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GP Spagna, commenti post libere venerdì–10/05/2019


Alfa Romeo makes permanent front wing fix after Baku exclusion

Alfa Romeo has made a permanent front wing tweak to ensure Kimi Raikkonen’s exclusion from Formula 1 qualifying in Azerbaijan is not repeated at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen had to start from the pitlane in Baku after his front wing failed a deflection test on Sunday morning.

The wing had a problem with the flap adjuster hook on both sides, which was changed to a new specification for the race.

Team boss Frederic Vasseur said the issue should not be repeated this weekend.

"Just to clarify, that I think first we were out of the spec, we did a mistake," he said.

"Perhaps you could consider that the decision was a bit harsh, but it’s like this. We have to clean in front of our door first.

"The mistake was on our side and for sure we are not coming to Barcelona with the same wing."

Alfa had identified a component weakness ahead of the Baku race following a problem Raikkonen had suffered in an earlier grand prix.

However, resolving that properly was not possible during the run of flyaway races, hence a final fix being readied for this weekend’s race.

Asked by Autosport to clarify whether Alfa had needed to change the specification or simply replace it with a new component, Vasseur said: "We changed the hook and the fixation."

Aside from change the adjuster hook, Alfa’s front wing has been upgraded for the Spanish GP.

The team has revised the inner wing tips and the shape of the elements sitting between the flap adjuster and the endplate.

Da Autosport.com


“That was a difficult day for us, with lots of issues here and there. At the end of FP2 we understood the car a bit better, but we still have a lot of work to do for tomorrow’s qualifying.”

Da Sauber-Group.com


GP Spagna, prove libere venerdì–10/05/2019


Spanish GP: Bottas stays on top by beating team-mate Hamilton in FP2

Valtteri Bottas topped the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, outpacing Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.049 seconds.

Bottas, who also set the pace in the morning session, was fastest in the early stages when using medium-compound Pirellis, seven-tenths faster than Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel and team-mate Charles Leclerc then traded top spot as the first frontrunners to use the soft Pirellis, with the latter eventually winning the intra-team battle with a lap 0.088s quicker than Vettel.

But at the halfway mark of the 90-minute session, Bottas and Hamilton were out and lapping quickly on the softs.

Hamilton initially took first place with a lap of 1m17.410s, only for Bottas to eclipse it with a 1m17.284s on his first flier on softs.

Although Hamilton subsequently improved, it was not by enough and he ended up just behind his team-mate and a quarter-of-a-second faster than the lead Ferrari of Leclerc.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who suffered an oil leak in the first session that led to an engine change – with the spec 2 engine that was slated to be put in overnight anyway fitted – was fifth fastest and 0.750s down.

He subsequently complained of a loss of power that led to him returning to the pits after completing only 15 laps, although he did return to the track for the final 15 minutes of the session.

Romain Grosjean, driving the upgraded Haas, split the Red Bulls in sixth place after outpacing Pierre Gasly.

Kevin Magnussen was running in the old-spec Haas to allow the team to compare its revised package to the known one, and ended up eighth – two-tenths slower than Grosjean.

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr pipped the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat to ninth.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen was one of the last drivers to improve during the session, allowing him to jump from 15th to 11th, putting him just ahead of the second Toro Rosso of Alex Albon.

Lance Stroll, who crashed his Racing Point machine at the ultra-fast Campsa right-hander in the morning and drove a car without the latest aero upgrades in FP2 as a result, was 13th fastest ahead of the Renaults of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

Lando Norris was 16th, albeit only three tenths off the top 10, ahead of the second Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi.

Sergio Perez was 18th in the Racing Point, ahead of Williams pair George Russell and Robert Kubica – the latter duo separated by six tenths.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.284s 35
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.333s 0.049s 35
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m17.585s 0.301s 42
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.673s 0.389s 41
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m18.035s 0.751s 30
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.153s 0.869s 42
7 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m18.238s 0.954s 34
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.355s 1.071s 40
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m18.658s 1.374s 45
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.722s 1.438s 40
11 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.727s 1.443s 30
12 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.779s 1.495s 44
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m18.839s 1.555s 33
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.861s 1.577s 43
15 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.934s 1.650s 40
16 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m19.041s 1.757s 43
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m19.427s 2.143s 37
18 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m19.448s 2.164s 40
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m20.191s 2.907s 38
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m20.781s 3.497s 23

Da Autosport.com


Spanish GP: Bottas beats Ferraris in FP1 before suffering oil leak

Formula 1 championship leader Valtteri Bottas eclipsed the two Ferraris to set the pace in opening Spanish Grand Prix practice but his session was ended early by an oil leak.

The Mercedes driver traded times with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel before establishing himself at the head of the order with two laps good enough to end the session quickest.

Bottas was left out of the car in the final half hour, though, as Mercedes stripped down his W10 to understand what was initially described as a hydraulic problem.

Mercedes determined an oil leak had caused a precautionary engine shutdown, which it is investigating the cause of.

The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton ended FP1 fourth fastest, half a second adrift after complaining of "terrible" tyre preparation.

Vettel set the early pace on soft tyres and topped the times at the midway stage of the session on a 1m18.407s.

Bottas was more than a second slower at this point but had only run the medium tyres, and immediately usurped Vettel once he bolted on softs with just over half an hour of the session left.

He initially set a 1m17.990s, the first sub-1m18s lap of the day, and then improved on the same set of tyres after a cool-down lap to end up on a 1m17.951s.

No other driver set a 1m17s lap, although both Ferraris finished within two tenths of Bottas.

Leclerc initially moved himself ahead of Vettel thanks to a 1m18.172s lap and his team-mate botching his first flier during the second set of runs.

Vettel caught traffic in the final sector and ran wide, dipping his left wheels into the gravel, as he cleared a slower car on the outside exiting the long uphill Turn 12 right-hander.

However, after a cool-down lap, Vettel was able to push again and re-established himself as the lead Ferrari on a 1m18.066s.

Hamilton’s session was understated, and included him falling to the foot of the times briefly after failing to set a competitive effort on medium tyres in the first half of FP1.

He bemoaned his rear tyres being "done" after a mediocre flying lap on softs that left him 0.6 seconds slower than Bottas.

The Red Bulls did not feature in their usual position between Mercedes, Ferrari and the rest of the field after avoiding using soft tyres.

Pierre Gasly was the lead Red Bull representative in eighth, 1.3s off the pace, while Max Verstappen was only 12th and 0.6s slower.

Like Bottas, Verstappen ended his session early as Red Bull assessed an unknown problem on his RB15.

Red Bull’s tyre strategy opened the door for Romain Grosjean to end FP1 fifth-fastest as Haas seeks to respond to its poor start to the season at a more favourable circuit.

Grosjean beat the McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr to best-of-the-rest honours in first practice by 0.2s.

Kevin Magnussen was 0.025s slower than Sainz in the second Haas, while behind Gasly the top 10 was completed by Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso and Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Beyond a minor early run-in between Bottas and Verstappen, who caught the Mercedes while on a flying lap and gesticulated at the points leader, the session was almost completed without major incident.

That was until Lance Stroll crashed his Racing Point with just over a minute left to run.

Stroll had a wobble on the entry to Turn 9 after clipping the grass and locked up a front wheel as he corrected it, which sent him straight on and into the barriers nose first.

He emerged unharmed, although the front of his car picked up a significant damage, and the session ended under red flags.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.951s 19
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.066s 0.115s 20
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.172s 0.221s 20
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.575s 0.624s 22
5 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.943s 0.992s 25
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m19.155s 1.204s 31
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m19.180s 1.229s 27
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m19.285s 1.334s 30
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m19.364s 1.413s 34
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m19.450s 1.499s 25
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m19.511s 1.560s 24
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m19.844s 1.893s 14
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m19.855s 1.904s 28
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m20.021s 2.070s 28
15 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m20.030s 2.079s 25
16 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m20.066s 2.115s 33
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m20.459s 2.508s 26
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m20.591s 2.640s 22
19 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m20.889s 2.938s 27
20 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m20.990s 3.039s 23

Da Autosport.com