A proposito di Kimi

Articoli con tag “Prove Libere

GP USA, prove sabato–22/10/2016

Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to US GP F1 pole position

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to pole position for the United States Grand Prix, as Mercedes stretched out an advantage over the opposition in qualifying.

Red Bull looked fast in free practice, but it couldn’t live with Mercedes in qualifying, where Hamilton pumped in a stunning 1m34.999s lap to bag pole.

The reigning world champion did his damage through the first sector, where he was almost three tenths faster than Rosberg, who ran wide at Turn 1 on both of his Q3 laps.

Rosberg, who briefly held top spot due to finishing his lap before his team-mate, was still fast enough to set the second quickest time, almost three tenths clear of Daniel Ricciardo in the best of the Red Bulls.

Max Verstappen was fourth, ahead of Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes drivers and Verstappen will start the race on soft tyres after all making it through Q2 on that compound.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest for Force India, well clear of the remaining top 10 runners.

Hulkenberg was in superb form, lapping inside the top six in the first two segments of the session.

He was also the only non-Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari driver to break into the 1m36s.

Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa headed an impressive performance from the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr in rounding out the top 10.

Hulkenberg’s Force India team-mate Sergio Perez missed out on making Q3 by just over a tenth of a second.

Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda was six hundredths of a second further back in 12th, ahead of the second Toro Rosso of newly re-signed Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, and Jolyon Palmer’s Renault.

Marcus Ericsson completed a cursory run on old tyres in Q2 so wound up 16th fastest, after lapping quicker than both Gutierrez and Palmer in Q1.

Palmer complained about his final Q1 run being a "fucking disaster" as he held up Jenson Button’s McLaren on his out-lap, but the Renault still made it through to Q2.

Button was furious to drop out in Q1, after encountering the Renault entering the final corner of his best lap.

The 2009 world champion ended up a lowly 19th in his McLaren-Honda, fractionally behind Romain Grosjean’s Haas and Kevin Magnussen’s Renault, which both also missed the cut.

Pascal Wehrlein recovered from binning his Manor in the gravel in final practice to qualify 20th fastest, ahead of Felipe Nasr – who complained about his Sauber’s brakes – and Manor team-mate Esteban Ocon.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.999s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.215s 0.216s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.509s 0.510s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m35.747s 0.748s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.131s 1.132s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m36.358s 1.359s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.628s 1.629s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.116s 2.117s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.269s 2.270s
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m37.326s 2.327s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.353s 2.354s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m37.417s 2.418s
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m37.480s 2.481s
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m37.773s 2.774s
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m37.935s 2.936s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.356s 4.357s
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m38.308s 3.309s
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m38.317s 3.318s
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.327s 3.328s
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m38.548s 3.549s
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.583s 3.584s
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m38.806s 3.807s

Da Autosport.com

US GP FP3: Max Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two

Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in the final Formula 1 practice session ahead of the United States Grand Prix as neither Mercedes driver completed a qualifying simulation lap.

With Red Bull on a pace comparable to Mercedes at Austin so far this weekend, Verstappen topped the timesheet with a lap of 1m36.766s to finish 0.266s clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, both on super-soft tyres.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, just over half a second down on Verstappen on his super-soft outing, leaving Hamilton and Rosberg down in fourth and fifth.

Hamilton, whose team broke curfew overnight to change the fuel system on his car, set the quickest time on soft tyres with a lap of 1m37.483s prior to the late qualifying runs that remained his best outing.

Come his super-soft run Hamilton was sent out late, and only just crossed the line to start his flying lap as the chequered flag came out.

Hamilton, however, was held up by Felipe Nasr’s Sauber halfway through the lap and backed off, leaving him to tell his team on the radio it was "poor timing guys".

Rosberg, who was three tenths off of Hamilton on his best soft-tyre lap, opted to abort his super-soft run late on.

Rosberg had set a personal best in the first sector, which has proven to be Red Bull’s strong suit so far, but he was still 0.154s down on Verstappen at that point.

Rosberg then went quickest in the middle sector to close the gap to Verstappen’s best, but ultimately the championship leader failed to complete the lap, pulling into the pits instead after running slightly wide at the penultimate corner.

Sebastian Vettel was sixth quickest in his Ferrari, but he reported a potential gearbox problem and remained in the garage for the closing stages, finishing 1.128s down.

Vettel was followed by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas in his Williams and the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso to complete the top 10.

Carlos Sainz Jr suffered two punctures during the session, initially to the right rear on only his second lap, and then half an hour later one to the left rear, leaving him down in 15th and unable to conduct his own qualifying simulation as the team checked over the car.

The hour-long session was red-flagged for 10 minutes early on after Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein lost his car under braking at Turn 19, beaching it in the gravel.

With only four laps to his name, Wehrlein finished bottom of the timesheet just over five seconds off the pace.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m36.766s 16
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.032s 0.266s 19
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.284s 0.518s 15
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.483s 0.717s 12
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.784s 1.018s 10
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.894s 1.128s 8
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m37.948s 1.182s 17
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.188s 1.422s 16
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.212s 1.446s 14
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.452s 1.686s 13
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.512s 1.746s 16
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m38.528s 1.762s 14
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m38.607s 1.841s 15
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.691s 1.925s 16
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.710s 1.944s 6
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m38.939s 2.173s 13
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.097s 2.331s 13
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m39.105s 2.339s 14
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.239s 2.473s 14
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.509s 2.743s 14
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m39.771s 3.005s 19
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m41.427s 4.661s 7

Da Autosport.com

GP USA, commenti post libere–21/10/2016

Kimi Raikkonen now trusts Ferrari F1 team – Maurizio Arrivabene

Kimi Raikkonen now feels he has the trust and commitment of his mechanics and that has inspired his improved form, according to Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

Raikkonen was comfortably outperformed by team-mate Sebastian Vettel last season and Fernando Alonso the year before.

But after re-signing in July for next year, his results have improved and he now sits five points and two places ahead of Vettel in the 2016 drivers’ standings with four races to go.

Arrivabene has consistently praised Raikkonen’s performances this year, at one stage saying he is "not a world champion for nothing", but at Austin elaborated on why he thinks the Finn has got better.

"Everyone gets surprised when they are talking about Kimi’s performance but there is nothing to be surprised about," said Arrivabene.

"He’s been a world champion, with us actually, and he is quite fast.

"He was most probably suffering a bit the last few years.

"Now he can feel that the part of the team that is working with Kimi is committed to him.

"He has a very good relationship with Sebastian and that helps.

"It’s just a question for him to feel the trust of people around him and then he’s going to do his best.

"When he has to push with his feet, he’s pushing very hard."


Former Ferrari chief engineer Luca Baldisserri told the Italian media last week that the Scuderia is suffering from a "climate of fear" that is leaving staff afraid to take risks.

When asked for comment, Arrivabene rubbished the claims.

"The atmosphere inside the house is different to what people think about or what you are reading in the newspapers," he insisted.

"It’s an old story. Ferrari in Italy is like the Italian national football team.

"Having pressure is normal, having tension is normal, having criticism is normal so you have to live with that.

"Sometimes it’s going too far.

"Our job is to be concentrated in what we are doing, it is to follow our way.

"This is part of the job.

"If you working in Maranello, if you work for a brand like Ferrari, you have to accept all of this, like it or not."

Da Autosport.com

Kimi: still work to do but no major issues

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a tricky day: in the first session, we struggled to find the right set up, and in the second practice I went off with new tires and couldn’t set a lap time. Apart from that it was a normal Friday, it looks worse than it is. We did a normal set up work and sometimes it goes like this. We did not have any major issue, we just tried to make a sense out of it and get the car exactly where we wanted. Now we have some work to do on the set up and make it correct for tomorrow. The Mercedes look very strong as they have been all year, but we’ll do our best.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Giappone, prove del sabato–08/10/2016

Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Japanese GP F1 pole by 0.013s

Nico Rosberg won a thrilling battle with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Rosberg was fastest in every practice session, and topped the field again in qualifying at Suzuka, but only after a late rally against a Hamilton charge.

Hamilton trailed his team-mate in Q1 and Q2, but snuck ahead after the first runs in Q3.

Rosberg leapt back to the top of the times with a 1m30.647s best on his final lap, as Hamilton fell just 0.013s short of taking pole despite an improvement of his own at the end.

Kimi Raikkonen produced a strong lap to qualify third fastest for Ferrari, the only other driver to make it below 1m31s.

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was less than a tenth slower in fourth, but he faces a three-place drop on the grid thanks to his penalty for hitting Nico Rosberg at the first corner of last Sunday’s Malaysian GP.

Max Verstappen beat Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to the fifth fastest time, also by less than a tenth of a second.

Haas got both cars through to Q3 for the first time, and was best of the rest behind the top six cars in Q2.

Romain Grosjean set an identical time to Force India’s Sergio Perez in Q3, but ended up eighth fastest, just ahead of the second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Grosjean’s Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez was seventh fastest in Q2, but ended up cut adrift at the bottom of the top 10 in Q3, over half a second slower than Grosjean.

Williams pairing Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa made only one run each in Q2, and were just edged out of the top 10 by the Force Indias.

Bottas missed the cut by less than a tenth, while Massa was only 0.165s further back in 12th.

Daniil Kvyat felt he did the best he could to put his Toro Rosso 13th on the grid, fractionally faster than team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr, who spun at Spoon Curve on his second run in Q2.

Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda was only 0.004s slower than Sainz in 15th, 0.118s ahead of the leading Renault of Jolyon Palmer.

Jenson Button failed to escape Q1 at Honda’s home circuit, ending up just 0.032s shy of beating McLaren team-mate Alonso to the draw.

Kevin Magnussen was 18th fastest in the second Renault, ahead of Sauber pairing Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr and the two Manors.

Ericsson was slowest of all after the first runs in Q1, but ended up just over a tenth ahead of his team-mate after a puzzled Nasr failed to go faster on his second run.

Esteban Ocon out-qualified Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein for the second race in a row, this time by more than two tenths of a second, feeling he couldn’t have got much more out of his car.

The fact Wehrlein qualified last renders his five-place grid penalty for an illegal gearbox change potentially irrelevant.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m30.647s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m30.660s 0.013s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m30.949s 0.302s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m31.178s 0.531s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m31.240s 0.593s
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m31.961s 1.314s
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m31.028s 0.381s
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.961s 1.314s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m32.142s 1.495s
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m32.547s 1.900s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m32.315s 1.668s
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m32.380s 1.733s
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m32.623s 1.976s
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m32.685s 2.038s
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m32.689s 2.042s
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m32.807s 2.160s
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m32.851s 2.204s
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m33.023s 2.376s
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.222s 2.575s
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.332s 2.685s
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m33.353s 2.706s
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m33.561s 2.914s

Da Autosport.com

Japanese GP F1 FP3: Nico Rosberg fastest again at Suzuka

Nico Rosberg set the pace in final Formula 1 practice for the Japanese Grand Prix while his Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton failed to complete a qualifying simulation.

Rosberg’s time of 1m32.092s was three tenths quicker than Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and ensured the championship leader completed a clean sweep of practice sessions this weekend at Suzuka.

A damp start meant drivers completed their installation laps on the intermediate or wet tyres but it wasn’t long before they made the switch to slicks.

But the time lost early in the session meant drivers left it until the final minutes of the session to do their qualifying simulations which in turn created traffic that forced many to abandon laps.

Rosberg edged Hamilton on the medium tyre runs by just 0.054s and then improved by 1.2s when he fitted the softs and got a clean lap.

Hamilton was not so fortunate, losing time running wide at Degner 2 and then backing off and returning to the pits as there was not enough time to get a second run in.

Sebastian Vettel was third quickest, 0.639s off the pace, a fraction ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen went quicker than Rosberg in the first sector, but was baulked by Renault’s Kevin Magunssen on the approach to Degner 1, ruining his lap. He ended the session fifth.

Felipe Massa completed a late lap on the softs to vault into sixth, ahead of Hamilton, whose time was set on the medium tyres.

Renault showed good promise with Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen achieving exactly the same lap time to finish eighth and ninth respectively, 1.5s adrift.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10.

It was a troubled session for Haas with Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez having off-track excursions, with the latter spinning at the Esses.

Jenson Button also struggled, finishing 19th quickest, while Carlos Sainz Jr was bottom of the timesheet having completed just three laps.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.092s 14
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m32.394s 0.302s 10
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m32.731s 0.639s 13
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m32.784s 0.692s 9
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.011s 0.919s 12
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.271s 1.179s 13
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.284s 1.192s 12
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m33.639s 1.547s 13
9 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m33.639s 1.547s 10
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m33.646s 1.554s 11
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m33.714s 1.622s 12
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m33.787s 1.695s 16
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m33.865s 1.773s 9
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m33.921s 1.829s 11
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.037s 1.945s 12
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m34.272s 2.180s 13
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.388s 2.296s 12
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.544s 2.452s 13
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m34.548s 2.456s 11
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m35.230s 3.138s 13
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m37.256s 5.164s 10
22 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m56.323s 24.231s 3

Da Autosport.com

GP Giappone, commenti post libere venerdì–07/10/2016

Kimi Raikkonen struggling with Ferrari despite quick Suzuka times

Kimi Raikkonen feels he has "a lot of lap time" left in his Ferrari after admitting to "fighting with the car" throughout Japanese Grand Prix Formula 1 practice.

Raikkonen finished Friday third quickest Suzuka, just over three tenths of a second behind the two Mercedes and half a second clear of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel behind.

But Raikkonen was far from happy with his car overall, even declaring over the radio that it felt like it had no front wing at one stage as he battled understeer.

"The balance, and the feeling, is not where we want it to be," said Raikkonen.

"I struggled a lot with the understeer and fighting with the car, especially in the first part of the circuit, and it just doesn’t feel nice.

"It got a bit better in the end, so if we get the feeling and the car working as we want there’s a lot of lap time [to be gained]. We can go quite a bit faster.

"It wasn’t a disaster lap-time wise – I’m a bit surprised with the lap time. Hopefully we can work on all the small things and improve the feeling a bit."

Da Autosport.com

GP Giappone, prove libere venerdì–07/10/2016

Japanese Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg stays on top in practice two

Nico Rosberg again held the upper hand over Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton in second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

After beating Hamilton by two tenths of a second in the first session at Suzuka, the polesitter for the last two races at this track then edged his Mercedes team-mate by just 0.072 seconds in practice two.

There was a minor scare for Rosberg 13 minutes into the session when he pulled out of his garage with wisps of smoke emerging from the back of his Mercedes.

As Rosberg then waited at the end of the pitlane to start off, the smoke became slightly thicker and billowed out for a few seconds, although there was little sign of any trouble thereafter.

Rosberg soon posted the fastest lap at that stage on a set of the medium-compound Pirelli tyres with a 1m33.758s, only to soon be beaten by 0.283s by Hamilton on the hard tyres.

Come the quicker laps on the soft-compound rubber, Rosberg set a 1m32.250s that was to remain unbeaten throughout the session.

Hamilton was quickest in the first sector soon after, but lost out in the second and third to miss out on top spot on the timesheet by a slender margin.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished third quickest, just over three tenths of a second off the pace, but half a second up on team-mate Sebastian Vettel, with both on soft tyres.

In between the pair was Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who like Vettel was almost eight tenths adrift of Rosberg’s lead time.

As for Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, winner last time out in Malaysia, the Australian was forced to abort his quick lap on soft tyres due to a virtual safety car period.

That was prompted by Esteban Gutierrez parking his Haas at the side of the track approaching Degner after a turbo issue.

It was the second problem of the day for Haas as Romain Grosjean had suffered yet another brake problem in practice one just days after his retirement in Malaysia when a brake disc exploded.

Ricciardo was left to finish 12th quickest, almost two seconds down, but with his time of 1m34.150s having come on the hard tyres while all in front did a quick lap on softs.

Force India pair Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth and seventh fastest, with three tenths of a second separating the duo.

There was no repeat of the morning’s crashes, but Daniil Kvyat was involved in a high-speed spin coming out of the final corner, avoiding damage as he managed to catch the Toro Rosso in a full 360-degree pirouette.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.250s 35
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.322s 0.072s 35
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m32.573s 0.323s 26
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m33.061s 0.811s 29
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.103s 0.853s 34
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m33.570s 1.320s 37
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m33.873s 1.623s 35
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m33.985s 1.735s 37
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.028s 1.778s 33
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.086s 1.836s 33
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.127s 1.877s 33
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.150s 1.900s 29
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m34.241s 1.991s 33
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.305s 2.055s 27
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m34.339s 2.089s 36
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m34.398s 2.148s 29
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m34.643s 2.393s 11
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m34.760s 2.510s 40
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.824s 2.574s 26
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m35.292s 3.042s 30
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m35.400s 3.150s 37
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.318s 4.068s 26

Da Autosport.com

Japanese GP: Nico Rosberg outshines Lewis Hamilton in practice one

Nico Rosberg beat Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time in opening practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Championship leader Rosberg clocked a 1m32.431s to finish 0.215 seconds clear of his Mercedes team-mate, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel eight tenths back in third.

Hamilton and Rosberg were evenly matched in the first and third sectors, with the former losing the time in the middle sector.

Rosberg set the early place with a 1m33.751s, two tenths clear of Hamilton, and maintained that advantage when Mercedes fitted fresh softs later in the session.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest, two tenths shy of his Ferrari team-mate, with the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen fifth and sixth respectively and the best of those on mediums rather than softs.

Nico Hulkenberg outpaced Force India team-mate Sergio Perez for seventh with Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas completing the top 10.

Alonso snapped into a spin as he turned into the first part of Spoon, clouting the barrier hard and damaging his McLaren’s rear wing.

He recovered to the pits but ended the session with just 10 laps to his name after Honda found he had damaged the new lightweight engine exhaust.

Romain Grosjean also had an off-track excursion, skating off at the second Degner.

The Frenchman said on team radio "the brake doesn’t brake", having tapped the front wing on the barrier before reversing out and retreating to the pits.

Jolyon Palmer, who scored his first F1 point in Malaysia last week, finished bottom of the timesheet and ended his session early because of an electrical fault.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.431s 24
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.646s 0.215s 21
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.525s 1.094s 19
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.817s 1.386s 17
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.112s 1.681s 23
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m34.379s 1.948s 26
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.530s 2.099s 28
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.767s 2.336s 30
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.003s 2.572s 10
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.381s 2.950s 31
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m35.446s 3.015s 23
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m35.672s 3.241s 27
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.677s 3.246s 24
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.688s 3.257s 17
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.967s 3.536s 15
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m36.169s 3.738s 23
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m36.219s 3.788s 21
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.294s 3.863s 19
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m36.822s 4.391s 30
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m37.797s 5.366s 29
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m37.966s 5.535s 24
22 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m37.992s 5.561s 13

Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, prove del sabato–01/10/2016

Lewis Hamilton on F1 pole position for Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton scored a comfortable pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, as championship leader Nico Rosberg salvaged a front row start from a troubled end to qualifying.

Hamilton clocked a 1m32.850s best on his first run in Q3, which proved easily good enough for pole, despite Hamilton having to abort his second run in Q3.

His Mercedes team-mate Rosberg eventually qualified second fastest, over four tenths adrift of his title rival.

The points leader was only fifth fastest after the first runs, having run wide at Turn 6, but he rallied later to beat Max Verstappen’s Red Bull to a front row spot by 0.156 seconds, despite another moment at the final corner.

Daniel Ricciardo was only 0.017s slower in the second Red Bull, while Ferrari locked out the third row of the grid, with Sebastian Vettel beating Kimi Raikkonen to fifth by less than half a tenth of a second.

The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completed a quartet of row lockouts at the front of the grid by qualifying seventh and eighth, just ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren and Felipe Massa’s Williams.

Button made it through to Q3 with a fine late effort that, along with improvements from the Force India pair, meant the Williams of Valtteri Bottas missed the cut by just 0.039s, as Bottas failed to improve on his second Q2 run.

Romain Grosjean beat Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez to the 12th fastest time by less than a tenth, while Kevin Magnussen did an excellent job to qualify his Renault 14th fastest, having missed most of Friday practice after his car caught fire in the pits in FP1.

A late improvement from Daniil Kvyat meant he beat Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr to 15th on the grid by just 0.005s.

This was the first time Kvyat has out-qualified Sainz since June’s European GP in Azerbaijan.

Jolyon Palmer’s Renault and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda joined the Saubers and Manors in exiting the fray after Q1.

Given Magnussen’s performance Palmer had a realistic shot at making Q2, but his final lap of the session was scrappy and he ended up dropping behind the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr into 19th place.

Esteban Ocon out-qualified Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein for the first time, beating him to the 20th fastest time by 0.136s.

Alonso completed a cursory run on medium tyres in his McLaren, knowing he will start at the back of the grid regardless owing to a 45-place grid penalty for various illegal engine component swaps.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.850s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.264s 0.414s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m33.420s 0.570s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.467s 0.617s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.584s 0.734s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.632s 0.782s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.319s 1.469s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.489s 1.639s
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m34.518s 1.668s
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.671s 1.821s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.577s 1.727s
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.001s 2.151s
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m35.097s 2.247s
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m35.277s 2.427s
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m35.369s 2.519s
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m35.374s 2.524s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.816s 2.966s
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.949s 3.099s
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m35.999s 3.149s
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m36.451s 3.601s
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m36.587s 3.737s
22 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m37.155s 4.305s

Da Autosport.com

Malaysian GP: Hamilton fastest in final free practice at Sepang

Lewis Hamilton put in a convincing performance to set the fastest time in the final free practice session ahead of the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Hamilton topped the timesheets at the end of the hour-long session at Sepang with a time of 1m34.434s, almost half a second faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Halfway through proceedings, Hamilton was quickest on Pirelli’s medium tyres with a 1m35.612s, seven tenths faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg on the same compound.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who had endured an unusually off-the-pace Friday, then went fastest by 0.151s from Hamilton, albeit on the soft rubber.

Three quarters of the way through the session, Rosberg went fastest with a lap of 1m35.293s on the soft compound.

But the winner of the last three grands prix was swiftly deposed by Hamilton by 0.8s on his qualifying simulation lap on softs, and although Rosberg managed a second hot lap on his own set of softs, he could only get to within 0.619s.

The championship leader was then demoted to third as Verstappen managed to split the Mercedes pair to close to within 0.445s of Hamilton.

Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth quickest respectively, albeit seven tenths of a second off the pace, with Ricciardo down in sixth, just over a second adrift.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who will start at the back of the grid on Sunday after taking a 45-place grid penalty for various Honda power unit component changes, ended up last and almost seven seconds down.

Alonso has reverted to the power unit used in Belgium, with McLaren eager not to over exert it ahead of a qualifying session in which he will do only one lap to be within 107%.

The final corner, which was criticised by a number of drivers following Friday’s sessions given its reprofiling as on off-camber corner, again proved problematic.

Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez was the first to suffer a major moment, spinning after losing the rear on entry – just falling short of the gravel – forcing Rosberg to back off on what would have been his best lap using the medium Pirellis.

With drivers forced to take an unusual line through the corner as they are unable to hug the apex, Vettel – who had described the turn as "mean" – was the next to spin after over committing slightly, wiping out a marker bollard in the process.

Force India’s Sergio Perez also fell foul of Turn 15, suffering a big lock up that resulted in him ending the session down in 11th.


Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes 1m34.434s 16
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Red Bull/Renault 1m34.879s 0.445s 14
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes 1m35.053s 0.619s 16
4 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 1m35.150s 0.716s 15
5 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 1m35.170s 0.736s 14
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Red Bull/Renault 1m35.461s 1.027s 22
7 Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India/Mercedes 1m35.776s 1.342s 16
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing Williams/Mercedes 1m35.902s 1.468s 17
9 Carlos Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m36.222s 1.788s 18
10 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Williams/Mercedes 1m36.227s 1.793s 20
11 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India/Mercedes 1m36.259s 1.825s 15
12 Jenson Button McLaren Honda McLaren/Honda 1m36.363s 1.929s 11
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 Team Haas/Ferrari 1m36.553s 2.119s 14
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team Renault 1m36.604s 2.170s 20
15 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Haas/Ferrari 1m36.687s 2.253s 15
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport F1 Team Renault 1m36.741s 2.307s 19
17 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m36.752s 2.318s 20
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.765s 2.331s 19
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber F1 Team Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.106s 2.672s 18
20 Esteban Ocon Manor Racing MRT Manor/Mercedes 1m37.961s 3.527s 17
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor Racing MRT Manor/Mercedes 1m38.089s 3.655s 13
22 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda McLaren/Honda 1m41.199s 6.765s 15

Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, commenti post libere venerdì–30/09/2016

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen surprised by pace in Malaysian GP practice

Kimi Raikkonen was surprised with his pace during Formula 1 free practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix after what he felt was a "messy" Friday.

The Finn ended second practice in fourth place, 0.8 seconds behind pacesetter Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes and two tenths down on Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

"We didn’t have a good feeling all day and I’m sure we can regroup tomorrow," Raikkonen told reporters after FP2.

"I’m surprised how decent the lap times were when the feeling was far from what I want.

"It was quite a messy day and not very smooth at all. It was a bit tricky.

"We have to sit down and look things through. The feeling wasn’t good, but the lap time wasn’t disastrous."

Raikkonen complained on the radio of unspecified problems with his car in second practice at Sepang, with Ferrari confirming once he had returned to the garage that it was the front of the car that was being investigated.

Vettel was more positive about his day than Raikkonen, but he was careful to avoid predicting Ferrari can repeat its surprise victory in Malaysia from 2015.

"We had a decent day, testing quite a few things," said the German.

"Our pace didn’t look too bad, at least from what I was told inside the car.

"If the chance is there we have to go for it, but we are realistic and we have seen Mercedes is very strong today on both short and long runs.

"We are pretty happy with our short run, the long run we can improve, getting the car more together.

"It’s right to dream, but at the same time you need to be awake and at the moment we are not strong enough to come here and say we will win.

"But if the chance comes up, similar to last year, then we need to be ready and be there."

Da Autosport.com