2.3s off the pace in sixth, ahead of the Toro Rosso pair of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen just 0.067s apart in seventh and eighth.
Following on from his sixth place in Australia on Haas’s F1 debut, Romain Grosjean was ninth quickest for the American team, 2.706s down.
Felipe Massa completed the top 10, just six thousandths of a second adrift of Grosjean, and 0.067s ahead of Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari, albeit with his time set on used medium rubber.
Williams’s Valtteri Bottas was 11th on the timesheet, followed by Esteban Gutierrez for Haas, with the Mexican three seconds down.
Gutierrez is running a new chassis this weekend after the one in Australia was cracked when lifted off track by a crane following his accident with Fernando Alonso.
Behind Button in 14th was the first of the Renault drivers in Kevin Magnussen, followed by Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Manor of Pascal Wehrlein.
Stoffel Vandoorne, deputising this weekend for Alonso who has been ruled out with chest injuries following his crash in Australia, was 18th, and just over four seconds behind Rosberg.
Force India reserve Alfonso Celis Jr, in the first of his seven FP1 outings this year, finished 21st and almost five seconds down, with Manor’s Rio Haryanto bringing up the rear for Manor, with the Indonesian 5.420s down.
The session was run in much cooler conditions than normal given the unseasonal weather in the region of late.
With air and track temperatures of 22 and 31 degrees respectively, therefore more representative of the race conditions expected on Sunday, it ensured there was more running in the session than has previously been the case, with 16 of the 22 drivers completing at least 20 laps.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m34.461s||2.167s||27|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m34.541s||2.247s||30|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.601s||2.307s||28|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.793s||2.499s||21|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.860s||2.566s||19|
|21||Alfonso Celis||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.287s||4.993s||23|