Practice

RUSSIA GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report – The final free practice for the Russian Grand Prix saw Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso end up in seventh and eighth place, split by just 140 thousandths of a second. In the first part of the hour, the Scuderia Ferrari duo worked on race simulation, continuing to analyse the behaviour of the Medium tyre. In the second part of the 60 minute session, the focus switched to qualifying, with both men fitting the Soft tyre, thus going quicker. The Finn completed a total of 20 laps, the best in 1.40.011, while the Spaniard did 15, the quickest being a 1.40.151.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.726s - 15
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.016s 0.290s 25
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.097s 0.371s 20
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m39.755s 1.029s 16
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.954s 1.228s 22
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.009s 1.283s 27
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.011s 1.285s 20
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.151s 1.425s 15
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.205s 1.479s 26
10 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m40.338s 1.612s 21
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.355s 1.629s 19
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m40.669s 1.943s 23
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m40.699s 1.973s 26
14 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.146s 2.420s 21
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.520s 2.794s 20
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m41.915s 3.189s 22
17 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m42.436s 3.710s 4
18 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m43.109s 4.383s 11
19 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m43.975s 5.249s 12
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m44.737s 6.011s 9
- Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault - - 2
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RUSSIA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – Fernando Alonso was third in the second free practice for the Russian Grand Prix, with Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen eleventh. In the afternoon session at Sochi, Fernando completed a total of 32 laps, the best in 1.40.504, while Kimi did 24, the fastest in a time of 1.41.630.

In the second session, both Scuderia Ferrari drivers continued to work on set-up and carried on with evaluating the tyres, this time also trying the Softs brought here by Pirelli.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.630s - 27
2 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.494s 0.864s 32
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.504s 0.874s 32
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.542s 0.912s 30
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m40.573s 0.943s 33
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.718s 1.088s 32
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.731s 1.101s 30
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.108s 1.478s 32
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m41.396s 1.766s 30
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.531s 1.901s 33
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m41.630s 2.000s 24
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m41.677s 2.047s 27
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.061s 2.431s 25
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.090s 2.460s 29
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.233s 2.603s 31
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m42.892s 3.262s 30
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m42.905s 3.275s 33
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m43.055s 3.425s 33
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m44.135s 4.505s 22
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m44.530s 4.900s 29
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m44.952s 5.322s 27

 


PRACTICE ONE

Report – In perfect weather, Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen set the fourth and eighth times respectively in the first free practice for the Russian Grand Prix. They got to know the Sochi track, the only brand new venue on the 2014 calendar, working on evaluating the Medium tyres which Pirelli is supplying here, along with the Softs.

Fernando did 27 laps, the best in 1.42.720, while Kimi, after quickly solving a few early problems with brakes overheating, completed 23 laps, the best in 1.43.212.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m42.311s - 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.376s 0.065s 25
3 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m42.507s 0.196s 28
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m42.720s 0.409s 27
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m43.026s 0.715s 28
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.129s 0.818s 26
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.164s 0.853s 29
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.212s 0.901s 23
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.327s 1.016s 24
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m43.542s 1.231s 9
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m43.741s 1.430s 22
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m43.821s 1.510s 25
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m43.976s 1.665s 21
14 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m44.506s 2.195s 30
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.625s 2.314s 26
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m44.876s 2.565s 26
17 Sergey Sirotkin Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.032s 2.721s 22
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m45.190s 2.879s 25
19 Roberto Merhi Caterham/Renault 1m46.782s 4.471s 18
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m46.922s 4.611s 18
21 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.284s 4.973s 26

 


QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “This first day of practice was given over to learning the track, which I like and although it’s new, the grip level was good. In the first session, we went through our programme step by step, even if towards the end of the session I was unable to complete my last run. In the afternoon, we focused on tyre behaviour, with both compounds taking a long time to reach the maximum performance, which is unusual, especially for the Soft tyre. In order to have a clearer picture on this topic, we will have to wait for the track to evolve. Unfortunately, here too I still don’t feel comfortable with the front end and this prevented me from putting together a good lap. Now, along with the team, we will try and find a solution that will allow me to get the most out of the car.”

Pat Fry: “As always on a new track, the first day of practice was particularly demanding, both for the drivers and the mechanics in the garage. Today, it was important to concentrate on the balance of the car and to make the most of every minute available, so that Kimi and Fernando could do as many laps as possible and get to learn the track. This track features a series of right-angle corners, all taken at similar speeds, which requires a high level of aerodynamic downforce. Between these corners run two long straights which constitute the two DRS activation zones. It will also be vital to find a set-up that produces a good top speed. From what we saw today, the tyres perform very consistently: the surface is very smooth and the lap times evolved at an impressive rate, as did the wear which was low. This is something we must keep an eye on in terms of qualifying, as well as paying close attention to all the data that will help us establish the best mechanical parameters and those linked to the power unit.”

JAPAN GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report – Scuderia Ferrari had mixed fortunes in the third free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso was third fastest, while Kimi Raikkonen’s session came to a premature end with a technical problem.

Fernando completed a total of 12 laps, the best in a time of 1.34.439, set on the Medium tyres, the softer of the two Pirelli compounds in use here. Kimi however only managed five laps before stopping with a problem that meant the team changed the power unit as a precautionary measure prior to qualifying. His best time, set on Hard tyres, was a 1.35.995, good enough for 12th fastest come the end of the 60 minutes.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.228s - 14
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.210s 0.982s 10
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m34.439s 1.211s 12
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.564s 1.336s 12
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.061s 1.833s 16
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.086s 1.858s 13
7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m35.251s 2.023s 16
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.494s 2.266s 8
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.538s 2.310s 17
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m35.549s 2.321s 16
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m35.732s 2.504s 15
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.995s 2.767s 5
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.365s 3.137s 8
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.407s 3.179s 22
15 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m36.460s 3.232s 6
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m36.558s 3.330s 19
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m36.617s 3.389s 12
18 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.626s 3.398s 20
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m37.367s 4.139s 12
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m37.883s 4.655s 17
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.102s 4.874s 15
22 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m38.784s 5.556s 12

JAPAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – Kimi Raikkonen ended the second free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix having set the sixth fastest time of 1.36.529 this afternoon. Fernando Alonso was right behind him with a 1.36.637. The Finn completed 19 laps, while the Spaniard did 26.

Both Ferrari men did their quickest laps on the Medium tyre, which Pirelli has matched this weekend with the Hard. The afternoon saw Kimi and Fernando continue with the work of setting up the car, keen to acquire as much data as possible on a track that has proved yet again to be tricky and difficult to tackle, with several drivers going off the track.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.078s - 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.318s 0.240s 27
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m36.279s 1.201s 24
4 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m36.409s 1.331s 28
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m36.436s 1.358s 24
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.529s 1.451s 19
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.637s 1.559s 26
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m36.714s 1.636s 31
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.943s 1.865s 27
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.186s 2.108s 3
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.219s 2.141s 19
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m37.504s 2.426s 16
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m37.563s 2.485s 31
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.700s 2.622s 18
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.786s 2.708s 8
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m37.798s 2.720s 27
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.010s 2.932s 25
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.365s 3.287s 9
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m39.069s 3.991s 22
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.306s 4.228s 20
21 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.333s 4.255s 24
22 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m42.760s 7.682s 3

PRACTICE ONE

Report – The Scuderia Ferrari drivers ended the first free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix in third and fifth places. Fernando Alonso did 19 laps of the Suzuka track, the quickest in 1.36.037, while Kimi Raikkonen did one lap less, his best being a 1.37.187.

Both Scuderia drives concentrated on setting up the car in this first session, also starting work on evaluating the Hard Pirelli tyre.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.461s - 27
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.612s 0.151s 26
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.037s 0.576s 19
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m36.576s 1.115s 25
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.187s 1.726s 18
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m37.327s 1.866s 24
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.466s 2.005s 27
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m37.649s 2.188s 24
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m37.686s 2.225s 26
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.714s 2.253s 26
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m38.012s 2.551s 22
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.157s 2.696s 22
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.324s 2.863s 10
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.582s 3.121s 9
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m38.851s 3.390s 21
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.046s 3.585s 19
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m39.097s 3.636s 26
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.318s 3.857s 18
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m40.031s 4.570s 18
20 Roberto Merhi Caterham/Renault 1m41.472s 6.011s 24
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m41.580s 6.119s 10
22 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m41.757s 6.296s 15

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today wasn’t easy and the lack of grip from the track surface, especially in the morning, didn’t help. This is a fast and tough track, very demanding for both car and driver. In the first practice session, on the Hard tyres, we concentrated on testing different set-ups aimed at qualifying and the race, then in the afternoon, we made some changes which brought a partial improvement to the handling of the car. But because of the yellow flags and a technical glitch, I only managed to complete just one good run on the Medium tyres. Now we have a full night’s work ahead of us in order to find a set-up that will allow us to get the car to suit any sort of condition.”

Pat Fry: “Suzuka is one of the nicest and most complex circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, with every corner representing a challenge. Therefore it’s very important to find a set-up that gives the drivers as much confidence as possible. In the first session, we worked on the balance of the car, trying to adapt to the low grip levels, while the second session was spoiled by several yellow and red flags and we didn’t manage to make the most of the time available to work on our programme. Suzuka is also one of the most demanding tracks for the tyres, which are put under a lot of pressure by the series of consecutive corners and the heavy lateral loads which never allow for a moment’s rest, from Spoon to the 130R. Today, it’s difficult to assess the order behind the two Mercedes, but we will have to pay very close attention to the weather, because the forecast is changing all the time and at the moment it seems it’s going to play its part.”