GP Gran Bretagna, prove del sabato–09/07/2016
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on pole after track limits scare
Lewis Hamilton claimed British Grand Prix pole position for the Mercedes Formula 1 team, despite having a time deleted for a track limits offence in Q3.
The reigning F1 world champion was almost three tenths of a second faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg after their first runs in Q3 at Silverstone, but had his provisional pole lap scrubbed for running wide at Copse, after officials promised a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to track limits transgressions ahead of the session.
Hamilton bounced back on his final run, going another half a tenth faster to grab pole for his home grand prix, again just over three tenths clear of Rosberg.
Red Bull locked out the second row of the grid, with Max Verstappen outqualifying team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time, by 0.305s.
Ferrari was next up, Kimi Raikkonen well clear of Sebastian Vettel. The German survived a massive slide at Stowe on his best lap in Q3, but will fall back to 11th when a gearbox-change penalty is applied.
Vettel’s lap was still enough to leave him 0.067s clear of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, while Fernando Alonso put his McLaren-Honda eighth fastest before his best time was deleted for running off track at Stowe.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg also had his best time deleted (for running wide at Copse) after the session ended, so Carlos Sainz Jr claimed eighth place for Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg was demoted to ninth, Alonso 10th.
Sergio Perez narrowly missed the top-10 cut-off after a flurry of late improvements in Q2.
He trailed Force India team-mate Hulkenberg by just over a tenth.
Felipe Massa ended up a disappointing 12th in the second Williams, just ahead of Haas pair Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez, and the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.
Both Grosjean and Kvyat failed to improve during their second runs in Q2, with Kvyat complaining of being blocked by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault.
Magnussen put Renault into Q2 for the first time since May’s Spanish GP, despite having a time deleted for a track limits offence in Q1.
Magnussen’s 16th place on the grid came at the expense of McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button, who failed to escape Q1 after deciding not to do a second run.
Button’s first run was over half a second slower than team-mate Alonso, and left him only a few tenths clear of the drop zone.
Late improvements from Kvyat and Magnussen (who pipped Button by just 0.059s) meant the British driver wound up only 17th fastest in a car that should have been comfortably good enough for Q2.
Jolyon Palmer was the fastest Renault driver after the first runs in Q1 (despite both having times deleted for track limits offences), but failed to improve on his second run so ended up 18th.
Rio Haryanto pipped Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein to the 19th fastest time, while Sauber will bring up the rear of the grid.
Felipe Nasr was slowest of the runners and Marcus Ericsson failed to participate in qualifying after crashing heavily in final practice and going to hospital for precautionary checks.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.313s||1.026s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.618s||1.331s|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m31.989s||2.702s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.172s||2.885s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.875s||–|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.306s||–|
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops disrupted final F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of fastest times in practice ahead of the British Grand Prix, with the final session blighted by a heavy shunt involving Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.
Hamilton had just set the quickest time of the weekend to date at Silverstone, with a lap of 1m31.234s, when Ericsson lost control of his car on the exit of Stowe with 22 minutes of the hour-long session remaining.
Ericsson skidded across the track and grass before spearing into the inside barrier nose first, a hit that dislodged the steering wheel in the process, spinning him around before he finally came to rest back on the track.
After the wrecked car was cleared and returned to the pits on the back of flatbed truck, lengthy barrier repairs were undertaken that led to the session being unable to restart until five minutes before the end.
That was enough time for what turned into an effective qualifying session, one ‘won’ by Hamilton with a 1m30.964s on a set of new soft tyres, beating Rosberg by 0.063s.
The duo were again comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack, spearheaded by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, but 0.584s adrift, followed by team-mate Max Verstappen, a further 0.073s down.
Sebastian Vettel took fifth spot in his Ferrari, albeit 1.145s off the pace, with the German driver ending the session with a worrying message back to the team saying "OK, I think we failed the gearbox again," as he gesticulated in the car at the end of his final lap.
A rain shower 30 minutes before the green light for FP3 – that swiftly passed through – led to a damp start.
The majority of drivers performed exploratory laps on intermediate or wet tyres, and it was not until 14 minutes in that Force India duo Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg became the first to venture out on slick rubber, both using the mediums.
It was Rosberg, though, in need of track time after sitting out all of FP2 as Mercedes did not want to lose an engine after discovering a water leak at the start, who set the pace early on running hard tyres.
Vettel then took over top spot with a 1m33.203s on medium tyres just before the half-hour mark as the track dried, and with it the times tumbled.
Rosberg then initially set the quickest time with a lap of 1m31.331s that was quickly beaten by Hamilton by 0.045s, and then 0.093s on the world champion’s next attempt.
Ericsson’s shunt followed before the late five-minute blast, but with Hamilton on top heading into qualifying.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.584s||6|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.657s||7|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.894s||14|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.985s||10|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||2.457s||13|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||2.634s||10|