GP Spagna, prove del sabato–13/05/2017
Spanish GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to F1 pole by 0.051 seconds
Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix by less than one tenth of a second after a thrilling qualifying battle.
Ferrari had set the pace in final practice at Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit, but Hamilton’s Mercedes held the advantage in qualifying after the first runs in Q3, setting a 1m19.149s time that would eventually stand for pole when Hamilton failed to improve on his second run.
Vettel suffered from a de-rating of his Ferrari’s energy recovery system during his first Q3 run, and was a distant fourth quickest as a result, but he was lapping comfortably faster than Hamilton’s pole time on his final run before locking up at the final chicane.
Vettel eventually cut the timing beam in 1m19.200s, half a tenth down on Hamilton, apologising to his team for the mistake.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third fastest, recovering from a wild slide exiting the chicane on his first Q3 run to ultimately lap 0.173s slower than Vettel with a small improvement on his second run.
Bottas described his performance as "not good enough", but it was enough to confine the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen to fourth.
Raikkonen suffered an oversteer moment at Turn 12 on his first Q3 run and lost time in sector two on his final effort.
Max Verstappen was well clear of Daniel Ricciardo in the private battle between Red Bulls to be fifth, while Fernando Alonso produced a superb performance to haul McLaren-Honda into Q3 for the first time this season and qualify seventh fastest.
Force India got both its cars into the top 10 again, sandwiching Felipe Massa’s ninth placed Williams.
Sergio Perez was eighth and Esteban Ocon 10th, Ocon feeling he lost two tenths after failing to engage DRS at a crucial moment.
Kevin Magnussen missed out on making the top 10 by less than a tenth, while Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean wound up down in 14th after losing the rear end of his car and going off at Turn 13 and the chicane on his final Q2 lap.
Carlos Sainz Jr looked in excellent shape through Q1 and the initial runs in Q2, where he was always inside the top 10, but he only found 0.015s on his final Q2 run so ended up 12th.
The Spaniard felt he extracted the maximum from the heavily updated Toro Rosso, finishing just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, which failed to make Q3 for the first time since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, provoking an angry response from Hulkenberg on team radio.
Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber was 15th fastest, having done very well to win a tight scrap to escape Q1.
Less than a second covered 14 cars in that fight, with Perez’s Force India the only car outside the top six not required to make a second run.
Wehrlein edged out Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson by just 0.005s to make the cut, while Jolyon Palmer’s Renault, Lance Stroll’s Williams, Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren and Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso all missed out.
Hulkenberg and Massa also scraped through in this segment, but Kvyat and Vandoorne qualified well adrift of their team-mates, with Sainz’s Toro Rosso ninth fastest in Q1 and Alonso’s McLaren 12th.
SPANISH GP GRID
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.706s||0.557s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.175s||1.026s|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.070s||1.921s|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.272s||2.123s|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m21.371s||2.222s|
|20||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.746s||3.597s|
Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in final practice for F1 Spanish GP
Kimi Raikkonen led a Ferrari one-two in final Formula 1 free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
After a subdued Friday dominated by Mercedes, Raikkonen posted a 1m20.214s on soft tyres to outpace Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.242s.
But Vettel’s day was not without trouble, as his session came to an early end after stopping in the pitlane with 10 minutes remaining.
Lewis Hamilton, who had topped both of Friday’s sessions, had to settle for third place ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who managed just seven laps.
Bottas’s day got off to a difficult start as Mercedes worked on his car following an electrical issue that made the team break the curfew.
As a result, the Russian GP winner was then forced to revert to an older-spec engine for the rest of the weekend after a water leak was found. He spent the majority of the session in the garage.
Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth and sixth as the usual order was restored at the front of the field.
Nico Hulkenberg continued to shine in the Renault with the seventh fastest time, ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams and local heroes Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren).
Alonso, aiming to make up for the lost time on Friday, was the first driver to register a time early on, but was soon demoted by Esteban Ocon in the Force India fitted with medium tyres.
Raikkonen was the first of the frontrunners to complete a timed lap, the Finn posting a 1m22.494s using mediums at the 15-minute mark. Vettel slotted into second a few seconds later.
With 36 minutes to go, Hamilton moved to second with his first run on medium tyres, the Briton over three tenths slower than Raikkonen despite setting the fastest time in the middle sector.
Verstappen only set his first time of the day at the halfway point after a slow start, jumping to third in the medium-shod Red Bull.
He improved his time, but not his position, on the second lap of his run, but was still over six tenths of Raikkonen’s pace.
With 22 minutes left on the clock, Raikkonen improved to a 1m20.214s as he ran with Pirelli’s soft tyres, opening a gap of over 2.5 seconds to his closest rival before Vettel used the yellow-marked rubber to jump up to second, 0.242s off the pace.
The German had to return to the pits without completing the planned second flyer, however, as Ferrari detected a problem with his car and called him in.
Hamilton’s first run on softs with 17 minutes remaining produced the third quickest time, 0.381s behind Raikkonen.
Vettel attempted to return to the track for a final run with 10 minutes remaining when he stopped while driving up the pitlane. After he was dragged back to the garage, the team began working on the car but it did not return to the track.
PRACTICE THREE RESULTS:
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.025s||0.811s||14|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.249s||1.035s||15|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m21.835s||1.621s||19|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.237s||2.023s||19|
|14||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.297s||2.083s||22|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.391s||2.177s||15|