GP Malesya, prove libere venerdì–30/09/2016
Malaysian GP: Lewis Hamilton fastest in second F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to the fastest time in second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion clocked a 1m34.944s on the soft tyres to outpace Rosberg by 0.233s with Sebastian Vettel four tenths further back.
Drivers struggled with low grip levels early in FP2 on Sepang’s brand new surface, with track temperatures soaring to 56C, but conditions improved as more rubber was put down.
Hamilton set the early pace on the hard tyres, clocking a 1m35.956s, six tenths quicker than Rosberg on the same rubber.
They then switched to the soft tyres for qualifying simulations with Hamilton edging out his team-mate again.
Attention then switched to gathering long run data for Sunday’s race with the Mercedes duo running all three compounds between them.
Kimi Raikkonen reported there was "something not correct with the car" and retreated back to the pits so his Ferrari team could investigate.
The Finn rejoined and set the fourth quickest time on his second attempt on the softs, 0.2s adrift of team-mate Vettel.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fifth quickest, one second off the pace, ahead of Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso.
Alonso continued to run Honda’s updated power unit, after encountering a smooth session in FP1, but the plan is to revert to the previous spec for the remainder of the weekend.
Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Jenson Button completed the top 10.
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer was 12th, 1.996s off the pace, while his team did a good job to repair team-mate Kevin Magnussen’s car and get the Dane out midway through the session.
He did not set a timed lap in FP1 after his car was heavily damaged when it caught fire in the pitlane after his installation laps.
But he managed 19 laps in FP2, including a qualifying simulation on soft tyres, to end the session 19th.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.037s||1.093s||29|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.284s||1.340s||33|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.337s||1.393s||30|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.390s||1.446s||37|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m36.836s||1.892s||30|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m37.297s||2.353s||29|
Malaysian GP: Nico Rosberg leads fire-disrupted Friday practice one
In-form Nico Rosberg emerged easily quickest from a dramatic first Formula 1 practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix in which Kevin Magnussen’s Renault was involved in a pitlane blaze.
Rosberg, who has won the last three races to regain the championship lead by eight points from Lewis Hamilton, led the way with a lap of 1m35.227s, finishing 0.494 seconds clear of his Mercedes team-mate.
But the main drama came just seven minutes into the session when Magnussen was forced to leap from his Renault after it burst into flames upon completion of his second installation lap.
As Magnussen escaped unharmed, Renault personnel attacked the fire with extinguishers.
But just as it appeared to have been doused, it erupted again as a flammable liquid was seeping from the airbox.
Attempts to remove the engine cover were thwarted as that part of the car continued to reignite, forcing the FIA to red flag the session.
Mechanics managed to attach a hose to the fuel connector in a bid to drain the car, its yellow livery turning white given the amount of extinguisher foam needed to control the flames.
The mechanics eventually managed to take off the engine cover and apply cooling fans before finally wheeling the car back into the garage 15 minutes after the fire had started.
Overall, 20 minutes were lost before the session was restarted.
Ordinarily, teams are forced to give back one set of Pirelli tyres after 40 minutes, but given the circumstances that period was extended until 55 minutes in.
On a circuit resurfaced earlier this year, Rosberg was the first to post a representative time of 1m35.793s, with Hamilton’s first flier just five thousandths of a second adrift, with both on soft tyres.
Rosberg then lowered his best time by over half a second with a lap that would remain unbeaten in the session, leaving Hamilton some way off his pace.
It was not an error-free session for Rosberg, as he ran wide and onto the gravel at Turn 11 with 16 minutes remaining.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr had done likewise at the same spot earlier in the session, visiting the gravel and then the grass before finding an escape route back to the track.
Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished third and fourth, both just over a second back on soft tyres, with the latter having bemoaned severe vibrations under braking soon after the session restarted.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who will take a 30-place grid penalty on Sunday for a power unit change, was fifth quickest, 1.383s back, ahead of Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, whose best laps were on medium tyres.
Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, along with the second McLaren of Jenson Button, completed the top 10, with the trio all over two seconds down.
PRACTICE ONE TIMES:
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.753s||1.526s||27|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.973s||1.746s||26|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.513s||2.286s||26|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.601s||2.374s||27|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m37.847s||2.620s||29|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m38.055s||2.828s||25|