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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


GP Bahrain, prove del sabato–02/04/2016


Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to Bahrain Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to take pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Ferrari’s challenge fizzled out late in the session.

Ferrari looked genuinely competitive in qualifying at Sakhir, and unlike at the previous race in Melbourne retained enough sets of super-soft tyres to attack Mercedes to the end of qualifying.

Hamilton was only fourth fastest after running wide at the final corner on his first run in Q3, but he produced the fastest lap of the weekend so far – a 1m29.493s – when it counted to take the 51st pole of his F1 career.

Rosberg led the way following the first runs in Q3, just under two tenths clear of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. Rosberg improved by more than three tenths of a second on his second run, but Hamilton remained 0.077s clear.

Vettel took third, improving only fractionally on his first Q3 effort, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen dropped time in the first sector on his final lap so wound up fourth.

The rest of the Q3 runners only had sufficient time to complete single runs, thanks to the controversial elimination format being retained for this race.

Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull was best-of-the-rest, nearly three tenths clear of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

The second Williams of Felipe Massa was just 0.002s down in seventh, while Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India completed the top eight.

Romain Grosjean’s Haas and the two Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr all paid the price for staying in the pits after making single runs in Q2.

Hulkenberg was the only driver to attempt two runs in this segment and his second flier was enough to lift him to eighth and knock Grosjean out of the final Q3 spot.

The lack of effort to return to the track despite having ample time to do so suggested Haas and Toro Rosso strategically preferred free choice of tyres for the race start, rather than higher grid positions.

Less than three tenths of a second blanketed Grosjean in ninth to Jenson Button in 14th.

Verstappen and Sainz ended up 10th and 11th, ahead of McLaren-Honda rookie Stoffel Vandoorne (who outqualified team-mate Button on his debut), the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez and Button.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat endured another disappointing qualifying session, ending up 15th in a car comfortably quick enough for Q3.

The second Force India of Sergio Perez and the works Renaults of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer dropped out in Q1, along with both Manors and both Saubers.

Perez only had time for one run, which proved insufficient to make the cut as others improved.

Pascal Wehrlein put his Manor-Mercedes 16th with a last-gasp effort, which fell less than three tenths shy of being good enough for Q2.

Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber was 0.034s slower in 17th, ahead of Perez, Magnussen (who will start from the pitlane after missing the weighbridge in practice) and Palmer.

Rio Haryanto’s Manor and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber propped up the timesheet.

Both were well adrift of the rest after completing solitary runs and had no time for a second effort.

Nasr’s lap was spoiled by a big lock-up under braking at Turn 1, so he ended up slowest.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.493s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m29.570s 0.077s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m30.012s 0.519s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m30.244s 0.751s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m30.854s 1.361s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m31.153s 1.660s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m31.155s 1.662s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m31.620s 2.127s
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.756s
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m31.772s
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m31.816s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m31.934s
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m31.945s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m31.998s
15 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m32.241s
16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m32.806s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m32.840s
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m32.911s
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m33.438s
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m34.190s
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.388s
22 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m33.181s

Da Autosport.com



Vettel fastest as Ferrari moves ahead in Bahrain GP practice three

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two as Mercedes’ stranglehold on the Bahrain Grand Prix practice timesheets ended in the final warm-up session of this Formula 1 weekend.

Vettel beat his Ferrari F1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.050 seconds during qualifying simulations in the closing stages to top the times, relegating the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to third and fourth.

Raikkonen had been fastest overall on soft tyres, before Vettel’s late surge.

The higher heat of Saturday afternoon in Sakhir makes third practice less relevant to the business end of the weekend, and also ensured laptimes were substantially slower than in Friday evening’s second practice session.

Hamilton and Rosberg set identical times to a thousandth of a second on soft tyres, before Rosberg edged Hamilton by 0.036s on super-softs.

The world champion was faster than his team-mate through the first two sectors, but lost crucial time over the final part of the lap, an areas he admits has been a struggle for him so far this weekend.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Haas, Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull and the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, who complained of Hamilton holding him up at one point in the session.

Felipe Massa tried the new shorter nose on his Williams, but could only lap ninth fastest, just ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, though both did their super-soft runs earlier than their rivals.

Marcus Ericsson went 11th fastest for Sauber, followed by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault.

McLaren-Honda could not maintain its impressive form from Friday evening, ending up 13th and 14th fastest with Jenson Button just 0.04s faster than rookie team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Toro Rossos were only 15th and 16th, but neither made runs on the super-soft tyre, preferring to focus mainly on long runs with the soft rubber.

Lower-fuel runs near the end put Verstappen 15th, almost three tenths clear of team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

Felipe Nasr was 17th in the second Sauber, ahead of both Force Indias, which also didn’t use the super-soft.

Jolyon Palmer set the 20th best time before picking up a puncture on his Renault as the session ended.

The Manor-Mercedes brought up the rear of the order, with Rio Haryanto ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, though Haryanto was the only one of the two to run the super-soft tyre.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

os Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m31.683s 22
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m31.723s 0.040s 13
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.104s 0.421s 18
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.160s 0.477s 14
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m32.675s 0.992s 18
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m33.082s 1.399s 14
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m33.113s 1.430s 10
8 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m33.337s 1.654s 14
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.363s 1.680s 18
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m33.519s 1.836s 20
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.569s 1.886s 16
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m33.617s 1.934s 9
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m33.704s 2.021s 12
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m33.744s 2.061s 11
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m33.778s 2.095s 20
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.003s 2.320s 20
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.013s 2.330s 15
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.128s 2.445s 16
19 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.281s 2.598s 15
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m34.424s 2.741s 9
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m35.546s 3.863s 15
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m35.724s 4.041s 16

Da Autosport.com


GP Australia, commenti post qualifiche–19/03/2016


Ferrari closer to Mercedes than it looks, say Raikkonen and Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari’s deficit to Mercedes is no cause for alarm following the opening qualifying session of the new Formula 1 season in Australia.

The suggestion following pre-season testing was Ferrari would pose more of a threat to Mercedes this year.

But Raikkonen finished 1.196 seconds adrift of Lewis Hamilton, who clinched the 50th pole of his career, to start fourth on the grid at Melbourne’s Albert Park just behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel who was 0.838s down.

"There’s a difference obviously," said Raikkonen.

"I struggled a bit with the warm-up. On the last set [of tyres] it was slightly better, but I wouldn’t look too much into that time difference between us and Mercedes here.

"Obviously we would rather be in front, but it’s been quite a strange weekend so far, and for us it would be better to have slightly warmer conditions to get the tyres ready and working better.

"But the car feels pretty good, so I think it’s too early, and once we go to the next races and normal circuits I think we’ll see the real picture.

"Obviously they [Mercedes] are still very fast, but I don’t think you should be too worried."

Vettel also feels the gap was unrepresentative, particularly as the new qualifying format resulted in him opting to save a set of fresh super-softs for the race.

"I’ve said many times we have made a step forwards, which I think we have, and especially tomorrow we should be quite a bit closer," said Vettel.

"We expected them to be strong in qualifying, which they were. We had a bit of a rougher start to find the rhythm – certainly I had – which got better throughout qualifying.

"I’m very happy with the lap I had in the end, so we called it there and saved a set of tyres for tomorrow.

"Sure, we’re not on the front row, but we still have high hopes for the race and it’s going to be a long year.

"We know this car has a lot of potential, so in starting out third and fourth, locking out the second row, it’s a good achievement."

Nico Rosberg, who starts second behind team-mate Hamilton, was left surprised by the gap to Ferrari, although he appreciates there were extenuating circumstances.

"It [the gap] is not real because we had two runs [in Q3], they only had one run," said Rosberg.

"Sebastian was really compromised in his qualifying because he only had one tyre left in Q3, and he had to make that stick.

"So that’s a different situation to us as we were easy going and could just take some risks out there.

"So let’s be careful, but for sure the gap has surprised us today and we’re very happy about it at the moment.

"We all know Ferrari is always quicker in the race than in qualifying, so let’s hold our horses and see how it goes tomorrow."

Da Autosport.com



Australian GP – “A good team effort”

Kimi happy with “improving” package

“It was not the ideal qualifying, but not too bad either. The car feels pretty good, and even if the Mercedes are faster than us I don’t think we should be too worried. I was struggling a bit with the front tires to get them working at the first three corners, but apart from that we had a very good package and it was getting better and better. Maybe for us it would have been better to have warmer conditions. The new qualifying format is obviously different, from a driver’s point of view it’s a slightly different feeling than it was before, but if you watch it on TV I think that there is a much bigger difference. I think today we did a good job as a team, this being the first time of the year. In Q3 we did have another set of tires available, but it wouldn’t have changed a lot to go out, so we decided to keep it for the race. So far it’s ok, it can always be better but we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Australia, prove del sabato–19/03/2016


Lewis Hamilton on Australian GP pole, new system proves anti-climax

Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, as Formula 1 experimented with a new qualifying format for the first time since 2006.

New rules for 2016 dictate that drivers will be eliminated at 90-second intervals during the second half of each segment of qualifying, in a bid to mix-up the grids.

This created a rush to do fast times early on in each segment, and left insufficient times for slower runners to react to the threat of elimination.

It made Q1 exciting, Q2 less so, and was disastrous for Q3 where only the two Mercedes bothered to attempt second runs.

Thus attempts to create a mixed-up grid led to the usual pole position shootout between the two Mercedes drivers.

Hamilton led the way after the first runs and that time was already good enough for top spot before he improved on his second attempt, thanks to team-mate Nico Rosberg falling short of Hamilton’s earlier benchmark with his own final effort.

The remaining Q3 runners sat in their garages to watch themselves be eliminated from contention, and the pressure to get in and out of the pits in time for Mercedes’ second runs meant there were no cars on track for the final 2m30s of the session.

The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen locked out row two, but ended up well adrift of the Mercedes, despite being promisingly close in final practice.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen qualified an excellent fifth, narrowly ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams and with the sister STR-Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr next up.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top eight, just 0.007s slower than Sainz.

The McLaren-Hondas of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and the two works Renaults of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen, were the early victims in Q2 with none of the four bothering to attempt second runs.

Alonso ended up 12th, just under two tenths faster than Button, while rookie Palmer edged Magnussen out by 0.141s.

Sainz managed to escape elimination, having languished in the drop zone after his first flier, but Valtteri Bottas failed to improve before the clock ran out on his Williams so he ended up 11th, behind Force India pair Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Both Manor drivers were sitting in their garages when Q1 elimination began, before Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean were the first drivers to be eliminated while still on-track, after running out of time while attempting to go faster on a second set of tyres.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was the highest profile casualty, ending up 18th fastest in a car easily good enough for the top 10.

The Russian was seen walking through the pitlane as his elimination time came up.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr also ran out of time while on track, ending up 17th.

That left Palmer battling Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson for the final Q2 spot.

Palmer vaulted up to 14th, just ahead of Magnussen, with his final flying effort, while Ericsson locked up heavily at the penultimate corner so dropped to 16th and into elimination.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.837s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.197s 0.360s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m24.675s 0.838s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.033s 1.196s
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.434s 1.597s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m25.458s 1.621s
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.582s 1.745s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m25.589s 1.752s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m25.753s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m25.865s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m25.961s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m26.125s
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m26.304s
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m27.601s
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m27.742s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.435s
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.958s
18 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m28.006s
19 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m28.322s
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m29.606s
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m29.642s
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m29.627s

Da Autosport.com



Lewis Hamilton fastest in dry third F1 practice for Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in final practice for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel only two tenths off the pace.

Mercedes used the super-soft tyres for the first time this year, with Hamilton clocking a 1m25.624s, 0.176s ahead of Rosberg at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Vettel’s time was set before the Mercedes duo with the track rapidly improving, suggesting there could be a close battle at the sharp end in qualifying later on Saturday.

Rain throughout Friday severely limited any meaningful running but despite an overcast start to Saturday, conditions improved and the entire 60-minute session remained dry.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr, running a 2015-spec Ferrari engine, split the Ferraris on the super-softs to go fourth quickest, 0.633s adrift of Hamilton and two tenths clear of Kimi Raikkonen.

The other Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen was sixth, ahead of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Bottas and Williams team-mate Felipe Massa struggled to get the tyres working early in FP3, but they made progress as the session went on, with Massa ninth and Force India’s Sergio Perez completing the top 10.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button showed encouraging performance to set the 11th and 12th quickest times respectively for McLaren.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was 13th, ahead of the leading Sauber of Marcus Ericsson and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was seven tenths adrift of team-mate Perez in 16th, with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer 17th.

F1 rookie Rio Haryanto and Romain Grosjean collided in the pitlane early in the session when they were both released at the same time.

Haryanto was able to get out shortly after with a new front wing bolted to his car, but Haas chose to change the floor as well as the front wing on Grosjean’s car before getting him back out.

Haryanto ended up 22nd and last, but just two tenths adrift of highly-rated team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.

Grosjean completed the fewest laps of anybody with 11 and ended the session 19th, 0.008s adrift of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.624s 24
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.800s 0.176s 25
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m25.852s 0.228s 25
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m26.257s 0.633s 28
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.435s 0.811s 23
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m26.701s 1.077s 26
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m26.730s 1.106s 28
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m26.768s 1.144s 22
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m27.151s 1.527s 28
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.242s 1.618s 22
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m27.263s 1.639s 20
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.341s 1.717s 20
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m27.430s 1.806s 22
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.659s 2.035s 26
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m27.871s 2.247s 24
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m27.988s 2.364s 22
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m28.117s 2.493s 24
18 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m28.284s 2.660s 21
19 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m28.292s 2.668s 11
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.293s 2.669s 26
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m29.046s 3.422s 18
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m29.272s 3.648s 23

Da Autosport.com


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


“Pretty good feeling”

Kimi at ease with the car all day

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

Da Ferrari.com


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