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GP Spagna, prove del sabato – 14/05/2016

Lewis Hamilton grabs Spanish Grand Prix from Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton stole pole position away from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg, as Ferrari slipped behind Red Bull during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Both Mercedes drivers made mistakes on their first runs in Q3, with Hamilton locking his brakes heavily at Turn 10.

But the reigning world champion recovered to bag pole on his second run by 0.280 seconds from team-mate Rosberg.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified third fastest for Red Bull, six tenths behind Rosberg’s Mercedes and just over two tenths clear of new team-mate Max Verstappen, who had split the Mercedes after the first runs in Q3.

Ferrari endured a disappointing session, after looking close to Mercedes’ pace in practice.

Kimi Raikkonen was fifth fastest, just 0.026s slower than Verstappen, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel qualified 0.221s further back in sixth.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas beat Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso to seventh spot by just over a tenth, with the Force India of Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda (the team in Q3 for the first time this season) rounding out the top 10.

Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India split the two McLaren-Hondas, failing to make the top-10 shootout by just 0.011s.

Jenson Button was 12th fastest, just under a tenth clear of Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat.

Romain Grosjean sat inside the top 10 after the first runs in Q2, but fell back to 14th after disappointingly failing to improve on his second run.

He was split from Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez by another impressive performance from Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, who qualified 15th fastest in his under-developed car.

The Williams of Felipe Massa fell unexpectedly in Q1, after he aborted his second run.

He ended up 19th fastest, just behind the Renault of Jolyon Palmer, who briefly looked set to make it through to Q2 before a late improvement by Button’s McLaren.

Palmer swore over team radio when informed he had just missed the cut.

Sauber and Manor brought up the rear of the grid.

Marcus Ericsson trailed Felipe Nasr after their first runs, but improved substantially on his second to finish 0.377s clear of his Sauber team-mate.

Pascal Wehrlein also turned tables on Manor team-mate Rio Haryanto during their second runs, with a lap that put him 0.194s clear of the Indonesian and less than two tenths shy of Nasr’s Sauber.

PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m22.000s

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m22.280s

0.280s

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m22.680s

0.680s

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1m23.087s

1.087s

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m23.113s

1.113s

6

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m23.334s

1.334s

7

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m23.522s

1.522s

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m23.643s

1.643s

9

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m23.782s

1.782s

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m23.981s

1.981s

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m24.203s

12

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m24.348s

13

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m24.445s

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m24.480s

15

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m24.625s

16

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m24.778s

17

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m24.903s

18

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m24.941s

19

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m25.202s

20

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m25.579s

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1m25.745s

22

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

1m25.939s

Da Autosport.com

Spanish Grand Prix practice: Rosberg fastest, Ferrari still close

Championship leader Nico Rosberg set the pace in final Formula 1 practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, but Ferrari remained hot on Mercedes’ heels ahead of qualifying.

The German clocked a 1m23.078s with his first flying lap of the day on the soft tyres and that remained unbeaten in the one-hour session.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton was just 0.126s adrift with Sebastian Vettel proving Ferrari’s pace with a time just 0.147s slower than Rosberg.

On their qualifying simulations, Hamilton and Vettel set fastest first and second sectors but both lost time in the final sector.

Rosberg abandoned his first attempt at a late qualifying run on the soft tyres when his car went into protective limp mode.

Mercedes found it was a sensor problem and resolved it in time to get him out for the final few minutes of the session.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen outperformed team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on his first weekend with the team as he went fourth quickest.

The teenager, who swapped places with Daniil Kvyat, was 0.641s off the pace, just under a tenth ahead of Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez, who said on Friday the Force India had improved "everywhere" following an update.

Kvyat, in his first weekend back with Toro Rosso, was quicker than team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr in ninth with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.

Nico Hulkenberg was 11th, ahead of Felipe Massa with Romain Grosjean the leading Haas in 14th place.

Jenson Button failed to set a lap time until the second half of the session and ultimately ended the morning 15th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Gutierrez.

Jolyon Palmer was 18th ahead of the two Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson and the Manor duo of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto.

FP3 TIMES

Pos

Driver

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m23.078s

15

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

0.126s

11

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

0.147s

16

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

0.641s

10

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

0.738s

9

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1.032s

13

7

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1.278s

14

8

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1.394s

15

9

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1.475s

13

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1.477s

13

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1.507s

15

12

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1.543s

15

13

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1.617s

21

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1.903s

13

15

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1.973s

13

16

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

2.022s

12

17

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

2.052s

17

18

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

2.298s

13

19

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

2.305s

22

20

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

2.323s

24

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

3.019s

13

22

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

3.173s

19

Da Autosport.com

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