GP Messico, prove del sabato–29/10/2016
Lewis Hamilton takes Mexican GP F1 pole position
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1’s Mexican Grand Prix, while Nico Rosberg climbed from fourth to second with his final lap.
Hamilton did a time good enough for pole position on his first run in the Q3 top 10-shootout and was unable to improve on his second attempt.
But Rosberg had the most to do on his second runs, as he was initially only fourth fastest, behind Hamilton and Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
With all drivers using super-softs during Q3, Verstappen and Ricciardo were only able to make tiny improvements on their second runs in an attempt to consolidate second and third places.
Rosberg, who has had a tough weekend, managed to do enough on his final run to jump to second, one tenth faster than Verstappen.
Nobody was able to challenge Verstappen and Ricciardo for second-row slots, with Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg’s first run in Q3 good enough for fifth place.
Ferrari had a disappointing session, with Kimi Raikkonen unable to improve on his first run time and ending up sixth and Sebastian Vettel moving from eighth to seventh on his last run as the team struggled to find grip with an increase in track temperature near the end.
Williams pairing Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were eighth and ninth, with Carlos Sainz Jr completing the top 10.
The two Mercedes drivers, as well as the two Ferrari drivers, will start the race on the soft-compound Pirellis having set their fastest times in Q2 using the slower rubber.
Raikkonen did go out on super-softs in Q2, but did not improve on his soft time.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso missed out on a place in Q3 by 0.113s seconds to Sainz, and will start 11th.
Home hero Sergio Perez was unable to improve his laptime on his second run using super-softs, having set a time ultimately good enough for 12th using the softs.
Jenson Button took 13th in the second McLaren ahead of Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.
Wehrlein had earlier put in a stellar last lap on a third run in Q1 to reach Q2.
Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez was fastest of those eliminated in Q1 having spun in the Esses while trying to improve on his final flying lap.
Although he held 16th place at the time, Wehrlein’s late effort then bumped him down to 18th place.
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was only able to complete one four-lap run, reporting a total loss of power and returning to the pits and not running again thanks to an electrical problem.
Felipe Nasr was 19th ahead of the Manor of Esteban Ocon, while Romain Grosjean in the second Haas had a trouble session.
Grosjean was unable to post a laptime on his first run after locking up and going off at Turn 12, before being called back into the pits because he didn’t have enough fuel to do another run.
Although he did set a time during a seven-lap run on his second set of super-softs, he was unable to threaten the top 16 and lost time on his final attempt when Gutierrez spun in front of him.
Jolyon Palmer was unable to participate in qualifying after suffering chassis damage from clouting a kerb during Saturday morning practice.
MEXICAN GP GRID
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.054s||0.350s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.133s||0.429s|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.330s||0.626s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m20.378s||1.674s|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.287s||1.583s|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m21.454s||2.750s|
Mexican GP practice: Max Verstappen fastest for Red Bull in FP3
Max Verstappen set the pace in final practice for the Mexican Grand Prix, in a session where several Formula 1 qualifying simulation runs were affected by traffic.
In a tricky final 15 minutes at the Mexico City track when finding a clear lap was at a premium, Verstappen managed to find enough space to post a time of 1m19.127s.
As at the end of Friday practice, Lewis Hamilton had to settle for second quickest, finishing 0.094s adrift of the Dutchman after being 0.004s down on Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in FP2.
Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was a quarter of a second back in third, managing to improve over the closing stages on two occasions.
Ricciardo initially posted a time of 1m19.444s, on a lap that included passing a slow Carlos Sainz Jr and Kevin Magnussen in the stadium section.
Ricciardo then shaved almost a tenth of a second off on his next quick lap before finally concluding with a 1m19.370s.
Championship leader Rosberg had to settle for the fourth quickest time, just under half a second down on Verstappen.
Traffic was a major concern for Rosberg, both during the early part of the session when the soft tyre was key, and again when he bolted on the super-softs.
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas managed to get ahead of Ferrari pair Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, the latter running wide on entry to the stadium complex on one of his late hot laps.
Felipe Massa was the only other driver to finish within a second of Verstappen in his Williams, with Nico Hulkenberg and Sainz completing the top 10.
As on Friday the temperatures were again on the cool side, with air hitting a maximum of 14C and track only 29C during the opening half hour, with the latter rising to 32C during the final 15 minutes.
Prior to the late qualifying simulations, Hamilton led the way on the soft tyre with a lap of 1m19.721s, with Ricciardo, Verstappen and Vettel all between the Mercedes driver and Rosberg.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.137s||16|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.233s||17|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.118s||21|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.188s||22|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1.335s||20|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.449s||20|