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GP Singapore, prove libere venerdì–16/09/2016

Singapore GP F1 practice: Rosberg fastest, problems for Hamilton

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second Singapore Grand Prix practice as his Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton’s session was cut short by a hydraulic issue.

Rosberg clocked a 1m44.152s on the ultra-soft tyres to finish 0.245 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen a tenth further adrift in third.

Hamilton led the way in the early stages with a 1m45.275s on the super-softs, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen.

But he locked up heavily into Turn 1 on his qualifying simulation, skating into the run-off before rejoining and switching his focus to gathering long-run data.

The Briton, who ended up seventh, then pitted and climbed out of his car with just under half an hour to go.

Mercedes confirmed Hamilton’s car had a "small hydraulic issue" and after investigating the problem, the team said it could not be resolved in time to get the car back together and called an end to his session.

Rosberg raised concerns over brake problems in the final few minutes, but continued until the end of the session.

Ricciardo spent a chunk of the session in the garage after he clipped the wall and spun at Turn 11 before rejoining and setting the quickest middle sector to finish fourth.

Sebastian Vettel ended up fifth, 1.009s off the pace and seven tenths slower than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was sixth and nearly a second clear of his team-mate Sergio Perez in 11th.

Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso both clipped the wall but continued to finish eighth and ninth respectively with Daniil Kvyat completing the top 10.

Williams had a low-key session, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas 14th and 15th respectively.

Romain Grosjean, who early in the session complained about the brakes being inconsistent, spun into the wall at the final corner, causing significant damage to his rear wing.

The Frenchman failed to complete a qualifying simulation and managed just 12 laps as he finished 19th.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m44.152s 34
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m44.427s 0.275s 34
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m44.532s 0.380s 29
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m44.557s 0.405s 26
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m45.161s 1.009s 33
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m45.182s 1.030s 35
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m45.275s 1.123s 10
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m45.507s 1.355s 33
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m45.779s 1.627s 30
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m46.029s 1.877s 35
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m46.063s 1.911s 26
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m46.574s 2.422s 30
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m46.727s 2.575s 36
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m46.856s 2.704s 30
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m46.960s 2.808s 30
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m47.161s 3.009s 30
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m47.166s 3.014s 34
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.531s 3.379s 29
19 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m48.391s 4.239s 12
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.487s 4.335s 32
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m48.505s 4.353s 33
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m48.823s 4.671s 29

Da Autosport.com

Max Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in Singapore GP practice

Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in first Singapore Grand Prix practice, while Formula 1 world championship contender Nico Rosberg crashed.

The Marina Bay street circuit is tipped by Red Bull’s rivals to suit the RB12 and Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo lived up to the team’s ‘favourite’ status.

Verstappen ultimately finished quickest with a 1m45.823s lap, 0.049 seconds ahead of his team-mate, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third but almost half a second down. All three drivers used Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyre.

Mercedes struggled at this circuit last year, failing to get the tyres working. Lewis Hamilton – who began the session by trialling the halo for the first time – and Nico Rosberg ended 2016’s opening practice down in fourth and fifth.

But their times – 0.603s and 0.690s respectively off the pace – were on soft tyres, the hardest of the three compounds available this weekend.

When all the drivers were running on ultra-softs, and on high fuel, earlier in the session, there was little too choose between Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes.

Within three minutes of the session starting, Jenson Button’s McLaren ground to a halt on track with a fuel system fault, stopping within sight of the pit entry and prompting a virtual safety car.

After being given the green light by race control, two marshals then pushed Button’s car back into the pits.

Button eventually returned to the track at the midpoint of the session, but finished 16th and 3.792s adrift of Verstappen, with team-mate Fernando Alonso 11th and 1.4s down.

Once the track cleared for Button’s incident, Rosberg set the initial benchmark time with a lap of 1m47.936s on the ultra-soft that was soon bettered by Hamilton by half a second.

A marginal improvement followed from Hamilton just prior to the half-hour mark before he was deposed from top spot by Verstappen by 0.034s.

Midway through the session Rosberg then produced a superb lap on the softs to lead the way by 0.822s from Verstappen.

The lead then quickly changed hands three further times, as Vettel, Verstappen and Ricciardo posted the best times, but unlike Rosberg, all were on ultra-softs.

On his soft tyre run, Hamilton managed to get the edge over his team-mate by 0.054s, with a lap of 1m46.426s for an eventual fourth place.

It was then Verstappen who had the final say to leapfrog Ricciardo into top spot just past the hour-mark.

Late drama followed with 13 minutes to go when Rosberg locked up into Turn 18 on the approach to Anderson Bridge, breaking the front wing as he hit the wall before reversing and cruising back to the pits.

Romain Grosjean finished bottom of the standings and without a time to his name due to the Haas suffering low intake pressure due to a suspected leak.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m45.823s 25
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m45.872s 0.049s 27
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m46.287s 0.464s 22
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m46.426s 0.603s 24
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m46.513s 0.690s 22
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.890s 1.067s 20
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m46.936s 1.113s 28
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m47.683s 1.860s 29
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m48.044s 2.221s 27
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m48.109s 2.286s 23
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m48.202s 2.379s 21
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m48.214s 2.391s 28
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m48.359s 2.536s 28
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m48.453s 2.630s 26
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.595s 3.772s 16
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m49.615s 3.792s 20
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m49.794s 3.971s 27
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m50.263s 4.440s 29
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m51.112s 5.289s 23
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m51.479s 5.656s 16
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m52.379s 6.556s 33
22 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 2

Da Autosport.com


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