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GP Russia, prove del sabato–30/04/2016


Rosberg cruises to Russian GP pole, more trouble for Hamilton

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Russian Grand Prix comfortably, as engine failure sidelined Lewis Hamilton from the qualifying battle for the second Formula 1 race in succession.

Hamilton had a narrow edge over his Mercedes F1 team-mate in the first part of qualifying at Sochi, but was trailing by nearly half a second in Q2 when he suffered a recurrence of the MGU-H failure that ruined his efforts at Shanghai last time out.

That left Hamilton 10th and without a time in Q3, while Rosberg enjoyed a clear path to pole, beating Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari to top spot by more than seven tenths of a second.

Compounding Hamilton’s misery, he faces a trip to the stewards to explain why he failed to follow the proper procedure for rejoining from the Turn 2 run-off area after a Q1 mistake.

Rosberg was able to lap comfortably in the 1m35s in Q2 and Q3. He was on for a better lap at the end of Q3 before locking up his brakes and running off track at the end of the long back straight.

Vettel chipped his way into the low 1m36s, but Ferrari and its updated combustion engine had no answer for Mercedes’ impressive pace.

Vettel will start seventh on account of a penalty for changing his gearbox after Friday practice.

That means Williams driver Valtteri Bottas will enjoy his first front row start since the 2014 German GP, after outpacing the second Ferrari of fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen by 0.127s.

The second Williams of Felipe Massa was fifth fastest, almost half a second adrift of Bottas, while Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull rounded out the top six.

Sergio Perez impressively split Ricciardo from Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat by going seventh fastest.

Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso lapped 0.124s slower than Kvyat to end up ninth.

A late improvement from Kvyat in the dying moments of Q2 relegated the second Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr to 11th place.

Sainz failed to improve on his final run but remained half a tenth clear of Jenson Button in the better of the two McLaren-Hondas.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was 13th fastest, reckoning a lap that was nearly half a second adrift of Perez in Q2 to be "as good as it gets".

The second McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso was 0.036s slower in 14th, ahead of Haas pairing Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez, who were separated by less than a tenth as Grosjean continued to complain about the unpredictability of his car.

The works Renaults of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer were more than two tenths away from making the Q2 cut, but separated by less than a tenth in 17th and 18th.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr lay above the cut-off after his first run in Q1, but he went off at the start of his second and failed to improve his time.

The Brazilian wound up just 0.009s shy of Palmer’s time but well clear of Pascal Wehrlein in the best of the Manor-Mercedes.

The second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson seemed set to avoid a back-of-the-grid start after a last-gasp improvement, but Rio Haryanto hit back with a late show of his own to return the struggling Ericsson to the bottom of the pile.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.417s
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m36.536s 1.119s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.663s 1.246s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.016s 1.599s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m37.125s 1.708s
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.212s 1.795s
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m36.123s 0.706s
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m37.459s 2.042s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m37.583s 2.166s
10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m37.652s
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m37.701s
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m37.771s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m37.807s
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m38.055s
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m38.115s
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m38.914s
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.009s
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.018s
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m39.399s
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m39.463s
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.519s

Da Autosport.com



Hamilton narrowly pips Rosberg in final Russian GP F1 practice

Lewis Hamilton grabbed top spot with his final fast lap of the third Formula 1 free practice session for the Russian Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion had seemed to lack the pace to depose Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who spent much of the pair’s battle at the top of the timesheets as the low wear and degradation at Sochi allowed drivers to reel off multiple fast laps on each set of rubber.

But while Rosberg opted to pit after completing 22 laps, Hamilton continued for one final attempt on the super-soft rubber that all drivers used to set their fastest times

As was the case throughout much of the session, Hamilton was fastest in sector one, but this time he also set the fastest middle sector and, despite not being able to match Rosberg’s final sector pace, did enough to go fastest by 0.068 seconds.

Sebastian Vettel, who was slowest heading into the last runs after completing heavy fuel work for much of the session as he prepares for his grid penalty, jumped into contention for top spot in the final 10 minutes.

His mighty pace in the second sector briefly suggested he could challenge the Mercedes, but ultimately he was six-tenths down in third.

Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, seven-tenths slower than Vettel, but he could have been faster but for an error at the final corner on what might have been a stronger lap.

Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who both briefly held best of the rest status behind the two Mercedes driver after setting times on their final set of tyres before the Ferrari drivers, ended up fifth and sixth.

Max Verstappen was seventh for Toro Rosso, with Jenson Button a solid eighth after being able to extract better performance out of the super-soft tyres than was the case on Friday.

Carlos Sainz Jr and Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10, the latter having briefly triggered a virtual safety car after going up the escape road at the Turn 13 right-hander at the end of the back straight and then needing assistance from the marshals to complete his U-turn to rejoin.

Daniel Ricciardo, who held top spot in the early going, ended up 11th but completed a large number of laps, second only to Vettel, in preparation for the race.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m36.403s 17
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.471s 0.068s 22
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.007s 0.604s 28
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.727s 1.324s 14
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.918s 1.515s 16
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.985s 1.582s 16
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.133s 1.730s 22
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.260s 1.857s 14
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.465s 2.062s 25
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.542s 2.139s 18
11 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m38.622s 2.219s 23
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.633s 2.230s 12
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.047s 2.644s 15
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.162s 2.759s 16
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m39.230s 2.827s 18
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m39.238s 2.835s 16
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.239s 2.836s 15
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.589s 3.186s 19
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m39.599s 3.196s 19
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m39.663s 3.260s 18
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.740s 3.337s 23
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.898s 3.495s 19

Da Autosport.com


GP Russia, commenti post libere–29/04/2016


Russian Grand Prix – ”Work to do on the set up”

Kimi not entirely happy with handling yet

It was not an ideal day, one of those days you struggle to make the tires work and get the car where you want. I wasn’t doing any proper lap, but today it’s only practice, I’m sure we can improve for tomorrow. Overall I think we just have to work on the set up to make it as we want and then it should be ok. We have a new engine and new parts on the car, so far it has been working well. We wouldn’t use any new thing if we did not expect it to be good.

Da Ferrari.com



Sebastian Vettel gets five-place Russian GP grid penalty

Sebastian Vettel has been handed a five-place grid penalty for Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix after Ferrari elected to change his gearbox.

It is believed the gearbox sustained damage in his collision with F1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 1 at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix.

Following practice and investigations in Russia, Ferrari has decided to change the unit.

It caps a difficult day for the German, who stopped on track 30 minutes into the second session with an electrical problem and did not return.

"It looks like we had an electronics problem which is a bit of a shame because we’re lacking a couple of laps, especially the long run and race trim to see how competitive we are," he said.

"Kimi did the homework for the team so [it’s] not too bad.

"Also in Sochi, we know roughly what to expect so we can still learn a lot from what other people did."

Raikkonen, who finished fourth fastest in second practice, added: "It’s not been an ideal day but from my side, we have to work to make the car the way we want.

"I didn’t get any good proper laps but it was practice."

Ferrari fitted a new upgraded engine to both Vettel and Raikkonen’s car after spending three development tokens.

Speaking about its performance, Raikkonen said: "It’s a new one and we wouldn’t use it if we didn’t expect it to be good."

Da Autosport.com

 


GP Russia, prove del venerdì–29/04/2016


Lewis Hamilton moves ahead in second Russian Grand Prix practice

Lewis Hamilton ended the opening day of Formula 1 practice for the Russian Grand Prix at the top of the timesheets.

Having lost out to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the morning session, Hamilton outpaced the championship leader by 0.867 seconds in the afternoon, with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel splitting the duo in second despite losing track time to an electrical problem.

Hamilton was fastest from early on having outpaced Rosberg when both were on soft-compound Pirellis – although he did have a brief spin at Turn 4 that flat-spotted his tyres and sent him back to the pits. He had two harmless visits to the run-off area at the same corner later in the session.

When the Mercedes duo switched onto the faster super-softs, Hamilton was able to improve by around eight tenths to a 1m37.583s while Rosberg did not gain time.

This was partly because Haas driver Romain Grosjean spun and triggered a yellow-flag zone that Rosberg hit, but it meant the German’s best lap on softs – reckoned to be eight or nine-tenths slower than the super-softs, but offering dramatically different pace gaps from car to car – remained his fastest until he headed out for his second run on softs and was only able to make a small improvement.

Vettel’s best time was just under seven-tenths off Hamilton’s pace, also using super-soft rubber and set before he ground to a halt on the start/finish straight with what he reported as an electrical problem.

The virtual safety car system was deployed to allow the recovery of the Ferrari, which did disrupt the runs of a number of drivers.

Kimi Raikkonen made it a Mercedes/Ferrari top-four lockout by setting fourth-fastest time, over three-tenths slower than Rosberg.

With nobody bothering to run the medium-compound Pirellis thanks to the low rates of degradation and wear, which meant teams have taken few sets to Sochi, drivers set their best times variously on soft and super-soft rubber.

Red Bull pairing Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat ended up fifth and seventh overall, although the Australian’s best time was set on the slower soft compound.

They sandwiched the lead Williams-Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, who was 1.6s off the pace having used suer-softs to set his time in common with all but Rosberg and Ricciardo.

Jenson Button was eighth fastest for McLaren ahead of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.

Renault’s Kevin Magnussen made his first appearance of the weekend having sat out the morning session in favour of development driver Sergey Sirotkin and was 15th.

That put him two places behind the other driver who sat out practice one, Nico Hulkenberg, who took 13th after stepping aside for Alfonso Celis Jr to drive during the first session.

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was slowest, behind Manor pairing Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein, the latter grinding to a halt after the chequered flag and reporting a loss of power.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.583s 30
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.235s 0.652s 10
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.450s 0.867s 37
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.793s 1.210s 35
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.084s 1.501s 34
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.185s 1.602s 42
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.193s 1.610s 32
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.196s 1.613s 31
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.289s 1.706s 38
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.400s 1.817s 30
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m39.465s 1.882s 37
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m39.501s 1.918s 30
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.795s 2.212s 31
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m39.867s 2.284s 38
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m40.193s 2.610s 41
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m40.260s 2.677s 24
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m40.508s 2.925s 26
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m40.688s 3.105s 37
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.740s 3.157s 31
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m41.080s 3.497s 38
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m41.148s 3.565s 23
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.652s 4.069s 29

Da Autosport.com



Nico Rosberg sets commanding pace in first Russian GP practice

Nico Rosberg continued his imperious Formula 1 form by topping the opening free practice session for the Russian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver outpaced team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.722 seconds, a surprisingly large advantage given both ran similar programmes using the same Pirelli tyre compounds.

The session also featured the track debut of Red Bull’s aeroscreen cockpit protection concept, which Daniel Ricciardo used for an early installation lap.

During the first 40 minutes of the session, when drivers use one set of tyres that cannot subsequently be run, Hamilton initially set the pace.

While the track was quiet early on, both Mercedes reeled off eight-lap runs on one of their four sets of soft tyres and traded top spot.

Hamilton looked to have prevailed despite losing the rear at Turn 2 and spinning onto the run-off area on his sixth lap, but given the low rates of tyre wear and degradation at the Sochi circuit the battle continued into their second runs.

That allowed Rosberg to hit back, setting a 1m39.097s on his 12th lap to secure top spot -just over two-tenths faster than Hamilton, who could not match that improvement.

Both Mercedes drivers bolted on super-softs for their second runs, with Hamilton unable to get near Rosberg, the latter only briefly having trouble when he ran across the run-off area at Turn 2.

The German set his best time on his 22nd lap of the session and Hamilton had no answer for his pace having only been able to improve on his soft-compound time by 0.458s.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel prevailed in a tight battle for third ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Williams driver Felipe Massa.

Both Ferrari drivers opted to run medium and then soft tyres during the session, compared to the Mercedes strategy of soft then super-soft – meaning the duo were the only drivers on that rubber in the top nine.

Initially, Ricciardo held the position before Vettel jumped ahead of him.

Raikkonen and then Massa, who did not post a time until there was just over 20 minutes remaining thanks to a clutch problem, then had stints in third before Vettel, who had suffered a brief spin at Turn 15 earlier in the session, set a best time 1.048s off Rosberg to secure the position.

Valtteri Bottas was seventh fastest behind Ricciardo in the second Williams having been the closest challenger to the Mercedes drivers in the first 40 minutes.

He was able only to find an improvement of less than a tenth of a second on his second set of super-softs, with both Williams drivers opting to use that compound in both parts of the session.

Daniil Kvyat was eighth in the second Red Bull, although he would have improved on his 1m40.218s time had he not spun at the penultimate corner while on a better lap.

Force India driver Sergio Perez, also running super-softs, was ninth with Carlos Sainz Jr 10th and the best non-Ferrari driver using softs.

Jenson Button was the quicker of the McLaren-Honda drivers, setting 11th fastest time on softs after recovering from a spin during the first 40 minutes of running. He ended up just over a tenth faster than Fernando Alonso.

Newly-appointed Renault development driver Sergey Sirotkin was 13th fastest on his second appearance in an F1 practice session, the first having come at the same venue for Sauber in 2014.

He drove Kevin Magnussen’s car, with Alfonso Celis Jr the other non-race driver to appear and ending up slowest after Rio Haryanto was finally able to set a time with four minutes remaining to relegate him to bottom spot.

It was a challenging session for the Manor team, as Haryanto only joined in late on thanks to a technical problem, while Pascal Wehrlein’s car needed a rapid floor change after picking up damage earlier on.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.127s 32
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.849s 0.722s 31
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m39.175s 1.048s 19
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m39.332s 1.205s 18
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.365s 1.238s 14
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.650s 1.523s 24
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.802s 1.675s 34
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m40.218s 2.091s 26
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m40.287s 2.160s 22
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m40.654s 2.527s 21
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m40.663s 2.536s 19
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m40.771s 2.644s 18
13 Sergey Sirotkin Renault 1m40.898s 2.771s 24
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.085s 2.958s 21
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m41.134s 3.007s 22
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m41.238s 3.111s 18
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m41.385s 3.258s 20
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m41.671s 3.544s 25
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.962s 3.835s 22
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m42.483s 4.356s 21
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m42.687s 4.560s 8
22 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m43.432s 5.305s 23

Da Autosport.com


GP Cina, prove del sabato – 16/04/2016


Nico Rosberg grabs Chinese GP pole, Lewis Hamilton starts last

Nico Rosberg claimed Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 pole, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo squeezed Ferrari off the front row and Lewis Hamilton ended up last.

A grid penalty for reigning world champion Hamilton meant he was never going to start on pole, but his Mercedes failed to even figure in the fight thanks to an ERS problem that meant he failed to escape Q1.

Friday practice pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen was on provisional pole after the first runs in Q3, but he made a mistake at the penultimate corner and failed to improve.

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel only made one run in Q3, but that was only good enough for fourth spot.

Ricciardo therefore stole into second with a rapid final effort in his Red Bull, 0.055 seconds faster than Raikkonen’s Ferrari but over half a second down on Rosberg, who got through Q2 on soft tyres and can consequently start the race on a different strategy to the other frontrunning cars.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, fractionally slower than Vettel, while the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top six.

Sergio Perez was seventh fastest for Force India, ahead of the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen.

The second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top-10, but his team will likely be penalised for an unsafe release after his car shed its left front wheel in the dying minutes of Q2.

That prevented any drivers from completing second runs in this segment, and meant Felipe Massa’s Williams missed out on the top 10 by just 0.014s to Hulkenberg.

The two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean’s Haas, and the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr completed the top 16 in that order.

All were denied new-tyre second runs thanks to the Hulkenberg incident and therefore had to rely on the ‘banker’ times they set on used rubber at the start of Q2.

Alonso groaned repeatedly with exasperation when told over McLaren’s radio that he would have to abort his second run, while team-mate Button’s response was "are you kidding me?! One day we’ll show our true pace".

Kevin Magnussen’s Renault and the second Haas-Ferrari of Esteban Gutierrez both fell at the first hurdle of qualifying, thanks to late improvements from the Saubers.

Magnussen, who lost most of Friday’s dry running to a rear suspension problem, almost did enough with his final flying lap, but Nasr bumped him out by less than a hundredth of a second.

Gutierrez ended up 18th fastest, paying the price for Haas completing its second Q1 runs too early as the track improved.

The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer was nearly eight tenths slower in 19th, but well ahead of Rio Haryanto’s Manor-Mercedes.

Hamilton’s ERS problems meant he failed to set a time in qualifying, but he will start last on account of a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change ahead of this weekend.

Bahrain qualifying star Pascal Wehrlein also failed to set a time, after the Mercedes junior driver lost control of his slick-shod car over a wet patch on the start/finish straight and glanced the barriers in the early stages of Q1.

That accident caused a lengthy delay to the session as marshals attempted to dry out this part of the circuit with a track sweeper.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m35.402s

2

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

1m35.917s

0.515s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m35.972s

0.570s

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m36.246s

0.844s

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m36.296s

0.894s

6

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

1m36.399s

0.997s

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m36.865s

1.463s

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m36.881s

1.479s

9

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m37.194s

1.792s

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

11

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m37.347s

12

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m38.826s

13

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m39.093s

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m39.830s

15

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m40.742s

16

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m42.430s

17

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m38.673s

18

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m38.770s

19

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m39.528s

20

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

1m40.264s

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

22

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Da Autosport.com

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fastest in wet final Chinese GP practice

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel led the way in a final Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 practice sessions dominated by wet conditions at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Heavy rain throughout the morning meant the first car did not venture out on to the sodden track until 15 minutes into the hour-long session, with Valtteri Bottas serving as the guinea pig on full-wet tyres as many others looked on.

Despite standing water in some places, and obvious plumes of spray, come the halfway point the rain eased sufficiently for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to finally record the first laptime with a 2m00.812s .

At that stage team-mate Vettel had not even ventured out of the garage for an exploratory lap.

Vettel finally took to the track with 22 minutes remaining, and on intermediates, at a time when Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were also testing the inters.

Both Red Bulls set purple sectors – Ricciardo in the first, Kvyat in the second – before they aborted their laps and returned to the pits, highlighting the track was ready for that particular Pirelli compound.

At the same time, and on his first flying lap, Sainz temporarily went quickest on full wets, knocking Raikkonen off top spot by a second.

Behind him, however, and despite complaining at one stage of "issues", including being "stuck in first gear", Vettel comfortably went on to set the quickest time with a lap of 1m57.351s.

Vettel remained top of the timesheet through to the conclusion, with Bottas his nearest challenger, but 0.710s adrift.

Force India’s Sergio Perez was third quickest, but 1.338s down, followed by Sainz, the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer.

The Briton sustained a punctured right-rear full-wet tyre at one point in the session, and ventured off track on a couple of other occasions, but managed to recover to finish sixth fastest.

Team-mate Kevin Magnussen and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein were the only other drivers to finish with a time inside two minutes.

Just 14 drivers actually set a time, with Wehrlein’s Manor team-mate Rio Haryanto the last of those, but 5.3s off the pace.

The McLarens, Red Bulls, Mercedes and Haas’s Romain Grosjean only opted for installation laps, with world champion Lewis Hamilton posting just one.

Marcus Ericsson was in a similar position but not by choice – only making it out for a last-gasp installation lap following a technical problem on his Sauber.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m57.351s

3

2

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m58.061s

0.710s

7

3

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m58.689s

1.338s

4

4

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m58.800s

1.449s

9

5

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m59.526s

2.175s

7

6

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m59.677s

2.326s

7

7

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m59.761s

2.410s

9

8

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1m59.964s

2.613s

8

9

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

2m00.150s

2.799s

6

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

2m00.158s

2.807s

4

11

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

2m00.197s

2.846s

8

12

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

2m00.812s

3.461s

5

13

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

2m02.438s

5.087s

4

14

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

2m02.732s

5.381s

5

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

3

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

3

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

4

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

4

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1

Da Autosport.com


GP Cina, commenti post libere venerdì–15/04/2016


Kimi unfazed by fastest session laptime

“It has been quite a difficult day overall, I was struggling to get the grip on the tires probably due to the wind. I was sliding a lot and this feeling was not very nice. When I put the Supersofts they seemed to work better, I had more grip and this helped to have a pretty good lap. We’ll see how the weather conditions turn out to be tomorrow, we’ll try to make a good day and then get the maximum out of the race.

Da Ferrari.com


GP Cina, prove libere venerdì–15/04/2016


Kimi Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in Chinese GP Friday practice

Kimi Raikkonen spearheaded a Ferrari one-two in second practice for Formula 1’s Chinese Grand Prix.

The Finn clocked a 1m36.896s on the super-soft tyres to finish one tenth of a second clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg, who set the pace in first practice, was third quickest, 0.237s adrift, with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton two tenths further back in fourth.

After a morning session made disjointed by two red flags, second practice at Shanghai proved to be a smoother affair.

Rosberg, who suffered an ignition problem right at the end of practice one, was the first of the frontrunners to bolt on the super-softs and set the early pace but he was subsequently deposed by Vettel before Raikkonen went quickest.

Attention then turned to long runs in preparation for Sunday’s race, with Mercedes splitting its strategy by putting Rosberg on the softs and Hamilton on the mediums.

In contrast, Ferrari pair Raikkonen and Vettel ran long stints on the super-softs.

Daniel Ricciardo, whose Red Bull sported a heavy coating of flow-vis paint midway through the session, was best of the rest in fifth ahead of Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg.

Carlos Sainz Jr, Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas completed the top 10.

Fernando Alonso, who was cleared to compete in the remainder of the grand prix weekend in between sessions, was 11th quickest, one tenth quicker than McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa made up for lost running in practice one, following two tyre failures, with 34 laps, and the 14th fastest time.

Pascal Wehrlein continued to impress, ending the session 17th ahead of both Saubers and his Manor team-mate Rio Haryanto.

It was another frustrating session for Esteban Gutierrez, who suffered electrical problems in first practice and then was confined to the garage for most of second practice after his rear brakes caught fire.

Kevin Magnussen did not take part in the session as Renault continued its investigation into the issues he suffered in the opening session that resulted in a dramatic failure on the left rear of his car.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.896s 35
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.005s 0.109s 33
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.133s 0.237s 33
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.329s 0.433s 33
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m38.143s 1.247s 31
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.268s 1.372s 28
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.527s 1.631s 31
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.542s 1.646s 32
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.569s 1.673s 31
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.723s 1.827s 34
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.728s 1.832s 31
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.828s 1.932s 28
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.178s 2.282s 31
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.214s 2.318s 34
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.774s 2.878s 32
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.890s 2.994s 22
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m39.941s 3.045s 36
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.979s 3.083s 35
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m40.550s 3.654s 33
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.066s 4.170s 32
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m42.954s 6.058s 4

Da Autosport.com


Nico Rosberg fastest as failures disrupt Chinese GP practice

Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time in first practice for the Chinese Grand Prix as running was limited because of two red flags.

Championship leader Rosberg clocked a 1m38.037s on the softs to finish 0.146 seconds clear of Hamilton with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel just under half a second further back in third.

Race control brought out the red flag early in the session when Felipe Massa spun at Turn 6, dragging gravel onto track.

Replays showed the left rear tyre appeared to come away from its rim, pitching the Brazilian into a spin.

Massa recovered to the pits and headed back out later in the session, but the left rear deflated again.

Pirelli said investigations on both failures showed no sign of a puncture.

The session was red-flagged for a second time to clear substantial debris following a left-rear tyre deflation for Renault’s Kevin Magnussen.

The Dane was warned by his team of a possible brake problem before Magnussen reported the rear suspension was broken.

Hamilton set the early pace on the medium tyres, two tenths quicker than his team-mate Rosberg.

However, Hamilton spun twice at the same corner with the Briton reporting: "Something is up, I keep having this locking into Turn 11".

In the closing stages of the session, Rosberg told Mercedes he was in "limp home mode" with the team telling him he might have "an engine issue".

Teams lost around 30 minutes during the second red flag as a comprehensive track inspection was carried out amid suggestions debris had triggered Magnussen’s puncture.

There was a flurry of activity when the session restarted with eight minutes to go, during which Rosberg edged ahead of Hamilton and Vettel put his Ferrari third.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren brought seven sets of the super-soft tyre to Shanghai and decided to make use of the rubber early in the weekend, with Jenson Button ending the session eighth, 1.9s off the pace.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen completed the top 10.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.037s 16
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.183s 0.146s 16
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.665s 0.628s 12
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.061s 1.024s 13
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m39.155s 1.118s 11
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.625s 1.588s 14
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m39.676s 1.639s 12
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.974s 1.937s 11
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m40.169s 2.132s 13
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m40.232s 2.195s 13
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m40.347s 2.310s 15
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m40.538s 2.501s 11
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m40.828s 2.791s 10
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m41.358s 3.321s 9
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.393s 3.356s 18
16 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m41.614s 3.577s 20
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m41.816s 3.779s 16
18 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m42.908s 4.871s 14
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.980s 4.943s 8
20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 6
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 2
22 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 4

Da Autosport.com


GP Bahrain, prove del sabato–02/04/2016


Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to Bahrain Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to take pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Ferrari’s challenge fizzled out late in the session.

Ferrari looked genuinely competitive in qualifying at Sakhir, and unlike at the previous race in Melbourne retained enough sets of super-soft tyres to attack Mercedes to the end of qualifying.

Hamilton was only fourth fastest after running wide at the final corner on his first run in Q3, but he produced the fastest lap of the weekend so far – a 1m29.493s – when it counted to take the 51st pole of his F1 career.

Rosberg led the way following the first runs in Q3, just under two tenths clear of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. Rosberg improved by more than three tenths of a second on his second run, but Hamilton remained 0.077s clear.

Vettel took third, improving only fractionally on his first Q3 effort, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen dropped time in the first sector on his final lap so wound up fourth.

The rest of the Q3 runners only had sufficient time to complete single runs, thanks to the controversial elimination format being retained for this race.

Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull was best-of-the-rest, nearly three tenths clear of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

The second Williams of Felipe Massa was just 0.002s down in seventh, while Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India completed the top eight.

Romain Grosjean’s Haas and the two Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr all paid the price for staying in the pits after making single runs in Q2.

Hulkenberg was the only driver to attempt two runs in this segment and his second flier was enough to lift him to eighth and knock Grosjean out of the final Q3 spot.

The lack of effort to return to the track despite having ample time to do so suggested Haas and Toro Rosso strategically preferred free choice of tyres for the race start, rather than higher grid positions.

Less than three tenths of a second blanketed Grosjean in ninth to Jenson Button in 14th.

Verstappen and Sainz ended up 10th and 11th, ahead of McLaren-Honda rookie Stoffel Vandoorne (who outqualified team-mate Button on his debut), the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez and Button.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat endured another disappointing qualifying session, ending up 15th in a car comfortably quick enough for Q3.

The second Force India of Sergio Perez and the works Renaults of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer dropped out in Q1, along with both Manors and both Saubers.

Perez only had time for one run, which proved insufficient to make the cut as others improved.

Pascal Wehrlein put his Manor-Mercedes 16th with a last-gasp effort, which fell less than three tenths shy of being good enough for Q2.

Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber was 0.034s slower in 17th, ahead of Perez, Magnussen (who will start from the pitlane after missing the weighbridge in practice) and Palmer.

Rio Haryanto’s Manor and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber propped up the timesheet.

Both were well adrift of the rest after completing solitary runs and had no time for a second effort.

Nasr’s lap was spoiled by a big lock-up under braking at Turn 1, so he ended up slowest.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.493s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m29.570s 0.077s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m30.012s 0.519s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m30.244s 0.751s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m30.854s 1.361s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m31.153s 1.660s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m31.155s 1.662s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m31.620s 2.127s
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.756s
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m31.772s
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m31.816s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m31.934s
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m31.945s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m31.998s
15 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m32.241s
16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m32.806s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m32.840s
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m32.911s
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m33.438s
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m34.190s
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.388s
22 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m33.181s

Da Autosport.com



Vettel fastest as Ferrari moves ahead in Bahrain GP practice three

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two as Mercedes’ stranglehold on the Bahrain Grand Prix practice timesheets ended in the final warm-up session of this Formula 1 weekend.

Vettel beat his Ferrari F1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.050 seconds during qualifying simulations in the closing stages to top the times, relegating the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to third and fourth.

Raikkonen had been fastest overall on soft tyres, before Vettel’s late surge.

The higher heat of Saturday afternoon in Sakhir makes third practice less relevant to the business end of the weekend, and also ensured laptimes were substantially slower than in Friday evening’s second practice session.

Hamilton and Rosberg set identical times to a thousandth of a second on soft tyres, before Rosberg edged Hamilton by 0.036s on super-softs.

The world champion was faster than his team-mate through the first two sectors, but lost crucial time over the final part of the lap, an areas he admits has been a struggle for him so far this weekend.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Haas, Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull and the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, who complained of Hamilton holding him up at one point in the session.

Felipe Massa tried the new shorter nose on his Williams, but could only lap ninth fastest, just ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, though both did their super-soft runs earlier than their rivals.

Marcus Ericsson went 11th fastest for Sauber, followed by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault.

McLaren-Honda could not maintain its impressive form from Friday evening, ending up 13th and 14th fastest with Jenson Button just 0.04s faster than rookie team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Toro Rossos were only 15th and 16th, but neither made runs on the super-soft tyre, preferring to focus mainly on long runs with the soft rubber.

Lower-fuel runs near the end put Verstappen 15th, almost three tenths clear of team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

Felipe Nasr was 17th in the second Sauber, ahead of both Force Indias, which also didn’t use the super-soft.

Jolyon Palmer set the 20th best time before picking up a puncture on his Renault as the session ended.

The Manor-Mercedes brought up the rear of the order, with Rio Haryanto ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, though Haryanto was the only one of the two to run the super-soft tyre.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

os Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m31.683s 22
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m31.723s 0.040s 13
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.104s 0.421s 18
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.160s 0.477s 14
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m32.675s 0.992s 18
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m33.082s 1.399s 14
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m33.113s 1.430s 10
8 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m33.337s 1.654s 14
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.363s 1.680s 18
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m33.519s 1.836s 20
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.569s 1.886s 16
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m33.617s 1.934s 9
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m33.704s 2.021s 12
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m33.744s 2.061s 11
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m33.778s 2.095s 20
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.003s 2.320s 20
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.013s 2.330s 15
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.128s 2.445s 16
19 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.281s 2.598s 15
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m34.424s 2.741s 9
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m35.546s 3.863s 15
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m35.724s 4.041s 16

Da Autosport.com


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