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.
PRACTICE TWO TIMES:
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.532s||0.380s||29|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.557s||0.405s||26|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m45.182s||1.030s||35|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m45.507s||1.355s||33|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m46.029s||1.877s||35|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m46.063s||1.911s||26|
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.
PRACTICE ONE TIMES:
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m45.823s||–||25|
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m45.872s||0.049s||27|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m46.936s||1.113s||28|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m47.683s||1.860s||29|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.214s||2.391s||28|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.359s||2.536s||28|