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GP Abu Dhabi, commenti post qualifiche–28/11/2015


“Pretty good feeling”

Kimi at ease with the car all day

Kimi Raikkonen: “It has been a nice Saturday, my car has been feeling pretty good the whole day. This morning I only struggled on some laps, but overall the behavior was the way I wanted and when it’s like that it’s a lot easier to put the lap together. The Mercedes have been very quick today and yesterday, in the lap times they are a bit faster than us, but the race is tomorrow, so let’s see. I did my maximum today. Tomorrow is another day, we can only do our best and see where we’ll end up. We’ll try to make a good start and then see how it pans out, going from there and making the right decisions.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Abu Dhabi, prove del sabato – 28/11/2015


Nico Rosberg takes sixth straight F1 pole in Abu Dhabi GP qualifying

Nico Rosberg claimed his sixth consecutive pole position in Formula 1 with a lap nearly four tenths of a second clear of Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying.

Rosberg trailed Mercedes team-mate Hamilton through the first two segments of the session at the Yas Marina F1 circuit, but he found the speed when it counted to top the timesheet by 0.377 seconds.

Sergio Perez showed Force India’s rapid Friday form was no fluke by qualifying fourth fastest, just 0.133s slower than Kimi Raikkonen, who was the only Ferrari driver to make the top 10 after team-mate Sebastian Vettel made a surprise exit in Q1.

Perez was provisionally third quickest after the first runs in Q3, but he couldn’t go quicker on his second attempt as Raikkonen improved.

Daniel Ricciardo topped a close fight to be fifth fastest, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, and Felipe Massa.

Ricciardo’s Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat was nearly two tenths slower in ninth, well ahead Carlos Sainz Jr, who only made a single run in Q3 and was nearly eight tenths of a second adrift of the Russian’s time.

Sainz bumped his Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen out of the top-10 with his final flying effort in Q2, while McLaren’s Jenson Button missed the cut by less than two tenths of a second as he set the 12th fastest time, complaining of a lack of grip.

Lotus suffered a difficult qualifying session, with Pastor Maldonado only 13th quickest after looking strong in practice, while team-mate Romain Grosjean was unable to set a time in Q2 after suffering technical problems with his E23.

The Lotuses sandwiched the Sauber of Felipe Nasr, who failed to improve on his Q1 laptime and ended up 14th quickest.

Four-time world champion Vettel was the biggest casualty of the first segment of qualifying, backing off early on his final flying lap thinking he’d done enough already but ending up a lowly 16th as rivals improved.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso looked to be on a decent lap until his McLaren-Honda suffered a left-rear puncture that forced him to back off.

The double world champion ended up 17th quickest, ahead of Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber, which appeared to suffer a technical problem in the closing stages that prevented the Swede making a final attempt at progressing to Q2.

Will Stevens out-qualified returning team-mate Roberto Merhi by a massive 1.137s as the Manor Marussias again brought up the tailend of the timesheet.

ABU DHABI GP GRID

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m40.237s

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m40.614s

0.377s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m41.051s

0.814s

4

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m41.184s

0.947s

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m41.444s

1.207s

6

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m41.656s

1.419s

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m41.686s

1.449s

8

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m41.759s

1.522s

9

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

1m41.933s

1.696s

10

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m42.708s

2.471s

11

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m42.521s

2.284s

12

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m42.668s

2.431s

13

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1m42.807s

2.570s

14

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.614s

3.377s

15

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

16

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m42.941s

2.704s

17

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m43.187s

2.950s

18

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.838s

3.601s

19

Will Stevens

Marussia/Ferrari

1m46.297s

6.060s

20

Roberto Merhi

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.434s

7.197s

Da Autosport.com

F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg stays on top in final practice

Nico Rosberg headed Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German, who has taken pole for the last five races, clocked a best time of 1m41.856s, 0.281 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who had a messy session and failed to get a clean lap together.

Sebastian Vettel proved to be the closest challenger to Mercedes, 0.329s off the pace with Sergio Perez continuing his strong Friday form with the fourth-quickest time in the Force India.

With qualifying and the race taking place much later in the day, amid cooler temperatures, teams were limited with what they could learn in this session, in which temperatures hit around 27C.

Hamilton set the pace in the first part, when running was confined to the soft tyre, clocking a 1m43.078s on his second timed lap.

That put the three-time world champion 0.136s clear of Kimi Raikkonen with Rosberg three tenths off the pace.

Hamilton looked set to improve again but encountered traffic, while another lap was ruined when he hit the kerb at Turn 5 hard, which destabilised the car and sent him spinning before rejoining.

With 15 minutes to go, attention turned to qualifying simulations on the super-soft tyre and Rosberg set the benchmark with a 1m42.796s, 1.2s quicker than he managed on the softs.

Hamilton backed out of his first attempt on the super-softs when he made a mistake in the first sector, and had to abandon his second lap, too, when he hit the Turn 5 kerb hard again, forcing him wide.

The Briton eventually got a lap together, but he couldn’t better his team-mate, who himself improved on his earlier leading time.

Raikkonen ended the session fifth, seven tenths off the pace and four tenths slower than Ferrari team-mate Vettel, with Daniel Ricciardo sixth and Nico Hulkenberg seventh.

Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz completed the top 10.

Jenson Button was the leading McLaren in 11th, 1.652s off the pace but half a second clear of team-mate Fernando Alonso, who complained on team radio about traffic on his super-soft run.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat had a troubled session, failing to set a time as his team worked on solving an electrical issue with his power unit.

FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m41.856s

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m42.137s

0.281s

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m42.185s

0.329s

4

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m42.448s

0.592s

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m42.627s

0.771s

6

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m42.726s

0.870s

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m42.859s

1.003s

8

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m43.173s

1.317s

9

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m43.239s

1.383s

10

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m43.429s

1.573s

11

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m43.508s

1.652s

12

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1m43.680s

1.824s

13

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.718s

1.862s

14

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m43.826s

1.970s

15

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

1m43.928s

2.072s

16

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m44.014s

2.158s

17

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m44.325s

2.469s

18

Will Stevens

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.283s

5.427s

19

Roberto Merhi

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.520s

5.664s

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

Da Autosport.com


GP Brasile, commenti post qualifiche–14/11/2015


“Not too bad after all”

Kimi only rues last corners offline

Kimi Raikkonen: “I don’t think it’s ever going to be easy but you know, today it was not too bad. I went sideways in the last lap in turn 11 and this also affected the run into the last corner. So the end of my lap was not ideal and I lost time, but apart from that the car has been working well, so let’s see what we can do tomorrow, trying to make a good start and moving on from there. The balance of the car was ok, it has been behaving pretty well, although obviously not fast enough for beating the Mercedes. For sure we could have been a bit higher up the time chart, but I think it was not too bad. I’ll start from fourth anyway tomorrow and maybe the weather will be different from today. I heard about Paris this morning, it’s very sad. Unfortunately, in the world these odd things seem to happen.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Brasile, prove del sabato–14/11/2015


Brazilian GP: Nico Rosberg extends F1 pole streak at Interlagos

Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth Formula 1 pole position in a row by narrowly defeating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

Rosberg was faster than Hamilton throughout the crucial final segment of the session, eventually claiming the 21st pole of his F1 career by just 0.078 seconds.

Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari was third fastest, half a second shy of the top spot, while the Williams of Valtteri Bottas split Vettel from Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by finding slightly more time on his second run than his fellow Finn.

Bottas will take a three-place grid penalty, however, for overtaking under red flags during Friday’s second practice session.

Nico Hulkenberg impressively rounded out the top six in his Force India, narrowly faster than Daniil Kvyat in the best of the Red Bulls.

Felipe Massa’s Williams, the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo (running the updated Renault engine here), and Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso completed the top 10.

Ricciardo will drop to a provisional 19th when the penalty for his earlier engine change is applied.

Massa and Verstappen hauled themselves into the top-10 shootout with late improvements in Q2, which meant Felipe Nasr’s impressive lap for Sauber was only good enough for 11th on the timesheet.

Carlos Sainz Jr complained of problems with the dash and data in his Toro Rosso as the Spaniard ended up only 12th fastest, ahead of the second Force India of Sergio Perez, who was a massive 0.662s slower than team-mate Hulkenberg in Q2.

Marcus Ericsson was 14th fastest in the second Sauber, followed by the Lotus of Romain Grosjean, who spun at Ferradura on his crucial lap and then had insufficient tyre life left to get anywhere near making the top 10 on his subsequent effort.

The second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button’s McLaren were next, narrowly missing out on making the Q2 cut in a tight battle during the first segment of qualifying.

Maldonado was just 0.039s slower than Ericsson’s Sauber in placing 16th, while Button reckoned McLaren went "a little bit too far with the front wing" as he ended up 17th, just 0.040s further back.

Team-mate Fernando Alonso failed to set a time after his McLaren-Honda broke down with "no power" early on in the session.

The double world champion was therefore classified last, behind the Manor Marussias of Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens, who were separated by just over a tenth of a second.

PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m11.282s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.360s 0.078s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.804s 0.522s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.144s 0.862s
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m12.265s 0.983s
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m12.322s 1.040s
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m12.085s 0.803s
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m12.415s 1.133s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m12.739s 1.457s
10 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.989s
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.045s
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.147s
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.233s
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m13.913s
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m13.385s
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.425s
17 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m16.151s
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m16.283s
19 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m12.417s
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda

Da Autosport.com



Brazilian F1 GP: Lewis Hamilton tops practice despite incidents

Lewis Hamilton had the final say over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during a complicated third Brazilian Grand Prix practice session for the 2015 Formula 1 champion.

Hamilton endured a gear-selection problem and was later involved in a spin during the hour-long run at Interlagos before eventually posting the fastest time so far.

The 30-year-old set a lap of 1m12.070s, beating Rosberg by 0.123 seconds in the soft-tyre blast that closed the session.

The duo were head and shoulders clear of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, with the former 0.690s off the pace, and the latter a full second down.

In the medium-tyre runs that dominated the opening 45 minutes, Rosberg, who did not take to the track until 22 minutes into the session, surged his way to the top on only his fourth lap, deposing Vettel by three tenths of a second.

The German then traded fastest laps with Hamilton, who had earlier prompted yellow flags momentarily when he radioed in to say he had "lost gears", bringing him to a halt on track.

Hamilton managed to get going and returned immediately to the pits, and following a quick check was back out again, with his first flying lap shaving a tenth off Rosberg’s time.

Rosberg, however, swiftly responded as moments later he again returned to the top, improving on Hamilton’s lap by almost a third of a second.

Hamilton was then poised to reclaim top spot, setting the fastest time in the first sector by three tenths of a second, only to spin into Mergulho.

Attempting to explain over the radio, Hamilton said: "Don’t know what happened there. The rear gave up real quick and I couldn’t really react to it," to which engineer Pete Bonnington replied: "Looks like the rear just spun up".

That had followed a message from Rosberg in which he also claimed the "rear grip dropped away quite a lot" on one of his runs.

After switching to the softs, Hamilton’s flier was done on his first run, and although Rosberg set the quickest time in the first sector soon after, he was unable to maintain the momentum, missing out by just over a tenth.

Behind the Ferraris were Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg in his Force India, followed by Lotus pair Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado in seventh and ninth respectively, either side of Hulkenberg’s team-mate Sergio Perez.

Max Verstappen completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso, but almost 1.5s down.

Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Kvyat – who had been third at the end of the medium-tyre runs – wound up 11th and 13th, with Felipe Massa in between.

McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were a lowly 14th and 18th, the latter 2.375s off the pace.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.070s 16
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m12.193s 0.123s 19
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.760s 0.690s 19
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m13.096s 1.026s 20
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m13.335s 1.265s 25
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m13.345s 1.275s 19
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m13.437s 1.367s 19
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.506s 1.436s 18
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m13.534s 1.464s 20
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.548s 1.478s 21
11 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m13.572s 1.502s 23
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m13.742s 1.672s 24
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m13.829s 1.759s 17
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m13.850s 1.780s 19
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.959s 1.889s 23
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.185s 2.115s 23
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.288s 2.218s 22
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m14.445s 2.375s 17
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m16.671s 4.601s 15
20 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m17.059s 4.989s 15

Da Autosport.com


GP Messico, commenti post qualifiche–31/10/2015


Kimi Raikkonen had to run old-spec Ferrari F1 engine in qualifying

Kimi Raikkonen was forced to switch to a previous specification engine for Mexican Grand Prix qualifying after his car caught fire in final practice.

The Finn pulled off the circuit with smoke billowing from the rear of his Ferrari and the team subsequently removed the engine after finding a problem with the exhaust.

The team fitted an old-spec engine and changed the gearbox, which was damaged in the fire, in time to get Raikkonen out for qualifying, where he finished 15th quickest after encountering a brake problem in Q2.

Ferrari is unsure whether the damaged engine can be used again and will take it back to Maranello for further inspection.

Raikkonen hinted that the team has plenty of options with regards making changes before Sunday’s race, which could include a change to a fresh new spec unit, because the gearbox penalty means he will start near the back anyway.

"It might be one place but that’s not a lot when you’re at the back – we’re pretty much free to do what we want," said Raikkonen.

"I had to stop the car, then we had to change the engine to one we have run already this year and fit a new gearbox because we had a fire in the car.

"It was not a lot of time to fix the car but the mechanics managed to do it so that was one of the few positive things.

"Unfortunately with the limited time we had, we had a small issue with the brakes.

"The plan was go through to Q2 as we knew we were going to get some penalties so it wouldn’t make any sense to even go through Q3 at this point, so at least we can decide what tyres we use."

Da Autosport.com



Mexican Grand Prix – “Excellent job in the garage”

Kimi praises mechanics’ work after P3 trouble

Kimi Raikkonen: “This morning we had a problem with the car in P3, and we had to change the engine and the gearbox. It was a very tight call to put everything back together, but the guys did an excellent job to make the car ready for Q1 in that small lapse of time available. However there was not enough time and not everything was 100 per cent, I still had a small issue with brakes. Actually, they were working, but then they locked up on one lap. Anyway, with all the penalties we are getting tomorrow, our best option was to do well enough to make it to Q2 and not really do anything after that. We did three fast laps so that we can check later that everything is ok with the car and try to make a good run out of it.”

Da Ferrari.com


Ferrari changes Kimi Raikkonen’s F1 engine again at Mexican GP

Kimi Raikkonen is to serve an additional 30-place grid penalty ahead of today’s Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix following a second engine change of the weekend.

Ferrari driver Raikkonen was scheduled to start 18th on the grid after qualifying 15th in light of taking a penalty for a gearbox change.

That followed a final practice session in which his car caught fire, forcing the Scuderia into the gearbox change, and also installing a previous spec of engine to ensure he could take part in qualifying.

With qualifying out of the way, Ferrari then decided to hand Raikkonen a new system, and other ancillary parts.

The Finn takes a 10-place penalty for a sixth internal combusion engine, plus five places apiece for a fifth turbocharger, MGU-H, energy store and control electronics, for 30 in total.

The upshot is, however, Raikkonen only drops one place on the grid to 19th, with McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button either side of him, with the latter serving a 70-place penalty.

Da Autosport.com


GP Messico, prove del sabato–31/10/2015


Mexican GP: Nico Rosberg beats F1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole

Nico Rosberg claimed his fourth straight pole position in Formula 1 in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix.

The German beat Mercedes F1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by 0.188 seconds.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was 0.370s adrift of Rosberg in third, claiming over team radio he "tried everything" to take the fight to the two silver cars.

Red Bull lost pace to its rivals in qualifying compared to practice on Friday, both cars ending up nearly a second adrift of pole.

Daniil Kvyat beat team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.001s as the RB11s placed fourth and fifth on the timesheet.

Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top six, just ahead of Williams team-mate Felipe Massa and the Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen.

Home hero Sergio Perez out-qualified team-mate Nico Hulkenberg by less than a tenth of a second as the two Force Indias completed the top 10.

Late improvements by Verstappen and Massa in Q2 meant Carlos Sainz Jr missed out on making the top-10 shootout by just 0.007s in the second Toro Rosso.

Romain Grosjean was 12th quickest, 0.223s faster than Lotus team-mate Pastor Maldonado and just over a tenth away from making Q3 himself.

Marcus Ericsson couldn’t replicate the pace that put his Sauber 10th quickest in Q1, so he wound up 14th overall, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn complained of a problem with his brake pedal in Q1, where he ended up outside the top 10 in the times.

He then stopped midway through Q2 after spinning at Turn 1.

The 2007 world champion will incur a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change following the breakdown he suffered with his SF15-T in final practice.

Fellow world champion Fernando Alonso squeaked ahead of the second Sauber of Felipe Nasr by 0.009s with his final flying lap, but the McLaren failed to escape Q1, along with the two Manor Marussias and his team-mate Jenson Button, who failed to take part in qualifying following engine problems in final practice.

Both McLarens will start at the back on account of incurring grid penalties for multiple engine changes earlier in the weekend.

MEXICAN GP GRID

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.480s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.668s 0.188s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.850s 0.370s
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m20.398s 0.918s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m20.399s 0.919s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m20.448s 0.968s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m20.567s 1.087s
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m20.710s 1.230s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m20.716s 1.236s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m20.788s 1.308s
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m20.942s 1.462s
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m21.038s 1.558s
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m21.261s 1.781s
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.544s 2.064s
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.788s 2.308s
16 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m24.136s 4.656s
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m24.386s 4.906s
18 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.494s 3.014s
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m21.779s 2.299s
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda

Da Autosport.com



Nico Rosberg edges Lewis Hamilton in F1 Mexican GP final practice

Nico Rosberg pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in final practice for the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix.

The German clocked a 1m21.083s, 0.014s ahead of newly-crowned world champion Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo less than half a tenth adrift in third for Red Bull.

Overnight rain meant the track lost a lot of the rubber that was laid down during Friday practice, creating slippery conditions early in FP3.

Felipe Massa set the early pace with a 1m22.729s on the mediums, with several drivers struggling with tyre warm-up and subsequently suffering for grip.

But the track gradually improved and after 30 minutes, Sebastian Vettel was the first to fit the soft-compound Pirelli tyres to his Ferrari and promptly went fastest on a 1m21.871s.

The German was four tenths up on his next lap after two sectors but he made a mistake and backed out of it before returning to the pits.

Mercedes focused on running the medium tyre for the majority of the session, only switching to the softs with 10 minutes to go.

Rosberg promptly went fastest with a 1m21.205s, while Hamilton lost one of his attempts with a big lock-up at Turn 1.

The German went 0.122s quicker on his second, with Hamilton complaining on the radio that Rosberg was backing up into him only to be told by his engineer that there was plenty of space behind.

Hamilton regrouped and was much closer to Rosberg on his next flier, but a lock-up in the stadium section cost him and he ended the session 0.014s adrift.

Vettel completed another soft tyre run late in the session to finish fourth quickest, with just under a second separating the top 12.

Daniil Kvyat was fifth, having had a spin at Turn 6, ahead of home favourite Sergio Perez, who waved to the fans that had turned out in force for a second day running during his slow down lap at the end of the session.

Valtteri Bottas was the best placed Williams in seventh, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr with Massa and Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.

Kimi Raikkonen had a disappointing session, peeling off the circuit with smoke pouring from the rear of his Ferrari having managed just four laps. He was 17th quickest.

Jenson Button’s difficult weekend continued as he reported vibrations from the engine at low revs and spent most of the session in the garage.

The 2009 world champion, who will take a hefty grid penalty for engine changes, was 20th and last, one place behind Manor’s Alexander Rossi who also completed limited running after being told to be careful on the brake and pit after eight laps.

FP3 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m21.083s 23
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.097s 0.014s 23
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m21.201s 0.118s 21
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.294s 0.211s 24
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m21.530s 0.447s 27
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m21.603s 0.520s 27
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m21.772s 0.689s 26
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m21.775s 0.692s 28
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m21.945s 0.862s 27
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m22.010s 0.927s 25
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m22.039s 0.956s 31
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m22.042s 0.959s 21
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m22.184s 1.101s 24
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.871s 1.788s 30
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m23.065s 1.982s 26
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.067s 1.984s 23
17 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.648s 3.565s 4
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m25.654s 4.571s 20
19 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.176s 7.093s 8
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m29.336s 8.253s 4

Da Autosport.com


GP USA, qualifiche–25/10/2015


Nico Rosberg takes pole in shortened US GP F1 qualifying

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the United States Grand Prix, after worsening rain caused the cancellation of the final segment of a postponed Formula 1 qualifying session.

Qualifying for the Austin race was delayed until Sunday morning after heavy rain washed out Saturday afternoon’s planned track action, but worsening conditions through Sunday morning meant the session had to be suspended after Q2.

Rosberg set the fastest time in that segment, a tenth clear of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who Rosberg must beat in the race if he is to prevent Hamilton clinching a third world championship at this event.

Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull was fastest of all in Q1, but he ended up third on the grid, over a second slower than the two Mercedes.

His team-mate Daniil Kvyat was fourth fastest, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who will receive a 10-place grid penalty for taking a fresh engine this weekend.

Sergio Perez beat Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg to the sixth fastest time by just over a tenth, while Kimi Raikkonen (who will also take a grid penalty), Felipe Massa and Max Verstappen rounded out the top 10.

Fernando Alonso’s predictions of a possible top-10 position in qualifying almost came true, as the McLaren driver missed out by less than a tenth of a second to Verstappen in Q2.

Several drivers, including reigning world champion Hamilton and 2007 title winner Raikkonen, survived lurid moments at Turn 10 as rain worsened in this segment of qualifying, and Alonso’s team-mate Jenson Button suggested over team radio that conditions were bordering on unsafe.

Splashing to 11th place on the grid for Alonso represented McLaren’s best qualifying result of the season so far, while the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas was 0.069s slower than Alonso in 12th, Bottas complaining of broken suspension on his FW37.

The second McLaren of Button split the two Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado in completing the top 15.

Carlos Sainz Jr joined the Saubers and Manor-Marussias in failing to escape Q1, after crashing heavily in the early stages of that session.

Sainz lost the rear of his Toro Rosso over the kerb at Turn 3, before crashing hard into the barriers on the outside of Turn 4 and causing the session to be stopped while marshals recovered his broken STR10.

The Spaniard will need permission to start the race from the back of the grid after failing to set a time fast enough to make the 107 per cent cut-off.

After the session resumed, Vettel’s Ferrari glanced the barriers following a spin at Turn 10, and the four-time world champion tumbled down the timesheet as others gradually improved their times.

The Saubers tried in vain to dislodge Vettel’s Ferrari from 15th spot as Q1 came to a close.

Marcus Ericsson was over a second adrift in the end, while team-mate Nasr was a further 0.9s shy, complaining of "zero rear grip" from his C34.

UNITED STATES GP GRID

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m56.824s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m56.929s 0.105s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m57.969s 1.145s
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m58.434s 1.610s
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m59.210s 2.386s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m59.333s 2.509s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m59.999s 3.175s
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 2m00.199s 3.375s
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2m00.265s 3.441s
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 2m00.334s 3.510s
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2m00.595s 3.771s
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2m01.193s 4.369s
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2m01.604s 4.780s
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2m02.212s 5.388s
15 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m58.596s 1.772s
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2m03.194s 6.370s
17 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 2m04.176s 7.352s
18 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m59.703s 2.879s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2m04.526s 7.702s
20 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 2m07.304s 10.480s

*10-place grid penalties for Vettel and Raikkonen

Da Autosport.com


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