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GP Cina, prove del sabato – 16/04/2016

Nico Rosberg grabs Chinese GP pole, Lewis Hamilton starts last

Nico Rosberg claimed Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 pole, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo squeezed Ferrari off the front row and Lewis Hamilton ended up last.

A grid penalty for reigning world champion Hamilton meant he was never going to start on pole, but his Mercedes failed to even figure in the fight thanks to an ERS problem that meant he failed to escape Q1.

Friday practice pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen was on provisional pole after the first runs in Q3, but he made a mistake at the penultimate corner and failed to improve.

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel only made one run in Q3, but that was only good enough for fourth spot.

Ricciardo therefore stole into second with a rapid final effort in his Red Bull, 0.055 seconds faster than Raikkonen’s Ferrari but over half a second down on Rosberg, who got through Q2 on soft tyres and can consequently start the race on a different strategy to the other frontrunning cars.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, fractionally slower than Vettel, while the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top six.

Sergio Perez was seventh fastest for Force India, ahead of the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen.

The second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top-10, but his team will likely be penalised for an unsafe release after his car shed its left front wheel in the dying minutes of Q2.

That prevented any drivers from completing second runs in this segment, and meant Felipe Massa’s Williams missed out on the top 10 by just 0.014s to Hulkenberg.

The two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean’s Haas, and the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr completed the top 16 in that order.

All were denied new-tyre second runs thanks to the Hulkenberg incident and therefore had to rely on the ‘banker’ times they set on used rubber at the start of Q2.

Alonso groaned repeatedly with exasperation when told over McLaren’s radio that he would have to abort his second run, while team-mate Button’s response was "are you kidding me?! One day we’ll show our true pace".

Kevin Magnussen’s Renault and the second Haas-Ferrari of Esteban Gutierrez both fell at the first hurdle of qualifying, thanks to late improvements from the Saubers.

Magnussen, who lost most of Friday’s dry running to a rear suspension problem, almost did enough with his final flying lap, but Nasr bumped him out by less than a hundredth of a second.

Gutierrez ended up 18th fastest, paying the price for Haas completing its second Q1 runs too early as the track improved.

The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer was nearly eight tenths slower in 19th, but well ahead of Rio Haryanto’s Manor-Mercedes.

Hamilton’s ERS problems meant he failed to set a time in qualifying, but he will start last on account of a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change ahead of this weekend.

Bahrain qualifying star Pascal Wehrlein also failed to set a time, after the Mercedes junior driver lost control of his slick-shod car over a wet patch on the start/finish straight and glanced the barriers in the early stages of Q1.

That accident caused a lengthy delay to the session as marshals attempted to dry out this part of the circuit with a track sweeper.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m35.402s

2

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

1m35.917s

0.515s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m35.972s

0.570s

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m36.246s

0.844s

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m36.296s

0.894s

6

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

1m36.399s

0.997s

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m36.865s

1.463s

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m36.881s

1.479s

9

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m37.194s

1.792s

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

11

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m37.347s

12

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m38.826s

13

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m39.093s

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m39.830s

15

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m40.742s

16

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m42.430s

17

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m38.673s

18

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m38.770s

19

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m39.528s

20

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

1m40.264s

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

22

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Da Autosport.com

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fastest in wet final Chinese GP practice

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel led the way in a final Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 practice sessions dominated by wet conditions at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Heavy rain throughout the morning meant the first car did not venture out on to the sodden track until 15 minutes into the hour-long session, with Valtteri Bottas serving as the guinea pig on full-wet tyres as many others looked on.

Despite standing water in some places, and obvious plumes of spray, come the halfway point the rain eased sufficiently for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to finally record the first laptime with a 2m00.812s .

At that stage team-mate Vettel had not even ventured out of the garage for an exploratory lap.

Vettel finally took to the track with 22 minutes remaining, and on intermediates, at a time when Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were also testing the inters.

Both Red Bulls set purple sectors – Ricciardo in the first, Kvyat in the second – before they aborted their laps and returned to the pits, highlighting the track was ready for that particular Pirelli compound.

At the same time, and on his first flying lap, Sainz temporarily went quickest on full wets, knocking Raikkonen off top spot by a second.

Behind him, however, and despite complaining at one stage of "issues", including being "stuck in first gear", Vettel comfortably went on to set the quickest time with a lap of 1m57.351s.

Vettel remained top of the timesheet through to the conclusion, with Bottas his nearest challenger, but 0.710s adrift.

Force India’s Sergio Perez was third quickest, but 1.338s down, followed by Sainz, the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer.

The Briton sustained a punctured right-rear full-wet tyre at one point in the session, and ventured off track on a couple of other occasions, but managed to recover to finish sixth fastest.

Team-mate Kevin Magnussen and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein were the only other drivers to finish with a time inside two minutes.

Just 14 drivers actually set a time, with Wehrlein’s Manor team-mate Rio Haryanto the last of those, but 5.3s off the pace.

The McLarens, Red Bulls, Mercedes and Haas’s Romain Grosjean only opted for installation laps, with world champion Lewis Hamilton posting just one.

Marcus Ericsson was in a similar position but not by choice – only making it out for a last-gasp installation lap following a technical problem on his Sauber.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m57.351s

3

2

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m58.061s

0.710s

7

3

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m58.689s

1.338s

4

4

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m58.800s

1.449s

9

5

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m59.526s

2.175s

7

6

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m59.677s

2.326s

7

7

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m59.761s

2.410s

9

8

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1m59.964s

2.613s

8

9

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

2m00.150s

2.799s

6

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

2m00.158s

2.807s

4

11

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

2m00.197s

2.846s

8

12

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

2m00.812s

3.461s

5

13

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

2m02.438s

5.087s

4

14

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

2m02.732s

5.381s

5

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

3

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

3

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

4

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

4

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1

Da Autosport.com

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