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GP Austria, prove libere venerdì–01/07/2016

F1 Austrian GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg fastest as rain interrupts FP2

Nico Rosberg edged out Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton to lead a storm-hit, second Austrian Grand Prix practice session.

The championship leader finished six tenths off his Friday morning benchmark, with Hamilton 0.019 seconds behind, although on a dry track at the end of the session Rosberg set faster times in sectors one and two on the ultra-soft tyres before aborting the lap.

Hamilton had one scare late on when he was on a flying lap, only to brake hard as he came upon a heavily slowing Esteban Gutierrez in his Haas.

Just eight minutes into the session, and with Rosberg leading the way with a lap of 1m07.967s that remained unbeaten, a heavy rainstorm swept in from the eastern side of the circuit.

Over the first few minutes Turns 8 and 9 became drenched, while the rest of the track from Turns 1 to 7 remained dry, the conditions naturally catching out many in the final sector as they attempted to return to the pits.

The driving rain was accompanied by strong winds for around 10 minutes as it eventually made its way across the remainder of the circuit.

Once it finally passed after almost half an hour, it left teams and drivers playing a waiting game for the track to start to dry.

Daniel Ricciardo was the first to test the conditions on intermediate tyres just past the halfway point of the session, and over the next 10 minutes was followed by almost the entire field.

With just under 20 minutes remaining and with the majority of the track then dry, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the first out on slicks, turning to the ultra-softs, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen followed him out on super-softs.

Vettel, who will receive a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, eventually finished fourth quickest behind Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, but ending the session by sliding off the track and into the gravel at Turn 2.

Raikkonen had earlier gone off track at Turn 5 after just five minutes, firing across the gravel and into a spin from which he just avoided hitting a barrier, before taking an infield escape road to return to the circuit.

The Finn finished eighth overall, just under nine tenths of a second adrift of Rosberg, with Red Bull duo Ricciardo and Max Verstappen sandwiching the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz between the Ferraris.

Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso occupied the next three places, with the latter far from impressed with his running on intermediates when the track was wet.

Told by his team "You can stay out if you want, but if you’re not learning anything you can box", Alonso replied: "I have not been learning anything for the last half an hour."

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m07.967s 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m07.986s 0.019s 19
3 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m08.580s 0.613s 28
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m08.589s 0.622s 25
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m08.649s 0.682s 30
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m08.713s 0.746s 32
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m08.761s 0.794s 20
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m08.820s 0.853s 23
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m08.941s 0.974s 24
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m08.994s 1.027s 30
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m09.075s 1.108s 26
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m09.184s 1.217s 17
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m09.207s 1.240s 26
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m09.226s 1.259s 32
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m09.525s 1.558s 19
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m10.020s 2.053s 23
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m10.034s 2.067s 20
18 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m10.138s 2.171s 16
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m10.140s 2.173s 19
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m10.400s 2.433s 31
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m10.444s 2.477s 22
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m11.328s 3.361s 25

Da Autosport.com



F1 Austrian GP: Rosberg leads Mercedes team-mate Hamilton in FP1

Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The German clocked a 1m07.373s on the ultra-soft tyres to finish 0.357 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a further three tenths adrift.

Hamilton set the early pace on the super-soft tyres but was then usurped by Rosberg, who went 0.642s quicker.

Hamilton then had a spin at Turn 3 and as his car slid back onto the track, Romain Grosjean spun to the inside to avoid contact.

When attention switched to the ultra-soft tyres, Rosberg improved his leading time to a 1m07.644s and then after a cool down lap went nearly three tenths quicker again.

The German, whose leading time was 1.1s quicker than last year’s pole lap, then had an off-track excursion when he slid into the gravel at Turn 3 before rejoining.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest, two tenths slower than team-mate Vettel, who did not run the second-generation halo cockpit protection device as anticipated.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, one of a number of drivers to skate off track, was fifth having set his time on the super-soft tyres and Carlos Sainz Jr sixth.

Ricciardo survived a wild moment as Marcus Ericsson got sideways as he tried to stay to the inside of Turn 8 to take the pit entry and slid his Sauber across the white line.

The Australian, who was on the outside, got out of shape and took to the run-off, saying on team radio that "it wasn’t his fault" but Ericsson was put under investigation by the stewards.

Felipe Massa was the leading Williams in seventh, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who had a messy session.

The teenager lost his left-front endplate after bouncing over the raised exit kerb at Turn 8 and told his team the kerbs were "dangerous".

He then ran wide and hit them again at Turn 6, damaging his steering, which sent him into the gravel to end his session early.

Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas completed the top 10.

Grosjean made a late improvement to move up to 11th, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and the two McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m07.373s 37
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m07.730s 0.357s 34
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m08.022s 0.649s 28
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m08.222s 0.849s 31
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m08.528s 1.155s 35
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m08.803s 1.430s 34
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m08.824s 1.451s 39
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m08.962s 1.589s 21
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m08.990s 1.617s 32
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m08.998s 1.625s 40
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m09.078s 1.705s 34
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m09.280s 1.907s 43
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m09.365s 1.992s 31
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m09.567s 2.194s 30
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m09.707s 2.334s 24
16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m09.775s 2.402s 34
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m09.851s 2.478s 28
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m09.929s 2.556s 35
19 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m10.110s 2.737s 20
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m10.314s 2.941s 26
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m10.493s 3.120s 21
22 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m10.860s 3.487s 37

Da Autosport.com

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