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Un solo e unico: Kimi–03/01/2017


There is only one… Kimi Raikkonen

If there is one driver who comes across as being very much his ‘own man’, it’s Ferrari’s 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen. But is Finland’s famous ‘Iceman’ really as single-minded as his laidback public persona suggests? It’s time to find out…

If you could pick just one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Kimi Raikkonen: Salmon? Very Scandinavian…

If you could pick just one pizza topping what would it be?

KR: Tuna – to stick with the fish!

If you could pick just one holiday destination…

KR: Home. Who needs a holiday destination?

If you could pick just one track to race on…

KR: Spa, I guess.

If you could pick just one road car to drive…

KR: A Ferrari, of course. Any kind of Ferrari.

If you could pick just one race car to drive…

KR: Ferrari – the one I became world champion in (F2007).

If you could pick just one colour to wear…

KR: Black.

If you could pick just one sport to play…

KR: Motocross.

If you could pick just one song to listen to…

KR: Depends on the mood, so any! (Laughs) Or actually, the radio. So you see I’m not very sophisticated when it comes to music, but rather random.

If you could pick just one thing to drink…

KR: Water.

If you could pick just one book to read…

KR: I don’t read. No books for me.

If you could pick just one city to live in…

KR: My summer place. It has a name, but I’d rather not tell you more than that it is in Finland.

If you could pick just one movie to watch…

KR: Nothing in particular.

If you could pick just one person to live with…

KR: My family – I’m unable to choose just one.

If you could pick just one team mate…

KR: This one that I have now.

If you could pick just one fruit to eat…

KR: Banana.

If you could pick just one vegetable to eat…

KR: Carrots.

If you could pick just one mode of transport to use…

KR: Car – what else!

If you could pick just one F1 corner to drive…

KR: Eau Rouge.

If you could pick just one age to be…

KR: Any. I am super satisfied with my life so far.

If you could pick just one F1 era to race in…

KR: 1970s.

If you could pick just one band/singer to listen to…

KR: When I was young it was Guns N’ Roses – but that’s a bit of a long time ago.

If you could pick just one piece of exercise equipment to train with…

KR: If I could I would do Motocross for exercise – all the time.

If you could pick just one thing to collect…

KR: I don’t collect anything. It’s boring.

If you could wear just one type of footwear to wear…

KR: Shoes! (Laughs)

If you could pick just one type of chocolate or candy to snack on…

KR: Finnish candy.

If you could pick just one memory from your racing career to keep…

KR: When I won the championship.

If you could pick just one other race series to watch…

KR: I watch a lot of motorsport, but my favourite is Motocross. Does that come as a surprise?

If you could pick just one person to date…

KR: I don’t need to worry about that!

Da Formula1.com


Bilancio di fine stagione–26/12/2016


Raikkonen: Ferrari suffered thanks to failure to fight for F1 title

Ferrari’s failure to mount a serious challenge to Mercedes in Formula 1 led to the team suffering, according to Kimi Raikkonen.

The Italian team expected to fight for the championship in 2016, having taken three wins and finished second to Mercedes last year.

But this year proved more difficult, with Ferrari failing to win a race and dropping behind Red Bull in the constructors’ championship.

Ferrari finished 70 points adrift of second-placed Red Bull and 367 behind Mercedes after 21 races.

"You suffer and we keep working hard and trying the best we can, but unfortunately the results weren’t what we wanted," said Raikkonen.

"Thanks to all the guys, we keep trying things and improving and learning.

"That’s why I feel that we’re in a stronger position even than the results really showed but as a team we’ve been working very well.

"If you purely take that, hopefully then next year when we bring the new car it’s more competitive and I’m sure we’re going to have a good fight."

Raikkonen’s form improved this year, with the Finn finishing sixth in the drivers’ standings, 26 points adrift of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Last year, that gap was 128 points.

While Raikkonen was pleased with his turnaround, he was still disappointed with the overall results.

"If I just compare it to the last two years, yes it has been better on my side but then you cannot be very happy because it’s far from what we want," he said.

"There were good things, and they did good stuff, but obviously the end result is nowhere near what we want.

"It’s happy sometimes, but you have to take it as one chunk – the year – and when we finished where we finished we cannot be happy."

Da Autosport.com

 


GP Abu Dhabi, commenti post gara–27/11/2016


Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – “Not an easy race”

Kimi: car was ok but suffered with tires

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was not an easy race for me, the car was pretty ok, but I suffered with the tires, to make them last. I was constantly trying to keep the fronts alive. After the start I was in a good position, but I struggled with the first set of Softs: at the end of the stint they kind of came back and improved, but we kept losing places. When Seb came close to me, I knew that he was on a different strategy and I let him go. Obviously it has been quite a tricky year, far from what we want as a team, but lately we have been working well, doing the right things. Now we need to keep working this way and hopefully next year, with the new car, we’ll be where we want to be.”

Da Ferrari.com

 


GP Abu Dhabi, gara–27/11/2016


Nico Rosberg seals 2016 F1 championship, Lewis Hamilton wins race

Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden Formula 1 world championship by holding off Sebastian Vettel to finish second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as rival Lewis Hamilton won the race.

Rosberg entered the 21st and final grand prix of the season with a 12-point lead and simply needed to be third or higher to take the title no matter where Hamilton finished.

Hamilton kept the pace slow in the final stint when leading Rosberg, backing the German into the pack, despite persistent calls from his Mercedes team to up speed.

But the tactic failed to pay off, with Rosberg soaking up the pressure from Vettel to guide his car home second.

As a result, Rosberg won the world title by five points at Yas Marina to become F1’s 33rd world champion, 34 years after his father Keke achieved the feat.

Hamilton led Rosberg away at the start but the duo did not pull away from Kimi Raikkonen, who jumped Daniel Ricciardo, and Vettel.

Rosberg pitted a lap after Hamilton, ditching the ultra-softs for the softs, and like Hamilton was held in his box while a Ferrari entered the pits.

He rejoined behind Max Verstappen, who had spun at the first corner after contact with Nico Hulkenberg and had cut his way back through the field on the super-softs and was looking to extend his stint.

Mercedes told Rosberg he needed to pass Verstappen because the Dutchman was driving purposefully slow, setting up a tense couple of moments as the two went wheel-to-wheel with the Red Bull holding firm.

After backing off for a few laps, Mercedes told Rosberg to attack again and this time, the German made a pass stick through Turns 8 and 9 before covering the line into Turn 11 to retake second.

The second stops for both Hamilton and Rosberg were smooth, with the duo retaining formation as they rejoined second and third behind Vettel, who was running a long second stint, until the German pitted.

The gap hovered around the one-second mark for much of the remainder of the race, with Hamilton appearing to attempt to back Rosberg into the chasing pack.

The main threat was Vettel, who was last of the frontrunners to make a final stop and took on fresh super-softs. He passed both Red Bulls and closed in on the two Mercedes, bringing Verstappen with him.

Rosberg complained Hamilton was too slow while Mercedes instructed Hamilton to up the pace, including a message from technical boss Paddy Lowe, but the Briton replied at one point "let us race".

Ultimately, it didn’t pay off as Hamilton crossed the line to win his 10th grand prix of the season, compared to nine wins for Rosberg, with his team-mate second.

Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo and Raikkonen completed the top six.

Force India’s Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were seventh and eight respectively, securing fourth place in the constructors’ championship for the outfit for the first time.

Felipe Massa finished the final race of his F1 career in ninth, with Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.

The Spaniard’s McLaren team-mate Jenson Button had a disappointing final race before his likely retirement, the Briton hitting a kerb at Turn 10 hard, causing damage to the steering and forcing him out.

Carlos Sainz Jr retired with a gearbox problem, moments after he was hit by Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, while his Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat also failed to finish.

RESULTS – 55 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari
13 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes
14 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda
Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes
Kevin Magnussen Renault

FINAL DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Nico Rosberg 385
2 Lewis Hamilton 380
3 Daniel Ricciardo 256
4 Sebastian Vettel 212
5 Max Verstappen 204
6 Kimi Raikkonen 186
7 Sergio Perez 101
8 Valtteri Bottas 85
9 Nico Hulkenberg 72
10 Fernando Alonso 54
11 Felipe Massa 53
12 Carlos Sainz 46
13 Romain Grosjean 29
14 Daniil Kvyat 25
15 Jenson Button 21
16 Kevin Magnussen 7
17 Felipe Nasr 2
18 Jolyon Palmer 1
19 Pascal Wehrlein 1
20 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
21 Esteban Gutierrez 0
22 Marcus Ericsson 0
23 Esteban Ocon 0
24 Rio Haryanto 0

FINAL CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 765
2 Red Bull/Renault 468
3 Ferrari 398
4 Force India/Mercedes 173
5 Williams/Mercedes 138
6 McLaren/Honda 76
7 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 63
8 Haas/Ferrari 29
9 Renault 8
10 Sauber/Ferrari 2
11 Manor/Mercedes 1

Da Autosport.com


GP Abu Dhabi, prove del sabato–26/11/2016


Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to Abu Dhabi GP F1 pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for his Formula 1 world championship showdown with Nico Rosberg, with a commanding performance in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton held provisional pole after the initial runs in Q3, just over three tenths quicker than Rosberg, and eventually completed two laps good enough for pole by breaking into the 1m38s on his final run.

Championship leader Rosberg also improved on his second Q3 run, but ended up more than three tenths behind Hamilton.

If Hamilton wins Sunday’s race, Rosberg only needs to finish third to clinch his first F1 world title.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified his Red Bull third fastest, nicking ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari by just 0.015 seconds on his final Q3 run.

Ricciardo and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, who qualified sixth fastest, will both start the race on the super-soft tyre, after progressing through Q2 without the ultra-soft favoured by Mercedes and Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel was fifth fastest in the second Ferrari, less than a tenth slower than Raikkonen.

Vettel suggested he lost time in Turns 16, 17 and 18, and that he went the wrong way on set-up for qualifying.

The Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez locked out row four, just 0.018s apart, while Fernando Alonso qualified his McLaren a tenth faster than Felipe Massa’s Williams, which rounded out the top 10.

Massa’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas just missed out on making Q3 in the second Williams, finding time on his final Q2 lap but narrowly losing out to Alonso, who was quicker than Bottas by just 0.040s.

Jenson Button qualified 12th in the sister McLaren, dropping two tenths to Alonso in the middle sector and suggesting his car picked up understeer in the cool conditions.

Esteban Gutierrez beat Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean to 13th on the grid by just under a tenth of a second, while Jolyon Palmer was 15th in the best of the Renaults, 0.175s clear of Pascal Wehrlein, who put his Manor into Q2 for the fifth time this season.

Both Toro Rosso drivers fell in Q1, after losing most of Friday’s second practice to FIA safety checks to its cars, following punctures suffered on Daniil Kvyat’s car.

Kvyat was only 17th quickest, a tenth slower than Wehrlein, while Kvyat’s team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr qualified on the last row of the grid.

Renault apologised to Kevin Magnussen after he failed to go quicker on his final Q1 run and wound up 18th, ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, who complained of an ERS problem exiting Turn 14.

Esteban Ocon was 20th in the second Manor, after a slow first sector, while the second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson qualified last, the Swede apologising to the team for locking up under braking for Turn 17 and ruining his final flying lap in Q1.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.755s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.058s 0.303s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m39.589s 0.834s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m39.604s 0.849s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m39.661s 0.906s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m39.818s 1.063s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m40.501s 1.746s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m40.519s 1.764s
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m41.106s 2.351s
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m41.213s 2.458s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m41.084s 2.329s
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m41.272s 2.517s
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m41.480s 2.725s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m41.564s 2.809s
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m41.820s 3.065s
16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m41.995s 3.240s
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m42.003s 3.248s
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m42.142s 3.387s
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.247s 3.492s
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m42.286s 3.531s
21 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m42.393s 3.638s
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.637s 3.882s

Da Autosport.com



Abu Dhabi GP FP3: Sebastian Vettel tops F1 final practice

Sebastian Vettel was a surprise fastest in the final Formula 1 free practice session ahead of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had set the pace with just over half of the one-hour session completed having been among a group of drivers to set times on ultra-soft Pirellis early on, which included Daniel Ricciardo and Vettel.

With just over forty minutes to go, Nico Rosberg, who had been fifth fastest behind Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with both using the slower super-soft Pirellis early on, went fastest after bolting on the fastest tyre.

Seconds after Rosberg knocked Raikkonen off top spot, Hamilton posted a time 0.103s quicker to take top spot.

But Vettel, on a fresh set of ultra-softs, then went 0.137s faster than Hamilton with 11 minutes remaining to secure top spot.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and Raikkonen slotted in second and third on their late runs on ultra-softs, which left Hamilton and Rosberg, who remain favourite to qualify on the front row, down in fourth and fifth after completing their qualifying simulation runs before everyone else.

Ricciardo ended the session a distant sixth, a second off the pace, after failing to exploit the potential of his ultra-soft tyres.

Force India driver Sergio Perez was seventh fastest, less than a tenth off Ricciardo, while team-mate Nico Hulkenberg ended up eighth after missing half of the session with a fuel system problem.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas and Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez, who took a fresh Ferrari engine ahead of this session, rounded out the top 10, ahead of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso.

Renault’s Jolyon Palmer was 12th fastest ahead of Jenson Button, while Felipe Massa didn’t get the best out of his final set of tyres after a spin at Turn 6 right at the start of his run.

Toro Rosso returned to the track after stopping running in yesterday’s session amid concerns it and the FIA had about safety following two punctures believed to be car-related.

Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat completed only 23 laps between them, with Sainz best placed in 18th place.

FP3 RESULT

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m40.775s 16
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 0.137s 21
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.224s 14
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.290s 15
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.393s 19
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1.056s 20
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.110s 19
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.292s 13
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.301s 19
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1.579s 16
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.810s 14
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1.841s 18
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1.889s 15
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.908s 20
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 2.030s 17
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 2.282s 17
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 2.370s 17
18 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 2.526s 10
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.642s 22
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 2.958s 15
21 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 3.330s 13
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3.463s 20

Da Autosport.com


GP Brasile, commenti post qualifiche–12/11/2016


Q: Thank you for that you two. And Kimi, nice to see you here. Max Verstappen had that third place bought and paid for for most of the qualifying session but you pulled it right out at the end. Where did that come from?

Kimi Raikkonen: I struggled the whole qualifying in a few places, in a few corners in the middle sector. To be honest the last lap it was pretty average from my viewpoint. Obviously it was enough to be in third place. The Mercedes seems to be a bit too far. I struggled the first two corners with the tyre warm-up a bit. Even in the middle I wasn’t really happy but I don’t mind, it was good enough for this and we’ll see what we can do.

Q: Kimi, just looking at the way you’ve performed today in particular, you were quickest in practice in Sector One and Sector Three, which was interesting. And then obviously it took a little while to get it all together but what is it about Sector Two that was causing you problems and Ferrari problems today that you managed, I guess, to finally put right.

KR: I think we’re lacking a bit of downforce overall there, comparing maybe to the guys in front of us – but you know the car’s been behaving today, pretty good and just been struggling on the tight corners to turn around the car and a bit of front-locking so obviously it’s been a bit guessing whether we can turn or not. As I said, it was not ideal, the lap, but it was good enough for third place and even making a perfect lap it wouldn’t be fast enough for Mercedes today. But, y’know, tomorrow is another day and we try to improve.

KR: For me, it’s another race. I’ve had some good memories here but also some not so good. It will be interesting to see how it goes tomorrow and obviously with Felipe, he’s made his decision to do something else with his life and I’m sure he will enjoy it and all the best for whatever he does.

KR: Obviously it’s not up to us. I think if it was up to the drivers we would come back but this is how it seems to be in many places. The drivers like the places but there’s always a question mark whether we’re coming back or not. Sadly, it’s all about money unfortunately. The best amount gets the race.

Q: (Silvia Arias – Parabrisas) Kimi, congratulations for this position. We are used to seeing Red Bull in this position. I would love to know what difference has been the factor that has made Ferrari much better this weekend, because so far it’s really good?

KR: Yeah, but it’s been very close. I think it’s been very close most of the year and obviously sometimes we’ve been a bit behind, sometimes in front but I think we’ve done a very good job in the recent races as a team and improved in certain areas and trying new things. We’ve learned some positive things and as a team we’ve worked very well in recent months and I think it’s helping us to get back to where we were at the start of the year so hopefully we can have a good strong race tomorrow. It’s all about learning from what we’ve done and improving things. All of us have been pushing in the same direction and it seems to start paying off a little bit.

Da Formula1.com



Kimi Raikkonen surprised ‘average’ lap put him third on Brazil grid

Kimi Raikkonen called the qualifying lap that put him third on the Brazilian Grand Prix grid "pretty average", despite beating Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel and both Red Bulls.

Raikkonen was the only one of that quartet to improve during their final runs in Q3 at Interlagos, which vaulted him from sixth to third in the final classification, behind only the dominant Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Raikkonen has shown improved form on Saturdays recently in F1, and has now outqualified Vettel at the last four races in succession.

Ferrari congratulated the Finn on a job well done after the session, but Raikkonen admitted over team radio to being surprised the lap was good enough for third on the grid.

"I struggled the whole qualifying with a few corners in the middle sector," he explained.

"We’re lacking downforce compared to the guys in front.

"I struggle in the first two corners with tyre warm up. In the middle, I wasn’t happy either, but I don’t mind, it was good enough for this.

"The car has been behaving today pretty good, just struggling a bit in the right corners to turnaround the car, and [with] front locking. It’s been a bit of guessing.

"To be honest, the last lap was pretty average in my view, but it was enough to be third.

"Mercedes seem to be a bit too far [in front] – even if we made the perfect lap it wouldn’t be fast enough."

Da Autosport.com


GP Brasile, prove del sabato–12/11/2016


Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to Brazilian Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix, a tenth of a second faster than Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg.

With rain threatening, but never arriving beyond a few spots, throughout qualifying, Hamilton had the advantage after the first runs in Q3.

While Rosberg did make a small improvement on his second run, Hamilton was fast enough to defend top spot – with his pace in the long middle sector particularly strong.

Kimi Raikkonen capitalised on the two Red Bull drivers and Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel failing to improve on their second runs to jump to third late on, 0.668s off pole.

Max Verstappen shaded Vettel for fourth by just a hundredth of a second, complaining about losing rear grip mid-way through his second flier, with Ricciardo aborting his final quick lap in the middle sector and not able to do better than sixth.

Two weeks after qualifying last in Mexico, Romain Grosjean equalled the Haas team’s best grid position of the year as he went seventh fastest.

Nico Hulkenberg had the edge in the Force India battle, lapping half-a-tenth faster than team-mate Sergio Perez, with the pair in eighth and ninth place.

McLaren-Honda returned to Q3 after a three-race absence, Fernando Alonso ending up 10th.

Williams pairing Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were both eliminated in a late flurry of improvements in Q2 as some spots of rain fell.

Bottas missed out on the top 10 by just 0.060s to Hulkenberg, while Massa had a poor first run then was unable to make a big enough improvement to do better than 13th.

The two Williams cars sandwiched the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, with the Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr 14th and 15th, and Renault driver Jolyon Palmer 16th after several lock ups on his only Q2 lap on fresh rubber.

Jenson Button was the highest-profile casualty in Q1 in 17th place, lapping almost six tenths slower than team-mate Alonso and complaining of a lack of front grip having failed to improve his time on his second run.

Kevin Magnussen did improve on his second run having been slowest on the first, but that was only good enough to jump up to 19th, ahead of the Manors of Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.

Ocon complained about Wehrlein holding him up on his final run, while Wehrlein complained about being overtaken by his team-mate.

But Ocon was the only driver to get in trouble with the stewards, who will investigate whether or not he impeded Palmer as the Descida do Lago downhill left-hander during the session.

Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr annexed the back row, with the Swede finding a bigger improvement on his second run to jump ahead of his team-mate by just 0.058s having earlier been over three tenths slower.

Nasr complained about traffic during his second run, although he was still able to improve on his first-run time by over four tenths.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.736s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m10.838s 0.102s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.404s 0.668s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m11.485s 0.749s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.495s 0.759s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.540s 0.804s
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m11.937s 1.201s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m12.104s 1.368s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m12.165s 1.429s
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m12.266s 1.530s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m12.420s
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m12.431s
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m12.521s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m12.726s
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m12.920s
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m13.258s
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.276s
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m13.410s
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m13.427s
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.623s
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.681s
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m13.432s

Da Autosport.com



Rosberg outpaces F1 title rival Hamilton in Brazilian GP practice

Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg beat title rival Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix at an overcast Interlagos.

Rosberg, who can clinch the title by winning Sunday’s race no matter where Mercedes team-mate Hamilton finishes, posted the quickest lap of the weekend so far with a 1m11.740s effort.

Hamilton, who was quickest in both Friday practice sessions, had to settle for second, just 0.093s slower than Rosberg.

Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed the cooler conditions compared to Friday’s session to finish third and fourth, 0.219s and 0.287s down respectively on Rosberg.

Behind the leading quartet came Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who had hoped the drop in temperatures would help their cause, but they were 0.337s and 0.547s off the pace ultimately.

Following the scorching temperatures for second practice that rose to 31C, with the track hitting a peak of 52C, FP3 was run in very different conditions.

Heavy overnight rain resulted in a grey start to the session and a damp circuit in places that started off at 22C and rose to a high of 25C.

A handful of drivers conducted exploratory laps on full-wet tyres early on, before Hamilton pitted for slicks, claiming the track was "pretty dry" despite light drizzle in some places.

Hamilton went off on his first flying lap on softs, before setting the first competitive time of the day with a 1m16.980s.

There was a momentary disturbance 15 minutes into the session that resulted in double-yellows flags being waved in sector one, when an umbrella blew onto the track at the Senna S, but this was swiftly dealt with.

Others soon followed Hamilton’s lead by venturing out on either soft or medium dry tyres, leading to the times tumbling as the rain eased off.

Raikkonen set the benchmark time on soft tyres with a lap of 1m12.530s before Ricciardo beat that by almost a quarter of a second with 17 minutes remaining, effectively sparking the start of the qualifying simulation runs.

Rosberg eventually emerged as the fastest driver of the session, posting a time of 1m11.740s that Hamilton couldn’t quite reach.

Valtteri Bottas was seventh in his Willliams, and the only other driver to finish within a second of Rosberg.

Bottas was almost four tenths of a second ahead of Jolyon Palmer’s Renault, while Felipe Massa’s Williams and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda rounded out the top 10.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson finished bottom of the standings, the only driver without a time to his name.

He completed only one lap due to technical issues, necessitating an engine change.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m11.740s 19
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.833s 0.093s 21
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.959s 0.219s 14
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.027s 0.287s 16
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m12.077s 0.337s 19
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m12.287s 0.547s 21
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m12.614s 0.874s 27
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m12.968s 1.228s 19
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m12.990s 1.250s 26
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m13.002s 1.262s 12
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m13.203s 1.463s 14
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.231s 1.491s 19
13 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m13.255s 1.515s 15
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m13.293s 1.553s 20
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.344s 1.604s 15
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m13.596s 1.856s 16
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m13.609s 1.869s 13
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.750s 2.010s 9
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m13.972s 2.232s 20
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.992s 2.252s 14
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m14.222s 2.482s 21
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1

Da Autosport.com