GP d’Italia, prove del sabato–03/09/2016
Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton dominates Monza qualifying
Lewis Hamilton comfortably claimed pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, after getting the best of a private battle for top spot with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes suffered no repeat of the super-soft tyre woes that hampered the team in qualifying at Spa last time out, and the updated Ferrari was not fast enough to challenge at its home track, so the Mercedes drivers were free to engage in a personal duel for pole at Monza.
Hamilton was nearly three tenths quicker than Rosberg after their first runs in Q3, and extended that gap to almost half a second with a mighty 1m21.135s effort on his second run.
Sebastian Vettel dragged his Ferrari below 1m22s on his final run, but that still left him more than three tenths of a second adrift of Rosberg in third.
Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was quicker than Vettel after their first runs in Q3, but failed to improve on his second set of tyres so slipped to fourth.
Valtteri Bottas was in fine form for Williams and pipped Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull to fifth by just 0.001s.
Max Verstappen rounded out the top seven in the second Red Bull, ahead of Force India pairing Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.
Esteban Gutierrez impressively got Haas into the top 10 in qualifying for the first time, but then endured a scrappy Q3 session.
He ran off track at the Lesmos on his first Q3 run and failed to better his Q2 time on his second, which left him 10th.
Felipe Massa failed to improve on his final run in Q2, so was bumped out of the top 10 by a fine lap from Gutierrez, plus marginally better times by both Force India drivers, and the Red Bulls abandoning plans to progress on the soft tyre and then turning in quicker super-soft laps at the death.
Massa wound up 11th fastest in a car fast enough for the top six, while the second Haas of Romain Grosjean found nearly half a second on its second Q2 run but this was only good enough for 12th.
He will drop a further five places on the grid thanks to a penalty for changing his gearbox after the final practice session.
Pascal Wehrlein impressively split McLaren-Honda’s past world champions with the 14th fastest time, just 0.042s slower than Fernando Alonso and 0.044s quicker than Jenson Button.
Carlos Sainz Jr managed to drag a sub-1m23.5s lap out of his underpowered Toro Rosso, but this was only good enough to make him the slowest driver in Q2, just under a tenth back from Button.
Daniil Kvyat joined the Saubers, Renaults and Esteban Ocon’s Manor in failing to escape Q1.
Kvyat swore furiously over team radio after missing the cut by just 0.042s, as Toro Rosso team-mate Sainz, both McLarens and Wehrlein’s Manor all made it through with last-gasp improvements.
Felipe Nasr was 18th fastest in the best of the Saubers, complaining an engine misfire cost him a shot at finding the two tenths he needed to make it through to Q2.
Team-mate Marcus Ericsson was just over a tenth slower in 19th, ahead of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen, who survived a big moment exiting the Ascari chicane on his final run.
Ocon’s car broke down on track for the second time this weekend, before he could set a time.
PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m22.389s||1.254s|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m22.411s||1.276s|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.814s||1.679s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.836s||1.701s|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m23.496s||–|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m23.825s||–|
Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops final F1 practice at Monza
Lewis Hamilton took control during the final Formula 1 practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Saturday morning.
Reigning champion Hamilton topped the timesheet in his Mercedes with a 1m22.008s, beating team-mate Nico Rosberg into second place by almost four tenths of a second.
Sebastian Vettel was Mercedes’ nearest rival, but 0.938s adrift, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was 1.141s off the pace with Ferrari’s upgraded engine for this weekend.
Come the end of FP3 Red Bull found itself fourth in the pecking order behind both Williams cars as Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa finished fifth and sixth quickest respectively, 1.492s and 1.639s down, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in close attendance.
A quiet start to the session was disrupted when Romain Grosjean slid off into the gravel at Ascari, from which he was unable to escape.
It resulted in a four-minute deployment of the virtual safety car while the Haas was removed, with Grosjean’s one-and-only timed run of 1m24.463s still good enough for 14th.
Ricciardo set the first notable timed lap of 1m23.709s on the super-softs that was swiftly usurped by Hamilton with a lap 0.853s quicker on soft tyres.
In between those two laps Rosberg found himself badly baulked by Verstappen in his Red Bull through the second chicane.
After Verstappen’s earlier skirmish, the 18-year-old then complained over the radio himself about being "blocked" by Renault’s Kevin Magnussen out of the exit of Ascari.
With 20 minutes remaining, and on a set of super-softs for the first time in the session, Rosberg posted the fastest time of 1m22.401s, but Hamilton again responded with a lap 0.393s faster.
The Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, who both complained about the balance of their cars on Friday, finished ninth and 11th – around two seconds down – sandwiching the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez.
The McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso could do no better than 12th and 17th respectively, the latter 2.650s adrift.
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1.701s||23|
|8||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1.732s||21|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1.909s||20|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||2.033s||21|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||2.232s||17|
|20||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||2.837s||17|