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GP Spagna, bilancio –16/05/2016


Ferrari’s last corner weakness cost Raikkonen Spanish GP win – team

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene blamed the car’s performance in the Barcelona circuit’s final complex for Kimi Raikkonen’s failure to beat Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen spent the final third of the 66-lap race in the slipstream of Verstappen’s Red Bull, but was unable to get close enough coming out of the final corner to make an attempt to pass the 18-year-old down the main straight.

He was forced to settle for second behind the youngest race winner in F1 history.

The lead duo had two-stopped compared to the three pit visits of team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third and fourth.

Arrivabene said strategy was not the reason for Ferrari’s defeat.

"If we had reversed the strategy most probably Sebastian would have been in the same position as Kimi," he explained.

"The problem was not the strategy, the problem was – as happened in qualifying – we were not good enough in the last part of the track, in the slow corner.

"It was in the last part of the track the Red Bull was going big time, and Kimi was unable to catch him again until the end of the straight.

"So it wasn’t a question of strategy. The question is, like in qualifying, why were we very, very slow in the last part of the track?"

Raikkonen’s result brought him up to second in the drivers’ standings, 39 points behind Nico Rosberg.

"Kimi had a fantastic race in my opinion," added Arrivabene.

"It’s a pity we weren’t good enough in certain parts of the track to give him the possibility of winning the race."

Arrivabene also reserved praise for Verstappen, while recognising his team’s poor display in qualifying played its part in helping the teenager claim his page in the record books.

"Congratulations to Max because he had a very, very good race," said Arrivabene.

"But due to our poor qualifying we found ourselves in a quite difficult situation and we lost an occasion to win the race.

"So I’m not looking at Red Bull – and congratulations again to Max, I’m happy for him – I’m looking at the reality.

"If Mercedes had not crashed out then we were in trouble."

Da Autosport.com



Ferrari F1 rumours on Maurizio Arrivabene made ‘to create tension’

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene feels the recent rumours regarding his Formula 1 future were designed to create tension within the team.

Speculation surfaced in the build up to the Spanish Grand Prix that Arrivabene was set to be replaced, potentially by technical director James Allison.

However, on the Sunday ahead of the race Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who was also recently confirmed as CEO, declared he had total confidence in Arrivabene.

Arrivabene, who has only been in the role 18 months after replacing Marco Mattiacci at the end of the 2014 season, was left frustrated by the gossip.

"I’m not listening to all these rumours," said Arrivabene.

"The only objective of these rumours is to create tension inside the team, and this is not helping.

"We need to focus our talent on what we are doing without listening to all of this."

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel last week slated the rumours, insisting Arrivabene was doing "a very good job".

Arrivabene himself further ridiculed the scaremongering by claiming a character from acclaimed television series Game of Thrones was amongst those not mentioned as a potential candidate for his role.

"This rumour was also talking about somebody from Mercedes blah blah blah," added Arrivabene.

"Who’s taking advantage of this? No one.

"I said the other day that the only name they forgot to put into the list, because the list was full of names, was Tyrion Lannister.

"He’s maybe the best candidate, but they forgot to put his name on."

Da Autosport.com



Parla tantissimo via radio Raikkonen, che fa un’analisi completa appena tagliato il traguardo, con tono da commentatore sportivo, quasi fosse in poltrona e non dopo 300 km a tutta: «Mi dispiace ragazzi, ci ho provato ma quando mi avvicinavo era così difficile seguire la macchina uscendo dall’ultima curva. Grazie per la buona strategia, abbiamo recuperato dopo una partenza piuttosto brutta. Grazie».

Altrettanto lunga l’analisi di Vettel: «Ci abbiamo provato, ma ovviamente con le gomme non siamo andati tanto lunghi come ci aspettavamo. Con le morbide la macchina era davvero buona, agevolmente mezzo secondo più veloci delle medie e oltre. Non capiamo perché eravamo lenti con le medie, fondamentalmente il posteriore era molto nervoso». Arrivabene, replica: «Grazie Sebastian, ben fatto, non preoccuparti».

Vettel-2: «E’ un po’ un peccato, pensavo ce l’avremmo potuta fare e vincere, ma era molto difficile sorpassare, la Red Bull era più veloce di noi nell’ultimo settore, faticavo con le posteriori, erano più veloci su curva 12 e nell’ultima chicane, ecco dov’era la differenza e perché non potevamo passare. Ho provato di tutto, grazie (in italiano)».

Da Autosprint.it


GP Spagna, commenti post gara–15/05/2016


This is amazing. Just to change from the Toro Rosso to the Red Bull in this week and to win and oh my God, just having behind you someone who is known to be really persistent, like Mr Raikkonen? [Kimi] How do you feel having just a young pilot, like you were at the beginning of your career?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: No, obviously I’m happy for Max but disappointed for myself, but that’s racing. We have our best today after quite a difficult day yesterday and then a pretty poor start. We tried and tried. I was fast but once I got close I could not follow close enough through the last corners and losing downforce behind. I tried and tried but it wasn’t enough today. I think after yesterday we would have been happy to take second and third but obviously we got so close today that it’s even more disappointing, but that’s part of racing and at least we scored good points for the team.

Coming to you Kimi, second today and second in the championship. Swings and roundabouts for you: the start cost you but then the strategy came towards you. Youngest driver in the field against the oldest, what were you thinking in the final laps?
KR: yeah, I had a poor start. When I released the clutch I got wheelspin and it’s impossible to recover from the first part of wheelpsin when that happens. Luckily, I managed to go around the people in Turn Three and I didn’t lose too badly. It could have been an awful lot more worse. I think speed-wise it was pretty OK. I was able to catch the three guys in front of me. But in the end when I got to Max, I got close but I could not follow close enough or get a good enough exit in the last corner because I was close and obviously I gave quite a hard time to my tyres to following him for so many laps. It’s disappointing not to win but after yesterday and after a bad start I take what we got today and especially for Ferrari as we quite a good points today with two cars. It’s going forward, not what we want, but I’m happy for him [Max]. We all know he is a good driver and he’s in a good team now. When it comes to youngest and oldest, it happens to be like that. I raced against his father. That actually sounds even more scary. In F1! That’s how it goes.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, is this the closest to winning in your last 59 races without victory? How does it feel to be second in the Championship after three years?
KR: I think first of all it’s always disappointing when you don’t win. But when you get close, this close, and still don’t win, it’s more hard to accept. The others did a better job, we had quite a difficult weekend. Like I said earlier, after yesterday if it had been offered, second and third, we’d happily take it – but whatever happened in the first lap with Mercedes and all the rest, getting there, having the speed but not being able to really challenge or try to pass, it was not ideal but I’ll take the points and we go for the next race and try again. At least as a team, as Ferrari, we got some points back on Mercedes and as drivers we got some points back. So we have to be happy, even though we always want more and we want to put the Ferrari where it belongs on the top step.

Q: (Barna Zsoldos – Nemzeti Sports) Max, now at your first Formula One Grand Prix victory, Sebastian and Kimi are sharing the podium with you, but can you remember what you were doing and where were you when they won their first F1 Grands Prix?

KR: 2003.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Sebastian…
SV: Are you sure it’s not for Kimi? I just said to Max earlier that there’s a 99.9 percent chance that the question will always go to Kimi, so I feel quite honoured actually. Thank you.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – Globoesporte.com) Sebastian and Kimi, when you did your pit stops did you expect that maybe Max could make another pit stop or did you think he was going to the end, to the chequered flag?

KR: It was for both of us. I knew that he was going to the end so basically it was the same for me. Not much to really say.

Da Autosport.com



“We must be happy somehow”

Kimi reckons win was close but is pleased after a ‘difficult’ weekend

I had a poor start, with massive wheel spin when I released the clutch. I managed to recover some places in the first few corners and then I caught up with Max pretty easily. The car was ok and the speed was good, but once you are following another car for many laps this doesn’t help the tires and I was missing a bit of grip and downforce. It was a struggle to follow him close, I never really had a good run on him out of the last corner because he was really fast there. It’s a bit disappointing when you get that close and you don’t win, but after a difficult weekend we have to be somehow happy for this result. As a team we keep working as hard as we can and try to get the wins, we keep fighting and when we have difficult weekends likes this one, we have to keep the fight alive and be up there to score points. Max really deserves this win, for me he’s not a surprise. He was doing a very good job already last year and today in a better car he was able to win.

Da Ferrari.com

 


GP Spagna, gara – 15/05/2016


Max Verstappen becomes F1’s youngest winner on Red Bull debut

Max Verstappen made Formula 1 history with Spanish Grand Prix victory as the fight between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg imploded after 30 seconds of lap one.

On his debut drive for Red Bull after recently swapping seats with Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso graduate Verstappen became the youngest driver to win a race at the age of 18 years and 227 days, beating Sebastian Vettel’s record by more than two years.

Verstappen led for the final 32 of the 66 laps at Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit as he completed a two-stop strategy to perfection, finishing just 0.6 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari, with Vettel third, a further 4.9s down.

While such a triumph was unforgettable, the race will also live long in the memory given what unfolded between Hamilton and Rosberg.

From second on the grid Rosberg enjoyed a slightly better start than Hamilton on pole and passed his team-mate around the outside of the first corner.

Out of Turn 3 Hamilton managed to gain a superb launch, moving into Rosberg’s slipstream and across to the right as he aimed for an overtake.

Rosberg aggressively covered off what was an ambitious move by Hamilton, who had managed to get his front wing aligned with the German’s right-rear tyre.

Trying to avoid a collision Hamilton took to the grass, but immediately went into a slide and careered into Rosberg, sending both into the gravel at Turn 4.

Hamilton immediately covered his visor with both hands, and after a period of reflection sat in his car, later flung his steering wheel out in a fit of anger.

The incident immediately brought out the safety car, with Daniel Ricciardo leading new team-mate Verstappen, followed by Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr, who had started eighth, and the Ferraris of Vettel and Raikkonen.

After Vettel and Raikkonen eventually passed Sainz, a tense Red Bull versus Ferrari battle began.

They matched tactics at their first stops for mediums, before both teams then split strategies.

Leader Ricciardo returned to soft rubber after his second stop – immediately indicating a three-stop plan – and was covered off by third-placed Vettel a lap later.

Verstappen, who had closed to within seven tenths of Ricciardo, and Raikkonen remained out, not pitting until laps 34 and 35 respectively and taking on medium tyres to commit to a two-stop strategy with a long stint to the finish.

After just eight laps on the softs, Ferrari made a tactical move by bringing in Vettel again for his third stop, and moving back to the mediums.

Leader Ricciardo, following a poor few laps, took on his set of mediums after 43 laps, emerging some distance behind third-placed Vettel, with Verstappen holding on to a one-second cushion to Raikkonen at the front.

Despite constant pressure from Raikkonen, Verstappen stayed ahead to the flag for a remarkable win.

As the lead quartet bunched up, Ricciardo attempted a pass on Vettel for third into Turn 1 with seven laps left, only to slightly overcook it and allow the four-time champion back through.

Vettel was forced to take evasive action to avoid hitting Ricciardo, and again as the Australian rejoined the track, leading to an expletive-laden radio rant.

Ricciardo kept pushing, but on the penultimate lap his right-rear tyre gave way, forcing him into the pits for a late change, and with such a significant gap to fifth-placed Valtteri Bottas in his Williams, he still claimed fourth.

Behind Bottas came Sainz, followed by the Force India of Sergio Perez, Williams’s Felipe Massa charging from 18th on the grid, Jenson Button for McLaren, with Kvyat 10th.

Nico Hulkenberg was forced to retire after 21 laps following a small fire and with smoke coming from the back of his Force India, with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso following suit 25 laps later, bemoaning "no power".

RESULTS – 66 LAPS:

Pos

Driver

Car

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1h41m40.017s

2

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

0.616s

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

5.581s

4

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

43.950s

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

45.271s

6

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m01.395s

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m19.538s

8

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m20.707s

9

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1 Lap

10

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1 Lap

11

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1 Lap

12

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1 Lap

13

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1 Lap

14

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1 Lap

15

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1 Lap

16

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1 Lap

17

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

1 Lap

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

Brakes

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

Power Unit

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

Oil leak

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Collision

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

Collision

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Nico Rosberg

100

2

Kimi Raikkonen

61

3

Lewis Hamilton

57

4

Sebastian Vettel

48

5

Daniel Ricciardo

48

6

Max Verstappen

38

7

Felipe Massa

36

8

Valtteri Bottas

29

9

Daniil Kvyat

22

10

Romain Grosjean

22

11

Carlos Sainz

12

12

Fernando Alonso

8

13

Sergio Perez

8

14

Kevin Magnussen

6

15

Nico Hulkenberg

6

16

Jenson Button

3

17

Stoffel Vandoorne

1

18

Jolyon Palmer

0

19

Esteban Gutierrez

0

20

Marcus Ericsson

0

21

Pascal Wehrlein

0

22

Felipe Nasr

0

23

Rio Haryanto

0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos

Constructor

Points

1

Mercedes

157

2

Ferrari

109

3

Red Bull/Renault

94

4

Williams/Mercedes

65

5

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

26

6

Haas/Ferrari

22

7

Force India/Mercedes

14

8

McLaren/Honda

12

9

Renault

6

10

Sauber/Ferrari

0

11

Manor/Mercedes

0

Da Autosport.com


GP Spagna, commenti post qualifiche – 14/05/2016


Vettel and Raikkonen mystified by Ferrari’s poor Spain qualifying

Ferrari does not know the reasons behind its lack of competitiveness in Formula 1 qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, after it fell behind Red Bull at Barcelona.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen appeared to be close to the pace of Mercedes during free practice, but both drivers slumped in qualifying, ending up on the third row of the grid and more than a second off the pace.

"It was a surprise to us as it was to you," Vettel told the media after qualifying.

"Currently we don’t yet understand but I’m sure there was a reason for it.

"I don’t think it was a general lack of speed – we have proven in all sessions so far that we were quite competitive.

"The car was not behaving similar to what we’ve had all weekend.

"It was worse and that explains why we lost performance, but we don’t know why it was worse.

"I don’t believe there’s one corner we were losing [time] – it was pretty much all of them, which would suggest it was a lack of overall grip."

Vettel believes Red Bull’s second-row lockout had more to do with Ferrari’s problems than any particular step forward from his former team.

"I don’t think they are ahead in general, we are quicker than them," he said.

"Today, in these circumstances, we didn’t have a great day.

"It was more us not performing than Mercedes or Red Bull over-performing.

"Today we are further away than we have been all year, so clearly we weren’t performing the way we should.

"There was something not right."

Raikkonen believes the final, slowest sector of the lap was causing Ferrari the most problems, but he denied that set-up changes after practice had caused the problems.

"The last sector is where we lose the most," he said.

"We are far from where we want to be, but we are trying and pushing.

"Yes we changed the car [for qualifying], but we are faster than we were this morning.

"We went forward, but for whatever reason we struggled a bit and the others did a better job."

Da Autosport.com


GP Spagna, prove del sabato – 14/05/2016


Lewis Hamilton grabs Spanish Grand Prix from Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton stole pole position away from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg, as Ferrari slipped behind Red Bull during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Both Mercedes drivers made mistakes on their first runs in Q3, with Hamilton locking his brakes heavily at Turn 10.

But the reigning world champion recovered to bag pole on his second run by 0.280 seconds from team-mate Rosberg.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified third fastest for Red Bull, six tenths behind Rosberg’s Mercedes and just over two tenths clear of new team-mate Max Verstappen, who had split the Mercedes after the first runs in Q3.

Ferrari endured a disappointing session, after looking close to Mercedes’ pace in practice.

Kimi Raikkonen was fifth fastest, just 0.026s slower than Verstappen, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel qualified 0.221s further back in sixth.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas beat Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso to seventh spot by just over a tenth, with the Force India of Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda (the team in Q3 for the first time this season) rounding out the top 10.

Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India split the two McLaren-Hondas, failing to make the top-10 shootout by just 0.011s.

Jenson Button was 12th fastest, just under a tenth clear of Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat.

Romain Grosjean sat inside the top 10 after the first runs in Q2, but fell back to 14th after disappointingly failing to improve on his second run.

He was split from Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez by another impressive performance from Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, who qualified 15th fastest in his under-developed car.

The Williams of Felipe Massa fell unexpectedly in Q1, after he aborted his second run.

He ended up 19th fastest, just behind the Renault of Jolyon Palmer, who briefly looked set to make it through to Q2 before a late improvement by Button’s McLaren.

Palmer swore over team radio when informed he had just missed the cut.

Sauber and Manor brought up the rear of the grid.

Marcus Ericsson trailed Felipe Nasr after their first runs, but improved substantially on his second to finish 0.377s clear of his Sauber team-mate.

Pascal Wehrlein also turned tables on Manor team-mate Rio Haryanto during their second runs, with a lap that put him 0.194s clear of the Indonesian and less than two tenths shy of Nasr’s Sauber.

PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m22.000s

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m22.280s

0.280s

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m22.680s

0.680s

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1m23.087s

1.087s

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m23.113s

1.113s

6

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m23.334s

1.334s

7

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m23.522s

1.522s

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m23.643s

1.643s

9

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m23.782s

1.782s

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m23.981s

1.981s

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m24.203s

12

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m24.348s

13

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m24.445s

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m24.480s

15

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m24.625s

16

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m24.778s

17

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m24.903s

18

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m24.941s

19

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m25.202s

20

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m25.579s

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1m25.745s

22

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

1m25.939s

Da Autosport.com

Spanish Grand Prix practice: Rosberg fastest, Ferrari still close

Championship leader Nico Rosberg set the pace in final Formula 1 practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, but Ferrari remained hot on Mercedes’ heels ahead of qualifying.

The German clocked a 1m23.078s with his first flying lap of the day on the soft tyres and that remained unbeaten in the one-hour session.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton was just 0.126s adrift with Sebastian Vettel proving Ferrari’s pace with a time just 0.147s slower than Rosberg.

On their qualifying simulations, Hamilton and Vettel set fastest first and second sectors but both lost time in the final sector.

Rosberg abandoned his first attempt at a late qualifying run on the soft tyres when his car went into protective limp mode.

Mercedes found it was a sensor problem and resolved it in time to get him out for the final few minutes of the session.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen outperformed team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on his first weekend with the team as he went fourth quickest.

The teenager, who swapped places with Daniil Kvyat, was 0.641s off the pace, just under a tenth ahead of Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez, who said on Friday the Force India had improved "everywhere" following an update.

Kvyat, in his first weekend back with Toro Rosso, was quicker than team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr in ninth with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.

Nico Hulkenberg was 11th, ahead of Felipe Massa with Romain Grosjean the leading Haas in 14th place.

Jenson Button failed to set a lap time until the second half of the session and ultimately ended the morning 15th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Gutierrez.

Jolyon Palmer was 18th ahead of the two Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson and the Manor duo of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto.

FP3 TIMES

Pos

Driver

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m23.078s

15

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

0.126s

11

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

0.147s

16

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

0.641s

10

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

0.738s

9

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1.032s

13

7

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1.278s

14

8

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1.394s

15

9

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1.475s

13

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1.477s

13

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1.507s

15

12

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1.543s

15

13

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1.617s

21

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1.903s

13

15

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1.973s

13

16

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

2.022s

12

17

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

2.052s

17

18

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

2.298s

13

19

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

2.305s

22

20

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

2.323s

24

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

3.019s

13

22

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

3.173s

19

Da Autosport.com


GP Spagna, commenti post libere–13/05/2016


Kimi pleased with the day ‘but can still improve’

“It was a normal Friday, we were focused on our program. At one point I came back into the garage to check something in the car: we wanted to be sure that everything was ok. It was only a small issue and by the end of the session we managed to do all that we wanted to. It’s hard to say now where we are compared to our rivals, it was not a bad day, but for sure we can still improve. This is a very hard circuit for the tires and there is a twisty last part, but it is the same for everybody. Compared to Russia it’s easier to make the tires work, but obviously there’s still work to be done to be 100% happy with the balance of the car. In the evening we’ll work to improve and hopefully we’ll be stronger.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Spagna, prove libere venerdì–13/05/2016


Spanish Grand Prix practice: Nico Rosberg puts Mercedes on top

Championship leader Nico Rosberg set the quickest time of the second Formula 1 practice session ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

After Mercedes spent the morning session solely using Pirelli’s medium-compound tyres, the switch to softs in the afternoon at Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit enabled Rosberg to set the leading time of 1m23.922s.

The lap came midway through the 90 minutes, dropping Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen down to second, with the Finn finishing a quarter of a second adrift.

Shortly after the lap from Rosberg, Raikkonen was ordered to slow down and pit by his team due to a fuel system problem, one that was soon repaired as he later returned to the track.

Lewis Hamilton, running with an updated MGU-H this weekend following recent problems in China and Russia, finished 0.719s shy of team-mate Rosberg after his first outing on the soft rubber.

Sebastian Vettel finished just over a second adrift of Rosberg for fourth place, followed by Carlos Sainz in his Toro Rosso and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Their respective team-mates in Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen, who swapped seats last week, finished 15th and eighth, with the Russian 1.5s adrift of Sainz.

Verstappen was at least closer to Ricciardo, with the 18-year-old less than two tenths of a second behind the Australian.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was seventh quickest, that after running wide at one stage over a section of artificial grass that damaged his car’s plank, forcing a replacement.

Team-mate Jenson Button also encountered problems as his car shut down early in the session on entry to the pits.

After the technical problem was repaired, Button’s first lap back on track on soft tyres slotted him into 12th, just under two seconds behind Rosberg.

Renault encountered an eventful day, with reserve Esteban Ocon sustaining a right-rear puncture in FP1, leading to him completing just six laps and failing to set a time.

Come Jolyon Palmer’s return to the car for FP2, the Briton suffered a spectacular puncture to the left-rear tyre along the main straight, leading to a red flag given the debris on the track.

After his car was recovered and returned to the pits, Palmer managed to get back on track, finishing 17th and almost 2.9s off the pace, and half a second down on team-mate Kevin Magnussen in 14th.

Haas duo Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez both complained over the radio about the handling of their car, the former swearing at one point in FP2 such was his frustration.

Grosjean eventually finished 13th, with Gutierrez down in 21st and only managing nine laps due to a technical problem that confined him to the garage for a lengthy period.

FP2 RESULT

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m23.922s 35
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.254s 31
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.719s 27
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.095s 35
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1.209s 39
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1.272s 37
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.420s 31
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1.453s 31
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.515s 32
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.531s 35
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.786s 30
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1.971s 20
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1.977s 33
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 2.322s 40
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 2.453s 44
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2.569s 36
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 2.848s 16
18 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 3.038s 40
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 3.330s 39
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 3.890s 40
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 4.283s 9
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 4.579s 42

Da Autosport.com



Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in first Spanish GP practice

Sebastian Vettel spearheaded a Ferrari one-two in the opening Formula 1 practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The German clocked a 1m23.951s to beat team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 0.138 seconds, with both times set on the soft tyre.

In contrast, Mercedes chose to focus on the medium tyre, as it did at Barcelona in pre-season testing, and racked up more than 60 laps in total.

Nico Rosberg was third quickest, half-a-second off the pace, with his reigning world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton 0.16s further back.

Warm and sunny conditions greeted the drivers for the first practice session of the European season with Mercedes getting on with its programme straight away.

Rosberg and Hamilton traded quickest times, with Rosberg leading the way by just 0.002s after the first series of runs.

But the Mercedes duo were bumped down when Ferrari joined the fray, running the softs.

Vettel stopped at the end of the pitlane right at the end of the session after narrowly failing to leave before the red light flickered on.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo ended the session fifth quickest, 1.465s off the pace, with his new team-mate Max Verstappen only a couple of tenths adrift in sixth.

Valtteri Bottas was the leading Williams in seventh.

Carlos Sainz Jr, Felipe Massa – who spun at Turn 5 but continued – and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10.

Daniil Kvyat was 12th quickest on his return to Toro Rosso, half a second shy of team-mate Sainz.

Kevin Magnussen was 11th for Renault but his team-mate Esteban Ocon, who stepped in for Jolyon Palmer, managed just six laps and failed to set a time on his first appearance this season.

There were also mixed fortunes for Force India with Nico Hulkenberg managing 27 laps but his team-mate Sergio Perez spending a large chunk of time in the garage after pitting with smoke pouring from the rear of the car.

Romain Grosjean, who like his Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez is running the latest spec Ferrari engine this weekend, said the car was "a disaster at low speed" and was 15th, a tenth quicker than the Mexican.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m23.951s 22
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.089s 0.138s 18
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.454s 0.503s 34
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.611s 0.660s 33
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.416s 1.465s 25
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m25.585s 1.634s 29
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m25.672s 1.721s 36
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m26.078s 2.127s 19
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.186s 2.235s 32
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m26.243s 2.292s 18
11 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m26.576s 2.625s 30
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m26.583s 2.632s 21
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m26.938s 2.987s 27
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.064s 3.113s 9
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.253s 3.302s 27
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m27.258s 3.307s 17
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m27.283s 3.332s 18
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.392s 3.441s 24
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.610s 3.659s 19
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m28.084s 4.133s 29
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m29.052s 5.101s 34
22 Esteban Ocon Renault 6

Da Autosport.com


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