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GP Australia, tattiche e rotture–21/03/2016


Raikkonen ha rotto il turbo

È stata  la rottura della turbina a provocare il ritiro di Kimi Raikkonen al 21° giro del Gp Australia. Il finlandese era arrivato lentamente ai box con le fiamme che uscivano dall’airscope. Si era lamentato via radio di un calo del motore, ma alla fine quando è sceso dalla macchina ha spiegato: “Non è un cedimento del propulsore perché il motore girava e mi ha permesso di rientrare ai box; c’è stata solo una perdita di potenza”.

Così alla fine si è capito che a cedere era stato il turbo, che nei motori F1 ibridi per regolamento, ricordiamo, è uno solo. In pratica il 1.6 V6 funzionava da… motore aspirato; inoltre cedendo il turbo, cede anche il sistema di recupero di energia dal turbo stesso che garantisce una bella quantità di cavalli a sua volta. Anche il fatto che il pilota sia stato fatto rientrare ai box doveva far supporre che il guasto non fosse al motore.“Se avessimo visto in telemetria che c’era un problema al motore, gli avremmo ordinato di parcheggiare subito la macchina a bordo pista senza farlo arrivare ai box”, spiega Arrivabene.

Probabilmente il guasto si è originato durante i 20 minuti di sosta con bandiera rossa. La turbina raggiunge temperature elevatissime, vicine ai mille gradi, e con la macchina ferma non transita aria dentro la carrozzeria per abbassare le temperature. I meccanici ai box di solito, proprio per raffreddare componenti incandescenti come turbina e freni, usano ventilatori. Forse sotto la carrozzeria strettissima della Ferrari n.7 dopo la neutralizzazione della gara, si è scatenato un calore enorme che ha danneggiato la turbina e così alla ripartenza, dopo pochi giri, il metallo della turbina ha ceduto facendo incendiare olio e plastica sotto la carrozzeria.

L’unica consolazione per Raikkonen è che non dovrà cambiare probabilmente motore in Bahrain ma semplicemente il turbo, contingentato anche lui (se si eccede con le sostituzioni si pagano posizioni in griglia) ma meno soggetto a usura come un intero propulsore in condizioni normali.

Da Autosprint.it



La tattica di Raikkonen sacrificata a favore di quella di Vettel

La Ferrari al primo pit stop ha deciso di richiamare prima Vettel, mentre Raikkonen è stato tenuto in pista. Arrivabene è chiaro: "Kimi non stava perdendo tantissimo, per cui credo che la decisione siastata giusta. Non si può vincere con due piloti"

Quando dopo ventidue giri Kimi Raikkonen è tornato in corsia box con le fiamme che uscivano dall’airscope delle sua Ferrari, la gara di Iceman è andata in archivio con uno zero in classifica. Ma sul suo Gp d’Australia le cattive notizie erano iniziate già prima.

All’undicesimo giro Kimi è transitato a 2”496 secondi dal leader Sebastian Vettel, e con un secondo di vantaggio su Nico Rosberg. La tornata successiva il tedesco della Mercedes ha provato l’undercut sul tandem ferrarista, ed una volta tornato in pista ha virtualmente superato Raikkonen già al termine del secondo settore. La Ferrari a quel punto è corsa ai ripari, chiamando subito in pit-lane Vettel e consentendo al tedesco di mantenere il comando della gara d’un soffio.

E Kimi? Era logico attendersi la sosta del finlandese al giro successivo, ma invece la Ferrari numero 7 è stata lasciata in pista fino al sedicesimo giro. Il risultato è stato che dopo il pit-stop Raikkonen è rientrato in pista ritrovandosi staccato da ben tredici secondi da Rosberg.

Maurizio Arrivabene ha dato la sua spiegazione:

“Kimi non stava perdendo tantissimo, quindi tenerlo fuori in quel momento era la cosa giusta da fare. Se lo avessimo chiamato prima forse avremmo compromesso la gara di Sebastian. Per cui credo che sia stata la decisione, giusta. Non puoi vincere con due piloti”.

Sulla bontà della decisione di dare la precedenza alla chiamata di Vettel non ci sono dubbi, ma è difficile comprendere i motivi per cui si sia messo Raikkonen nelle condizioni di perdere così tanto tempo nei confronti di Rosberg avendo di fatto una strategia (fino a quel momento) identica a quella del compagno di squadra.

“In quelle fasi è il team che decide – ha commentato Raikkonen – ed in quel frangente abbiamo perso subito una posizione su Rosberg”.

Gli sviluppi della strategia del muretto ferrarista sono stati poi azzerati dopo un solo giro, quando la bandiera rossa ha interrotto la corsa azzerando tutti i margini tra le monoposto.

Da Motorsport.com


GP Australia, commenti post gara–20/03/2016


Australian GP – “We knew that we were close”

Kimi undaunted despite retirement

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we had a good first part of the race but at a certain point I lost power and had to retire. I don’t know exactly what happened, I don’t think that the problem was related to the engine because it was still running. It must have been something else. It’s a very unfortunate thing for the whole team. After the winter testing we had a rough idea that we should be pretty ok, Saturday was a funny day, with very odd conditions and circumstances, so we knew that the time difference in qualifying was not real. The car has been handling well, it’s fast and I had a good feeling but obviously we need to finish the race. We still have some work to do.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Australia, gara–20/03/2016


Nico Rosberg wins wild 2016 F1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg scored his fourth successive Formula 1 victory in an Australian Grand Prix marred by a shocking crash involving Fernando Alonso.

Rosberg, who won the final three races of last season in his Mercedes, finished eight seconds ahead of reigning champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third.

The race, though, will be remembered for Alonso walking away from a lap-17 shunt in which his McLaren ran into the rear of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, slammed into the wall and then rolled violently through the gravel trap, forcing a red flag and a 20-minute stoppage.

Following the damp squib of qualifying, which will revert back to the old format from the Bahrain GP after an urgent meeting of team principals and managers prior to the start, the race overall was a shot in the arm for F1, despite the latest Mercedes one-two.

It started with Vettel majestically scything his way between front-row duo Hamilton and Rosberg to take the lead into the first corner.

Behind the four-time champion, Rosberg edged Hamilton wide at Turn 1, and doing so allowed Raikkonen to nip through on the inside to claim second.

Hamilton was relegated to sixth behind not only the Ferraris and Rosberg, but also Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Felipe Massa’s Williams.

It took four laps for Hamilton to overtake the Williams, and though soon up behind Verstappen he was unable to get close enough to pass, which allowed the leading trio to pull away by the first round of stops.

The tyre choice was fascinating as Vettel and Raikkonen remained on super-softs, while Rosberg switched to softs, with an adrift Hamilton on mediums as Mercedes tried to get him to the end of the race on a one-stop strategy.

The race was then transformed with the crash involving Alonso and Gutierrez, with all cars returning to the pits and many taking advantage of the red flag to change tyres.

Rosberg followed Hamilton onto mediums, but the Ferraris stuck with super-softs and Daniel Ricciardo and the Toro Rossos softs as they restarted behind the safety car in the order Vettel, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Carlos Sainz Jr, Hamilton and Massa.

Raikkonen soon retired from third, his Ferrari appearing to suffer a power-unit failure, leading to flames emerging from the engine cover as he stopped outside his garage.

Vettel could not pull away sufficiently on his super-softs and pitted on lap 35 of 57, handing the lead to Rosberg.

Hamilton was elevated to third by Vettel and the Toro Rossos stopping, then moved down the inside of the soon-to-pit Ricciardo for second with 16 laps to go, leaving him 10s behind his team-mate.

Rosberg managed to hold his ground over the closing laps to clinch his 15th win in F1.

A small mistake by Hamilton on lap 51 brought Vettel into play for second, but the champion kept his rival at bay to claim the runner-up spot, helped by the Ferrari locking up and running onto the grass at the penultimate corner with two laps to go.

Ricciardo claimed fourth, followed by Massa, with Romain Grosjean scoring points for Haas on its debut, the first new team to do so since Toyota with Mika Salo in 2002.

Grosjean benefited from being able to make his sole tyre change under the red flag, meaning he effectively completed the race without pitting.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, followed by Valtteri Bottas for Williams, both unable to pass Grosjean despite following the Haas for half the race.

Sainz and Verstappen caught this group after their pitstops, and had a minor clash near the end that resulted in a spin for Verstappen.

Neither Renault scored on the works team’s return – Jolyon Palmer 11th and Kevin Magnussen 12th after a first-lap puncture.

For the second successive year in Melbourne Daniil Kvyat retired before the start, with the Russian’s Red Bull grinding to a halt just behind the safety car as the grid formed.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h48m15.565s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8.060s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 9.643s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 24.330s
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 58.979s
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m12.081s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m14.199s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m15.153s
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.680s
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m16.833s
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m23.399s
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m25.606s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m31.699s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1 Lap
Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari Tyre
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Fire
Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes Transmission
Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari Collision
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Collision
Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer Not started

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Nico Rosberg 25
2 Lewis Hamilton 18
3 Sebastian Vettel 15
4 Daniel Ricciardo 12
5 Felipe Massa 10
6 Romain Grosjean 8
7 Nico Hulkenberg 6
8 Valtteri Bottas 4
9 Carlos Sainz 2
10 Max Verstappen 1

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 43
2 Ferrari 15
3 Williams/Mercedes 14
4 Red Bull/TAG Heuer 12
5 Haas/Ferrari 8
6 Force India/Mercedes 6
7 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 3
8 Renault 0
9 McLaren/Honda 0
10 Sauber/Ferrari 0
11 Manor/Mercedes 0

Da Autosport.com


GP Australia, commenti post qualifiche–19/03/2016


Ferrari closer to Mercedes than it looks, say Raikkonen and Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari’s deficit to Mercedes is no cause for alarm following the opening qualifying session of the new Formula 1 season in Australia.

The suggestion following pre-season testing was Ferrari would pose more of a threat to Mercedes this year.

But Raikkonen finished 1.196 seconds adrift of Lewis Hamilton, who clinched the 50th pole of his career, to start fourth on the grid at Melbourne’s Albert Park just behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel who was 0.838s down.

"There’s a difference obviously," said Raikkonen.

"I struggled a bit with the warm-up. On the last set [of tyres] it was slightly better, but I wouldn’t look too much into that time difference between us and Mercedes here.

"Obviously we would rather be in front, but it’s been quite a strange weekend so far, and for us it would be better to have slightly warmer conditions to get the tyres ready and working better.

"But the car feels pretty good, so I think it’s too early, and once we go to the next races and normal circuits I think we’ll see the real picture.

"Obviously they [Mercedes] are still very fast, but I don’t think you should be too worried."

Vettel also feels the gap was unrepresentative, particularly as the new qualifying format resulted in him opting to save a set of fresh super-softs for the race.

"I’ve said many times we have made a step forwards, which I think we have, and especially tomorrow we should be quite a bit closer," said Vettel.

"We expected them to be strong in qualifying, which they were. We had a bit of a rougher start to find the rhythm – certainly I had – which got better throughout qualifying.

"I’m very happy with the lap I had in the end, so we called it there and saved a set of tyres for tomorrow.

"Sure, we’re not on the front row, but we still have high hopes for the race and it’s going to be a long year.

"We know this car has a lot of potential, so in starting out third and fourth, locking out the second row, it’s a good achievement."

Nico Rosberg, who starts second behind team-mate Hamilton, was left surprised by the gap to Ferrari, although he appreciates there were extenuating circumstances.

"It [the gap] is not real because we had two runs [in Q3], they only had one run," said Rosberg.

"Sebastian was really compromised in his qualifying because he only had one tyre left in Q3, and he had to make that stick.

"So that’s a different situation to us as we were easy going and could just take some risks out there.

"So let’s be careful, but for sure the gap has surprised us today and we’re very happy about it at the moment.

"We all know Ferrari is always quicker in the race than in qualifying, so let’s hold our horses and see how it goes tomorrow."

Da Autosport.com



Australian GP – “A good team effort”

Kimi happy with “improving” package

“It was not the ideal qualifying, but not too bad either. The car feels pretty good, and even if the Mercedes are faster than us I don’t think we should be too worried. I was struggling a bit with the front tires to get them working at the first three corners, but apart from that we had a very good package and it was getting better and better. Maybe for us it would have been better to have warmer conditions. The new qualifying format is obviously different, from a driver’s point of view it’s a slightly different feeling than it was before, but if you watch it on TV I think that there is a much bigger difference. I think today we did a good job as a team, this being the first time of the year. In Q3 we did have another set of tires available, but it wouldn’t have changed a lot to go out, so we decided to keep it for the race. So far it’s ok, it can always be better but we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Australia, prove del sabato–19/03/2016


Lewis Hamilton on Australian GP pole, new system proves anti-climax

Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, as Formula 1 experimented with a new qualifying format for the first time since 2006.

New rules for 2016 dictate that drivers will be eliminated at 90-second intervals during the second half of each segment of qualifying, in a bid to mix-up the grids.

This created a rush to do fast times early on in each segment, and left insufficient times for slower runners to react to the threat of elimination.

It made Q1 exciting, Q2 less so, and was disastrous for Q3 where only the two Mercedes bothered to attempt second runs.

Thus attempts to create a mixed-up grid led to the usual pole position shootout between the two Mercedes drivers.

Hamilton led the way after the first runs and that time was already good enough for top spot before he improved on his second attempt, thanks to team-mate Nico Rosberg falling short of Hamilton’s earlier benchmark with his own final effort.

The remaining Q3 runners sat in their garages to watch themselves be eliminated from contention, and the pressure to get in and out of the pits in time for Mercedes’ second runs meant there were no cars on track for the final 2m30s of the session.

The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen locked out row two, but ended up well adrift of the Mercedes, despite being promisingly close in final practice.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen qualified an excellent fifth, narrowly ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams and with the sister STR-Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr next up.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top eight, just 0.007s slower than Sainz.

The McLaren-Hondas of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and the two works Renaults of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen, were the early victims in Q2 with none of the four bothering to attempt second runs.

Alonso ended up 12th, just under two tenths faster than Button, while rookie Palmer edged Magnussen out by 0.141s.

Sainz managed to escape elimination, having languished in the drop zone after his first flier, but Valtteri Bottas failed to improve before the clock ran out on his Williams so he ended up 11th, behind Force India pair Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Both Manor drivers were sitting in their garages when Q1 elimination began, before Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean were the first drivers to be eliminated while still on-track, after running out of time while attempting to go faster on a second set of tyres.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was the highest profile casualty, ending up 18th fastest in a car easily good enough for the top 10.

The Russian was seen walking through the pitlane as his elimination time came up.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr also ran out of time while on track, ending up 17th.

That left Palmer battling Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson for the final Q2 spot.

Palmer vaulted up to 14th, just ahead of Magnussen, with his final flying effort, while Ericsson locked up heavily at the penultimate corner so dropped to 16th and into elimination.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.837s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.197s 0.360s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m24.675s 0.838s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.033s 1.196s
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.434s 1.597s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m25.458s 1.621s
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.582s 1.745s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m25.589s 1.752s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m25.753s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m25.865s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m25.961s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m26.125s
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m26.304s
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m27.601s
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m27.742s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.435s
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.958s
18 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m28.006s
19 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m28.322s
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m29.606s
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m29.642s
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m29.627s

Da Autosport.com



Lewis Hamilton fastest in dry third F1 practice for Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in final practice for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel only two tenths off the pace.

Mercedes used the super-soft tyres for the first time this year, with Hamilton clocking a 1m25.624s, 0.176s ahead of Rosberg at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Vettel’s time was set before the Mercedes duo with the track rapidly improving, suggesting there could be a close battle at the sharp end in qualifying later on Saturday.

Rain throughout Friday severely limited any meaningful running but despite an overcast start to Saturday, conditions improved and the entire 60-minute session remained dry.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr, running a 2015-spec Ferrari engine, split the Ferraris on the super-softs to go fourth quickest, 0.633s adrift of Hamilton and two tenths clear of Kimi Raikkonen.

The other Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen was sixth, ahead of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Bottas and Williams team-mate Felipe Massa struggled to get the tyres working early in FP3, but they made progress as the session went on, with Massa ninth and Force India’s Sergio Perez completing the top 10.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button showed encouraging performance to set the 11th and 12th quickest times respectively for McLaren.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was 13th, ahead of the leading Sauber of Marcus Ericsson and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was seven tenths adrift of team-mate Perez in 16th, with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer 17th.

F1 rookie Rio Haryanto and Romain Grosjean collided in the pitlane early in the session when they were both released at the same time.

Haryanto was able to get out shortly after with a new front wing bolted to his car, but Haas chose to change the floor as well as the front wing on Grosjean’s car before getting him back out.

Haryanto ended up 22nd and last, but just two tenths adrift of highly-rated team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.

Grosjean completed the fewest laps of anybody with 11 and ended the session 19th, 0.008s adrift of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.624s 24
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.800s 0.176s 25
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m25.852s 0.228s 25
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m26.257s 0.633s 28
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.435s 0.811s 23
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m26.701s 1.077s 26
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m26.730s 1.106s 28
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m26.768s 1.144s 22
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m27.151s 1.527s 28
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.242s 1.618s 22
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m27.263s 1.639s 20
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.341s 1.717s 20
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m27.430s 1.806s 22
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.659s 2.035s 26
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m27.871s 2.247s 24
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m27.988s 2.364s 22
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m28.117s 2.493s 24
18 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m28.284s 2.660s 21
19 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m28.292s 2.668s 11
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.293s 2.669s 26
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m29.046s 3.422s 18
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m29.272s 3.648s 23

Da Autosport.com


GP Australia, commenti post libere 18/03/2016


Australian GP – “Too bad for the weather”

Kimi regrets not to able to run more

“Today the weather conditions made it very tricky for everybody and unfortunately we couldn’t do many laps. It was a pity not to have been able to run in proper conditions, for all the spectators and for all of us, but we cannot change the weather. The car is the same we had in testing, but it was the first time with wet tires and it seems to be ok. Let’s see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, hopefully we can get some dry running, get the car correct and go from there. Tomorrow for the first time we’ll try the new qualifying format, it will be different so we have to see how it pans out. Obviously it’s the first time and it may be a bit of a hustle for some people, hopefully we get it right.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Australia, prove libere venerdì–18/03/2016


Lewis Hamilton fastest in Melbourne practice, Nico Rosberg crashes

Lewis Hamilton set the pace while Nico Rosberg started his 2016 Formula 1 campaign in ignominious fashion as the weather put a dampener on Australian Grand Prix Friday practice.

A heavy downpour soaked the Melbourne track between sessions, and added to the cool 17-degree air temperature it meant intermediate tyre running only in practice two.

A further shower 15 minutes from the end, at a time when the track was drying and the teams may have been considering slicks, ensured the times stayed considerably off the pace of the morning, which Hamilton had topped in 1m29.725s.

A number of drivers did venture out when the conditions were poor early in the session, but it went wrong for Rosberg half an hour in.

The German aquaplaned out of Turn 6 and lost control of his Mercedes, sending him into a wall and wrecking the new-for-2016 nose that was trialled during the second pre-season test.

Rosberg was able to continue, but with the wing lodged underneath his car, he was told by the pitwall to stop and pull over given the debris being created.

Mercedes at least confirmed it has spares available to ensure Rosberg runs with the new-spec nose over the weekend.

While Rosberg was left watching from the pits, Hamilton again topped the timesheet but, indicative of the conditions, his lap of 1m38.841s was nine seconds down on his earlier benchmark.

Force India’s Sergio Perez was poised to go quickest at one point as he set new bests in the first two sectors, only to lose time in the final sector as the late shower hit.

The Mexican stayed ninth, 2.415s behind Hamilton and two seconds down on team-mate Nico Hulkenberg who finished closest to the Briton, 0.467s adrift.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, home hero Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull, and Carlos Sainz Jr for Toro Rosso all finished within a second of Hamilton as they filled the top five.

The McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were sixth and seventh, just over a second down, followed by Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari and then Perez.

Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10, but 3.5s adrift, followed by the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, with the Mexican four seconds off the pace.

Manor’s rookie duo of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto were 12th and 14th, albeit completing the most laps with 24 and 22 respectively, sandwiching Romain Grosjean’s Haas.

Rosberg finished last of those that set a time as Renault pair Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer, and Williams team-mates Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas only completed exploratory installation laps.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, along with Max Verstappen, failed to leave the garage at all.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.841s 7
2 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.308s 0.467s 8
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m39.486s 0.645s 7
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.535s 0.694s 9
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m39.694s 0.853s 16
6 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.895s 1.054s 16
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m40.008s 1.167s 13
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m40.761s 1.920s 7
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m41.256s 2.415s 8
10 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m42.411s 3.570s 10
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m42.891s 4.050s 10
12 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m43.401s 4.560s 25
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m43.731s 4.890s 8
14 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m44.304s 5.463s 22
15 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m47.356s 8.515s 4
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 2
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 5
18 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2
19 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 2

Da Autosport.com



Lewis Hamilton sets pace in rain-hit first Australian GP practice

Lewis Hamilton topped the times in a rain-interrupted session as the 2016 Formula 1 season got under way with first Australian Grand Prix practice at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

The reigning world champion clocked a 1m29s.725s for Mercedes, 0.421 seconds quicker than Red Bull’s Danill Kvyat with Daniel Ricciardo seven tenths adrift in third.

Rain earlier in the morning soaked the track and though a dry line appeared, the session was disjointed as showers fell intermittently throughout.

Drivers were limited to a 15-minute window towards the end of the a 90-minute session to get some representative dry running in.

A heavy shower hit with a few minutes to go, catching out Kimi Raikkonen and Ricciardo, with the Red Bull getting stuck deep in the gravel.

Nico Hulkenberg was one of the few drivers to get a lap in on the softs and ended up fourth quickest ahead of Max Verstappen, who spun his Toro Rosso at Turn 5 in the damp conditions.

Nico Rosberg did not manage to set a lap time when the track was at its driest, but did get some soft tyre running in late on to finish sixth.

McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were tasked with working to complete the team’s final configuration and set-up work as it had failed to complete its testing programme.

The duo completed 27 laps between them to finish seventh and eighth quickest respectively.

Force India’s Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen in the Renault completed the top 10.

Newcomer Haas limited its running given the conditions and its lack of spare parts with Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez completing just 14 laps between them.

Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz Jr were the only drivers not to set a time.

Vettel completed eight installation laps while Sainz managed just three after spending most of the session in the Toro Rosso garage having stopped at the pitlane entry early on.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.725s 14
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m30.146s 0.421s 14
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m30.875s 1.150s 13
4 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m31.325s 1.600s 8
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m31.720s 1.995s 14
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m31.814s 2.089s 11
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m33.060s 3.335s 11
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m33.129s 3.404s 16
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m33.370s 3.645s 6
10 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m34.060s 4.335s 13
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.550s 4.825s 6
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.679s 4.954s 6
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.796s 5.071s 7
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m35.477s 5.752s 12
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.956s 8.231s 6
16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m40.401s 10.676s 6
17 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.754s 11.029s 10
18 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m41.780s 12.055s 8
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m43.372s 13.647s 7
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m43.443s 13.718s 6
21 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 8
22 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 3

Da Autosport.com


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