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GP Monaco, prove libere giovedì–26/05/2016


Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo dominates Monaco Grand Prix practice

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set an impressive pace as he topped the timesheets in second practice for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix, finishing comfortably ahead of Mercedes.

The Australian clocked a 1m14.607s on the ultra-soft tyres and followed that up with another lap that was just 0.1 seconds slower.

Lewis Hamilton was the closest challenger but he was 0.606s slower with team-mate Nico Rosberg three tenths further back.

Hamilton set the early pace on the super-softs, but when Ricciardo, running the upgraded Renault engine, bolted on the ultra-softs he went top with a 1m15.015s.

Hamilton closed to within 0.198s of Ricciardo when he tried the ultra-softs, but the Australian improved again and the time remained unchallenged as attention turned to long runs.

Ricciardo’s pacesetting lap was just over four tenths quicker than last year’s pole position and just over a second slower than the qualifying lap record of 1m13.556s set by Sebastian Vettel in 2011.

Max Verstappen was fourth quickest, just under a second off the pace, ahead of the Toro Rosso duo of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr, who managed just over 100 laps between them.

Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest Ferrari in seventh, with his team-mate Vettel having had a messy session.

The German spun at Mirabeau, tapping the barrier with the rear wing, and then clipped the wall at Ste Devote before continuing with only wheel rim damage.

When he finally got a clean lap together, the German clocked the ninth quickest time, two tenths off his team-mate and 1.662s slower than Ricciardo.

There were several other mistakes in Monte Carlo with Romain Grosjean bringing out the virtual safety car when he lost control on the exit of the tunnel and clouted the outside barrier.

The VSC was called into action again when Rio Haryanto got out of shape exiting the tunnel and clipped the inside barrier.

Kevin Magnussen then crashed at the final corner, causing another VSC, but there was better news for Renault as it managed to get Jolyon Palmer back out for the final 30 minutes following his crash in first practice.

Sergio Perez was eighth with Jenson Button completing the top 10.

It was a disappointing session for Williams with Valtteri Bottas 14th, 2.242s off the pace, with Felipe Massa 16th.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.607s 40
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.213s 0.606s 36
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.506s 0.899s 48
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m15.571s 0.964s 42
5 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.815s 1.208s 53
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.981s 1.374s 54
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.040s 1.433s 38
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.120s 1.513s 48
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.269s 1.662s 40
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m16.325s 1.718s 46
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.487s 1.880s 49
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.723s 2.116s 43
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m16.782s 2.175s 40
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m16.849s 2.242s 47
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.874s 2.267s 23
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.286s 2.679s 42
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m17.530s 2.923s 29
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.562s 2.955s 39
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m17.761s 3.154s 24
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.999s 3.392s 49
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m18.647s 4.040s 10
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m18.814s 4.207s 46

Da Autosport.com



Monaco GP: Hamilton shades Mercedes F1 team-mate Rosberg in FP1

Lewis Hamilton emerged quickest in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix as he resumed his duel with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg.

With Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyre making its race debut, Hamilton set the pace with a lap of 1m15.537s, just half-a-second slower than last year’s pole position time.

The session was red-flagged with three minutes to go as it emerged a drain cover had worked loose near Ste Devote, causing punctures to the left-rear of Rosberg’s car and the front-right of Jenson Button’s McLaren after hitting debris.

Early running on the ultra-softs from the Mercedes duo had Hamilton setting the early benchmark at 1m16.588s, two seconds better off than the corresponding session last year.

Just 24 minutes in, Felipe Massa lost control of his Williams coming out of Ste Devote, severely damaging the left front and rear of his car as he clouted the barrier, resulting in a virtual safety car period.

Midway through the session Hamilton and Rosberg again traded quickest laps, with the former again taking the honours, conjuring a time that would remain unbeaten.

It is anticipated that in dry conditions the pole time will be two seconds faster than in 2015, around the 1m13s mark.

Shortly after, though, Hamilton had his own moment at Ste Devote, carrying too much speed into the first corner and locking up into the escape road, albeit comfortably short of the barrier.

Hamilton was not the only driver to make a mistake at that turn as numerous others followed suit.

Hamilton ultimately finished a tenth of a second quicker than Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel next up and 0.419 seconds adrift.

The leading trio were then followed by Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, with Ricciardo enjoying the benefit of the new Renault engine, along with Kevin Magnussen.

The laptime gain for Monaco is anticipated to be 0.2s, with Ricciardo’s time on this occasion, though, just 0.063s better off than Verstappen.

Sixth-placed Daniil Kvyat in his Toro Rosso was the only other driver to finish within a second of Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen was only ninth quickest in his Ferrari, with the Finn 1.375s off the pace.

Renault’s Jolyon Palmer also brought up the virtual safety car just after the hour mark, crashing into the barriers at Tabac, finishing 20th and over three seconds down, ahead of only Manor pair Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein.

FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.537s 31
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.638s 0.101s 39
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.956s 0.419s 26
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.308s 0.771s 29
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.371s 0.834s 30
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m16.426s 0.889s 37
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.560s 1.023s 34
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.697s 1.160s 28
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.912s 1.375s 24
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.130s 1.593s 39
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m17.562s 2.025s 44
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m17.599s 2.062s 33
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.838s 2.301s 27
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m17.909s 2.372s 25
15 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.920s 2.383s 26
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.187s 2.650s 29
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m18.274s 2.737s 34
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.301s 2.764s 33
19 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m18.746s 3.209s 10
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m18.871s 3.334s 22
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m20.528s 4.991s 28
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m20.868s 5.331s 25

Da Autosport.com

 


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


Lewis Hamilton grabs Spanish Grand Prix from Nico Rosberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sauber and Manor brought up the rear of the grid.

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

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

PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m22.000s

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m22.280s

0.280s

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m22.680s

0.680s

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1m23.087s

1.087s

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m23.113s

1.113s

6

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m23.334s

1.334s

7

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m23.522s

1.522s

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m23.643s

1.643s

9

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m23.782s

1.782s

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m23.981s

1.981s

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m24.203s

12

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m24.348s

13

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m24.445s

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m24.480s

15

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m24.625s

16

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m24.778s

17

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m24.903s

18

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m24.941s

19

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m25.202s

20

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m25.579s

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1m25.745s

22

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

1m25.939s

Da Autosport.com

Spanish Grand Prix practice: Rosberg fastest, Ferrari still close

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FP3 TIMES

Pos

Driver

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m23.078s

15

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

0.126s

11

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

0.147s

16

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

0.641s

10

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

0.738s

9

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1.032s

13

7

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1.278s

14

8

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1.394s

15

9

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1.475s

13

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1.477s

13

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1.507s

15

12

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1.543s

15

13

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1.617s

21

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1.903s

13

15

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1.973s

13

16

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

2.022s

12

17

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

2.052s

17

18

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

2.298s

13

19

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

2.305s

22

20

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

2.323s

24

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

3.019s

13

22

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

3.173s

19

Da Autosport.com


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


Kimi pleased with the day ‘but can still improve’

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

Da Ferrari.com


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


Spanish Grand Prix practice: Nico Rosberg puts Mercedes on top

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FP2 RESULT

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

Da Autosport.com



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Valtteri Bottas was the leading Williams in seventh.

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

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

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

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

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

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

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

Da Autosport.com


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

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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."

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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

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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

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