Ferrari: possibile il salvataggio del motore di Raikkonen
Il finlandese probabilmente potrà utilizzare anche a Monte Carlo il motore che lo ha appiedato a Barcellona, ma sarà costretto a una gestione penalizzante delle tre power-unit stagionali a disposizione
La Ferrari ha indagato sulle cause che hanno costretto al ritiro Kimi Raikkonen, dopo che il finlandese aveva avvertito una perdita di potenza della power-unit nel corso del 26esimo giro del Gran Premio di Spagna. L’origine del guasto è riconducibile a un problema di cablaggio che ha ridotto la potenza ai cilindri di sinistra del V6 ibrido che spinge la SF71H.
Data la natura del guasto, la power-unit dovrebbe essere utilizzabile nel prossimo appuntamento di Monte Carlo. Ricordiamo che a Barcellona la Ferrari aveva già sostituito il motore a combustione interna, il turbocompressore e la MGU-H dopo il problema che si era presentato sulla vettura di Iceman nel corso delle libere del venerdì pomeriggio.
In teoria, questi componenti sarebbero dovuti durare fino al termine del weekend del Gran Premio di Monaco, per poi essere sostituiti in vista della gara in Canada, quando la Ferrari prevede di introdurre la power-unit aggiornata.
In una stagione in cui i piloti hanno a disposizione solo tre unità motore, questo particolare penalizza non poco Raikkonen. Il finlandese, infatti, dovrebbe utilizzare i particolari montati in Spagna fino all’appuntamento di luglio con il Gran Premio di Germania per completare il ciclo di sei gare che rappresenta l’obiettivo minimo nella gestione annuale dei motori. Facendo ciò, però, rinvierebbe fino a oltre metà stagione la possibilità di utilizzare la nuova versione della power-unit Ferrari, quattro gran premi dopo il suo debutto sulla SF71H di Sebastian Vettel.
Non solo. Dati questi inconvenienti è praticamente certo che Raikkonen incorrerà in una penalizzazione sulla griglia di partenza verso la fine dell’anno, quando sarà costretto a montare la quarta power-unit stagionale.
Il GP di Spagna ha riportato alla luce, dopo un periodo di "tregua", diverse polemiche che riguardano Mercedes e Ferrari con anche il coinvolgimento della Pirelli. I 0.4mm di riduzione del battistrada, che il costruttore italiano ha apportato alle sue gomme per la gara del Montmelò per evitare il rischio blistering, ha scatenato l’ira dei ferraristi contro la Mercedes e la stessa Pirelli.
I complottisti, temendo un aiuto in favore della squadra anglo/tedesca dopo i problemi di blistering nei test di presesason dello scorso marzo, si sono scatenati soprattutto attraverso i social con ipotesi particolarmente "bislacche" legate più al tifo che a quello che sono i veri motivi di questa scelta.
Tutto questo ha ovviamente fatto passare in secondo piano, se non in terzo, l’ennesimo problema a Kimi Raikkonen che nel week-end spagnolo ha visto per ben due volte la sua PU avere qualche problematica. Un ritiro, quello del finlandese, che è costato tanti punti mondiali non solo a lui nella classifica piloti ma anche alla Ferrari stessa in quella costruttori. Nonostante questo gran parte dei media e della tifoseria "rossa" non ha considerato i guai di Kimi, soffermandosi solamente alle polemiche contro la Pirelli e alle prestazioni di Sebastian Vettel nel confronto con quelle di Lewis Hamilton.
Ovviamente, così come accade in Mercedes, anche in Ferrari nonostante le varie smentite esiste una gerarchia tra i piloti con Vettel numero 1 e Raikkonen numero 2. Al contrario di quello che accade nel team di Stoccarda dove prestazioni e affidabilità sembrano essere "quasi uguali" tra i due piloti (basti pensare alle polemiche del 2016 dopo Sepang) a Maranello la sfiga sembra vederci benissimo solo con il povero Raikkonen.
Detto che lo stesso Kimi in diverse circostanze ci ha messo molto del suo, dando l’impressione di essersi plafonato e che le prestazioni di Vettel in termini di velocità sono superiori, è curioso che in un momento così particolare della stagione i problemi siano spesso sotto il tetto del box numero 7. È altrettanto curioso come anche media e tifosi, a seconda delle problematiche dei due piloti, diano più considerazione a quelle che eventualmente ha subito Vettel rispetto a Raikkonen.
La "sfiga" dei vari Barrichello, Massa e Webber ha evidentemente colpito il pilota finlandese, che vuoi per un pit-stop andato male o per un turbo esploso, si ritrova a metà Maggio quasi già tagliato fuori dalla lotta per il titolo e quindi "costretto" a scelte a favore di squadra con strategie particolari che ovviamente non lo favoriscono. Scelte che in una F1 che corre a quasi 3 velocità con Mercedes e Ferrari un mezzo gradino sopra alla Red Bull mettono Kimi in posizioni non sempre da top 5, facendo perdere punti importanti alla causa.
Se è vero che può anche essere giusto puntare sul pilota che pare essere più veloce, sarebbe altrettanto giusto cercare anche di conquistare un mondiale costruttori che a Maranello manca dal 2008; dopo i vari domini di Red Bull e Mercedes sarebbe un ottimo punto di partenza su cui provare a ricostruire un ciclo vincente. Se la Ferrari riuscirà a rendere i propri piloti in grado di lottare con le stesse armi contro l’armata anglo/tedesca allora ci sarà da divertirsi. Altrimenti servir,à come spesso accaduto negli ultimi anni, sperare nelle magie di Vettel spesso da solo contro i due piloti argentati.
La considerazione che l’ultimo iridato Ferrari meriterebbe da parti di tutti dovrebbe essere più elevata soprattutto in una stagione dove le due squadre protagoniste degli ultimi anni sono così vicine.
My race was going pretty ok today, I was in a decent position and the speed was good. I was running smoothly and saving the tires. Everything could have been alright, but unfortunately it did not happen. At one point I started losing power; I managed to drive around but obviously not at full speed anymore, so I drove back to the garage. We don’t know more than that about the issue we had, we need to take the car back to the factory and check what happened. Looking at the Championship, this result is far from ideal, and I’m pretty disappointed. There is nothing we could have done differently today, but we need to try and keep pushing.
Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton dominates in Mercedes one-two
Lewis Hamilton made it back-to-back Formula 1 victories as he headed home a dominant Mercedes one-two in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton defeated team-mate Valtteri Bottas by more than 20 seconds after a surprise second stop under a virtual safety car for Sebastian Vettel dropped Ferrari off the podium.
In Vettel’s place came Max Verstappen, who fended off the Ferrari despite a damaged front wing to score his first rostrum of the year.
Vettel jumped Bottas into Turn 1 to slot into second at the start before the race was immediately neutralised under a safety car for a multi-car crash at Turn 3.
Romain Grosjean had nipped ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso after those two ran deep into Turn 2, but then overreacted to a wobble from Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen ahead of him and ran wide on the entry to Turn 3.
He lost the rear but seemed to keep the throttle planted, which lit up the rear tyres, spun him back across the track and meant he was collected by Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault and Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso
All three retired on the spot and a lengthy clean-up operation began, before racing resumed on lap seven of 66.
Hamilton bolted clear at the restart, comfortably stretching his advantage to more than seven seconds over the next 10 laps, until Vettel stopped.
A slow out-lap as Vettel struggled to get an immediate hit on his fresh medium tyres, combined with Bottas pumping in outright best sector times, looked to have handed second place to Mercedes.
But Bottas suffered a slow pitstop, losing 1.4s to Vettel, and emerged just behind.
The procession was interrupted on lap 25 by the first of two incidents involving Ferrari.
First, Kimi Raikkonen slowed from fourth position and coaxed his car back into the pits to retire – the Finn had taken a new engine after Friday practice
The second came 15 laps later, when Esteban Ocon’s smoking, parked Force India sparked a virtual safety car and Ferrari reacted by pitting Vettel and putting him on a two-stop strategy as the other frontrunners stuck to a one-stop.
That ceded track position to Bottas and Verstappen, but kept Vettel ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.
Vettel, with fresh medium tyres, started to catch Verstappen as the Dutchman battled with a front wing missing the left endplate, which he broke clipping a Williams at the VSC restart.
But Verstappen just kept clear of Vettel to score his first podium of the season behind the Mercedes one-two.
Ricciardo slipped back to a lonely fifth in the second Red Bull. A spin at the VSC restart dropped him away from Verstappen, though he responded with the fastest lap near the end.
Kevin Magnussen produced a faultless drive to claim sixth and best-of-the-rest honours for Haas, while Carlos Sainz Jr survived a fuel problem in the closing stages to finish seventh.
Fernando Alonso was eighth for McLaren, having lost ground in the first-lap mess, ahead of Sergio Perez’s Force India.
Both Alonso and Perez overtook Sauber Charles Leclerc in the closing stages, but the rookie still earned his second points finish in a row with 10th.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||66||26.873s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||66||50.058s|
|6||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||65||1 Lap|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Renault||65||1 Lap|
|8||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Renault||65||1 Lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||64||2 Laps|
|10||Charles Leclerc||Sauber/Ferrari||64||2 Laps|
|11||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||64||2 Laps|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||64||2 Laps|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||64||2 Laps|
|14||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams/Mercedes||63||3 Laps|
|–||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||38||Oil leak|
|–||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||25||Power Unit|
|–||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||0||Collision|
“It was a tricky qualifying, not the ideal one”, was Kimi’s comment. “In Q3, on my first attempt with the Supersofts, I made a mistake in turn 1 and went wide; obviously this affected my lap. At that point, I was in a position where I had nothing to lose, so we decided to try something else. The Soft tires felt pretty good in Q2 so we decided to use them in my last run. In the end we managed to do a decent job, but obviously we are not satisfied with the result. It’s difficult to predict what will happen in the race and it’s a bit of an unknown for me, considering I couldn’t do the long runs yesterday. We’ll try to make a good start and see how the race pans out”.
Lewis Hamilton takes F1 pole position for Spanish Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix, pipping Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to top spot by four-hundredths of a second.
Hamilton was fastest after the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout, and like team-mate Bottas opted for another set of supersoft Pirellis for his second run.
He banged in a lap of 1m16.173s to shave just over three-tenths off his earlier time to secure top spot.
Bottas was a shade faster than Hamilton in the first and third sectors, but Hamilton’s mighty pace in the second sector meant the Finn ended up second best.
With some of Mercedes’ rivals struggling to get the best out of the supersofts, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen used softs to fill the second row for Ferrari.
That put them ahead of the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who were separated by just two thousandths of a second in fifth and sixth.
This was despite the Red Bull drivers splitting their tyre choice, with Verstappen setting his time on supersofts and Ricciardo on softs.
Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest for Haas, ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.
Carlos Sainz Jr was ninth for Renault, ahead of Romain Grosjean in the second Haas.
Nine of the top 10 drivers used the soft Pirellis to set their Q2 times, meaning all except Alonso, who used supersofts, will start on that compound.
Stoffel Vandoorne lapped 0.223s slower than team-mate Alonso in Q2 using soft Pirellis, ending up in 11th place and fastest of the five drivers eliminated at that stage.
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly was 12th, just ahead of the Force India of Esteban Ocon.
Sauber driver Charles Leclerc managed to split the Force Indias with a lap of 1m18.910s, almost two-tenths faster than 15th-placed Sergio Perez.
Nico Hulkenberg was the fastest driver to be eliminated in Q1 in 16th place after Vandoorne made a late improvement.
The Renault driver was unable to set a time on his first run owing to what the team described as a "fuel pressure issue" that held him back throughout Q1, and only had time for a single attempt on his second run – ending up 0.038 slower than Vandoorne.
Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was 17th, over half-a-second behind Hulkenberg, with Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin, who must serve a three-place grid penalty thanks to hitting Sergio Perez on the first lap of the last race in Baku, 18th.
Lance Stroll was 19th in the second Williams , crashing exiting the Turn 12 right-hander on his final flier after running wide then losing it on the throttle at the exit as he ran into the gravel.
He spun, glancing the wall, and ended up coming to rest at the entry of Turn 13.
Brendon Hartley did not participate in qualifying after spinning at the high-speed Campsa right-hander at the end of the third free practice session and backing heavily into the barriers.
His Toro Rosso team could not get the car repaired during the two-hour gap before qualifying.
Spanish GP grid
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.816s||0.643s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.818s||0.645s|
|12||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m18.463s||2.290s|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.696s||2.523s|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.098s||2.925s|
|20||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||–||–|
Spanish GP F1 practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP3
Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in final Spanish Grand Prix practice as Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley suffered a high-speed crash in the closing stages.
Hartley brought the on-track action to a premature end after spinning his car into the barriers at the fast Turn 9 right-hander with a couple of minutes remaining.
That locked in Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the top of the order, a couple of tenths clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes held the top two positions for the first half of the session as Hamilton led Bottas by 0.029s on a 1m17.844s after their first runs on soft tyres.
That was enough to head the Ferraris at that stage despite Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen running supersofts, while Daniel Ricciardo went fifth on mediums as the three top teams diverged on tyre compounds.
Vettel and Raikkonen briefly established a Ferrari one-two after bolting on fresh supersofts, but when Mercedes switched to the same rubber its drivers moved back to the top.
Hamilton’s 1m17.281s was enough to beat Bottas by 0.15s and lap just over a quarter of a second quicker than Vettel.
Bottas improved on the same set of supersofts to close to just 0.013s behind Hamilton, who went wide at Turn 1 and had time-consuming slides through Turn 13 and exiting the Turn 14/15 chicane before the final corner on other laps.
Ricciardo switched from mediums to supersofts at the very end of the session and wound up fifth, 0.7s off the pace, as Kevin Magnussen claimed sixth for Haas.
Magnussen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean had a messy session with a big trip through the gravel at Turn 2, but he overhauled Fernando Alonso’s McLaren to take seventh.
Carlos Sainz Jr also cleared Alonso in the dying minutes of the session as Renault looks to recover from a difficult Friday.
Sainz had a near-miss with his team-mate at Turn 13 when Nico Hulkenberg arrived at the corner at full-speed and Sainz was moving slowly.
Pierre Gasly completed the top 10, while Hartley’s crash prevented any final improvements.
Hartley touched the grass on the entry to the fast right-hand Turn 9 and spun sideways across the gravel into the barriers on the outside.
He emerged unscathed, although the team has a significant rebuild job to get him out for qualifying after the car sustained extensive damage, with the entire rear axle hanging off as it was recovered.
Max Verstappen was dumped to 12th in the second Red Bull.
His session then ended early after a suspected electrical problem, and he was also placed under investigation (and subsequently cleared) after running wide at Turn 1 and not staying to the left of the bollard that is positioned to stop drivers cutting the corner.
The two Williams drivers propped up the times again, with Lance Stroll suffering another excursion into the gravel.
Stroll ran wide at Turn 4 after a wobble on corner entry, although stopped before the barriers and managed to get his car back to the pits.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.981s||0.700s||16|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m18.886s||1.605s||17|
|12||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.013s||1.732s||5|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.121s||1.840s||20|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.376s||2.095s||17|
|17||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m19.428s||2.147s||23|
Spanish GP: Ferrari changes Raikkonen’s F1 engine after FP2 problem
Ferrari will change the engine in Kimi Raikkonen’s car after the problem he suffered in the second practice session for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Raikkonen’s Ferrari emitted a puff of smoke on the run to the Turn 10 hairpin and he managed to coax it back into the pitlane with just under 40 minutes to go.
Ferrari has now confirmed it will replace his internal combustion engine, turbocharger and MGU-H ahead of tomorrow’s final practice session and qualifying as a "precaution".
As it is the first time Raikkonen needs a replacement for any of those components, he does not face a grid penalty.
The changed components will be checked and could be introduced back into Raikkonen’s pool of available parts this season.
Meanwhile, the FIA has confirmed that the drivers that retired from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix have fitted new gearboxes without penalty.
Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Esteban Ocon all benefit from a fresh gearbox.
Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean had a new gearbox fitted during the Baku weekend before also retiring in the race.
They may use a new gearbox in Spain as well, which will kick off a new run of six consecutive events the component must complete.
“Today the session was a bit messy” Kimi commented “but overall I think it was not too bad. The wind made it a bit tricky, but we know that, at this time of year, it can be like that. The tarmac was the same as we had in testing, but obviously the weather conditions are different. We all know this track very well but every time we come here it’s like starting from zero. We tried different things and learned from them and it was pretty ok most of the times. Maybe it was not the most straightforward Friday, but I think that more or less we know what we should do. At one point we had some issues and I was told by the team to stop the car. We still don’t know what happened, but we’ll figure it out. In the evening we’ll have some work to do; we’ll go through everything and understand. Tomorrow morning we might get a better idea and know where everybody is. I’m sure it is going to be close”.
Spanish GP F1 practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Red Bulls in FP2
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton topped the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton posted a best time of 1m18.259s early in the 90-minute session using soft-compound Pirellis.
He looked set to improve on his qualifying simulation flying lap after switching to supersofts, but was too aggressive on the throttle in the Turn 7 left-hander and took a bite of the gravel.
Hamilton did not have another serious attempt on that set of tyres before returning to the pits, but with many drivers struggling to make a significant improvement after switching to supersofts his earlier time was good enough for top spot.
Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest for Red Bull, 0.133s slower than Hamilton, also posting his time using soft Pirellis on his first run.
Ricciardo managed to set his time on his 10th lap on the softs, then lapped three-tenths slower on his quickest attempt using the supersofts.
Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen did improve on his qualifying simulation lap, posting a 1m18.533s to slot into third behind his team-mate.
Verstappen later had a spin at Turn 2 while lapping on softs in the closing minutes of the session.
Behind him, Vettel also improved on supersofts, lapping half-a-tenth slower than Verstappen, with Valtteri Bottas behind the pair in fifth having used mediums early on then set his best time on supersofts.
Kimi Raikkonen was the slowest of the drivers from the top three teams, surviving a run through the gravel at Turn 4 before bringing his car into the pits with just under 40 minutes remaining with an unidentified problem.
He also did not improve on supersofts, with his best of 1m18.829s set on softs early in the session.
Romain Grosjean recovered from a disastrous start to the afternoon’s running to emerge as best of the rest after posting a 1m19.579s using supersofts just after the one-hour mark.
The Haas driver spun into the gravel at Turn 7 on his fourth lap of the session, but after being recovered to the pits returned to the track to post his time.
That relegated Kevin Magnussen to the second fastest Haas driver in eighth place.
Magnussen was best of the rest early in the session before improving his best time by 0.235s on supersofts.
That put him ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, driving the updated McLaren, who had a slow start to the session thanks to a floor change then secured a top 10 place with his pace on supersofts at close to the one-hour mark.
Sergio Perez completed the top 10 for Force India, less than a tenth of a second faster than team-
wheel was going to come off completely.
Fernando Alonso was 12th fastest for McLaren ahead of the lead Renault of Nico Hulkenberg and the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly – the latter also having a floor change during the session.
Sauber pairing Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc were 15th and 16th, ahead of the second Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr.
Sainz complained of problems with both aerodynamic and mechanical balance in the Renault, which features a modified front wing and rear suspension this weekend.
Brendon Hartley was 18th ahead of the two Williams drivers, with Sergey Sirotkin ahead of Lance Stroll despite describing the car’s handling as "weird" over the radio.
mate Esteban Ocon.
Perez’s session came to a premature end as he stopped on track with 13 minutes remaining with a loose front-left wheel after a pitstop.
Although he was briefly able to restart and continue to roll around in an attempt to get back to the pits after being urged to attempt to do so by the team, but decided he had to stop for good for fear the
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m18.392s||0.133s||41|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m18.533s||0.274s||39|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.962s||1.703s||28|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.024s||1.765s||38|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m20.373s||2.114s||32|
|18||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m21.265s||3.006s||34|
Spanish GP F1 practice: Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP1
Valtteri Bottas dominated the opening practice session for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes established an early advantage over Ferrari.
The Finn lapped 0.849s faster than team-mate Lewis Hamilton, with Sebastian Vettel another tenth back in the best Ferrari despite using supersoft tyres while the Mercedes drivers ran softs.
Max Verstappen split the Ferraris on medium tyres, but his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo had an early finish after crashing at Turn 4.
Bottas and Hamilton established a Mercedes one-two early in the first half an hour, breaking into the high-1m18s on soft tyres, a feat nobody else managed over the rest of the session.
Ricciardo was third-fastest initially, more than a second behind Bottas’s early 1m18.695s benchmark, but he then triggered a virtual safety car when he went off.
Conditions were clearly difficult as Bottas, Vettel and Marcus Ericsson all had early spins at different parts on the circuit before Brendon Hartley and Romain Grosjean took trips through the Turn 4 gravel.
They were fortunate to emerge unscathed, particularly Hartley whose Toro Rosso skated right up to the edge of a barrier on the outside of the gravel, but Ricciardo was not so lucky.
The Red Bull driver had a wobble entering the same corner and took to the gravel, running straight across and nudging the barrier with the front-left of his car.
When the virtual safety car finished Bottas improved twice on a new set of soft tyres and got down to a 1m18.411s before another Turn 10 moment, this time locking up and running deep after encountering traffic.
Further incidents ensued as drivers grappled with the tricky circuit, with both Williams drivers falling foul in quick succession.
Reserve driver Robert Kubica’s first FP1 outing of the year in place of Sergey Sirotkin featured a lethargic spin at Turn 13, before Lance Stroll posted a personal best first sector then promptly beached his car in the Turn 5 gravel.
A few minutes before that off, Stroll had complained over the radio that it was "unbelievable how bad the balance is, I just want a little bit of understeer".
That caused a second virtual safety car and when that ended Bottas improved his benchmark yet again.
Bottas set new best times in all three sectors to post a 1m18.148s, while Hamilton did not improve after switching to mediums.
Vettel and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen hauled themselves to third and fourth in the final 30 minutes, before Verstappen got between the Ferraris in a Red Bull with a significant sidepod update.
McLaren earned best of the rest honours as it debuted a striking new nose and updated bargeboards, with Fernando Alonso 1.7s off the pace.
That shuffled Ricciardo to seventh, with Romain Grosjean, Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly completing the top 10.
Vandoorne’s McLaren has a new Renault energy store fitted for this weekend, which means another change this year will result in a grid penalty.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.187s||1.039s||26|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.871s||1.723s||11|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m20.508s||2.360s||29|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.924s||2.776s||36|
|16||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.144s||2.996s||27|
|18||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m21.373s||3.225s||28|