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Nessuna pietà–29/05/2017


Cannibalizzato

Il viso di Kimi Raikkonen sul podio di Monte Carlo valeva più di qualsiasi parola. Il finlandese è stato annichilito dalla vittoria del ‘cannibale’ Sebastian Vettel, e ora dovrà cercare di non subire il contraccolpo psicologico di una sconfitta che potrebbe lasciargli pesanti strascichi.

La differenza tra un campione e un campionissimo sta nel canino. Vettel ha sentito l’odore del sangue e ha azzannato, senza pietà, come un moderno vampiro di rosso vestito. Raikkonen, d’altronde, ha il profilo perfetto del ‘buono’, l’ingenua preda designata del cannibale. Un’esitazione di troppo nell’avvicinarsi ai doppiati Button e Wehrlein ha fatto brillare gli occhi a Seb, che come un avvoltoio ha iniziato a braccarlo, prima di affondare il colpo grazie a una strategia rivelatasi perfetta. Per lui.

Il campionissimo, il cannibale, accentra su di sé tutte le attenzioni della propria squadra, come una primadonna carica di fascino. E volente o nolente, è sempre al posto giusto nel momento giusto. Le gomme son sempre quelle giuste, le strategie sempre le migliori a disposizione. A Monaco per Vettel tutti i tasselli del puzzle sono andati al posto giusto, per Kimi dal giro 34 si è invece frantumato tutto in mille pezzi. Sin dal rientro in pista, nuovamente dietro a Button e Wehrlein.

E l’Iceman si è sciolto, vagando lentamente e svogliatamente per tutta la seconda parte di gara. Scendendo dalla vettura non ha tradito mezzo sorriso, picconato nell’animo dalla vittoria del suo compagno di box. Sebastian non ha avuto pietà, come non la ebbe in passato con Webber, come Alonso con Massa, e ancor prima di lui Schumacher con i vari Barrichello e Irvine.

Il cannibale sorride, ti fa i complimenti pubblici, non lesina le pacche sulle spalle. Ma poi abbassa la visiera e ti azzanna, avversario tra gli avversari, appena tenti di rubargli la vittoria. Fanno tenerezza i ‘buoni’: i Kimi, i Massa, i Barrichello. Ma sono i ‘cattivi’ che si prendono le copertine, le coppe, che autografano l’albo d’oro.

Sabato la pole di Raikkonen profumava di romanticismo e di eroismo. Domenica sera il rischio è quello di vedere il finlandese trascinarsi stancamente verso fine stagione, verso il ritiro. Il mondo alla rovescia in ventiquattro ore. La psicologia di un pilota va trattata con cura. Il viso allucinato di Kimi sul podio potrebbe essere il punto di non ritorno di una carriera, come già accaduto a Rubens in Austria nel 2002, a Massa ad Hockenheim nel 2010, a Webber nel ‘Multi 21’ a Sepang nel 2013.

Nel ‘caso Raikkonen’ a Monaco 2017 non c’è però un ordine di scuderia. Ma un cannibale che ha messo a segno il delitto perfetto. Da solo?

Da Formulapassion.it


GP Monaco, gara–28/05/2017


Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel clinched victory in the Monaco Grand Prix as Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton finished down in seventh.

Pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen led the opening part of the race, but Vettel stayed out five laps longer before his pitstop, and rejoined ahead of his team-mate.

Raikkonen could not respond with Vettel stretching his lead before the safety car was called into action when Jenson Button collided with Pascal Wehrlein at Portier, pitching the Sauber onto its side against the barrier.

But once the race got back under way, Vettel was able to build a gap and crossed the line 3.1 seconds clear of his team-mate to secure Ferrari’s first win in Monaco since 2001.

Daniel Ricciardo, who survived hitting the wall at Sainte Devote after the race restart, also ran a long first stint, enabling him to jump the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and the other Red Bull of Max Verstappen to take third.

Hamilton, who started 14th, was the last driver to pit, switching from ultra-softs to super-softs and rejoining seventh.

The three-time world champion pressured Carlos Sainz Jr in the closing stages, but could not find a way past, which means he leaves Monaco 25 points adrift of Vettel in the drivers’ standings.

Raikkonen made a brilliant getaway to lead away from pole, with Vettel fending off a half-hearted attack from Bottas to retain second.

The Finn built a gap of around 2.1s, but Vettel began closing that down and was within a second before Raikkonen was called into the pits.

Vettel pumped in a series of quick laps ahead of his stop and rejoined around a second clear of his team-mate, with Raikkonen seemingly giving up on the win from there.

Verstappen was furious when he found out Ricciardo had jumped him, labelling the situation a disaster, and though he pressured Bottas for much of the second stint, he couldn’t find a way past.

With 18 laps to go, Button, who was filling in at McLaren while Fernando Alonso competes at the Indianapolis 500, tried an ambitious pass on Wehrlein into Portier.

The two, who had run nose-to-tail for the entire race, made contact, with Wehlein’s Sauber pitched onto its side against the barrier, while Button pulled over at the exit of the tunnel with the front-left corner of the car heavily-damaged.

Wehrlein climbed out of the car, once it was righted onto its wheels, and was able to walk away unaided but went to the medical centre for precautionary checks.

It was a frustrating day for Sauber, with Marcus Ericsson carrying too much speed into Sainte Devote and hitting the wall when trying to pass the safety car to unlap himself.

Romain Grosjean finished eighth in the leading Haas, ahead of Felipe Massa with Kevin Magnussen completing the top 10.

Stoffel Vandoorne was set to finish 10th and score McLaren’s first point of the season but he slid off at Sainte Devote when Sergio Perez attacked down the inside.

Perez, who had his race compromised when he was forced to pit early with a damaged front wing, then tried a bold pass on Daniil Kvyat at Rascasse for ninth.

The pair made contact, with Kvyat retiring and Perez pitting for another front wing, bringing to an end his 15-race point-scoring streak.

Jolyon Palmer was the sole finishing Renault in 11th with his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg retiring with a gearbox problem when running 10th.

RACE RESULT

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 1h44m44.340s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 78 3.145s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 78 3.745s
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 78 5.517s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 78 6.199s
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 78 12.038s
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 15.801s
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 78 18.150s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 78 19.445s
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 78 21.443s
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault 78 22.737s
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 78 23.725s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 78 49.089s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 71 Collision
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 71 Brakes
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 66 Spun off
Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 63 Spun off
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 57 Collision
Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 57 Collision
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 15 Gearbox

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 129
2 Lewis Hamilton 104
3 Valtteri Bottas 75
4 Kimi Raikkonen 67
5 Daniel Ricciardo 52
6 Max Verstappen 45
7 Sergio Perez 34
8 Carlos Sainz 25
9 Felipe Massa 20
10 Esteban Ocon 19
11 Nico Hulkenberg 14
12 Romain Grosjean 9
13 Kevin Magnussen 5
14 Pascal Wehrlein 4
15 Daniil Kvyat 4
16 Jolyon Palmer 0
17 Lance Stroll 0
18 Marcus Ericsson 0
19 Fernando Alonso 0
20 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
21 Stoffel Vandoorne 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS

Pos Constructor Points
1 Ferrari 196
2 Mercedes 179
3 Red Bull/Renault 97
4 Force India/Mercedes 53
5 Toro Rosso/Renault 29
6 Williams/Mercedes 20
7 Renault 14
8 Haas/Ferrari 14
9 Sauber/Ferrari 4
10 McLaren/Honda 0

Da Autosport.com


Pole dopo 128 gare!–Leo Turrini


La pole di Kimi e il silenzio degli innocenti

Forse è meglio lo scriva tre volte di seguito.

Kimi in pole a Montecarlo.

Kimi in pole a Montecarlo.

Kimi in pole a Montecarlo.

Nel 2017.

Tutto vero.

Giusto ieri, venerdì, battibeccavo affettuosamente su Radio 24 con Ivan Capelli, pronto a sostenere che la Ferrari ha bisogno accanto a Vettel di un partner più competitivo di Raikkonen.

Ah, sì? E comunque Ivan è un amico, vale come simbolo di un esercito (spero in rotta) di detrattori in servizio permanente effettivo del Santo Bevitore.

Ma poi mi fermo qui, perchè diceva il Poeta che del doman non v’è certezza e in certe occasioni conviene godere muti.

Il silenzio degli innocenti.

Quindi, parlerò d’altro.

Ferrari stellare. Bravo Arrivabene, bravo Binotto, brava l’intera squadra.

Del resto, era  dal 2008 che non c’era una prima fila tutta Rossa a Monaco.

Finì a schifio la domenica.

I punti si prendono la domenica (Schumi dixit).

Confermo.

Hamilton è stato sfortunato causa Vandoorne ma la pole mai l’avrebbe fatta e in fondo era giusto, non poteva eguagliare le 65 partenze al palo di Ayrton proprio nel Principato. Vediamo cosa riesce a combinare in rimonta.

Gara tutta da definire, Mi ricordo sgradevolmente di Sochi, eh.  Bottas non va piano, sgrattaando sgrattando abbiamo da ferraristi una grande attenzione, ma chi se ne frega.

Vettel sa cosa fare.

Io so che volti guardare questo sabato e che parole ascoltare o andare a leggere.

Il tempo è galantuomo, per chi è in buona fede.

Da Blog.quotidiano.net


GP Monaco, commenti post qualifiche–27/05/2017


FIA post-qualifying press conference – Monaco

Drivers: 1 – Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), 2 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 3 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: Kimi, what a fantastic job, your second pole here in Monaco but perhaps more importantly, you first pole since France 2008, which is 128 races ago – it established a new record for the gap between pole position. Clearly there’s plenty of life still within you yet. How excited are you to be starting on pole in Monaco, and where did it come from today, this performance?

Kimi Raikkonen: Obviously it’s the best place to start for tomorrow, but it doesn’t guarantee anything for tomorrow. Nevertheless I’ll happily take it. It’s been all weekend quite OK. We’ve been struggling a little bit in certain places and we’ve been working and trying to figure it out and in qualifying it was better, by no means perfect, but it’s never going to be perfect. It was good enough and I was very happy with the car in there. If you look you can always go a bit faster here and there but that’s normal, it’s a never-ending story like that. We had a good timing when we went out. I felt good, so I was able to push and it was quite a nice straightforward qualifying. So happy for myself, happy for the team. Obviously we have two cars in the front tomorrow so let’s try to make the best out of it.

Q: (Pete Farkas – Auto Motor) It was quite interesting to see that during free practices Sebastian seemed to be a bit more confident on track than Kimi, but throughout qualifying it was the other way round. Has something changed – maybe it was because of the conditions, maybe the very high track temperatures – or maybe it was nothing in particular?

KR: No, I don’t think so. I think it’s the very fine details that make a difference here. If you have just a little bit of an off feeling with the tyres or something like that in one place, it limits you to go fast and obviously in those low-speed corners you can lose a lot of time for basically nothing. It’s tricky to put the good laps together. You try to kind of, in the practice, take it a bit easier, not to destroy the car, because then you are going to lose a lot. Then you push and hopefully you get it right. But I think it’s such small differences. It’s nothing to do with conditions or anything else, it’s just whoever gets the best feeling and being able to push.

Q: (Louis Dekker – nos.nl) For all the drivers, can you say if the circuit, with these new cars, is easier or more difficult?

KR: I don’t think it’s any easier. We end up going faster but then the same difficulties are there to go fast. It’s always tricky here, like it is in any place, especially here because you have to get very close to the kerbs and the walls and everything and there’s no chance to make mistakes. I think the resurface has improved a lot the circuit. It’s less bumpy, so it makes it a bit more nicer – but I don’t feel it’s any easier because the cars are faster and how more downforce. Everything happens a bit faster.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – GloboEsporte.com) To Kimi. Kimi in spite of being the sixth round of the Championship there is an important difference in points between you and Sebastian. In the case you and Sebastian are fighting the first bend after the start, how will you react?

KR: No different to any other point this year, last year. We know what we are doing, we are racing for the team and y’know, we have certain rules and respect against each other. We are allowed to fight but obviously, we have to do it as clean as we can and not take each other out.

Q: (Ottavio Daviddi – Tuttosport) To the Ferrari drivers. You are in the first row, I think that the first corner will be very important. I would like to know if it is necessary to discuss about Ste. Devote between you with doors closed tonight, or not?

I think Kimi’s half-answered this already…

Q: And Kimi, you will presumably have a briefing before the race in which it will…

KR:… I don’t know why people expect that it is something different tomorrow than it’s been the last two years. Nothing has changed. Just try to make a stupid story out of nothing.

Q: (Luigi Perna – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi, this pole position, during the last nine years, it’s important for you to have done it in such a selective track as Monte Carlo?

KR: No, I would have happily taken any other place also but it just happens. We’ve been close a few times lately but it’s something we haven’t really got in the last race. But if you take any circuit, here it’s the most important to be in front but it doesn’t automatically give you a win or a good result. There are so many things that can happen in a race that are nothing to do with you. You might be doing and the team might be doing a perfect job but actually there are absolutely other things which might destroy the whole race so it’s going to be a long difficult race but we have two cars in the best possible positions so that’s the main thing.

Da Formula1.com


Raikkonen happy, but pole ‘guarantees nothing’

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen says he will be taking nothing for granted in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, despite admitting his delight at being on pole for the first time in almost a decade.

Raikkonen looked imperious throughout Saturday’s Monte Carlo qualifying, finishing less than a tenth of a second ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel who will join him on the front row.

“Obviously it’s the best place to start for tomorrow but it doesn’t guarantee anything for tomorrow,” said the Finn, who won the famous street race for McLaren back in 2005.

“Nevertheless I’ll happily take it, and it’s been quite okay all weekend. We’ve been struggling a little bit in certain places and have been working to try and figure it out.

“Qualifying was better – it wasn’t perfect, but it’s never going to be perfect. It was good enough and I was very happy with the car.

“You can always go a bit faster here and there – it’s normally a never-ending story like that – but things went well. We had good timing with when we went out and I felt good, so I was able to push and it was a quite nice, straightforward qualifying.”

Team boss Maurizio Arrivabene was quick to praise the efforts of Raikkonen, who took the title with Ferrari in 2007 – but who has not won a race for them since Belgium 2009.

“I’m really happy for him because he deserves it – the champion is coming out sometimes,” said Arrivabene. “It’s a pity for Sebastian that he made a little mistake in Turn 5, but having two cars up there is good.”

The qualifying result means Ferrari’s second front-row lockout of the year, the last one being in Russia where they were then beaten to victory by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.

“I’m happy we find the pace now, but we have to remember the last one in Sochi, be careful and think about tomorrow,” added Arrivabene.

With the prospect of a 21st career victory firmly on the cards, Raikkonen concluded: “Happy for myself, happy for the team and obviously we have two cars on the front tomorrow so we’ll try to make the best of it.”

Da Formula1.com


GP Monaco, prove del sabato–27/05/2017


Raikkonen takes Monaco Grand Prix F1 pole, Hamilton goes out in Q2

Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first Formula 1 pole position since 2008 in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton failed to make the top-10 shootout.

Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel had set the pace in Thursday practice, and in final practice on Saturday morning in Monte Carlo, but Raikkonen moved ahead in Q2 and stayed there, eventually claiming the top spot by just 0.043 seconds as Vettel just fell short in Q3.

Valtteri Bottas was third in the best of the Mercedes, just 0.002s behind Vettel, while team-mate Hamilton was forced to watch from the sidelines.

Hamilton struggled for speed throughout Q1 and Q2, and almost crashed twice after losing the rear end of his Mercedes at Massenet and Casino Square.

The triple world champion was down in 14th place in Q2, as Ferrari set the pace, but looked on a lap good enough to make Q3 before Stoffel Vandoorne crashed his McLaren-Honda at the Swimming Pool.

That forced Hamilton to abandon his lap and means he will start the Monaco street race mired in the midfield.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fourth in Hamilton’s absence, well clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo behind.

A late improvement from Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr in Q3 lifted him to a season’s best sixth, ahead of Sergio Perez’s Force India and Romain Grosjean’s Haas.

Jenson Button qualified ninth on his return to F1 in place of Fernando Alonso, but Button’s McLaren-Honda will drop to the back of the grid thanks to a 15-place penalty for engine component changes ahead of final practice.

Button’s team-mate Vandoorne rounded out the top 10, though he failed to participate in Q3 after that Q2 crash.

He will drop three places on account of a penalty for clashing with Felipe Massa at the previous race in Spain.

Vandoorne’s shunt also prevented the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat from improving at the end of Q2, so one of the stars of Thursday practice wound up only 11th fastest in qualifying.

Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault was 12th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas (which wasn’t affected by the yellow flags), Hamilton and the Williams of Massa, who also hadn’t set a representative time before having to abort his final flying lap thanks to the Vandoorne incident.

A last gasp effort from Grosjean knocked Esteban Ocon out in Q1.

Grosjean spun at Mirabeau in the early stages of that session, but ultimately did enough to progress.

Force India repaired Ocon’s car following his morning practice crash in time to complete the final 10 minutes of Q1, and Ocon looked safely through to Q2 until Grosjean’s late show.

Ocon missed the cut by 0.202s but was well clear of the second Renault of Jolyon Palmer, who complained of too much understeer as he struggled to the 17th fastest time.

Lance Stroll’s Williams was almost two tenths slower in 18th, the Canadian having to cut short his run thanks to a hydraulic leak.

He ended up ahead of only Sauber pairing Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, who clouted the barrier at the Nouvelle chicane on his final Q1 lap and had to pull off into the escape road with a broken left-rear wheel.

PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.178s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.221s 0.043s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.223s 0.045s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m12.496s 0.318s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m12.998s 0.820s
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.162s 0.984s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.329s 1.151s
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.349s 1.171s
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.516s 1.338s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.628s
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.959s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.106s
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m20.529s
15 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m14.101s
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m14.696s
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m14.893s
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.159s
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.276s
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.613s

Da Autosport.com


Monaco Grand Prix: Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in final practice

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel was quickest again in the Saturday morning practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

The four-time F1 champion ended the hour-long session 0.345 seconds clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari one-two.

Just like both of Thursday’s practice sessions, the ultra-soft-dominated practice three provided another fastest-ever lap of the Monte Carlo track, Vettel’s 1m12.395s a three-tenth improvement on his own previous record.

After an initial flood of installation laps in the opening minutes, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was first of the frontrunners to kick off a proper run, the Finn quickly establishing himself at the top of the timesheets.

But compatriot Raikkonen’s first effort dethroned Bottas immediately, the Ferrari man posting a 1m13.568s as Bottas himself then came up 0.053s short.

Despite causing a brief yellow flag as he stopped just short of the barriers at Antony Noghes, Raikkonen lowered the session benchmark further with his next proper effort – a 1m13.379s.

Lewis Hamilton briefly returned Mercedes to the top spot, but was relegated behind the two Ferraris in no time, Vettel now edging ahead of Raikkonen via a 1m12.890s lap.

The other Mercedes of Bottas was shuffled down even further at the conclusion of his first run, with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat splitting the two Silver Arrows.

As the session passed its halfway point, Verstappen broke up Ferrari’s one-two at the top of the timing screens, lapping 0.050s off Vettel 12 laps into his ultra-soft stint.

But Ferrari was soon back in formation at the front, Vettel finally beating Thursday’s best lap with a 1m12.558s effort a few seconds after Raikkonen had overtaken him and Verstappen.

Vettel then went even quicker, stringing together three purple sectors for a 1m12.395s – and going just 0.003s slower with his next flying lap.

By that point, Mercedes now had its first sub-1m13s lap of Monaco courtesy of Bottas, who emerged as best of the rest behind the Ferraris heading into the final few minutes.

But the running in what had been a largely incident-free session was then disrupted when Esteban Ocon hit the guardrail on the entry to the Swimming Pool section, damaging his Force India’s right-front suspension and going nose-first into the barriers.

This triggered a virtual safety car as the Force India was removed from the track, leaving less than four minutes for those seeking to do a last-gasp qualifying run.

Improvements were few and far between in the hectic final minutes, leaving Ferrari with a comfortable one-two out front.

Bottas took third ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton, with Daniel Ricciardo in sixth after a suspected brake failure at the chequered flag left him stranded at the escape road at Sainte Devote.

Toro Rosso maintained its strong form from Thursday, Carlos Sainz Jr leading team-mate Kvyat in seventh.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who had drawn the ire of Ocon for holding him up in the final sector, was ninth, while McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne made up the top 10.

PRACTICE THREE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.395s 23
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.740s 0.345s 26
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.830s 0.435s 29
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m12.940s 0.545s 27
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.230s 0.835s 27
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m13.392s 0.997s 24
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.400s 1.005s 27
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.563s 1.168s 23
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.596s 1.201s 21
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m13.805s 1.410s 21
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.936s 1.541s 23
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.976s 1.581s 26
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m14.072s 1.677s 21
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m14.072s 1.677s 28
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m14.283s 1.888s 24
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m14.547s 2.152s 23
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m14.675s 2.280s 35
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m15.164s 2.769s 25
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.291s 2.896s 29
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.863s 3.468s 26

Da Autosport.com


GP Monaco, commenti post libere–25/05/2017


[…] Raikkonen was encouraged by his pace on Thursday, particularly on longer runs.

"It was getting better and better," said the Finn.

"In the long runs, the car was feeling good, so I have a good feeling.

"In the shorter runs, we have to improve a little bit.

"We did some changes and it always got better – so that’s the main thing.

"We had two smooth sessions, doing our normal work."

Vettel echoed Raikkonen’s confidence on Ferrari’s race pace but believed there was a lot to do between now and final practice and qualifying on Saturday.

"It’s always tricky to judge because you don’t get so many clear laps with a lot of traffic, but it seemed OK," he said.

"I think we can still do, and have to do, something to the car to be more competitive overall and in the race.

"But I think Kimi and I were quite happy with the long run."

Da Autosport.com


GP Monaco, prove libere giovedì–25/05/2017


Sebastian Vettel leads second Monaco GP practice for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel set the pace for Ferrari in second practice for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Vettel clocked the fastest ever lap in Monte Carlo with a 1m12.720s to finish 0.487 seconds clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas could not replicate the pace shown in first practice and ended the session eighth and 10th respectively.

They started the session on super-softs, but failed to trouble the top of the timesheets when they bolted on the ultra-softs.

Practice was red-flagged with 36 minutes to go when Lance Stroll crashed at Casino Square.

The Williams driver, who was 16th fastest, lost the rear at the top of the hill before sliding into the barrier.

Second practice was a scrappier session than the morning overall, with Esteban Ocon hitting the barrier at the downhill right-hander before Portier.

Marcus Ericsson, who failed to complete a lap time in first practice because of a gearbox problem, nudged the barrier at Casino Square, forcing him to pit.

It was the Toro Rossos that set the early pace, Daniil Kvyat using the ultra-soft for the first time on Thursday to clock a 1m14.031s.

Ricciardo then went quickest on the ultra-softs before Vettel usurped him with his first qualifying-simulation run.

Kimi Raikkonen ended up third fastest, just over half-a-second off the pace with Kvyat just over half a tenth further back.

The other Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr was fifth to underline the team’s pace on the streets of Monte Carlo, ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen and Bottas completed the top 10.

McLaren returnee Jenson Button had another solid session, the Briton clocking the 12th quickest time to finish just 0.035s adrift of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

There was more frustration for Renault, with Nico Hulkenberg ending the session 17th quickest, having failed to set a time at all due to mechanical problems in the morning.

His team-mate Jolyon Palmer pulled off track at Portier early in the session with smoke pouring from the rear of his Renault. He completed just eight laps.

SECOND PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.720s 38
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m13.207s 0.487s 35
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m13.283s 0.563s 46
4 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.331s 0.611s 41
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.400s 0.680s 43
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m13.486s 0.766s 36
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.799s 1.079s 45
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.873s 1.153s 31
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.890s 1.170s 46
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m13.902s 1.182s 39
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m13.946s 1.226s 42
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.981s 1.261s 37
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m14.003s 1.283s 46
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m14.022s 1.302s 44
15 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m14.093s 1.373s 47
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m14.474s 1.754s 27
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m14.870s 2.150s 41
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m15.616s 2.896s 8
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.691s 2.971s 32
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.695s 2.975s 37

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F1 Monaco GP: Mercedes’ Hamilton leads Vettel in first practice

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time in opening practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m13.425s on Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyres to finish 0.196 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Vettel on the streets of Monte Carlo.

Max Verstappen, whose Red Bull team was running a T-wing for the first time, set the fastest first sector overall, but lost time in the middle part of the lap and ended up third quickest, the top three split by just 0.346s.

Verstappen spent a lot of the time in the garage after Red Bull spotted a "potential right rear puncture" and called him into the pits, and he did his best time in the latter part of the session.

Drivers wasted little time in the 90 minutes, Ferrari and Red Bull running the ultra-softs straight away, while Mercedes focused its early running on the super-softs.

Vettel was the early pacesetter, but he was deposed when Mercedes swapped to the ultra-softs with just over 50 minutes to go.

Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton traded fastest laps, with the latter clocking the fastest time on the fourth lap of his run.

Bottas ended up fourth, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kyvat, who was the best-placed driver on the super-softs.

Kimi Raikkonen kissed the barrier at the Swimming Pool but escaped without damage and was seventh, more than half-a-second slower than team-mate Vettel.

Sergio Perez finished eighth, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr, who like his team-mate Kvyat was on the super-softs, and Esteban Ocon.

Felipe Massa wound up 11th for Williams, 1.192s off the pace, with Kevin Magnussen 12th in the new-look Haas.

Standing in for Fernando Alonso who is competing in the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, McLaren returnee Jenson Button focused his early running on the soft tyre.

The 2009 world champion then switched to the ultra-soft to go 14th quickest, a tenth-and-a-half slower than team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

Romain Grosjean, who spun at Sainte Devote but continued, was 15th.

Nico Hulkenberg failed to complete a flying lap, as Renault spent most of the session investigating a problem with the energy store.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson also failed to get a time on the board after encountering a gearbox problem.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.425s 40
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m13.621s 0.196s 34
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m13.771s 0.346s 32
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m13.791s 0.366s 40
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m13.854s 0.429s 45
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m14.111s 0.686s 42
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m14.164s 0.739s 37
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m14.201s 0.776s 32
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m14.333s 0.908s 39
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m14.425s 1.000s 39
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m14.617s 1.192s 37
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m14.813s 1.388s 38
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m14.870s 1.445s 34
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m14.954s 1.529s 35
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m15.321s 1.896s 33
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m15.595s 2.170s 44
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m15.949s 2.524s 42
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m16.258s 2.833s 33
19 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 3
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3

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