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GP Spagna, commenti post qualifiche–12/05/2018

“It was a tricky qualifying, not the ideal one”, was Kimi’s comment. “In Q3, on my first attempt with the Supersofts, I made a mistake in turn 1 and went wide; obviously this affected my lap. At that point, I was in a position where I had nothing to lose, so we decided to try something else. The Soft tires felt pretty good in Q2 so we decided to use them in my last run. In the end we managed to do a decent job, but obviously we are not satisfied with the result. It’s difficult to predict what will happen in the race and it’s a bit of an unknown for me, considering I couldn’t do the long runs yesterday. We’ll try to make a good start and see how the race pans out”.

Da Ferrari.com

GP Spagna, prove del sabato–12/05/2018

Lewis Hamilton takes F1 pole position for Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix, pipping Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to top spot by four-hundredths of a second.

Hamilton was fastest after the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout, and like team-mate Bottas opted for another set of supersoft Pirellis for his second run.

He banged in a lap of 1m16.173s to shave just over three-tenths off his earlier time to secure top spot.

Bottas was a shade faster than Hamilton in the first and third sectors, but Hamilton’s mighty pace in the second sector meant the Finn ended up second best.

With some of Mercedes’ rivals struggling to get the best out of the supersofts, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen used softs to fill the second row for Ferrari.

That put them ahead of the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who were separated by just two thousandths of a second in fifth and sixth.

This was despite the Red Bull drivers splitting their tyre choice, with Verstappen setting his time on supersofts and Ricciardo on softs.

Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest for Haas, ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

Carlos Sainz Jr was ninth for Renault, ahead of Romain Grosjean in the second Haas.

Nine of the top 10 drivers used the soft Pirellis to set their Q2 times, meaning all except Alonso, who used supersofts, will start on that compound.

Stoffel Vandoorne lapped 0.223s slower than team-mate Alonso in Q2 using soft Pirellis, ending up in 11th place and fastest of the five drivers eliminated at that stage.

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly was 12th, just ahead of the Force India of Esteban Ocon.

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc managed to split the Force Indias with a lap of 1m18.910s, almost two-tenths faster than 15th-placed Sergio Perez.

Nico Hulkenberg was the fastest driver to be eliminated in Q1 in 16th place after Vandoorne made a late improvement.

The Renault driver was unable to set a time on his first run owing to what the team described as a "fuel pressure issue" that held him back throughout Q1, and only had time for a single attempt on his second run – ending up 0.038 slower than Vandoorne.

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was 17th, over half-a-second behind Hulkenberg, with Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin, who must serve a three-place grid penalty thanks to hitting Sergio Perez on the first lap of the last race in Baku, 18th.

Lance Stroll was 19th in the second Williams , crashing exiting the Turn 12 right-hander on his final flier after running wide then losing it on the throttle at the exit as he ran into the gravel.

He spun, glancing the wall, and ended up coming to rest at the entry of Turn 13.

Brendon Hartley did not participate in qualifying after spinning at the high-speed Campsa right-hander at the end of the third free practice session and backing heavily into the barriers.

His Toro Rosso team could not get the car repaired during the two-hour gap before qualifying.

Spanish GP grid

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.173s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.213s 0.040s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.305s 0.132s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.612s 0.439s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.816s 0.643s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.818s 0.645s
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m17.676s 1.503s
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m17.721s 1.548s
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m17.790s 1.617s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m17.835s 1.662s
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m18.323s 2.150s
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.463s 2.290s
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m18.696s 2.523s
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.910s 2.737s
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m19.098s 2.925s
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.923s 2.750s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.493s 3.320s
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.225s 4.052s
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m19.695s 3.522s
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda

Da Autosport.com

Spanish GP F1 practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP3

Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in final Spanish Grand Prix practice as Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley suffered a high-speed crash in the closing stages.

Hartley brought the on-track action to a premature end after spinning his car into the barriers at the fast Turn 9 right-hander with a couple of minutes remaining.

That locked in Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the top of the order, a couple of tenths clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes held the top two positions for the first half of the session as Hamilton led Bottas by 0.029s on a 1m17.844s after their first runs on soft tyres.

That was enough to head the Ferraris at that stage despite Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen running supersofts, while Daniel Ricciardo went fifth on mediums as the three top teams diverged on tyre compounds.

Vettel and Raikkonen briefly established a Ferrari one-two after bolting on fresh supersofts, but when Mercedes switched to the same rubber its drivers moved back to the top.

Hamilton’s 1m17.281s was enough to beat Bottas by 0.15s and lap just over a quarter of a second quicker than Vettel.

Bottas improved on the same set of supersofts to close to just 0.013s behind Hamilton, who went wide at Turn 1 and had time-consuming slides through Turn 13 and exiting the Turn 14/15 chicane before the final corner on other laps.

Ricciardo switched from mediums to supersofts at the very end of the session and wound up fifth, 0.7s off the pace, as Kevin Magnussen claimed sixth for Haas.

Magnussen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean had a messy session with a big trip through the gravel at Turn 2, but he overhauled Fernando Alonso’s McLaren to take seventh.

Carlos Sainz Jr also cleared Alonso in the dying minutes of the session as Renault looks to recover from a difficult Friday.

Sainz had a near-miss with his team-mate at Turn 13 when Nico Hulkenberg arrived at the corner at full-speed and Sainz was moving slowly.

Pierre Gasly completed the top 10, while Hartley’s crash prevented any final improvements.

Hartley touched the grass on the entry to the fast right-hand Turn 9 and spun sideways across the gravel into the barriers on the outside.

He emerged unscathed, although the team has a significant rebuild job to get him out for qualifying after the car sustained extensive damage, with the entire rear axle hanging off as it was recovered.

Max Verstappen was dumped to 12th in the second Red Bull.

His session then ended early after a suspected electrical problem, and he was also placed under investigation (and subsequently cleared) after running wide at Turn 1 and not staying to the left of the bollard that is positioned to stop drivers cutting the corner.

The two Williams drivers propped up the times again, with Lance Stroll suffering another excursion into the gravel.

Stroll ran wide at Turn 4 after a wobble on corner entry, although stopped before the barriers and managed to get his car back to the pits.

FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.281s 15
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.294s 0.013s 19
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.550s 0.269s 16
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m17.581s 0.300s 17
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m17.981s 0.700s 16
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.357s 1.076s 15
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.706s 1.425s 16
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m18.783s 1.502s 16
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m18.847s 1.566s 14
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.886s 1.605s 17
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.905s 1.624s 16
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m19.013s 1.732s 5
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m19.121s 1.840s 20
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m19.236s 1.955s 17
15 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.292s 2.011s 19
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m19.376s 2.095s 17
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m19.428s 2.147s 23
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.744s 2.463s 17
19 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m19.900s 2.619s 15
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m19.909s 2.628s 13

Da Autosport.com

GP Azerbaijan, commenti post qualifiche–28/04/2018

Kimi Raikkonen slams himself for Baku F1 qualifying ‘f*** up’

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted the "fuck up" that cost him pole position for Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix is "painful" and his own fault.

The Ferrari driver was two tenths of a second quicker than team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s benchmark until he had a big sideways moment exiting Baku’s Turn 16 left-hander just after completing the second sector.

That left Raikkonen sixth-fastest, and he would have snatched pole had he completed the lap at that pace because Vettel did not improve his time after a mistake of his own.

Raikkonen was unsure what caused the error as he had been more cautious on corner entry because of the high, changing winds but said he was not caught out by a gust.

"No, obviously it was a fuck-up," he said. "A mistake. It cost us quite a few places so not the greatest end."

Asked by Autosport to explain if it was because his rear tyres were overheating or if he was too aggressive on the throttle, Raikkonen said he drove "no different, it just went".

"No issues, I took it easier even on the entry because obviously it’s been a bit trickier with the wind all day," he said.

"I don’t know, it just got sideways, I got it back but I knew already it was all gone because it’s flat out and a long straight [to complete the lap]."

Raikkonen has enjoyed a strong start to the 2018 season and qualified on the front row for the opening three races.

But in Bahrain and China he was beaten to pole by Vettel after failing to fully convert strong practice pace.

"Right now I’m disappointed with what happened today," he said when asked by Autosport how frustrating it was to have another imperfect final run in Q3.

"I’ve been a few times disappointed. This is a different story and today, what can you do?

"I can only look in the mirror. It’s painful."

The Finn will start the race on ultrasoft tyres with the five in front of him on supersofts, having made mistakes on his supersoft run in Q2 and had to take on ultrasofts to get to Q3.

"You always try to attack," he said about his plan for the first stint.

"Today it didn’t pay off, tomorrow is a new day.

"I haven’t really thought about tomorrow yet. We’ll see what we can do."

Da Autosport.com

GP Prove del sabato–28/04/2018

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel claims third straight pole

Sebastian Vettel claimed his third consecutive Formula 1 pole position in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver’s first run in the Q3 top 10 shootout was good enough to secure pole position by 0.179 seconds from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after a lock-up spoiled Vettel’s second attempt.

But in the dying seconds of the session, it seemed the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was set for pole position having set the fastest times of all in the first two sectors.

He threw away that time by being too aggressive on the throttle out of the Turn 16 left-hander, which led to him losing enough speed that he did not improve on his first-run lap.

This put Raikkonen down in sixth place, behind Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

Ricciardo appeared to benefit from a tow from Raikkonen to pip his team-mate by less than a tenth of a second.

The top five qualifiers all made it through Q2 on supersofts, but Raikkonen will have to start the race on ultrasofts as early mistakes in Q2 meant he had to rely on a last-gasp lap on the softest compound to jump from 15th to first and make the pole shootout.

Esteban Ocon performed strongly throughout qualifying to end up as best of the rest in seventh, a second off the pace, and just ahead of Force India team-mate Sergio Perez.

Nico Hulkenberg was ninth fastest, although he has to serve a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change and will hand the position to Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

Lance Stroll came close to knocking Ricciardo out in Q2 with his late lap, which was just 0.103s slower than the Red Bull driver’s supersoft pace and good enough for 11th.

That put him three tenths clear of Williams team-mate Sergey Sirotkin, who survived an investigation into impeding Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson in Q1 without any action being taken.

Fernando Alonso was 13th for McLaren having been shuffled down from ninth place after the first runs despite improving on his second set of ultrasofts.

Sauber’s Charles Leclerc was 14th, while Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was just under seven tenths down in 15th place after lapping over a second slower than he had in Q1.

Stoffel Vandoorne was the quickest driver to be eliminated in Q1 thanks to Stroll’s late lap of 1m44.359s, which was 0.130s quicker than the McLaren driver.

That also relegated Pierre Gasly to 17th after the Frenchman’s second run was ruined by an incident with Toro Rosso team-mate Brendon Hartley.

Hartley was circulating slowly with a puncture at Turn 14 when Gasly happened upon him at the fast left-hand kink while on a lap that looked quick enough to get him into Q2.

Gasly just managed to swerve around the right side of Hartley and narrowly avoid contact, but he mounted the outside kerb and ended up in the Turn 15 escape road before returning to the pits – labelling what happened "unacceptable" over the radio.

"I was trying to get out of the way of Gasly but it was too late," said Hartley over the radio. "I feel pretty stupid about Gasly."

Hartley had to abandon his quick lap from the first run, and did not have time to have another run after his puncture so ended up down in 19th behind Ericsson having not set a serious lap time.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was 20th as he did not set a time thanks to stopping with a gearbox problem early in Q1.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m41.498s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m41.677s 0.179s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m41.837s 0.339s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m41.911s 0.413s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m41.994s 0.496s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.490s 0.992s
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m42.523s 1.025s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.547s 1.049s
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m43.351s 1.853s
10 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m43.585s
11 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m43.886s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m44.019s
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.074s
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m43.066s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m44.759s
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m44.489s
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m44.496s
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.541s
19 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m57.354s
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari

Da Autosport.com

Baku F1 practice: Vettel fastest ahead of Hamilton in FP3

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the final practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel ended the session 0.361s clear of his nearest rival, but came up short of the overall best lap of the weekend set by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo on Friday.

The session was briefly suspended for a late crash for rookie Sergey Sirotkin, whose Williams suffered a hard impact with the outside wall at the Turn 3 left-hander.

FP3 began with a round of installation laps, with Ricciardo putting the first flyer on the board eight minutes after the green flag waved.

His early benchmark was immediately surpassed by Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel, the pair then trading the session lead several times before the latter managed a 1m43.176s to end the opening run seven tenths clear of his team-mate.

The Ferrari one-two remained past halfway, before the two Mercedes cars split Vettel and Raikkonen – with Valtteri Bottas recovering from two off-track excursions on his opening run to go second on fresh ultrasofts.

But Raikkonen then swiftly reclaimed second place, before Vettel a logged a minor improvement with a 1m43.091s effort.

Shortly after Hamilton broke up the Ferrari one-two once more, Sirotkin’s crash suspended track action, with only three minutes left on the clock when the running resumed.

The top three remained unchanged, with Vettel leading Hamilton and Raikkonen, but Red Bull’s Max Verstappen put a lap together to pip Bottas to fourth place.

Force India’s Sergio Perez was sixth despite going off on his final effort, with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen in seventh.

Magnussen’s team-mate Grosjean endured a difficult session in 15th, struggling badly with oversteer on his opening run and suffering a spin at the Turn 16 left-hander.

Lance Stroll was eighth for Williams, with Esteban Ocon and Sirotkin making it two Force Indias and two Williams cars respectively in the top 10.

Friday pacesetter Ricciardo was only 12th, the Aussie forced to abort a late lap due to traffic after the red flag.

With harder tyres at a premium heading into the race, all teams but Renault ran exclusively on ultrasofts.

The French manufacturer’s pair of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg ran supersofts for most of the session, and ended up 16th and 17th in the timesheets.

FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m43.091s 17
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m43.452s 0.361s 16
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.493s 0.402s 17
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m43.519s 0.428s 17
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m43.569s 0.478s 20
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.936s 0.845s 9
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m43.958s 0.867s 11
8 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m44.123s 1.032s 8
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m44.220s 1.129s 11
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m44.534s 1.443s 9
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m44.763s 1.672s 12
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m44.861s 1.770s 17
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m44.905s 1.814s 16
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.218s 2.127s 15
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m45.261s 2.170s 12
16 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m45.432s 2.341s 15
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m45.456s 2.365s 11
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m45.505s 2.414s 13
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.910s 2.819s 17
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m46.186s 3.095s 11

Da Autosport.com

GP Cina, commenti post qualifiche–14/04/2018

Formula 1: Kimi Raikkonen unsure why he lost China pole to Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen has no explanation for losing Chinese Grand Prix pole position to Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the last moment in qualifying.

Raikkonen was quicker than Vettel in Q2, on provisional pole after the first runs in Q3 and posted the fastest first and second sectors of the session on his final lap.

The Finn failed to improve in the final sector and only marginally lowered his best time, while Vettel overturned the deficit from the first two sectors to snatch pole by less than a tenth.

Asked by Autosport what happened in the final sector, Raikkonen said: "Nothing really happened. I lost some time, but I don’t know. It wasn’t like I did some big mistake.

"It was close [to Vettel], close enough to make a difference. Not ideal. Tomorrow’s the day, we’ll see what happens."

Vettel said he knew he would be able to make a decent improvement after lapping 0.161s slower than Raikkonen on the first runs.

He was "too keen" exiting Turns 3 and 6 on that lap but said the car had been "unbelievable" throughout qualifying and peaked in Q3.

"Right from the first lap in the first part of qualifying I was really happy," Vettel said.

"We didn’t really do much on the car, I didn’t have to fight to find [the right set-up]. Usually you change quite a lot.

"I knew I had a bit more and the last lap I got it all together."

Valtteri Bottas qualified the best of the Mercedes third, more than half a second off the pace.

Vettel said the gap was a surprise but expects a "long, tough race" between Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull, which was slightly slower than Mercedes and locked out the third row.

"To have that much of a gap is a surprise," said Vettel.

"It’s also a track where you need to find that sweet spot and if you are a little bit out you easily drop a little bit of time.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow that gap disappears and it’s a very tight race.

"Obviously, I wouldn’t mind if it stays there, but I think it will be a tight race among the top three teams."

Da Autosport.com

GP Cina, prove del sabato–14/04/2018

Chinese GP qualifying: Vettel denies Ferrari partner Raikkonen pole

Sebastian Vettel pipped Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to pole position for the Chinese Grand prix by less than a tenth of a second.

Raikkonen looked set to top qualifying after setting the fastest time on the first runs in Q3, and was ahead of his team-mate in the first two sectors of his final lap.

But Raikkonen’s slow pace in the final sector gave Vettel a shot and the German set the best final sector time of the session to snatch pole by 0.087s.

Both the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers set their Q2 times using the soft Pirellis, so will start the race on that compound while the rest of the top 10 will all use ultrasofts

The Mercedes pair never looked to be a serious pole position threat, with neither Valtteri Bottas nor Lewis Hamilton able to improve on their first-run times in Q3 and both having to abandon their final runs.

Bottas was third, half-a-tenth faster than Hamilton, with the latter only 0.12s faster than the lead Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Daniel Ricciardo was sixth after joining the first segment of qualifying late thanks to a turbo problem in free practice, lapping 0.152s slower than his team-mate.

Nico Hulkenberg was best-of-the rest for Renault. 1.473s off the pace, ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Romain Grosjean was slowest in Q3, ending qualifying 10th and 0.036s off Sainz’s Renault.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was eliminated in Q2 for the first time this season after a poor middle sector on his final lap prevented him from improving on his first-run time.

This allowed Sainz to relegate him to 11th place by 16 thousandths of a second, with Force India’s Esteban Ocon not far behind.

The McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne gave each other a tow on the long back straight, but it wasn’t enough to haul the Renault-powered cars into Q2 and left them 13th and 14th respectively.

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley was slowest in Q2 and ended up 15th, just under three tenths slower than Vandoorne.

Sergey Sirotkin was knocked out in Q1 at the last minute when Sainz jumped up the order lap and pushed the Williams driver down to 16th place in the dying moments of the first stage of qualifying.

Sirotkin had looked to be a serious Q2 threat, but failed to match his personal best pace in the first sector and ended up half-a-tenth slower than Hartley.

Bahrain GP hero Pierre Gasly was 17th fastest, giving away enough time in the middle sector relative to his previous best to fail to make the cut, admitting after the session that overnight set-up changes had made life more difficult for him in qualifying.

Lance Stroll, in the second Williams, was 18th fastest ahead of the Sauber of Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc survived a spin after losing the rear on the power exiting the final left-hander on his second run to relegate team-mate Marcus Ericsson to last on their final runs thanks to the Swede’s poor final sector pace.

Ericsson has been summoned by the stewards for an investigation into not slowing under the yellow flags thrown for Leclerc’s spin.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m31.095s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m31.182s 0.087s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m31.625s 0.530s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m31.675s 0.580s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m31.796s 0.701s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m31.948s 0.853s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m32.532s 1.437s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m32.758s 1.663s
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m32.819s 1.724s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m32.855s 1.760s
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m32.986s
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m33.057s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m33.232s
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m33.505s
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m33.795s
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m34.062s
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m34.101s
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m34.285s
19 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.454s
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.914s


Formula 1: Vettel tops final practice as Red Bull hits trouble

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1’s Chinese Grand Prix as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo suffered a spectacular Renault engine failure.

Vettel headed a one-two for Ferrari after jumping team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the final third of the session, but his former F1 team will head into qualifying with serious concerns.

Ricciardo pulled up just after the halfway mark in the one-hour session, exiting the penultimate corner with his Red Bull belching bursts of flame and plumes of smoke.

A virtual safety car was deployed as the marshals dealt with Ricciardo’s latest Renault-induced disappointment, which comes less than a week after he retired from the Bahrain Grand Prix with an energy store failure.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports that "disappointing is probably an understatement" after the latest problem on only the third weekend of the season.

"I think we’ve got a suspected turbo failure," he said. "That is what the analysis is at the moment. Whether its damaged the combustion engine only time will tell."

Ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen ended up fourth-fastest, splitting the two Mercedes, but also aired concerns to his team over the radio.

He declared "every time I push to the limiter I lose speed" and compared it to his feeling in Azerbaijan last year, when he eventually retired with an engine failure.

Heavy rain after Friday practice, which continued overnight, and a cold and overcast morning made track conditions poor at the start of the session, although there was no delay in cars hitting the track.

Raikkonen was first to set a lap time and Nico Hulkenberg briefly held top spot for Renault before speeds rapidly increased and Ferrari established itself at the head of the leaderboard.

The two Ferrari drivers both had spells on top before the halfway point of the one-hour session, with Vettel holding the advantage at that point on a 1m33.689s.

Raikkonen then surpassed Lewis Hamilton’s Friday benchmark on a 1m33.469s, before Vettel posted a 1m33.018s with just over 15 minutes to go. Hamilton had a messy session, twice running onto the wet astroturf on the exit of the Turn 9 and 10 double left-hander.

His second trip wide was more dramatic, running all four wheels off-track on the exit of Turn 10 and spinning wildly before coming to a rest facing the wrong way on the edge of the circuit.

Verstappen then went fourth, despite his engine concerns, just behind the lead Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, while Kevin Magnussen took advantage of the absent Ricciardo being shuffled back to 14th to take sixth for Haas.

Magnussen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean propped up the timesheets after stopping mid-session with fiery rear brakes.

The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz Jr’s Renault and Sergey Sirotkin’s Williams completed the top 10.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.018s 14
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.469s 0.451s 21
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.761s 0.743s 16
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m33.969s 0.951s 14
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.057s 1.039s 14
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m34.329s 1.311s 25
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.445s 1.427s 14
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m34.456s 1.438s 16
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m34.582s 1.564s 20
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m34.741s 1.723s 13
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m34.841s 1.823s 16
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m34.851s 1.833s 13
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m34.977s 1.959s 16
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m34.991s 1.973s 20
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.061s 2.043s 4
16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m35.079s 2.061s 16
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m35.375s 2.357s 16
18 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.497s 2.479s 14
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.679s 2.661s 13
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.756s 2.738s 6

Da Autosport.com

GP Bahrain, commenti post qualifiche–07/04/2018

Seb and Kimi secure front row lock-out: “The team deserves this result”

Sakhir – At the end of a tense qualifying session, Seb Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen flashed through the finish line of the Bahrain International Circuit to take first and second spot on tomorrow’s starting grid. It is the 214th pole position for Scuderia Ferrari and the 59th front row lock-out since 1950, while Sebastian claimed his sixth pole for the Cavallino squad and 51st overall. On a track that calls for power, traction and tire management, the two SF71Hs proved their worth and the whole team gave their best.

Kimi’s last qualifying attempt was slightly hampered by traffic, but nonetheless was good enough for second: “My last run was far from perfect; there was traffic and we couldn’t improve. We did not give ourselves a proper chance to do the best we could. The car had a lot of speed, but we did not take full advantage of that. I’m sure there was a lot more to come. Anyway, we start the race in a good position, so I’m a bit disappointed today but that’s how it goes.. Tomorrow is another day and we should have a good car; we hope for a better result. The key point will be tire management; it will be tricky for everybody. We’ll try to make the best of it, and I’ll go as fast as I can”.

Da Ferrari.com