Kimi Raikkonen feels Belgian Grand Prix F1 pole position was possible
Kimi Raikkonen believes pole position for Sunday’s Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix was possible had he not lost time because of understeer in the final chicane.
The Ferrari driver made a mistake on his first run when he ran through the gravel at Stavelot, but he regrouped to finish third quickest with his final attempt, just 0.166s adrift of pole-sitter Nico Rosberg.
"The second run was pretty good but comparing to my Q2 lap, I lost two tenths in the last chicane," said Raikkonen.
"I got understeer. Obviously pole position was there. We had a good chance.
"It would have been more easy not going off on the first run and have a decent lap but that is how it is.
"It’s disappointing because we were close and it would have been nice to get it.
"Compared to the previous few races, we can be satisfied with where we are with qualifying.
"But we are not in front so we cannot be too happy."
Ferrari went aggressive with its tyre strategy, choosing seven super-softs, five softs and just one medium set for this weekend.
But despite the super-soft expected to only last a handful of laps in the unusually hot conditions at Spa, Raikkonen – who will start on the soft – remained confident in Ferrari’s strategy.
"We should be just fine," he said. "It has been probably more tricky than anyone expected because the conditions are not exactly normal Spa conditions.
"What we have, it’s enough for what we want to do so it should be fine."
Nico Rosberg beats Max Verstappen to Belgian Grand Prix pole
Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, but was pushed hard by Red Bull Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen.
With Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton choosing not to try for pole, on account of a 55-place grid penalty for multiple F1 engine changes so far at Spa, Rosberg looked set to face a relatively unchallenged run to pole.
He was fastest in Q2 on the soft tyre with a 1m46.999s lap, which was quicker than Verstappen could manage on the super-soft.
Rosberg bolted on the super-softs for Q3, but couldn’t find much more time on them.
He improved to a 1m46.744s best on his first run in Q3, which was enough to beat Verstappen to pole by 0.249 seconds when neither driver managed to go faster on their final runs.
Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest for Ferrari, almost two tenths clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who lost time to a big oversteer moment at the Bus Stop chicane on his final flying lap. Raikkonen also dropped time at the end of his lap, and felt that cost him a shot at pole.
Daniel Ricciardo was fifth fastest in the second Red Bull, just over three tenths down on Verstappen.
Ricciardo endured a poor first run in Q3, but improved enough on his second to make the top six.
Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg took sixth and seventh places respectively for Force India, while fellow Mercedes customer team Williams suffered software problems with both cars in Q3.
This meant it couldn’t run full qualifying mode on the engines, restricting Valtteri Bottas to eighth and Felipe Massa to 10th.
Massa also locked his brakes heavily at La Source on his single Q3 run, and Jenson Button’s McLaren-Honda was able to squeak ahead of him into ninth place.
Button’s place in Q3 came at the expense of Romain Grosjean’s Haas, which ended up missing the cut by 0.265s.
Renault delivered its best qualifying performance of the season so far with Kevin Magnussen 12th fastest and team-mate Jolyon Palmer 14th.
They were split by the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, which faces a five-place grid penalty for impeding Pascal Wehrlein’s Manor at Raidillon in final practice.
Wehrlein made it through to Q2, but wound up last in that segment, after a disappointing run in which he went slower than he did in Q1.
Carlos Sainz Jr was just ahead of him in the first of the Toro Rossos, also unable to improve on his Q1 best.
Felipe Nasr failed to escape Q1 in the heavily revised Sauber by just 0.048s and wound up 17th overall, a tenth ahead of Manor debutant Esteban Ocon.
Daniil Kvyat endured yet another Q1 exit for Toro Rosso, ending up 19th fastest, fractionally ahead of the second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.
Reigning world champion Hamilton set the 20th fastest time in the second Mercedes, completing a leisurely run to simply register on the timesheet knowing he will start at the back of the grid.
Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda broke down before he could complete an out-lap in qualifying, so he failed to set a time.
Honda found what it described as a "data anomaly" with Alonso’s engine after the final practice session, but elected to send him out without making an engine change.
PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m46.893s||0.149s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m47.216s||0.472s|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m47.407s||0.663s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m47.543s||0.799s|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m49.038s||–|
|19||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m49.058s||–|
Belgian GP: Kimi Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari in final practice
Kimi Raikkonen set the pace in final Belgian Grand Prix Formula 1 practice as Lewis Hamilton focused on race simulation work given he will serve a 55-place grid penalty.
Raikkonen clocked a 1m47.974s for Ferrari on the super-softs late in the session to finish 0.215 seconds quicker than long-time pacesetter Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel a tenth further back.
After going fastest on Friday, Max Verstappen encountered gearbox problems and sat out most of third practice in the pits, failing to get a lap time on the board.
Mercedes fitted Hamilton’s car with a new engine for each of this weekend’s practice sessions, which has led to substantial penalties but allowed him to build up a pool of systems to use for the rest of 2016.
With the championship leader set to start from the back of the field, or potentially the pitlane, Hamilton chose to work on longer runs on the medium and then the soft for most of the morning.
The Briton then bolted on a set of the super-softs in the closing minutes and though he set the fastest first sector, he locked up into the final chicane and ended up fifth.
That was a tenth quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished seventh after he failed to improve on his soft time after taking the super-softs.
Valtteri Bottas was fourth quickest, half a second off the pace, with Nico Hulkenberg sixth and Felipe Massa eighth and Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean completing the top 10.
Stewards are investigating two incidents from the session.
Pascal Wehrlein was furious with Esteban Gutierrez after the Manor driver had to take to the grass at the top of Eau Rouge and Raidillon to avoid the slower Haas.
Kevin Magnussen prompted anger from Vettel when he felt he was hampered by the slower Renault, saying on the radio: "What an idiot. Did you see that? It’s free practice. It’s called free practice, who gives a shit?"
Vettel was outpaced by team-mate Raikkonen through the hour, with the Finn pipping him by 0.096s as they set the early pace before Ricciardo went quicker. Then when they came back out for the final super-soft runs, Vettel did not improve while Raikkonen produced the lap that earned the top spot.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button did very little running, with the former not completing his first timed lap until the second half of the session. They finished 11th and 13th respectively.
Sauber also encountered what it described as "minor problems" with Marcus Ericsson’s car but the team managed to get the Swede out in time to complete a handful of laps.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m48.189s||0.215s||18|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.739s||0.765s||12|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.915s||0.941s||12|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m50.023s||2.049s||9|
|17||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m50.078s||2.104s||9|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||–||–||2|
German GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to earn home F1 pole
Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth pole position of the 2016 Formula 1 season at the German Grand Prix.
Having been outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the first two segments of qualifying, Rosberg was on the back foot after the first runs in Q3 having had to abort his lap because of an "electronic issue".
Hamilton meanwhile went quickest by six tenths of a second among those who completed an early run.
Rosberg headed out early for his second run on super-softs, presumably to give him the option of a second lap if required, and took top spot by just over a tenth of a second.
Hamilton then set off for his final run, but after being just over a tenth of a second faster than Rosberg in the first sector, locked up at the Turn 6 hairpin and fell short.
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo beat team-mate Max Verstappen to fourth, 0.363s off Rosberg’s pace.
Ferrari locked out the third row, with Kimi Raikkonen outpacing Sebastian Vettel by almost two tenths to win the intra-team battle.
Force India and Williams had a very close battle for the final four places in the top 10, with the four cars covered by just 0.105s.
Nico Hulkenberg won the battle ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Sergio Perez ninth ahead of Felipe Massa.
Esteban Gutierrez was the fastest driver in Q2 to be eliminated, ending up 11th on the grid, after briefly breaking into the top 10 with his final run before being eliminated by Massa’s late improvement.
McLaren driver Jenson Button was 12th ahead of Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr, who is under investigation for impeding Massa at Turn 2.
Fernando Alonso was 14th after running wide over a kerb and shedding some small parts of his front wing in the stadium section – although he also complained about being held up by Vettel’s slow Ferrari.
Romain Grosjean, who lost most of Saturday morning practice to a gearbox problem that will lead to a five-place penalty, was 15th ahead of Renault driver Jolyon Palmer, the Briton making his first Q2 appearance since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March.
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was the surprise driver to be eliminated in Q1 thanks to late improvements from the Renault drivers and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.
Palmer’s final lap put him into Q2, with Kevin Magnussen taking 17th place with a lap less than a tenth slower than his team-mate.
Despite not believing he could have gone any quicker after his second run, Wehrlein used a third set of super-softs to take 18th with what he described as a "great" lap ahead of the baffled Kvyat.
Sauber pairing Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson locked out the back row, with the former just over a tenth faster than his team-mate.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.726s||0.363s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.834s||0.471s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.510s||1.147s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.537s||1.174s|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.989s||–|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m16.876s||–|
F1 German GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg stays on top in FP3, rivals closer
Nico Rosberg maintained his Formula 1 free practice supremacy ahead of the German Grand Prix by setting the pace on Saturday morning.
But the Mercedes driver’s advantage over team-mate Lewis Hamilton was vastly reduced, with the gap between the pair just 0.057 seconds, setting the stage for a close battle in qualifying.
Both Mercedes drivers set their best times relatively early in the session on their first set of super-soft Pirellis, with first Rosberg going fastest on a 1m16.134s.
Hamilton then posted a 1m16.015s followed by a lap of 1m15.795s only for Rosberg to bang in the fastest lap of the session – a 1m15.738s.
That decided the top two, with neither attempting further quick runs later in the session and focusing on other preparation work.
The only problematic moment for Mercedes was when an investigation was triggered into Hamilton being released into the path of Haas driver Romain Grosjean in the pits.
Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest after not running on the super-softs until late in the session.
He lapped just 99 thousandths slower than Rosberg, setting the fastest time of all in the long middle sector, to secure the position of best of the rest.
The two Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, ended up fourth and fifth ahead of Max Verstappen.
At the end of the session, Vettel returned to the pits complaining of possible floor damage most likely as a result of hitting a kerb badly, with the right side of his front wing flapping.
Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa held first and second 15 minutes into the session, but were inevitably shuffled down to seventh and eighth by the end.
This was a big step forward from Friday’s single-lap pace relative to the opposition, although the car had looked good on race pace.
Fernando Alonso was another driver who did not run on the super-softs until the final 10 minutes, posting the ninth fastest time.
At the same time, Nico Hulkenberg also had his first super-soft run to secure 10th place ahead of Carlos Sainz and Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez.
Grosjean had a troubled session, completing only four laps after suffering a gearbox problem moments after spinning onto the grass coming through Turn 3.
Following warnings about track limits being exceeded at Turn 1, only five drivers were noted to have strayed beyond what was allowed – Raikkonen, Verstappen, Vettel, Hamilton and Sergio Perez, with all but Verstappen deemed to have gained no advantage.
Perez did, though, damage the front of his Force India, requiring repairs before he jumped up from 19th to 12th in the closing stages.
THIRD PRACTICE TIMES:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m15.837s||0.099s||13|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.182s||0.444s||23|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.972s||1.234s||16|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m17.028s||1.290s||20|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.066s||1.328s||10|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m17.227s||1.489s||19|
Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari must learn from Hungarian GP Q2 exit
Kimi Raikkonen believes the Ferrari Formula 1 team can learn lessons about timing from his Q2 exit in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.
Raikkonen took the chequered flag in the rapidly drying second segment of Hungaroring F1 qualifying relatively early and was bumped down to 14th place as others took advantage of the improving conditions.
"It was a shame where we ended up because the car today has been very good in my view," he said.
"Whatever the reasons were, it makes no difference.
"The speed is there, it’s disappointing but what can we do now?
"We have to learn from things and do better next time.
"In hindsight we can always say we should have done this or that differently, but it will not change the end result today and we have to learn and do things better in the future.
"The lap time was OK, but 30 seconds later it was not anymore.
"It was getting drier and faster every lap so it’s one of those things that is part of the game; sometimes you get it right and others do not."
His team-mate Sebastian Vettel made it to Q3 and qualified fifth, though he felt traffic cost him as much as a second and he was only 0.909s adrift of pole.
"Unfortunately when the car came alive I wasn’t able to put a lap in," said Vettel.
"We had a yellow flag in the middle sector and I ran into traffic, and both cars that I faced I think could have done a better job in getting out of the way.
"By the time I was in the last sector I’d lost so much time that there was no point to go into the last corner."
Vettel is confident Ferrari can at least take the fight to Red Bull in Sunday’s race.
"I don’t think we have to hide with the pace we have or we could have had," he said.
"I think our main rivals are right in front of us – the Red Bulls – and I think in the race we can be faster than them."
Raikkonen agreed that Ferrari was firmly back on the pace in Hungary after its troubled British GP.
"I think it’s a lot to do with the circuit layout and the conditions," he said.
"Silverstone was very difficult with the windy conditions and the layout; it was definitely the most difficult for us this year.
"Here we knew it was going to be a lot better.
"We are not where we want to be, but I’m sure with the normal laps we’re not far away on this kind of circuit and it’s very close.
"It’s been a decent day today apart from second qualifying."
Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg snatches pole after four red flags
Nico Rosberg claimed pole position from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, after an incident-filled and rain-affected session.
Hamilton held provisional pole after the initial runs in a dry Q3 at the Hungaroring, and looked on course to seal the deal on his second run, but backed out of his lap as Fernando Alonso spun his McLaren at Turn 9 and brought out yellow flags.
Rosberg was running behind Hamilton on the road, and though there was a yellow for Rosberg at Turn 8, Alonso had got going again by the time Rosberg reached Turn 9.
While the first sector of Rosberg’s final flying lap was more then four tenths slower than Hamilton’s, he was fastest of all through the second sector on a rapidly improving track and stole pole from Hamilton by less than two tenths of a second.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo also had to abort his final flyer and wound up third fastest, just 0.172s slower than Hamilton in a session he called "crazy".
Max Verstappen was fourth fastest in the second Red Bull, ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the only Ferrari to make Q3, Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso, Alonso, the second McLaren of Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton was fortunate to even make it through to Q3 after locking up and running wide at Turn 1 on his final Q2 lap.
On a rapidly drying track he tumbled down the order, but remained just inside the top 10 as Romain Grosjean’s Haas, Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, Sergio Perez’s Force India, Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber all missed the cut.
A 20-minute rain delay and four red flags meant Q1 lasted well over an hour.
A second downpour shortly after an already rain delayed start caused the first stoppage, before Marcus Ericsson crashed at Turn 10, Felipe Massa at Turn 4 and finally Rio Haryanto – again at Turn 10 – all which prompted further red flags. Time was finally called with 1m18s remaining on the clock after Haryanto’s incident.
"Aww f***ing hell, that’s really poor!" bemoaned Jolyon Palmer on team radio, as he became the chief loser of the track position lottery and finished the session 17th quickest, having lapped inside the top 10 in final practice.
Massa ended up 18th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen – who began his final run on wets and aborted to switch to intermediates just before the final stoppage – Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein and Haryanto.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.280s||0.315s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.557s||0.592s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m21.131s||1.166s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.823s||1.858s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.301s||–|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.416s||–|
Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg fends off Max Verstappen in practice
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg edged out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by just 0.002 seconds in final practice for Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Championship leader Rosberg clocked a 1m20.261s on the super-soft tyres for his qualifying-simulation but did make a mistake in the final corner.
Verstappen had been edging nearer to the top throughout the session, and came very close to deposing Rosberg with his last run.
It was an impressive performance from Red Bull with Daniel Ricciardo third, 0.465s off the pace.
Lewis Hamilton ran wide on his first attempt at a qualifying simulation, which left him 0.508s off the pace.
He bolted on another set of super-softs, but ran wildly off road at Turn 4 and backed off, settling for fourth after running out of time for another lap.
Rosberg led the session from his first run onwards, setting the early pace with a 1m20.811s and then improving to a 1m20.547s later in the run, moving nearly half a second clear of Ricciardo at the time.
Hamilton, meanwhile, focused on gathering long-run data after he did not get a chance to do so in practice two following his crash.
Several drivers were adjudged to have abused track limits over the course of the session. The FIA will take a "zero tolerance" approach in qualifying and delete any laps that feature infringements.
Kimi Raikkonen was the leading Ferrari driver in fifth, 0.598s off the pace, and three tenths clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel in sixth.
Fernando Alonso was seventh as Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Jolyon Palmer, who had a much more productive session following his loss of track time on Friday, closed out the top 10.
Williams ran a new floor, of which it only has one in Hungary, on Bottas’s car to evaluate whether it is worth using it for the remainder of the weekend.
Bottas and team-mate Massa, who was 11th, did back-to-back tests with two front wing configurations to check on balance.
Toro Rosso continued to struggle with Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat 16th and 18th respectively.
The Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson outpaced the Manors of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto to finish 19th and 20th.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.263s||0.002s||10|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.726s||0.465s||22|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.672s||1.411s||22|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.402s||2.141s||21|
|17||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.427s||2.166s||22|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.541s||2.280s||18|
Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari F1 team ‘stuck’ in Silverstone conditions
Kimi Raikkonen says the Ferrari Formula 1 team is "stuck" in windy conditions such as those of the British Grand Prix after being outpaced by Red Bull at Silverstone.
Raikkonen qualified fifth on Saturday, but was half a second off the third-placed Red Bull of Max Verstappen and 1.5s behind polesitter Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
"I kind of expected it to be a bit tricky here and that’s how it turned out to be," said Raikkonen.
"We don’t have enough speed. In the windy conditions, it’s just tricky for us.
"My car was the best it’s been all weekend in qualifying but it’s still not easy.
"We are a bit stuck with certain things.
"With the set-up we have, we can change a lot but it will not help because there are certain issues where we struggle with the handling.
"Is it the circuit or the conditions? It’s more the conditions."
Raikkonen believes Ferrari is struggling to get temperature into its tyres this weekend.
"We need to get more downforce to bolt the car to the ground," he said.
"That will change the behaviour of tyres and many other things. But that’s much easier said than done.
"When you come to these kinds of places, with windy conditions, it can make quite a bit of difference."
The Finn, who was re-signed by Ferrari for 2017 earlier this week, outqualified team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.6s but shrugged off the achievement.
"Me being ahead of him gives nothing," said Raikkonen.
"If you’re one-two then fine, but we’re fifth and sixth."
Vettel will start 11th, having received a gearbox-change penalty for a second straight race and the third time in 2016.
He said the Silverstone problem was a new one, but had occurred in practice on both Friday and Saturday.
"This one here was unique, something new, something we haven’t suffered before," Vettel said.
"We had the same failure yesterday so we need to have a look.
"I was going for the upshift and the gear didn’t go in. Fairly boring.
"We didn’t have anything [like it] before so it might be something to do with the track-band, it happened at the same place here.
"We took some precautions going to qualifying, we didn’t have anything in qualifying and didn’t see anything on Kimi’s car."
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on pole after track limits scare
Lewis Hamilton claimed British Grand Prix pole position for the Mercedes Formula 1 team, despite having a time deleted for a track limits offence in Q3.
The reigning F1 world champion was almost three tenths of a second faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg after their first runs in Q3 at Silverstone, but had his provisional pole lap scrubbed for running wide at Copse, after officials promised a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to track limits transgressions ahead of the session.
Hamilton bounced back on his final run, going another half a tenth faster to grab pole for his home grand prix, again just over three tenths clear of Rosberg.
Red Bull locked out the second row of the grid, with Max Verstappen outqualifying team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time, by 0.305s.
Ferrari was next up, Kimi Raikkonen well clear of Sebastian Vettel. The German survived a massive slide at Stowe on his best lap in Q3, but will fall back to 11th when a gearbox-change penalty is applied.
Vettel’s lap was still enough to leave him 0.067s clear of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, while Fernando Alonso put his McLaren-Honda eighth fastest before his best time was deleted for running off track at Stowe.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg also had his best time deleted (for running wide at Copse) after the session ended, so Carlos Sainz Jr claimed eighth place for Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg was demoted to ninth, Alonso 10th.
Sergio Perez narrowly missed the top-10 cut-off after a flurry of late improvements in Q2.
He trailed Force India team-mate Hulkenberg by just over a tenth.
Felipe Massa ended up a disappointing 12th in the second Williams, just ahead of Haas pair Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez, and the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.
Both Grosjean and Kvyat failed to improve during their second runs in Q2, with Kvyat complaining of being blocked by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault.
Magnussen put Renault into Q2 for the first time since May’s Spanish GP, despite having a time deleted for a track limits offence in Q1.
Magnussen’s 16th place on the grid came at the expense of McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button, who failed to escape Q1 after deciding not to do a second run.
Button’s first run was over half a second slower than team-mate Alonso, and left him only a few tenths clear of the drop zone.
Late improvements from Kvyat and Magnussen (who pipped Button by just 0.059s) meant the British driver wound up only 17th fastest in a car that should have been comfortably good enough for Q2.
Jolyon Palmer was the fastest Renault driver after the first runs in Q1 (despite both having times deleted for track limits offences), but failed to improve on his second run so ended up 18th.
Rio Haryanto pipped Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein to the 19th fastest time, while Sauber will bring up the rear of the grid.
Felipe Nasr was slowest of the runners and Marcus Ericsson failed to participate in qualifying after crashing heavily in final practice and going to hospital for precautionary checks.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.313s||1.026s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.618s||1.331s|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m31.989s||2.702s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.172s||2.885s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.875s||–|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.306s||–|
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops disrupted final F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of fastest times in practice ahead of the British Grand Prix, with the final session blighted by a heavy shunt involving Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.
Hamilton had just set the quickest time of the weekend to date at Silverstone, with a lap of 1m31.234s, when Ericsson lost control of his car on the exit of Stowe with 22 minutes of the hour-long session remaining.
Ericsson skidded across the track and grass before spearing into the inside barrier nose first, a hit that dislodged the steering wheel in the process, spinning him around before he finally came to rest back on the track.
After the wrecked car was cleared and returned to the pits on the back of flatbed truck, lengthy barrier repairs were undertaken that led to the session being unable to restart until five minutes before the end.
That was enough time for what turned into an effective qualifying session, one ‘won’ by Hamilton with a 1m30.964s on a set of new soft tyres, beating Rosberg by 0.063s.
The duo were again comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack, spearheaded by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, but 0.584s adrift, followed by team-mate Max Verstappen, a further 0.073s down.
Sebastian Vettel took fifth spot in his Ferrari, albeit 1.145s off the pace, with the German driver ending the session with a worrying message back to the team saying "OK, I think we failed the gearbox again," as he gesticulated in the car at the end of his final lap.
A rain shower 30 minutes before the green light for FP3 – that swiftly passed through – led to a damp start.
The majority of drivers performed exploratory laps on intermediate or wet tyres, and it was not until 14 minutes in that Force India duo Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg became the first to venture out on slick rubber, both using the mediums.
It was Rosberg, though, in need of track time after sitting out all of FP2 as Mercedes did not want to lose an engine after discovering a water leak at the start, who set the pace early on running hard tyres.
Vettel then took over top spot with a 1m33.203s on medium tyres just before the half-hour mark as the track dried, and with it the times tumbled.
Rosberg then initially set the quickest time with a lap of 1m31.331s that was quickly beaten by Hamilton by 0.045s, and then 0.093s on the world champion’s next attempt.
Ericsson’s shunt followed before the late five-minute blast, but with Hamilton on top heading into qualifying.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.584s||6|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.657s||7|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.894s||14|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.985s||10|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||2.457s||13|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||2.634s||10|