Kimi not impressed by today’s weather
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today the weather was not very good and the track conditions were a bit tricky. It’s a shame for everybody but it was a day like any other for us: we did some running and tried to learn something. We have to wait until tomorrow and see how the weather comes out to be, it could be anything. We’ll try to do a good job and make the best out of it.”
Japanese F1 GP: Daniil Kvyat tops wet Suzuka practice for Red Bull
Daniil Kvyat emerged top of the Formula 1 timesheet as second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix turned into another rain-hit session.
Practice one at Suzuka was badly affected by the weather, to such an extent only 12 of the 20 drivers posted a timed lap come the end of the 90 minutes.
The rain had stopped come the start of the afternoon session, but despite leaden skies and a damp track the majority of the field still took advantage of the lull to get some laps under their belts.
On Pirelli’s intermediate rubber, Red Bull driver Kvyat was the first to post a time, initially 1m49.374s, marginally quicker than the morning best set by Carlos Sainz Jr in his Toro Rosso.
Kvyat was deposed from top spot by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, the German taking to the track for Friday practice with the upgraded engine first run at Monza, where the team was forced to change it after the discovery of a coolant leak.
Rosberg is to switch back to his fourth power unit, which was used in Singapore, for the remainder of this weekend.
It was Kvyat, however, who had the final say as the Russian improved to 1m48.277s, finishing just 0.023 seconds clear of Rosberg, with the latter’s team-mate Lewis Hamilton over half a second back in third.
Daniel Ricciardo was the only other driver to finish within a second of his Red Bull team-mate, 0.820s adrift, followed by Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.
Both Ferrari drivers finished around two seconds off the pace, with Vettel completing what proved to be a session high 19 laps.
Sainz, who complained early in the run of "a strange noise" from the engine, shook off that problem to claim seventh ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen, who went off track twice, initially on entry to the chicane at Turn 16 and then later at the Turn 11 hairpin.
Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Pastor Maldonado in his Lotus completed the top 10, the latter just over three seconds back on Kvyat.
Jenson Button waited 27 minutes before venturing out of the garage, and after complaining of "massive understeer" on occasion, finished 12th, 3.584s adrift.
Williams’s Felipe Massa was 16th, almost 4.5s behind Kvyat, while team-mate Valtteri Bottas was the only driver not to go out, the Finn claiming he was saving wet-weather tyres despite the forecast for dry weather over the weekend.
Thirty-eight minutes in the rain returned, forcing drivers back to the pits, although Fernando Alonso had to take to the track with McLaren completing an engine change.
Honda discovered an unspecified issue following first practice and as a precaution opted to revert to one of its stash systems, leaving Alonso looking on from hospitality for the opening 40 minutes.
The double world champion eventually wound up 17th, nearly seven seconds down, having only run on wets.
Although the rain worsened through the second half of second practice, a number of drivers still took to the track on full wets as a data-gathering exercise.
|1||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m48.277s||–||6|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m49.097s||0.820s||10|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m50.418s||2.141s||6|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m50.542s||2.265s||5|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m51.674s||3.397s||11|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m52.070s||3.793s||8|
Japanese F1 GP: Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr leads wet practice
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr was quickest in first practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as persistent rain kept Formula 1 running to a minimum at Suzuka.
The Spaniard clocked a 1m49.434s, half a second clear of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg third.
Singapore GP runner-up Daniel Ricciardo was one of eight who chose not to set a time, with conditions getting worse and several drivers complaining about aquaplaning in the closing stages.
There was very little running in the first 50 minutes, with most simply doing an installation lap before heading back to the pits.
Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen set the first timed lap with a 1m51.741s on the full wets but as the rain eased, Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were the first to switch to the intermediates.
With 12 minutes to go, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton set his first timed lap, with the Briton improving to finish fifth, two tenths adrift of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton’s team-mate Rosberg was running his Monza engine, which he was unable to use in the Italian race after the team discovered a coolant leak that damaged the revised unit, to test it having fired it back up in Singapore.
Mercedes said the German would switch back to his fourth power unit – which he ran in Singapore – for the rest of the weekend.
Verstappen was sixth, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, Massa, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Bottas, who had a big moment at 130R when he hit a patch of water.
Felipe Nasr in the other Sauber and McLaren’s Jenson Button completed the list of drivers to set a time.
Conditions are expected to improve for second practice, which takes place later on Friday.
|1||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m49.434s||–||10|
|2||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m49.938s||0.504s||7|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m50.940s||1.506s||10|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||–||–||1|
|14||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||–||–||4|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||–||–||3|
Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel obliterated his Formula 1 opposition by over half a second to score pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The four-time world champion was the only man to lap the Marina Bay street circuit in less than 1m44s in qualifying, and he ends an unbroken run of 23 consecutive races on pole for Mercedes.
The world champion team has struggled to be competitive so far in Singapore, and the best Lewis Hamilton could manage was the fifth fastest time, a massive 1.415s adrift of Vettel.
Vettel set the pace throughout Q2 and Q3, and found 0.4s between his first and second runs in the top-10 shootout to secure Ferrari’s first pole position since the 2012 German GP.
Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest for Red Bull, 0.543s further back, while Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was third, just ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.
Nico Rosberg rounded out the top six, 0.115s slower than Mercedes team-mate Hamilton.
The Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen made just a single run in Q3, but he managed to split the Williams pair of Valtteri Bottas in seventh and Felipe Massa in ninth.
The Dutchman was only 0.122s slower than Bottas, but 0.279s quicker than Massa.
Romain Grosjean’s Lotus rounded out the top 10, nearly four tenths adrift of Massa’s Williams.
Others with hope of making the top-10 shootout were scuppered by Carlos Sainz Jr striking the wall heavily at Turn 19 in his Toro Rosso, which brought out yellow flags and spoiled the closing stages of Q2.
However, Force India reckoned Q3 was just beyond its drivers regardless.
Nico Hulkenberg improved fractionally on his first run, but his 1m46.305s lap was only good enough for 11th, while team-mate Sergio Perez was bumped to 13th by the McLaren of Fernando Alonso.
Sainz wound up a lowly 14th on account of his error, 0.125s faster than the second McLaren of Jenson Button, who felt he had too much understeer.
A last-gasp improvement from Button earlier in Q1 meant both Sauber drivers failed to progress past the first stage of qualifying.
Felipe Nasr looked set to make it through in the heavily revised C34, but he ended up 0.054s shy of the cut-off.
The Brazilian was 16th fastest, 0.083s faster than Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson.
The Lotus of Pastor Maldonado was 0.225s adrift in 17th, but well ahead of the two Manor Marussias.
Alexander Rossi, making his F1 debut this weekend, led team-mate Will Stevens after the first runs in Q1, but the American ended up half a second adrift, thanks to a substantial improvement from Stevens at the end.
SINGAPORE GP GRID
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.428s||0.543s|
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.745s||0.860s|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m45.798s||1.913s|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m46.305s||2.420s|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m46.385s||2.500s|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m46.894s||3.009s|
Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in FP3
Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, while both Mercedes struggled and were more than one second off the pace.
The German clocked a time of 1m45.682s on the super-soft tyres, 0.450s clear of his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were third and fourth respectively with world champion Lewis Hamilton down in fifth, 1.120s adrift, and the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg sixth.
Fernando Alonso, whose McLaren team hoped the low-speed nature of the circuit would help mask the power deficit of its Honda power unit, was seventh, a few thousandths behind Rosberg.
Red Bull and Ferrari looked quick in second practice on Friday, with Kvyat topping the times, but Mercedes was expected to hit back on Saturday.
That challenge did not materialise, however, with Vettel setting the pace on the soft tyres and maintaining that advantage when drivers swapped to the quicker rubber for their qualifying simulations.
Hamilton had an off during his run on the soft tyres and later in the session he was called into the pits for a drive-through to cool the car down.
The reigning world champion now faces a fight to equal Ayrton Senna’s record of eight successive pole positions when qualifying takes place later on Saturday.
The Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen, who locked up heavily at Turn 7 early on, were eighth and ninth respectively with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson completing the top 10.
Valtteri Bottas was the highest placed Williams in 11th, while Nico Hulkenberg, whose Force India has its complete B-spec update this weekend, was 12th.
Jenson Button was half a second off his McLaren team-mate Alonso in 13th, ahead of Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado.
The Manor drivers propped up the timesheets, with Alexander Rossi heading team-mate Will Stevens on his first full grand prix weekend.
|3||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.167s||0.485s||19|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.359s||0.677s||14|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m47.301s||1.619s||18|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m47.464s||1.782s||17|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m47.640s||1.958s||16|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.002s||2.320s||15|
Singapore GP: Daniil Kvyat leads Kimi Raikkonen in F1 practice
Daniil Kvyat edged out Kimi Raikkonen by less than half a tenth of a second to top the second free practice session for the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix.
Kvyat was only 18th fastest and completed just eight laps in the first session of the weekend, after encountering a fuel system problem on his Red Bull-Renault, but he shrugged off his lack of track time to set the pace in the second session, which took place under floodlights.
His 1m46.142s effort on the super-soft tyre put the Russian just 0.039 seconds clear of Raikkonen’s Ferrari.
Kvyat’s Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheet for a while early on, when the drivers were focused on running the harder soft-compound tyre.
The Australian was just 0.075s slower than Raikkonen after bolting on the super-softs.
World champion Lewis Hamilton locked up heavily at Turn 1 on his first attempt at a flying lap on the super-soft.
The Mercedes driver’s second effort was only good enough for fourth, 0.223s slower than Ricciardo’s RB11.
Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg, who has taken the last of his allocated engines for the season after suffering a failure on his third unit in Italian GP practice earlier this month, was only seventh fastest, behind the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Force India of Sergio Perez.
Double world champion Fernando Alonso was the last driver to lap below 1m47s as he set the eighth-fastest time for McLaren, ahead of the second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg and Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso.
Felipe Massa was the fastest of the two Williams drivers in 11th, just ahead of Sauber pair Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, driving the heavily revised C34 this weekend.
Verstappen’s Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr was one of several drivers not to get away with striking the wall during the session.
The Spanish rookie suffered a left-rear puncture after hitting the wall at Turn 5, while Lotus racer Pastor Maldonado also compromised the early part of his session by brushing the barriers.
Sainz wound up 15th fastest, behind Jenson Button’s McLaren and ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus and the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
Will Stevens became the second Manor driver to crash in practice for this event, after losing the rear end of his car at Turn 11 early on in the session.
His new team-mate Alexander Rossi joined the session late, after waiting for his car to be repaired following the heavy impact with the wall the American suffered in FP1.
|1||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.142s||–||34|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.256s||0.114s||29|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m46.659s||0.517s||30|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m47.294s||1.152s||35|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m47.427s||1.285s||32|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m48.012s||1.870s||23|
Singapore GP: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in first practice
Nico Rosberg set the pace in the opening free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton second quickest.
Rosberg fitted the fourth and final power unit of his allocation for first practice and put it to good use as he clocked a 1m47.995s to finish 0.319 seconds clear of Hamilton.
The world champion had made a few small mistakes, including missing the apex at Turn 2 and running wide, early on and was only fourth at first as Rosberg set the pace.
Red Bull has traditionally run well in Singapore, winning every year from 2011-13 and finishing second and third on the podium last year, and it continued that form this year with Daniel Ricciardo third, 0.017s adrift of Hamilton, having been second for a spell.
Alexander Rossi, who is making his full grand prix weekend debut this weekend with Manor, was on-course for a trouble-free session and was just 0.015s adrift of team-mate Will Stevens.
But with a few minutes of first practice remaining, the American hit the barrier at Turn 18, causing quite significant damage to the right-hand side of the car and bringing out a red flag that ended the session early.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was fourth, got on the kerb on the approach to Turn 5 and had to abort halfway round the corner, narrowly keeping it out of the wall.
The other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was fifth ahead of Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
Carlos Sainz Jr was two seconds off the pace in eighth, but he pipped Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen by just 0.019s.
Pastor Maldonado, whose Lotus kissed the barriers at Turn 13, completing the top 10.
McLaren has long said Singapore could be a highlight of its troubled season and the early signs were positive, with Fernando Alonso 11th quickest, three tenths quicker than Jenson Button, who encountered radio problems, in 15th.
Force India’s Sergio Perez was 12th, followed by Felipe Nasr in the heavily-updated Sauber, which has been revised with 2016 in mind.
Romain Grosjean took part in first practice for the first time since Canada, having generally had to give his Lotus up for reserve driver Jolyon Palmer, and was 14th.
Marcus Ericsson was 16th in the second Sauber, ahead of Williams’s Felipe Massa and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who spent a lot of time in the garage after concerns over the fuel system were raised.
Humidity hit 80 per cent during first practice as the sun set in Singapore and the floodlights around the 3.147-mile Marina Bay circuit flickered on.
PRACTICE ONE TIMES:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m48.331s||0.336s||21|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m49.466s||1.471s||17|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m49.854s||1.859s||21|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m50.019s||2.024s||28|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m50.125s||2.130s||23|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m51.188s||3.193s||8|
Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Kimi Raikkonen to Monza pole
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, as both Ferraris edged his team-mate Nico Rosberg to deny the Mercedes Formula 1 team a front row lockout.
Hamilton used Mercedes latest ‘development’ F1 engine to good effect to take pole by 0.234s from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at Monza.
The reigning world champion failed to improve on his 1m23.397s on his second run, but both efforts were good enough for top spot.
Raikkonen edged out Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel by just 0.054s on his final run to be best of the Scuderia’s two drivers in front of its home crowd.
Running Ferrari’s newly upgraded power unit, they were less than a tenth quicker than Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Rosberg.
Rosberg noticed a "strange oscillation" with his new Mercedes engine in final free practice, so the team reverted to the less powerful spec used in the previous race at Spa.
The lack of horsepower told as he trailed team-mate Hamilton by 0.306s.
Williams team-mates Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas locked out row three of the grid, nearly half a second clear of the Force India of Sergio Perez.
Spa podium finisher Romain Grosjean split the Force Indias by placing his Lotus eighth fastest, 0.428s further back from Perez.
Nico Hulkenberg suffered a loss of power after his first run in Q3, so didn’t run again.
The German’s 1m25.317s was only good enough for ninth on the grid, well clear of the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, who was the final car in the top 10 shootout.
The second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado missed out on making Q3 by just 0.015s, as just over two tenths of a second covered sixth to 11th places in Q2.
Felipe Nasr ended up 0.441s adrift of Sauber team-mate Ericsson and also missed the cut, winding up 12th fastest overall.
The Renault-powered cars were far too slow to have a realistic chance of making Q3.
The Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz pipped Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull to the 13th fastest time by 0.178s, but they will be hit with grid penalties for various engine component changes this weekend.
Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull required an engine change after a problem in final free practice, and he only took to the track with less than three minutes remaining of the first part of qualifying.
He was a tenth faster than team-mate Kvyat with that single run in Q1, but didn’t venture out on track again, so ended up 15th overall after Q2.
Ricciardo’s late show in Q1 meant neither McLaren-Honda escaped the first part of qualifying, though Jenson Button leapfrogged team-mate Fernando Alonso (who the team felt was held up in traffic) by 0.096s at the death.
Will Stevens again defeated Roberto Merhi in the private battle of the Manor/Marussias, just under two tenths clear.
Both were trailed by the Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen, who was delayed by an engine change and joined the session too late to set a time.
His only significant contribution to the session was to see his STR10 shed its engine cover at Curve Grande as the first part of qualifying concluded.
ITALIAN GP GRID
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1.229s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.920s|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||2.221s|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||2.399s|
|19||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||–|
|20||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||–|
*engine-change penalties for Sainz, Kvyat, Button, Alonso, Verstappen, Ricciardo
Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel in FP3
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton finished quickest in final practice for the Italian Grand Prix, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel his closest challenger at Monza.
The reigning F1 world champion clocked a 1m24.544s on soft tyres to finish 0.264s clear of Vettel with the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg three tenths off the pace in the third.
The track was damp from overnight rain early on, with only a few drivers choosing to venture out on intermediates.
But the sun broke through and the circuit dried quickly, with drivers switching to the medium tyres halfway through the session.
Vettel was the early pacesetter, clocking a succession of quick laps with a best of 1m25.799s, 1.3s ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Mercedes, meanwhile, kept its powder dry until the final 10 minutes of the session, when Rosberg went quickest with a 1m25.480s.
Hamilton’s first effort was good enough for fifth and though he set the fastest first and second sectors, he chose to pit for soft tyres rather than complete the lap.
Attention then turned to qualifying-simulation soft-tyre runs, with Raikkonen going second quickest, 0.032s slower than Rosberg’s medium-shod time.
Rosberg improved when he put the softs on, but he was then bumped down by Vettel and Hamilton in the final two minutes of the session.
Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Pastor Maldonado, who like Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, didn’t set a laptime until the final 10 minutes of the session.
Raikkonen ended up seventh with Force India’s Sergio Perez, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Grosjean completing the top 10.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, who will start towards the back of the grid after taking new engines this weekend, were 13th and 14th respectively, ahead of Manor’s Will Stevens.
Daniel Ricciardo parked his Red Bull at the second chicane midway though the session, suffering what is understood to be an engine failure on a brand new unit.
Ricciardo ended up 20th, with his team-mate Daniil Kvyat spending a large part of the session in the garage and finishing 17th.
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||0.971s||14|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.597s||13|
|16||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||3.671s||25|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||4.047s||10|
|18||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||4.084s||23|
|20||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||5.356s||7|
Italian Grand Prix – “Need to fix something”
Kimi unfazed but non totally happy
“It was a very normal Friday, the sessions were running smoothly and we had no issues. I was not very happy with my driving, we have to fix a couple of things and then, like in any other race, we’ll have some work to do to try to improve and find the right set up for tomorrow and Sunday. I did not have the time to see what the others were doing today, we did our own things and hopefully we can have a good weekend in front of all our tifosi.”
Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton edges Nico Rosberg in FP2 at Monza
Lewis Hamilton again held the edge over Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg as their team remained dominant in second Italian Grand Prix practice at Monza.
Although the gap from the fastest Mercedes time to best-of-the-rest Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari in third came down from the morning’s 1.5-second gulf to a less daunting seven tenths, the champion team and its newly upgraded engine remained a class apart.
Hamilton was three tenths of a second faster than Rosberg by the time they had finished their opening runs on medium tyres.
It looked like the German might upstage his title rival on softs as he set a quicker pace through the lap’s first two sectors when they changed emphasis in the middle of the session.
But Rosberg lost time on the run through the Parabolica and fell short by 0.021s at the line.
Ferrari had initially held a crowd-pleasing one-two in the early moments before the Mercedes got up to speed.
Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ended up third and sixth, split by the Mercedes-powered Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.
The Ferraris were the only non-Mercedes-powered cars in the top 10, as Lotus pair Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado led Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in seventh through 10th places.
While plenty of drivers visited chicane escape roads or flirted with track limits misbehaviour, the most attention-grabbing incident came from a Toro Rosso rookie again.
After Carlos Sainz Jr’s high-speed spin into the Parabolica in the morning, it was Max Verstappen’s turn in practice two.
He lost it under braking into the Ascari chicane and flew backwards into the gravel, stopping just before the tyre wall and managing to plough his way out.
Drivers in mechanical trouble included Daniel Ricciardo, who had to crawl back to the Red Bull pits in first gear due to a hydraulic problem. It was rectified in time for him to rejoin later.
His team-mate Daniil Kvyat spent most of the session on medium tyres and was slowest as Red Bull – guaranteed tail-end starts as it makes a double engine change on both cars – opted out of trying for low-fuel times.
Kvyat was slower even than Jenson Button, who managed only three laps before McLaren summoned him into the pits with a technical worry.
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||0.999s||34|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.046s||43|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1.943s||27|
|14||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||2.175s||38|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||2.362s||50|
|20||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||4.444s||28|
Italian GP: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leads first Monza F1 practice
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set a devastating pace as he topped the timesheets in first practice for Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Reigning F1 world champion Hamilton clocked a 1m24.670s to finish 0.463 seconds clear of his title rival and a massive 1.588s ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third.
It was an impressive performance from Mercedes, which fitted Hamilton and Rosberg’s cars with their third engines of the season following an upgrade in which it used all seven of its remaining tokens.
Hamilton was quickest on the first run on the medium tyres with a 1m25.653s, 0.906s faster than team-mate Rosberg, with Vettel 0.057s off the pace.
Rosberg was the first to take his second set and moved to the top of the timesheets, but Hamilton reacted straight away to reclaim first.
The opening half an hour was relatively quiet as most teams daubed their cars with flo-vis paint to gather airflow data.
The session was then red-flagged when Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr lost the car under braking for Parabolica and slid into the gravel.
Force India continued its recent good form with Nico Hulkenberg fourth and Sergio Perez, fresh from a season’s best fifth at the last race in Belgium, fifth.
Kimi Raikkonen, who completed a number of practice starts at the end of the pitlane during the session, was sixth quickest, having spent a lot of time in the garage.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who along with team-mate Danill Kvyat will receive a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change, was seventh with Kvyat 12th.
The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who announced new deals to stay with the team in 2016 on Thursday, finished eighth and ninth respectively.
Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10 with the other Lotus of Jolyon Palmer 15th after covering 28 laps in his eighth first practice appearance of the season.
Sauber’s Felipe Nasr was a strong 11th, 2.5s off the pace, two spots ahead of team-mate Marcus Ericsson 13th.
Max Verstappen also had a moment at Parabolica after carrying too much speed into the corner.
The Dutchman ran wide, but kept it out of the gravel and continued. He finished 14th fastest, two tenths clear of Sainz, who failed to get back out on track after his early excursion and ended up 16th.
McLaren ended its session early to carry out an engine change.
The team fitted a ninth engine to both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button’s car for first practice – meaning both drivers get a grid penalty – and will switch to an older unit, as planned, for second practice.
The units will then be changed again following second practice as per the strategy. AUTOSPORT understands there are no problems with any of the engines.
Alonso was 17th quickest ahead of Button, with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and the Manors of Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens propping up the timesheets.
PRACTICE ONE TIMES:
|4||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m26.612s||1.942s||19|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m26.730s||2.060s||29|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m26.922s||2.252s||27|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m27.275s||2.605s||29|
|14||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m27.591s||2.921s||27|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m27.907s||3.237s||8|