A proposito di Kimi

GP USA, prove libere venerdì–21/10/2016

US GP practice: Nico Rosberg fastest ahead of Daniel Ricciardo

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second practice for Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix, but Daniel Ricciardo resisted Lewis Hamilton and prevented a Mercedes one-two.

In a reversal of form from the morning session, championship leader Rosberg lapped nearly three tenths quicker than F1 title rival Hamilton during their qualifying simulations on the super-soft Pirelli tyre.

But Ricciardo sprang a surprise by splitting the pair with a 1m37.552s effort that placed his Red Bull within two tenths of a second of the leading Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest for Ferrari, over half a second adrift of Hamilton.

Max Verstappen was fifth in the second Red Bull, while Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, and McLaren-Honda duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, all lapped faster than Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which rounded out the top 10.

Raikkonen complained about the handling of the rear end of his Ferrari, and went off during his qualifying simulation, so had to rely on a second effort completed on the same set of tyres, which was only fractionally quicker than he managed on the soft compound early in the session.

Carlos Sainz Jr was the last man to lap below 1m39s, ending up 11th quickest in the underpowered Toro Rosso.

Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Nasr also impressed, lapping 12th and 13th quickest for Renault and Sauber respectively.

That put them clear of Williams pairing Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who were split by the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.

Haas endured another difficult session at its home race, with Romain Grosjean only 18th fastest and team-mate Esteban Gutierrez 20th, behind Esteban Ocon’s Manor, which recovered well after an early spin into the gravel at Turn 17.

Grosjean complained that he could "barely drive the car", struggling particularly with the front end of his Haas.

Marcus Ericsson was 21st, over a second slower than team-mate Nasr, while Pascal Wehrlein ended up slowest of all runners, complaining of too much understeer in his Manor.

He returned to the track later and set improved times in the first and second sectors, but failed to complete the lap on each occasion so remained rooted to the bottom of the timesheet.

There was a brief red flag interruption just as the higher fuel long runs began, so marshals could clear some debris that fell from one of the Haas cars through the high-speed esses.

Gutierrez’s car appeared to shed more bits later on through the same section of the circuit, something that also occurred during a troubled morning session for the Haas team.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.358s 33
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.552s 0.194s 33
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.649s 0.291s 32
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.178s 0.820s 35
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m38.258s 0.900s 27
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.508s 1.150s 32
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.568s 1.210s 31
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.713s 1.355s 29
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.801s 1.443s 30
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.865s 1.507s 31
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.971s 1.613s 31
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m39.159s 1.801s 23
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.189s 1.831s 28
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.197s 1.839s 34
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m39.202s 1.844s 36
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.281s 1.923s 30
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.455s 2.097s 34
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.554s 2.196s 24
19 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m40.086s 2.728s 27
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m40.114s 2.756s 26
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.219s 2.861s 28
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m41.131s 3.773s 31

Da Autosport.com

US GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg in first practice

Lewis Hamilton edged Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg in first practice ahead of the United States Grand Prix as Mercedes started the weekend well clear of its rivals.

Hamilton finished 0.315s clear of Rosberg at Austin, posting a lap of 1m37.428s, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third quickest, but a further 1.6s adrift, albeit on the medium compound.

The leading times from Hamilton and Rosberg were set on Pirelli’s soft compound tyres, beating their early times on the super-soft as the track improved during the first 90 minutes of F1 running.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the early pace on soft tyres with a 1m42.738s before being deposed by Rosberg by 2.1s, with the championship leader the first to try the super-softs at the time.

Rosberg remained top for only a handful of minutes as Hamilton became the first to dip below the 1m40s mark with his first run on super-softs.

While Hamilton continued to lower the benchmark, just before the hour mark Rosberg then reclaimed top spot with a 1m37.743s on softs, but Hamilton produced a lap soon after that remained unbeaten.

Raikkonen finished fourth quickest, improving to a 1m39.407s ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who recently confirmed he is Renault bound in 2017.

Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo were sixth and seventh best, the latter finishing 2.535s adrift on used mediums, with Sebastian Vettel down in seventh on softs.

At one stage Vettel ran wide at the penultimate corner, his Ferrari rattling over the rumble strips resulting in a piece of bodywork shaking loose, colliding with his right wing mirror in the process and dislodging it.

For the lap that followed Vettel drove with one hand as he used his left to stop the wing mirror from falling off.

Toro Rosso duo Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10, both 2.7s down and separated by just nine thousandths of a second on the super-soft compound, with the latter complaining of understeer.

On home soil for their team, Haas pair Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez finished 14th and 15th, 3.5s off the pace.

Their session ended in unusual fashion as both had to be wheeled back into the garage from the end of the pitlane where they had come to a stop.

There was an outing for two reserve drivers, with Force India’s Alfonso Celis Jr – in for Sergio Perez – four seconds down in 17th.

Manor’s Jordan King, in his maiden practice outing and replacing Pascal Wehrlein, was 20th, 4.584s adrift.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.428s 25
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.743s 0.315s 27
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m39.379s 1.951s 28
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m39.407s 1.979s 21
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.712s 2.284s 27
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.776s 2.348s 30
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m39.963s 2.535s 26
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m39.988s 2.560s 15
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m40.131s 2.703s 16
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m40.140s 2.712s 26
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.191s 2.763s 27
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.287s 2.859s 16
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m40.362s 2.934s 26
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m40.826s 3.398s 15
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m40.970s 3.542s 15
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.170s 3.742s 17
17 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m41.422s 3.994s 27
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m41.663s 4.235s 21
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m41.942s 4.514s 22
20 Jordan King Manor/Mercedes 1m42.012s 4.584s 29
21 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m42.332s 4.904s 31
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m43.874s 6.446s 27

Da Autosport.com


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