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CHINA GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report: A puzzling session for everyone including Scuderia Ferrari as the track was damp in this third practice session, while much more rain is expected for qualifying. Therefore most people did little more than an installation lap, as there was little to learn from using fuel and tyres to no avail. Fernando Alonso, like many of the field only did an installation lap, while Kimi Raikkonen also went out in the final minutes to learn more about the track in the wet and set the fifth fastest time on his only timed lap in 1.55.062. Alonso however stayed in the garage. Fastest, for what it’s worth, was Daniel Ricciardo, who did a 1.53.958 early in the session, when it was less wet in the Red Bull.

FP3 Times

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m53.958s           5
 2.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m54.492s  +0.534s  5
 3.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m54.514s  +0.556s  4
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m55.032s  +1.074s  6
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m55.062s  +1.104s  4
 6.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m55.228s  +1.27 s  12
 7.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m55.235s  +1.277s  7
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m55.381s  +1.423s  5
 9.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m55.673s  +1.715s  4
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m56.019s  +2.061s  6
11.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m56.233s  +2.275s  8
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m56.380s  +2.422s  9
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m56.760s  +2.802s  8
14.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m56.841s  +2.883s  13
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m57.468s  +3.51 s  9
16.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m57.812s  +3.854s  12
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m57.976s  +4.018s  14
18.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m59.507s  +5.549s  6
19.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                                  4
20.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes                          3
21.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                                   1
22.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                                  3

 

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CHINA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report: Second and seventh places for Scuderia Ferrari in the second free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix, in which Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was fastest with a 1.38.315. Fernando Alonso was second in 1.38.456 ahead of Rosberg in the other Mercedes. The Spaniard completed 28 laps.

As for Raikkonen, his session was much more productive than the first, when he only did one lap. This time he did 25, with a best of 1.39.293, good enough for seventh on the time sheet.

Both Scuderia Ferrari men worked on long runs on the soft tyre to check its performance over a good distance. Alonso then ran the harder Mediums only in the final minutes and they were naturally more consistent.

FP2 Times

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m38.315s           25
 2.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m38.456s  +0.141s  28
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m38.726s  +0.411s  30
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m38.811s  +0.496s  30
 5.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.015s  +0.700s  31
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m39.118s  +0.803s  25
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m39.283s  +0.968s  25
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.491s  +1.176s  29
 9.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m39.537s  +1.222s  36
10.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m39.648s  +1.333s  26
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m39.736s  +1.421s  30
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.744s  +1.429s  29
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m39.759s  +1.444s  28
14.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m39.830s  +1.515s  25
15.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m40.124s  +1.809s  32
16.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.359s  +2.044s  32
17.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.395s  +2.080s  30
18.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m40.455s  +2.140s  12
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m42.327s  +4.012s  27
20.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.473s  +5.158s  30
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m43.530s  +5.215s  32
22.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m43.679s  +5.364s  32

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a difficult day, that began with a technical problem in the morning session, which meant I only did an installation lap. Once that was sorted out, in the afternoon, we tried to make up for lost time, concentrating mainly on getting the set-up suited to this track, sacrificing some of our race simulation. It’s difficult to give an overall assessment and I definitely missed out a bit because of the lack of track time. This evening we will concentrate on analysing the data we have gathered and tomorrow, we will try and make the very most of the final free practice session to get the car as well prepared as possible for qualifying and the race.”

Pat Fry: “It’s been a particularly demanding Friday, both for the drivers on track and for the guys in the garage. In the first session, Kimi’s car stayed in the garage throughout the session after completing his installation lap. With Fernando we managed to complete several aerodynamic tests and carry out some checks on the power unit. The afternoon ran more smoothly and with both cars we worked on balance and power delivery. Even if we are making progress on all fronts, we are well aware that it’s always hard to know where you stand on a Friday. Today’s low temperatures affected tyre performance and even if we can expect the track surface to be in better condition tomorrow, the rain expected for qualifying could turn the session into a real lottery. But more important than making predictions is to stay concentrated on our work.”


PRACTICE ONE

Report: Mixed fortunes for Ferrari in the first practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, as Fernando Alonso was fastest in 1.39.783, the only man under the 1m 40s barrier, beating Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes by four tenths. Third was Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, in a session where several teams seemed to be playing their cards close to their chest.

In the other F14 T, Kimi Raikkonen failed to set a timed lap, only managing one installation lap before having to spend the rest of the 90 minutes in the garage with a technical problem.

Alonso managed 20 laps working on set-up and tyre evaluation. Towards the end, he also did a first long run on a morning when air and track temperatures were particularly low.
FP1 Times

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m39.783s           20
 2.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m40.181s  +0.398s  16
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault      1m40.772s  +0.989s  23
 4.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.970s  +1.187s  23
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes  1m41.175s  +1.392s  16
 6.  Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.366s  +1.583s  20
 7.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.505s  +1.722s  26
 8.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m41.560s  +1.777s  9
 9.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m41.629s  +1.846s  19
10.  Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes     1m41.699s  +1.916s  14
11.  Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.977s  +2.194s  23
12.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m42.090s  +2.307s  24
13.  Felipe Nasr          Williams-Mercedes     1m42.265s  +2.482s  13
14.  Giedo van der Garde  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.615s  +2.832s  16
15.  Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes  1m42.733s  +2.950s  13
16.  Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault         1m43.731s  +3.948s  22
17.  Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham-Renault      1m44.038s  +4.255s  16
18.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m44.162s  +4.379s  17
19.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.270s  +4.487s  7
20.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.782s  +4.999s  20
21.  Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault      1m44.835s  +5.052s  22
22.  Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari                                   1

BAHRAIN GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report: Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the third and and final free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which is to be run as a night race for the first time this year. The Mercedes driver lapped in 1.35.324 ahead of his team-mate, Nico Rosberg (1.35.439) and behind this pair, qualifying for the third round of the season, which starts at 6pm on the dusty desert track, looks like being particularly closely contested.

Third was Sergio Perez in the Force India (1.35.868.) Fernando Alonso (1.36.454) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.36.772) were seventh and tenth respectively, with both men working on set-up running bth Pirelli compounds, first the Medium then the Soft.

FP3 Times

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m35.324s           12
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m35.439s  +0.115s  12
 3.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m35.868s  +0.544s  10
 4.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m36.116s  +0.792s  10
 5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m36.364s  +1.040s  8
 6.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.394s  +1.070s  8
 7.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m36.454s  +1.130s  12
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m36.455s  +1.131s  11
 9.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m36.680s  +1.356s  16
10.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m36.772s  +1.448s  13
11.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.822s  +1.498s  8
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m37.030s  +1.706s  11
13.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m37.119s  +1.795s  11
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m37.325s  +2.001s  18
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.089s  +2.765s  24
16.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m38.400s  +3.076s  17
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m38.736s  +3.412s  15
18.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m38.880s  +3.556s  21
19.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m38.971s  +3.647s  18
20.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m39.208s  +3.884s  17
21.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.225s  +3.901s  8
22.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m39.597s  +4.273s  14

BAHRAIN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report: Fernando Alonso was third this evening, just as he was in the first session in Bahrain. The Spaniard stopped the clocks in 1.35.360, completed 28 laps. Fernando and the entire field managed to improve their times considerably in the second session. That was down to a cleaner track, but most of all to a drop in temperature after the sun set.

Kimi Raikkonen had a more complicated time this evening, still not getting the F14 T to his liking. The Finn’s best time was a 1.36.366, which was good enough for 14th place. Over the final 35 minutes of the 90 available, the Finn, like all the others didn’t bother chasing lap times, but concentrated on a long run, using the Medium tyre to run a comparison with Alonso who used the Softs up the final minutes. Kimi did 33 laps.

Once again Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheet in 1.34.325 ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who was over three tenths down.

FP2 Times

Pos Driver                Team                      Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m34.325s          28
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m34.690s  +0.365  31
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m35.360s  +1.035  28
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          1m35.433s  +1.108  28
 5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1m35.442s  +1.117  13
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m35.528s  +1.203  21
 7. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m35.606s  +1.281  29
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault        1m35.640s  +1.315  31
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes          1m35.662s  +1.337  22
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      1m35.802s  +1.477  40
11. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes         1m35.920s  +1.595   9 
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault        1m35.972s  +1.647  32
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      1m35.998s  +1.673  18
14. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   1m36.366s  +2.041  32
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari            1m36.962s  +2.637  13
16. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            1m36.975s  +2.650  35
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault             1m37.259s  +2.934  24
18. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m37.599s  +3.274  23
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari          1m37.800s  +3.475  15
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari          1m38.247s  +3.922  10
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault          1m38.257s  +3.932  33
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault          1m39.136s  +4.811  30

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall, this was a difficult day, because I didn’t feel comfortable with the car in either session. In the first one, I damaged the floor on the kerb at turn 4 and this meant I had to pit. The team did a super job, because they got me back out on track in a short time, but then, because of a problem with the brakes, I was unable to complete the programme. In the second session we concentrated on looking at the two Pirelli compounds and with the Soft it was definitely better than the Medium. Now we will get down to analysing all today’s data, especially regarding the immediate change in the track from day to night and we will try and improve for qualifying and the race.”

 


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PRACTICE ONE

Report: Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were third and sixth respectively in first free practice in Bahrain. Fernando did 17 laps at the wheel of his F14 T with a best of 1.37.953, four tenths off the pace of fastest man, Lewis Hamilton who did a 1.37.502 with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg second.
Raikkonen’s best lap was a 1.38.783, although he only managed 12 laps.

Finn hit a kerb very hard and had to pit so the floor of the car could be checked. Air temperature was 25 with the track at 45, but that’s likely to change significantly in the second session, which will run in the dusk, seeing the floodlights brought into play for the first time here.

The session starts at the same time as tomorrow’s qualifying and Sunday’s race, so it will be a useful exercise.

FP1 Times

Pos Driver                Team                    Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m37.502s            14
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m37.733s  +0.231s   13
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m37.953s  +0.451s   17
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1m38.122s  +0.620s   10
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m38.636s  +1.134s   16
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 1m38.783s  +1.281s   12
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        1m38.949s  +1.447s   15
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      1m39.056s  +1.554s   24
 9. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    1m39.102s  +1.600s   21
10. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m39.389s  +1.887s   16
11. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       1m39.533s  +2.031s   11
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      1m39.862s  +2.360s   26
13. Felipe Nasr           Williams-Mercedes       1m40.078s  +2.576s   14
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1m40.406s  +2.904s   19
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          1m40.652s  +3.150s   20
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault           1m40.793s  +3.291s   31
17. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        1m40.$89s  +3.387s   20
18. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari          1m40.913s  +3.411s   20
19. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m41.036s  +3.534s   24
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        1m41.794s  +4.292s   20
21. Robin Frijns          Caterham-Renault        1m42.417s  +4.915s   35
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        1m42.711s  +5.209s   21

MALAYSIA GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Ready For Qualifying – Third and seventh places for the two Ferraris in the final free practice session prior to this afternoon’s qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen was again the best of the two Ferrari drivers, as he had been in yesterday’s two sessions. He covered 13 laps, the best in a time of 1.40.156, while yet again, a Mercedes was quickest, Nico Rosberg posting a 1.39.008, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton behind him.

Alonso did 14 laps, with a best of 1.40.736, around 6 tenths off his team-mate. In the second part of the session, both Scuderia Ferrari men did some practice starts, in preparation for tomorrow’s race.

FP3 Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m39.008s            13
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m39.240s  +0.232s   13
 3.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m40.156s  +1.148s   13
 4.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.387s  +1.379s   14
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m40.523s  +1.515s   15
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.686s  +1.678s   14
 7.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m40.736s  +1.728s   14
 8.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m40.781s  +1.773s   20
 9.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m40.891s  +1.883s   20
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m41.029s  +2.021s   15
11.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.182s  +2.174s   18
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.441s  +2.433s   18
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.552s  +2.544s   15
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.041s  +3.033s   17
15.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m42.749s  +3.741s   16
16.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m43.539s  +4.531s   20
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.977s  +4.969s   16
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.170s  +5.162s   18
19.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m44.457s  +5.449s   12
20.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m46.015s  +7.007s   7
21.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      2m05.555s  +26.547s  4
22.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes                           5

MALAYSIA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Second for Kimi

Kimi Raikkonen was again second in the second free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Finn lapped in 1.39.944, which was just 35 thousandths off the 1.39.909 set by fastest man Nico Rosberg for Mercedes. In the other F14 T, Fernando Alonso was fifth in 1.40.103, under two tenths of the fastest time. In the early part of the 90 minute session, both drivers worked on qualifying set-up, before moving on to long runs in race configuration in the second half. While also working on general set up, Raikkonen and Alonso completed 30 and 29 laps respectively, using both the Medium and Hard Pirelli compounds.

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “This was definitely a positive day and I had a better feeling compared to Friday in Melbourne. I was more comfortable with the F14 T today and even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there’s still a long way to go and a lot to do. Our programme concentrated on car set-up and on testing the compounds that Pirelli has brought here. The handling seemed to be good even if, as we found on the race simulation, we will have to pay very close attention to degradation, which is particularly high here. Now we will spend the evening carefully analysing all the data we gathered over the day, to try and work out how to improve.”

FP2 Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m39.909s           30
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m39.944s  +0.035s  30
 3.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.970s  +0.061s  30
 4.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m40.051s  +0.142s  32
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m40.103s  +0.194s  29
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m40.112s  +0.203s  34
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.276s  +0.367s  29
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.628s  +0.719s  28
 9.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m40.638s  +0.729s  35
10.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m40.691s  +0.782s  34
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.777s  +0.868s  33
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.014s  +1.105s  20
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.257s  +1.348s  28
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.325s  +1.416s  32
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.407s  +1.498s  34
16.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m41.671s  +1.762s  25
17.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m42.531s  +2.622s  14
18.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.638s  +3.729s  20
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.752s  +3.843s  29
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m45.703s  +5.794s  31
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault                           0
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                              0

 

PRACTICE ONE

Raikkonen in Hamilton’s Wake

Kimi Raikkonen was second and Fernando Alonso was eleventh at the end of the first free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Sepang track was still quite dirty as Kimi produced a best time of 1.40.843, 152 thousandths slower than Lewis Hamilton who did a 1.40.691 in the Mercedes. Fernando Alonso’s best time was a 1.41.923, on a morning that featured a spin at Turn 8. During the session, both Ferrari men worked mainly on system checks and getting a first look at the balance of the car, the Finn completing 20 laps and the Spaniard 14.

FP1 Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m40.691s           19
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m40.843s  +0.152s  20
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m41.028s  +0.337s  19
 4.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.111s  +0.420s  20
 5.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.274s  +0.583s  18
 6.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.402s  +0.711s  15
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m41.523s  +0.832s  9
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m41.642s  +0.951s  19
 9.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m41.686s  +0.995s  23
10.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m41.830s  +1.139s  22
11.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m41.923s  +1.232s  14
12.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m42.117s  +1.426s  20
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.365s  +1.674s  21
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m42.869s  +2.178s  21
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.904s  +2.213s  23
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.825s  +3.134s  18
17.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m45.775s  +5.084s  24
18.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m46.911s  +6.220s  10
19.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m51.180s  +10.489s 5
20.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes                      2
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                             2
22.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                             4

AUSTRALIA GP: FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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[ Watch Kimi's first timed lap from FP1 here ]

PRACTICE TWO

REPORT: Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were third and seventh quickest respectively in the second free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix. At Albert Park the Spaniard, who did 28 laps, posted a 1.30.132, half a second off the quickest time set by Lewis Hamilton, with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg second. The Finn did 32 laps on his way to a best time of 1.30.898.

Both drivers worked on evaluating the Soft tyres for wear and performance, which appears to be almost two seconds quicker than the Mediums. They also worked on car set-up and in the final half hour, both drivers did a long run, practicing starts through the session. One small problem for Raikkonen when a failed sensor meant he could not select first gear at the end of pit lane. But the F14 T was brought back to the garage where it was fixed with no effect on the planned programme.

FP2 Final Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m29.625s           37
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m29.782s  +0.157s  31
 3.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m30.132s  +0.507s  28
 4.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m30.381s  +0.756s  41
 5.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m30.510s  +0.885s  33
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m30.538s  +0.913s  38
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m30.898s  +1.273s  32
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m30.920s  +1.295s  38
 9.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m31.031s  +1.406s  34
10.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m31.054s  +1.429s  33
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m31.060s  +1.435s  35
12.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m31.119s  +1.494s  31
13.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m31.283s  +1.658s  36
14.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m32.355s  +2.730s  36
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m32.468s  +2.843s  26
16.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m32.495s  +2.870s  36
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m33.486s  +3.861s  29
18.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m33.646s  +4.021s  12
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.757s  +5.132s  29
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault                          1
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault
22.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault

PRACTICE ONE

REPORT: Ferraris were first and ninth at the end of the first free practice of the season at Albert Park. Fernando Alonso stopped the clocks in 1.31.840, half a second quicker than Jenson Button in the McLaren, who was followed by the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. The Spaniard did 20 laps, one more than Kimi Raikkonen, who posted a best lap of 1.32.977.

Both men did three runs, all on the Medium tyre. Both Fernando and Kimi concentrated on running checks on the car systems as well as making some changes to mapping and set-up, also doing some practice starts.

Fernando Alonso had the honour of being the very first man out on track this season, proof that he wants to get stuck in! He also went off at Turn 1, but no damage was done.

FP1 Final Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m31.840s            20
 2.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.357s  +0.517s   23
 3.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m32.403s  +0.563s   27
 4.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m32.431s  +0.591s   19
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m32.599s  +0.759s   26
 6.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m32.604s  +0.764s   17
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m32.793s  +0.953s   10
 8.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.847s  +1.007s   28
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m32.977s  +1.137s   18
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m33.446s  +1.606s   30
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m33.533s  +1.693s   23
12.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m33.855s  +2.015s   24
13.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m34.272s  +2.432s   27
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.578s  +3.738s   7
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m36.445s  +4.605s   13
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m40.859s  +9.019s   6
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m46.922s  +15.082s  4
18.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault                           1
19.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                                   1
20.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault                           1
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                              2
22.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a pretty demanding day, because although we managed to complete our programme, it wasn’t trouble-free. In the first session we lost a bit of time, but that didn’t prevent us acquiring enough data to evaluate the overall handling of the car and the Pirelli compounds. This evening there will be a lot of work to do, especially to understand what didn’t work and to try and improve for qualifying and the race”.

Stefano Domenicali: “I always have to see the negative side of the… or the empty side of the glass, so of course we need to make sure that all the things that are still not solved – not only on Kimi’s side – have to be solved or addressed very quickly because the competition is very strong and the time that we have available is not a lot. So I think that for me the most important thing is to address and to solve the issue very quickly and whatever it is, the driver is not really the problem because I’m sure that both drivers will be able to manage the situation in the best way that they can, but there is still a lot of work to do.”

Pat Fry: “Today, we tried to make the most of the good weather and track conditions to work on different strategies and mapping for the race, because this weekend the forecast is very uncertain, especially for tomorrow. During the first session, we concentrated on car set-up, especially in terms of improving the balance under braking and on optimising the drivers’ feeling. In the second session, we ran an evaluation of the soft tyre, completing the programme with a series of long runs. It’s very complicated getting the new systems to work perfectly and then, once you’ve reached that level, to get the maximum performance out of the car. There’s a long way to go and now it’s important to stay focused and pay full attention to the smallest details”.

VIDEOS

Lap with Kimi at Melbourne

 

Gear problems for Kimi

 

Kimi behind the scenes, slow-motion track shots

 

Onboard Alonso and Raikkonen


Abu Dhabi GP – Final Practice Results

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FP3 Times: FP3 Report

Pos  Driver             Team/Car             Time   Gap    Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m41.349s           19
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m41.571s  +0.222s  17
 3.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m41.580s  +0.231s  18
 4.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m41.721s  +0.372s  19
 5.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m41.832s  +0.483s  19
 6.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.956s  +0.607s  19
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.055s  +0.706s  19
 8.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.282s  +0.933s  19
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m42.387s  +1.038s  18
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m42.457s  +1.108s  21
11.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m42.516s  +1.167s  15
12.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m42.681s  +1.332s  23
13.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m42.698s  +1.349s  19
14.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m42.702s  +1.353s  16
15.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m42.727s  +1.378s  18
16.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m42.798s  +1.449s  18
17.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m42.989s  +1.640s  22
18.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m43.142s  +1.793s  15
19.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m44.472s  +3.123s  20
20.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m44.728s  +3.379s  21
21.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m45.621s  +4.272s  20
22.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m47.506s  +6.157s  15

Other news:

F1 drivers warned over final corner: Formula 1 drivers have been warned that they risk having qualifying times disallowed at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix if they abuse track limits at the final corner. Following discussions in Friday night’s drivers’ briefing at the Yas Marina circuit, it was agreed that the FIA will not tolerate drivers running wide onto the start/finish straight.


Friday in Abu Dhabi: “Car feels better”

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After making the call to revert on the team’s longer wheelbase E21 configuration this weekend, our Iceman was satisfied with initial progress as his quest for a repeat Yas Marina masterclass began earlier today…

Q: HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
KR: The car feels okay and we had a pretty normal Friday. The shorter chassis feels okay here, but I didn’t drive it back to back with the longer one so it’s difficult to say which is better. We’re still trying to get rid of some understeer, but on this circuit the car feels better so far.

Q: HOW ARE YOU APPROACHING QUALIFYING TOMORROW?
KR: As always, there are some improvements we can make to the car so hopefully we can get it as we want it. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

Raikkonen switches back to short-wheelbase car this weekend

Kimi Raikkonen will switch back to Lotus’s short-wheelbase configuration for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team felt its long-wheelbase upgrade had been a key part of its return to form in recent races. But team boss Eric Boullier said Raikkonen felt more comfortable with the previous specification.

“He is trying because the last two races he was not 100 per cent happy with his balance and he is just trying something different,” said Boullier.”

“The first thing is to know where you are so you obviously go back to back what you were doing.”

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane said that Raikkonen would stick with the short-wheelbase car for qualifying and the race as the change had paid off in practice.

“He wanted to try the short wheelbase car again as he felt its characteristics would suit this circuit,” said Permane.

“So far it all looks good and this configuration will be kept on his car for the remainder of the weekend.

“His long-run pace looks very encouraging on both [compounds of] tyres.”

Raikkonen was sixth quickest in Friday practice.

The Finn is the centre of attention in Abu Dhabi this weekend, having admitted that he had considered skipping the race due to his ongoing pay dispute with Lotus and could yet walk away from the final races of the 2013 Formula 1 season if the issue continued.


Abu Dhabi GP – Friday Practice Results

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FP2 Times: FP2 Report

Pos Driver             Team                  Time    Gap   Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m41.335s          33
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m41.490s  +0.155s 32
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m41.690s  +0.355s 37
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m41.726s  +0.391s 40
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m41.758s  +0.423s 39
 6. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m42.006s  +0.671s 35
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m42.010s  +0.675s 30
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m42.171s  +0.836s 30
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m42.324s  +0.989s 40
10. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m42.440s  +1.105s 35
11. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m42.509s  +1.174s 37
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m42.607s  +1.272s 18
13. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m42.806s  +1.471s 26
14. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m42.952s  +1.617s 35
15. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m42.998s  +1.663s 25
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m43.152s  +1.817s 28
17. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m43.271s  +1.936s 35
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m43.565s  +2.230s 34
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m44.138s  +2.803s 34
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m44.459s  +3.124s 34
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m44.525s  +3.190s 37
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m45.565s  +4.230s 26

FP1 Times: FP1 Report

Pos Driver             Team                   Time      Gap   Laps
 1. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m44.241s           20
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m44.433s  +0.192s  22
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m44.499s  +0.258s  18
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault          1m44.712s  +0.471s  18
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m44.741s  +0.500s  23
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault             1m44.929s  +0.688s  21
 7. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes      1m45.040s  +0.799s  19
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m45.099s  +0.858s  19
 9. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault          1m45.150s  +0.909s  23
10. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes          1m45.331s  +1.090s  19
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari            1m45.378s  +1.137s  21
12. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m45.440s  +1.199s  17
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault          1m45.823s  +1.582s  21
14. James Calado          Force India-Mercedes      1m45.924s  +1.683s  19
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            1m46.068s  +1.827s  17
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m46.114s  +1.873s  21
17. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                   1m46.124s  +1.883s  17
18. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m46.126s  +1.885s  20
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault          1m47.600s  +3.359s  21
20. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault          1m47.670s  +3.429s  21
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth         1m47.723s  +3.482s  22
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia-Cosworth         1m49.565s  +5.324s  21

Friday Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 6th/4th: “The car feels okay and we had a pretty normal Friday. The shorter chassis feels okay here, but I didn’t drive it back to back with the longer one so it’s difficult to say which is better. We’re still trying to get rid of some understeer, but on this circuit it feels better so far. As always, there are some improvements we can make to the car so let’s see what happens tomorrow.”

Romain Grosjean – 1st/12th: “It’s been a pretty good day even if we missed time in the later session whilst the brakes were worked on. We also had a little vibration that needed looking at, but it wasn’t the end of the world. The car feels pretty good as we saw with the fastest time in the first session, so I’m sure we’ll get on top of everything we need to for tomorrow.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “As always in Abu Dhabi, we saw two very different sessions on Friday; the first taking place in daylight with very high track temperatures, the second in much more representative evening temperatures which is what we’ll see for qualifying and the race. We completed limited setup work in FP1 – focusing on setting ride heights rather than car balance – then used FP2 to complete our normal evaluations of the two tyre compounds. Unfortunately Romain had a brake disc failure which lost him some track time, and there was a small vibration when he returned to the track so we cut his day short in order to fully investigate this issue. Kimi meanwhile had a good day and looks competitive on both tyres. He wanted to try the short wheelbase car again as he felt its characteristics would suit this circuit. So far it all looks good and this configuration will be kept on his car for the remainder of the weekend. His long-run pace looks very encouraging on both tyres.”


Kimi arrives for Abu Dhabi GP

| Source: autosport.com |

Kimi Raikkonen has arrived at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ready for practice, as Lotus chairman Gerard Lopez played down issues between the team and the 2007 world champion.

Raikkonen did not attend Thursday media activities at Yas Marina amid growing intra-team tension.

He will leave for Ferrari next year, and has made it clear that Lotus owes him payments.

The situation was escalated by a blunt radio exchange with Lotus’s trackside operations director Alan Permane when Raikkonen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean was trying to pass him during last weekend’s Indian GP.

Lotus later issued an apology for the language used in the conversation.

On Friday morning the team published an interview with chairman Gerard Lopez on its website, in which Lopez offered fulsome praise for Raikkonen and played down recent incidents.

“Of course, recently a lot was made about the comments between Alan Permane and Kimi during the course of a tense moment in a race, but this was just one exchange taking a matter of seconds in the course of a two-year relationship,” said Lopez.

“It certainly wasn’t the most beneficial few seconds, but you have to step back and accept that everyone is passionate about racing and sometimes these things do happen.”

Lopez insisted that the situation between Lotus and Raikkonen was being overblown by the media.

“One of the unfortunate things about being in the limelight is that people are always trying to make it look like there are huge fights going on,” he said.

“For instance, we discussed the fact that Kimi was signing for Ferrari between the two of us and it was a very frank discussion.

“It was factual, emotional at the same time and although it’s funny to say, he’s a very human human-being.

“The whole Iceman thing actually prevails on the track from where he is very cool-headed and a very good driver.

“In reality he’s a kind guy, he’s a very talkative guy and over the two years I’ve gained a friend in Formula 1 which is a difficult place to do so.”

On Twitter:

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For those wondering, Kimi Raikkonen has turned up. And his manager Steve Robertson has gone for a “chat” with Lotus team boss Eric Boullier

India Grand Prix – Final Practice Results

| Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com |

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver                Team           Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m25.332s           16
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m25.892s  +0.560s  14
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m26.105s  +0.773s  19
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m26.306s  +0.974s  17
 5. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m26.350s  +1.018s  16
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m26.435s  +1.103s  20
 7. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m26.438s  +1.106s  15
 8. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m26.441s  +1.109s  19
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m26.489s  +1.157s  15
10. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m26.557s  +1.225s  17
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m26.635s  +1.303s  14
12. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m26.641s  +1.309s  13
13. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m26.737s  +1.405s  13
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m26.847s  +1.515s  17
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m26.876s  +1.544s  17
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m26.883s  +1.551s  15
17. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m27.259s  +1.927s  18
18. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m27.941s  +2.609s  18
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m28.019s  +2.687s  15
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m28.498s  +3.166s  16
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m29.094s  +3.762s  11
22. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m29.169s  +3.837s  13

Friday in India: “Not too worried”

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A day of setup improvement seeking for our Finn at the Buddh International Circuit resulted in a much more satisfied Iceman heading into tomorrow’s qualifying lottery; here’s his view on events…

Q: HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR DAY?
KR: It was a pretty normal Friday for us. We kept trying to find improvements in the car. We had some problems in the morning, and I flat spotted a hard tyre on my first run in the afternoon so I couldn’t really use it much as I couldn’t see when running in a straight line after that. Just normal Friday things really; we’ll look at everything and try to make the car better for tomorrow now.

Q: DID YOU FIND ANY IMPROVEMENTS TODAY?
KR: Yes, the car’s better than it started the day but it’s still not completely the way we want it and I have a few issues with the front end. We’d like to change a few things that you can’t now because of the latest rules for how you can use the tyres with camber and pressures, so we’re looking at different ways of changing the set-up to get what I want from the car. I’m not too worried about it today and I’m sure I could have gone faster; if I can’t get it as I want I’ll just try and live with it.

Q: THERE’S BEEN QUITE A BIT OF TALK ABOUT TYRE BLISTERING TODAY – ANY DRAMAS FOR YOU?
KR: We had some blistering on the soft tyres but we changed the set-up and it made things better.

Q: HOW WELL DO YOU THINK YOU CAN QUALIFY TOMORROW?
KR: I’m sure we can do better than in the last few races where I made a few mistakes; some of those because the car’s not easy to drive as it’s not exactly as I want it. Let’s see tomorrow.


India Grand Prix – Friday Practice Results

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A troublesome day for Kimi, struggling with set-up and a few errors including a spin and a “completely done” front tyre. The Iceman also didn’t have a low-fuel run in the first session.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver               Team            Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m25.722s           35
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m26.011s  +0.289s  38
 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m26.220s  +0.498s  36
 4. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m26.399s  +0.677s  36
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m26.430s  +0.708s  39
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m26.582s  +0.860s  40
 7. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m26.601s  +0.879s  41
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m26.632s  +0.910s  32
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m26.857s  +1.135s  40
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m26.972s  +1.250s  39
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m27.304s  +1.582s  17
12. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m27.375s  +1.653s  36
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m27.429s  +1.707s  31
14. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.491s  +1.769s  40
15. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m27.608s  +1.886s  38
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m27.720s  +1.998s  23
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.949s  +2.227s  34
18. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m28.431s  +2.709s  30
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m28.692s  +2.970s  39
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       1m28.799s  +3.077s  32
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m29.366s  +3.644s  37
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m30.164s  +4.442s  27

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 17th/8th: “The car feels pretty okay now, but we can still make it better. We made quite a few changes in the morning as it didn’t feel so good then, but it’s much better now and we should be able to make more progress for tomorrow. The track is quite slippery, but that improves with time and the car gets better too.”

Romain Grosjean – 4th/3rd: “That was a good start to the weekend. The car feels good and we made progress through the day to make it better. It’s still a struggle to find grip here which can make things interesting as you find the limits, but the pace of our car relative to our rivals looks quite good. I’m hopeful of another solid day tomorrow which should give us another strong qualifying position if the evidence of today is anything to go by. We’ll do everything we can to take the fight to Red Bull.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “It was a difficult morning for Kimi who wasn’t happy with the balance of his car so his engineers made a reasonable amount of changes to the set-up over lunch, meaning the car was much more to his liking in the afternoon. Romain was generally happy with his car and just made minor changes to the set-up to get it 100% to his liking. We completed a good number of laps on low and high fuel with both tyres and we’re looking in strong shape. The Red Bulls are unfortunately looking incredibly quick, but we’re leading the charge behind them.”

FP1 Times: FP1 Report

Pos Driver                  Team            Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel        Red Bull-Renault         1m26.683s           24
 2. Mark Webber             Red Bull-Renault         1m26.871s  +0.188s  17
 3. Nico Rosberg            Mercedes                 1m26.899s  +0.216s  23
 4. Romain Grosjean         Lotus-Renault            1m26.990s  +0.307s  20
 5. Lewis Hamilton          Mercedes                 1m27.227s  +0.544s  21
 6. Jenson Button           McLaren-Mercedes         1m27.335s  +0.652s  23
 7. Sergio Perez            McLaren-Mercedes         1m27.416s  +0.733s  23
 8. Felipe Massa            Ferrari                  1m27.692s  +1.009s  21
 9. Nico Hulkenberg         Sauber-Ferrari           1m27.770s  +1.087s  19
10. Valtteri Bottas         Williams-Renault         1m27.800s  +1.117s  23
11. Jean-Eric Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1m28.035s  +1.352s  25
12. Fernando Alonso         Ferrari                  1m28.214s  +1.531s   6
13. Daniel Ricciardo        Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1m28.336s  +1.653s  18
14. Pastor Maldonado        Williams-Renault         1m28.342s  +1.659s  21
15. Adrian Sutil            Force India-Mercedes     1m28.468s  +1.785s  20
16. Esteban Gutierrez       Sauber-Ferrari           1m28.538s  +1.855s  18
17. Kimi Raikkonen          Lotus-Renault            1m28.730s  +2.047s  18
18. James Calado            Force India-Mercedes     1m29.197s  +2.514s  22
19. Giedgo van der Garde    Caterham-Renault         1m29.413s  +2.730s  24
20. Jules Bianchi           Marussia-Cosworth        1m29.560s  +2.877s  20
21. Charles Pic             Caterham-Renault         1m30.026s  +3.343s  23
22. Max Chilton             Marussia-Cosworth        1m30.471s  +3.788s  17

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Japan Grand Prix – Final Practice Results

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FP3 Times:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m32.053s           17
 2.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m32.187s  +0.134s  18
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m32.355s  +0.302s  18
 4.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m32.707s  +0.654s  26
 5.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m32.800s  +0.747s  14
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m32.815s  +0.762s  14
 7.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.869s  +0.816s  17
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m32.946s  +0.893s  25
 9.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m33.036s  +0.983s  8
10.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m33.076s  +1.023s  12
11.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m33.158s  +1.105s  15
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m33.260s  +1.207s  15
13.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m33.490s  +1.437s  16
14.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m33.638s  +1.585s  17
15.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m33.660s  +1.607s  19
16.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m33.732s  +1.679s  15
17.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m33.955s  +1.902s  18
18.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m34.773s  +2.720s  8
19.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m35.473s  +3.420s  20
20.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m35.518s  +3.465s  18
21.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m35.844s  +3.791s  16
22.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m39.378s  +7.325s  20

Friday in Japan: “The car’s more to my liking”

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A good feeling with the car, but an early return to garage after an FP2 spin left the Iceman feeling philosophical but optimistic at Suzuka.

Q: HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
KR: The car felt pretty good. Of course, there are some areas we can improve but I’m quite satisfied with the progress we made. In FP2 I spun the car so we did miss some of the long run laps we would have got this afternoon. I was on a fast run when the wind changed and this can affect the car sometimes. At least we didn’t do any damage to the car so the crew won’t have any extra work. It’s not a big drama as we know the track pretty well. We have a few changes for tomorrow so let’s see what happens.

Q: WERE THERE ANY CONSEQUENCES FROM THE SPIN?
KR: There was no damage to the car so there’s no problem there. Maybe we didn’t do as many laps as we wanted but it’s not a big deal. I spun; it happens sometimes. It was quite windy today which didn’t help. It was a bit tricky at that part of the track all day and I just pushed a bit too much.

Q: YOU’VE LOOKED STRONG ON PACE ALL DAY…
KR: The car’s been more to my liking here – at least today – than it’s been for the last few races, especially over one lap which is a good thing. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything for the rest of the weekend. Tomorrow is a new day and it might be a completely different story, so we’ll have to wait and see.


Japan Grand Prix – Friday Practice Results

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Sebastian Vettel beat Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to top spot in an incident-strewn second Formula 1 practice session at Suzuka.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso both had moments at the Degners – the latter doing well to save a spin without damage – while Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado all suffered early exits after accidents.

Perez’s off was the most dramatic: the Mexican clipped the Astroturf on the entry to Spoon with his McLaren’s rear right and was pitched sideways into a heavy collision with the barriers.

Williams driver Maldonado also hit the tyres – this time at Degner, just 12 minutes into the session – while Raikkonen lost the rear of his Lotus and ended up beached in the gravel at Dunlop 30 minutes from the session’s end.

The Finn still ended the session fourth fastest, as the field collectively switched to long runs for the final third of the afternoon.

FP2 Times:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m33.852s           35
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m34.020s  +0.168s  35
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m34.114s  +0.262s  36
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m34.202s  +0.350s  17
 5.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m34.411s  +0.559s  30
 6.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m34.442s  +0.590s  36
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m34.473s  +0.621s  30
 8.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m34.698s  +0.846s  35
 9.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m34.912s  +1.060s  34
10.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m35.087s  +1.235s  32
11.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.089s  +1.237s  36
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m35.109s  +1.257s  34
13.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.182s  +1.330s  34
14.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m35.275s  +1.423s  35
15.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m35.341s  +1.489s  25
16.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m35.709s  +1.857s  8
17.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m36.136s  +2.284s  41
18.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m36.722s  +2.870s  6
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m37.630s  +3.778s  31
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m37.905s  +4.053s  36
21.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m38.121s  +4.269s  33

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 8th/4th: “The car felt pretty good today. Of course, there are some areas we can improve but I’m quite happy with the progress we made. I spun in FP2 so we did miss some of the long run laps we would have got this afternoon. I was on a fast run and the wind changed, which can affect the car sometimes. At least we didn’t do any damage so the crew won’t have any extra work. It’s not a big drama as we know the track pretty well. We have a few changes for tomorrow so let’s see what happens.”

Romain Grosjean – 7th/5th: “Finding the right balance to get the car working well around here is quite tricky and the tyres are not making that any easier, so we’ve got some work to do overnight to make it a little easier to handle. There’s definitely some more performance to be found, and it’s always better to be near the top of the times even if you’ve not got things quite right, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “We have struggled a bit for consistency today, with both drivers having off-track excursions. Romain in particular experienced brake locking, which is something we can counter with some mapping work. We lost a reasonable amount of long run data collection as a result of Kimi’s spin, meaning Romain’s programme was modified slightly and we might look at doing some race simulation work during tomorrow’s practice. On the softer tyre we look competitive and I think we can expect to qualify well. Our long run pace also looks good so it’s an encouraging start to the weekend.”

FP1 Times: FP1 Report

A quiet FP1 for Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in Japan, with plenty of running and valuable data collection. Some hefty incidents on track, but the Lotus F1 Team boys managed to keep it clean. Here’s how it went…

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m34.157s          19
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m34.487s  +0.330s 19
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m34.768s  +0.611s 24
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m34.787s  +0.630s 20
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m35.126s  +0.969s 14
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m35.154s  +0.997s 16
 7. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m35.179s  +1.022s 15
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m35.364s  +1.207s 17
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m35.450s  +1.293s 27
10. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m35.635s  +1.478s 19
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m35.868s  +1.711s 22
12. Nico Hülkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.900s  +1.743s 18
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m36.066s  +1.909s 20
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m36.165s  +2.008s 19
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m36.178s  +2.021s 12
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m36.340s  +2.183s 23
17. Paul Di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m36.399s  +2.242s 18
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m36.760s  +2.603s 22
19. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m37.595s  +3.438s 22
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m37.629s  +3.472s  8
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m38.025s  +3.868s 15
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m38.763s  +4.606s 18

Korea Grand Prix – Final Practice Results

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With just one hour’s worth of on track time ahead of Qualifying, a fairly un-dramatic final practice session saw Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen put in some good laps before the final charge. Here are the highlights from Korea’s FP3…

FP3 Times:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m37.881s           17
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m38.018s  +0.137s  17
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m38.318s  +0.437s  16
 4.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m38.332s  +0.451s  15
 5.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m38.486s  +0.605s  13
 6.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m38.701s  +0.820s  19
 7.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m38.816s  +0.935s  14
 8.  Kimi Räikkönen       Lotus-Renault         1m38.857s  +0.976s  17
 9.  Nico Hülkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.961s  +1.080s  16
10.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.114s  +1.233s  14
11.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m39.128s  +1.247s  15
12.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m39.196s  +1.315s  16
13.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m39.204s  +1.323s  17
14.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.274s  +1.393s  15
15.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.327s  +1.446s  17
16.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m39.371s  +1.490s  19
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.665s  +1.784s  15
18.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m40.128s  +2.247s  17
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m41.360s  +3.479s  19
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m41.614s  +3.733s  20
21.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m41.646s  +3.765s  14
22.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m42.267s  +4.386s  17

Friday in Korea: “Maybe I ran out of talent there”

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After an uncharacteristic excursion into the barriers left his crew busy repairing the car over lunch, our Finn went on to post some impressive long run lap times around the Yeongam circuit; boding well for the weekend ahead

Q: How was your day?
KR: Obviously it didn’t help that I destroyed part of the car this morning; maybe I ran out of talent there! It didn’t cause too much damage and the car was fine for the second practice, even if the guys had quite a hurry to fix it. They did a good job and we managed to complete everything we wanted today.

Q: How does the E21 feel here?
KR: The car feels quite strong – especially on the long runs – so that’s good news for the race. On the short runs it wasn’t exactly as I wanted, but we still have some time to make improvements there.

Q: Can you remember the last time you had a crash in a practice session?
KR: It was a pretty long time ago… maybe 2007?

Q: How’s the back?
KR: It’s pretty okay, no dramas there.


Korea Grand Prix – Friday Practice: “I hit the wall”

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After a massive effort from the boys in the garage, Kimi Raikkonen joins Romain Grosjean following his heavy crash in FP1 to maximise running in FP2… Here’s how it went.

FP2 Times: FP2 Report

Pos Driver                Team                   Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m38.673s           31
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m38.781s  +0.108s  30
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m38.797s  +0.124s  32
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m38.844s  +0.171s  35
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m39.114s  +0.441s  30
 6. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m39.226s  +0.553s  34
 7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m39.444s  +0.771s  31
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m39.757s  +1.084s  33
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m39.774s  +1.101s  29
10. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m40.006s  +1.333s  34
11. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m40.007s  +1.334s  34
12. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m40.152s  +1.479s  31
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m40.186s  +1.513s  33
14. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m40.210s  +1.537s  34
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m40.446s  +1.773s  30
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m40.552s  +1.879s  26
17. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m41.117s  +2.444s  35
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m41.289s  +2.616s  34
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m42.461s  +3.788s  36
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m42.798s  +4.125s  35
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m43.108s  +4.435s  31
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m43.441s  +4.768s  29

FP1 Times: FP1 Report

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in opening practice for the Korean Grand Prix as Kimi Raikkonen suffered a big crash at the end of the session.

As the session was coming to a close, Raikkonen lost control of his Lotus and crashed heavily at the final corner, causing heavy damage to his car.

The Finn was able to walk away from the crash, but the team faces a race against the time to have the car ready for second practice.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m39.630s           20
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m39.667s  +0.037s  20
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m39.816s  +0.186s  19
 4. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m40.117s  +0.487s  20
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.215s  +0.585s  22
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m40.374s  +0.744s  18
 7. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m40.396s  +0.766s  19
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m40.677s  +1.047s  15
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.860s  +1.230s  20
10. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m40.880s  +1.250s  13
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.899s  +1.269s  20
12. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m41.432s  +1.802s  18
13. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m41.482s  +1.852s  22
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.626s  +1.996s  21
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m41.924s  +2.294s  19
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m42.002s  +2.372s  20
17. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m42.043s  +2.413s  18
18. James Calado          Force India-Mercedes  1m43.008s  +3.378s  21
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m43.660s  +4.030s  20
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m43.883s  +4.253s  19
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m44.100s  +4.470s  14
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia-Cosworth     1m46.810s  +7.180s  10

Video: Kimi’s crash in FP1

 

Quotes:

Crash nothing special – Raikkonen

“I went off,” Raikkonen explained. “I just lost the rear of the car and that was it; it was nothing special. These things can happen, but luckily the team managed to fix the car for the second session, so we didn’t lose much [time].”

In the second session, Raikkonen complained about the steering of the car pulling to the right but suspects it can be solved with more work.

“It was related to my crash, as the team didn’t have time to work on the power steering, so it wasn’t right after the crash,” he said. “They had to fix the car in a short period of time and ran out of time to sort the steering problem before the start of the second session.”

Raikkonen said the impact had not hurt his back, which he struggled with in Singapore, but the kerb on the exit of Turn 8 had caught his attention when he ran wide at the corner.

“Well, it’s not ideal, particularly on the kerb coming out of Turn 8,” he added. “That kerb is not very smooth and once I couldn’t get out of it and it wasn’t very nice. So I’ll try to stay away from it, because when you touch it at high speed it kinds of pulls you even further into it.”

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 8th/8th: “Obviously it didn’t help that I destroyed part of the car this morning; maybe I ran out of talent there! It didn’t cause too much damage and the car was fine for the second practice, even if the guys had quite a hurry to fix it. They did a good job and we managed to complete everything we wanted today. The car feels quite strong – especially on the long runs – so that’s good news for the race. On the short runs it wasn’t exactly as I wanted, but we still have some time to make improvements there.”

Romain Grosjean – 7th/6th: “My first two runs this morning weren’t perfect, so we decided to change a few things during the break but that didn’t exactly go to plan either. Finding the right balance for a full lap here is quite tricky as the different sectors are quite unique from each other, but eventually we returned to a more conventional setup for a run on the option tyres and the car felt much better. This circuit is a bit more front limited which doesn’t particularly help us, but hopefully the track evolution will bring it towards us a bit more tomorrow. Half a second to the leaders is a bit of a gap and they look pretty quick, so I think top five is a realistic target in qualifying, but of course we’ll do our best to catch them.”

Alan Permane: “It was a fairly routine Friday aside from Kimi’s small off this morning which looked a lot worse than it was, resulting primarily in some front trackrod and rear corner damage for us to repair. We lost some time at the start of the second session whilst the rectification work was completed, but this didn’t impact on our programme today. We completed long runs with both cars in the afternoon to give us plenty of data for analysis ahead of Sunday. As illustrated a few times, the track was quite slippery to start the weekend, which is something we expect to see improve throughout tomorrow and Sunday. The tyres are behaving as expected, with a smaller performance difference between the two compounds than what we saw in Singapore, which is in line with our predictions.”


Singapore GP – Final Practice Results

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The final practice session ahead of Qualifying in Singapore sees Romain Grosjean just two tenths of a second away from session leader Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen came in in 12th position but it’s certainly not over for our Flying Finn… Here’s how the session developed.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                  Time        Gap	      Laps	
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m44.173s               15      
 2. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m44.364s   + 0.191s    16      
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m44.741s   + 0.568s    18      
 4. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m44.906s   + 0.733s    14      
 5. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m44.921s   + 0.748s    14      
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m44.257s   + 0.084s    13      
 7. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m45.500s   + 1.327s    12      
 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m45.876s   + 1.703s    19      
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m45.890s   + 1.717s    13      
10. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m45.935s   + 1.762s    13      
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m46.084s   + 1.911s    15      
12. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m46.147s   + 1.974s    13      
13. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m46.338s   + 2.165s    17      
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m46.358s   + 2.185s    16      
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m46.660s   + 2.487s    17      
16. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m46.879s   + 2.706s    16      
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m46.893s   + 2.720s    13      
18. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m47.249s   + 3.076s    19      
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m48.931s   + 4.758s    17      
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m49.037s   + 4.864s    18      
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m49.182s   + 5.009s    21      
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m49.982s   + 5.809s    20

Friday in Singapore: “A pretty decent day”

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P5 in the first session and P8 in the second don’t sound like remarkable results from the first day of track action in Singapore, but the crucial factor was that it was a happy Finn who got out of the car at the end of the evening’s action at the Marina Bay Street Circuit…

Q: How was your evening action in Singapore?

KR: It was a pretty decent day. The car felt okay, but I had some traffic on my fast lap on the softer tyres so I wasn’t able to set a faster lap. The car isn’t too bad and there are still some places where we can make it faster. The times don’t matter on Friday so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

Q: Does the car feel better than it has done at the last two races where the team has struggled somewhat?

KR: This downforce level suits us better so the car has felt better as a result.

Q: There was quite a gap to the fastest car today; can you eat into the gap at all?

KR: It’s always the same; some cars are fast on Friday, but it can be a different case on Saturday or Sunday. Just talking about my own lap time, I’m sure we can do a much better lap time than what we saw today.


Singapore GP – Friday Practice Results

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FP2 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                    Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m44.249s           34
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m44.853s  +0.604s  30
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m45.258s  +1.009s  34
 4. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m45.368s  +1.119s  33
 5. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m45.411s  +1.162s  18
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m45.691s  +1.442s  32
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m45.754s  +1.505s  30
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m45.778s  +1.529s  32
 9. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m46.002s  +1.753s  27
10. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m46.025s  +1.776s  31
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m46.406s  +2.157s  34
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m46.429s  +2.180s  33
13. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m46.606s  +2.357s  33
14. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m46.808s  +2.559s  36
15. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m46.870s  +2.621s  33
16. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m47.287s  +3.038s  29
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m47.434s  +3.185s  33
18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m47.761s  +3.512s  25
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m49.434s  +5.185s  34
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m49.526s  +5.277s  34
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m49.619s  +5.370s  33
22. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       1m49.731s  +5.482s  30

FP1 Times: FP1 Report

Pos Driver                Team                   Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m47.055s           20
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m47.420s  +0.365s  20
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m47.885s  +0.830s  19
 4. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m48.239s  +1.184s  23
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m48.354s  +1.299s  18
 6. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m48.355s  +1.300s  12
 7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m48.362s  +1.307s  21
 8. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m49.267s  +2.212s  20
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m49.348s  +2.293s  23
10. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m49.355s  +2.300s  21
11. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m49.481s  +2.426s  20
12. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m49.493s  +2.438s  16
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m49.510s  +2.455s  21
14. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m49.608s  +2.553s  20
15. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m49.887s  +2.832s  18
16. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m50.092s  +3.037s  20
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m50.222s  +3.167s  17
18. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m50.757s  +3.702s  16
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m52.359s  +5.304s  16
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m52.673s  +5.618s  15
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m52.920s  +5.865s  24
22. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m53.647s  +6.592s  23

Lotus Friday Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a pretty decent day. The car felt okay, but I had some traffic on my fast lap on the softer tyres so I wasn’t able to set a faster lap. The car isn’t too bad and there are still some places where we can make it faster. The times don’t matter on Friday so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Romain Grosjean:  “We had a lot of problems today with the car which meant I didn’t complete many laps. It wasn’t the ideal situation, but nevertheless the baseline we have here is pretty good. Hopefully we can get on top of the issues we had and have a strong car for qualifying as track position is pretty important here. Tyre degradation was better than we expected with the super soft performing well, so we’ll have to look closely at the data for the rest of the weekend.”

Alan Permane, Lotus trackside operations director: “It was quite a difficult day for us today with Romain missing a reasonable amount of running in his car, but he made the laps he did complete really count. He seemed to get to grips with his car and the track very well considering the circumstances. The E21 looks reasonably competitive with both drivers pretty happy. We need to dial out some understeer on Kimi’s car and once Romain has some more track time we should be well placed for the rest of the weekend.”


Italian Grand Prix – Final Practice Results

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FP3 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                    Time        Gap    Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m24.360s          18
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m24.643s  +0.283  13
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m24.677s  +0.317  22
 4. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m24.712s  +0.352  17
 5. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m24.864s  +0.504  19
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m24.865s  +0.505  19
 7. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m24.995s  +0.635  14
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m25.103s  +0.743  15
 9. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m25.116s  +0.756  20
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m25.120s  +0.760  18
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m25.136s  +0.776  16
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m25.273s  +0.913  21
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m25.324s  +0.964  22
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m25.499s  +1.139  17
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m25.660s  +1.300  21
16. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m25.702s  +1.342  19
17. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m26.120s  +1.760  11
18. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m26.607s  +2.247  21
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m27.172s  +2.812  20
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       1m27.605s  +3.245  18
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m27.665s  +3.305  18
22. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m27.822s  +3.462   5

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