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Tante scuse–28/10/2013


Eric Boullier apologises for Kimi Raikkonen/Lotus F1 radio exchange

Lotus boss Eric Boullier has apologised for the radio exchange between Kimi Raikkonen and Alan Permane during the Indian Grand Prix.

The team’s trackside operations director Permane told Raikkonen to "move out of the ****ing way" as the Finn struggled for pace with worn tyres while team-mate Romain Grosjean was right behind him.

In his first passing attempt, Grosjean had to go off track to avoid contact.

Raikkonen responded on the radio with another profanity before Grosjean, under pressure from Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, passed him on his way to third place.

Lotus said after the race that it would discuss Raikkonen’s defiance.

On Monday, Boullier said the radio exchange had been inappropriate and that he will make sure it is not repeated.

"Romain was two seconds per lap faster than Kimi at that time, so it was not even a team order," said Boullier.

"By asking Kimi to let Romain pass, we just made the obvious choice, as Massa could have stolen our podium.

"With hindsight, this radio message could have been sent in a less emotional way.

"There was a lot of tension, a lot of potential technical problems, and some of the words that flew around were simply not appropriate.

"I know that quite a few people were surprised and I can only apologise for that on behalf of the team. It won’t happen again."

Da Autosportt.com


La dura legge del web…–28/10/2013


Lotus, il team radio e la dura legge dei social network

L’episodio del litigio via team radio tra Alan Permane e Kimi Raikkonen al Gran Premio d’India si è rivelato un tremendo boomerang mediatico per la Lotus, fin qui regina dei social network tra le squadre di Formula 1.

La Lotus e Kimi Raikkonen hanno formato, almeno fino a ieri, un perfetto binomio sia a livello di risultati sia a livello d’immagine. Il ritorno della scuderia nero-oro, nata dalle ceneri della Renault F1, accoppiato a quello dell’ex campione del mondo, rientrato dall’esilio volontario di due stagioni nel mondo del WRC, è stato un autentico successo.

In pista, il team di Enstone e il pilota finlandese in queste due stagioni sono stati qualcosa di più di un outsider, conquistando due vittorie e svariati podi e dando regolarmente filo da torcere agli altri top team che dispongono di budget nettamente superiori. Agli eccellenti risultati in pista, coronati dal terzo posto finale di Kimi nel 2012 che potrebbe venir bissato quest’anno e dal record di gare consecutive a punti, si è accompagnato un vero trionfo sui social network a suon di tweet ironici e foto divertenti, facilitati da quel modo di fare così fuori dagli schemi di Raikkonen.

Se la Red Bull si è dimostrata imbattibile in pista, sul web la Lotus ha staccato nettamente i rivali in termini di successo di visibilità. Un tale trionfo che la scuderia quest’anno ha portato gli hashtag twitteriani addirittura sulla carrozzeria della E21, con una parola chiave per ognuno degli appuntamenti del calendario 2013, test compresi. Questo ha permesso alla rinata scuderia di raggiungere in breve tempo un numero di iscritti ai propri canali su Facebook e Twitter che non sfigura rispetto a quello degli altri top team: al momento sono oltre 628.000 i fans su Facebook e più di 320.000 i followers su Twitter.

Un’operazione d’immagine importante per un team sempre alla ricerca di nuovi sponsor per far fronte alle spese elevate della Formula 1. Ma anche una potenziale arma a doppio taglio in caso di episodi negativi. E questa possibilità si è concretizzata proprio nella domenica del Gran Premio d’India. Il colorito botta e risposta tra Alan Permane e Kimi Raikkonen ha scatenato i tifosi di Iceman sul web, autentici talebani del tifo quando di mezzo ci va il finlandese.

Sui social network è partito un autentico bombardamento nei confronti della Lotus. Su Facebook è stata aperta la pagina “I dislike Lotus F1 Team after 2013 Indian GP” (“Io detesto il Team Lotus F1 dopo il Gran Premio d’India 2013″) che in poco più di 24 ore ha raggiunto i 2.400 iscritti, mentre la pagina ufficiale della squadra è stata bombardata da messaggi dispregiativi, alcuni volgari, altri ironici. Insomma, l’ironia mostrata in passato dalla Lotus è ora usata dai tifosi di Raikkonen per attaccare il team.

Nei Top e Flop abbiamo detto che la squadra ha un personale “Adrian Newey” nell’addetto, o negli addetti, ai social network. Il lavoro che lo aspetta ora, a partire dal weekend di Abu Dhabi in arrivo, sarà veramente difficile: ogni messaggio potrebbe essere rivoltato dalla fantasia dei tifosi di Raikkonen e diventare un’arma controproducente. Al momento sembra accusare il colpo: su Facebook è apparsa la foto dell’orso che vi mostriamo in copertina, mentre su Twitter si fa riferimento all’episodio solo riportando le dichiarazioni di Boullier: ”This radio message was simply not appropriate. I can only apologise on behalf of the team” (“Questo messaggio radio era semplicemente non appropriato. Posso solo scusarmi a nome del team”).

Oppure, semplicemente, da navigato esperto delle faccende dei social network, il responsabile della comunicazione Lotus sta solo aspettando che passi la tempesta per pubblicare un messaggio talmente autoironico da spiazzare tutti i nuovi detrattori della squadra. Sarà curioso vedere se saprà superare questa prova da autentico fenomeno del web come si è dimostrato finora e se il team applicherà sulle E21 uno speciale hashtag dedicato proprio all’episodio.

Da F1Passion.it


Stracci volanti…–27/10/2013


Parole di fuoco in casa Lotus: “Kimi, get out the f***ing way!”

27 ottobre 2013 – Nelle ultime tornate del Gp d’India di Formula 1 è andata in scena quella che molti potrebbero considerare una rottura definitiva tra Kimi Raikkonen ed il team Lotus. Con un set di pneumatici molto usurati, il finlandese veniva rimontato giro dopo giro dal compagno di scuderia, Romain Grosjean, fino a quando le due vetture si sono trovate ruota a ruota.

A tener viva l’attenzione degli spettatori nelle ultime fasi del Gp d’india, mentre Sebastian Vettel coronava la propria cavalcata trionfale verso il Titolo Mondiale, ci hanno pensato le due Lotus. Kimi Raikkonen, che occupava la terza posizione, si è visto rimontare furiosamente da Romain Grosjean, il quale è stato senza dubbio favorito anche dall’usura degli pneumatici del compagno di scuderia.

Giunto a distanza utile per tentare il sorpasso, il transalpino ha affiancato la E21 gemella, trovando però per tutta risposta la strada chiusa, con il finlandese che lo ha accompagnato con decisione verso l’esterno della pista, facendolo finire sull’erba artificiale.

Al muretto non è andata propriamente a genio la manovra di Raikkonen, tant’è che, in mondovisione, si è sentito nitidamente il team radio: “Kimi, get out of the f***ing way.” (“Kimi, levati di mezzo, c***o!”). La risposta del Campione del Mondo 2007 non è stata meno velata, va detto: “Don’t f***ing shout at me” (C*** urli con me?”)

Inutile dire che il team non si è minimamente dimostrato concorde con il comportamento tenuto dal finlandese. Alan Permane, il Direttore dell Operazioni in Pista della Lotus ha dichiarato ai microfoni di Sky Sport F1: “Onestamente, è abbastanza disdicevole quanto successo. Kimi sapeva benissimo che le sue gomme non avrebbero retto fino al termine della corsa, non era necessario dare battaglia. Romain stava facendo la sua corsa, e sono sicuro che avremo modo di chiarire quanto successo nel de-briefing.”.

Intervistato sulla questione, anche Eric Boullier, Team Principal Lotus, ha fatto sapere il suo punto di vista: “Sicuramente ci dev’essere stato un fraintendimento, perchè Kimi non si aspettava che Romain fosse così rapido, quindi abbiamo dovuto calmarlo via radio. Quando ti mancano solo dieci giri alla fine, non sai mai come possano andare.“

Da F1Passion.it


GP d’India, commenti post gara–27/10/2013


Indian GP: Raikkonen hampered by overheating brakes

Kimi Raikkonen said his Indian Grand Prix was hampered throughout by overheating brakes even before his tyres faded.

A one-stop strategy brought the Finn up to third in the closing stages despite his issues.

But after losing three positions in quick succession, he made a late pitstop for fresh tyres and finished seventh.

"I did the first 20 laps with hardly any brakes on the car," he said.

"They overheated massively and every time I got close to somebody I lost the brakes.

"In the end we lost the tyres too. It’s very disappointing."

Raikkonen and his Lotus team had a blunt radio exchange as his team-mate Romain Grosjean closed in on him late on.

After resisting Grosjean’s first passing attempt, Raikkonen eased off and let him pass.

"It’s normal to move out of the way, but you can’t do it in a fast corner," he said when quizzed about the argument.

Da Autosport.com


Indian GP: Lotus to hold talks with drivers over on-track battle

Lotus will hold talks with its drivers in Abu Dhabi having admitted it expected Kimi Raikkonen to make life easier for his team-mate Romain Grosjean in their Indian Grand Prix battle.

Grosjean’s tyres were in much better shape as he gained on Raikkonen by two seconds per lap in the closing stages as they fought for third.

The Frenchman was held out wide in his first passing bid, leading to a profanity-laced radio exchange in which the team urged Raikkonen to "get out of the way" while the Finn objected to being "shouted at" in fast corners. He subsequently moved aside.

Asked if Raikkonen should have moved aside immediately, team boss Eric Boullier replied: "They are free to race each other.

"It’s true that we maybe expected a little bit of an easier manoeuvre, let’s say.

"You are never happy when you see both cars fighting and one car going off so you just make sure everything is going in the team interest."

Boullier believes the team now needs to sit down with the duo to discuss the situation.

"I’m going to speak to both of them in Abu Dhabi," he said.

"We are working for these guys to deliver, but there is a team behind them and you always have to think about the team.

"If Kimi’s tyres would not have dropped off he would have been on the podium. We let them race, which is normal, but the tyres dropped off and we tried to save the maximum number of points for Kimi.

"We had the fear of the tyres dropping off for Romain. We had an engine issue as well when we had to switch off everything to make sure the engine would last to the end.

"There was a lot of stress behind which is not always easy to manage."

Though Boullier said he understood Raikkonen’s stance, he thought the situation in India should have been handled better.

"Kimi is a competitor. He is racing everybody and I can understand this," said Boullier.

"But when you are racing in certain conditions, you are racing and I am fine with that. When the tyres are dropping off and you are two seconds off the pace against your team-mate you try not to make a drama of this."

Da Autosport.com


Kimi Räikkönen Believes Strategy Gamble Was Worth the Risk

A tough afternoon for our Iceman saw him stuck in traffic, battling brake issues and foiled at the last by a strategy call falling just short of success. A sterling effort from the Finn to take P7; here’s his view of events…

How was your race?

We ran maybe the first twenty laps with no brakes as they had overheated, so every time I got close to somebody I lost braking. At the end of the race I ran out of tyre performance too so it’s been a pretty disappointing day.

What was the strategy?

We started the race knowing that a one stop strategy could be possible if you did a longer first stint on the soft tyres. Ours wasn’t so long, but when I got stuck behind [Nico] Hulkenberg later in the race we decided to try and make it a one stop. Unfortunately It didn’t work.

How difficult was it to battle when your tyre performance was dropping away?

I knew the tyres would drop off quite quickly, but you still try to race. Once I had lost the places I could make an extra stop without losing any more which meant I finished where I would have done anyway, so it was worth the risk. We tried to get on the podium with a one stop strategy, but in the end it didn’t work.

Da LotusF1.com


GP d’India, gara–27/10/2013


Indian GP: Vettel takes fourth F1 title with crushing win

Sebastian Vettel sealed his fourth consecutive Formula 1 World Championship crown with a dominant Indian Grand Prix victory.

The Red Bull driver converted his pole position into the lead at the first corner at the Buddh circuit and was always effectively in front, even though his pit strategy painted a different picture during the opening phase of the race.

Vettel started on Pirelli’s soft tyres and was the first man into the pits for medium rubber at the end of the second lap.

Once Felipe Massa’s Ferrari and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had got rid of their softs, Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was left in front while the German battled through the pack.

A combination of passing moves and pitstops for others quickly moved Vettel up from 18th to fifth. Despite being in traffic, he cut an 18-second deficit to Webber to one of less than 11s by the time the Australian made his first stop on lap 28 of 60.

By that point Vettel had passed Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez’s McLaren, meaning he retook the lead at this point.

Both Red Bull drivers made their final stops by lap 33, Red Bull employing a similar, short-stint strategy on softs for Webber.

Webber’s 11s deficit to Vettel before those final stops became one of more than 13s after them, leading to the team instructing the German to ease his pace and protect his tyres.

It became irrelevant less than 10 laps later as Webber retired from second after suffering an alternator problem.

Webber’s misfortune promoted Kimi Raikkonen to second, the Lotus driver attempting to make it to the finish with a 52-lap stint on medium Pirellis.

But the Finn could not hold off the two-stopping Rosberg, who used his DRS to ease into second with eight laps remaining. He finished 29s behind Vettel as Red Bull clinched the constructors’ title.

Raikkonen’s pace during the final few laps was over a second slower than those chasing him, including team-mate Grosjean, whose rubber was 46 laps old by the finish.

The Frenchman, who started 17th, pulled onto Raikkonen’s tail with four laps to go and passed the Finn for third at the exit of Turn 4, only to cede back the place immediately to avoid a penalty.

Raikkonen let Grosjean by further around the lap to allow the Frenchman to to finish on the podium for a third straight race. He was then passed by Massa for fourth as they crossed the start/finish line seconds later.

The battling Hamilton and Perez were with Raikkonen a lap-and-a-half later, Perez using his DRS and KERS to pass both down the back straight and take fifth – his best result since joining McLaren last winter.

Raikkonen, who lost sixth to Hamilton during the same move, pitted for fresh rubber with just two laps to go, but was able to remain ahead of Paul di Resta and set the race’s fastest lap right at the death.

Di Resta and Adrian Sutil made it two Force Indias in the points with Ricciardo completing the top 10.

Fernando Alonso, the only man who arrived in India with a chance of denying Vettel the title, had a race fraught with incident.

He stopped early for tyres and a new front wing after clipping Webber’s rear wing and damaging his nosecone at the exit of the race’s first corner, and then banged wheels with Jenson Button two corners later.

The Ferrari driver spent his entire afternoon in the midfield and finished 11th after stopping three times. And battling with Ricciardo, Pastor Maldonado and Button late on.

Nico Hulkenberg drove strongly all weekend and was on course for eighth when he pitted near the end with a problem with the floor of his Sauber. He retired with three laps left..

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS

The Indian Grand Prix
Buddh International Circuit, India;
60 laps; 307.249km;
Weather: Smoggy.

Classified:

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           1h31:12.187
 2.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   +    29.823
 3.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +    39.892
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                    +    41.692
 5.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +    43.829
 6.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +    52.400
 7.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +  1:07.900
 8.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes       +  1:12.800
 9.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +  1:14.700
10.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:16.200
11.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +  1:18.200
12.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +  1:18.900
13.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
14.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +     1 lap
15.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
16.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +     1 lap
17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
18.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
19.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +    6 laps

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:27.679

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Webber         Red Bull-Renault             40
Pic            Caterham-Renault             36
van der Garde  Caterham-Renault             2


World Championship standings, round 16:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        322        1.  Red Bull-Renault          470
 2.  Alonso        207        2.  Mercedes                  313
 3.  Raikkonen     183        3.  Ferrari                   309
 4.  Hamilton      169        4.  Lotus-Renault             285
 5.  Webber        148        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           93
 6.  Rosberg       144        6.  Force India-Mercedes       68
 7.  Massa         102        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             45
 8.  Grosjean      102        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         32
 9.  Button         60        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Di Resta       40       
11.  Huleknberg     39       
12.  Perez          33       
13.  Sutil          28       
14.  Ricciardo      19       
15.  Vergne         13       
16.  Gutierrez       6       
17.  Maldonado       1       
Da Autosport.com

GP d’India, commenti post qualifiche–26/10/2013


Steady Progress for Kimi Räikkönen in India

It’s P6 on the grid for our Finn tomorrow. How far can he work up the order? We asked the man himself…

How was qualifying for you?

It wasn’t an ideal qualifying session and I’m still having some problems with understeer, but the car did feel better overall than yesterday. The tyres are a challenge and have to be managed over a full lap for qualifying so we are where we are on the grid.

Have you made changes to the car since yesterday?

Obviously we made some changes, but there are certain things we can’t change so it’s still not exactly as we want. That’s how it is.

How long can you make the soft tyres last?

Let’s see tomorrow. I have no answers today.

Any predictions for the race?

We’ll see what happens and I’ll try to do as well as I can. Overall, the car feels slightly better than in the last few races; still not where we want it to be, but slightly better. Usually we do better in the race than we qualify so we’ll just have to see what happens.

Da LotusF1.com


Indian GP: Raikkonen making progress with camber issues

Kimi Raikkonen believes he has made some progress in improving his qualifying performances even though he still cannot get the car to handle as he wants it to.

The Finn was sixth fastest in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix, his best position on Saturday since he took fourth at the Nurburgring in July.

Raikkonen revealed yesterday that the camber and pressure limits introduced at the German GP have held him back, but while he is not happy there have been some gains.

When asked by AUTOSPORT if qualifying is back to normal, he replied: "No, I don’t think so.

"The issues are still there but it’s maybe a little bit less.

"We can go much faster but we have to do those things [change restricted settings].

"Overall, it was a little bit better, but it’s still not as I want it. There are still some issues."

The 2007 world champion is hopeful of being able to contend for a podium finish from his place on the third row.

In the last three races, he has finished in the top five every time, twice on the podium, even though he started no higher than ninth.

"Usually we go better in the race, so that’s the aim and we have to see what happens tomorrow," he said.

"There are a lot of different ways of doing the race, differences with the tyres, so we will see how it goes.

"You cannot plan the race as there are a lot of things you cannot plan, the start, safety cars.

"You try to make the best decisions where it comes and see where we are."

Da Autosport.com


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GP d’India, prove sabato–26/10/2013


Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel flies to pole ahead of Nico Rosberg

Sebastian Vettel produced one of his most commanding qualifying performances of an already-dominant 2013 Formula 1 campaign to take Indian Grand Prix pole.

The Red Bull driver, who is poised to clinch a fourth straight world championship this weekend, was 1.7 seconds faster than his rivals when he first put in the 1m24.119s that became pole.

That statistic was skewed by the fact that all those out on that stage were using medium tyres whereas Vettel was on softs.

But even the soft-shod Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were seven tenths off Vettel as they took second and third.

The shock of qualifying was Romain Grosjean’s Q1 exit.

The man who fought for victory at Suzuka a fortnight ago will be fighting to get through the field at Buddh having chosen to use medium tyres in Q1.

Vettel was the only other man who went for that strategy, but while he had no problem getting through in 11th, Grosjean could only manage 17th.

Mark Webber used mediums successfully in Q3 to take fourth on the grid. He was 0.928s slower than Red Bull team-mate Vettel, but 0.8s and four places ahead of next-best medium user Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard’s Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa took fifth, followed by Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg for Lotus and Sauber respectively.

McLaren used mediums for both its drivers as Sergio Perez and Jenson Button completed the top 10.

There were no surprises in Q2, with the Toro Rossos and Force India intermingling on rows six and seven, ahead of Valtteri Bottas’s Williams and Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber.

Pastor Maldonado joined Grosjean among the Q1 departures, and was only 0.128s clear of Jules Bianchi’s Marussia and 0.265s ahead of Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m24.119s
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m24.871s  +0.752s
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m24.941s  +0.822s
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m25.047s  +0.928s
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m25.201s  +1.082s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m25.248s  +1.129s
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m25.334s  +1.215s
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m25.826s  +1.707s
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m26.153s  +2.034s
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m26.487s  +2.368s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m25.458s                                    Gap **
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m25.519s  +0.951s
12. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m25.711s  +1.143s
13. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m25.740s  +1.172s
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m25.798s  +1.230s
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m26.134s  +1.566s
16. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m26.336s  +1.768s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m26.178s                                    Gap *
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m26.577s  +1.003s
18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m26.842s  +1.268s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m26.970s  +1.396s
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m27.105s  +1.531s
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m27.487s  +1.913s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m28.138s  +2.564s


107% time: 1m31.564s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
Da Autosport.com

Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull complete practice sweep

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull remained untouchable in Indian Grand Prix practice, the Formula 1 world champion leading team-mate Mark Webber in a shortened final session ahead of qualifying.

Vettel, quickest in both of Friday’s sessions, needed just one lap on the softer tyres to elevate himself to first place with a time of 1m25.332s. He then focused on longer runs with the soft rubber, which he seemed to struggle on as the blistering issues continued.

The German driver did not even complete a run using the harder compound.

Webber finished second, but over 0.5 seconds behind his team-mate, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso the first of the non-Red Bull drivers in third, albeit over seven tenths off Vettel.

Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg showed strong pace once more, the Sauber driver finishing in fourth ahead of Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, who completed the top five.

The start of the session was initially delayed by 15 minutes because of visibility problems.

Race control announced a further 15-minute delay moments later, only to then shorten that to five minutes, with the session finally getting underway 20 minutes later than scheduled and the running restricted to 40 minutes.

The decision to shorten the session meant the action was frantic from the start, with most drivers taking to the track right away.

Webber was the initial pacesetter in the Red Bull before Felipe Massa and then team-mate Alonso moved to the top of the times, before the Australian driver regained the top spot moments later.

Twelve minutes in, it was McLaren’s Sergio Perez who went quickest by just 0.044s as the top four were covered by less than a tenth of a second.

Alonso then regained first place before Vettel completed his first soft-tyre run with a time that was over 1.5s quicker than anybody else and also the best lap of the weekend so far, a 1m25.332s.

Webber also tried the soft tyres before the halfway point, but the Australian was over half a second off his team-mate’s pace.

Red Bull, struggling with the degradation of the soft tyres this weekend, seemed to focus mainly on solutions to extend the life of the rubber.

Despite everyone trying the soft tyres as the session progress, no one could get close to Vettel’s time.

The only significant incident of the session involved Hulkenberg hitting one of his Sauber mechanics when returning to the pits. The mechanic took a tumble but got up on his own and seemed to suffer no serious injuries.


Pos Driver                Team                   Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m25.332s           16
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m25.892s  +0.560s  14
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m26.105s  +0.773s  19
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m26.306s  +0.974s  17
 5. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m26.350s  +1.018s  16
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m26.435s  +1.103s  20
 7. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m26.438s  +1.106s  15
 8. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m26.441s  +1.109s  19
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m26.489s  +1.157s  15
10. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m26.557s  +1.225s  17
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m26.635s  +1.303s  14
12. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m26.641s  +1.309s  13
13. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m26.737s  +1.405s  13
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m26.847s  +1.515s  17
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m26.876s  +1.544s  17
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m26.883s  +1.551s  15
17. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m27.259s  +1.927s  18
18. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m27.941s  +2.609s  18
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m28.019s  +2.687s  15
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m28.498s  +3.166s  16
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m29.094s  +3.762s  11
22. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m29.169s  +3.837s  13
Da Autosport.com