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GP Monaco, commenti post qualifiche–28/05/2016


Monaco Grand Prix – “Many things happen here”

Kimi looking forward to ‘right calls’ in the race

The whole weekend has been quite tricky, but this morning the car felt a bit better and for qualifying we improved even more. For sure we did the right things, but we struggled to make the tires work as we wanted; they were too much on the edge of the grip, the rear was slipping or the front was sliding and in a track like this when you don’t have a consistent good grip you lose a lot of time because of that. Obviously we are not happy of where we end up and the penalty due to the gearbox change for sure doesn’t help, but we’ll try to make the best out of it. We cannot predict what will happen tomorrow, for sure the race it’s not going to be easy, but usually many things happen here, we’ll try to get the most, to do the right calls in case of Safety Car and to take the right decisions.

Da Ferrari.com



Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen gets grid penalty for Monaco Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is to receive a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Formula 1 grand prix in Monaco.

The team has confirmed Raikkonen was handed a new gearbox prior to qualifying around the streets of the principality, so incurring the five-place demotion.

Raikkonen was considerably off the pace in final practice, finishing nine tenths of a second slower than team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who led the way with a lap of 1m14.650s.

It was later discovered Raikkonen’s gearbox had sustained damage during the 60-minute session, resulting in the change.

At a circuit where grid position is paramount, the change is a severe blow to the Finn’s chances of a podium place on Sunday.

Da Autosport.com


GP Monaco, prove del sabato–28/05/2016


Monaco GP qualifying: Daniel Ricciardo takes maiden Formula 1 pole

Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden Formula 1 pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, winning a close qualifying fight with the Mercedes drivers for Red Bull.

A stunning 1m13.622s lap on Ricciardo’s first run in Q3 proved enough to get the job done, as Red Bull claimed its first pole since the last V8-engined season of F1 in 2013 and the Australian took his first in F1.

Nico Rosberg was second fastest for Mercedes, 0.169 seconds slower than Ricciardo, who drove the lone Red Bull in Q3 after team-mate Max Verstappen crashed out at the first stage of the session.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton suffered a fuel pressure problem at the start of Q3, so only completed a single run at the end of the session.

Hamilton did several preparation laps before going for a time at the end. He was fastest of all in the first sector, but dropped nearly a tenth to Ricciardo in sector two and just over four tenths in the final part of the lap, so wound up third fastest.

Ricciardo is set to take a different strategy into the race than all those around him, having used super-soft tyres to set his best time in Q2 – committing him to starting on them while his main rivals will be on ultra-softs.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth quickest, while Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg denied Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fifth spot by 0.006s.

Raikkonen rounded out the top six, but will drop to 11th on the grid thanks to a penalty for a gearbox change ahead of the session.

The Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz was only 0.017s slower than Raikkonen in seventh, while the second Force India of Sergio Perez, Sainz’s Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda rounded out the top 10.

Valtteri Bottas missed out on a place in Q3 by 0.166s as Williams elected to send its drivers out for a single run each in Q2.

Team-mate Felipe Massa was only 0.112s slower but that was enough to leave him 14th, behind an impressive effort from Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez and the second McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button.

Gutierrez’s Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean was a strong eighth fastest in Q1, but failed to find any time in Q2, ending up over a tenth slower than his earlier best and down in 15th.

Kevin Magnussen’s Renault completed the top 16, nearly half a second further back, but he is under investigation for jumping a red light at the end of the pitlane in Q1, so may well face sanction.

Marcus Ericsson missed out on a place in Q2 by just 0.046s after losing a late battle with Magnussen’s Renault in Q1.

The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer, which suffered rear wing damage from an off in final practice, was nearly three tenths further back in 18th.

Rio Haryanto got the better of Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein by 0.147s to qualify 19th.

Wehrlein failed to improve (by 0.030s) on his second Q1 run so wound up 20th.

Verstappen will start from the penultimate row of the grid after breaking his right-front suspension by clipping the inside barrier at the Swimming Pool chicane, then crashing heavily into the barriers.

He at least set a time before doing so. Felipe Nasr’s Sauber failed to even complete a flying lap after its Ferrari engine blew up on his out-lap.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m13.622s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m13.791s 0.169s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.942s 0.320s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m14.552s 0.930s
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m14.726s 1.104s
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m14.749s 1.127s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m14.902s 1.280s
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.273s 1.651s
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m15.363s 1.741s
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m15.273s
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m14.732s
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m15.293s
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m15.352s
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m15.385s
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m15.571s
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m16.058s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m16.299s
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m16.586s
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m17.295s
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m17.452s
21 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m22.467s
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari

Da Autosport.com



Sebastian Vettel leads ultra-close final Monaco Grand Prix practice

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in final Formula 1 practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, edging out Lewis Hamilton by just 0.018 seconds.

Ferrari driver Vettel clocked a 1m14.650s on the ultra-soft tyre to head a top four covered by only 0.157s.

Hamilton was on course to go quickest, having set the fastest first and second sector times, but he encountered traffic in the final few corners.

It was an improved showing from Mercedes, which conceded it had homework to do after being outpaced by Red Bull on Thursday.

Nico Rosberg was third fastest, 0.122s off the pace, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and his team-mate Max Verstappen fifth.

Verstappen hit the barrier at Massenet late on, understeering wide as he came over the crest and locking up before sliding into the barrier.

He recovered to the pits with suspension damage and his Red Bull team did an impressive job to get him back out for a run at the end of the session.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was a promising seventh, edging his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr by 0.065s.

Kimi Raikkonen had a poor first sector on his qualifying-simulation and ended up ninth, 0.905s adrift of his pacesetting Ferrari team-mate Vettel.

Sergio Perez was eighth with his Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.

Williams continued its struggles in Monte Carlo. Felipe Massa was a low-key 11th and team-mate Valtteri Bottas 14th.

Fernando Alonso was the leading McLaren in 12th, 0.041s quicker than team-mate Jenson Button.

Renault faced repair work for the third successive session as Jolyon Palmer glanced the barrier when he spun in the first part of the Swimming Pool complex in the opening minutes.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m14.650s 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.668s 0.018s 24
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m14.772s 0.122s 29
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.807s 0.157s 22
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m15.081s 0.431s 17
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.259s 0.609s 23
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.324s 0.674s 26
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m15.368s 0.718s 21
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m15.555s 0.905s 22
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m15.666s 1.016s 20
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m16.068s 1.418s 29
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.257s 1.607s 24
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m16.298s 1.648s 23
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m16.347s 1.697s 21
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m16.406s 1.756s 23
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m16.412s 1.762s 13
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.527s 1.877s 27
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m16.867s 2.217s 23
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.038s 2.388s 32
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m17.482s 2.832s 17
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m17.595s 2.945s 32
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m18.180s 3.530s 34

Da Autosport.com


GP Spagna, commenti post qualifiche – 14/05/2016


Vettel and Raikkonen mystified by Ferrari’s poor Spain qualifying

Ferrari does not know the reasons behind its lack of competitiveness in Formula 1 qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, after it fell behind Red Bull at Barcelona.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen appeared to be close to the pace of Mercedes during free practice, but both drivers slumped in qualifying, ending up on the third row of the grid and more than a second off the pace.

"It was a surprise to us as it was to you," Vettel told the media after qualifying.

"Currently we don’t yet understand but I’m sure there was a reason for it.

"I don’t think it was a general lack of speed – we have proven in all sessions so far that we were quite competitive.

"The car was not behaving similar to what we’ve had all weekend.

"It was worse and that explains why we lost performance, but we don’t know why it was worse.

"I don’t believe there’s one corner we were losing [time] – it was pretty much all of them, which would suggest it was a lack of overall grip."

Vettel believes Red Bull’s second-row lockout had more to do with Ferrari’s problems than any particular step forward from his former team.

"I don’t think they are ahead in general, we are quicker than them," he said.

"Today, in these circumstances, we didn’t have a great day.

"It was more us not performing than Mercedes or Red Bull over-performing.

"Today we are further away than we have been all year, so clearly we weren’t performing the way we should.

"There was something not right."

Raikkonen believes the final, slowest sector of the lap was causing Ferrari the most problems, but he denied that set-up changes after practice had caused the problems.

"The last sector is where we lose the most," he said.

"We are far from where we want to be, but we are trying and pushing.

"Yes we changed the car [for qualifying], but we are faster than we were this morning.

"We went forward, but for whatever reason we struggled a bit and the others did a better job."

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 Russia, prove del sabato–30/04/2016


Rosberg cruises to Russian GP pole, more trouble for Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUALIFYING RESULTS

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

Da Autosport.com



Hamilton narrowly pips Rosberg in final Russian GP F1 practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

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

Da Autosport.com


GP Cina, commenti post qualifiche – 16/04/2016


Ferrari’s Raikkonen and Vettel admit mistakes cost them China pole

Ferrari Formula 1 drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel believe mistakes in qualifying cost the Scuderia a realistic chance of taking Chinese Grand Prix pole position.

The two Ferraris lapped fastest in Q1 and Q2, and Raikkonen sat on provisional pole after the first runs in Q3 at Shanghai, but he ran wide at the penultimate corner on his final lap and ended up third.

Team-mate Vettel made just one run in Q3, which was only quick enough for fourth on the grid, behind Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes, which eventually took pole by more than half a second.

Four-time world champion Vettel reckoned Ferrari underperformed at the crucial moment.

"I’m not entirely satisfied with where we qualified," said Vettel.

"I think the first was there, at least P2 was there for grabs, but the lap I had wasn’t good enough.

"I started off on the wrong foot, probably asked too much from the tyres already on the first sector, and from then on I was playing catch up.

"I was confident I could do the same job with just one set. Now I know I couldn’t, because the lap wasn’t as good as it should have been.

"It was not my best lap of the weekend."

Team-mate Raikkonen also felt he threw away a real shot at pole with a repeated error on his crucial qualifying lap, which ended up being only fractionally slower than his previous best.

"I’m quite disappointed with what happened in qualifying," he admitted.

"It was a good lap until Turn 14 at the end of the back straight.

"The previous run on the same corner I ran too deep, and the last one I was quite a bit up on that lap but ran wide at the hairpin.

"It’s a shame as I had a chance to be on the top."

RED BULL IS BEATABLE

Vettel reckons Ferrari’s superior race pace should allow it to recover the ground lost to Ricciardo’s Red Bull in qualifying.

"Around here it’s very important to find the right balance as qualifying progresses and they did that," Vettel added.

"They had a very good day but I think for tomorrow we should be ahead of them again.

"The car feels good, the tyre degradation could come our way. I think we have a good chance of finishing higher than fourth."

Da Autosport.com


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


Nico Rosberg grabs Chinese GP pole, Lewis Hamilton starts last

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m35.402s

2

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

1m35.917s

0.515s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m35.972s

0.570s

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m36.246s

0.844s

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m36.296s

0.894s

6

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

1m36.399s

0.997s

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m36.865s

1.463s

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m36.881s

1.479s

9

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m37.194s

1.792s

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

11

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m37.347s

12

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m38.826s

13

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m39.093s

14

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m39.830s

15

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m40.742s

16

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m42.430s

17

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m38.673s

18

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m38.770s

19

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m39.528s

20

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

1m40.264s

21

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

22

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Da Autosport.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m57.351s

3

2

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m58.061s

0.710s

7

3

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m58.689s

1.338s

4

4

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

1m58.800s

1.449s

9

5

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas/Ferrari

1m59.526s

2.175s

7

6

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1m59.677s

2.326s

7

7

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

1m59.761s

2.410s

9

8

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor/Mercedes

1m59.964s

2.613s

8

9

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Ferrari

2m00.150s

2.799s

6

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

2m00.158s

2.807s

4

11

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

2m00.197s

2.846s

8

12

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

2m00.812s

3.461s

5

13

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

2m02.438s

5.087s

4

14

Rio Haryanto

Manor/Mercedes

2m02.732s

5.381s

5

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

3

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

3

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

4

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

4

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/TAG Heuer

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1

Da Autosport.com


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