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ABU DHABI GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report – Fourth and tenth places for Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen respectively, in the third free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit. This afternoon, the Scuderia drivers each had a different programme. Fernando put him in some laps right at the start of the session so that the mechanics could get an early start on the planned power unit change ahead of qualifying and the race. The Spaniard did a run on the Softs and then fitted Supersofts, completing a total of 8 laps, the fastest in 1.42.653.

Kimi continued fine tuning his car, adopting a normal programme, running 14 laps, the best one stopping the clocks in 1.43.038.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.424s - 19
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m41.793s 0.369s 17
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m42.429s 1.005s 18
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m42.653s 1.229s 8
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m42.679s 1.255s 19
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m42.768s 1.344s 20
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.773s 1.349s 14
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m42.794s 1.370s 19
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m42.809s 1.385s 20
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.038s 1.614s 14
11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m43.112s 1.688s 13
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.352s 1.928s 20
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.360s 1.936s 19
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m43.501s 2.077s 18
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m43.643s 2.219s 24
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m43.718s 2.294s 17
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m43.778s 2.354s 18
18 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.022s 2.598s 22
19 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m45.044s 3.620s 16
20 Will Stevens Caterham/Renault 1m45.959s 4.535s 21

 

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ABU DHABI GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – The second free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a difficult one for Scuderia Ferrari, as dusk fell on the Yas Marina circuit. Fernando Alonso had to stop out on track, between turns 19 and 20, after just 2 laps, with an electrical problem. Therefore getting through the programme was all down to Kimi Raikkonen who did 33 laps, finishing off the comparison of the Soft and Supersoft tyres and doing some long run race simulations. The Finn continued working on car set-up before fitting the Supersoft tyres, with which he set a time of 1.43.489, which was good enough for seventh.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.113s - 35
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m42.196s 0.083s 37
3 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m42.895s 0.782s 37
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m42.959s 0.846s 33
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m43.070s 0.957s 34
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m43.183s 1.070s 32
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.489s 1.376s 33
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m43.503s 1.390s 23
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.546s 1.433s 38
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m43.558s 1.445s 34
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.746s 1.633s 37
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m44.005s 1.892s 38
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m44.068s 1.955s 32
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m44.157s 2.044s 39
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.316s 2.203s 38
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.763s 2.650s 37
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m44.986s 2.873s 35
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m45.505s 3.392s 38
19 Will Stevens Caterham/Renault 1m47.057s 4.944s 34
20 Fernando Alonso Ferrari - - 2

 


PRACTICE ONE

Report – Fernando Alonso was third and Kimi Raikkonen twelfth in the first free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers did 22 laps each, working on fine tuning the car and beginning an evaluation of the Soft tyres Pirelli has brought here along with the SuperSoft.

The track was very dirty at first, so hardly any running was completed in the first half hour. Gradually, as conditions improved, the times began to come down. Fernando’s best lap was a 1.45.184 on his way to third place. Kimi stopped the clocks in 1.46.131, having to settle for 12th on the time sheet.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m43.476s - 32
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m43.609s 0.133s 31
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m45.184s 1.708s 22
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m45.334s 1.858s 30
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m45.361s 1.885s 23
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m45.718s 2.242s 17
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m45.835s 2.359s 32
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m45.913s 2.437s 8
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m45.983s 2.507s 23
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m46.030s 2.554s 24
11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m46.049s 2.573s 23
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.131s 2.655s 23
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m46.549s 3.073s 7
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.556s 3.080s 28
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m46.711s 3.235s 31
16 Esteban Ocon Lotus/Renault 1m47.066s 3.590s 29
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m47.235s 3.759s 8
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m47.971s 4.495s 24
19 Adderly Fong Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.269s 4.793s 25
20 Will Stevens Caterham/Renault 1m50.684s 7.208s 14

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a very busy day and, particularly in the first session, we struggled a bit to find the right balance on the car. The programme included various set-up tests and, probably partly because of the high temperatures, my car felt rather nervous. Between the two sessions, we decided to make a few changes and in FP2, with lower temperatures, things improved, also in terms of how we compared to our competitors. My best lap wasn’t perfect, I made a small mistake. Overall, the work we did today produced positive results and this evening’s analysis of the data will deliver a lot of useful information to help us improve for qualifying and the race.”

Pat Fry: “At the Yas Marina track, the first and third practice sessions don’t tell you much, because of the effect of the high temperatures on the tyres. Usually, the level of grip gets better as the sun sets and in FP2 the track and air conditions produce a more similar picture to the one we can expect in the race, allowing for a better idea of car balance and a clearer understanding of the tyres. Here, it’s important to find the right compromise between aerodynamic and mechanical grip for the twisty section, trying to make turn-in easier in the corners while also have good top speed on the long straights. As was the case in Brazil, tyre management will be a key factor. For the first time at this track we have the Soft and Supersoft tyres and this choice opens up various strategy choices, also taking into account the limited life of the softer compound. In the second session, an electrical problem meant Fernando had to park the car on track and the guys are now fixing the problem for tomorrow’s practice. This incident is further proof that reliability, down to the smallest detail, is a major challenge for all teams, even right to the last race. It won’t be an easy weekend, but we’ll be trying to score as many points as possible, given that every position is worth double.”


BRAZIL GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report – Kimi Raikkonen was seventh and Fernando Alonso was eighth in the third free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Contrary to forecasts, the Interlagos track was dry this morning as the Scuderia Ferrari drivers prepared for qualifying, evaluating the behaviour of both Pirelli compounds being used here in Brazil, the Medium and the Soft. The fight for pole might well be played out in the rain, but this morning’s work was still of value as tomorrow’s forecast is for a dry race. Raikkonen did 15 laps, the best in 1.11.316, with Fernando doing 8, stopping the clocks in 1.11.399.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m10.446s - 28
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.560s 0.114s 20
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m10.875s 0.429s 21
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m11.054s 0.608s 23
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.188s 0.742s 11
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m11.210s 0.764s 19
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.316s 0.870s 15
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m11.399s 0.953s 8
9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m11.499s 1.053s 19
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m11.834s 1.388s 26
11 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m11.967s 1.521s 21
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m12.069s 1.623s 29
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.184s 1.738s 27
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m12.235s 1.789s 30
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m12.235s 1.789s 29
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.286s 1.840s 24
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m12.324s 1.878s 17
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m12.942s 2.496s 25

BRAZIL GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – The Scuderia Ferrari drivers finished third and seventh in the second free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix. The afternoon session started with very high air and track temperatures and this made it harder to set good lap times. In the second part of the 90 minutes, the track temperature actually dropped and, even on the Soft tyres, the times got slower again.

The Scuderia drivers continued to work on set-up and a comparison of the Medium and Soft compounds brought here by Pirelli. In the afternoon, Kimi did 32 laps the quickest in 1.12.696 to secure third place on the time sheet. Fernando Alonso covered 20 laps, stopping the clocks in 1.13.122 to go seventh.

In the last third of the session, as usual, the team began working on long runs and with just over 20 minutes left, Fernando parked the car at the side of the track as the engine caught fire. His power unit, which had completed a high mileage, had failed and the incident brought out the red flags. When the session resumed, Esteban Gutierrez also parked on track in the Sauber. This compromised almost everyone’s long runs. Alonso’s power unit change does not involve a penalty.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m12.123s - 36
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.336s 0.213s 36
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.696s 0.573s 32
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m12.956s 0.833s 24
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m13.035s 0.912s 31
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m13.099s 0.976s 27
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m13.122s 0.999s 20
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.254s 1.131s 35
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m13.333s 1.210s 28
10 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m13.479s 1.356s 33
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m13.497s 1.374s 33
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m13.714s 1.591s 37
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m13.882s 1.759s 32
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.902s 1.779s 25
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.204s 2.081s 36
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m14.209s 2.086s 31
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m17.171s 5.048s 5

 


PRACTICE ONE

Report – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen ended the first free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix in fourth and eighth places respectively. Early in the session there was very little grip and the lap times were slow, partly due to the brand new surface, which is still seeping oil. Its condition improved rapidly so the times came down gradually throughout the session.

Fernando and Kimi did 30 laps each, evaluating the Medium tyres and working on the car set-up. Alonso’s best lap was a 1.13.742 which was good enough for fourth on the time sheet, while Raikkonen stopped the clocks in 1.14.114, to go eighth.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m12.764s - 30
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.985s 0.221s 32
3 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.723s 0.959s 39
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m13.742s 0.978s 30
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m13.811s 1.047s 28
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.827s 1.063s 26
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m14.034s 1.270s 31
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m14.114s 1.350s 32
9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m14.136s 1.372s 30
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.197s 1.433s 27
11 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.434s 1.670s 31
12 Luiz Felipe Nasr Williams/Mercedes 1m14.522s 1.758s 22
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m14.678s 1.914s 33
14 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m14.902s 2.138s 24
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m15.109s 2.345s 23
16 Daniel Juncadella Force India/Mercedes 1m16.030s 3.266s 17
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes - - 1
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari - - 6

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “This was a better Friday than past ones and thanks to the work we did on the car, we got a good response from the changes we made in both sessions. In the first session we concentrated on set-up work and aerodynamic measurements. Because of my usual problems with the front end, we tried to eliminate anything that might have been causing them. In the afternoon, on the Soft tyres, the lap times were good and I’m sure that, without traffic, I could have done even better. Because of the red flags, we were unable to do a race simulation, but everything can change over the next days, because the weather forecast is very uncertain. In the dry, the car is going quite well, but we know that, if it rains, the track conditions could change things around.”

Pat Fry: “The new track surface meant that understanding tyre behaviour was immediately the main focus of our attention and so, in both sessions we tried to do as many laps as possible. In the first session, the weather gave us a lot of room to manoeuvre and the times came down lap after lap as the track improved. In the morning we did some testing and worked on car balance, then in the afternoon, evaluating the consistency of the two compounds was complicated by the rising temperatures, with the asphalt almost 20 degrees higher than in the morning. On the one hand, we got a reasonably clear picture of where we stand in these conditions. Now we have to bear in mind that, if it rains, we would have to start again from zero, but in dry conditions it will also be very important to understand to what extent graining will affect performance. Fernando’s power unit had done a very high mileage and we were well aware that this would have been its last Friday on track, although it’s a shame to have lost the final 20 minutes of track time.”

Fry – Kimi seems bit happier with set-up

“We’ve been trying various set-up options with Kimi and he seems happier,” he said.

“We’ve been obviously reviewing, it’s been a constant battle for us to try and work out, give him the front end that he wants in the car. We’re a little bit closer and that shows that if we can give him a car that gives him the right feedback he’s right there and right on the pace.”

Fry also dismissed recent rumours in the Italian media claiming Ferrari had suffered a setback with their 2015 design.

“We set ourselves some strong, challenging development targets on both the power unit side and both the chassis side,” he explained. “There’s obviously a huge gap we need to catch up. I think things are progressing reasonably well.”

“Have we reached our target? No, far from it, but I guess there’s four-and-a-half months to go, still, at least. But things are coming along an improving on both fronts, really, so I think there’s been good progress there.

“All the teams are working well together, only time will tell how much performance everyone else is going to put on. We’re doing the best we can, I think, with the resource we’re applying.”