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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.


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.


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.


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.


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

GP Russia, commenti post qualifiche–10/10/2015

“A compromise weekend”

Kimi hopeful despite tricky qualifying session

Kimi Raikkonen: “So far, it has been a compromise weekend because of the weather and many other things that happened. Qualifying today was not the easiest one, it was a bit tricky to get temperature in the tires as we wanted in just one lap, because of the cold conditions. When the tires were working, though, the handling of the car was pretty good. In the last run in Q3 there was no time to do more than one lap, the start of the lap was ok but then I went wide and lost significant time. Tomorrow in the race it will be a bit unknown for everybody: obviously, we don’t have enough data from the long runs, so it’s hard to know what is going to happen, but I think we should be ok. I’m sure that when the tires work exactly as we want, the lap times will be a lot different We’ll try to make a good start then hopefully we’ll have a strong race and will be able to take the fight.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Russia, prove sabato–10/10/2015

Russian GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to F1 pole position

Nico Rosberg claimed his second consecutive pole position in Formula 1, as Mercedes comfortably set the pace in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

The German was faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton throughout the session at Sochi, and he was able to deny the world championship leader a 50th career pole for the second race running.

Cool track conditions meant the drivers had to complete more than one timed lap on a set of tyres to get them up to temperature, and both Mercedes drivers only attempted one run in Q3.

Rosberg lapped 0.320 seconds faster than Hamilton on his first flying lap, before Hamilton made a mistake and went off at Turn 13 on his second flier, so headed for the pits.

Rosberg was 0.160s slower than his best on his second flying lap, but that mattered not, as his earlier time was enough to secure his third pole of the season.

Valtteri Bottas was again best-of-the-rest, fractionally clear of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, which improved by nearly two tenths on its second Q3 run but fell 0.053s short of toppling the Williams.

Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen made a mistake on his second Q3 effort at the same spot as Hamilton and wound up fifth fastest, ahead of Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, who were separated by less than half a tenth of a second.

Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso, and the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top 10.

Russian home hero Daniil Kvyat failed to make the top-10 shootout by just under a tenth of a second, setting the 11th fastest time in Q2 and complaining: "the tyres were not ready" temperature-wise.

Felipe Nasr put in a strong performance for Sauber to set the 12th fastest time, just 0.111s slower than Kvyat’s Red Bull.

Jenson Button was over half a second further back in 14th, but faster than the second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.

Felipe Massa made a mess of his first run in Q2 then failed to make the cut on his final run, complaining of traffic.

The Braziian was only 15th fastest, a full 1.701s slower than Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was third quickest in Q2.

Fernando Alonso was the highest-profile driver to fail to make it through the first part of qualifying.

Last-gasp improvements from McLaren team-mate Button and Nasr put the double world champion out in Q1.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.113s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.433s 0.320s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.912s 0.799s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.965s 0.852s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.348s 1.235s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.659s 1.546s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.691s 1.578s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m38.787s 1.674s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.924s 1.811s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m39.728s 2.615s
11 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m39.214s 2.101s
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.323s 2.210s
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.763s 2.650s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m39.811s 2.698s
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.895s 2.782s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.660s 3.547s
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m43.693s 6.580s
18 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m43.804s 6.691s
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m40.144s 3.031s
20 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault

Da Autosport.com

Russian GP FP3 stopped early due to Carlos Sainz Jr crash

Final practice ahead of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix was brought to a halt 15 minutes early following a heavy accident involving Carlos Sainz Jr.

With 22 minutes of the hour-long session remaining Sainz ploughed his Toro Rosso deep into a barrier at Turn 13, the culmination of one of the fastest parts of the Sochi Autodrom circuit.

The Spaniard’s car lost control under braking for Turn 13, slamming into the outside concrete wall before heading straight on into the Tecpro barrier at the end of the run-off area.

Due to a loss of power on the car there was also no communication available from pit to driver, preventing the team from getting an update on Sainz’s condition.

The FIA took the decision not to restart the session as marshals and medics continued to attend to Sainz, while there were initially no replays of the shunt.

Sainz was eventually removed from his car, placed on a stretcher and into an awaiting ambulance, the 21-year-old appearing to give a wave of his hand and a thumbs-up in the process.

Following what were two heavily disrupted Friday sessions, the initial 45 minutes of FP3 prior to the accident were hectic.

It meant that from the off there was a mix of the tyre compounds used, with some drivers taking the super-soft tyres immediately.

Temperatures, however, were hardly ideal, with the track at just 22 degrees and air flitting between 15 and 16 degrees, ensuring for all concerned that getting heat into the tyres would pose a problem.

Valtteri Bottas initially led the way on softs with a lap of 1m42.829s, the Finn then consistently improving on his run before lowering the benchmark to 1:40.617s.

Twenty minutes into the session Williams team-mate Felipe Massa was Bottas’s closest rival, 0.355s off the pace, with the rest of the field clearly running higher fuel loads as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third, but just over two seconds back.

Switching to the supersofts, Bottas shaved just over three tenths of a second off his best time with a lap of 1m40.275s, before Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes became the first to dip below 100 seconds with a 1m38.941s on super-softs.

Bottas responded by posting faster times in the first two sectors, only to blot his copybook with an error in the final sector and finish three tenths of a second off the pace.

Rosberg then went quicker again with a lap of 1m38.561s before a lock up from Lewis Hamilton in sector one on his maiden super-soft run compromised his lap, with the reigning champion finishing 0.802s down on his team-mate.

Outside of the top three of Rosberg, Bottas and Hamilton, Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg finished fourth and sixth quickest, sandwiching Massa.

McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were seventh and ninth, with Pastor Maldonado eighth, and Felipe Nasr 10th, 2.668s back.

Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel finished 12th and 16th, the latter just over four seconds down.


Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.561s 15
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 0.726s 17
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.802s 13
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.055s 14
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.314s 14
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.356s 14
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.020s 12
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.206s 13
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.639s 11
10 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.668s 14
11 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 2.797s 15
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3.736s 11
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 3.810s 14
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3.889s 14
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 4.122s 19
16 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 4.125s 11
17 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 4.528s 16
18 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 4.786s 14
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 8.206s 19
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 8.688s 18

Da Autosport.com


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