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GP USA Prove libere venerdì–20/10/2017

Lewis Hamilton fastest again in second practice for F1’s US GP

Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of Formula 1 Friday practice ahead of the United States Grand Prix by setting the pace in the second session.

The Mercedes F1 driver, who also topped the morning session, outpaced Red Bull driver Max Verstappen by 0.397s to secure top spot with a best lap of 1m34.668s.

Hamilton was only third fastest after the early runs. During that phase, Daniel Ricciardo used super-softs to set the pace ahead of Verstappen, who like Hamilton used softs early on.

Hamilton had a brief off-track moment at the penultimate corner during that run, but made no mistake when he returned to the track on ultra-softs as he went quickest after 35 minutes.

By that stage, Valtteri Bottas had already knocked Ricciardo off top spot, but Mercedes driver Bottas ultimately had to settle for fourth fastest, just under a tenth slower than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel survived a spin into the gravel shortly before the 20-minute mark, when the rear snapped away on turn-in to the penultimate corner.

Vettel was able to dig himself out and recover to the pits, before returning for his performance run shortly before the halfway mark of the 90-minute session.

He later complained of a potential problem with the front axle, which he described as feeling "a bit like jelly", contributing to him completing only 11 laps.

Red Bull’s Ricciardo improved his first-run time by almost seven-tenths after switching to the ultra-softs, but it was only good enough for fifth, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda was best-of-the rest in seventh, having briefly been as high as fourth thanks to putting in his quick lap in earlier than most.

Williams driver Felipe Massa was eighth, with Force India pairing Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon rounding out the top 10 – with the trio separated by just three-hundredths of a second.

Renault debutant Carlos Sainz Jr was the penultimate driver to complete his performance run on ultra-softs, taking 11th shortly before the one-hour mark.

The last driver to do so was team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who suffered an engine glitch that kept him in the garage after his first run and only posted his time just inside the final 20 minutes.

Daniil Kvyat, who sat out the first session to allow Sean Gelael some mileage despite this being the Russian’s first time in the Toro Rosso since September’s Singapore Grand Prix, was 13th fastest.

Kevin Magnussen, who had a high-speed spin early in the session, was the best of the Haas-Ferraris in 14th.

Stoffel Vandoorne and Lance Stroll were 15th and 16th, ahead of F1 debutant Brendon Hartley, who improved several times on his ultra-softs to end his first day in grand prix racing 17th fastest.

Pascal Wehrlein missed the first session, with Charles Leclerc taking his Sauber seat, but recovered well to post the 18th-fastest time, ahead of team-mate Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean’s Haas.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.668s 26
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m35.065s 0.397s 30
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.192s 0.524s 11
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m35.279s 0.611s 39
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.463s 0.795s 24
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.514s 0.846s 29
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.304s 1.636s 28
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m36.460s 1.792s 30
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.481s 1.813s 28
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m36.490s 1.822s 34
11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m36.529s 1.861s 30
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m36.534s 1.866s 18
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.761s 2.093s 40
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m37.285s 2.617s 17
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m37.463s 2.795s 31
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m37.788s 3.120s 27
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.987s 3.319s 41
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.165s 3.497s 35
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.262s 3.594s 22
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m38.387s 3.719s 26

Da Autosport.com

Lewis Hamilton fastest in first practice for Formula 1’s US GP

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 world championship rival Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time in first practice for the United States Grand Prix, in mixed conditions.

Mercedes F1 driver Hamilton clocked a 1m36.335s on the super-soft Pirelli compound tyres, 0.593 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Vettel with Valtteri Bottas half a tenth further back in third.

Early morning rain subsided before the start of the session, but the majority of the field headed out on the intermediate tyres for installation laps.

Hamilton set the early pace on the green-walled rubber, with a 1m50.146s, but that was usurped by Max Verstappen when the Red Bull driver fitted a fresh set of the same rubber.

Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was caught out when he ran wide out of the final part of the high-speed esses and lost the car on the kerbs, before catching it and continuing.

Felipe Massa then went quickest on the intermediates, before Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to try dry tyres, running a set of super-softs and going quickest with a 1m45.960s lap.

After a lull in the running, Ricciardo broke the silence and posted a flurry of quick laps to break the 1m40-barrier, his best being a 1m39.366s on the super-softs.

Verstappen demoted him briefly, before Hamilton sets his first time on dry weather tyres with a 1m36.935s to move to the top of the pile.

Hamilton improved again with a 1m36.335s to cement his place at the top of the timesheet, with his time unchallenged for the remainder of the 90-minute session.

Verstappen, whose Red Bull team announced he would stay with the team until the end of 2020 ahead of the session, was fourth quickest, one second off the pace.

Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren-Honda, running an upgraded engine, was fifth quickest on the ultra-softs, but his team-mate Fernando Alonso failed to set a timed lap and spent most of the session in the garage after the team discovered a hydraulic leak.

Massa ended up sixth in the leading Williams, with Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari seventh and Force India’s Esteban Ocon eighth.

Sergio Perez’s Force India and Carlos Sainz Jr, competing in his first session for Renault, rounded out the top 10.

Sainz was three quarters of a second clear of new team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who will take grid penalties this weekend after Renault fitted an upgraded engine featuring 2018 development parts.

Brendon Hartley, who is set to start his debut grand prix from the back of the grid because of similar engine component changes, set the 14th fastest time, 2.932s off the pace.

The New Zealander was just under 1.2s quicker than Seal Gelael, who was running in the other Toro Rosso for this session in place of Daniil Kvyat.

Charles Leclerc replaced Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber for first practice, clocking the 19th quickest time, just under fourth tenths adrift of team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m36.335s 18
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m36.928s 0.593s 20
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m36.979s 0.644s 10
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m37.339s 1.004s 21
5 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m37.352s 1.017s 26
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.570s 1.235s 23
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.598s 1.263s 20
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m37.808s 1.473s 25
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.861s 1.526s 20
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m38.093s 1.758s 24
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m38.408s 2.073s 16
12 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m38.534s 2.199s 25
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.904s 2.569s 19
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1m39.267s 2.932s 28
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.336s 3.001s 17
16 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m39.366s 3.031s 14
17 Sean Gelael Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.406s 4.071s 25
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.448s 4.113s 19
19 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.828s 4.493s 25
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 4

Da Autosport.com


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