GP Malesya, prove del sabato–01/10/2016
Lewis Hamilton on F1 pole position for Malaysian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton scored a comfortable pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, as championship leader Nico Rosberg salvaged a front row start from a troubled end to qualifying.
Hamilton clocked a 1m32.850s best on his first run in Q3, which proved easily good enough for pole, despite Hamilton having to abort his second run in Q3.
His Mercedes team-mate Rosberg eventually qualified second fastest, over four tenths adrift of his title rival.
The points leader was only fifth fastest after the first runs, having run wide at Turn 6, but he rallied later to beat Max Verstappen’s Red Bull to a front row spot by 0.156 seconds, despite another moment at the final corner.
Daniel Ricciardo was only 0.017s slower in the second Red Bull, while Ferrari locked out the third row of the grid, with Sebastian Vettel beating Kimi Raikkonen to fifth by less than half a tenth of a second.
The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completed a quartet of row lockouts at the front of the grid by qualifying seventh and eighth, just ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren and Felipe Massa’s Williams.
Button made it through to Q3 with a fine late effort that, along with improvements from the Force India pair, meant the Williams of Valtteri Bottas missed the cut by just 0.039s, as Bottas failed to improve on his second Q2 run.
Romain Grosjean beat Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez to the 12th fastest time by less than a tenth, while Kevin Magnussen did an excellent job to qualify his Renault 14th fastest, having missed most of Friday practice after his car caught fire in the pits in FP1.
A late improvement from Daniil Kvyat meant he beat Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr to 15th on the grid by just 0.005s.
This was the first time Kvyat has out-qualified Sainz since June’s European GP in Azerbaijan.
Jolyon Palmer’s Renault and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda joined the Saubers and Manors in exiting the fray after Q1.
Given Magnussen’s performance Palmer had a realistic shot at making Q2, but his final lap of the session was scrappy and he ended up dropping behind the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr into 19th place.
Esteban Ocon out-qualified Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein for the first time, beating him to the 20th fastest time by 0.136s.
Alonso completed a cursory run on medium tyres in his McLaren, knowing he will start at the back of the grid regardless owing to a 45-place grid penalty for various illegal engine component swaps.
MALAYSIAN GP GRID
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.420s||0.570s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.467s||0.617s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.319s||1.469s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.489s||1.639s|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m35.369s||2.519s|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m35.374s||2.524s|
Malaysian GP: Hamilton fastest in final free practice at Sepang
Lewis Hamilton put in a convincing performance to set the fastest time in the final free practice session ahead of the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Hamilton topped the timesheets at the end of the hour-long session at Sepang with a time of 1m34.434s, almost half a second faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Halfway through proceedings, Hamilton was quickest on Pirelli’s medium tyres with a 1m35.612s, seven tenths faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg on the same compound.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who had endured an unusually off-the-pace Friday, then went fastest by 0.151s from Hamilton, albeit on the soft rubber.
Three quarters of the way through the session, Rosberg went fastest with a lap of 1m35.293s on the soft compound.
But the winner of the last three grands prix was swiftly deposed by Hamilton by 0.8s on his qualifying simulation lap on softs, and although Rosberg managed a second hot lap on his own set of softs, he could only get to within 0.619s.
The championship leader was then demoted to third as Verstappen managed to split the Mercedes pair to close to within 0.445s of Hamilton.
Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth quickest respectively, albeit seven tenths of a second off the pace, with Ricciardo down in sixth, just over a second adrift.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who will start at the back of the grid on Sunday after taking a 45-place grid penalty for various Honda power unit component changes, ended up last and almost seven seconds down.
Alonso has reverted to the power unit used in Belgium, with McLaren eager not to over exert it ahead of a qualifying session in which he will do only one lap to be within 107%.
The final corner, which was criticised by a number of drivers following Friday’s sessions given its reprofiling as on off-camber corner, again proved problematic.
Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez was the first to suffer a major moment, spinning after losing the rear on entry – just falling short of the gravel – forcing Rosberg to back off on what would have been his best lap using the medium Pirellis.
With drivers forced to take an unusual line through the corner as they are unable to hug the apex, Vettel – who had described the turn as "mean" – was the next to spin after over committing slightly, wiping out a marker bollard in the process.
Force India’s Sergio Perez also fell foul of Turn 15, suffering a big lock up that resulted in him ending the session down in 11th.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES:
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes||1m34.434s||–||16|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull/Renault||1m34.879s||0.445s||14|
|3||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes||1m35.053s||0.619s||16|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||1m35.150s||0.716s||15|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||1m35.170s||0.736s||14|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.461s||1.027s||22|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.776s||1.342s||16|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing||Williams/Mercedes||1m35.902s||1.468s||17|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m36.222s||1.788s||18|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing||Williams/Mercedes||1m36.227s||1.793s||20|
|11||Sergio Perez||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.259s||1.825s||15|
|12||Jenson Button||McLaren Honda||McLaren/Honda||1m36.363s||1.929s||11|
|13||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas F1 Team||Haas/Ferrari||1m36.553s||2.119s||14|
|14||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team||Renault||1m36.604s||2.170s||20|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||Haas/Ferrari||1m36.687s||2.253s||15|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Renault Sport F1 Team||Renault||1m36.741s||2.307s||19|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m36.752s||2.318s||20|
|18||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber/Ferrari||1m36.765s||2.331s||19|
|19||Felipe Nasr||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber/Ferrari||1m37.106s||2.672s||18|
|20||Esteban Ocon||Manor Racing MRT||Manor/Mercedes||1m37.961s||3.527s||17|
|21||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor Racing MRT||Manor/Mercedes||1m38.089s||3.655s||13|
|22||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||McLaren/Honda||1m41.199s||6.765s||15|