Report – The final free practice for the Russian Grand Prix saw Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso end up in seventh and eighth place, split by just 140 thousandths of a second. In the first part of the hour, the Scuderia Ferrari duo worked on race simulation, continuing to analyse the behaviour of the Medium tyre. In the second part of the 60 minute session, the focus switched to qualifying, with both men fitting the Soft tyre, thus going quicker. The Finn completed a total of 20 laps, the best in 1.40.011, while the Spaniard did 15, the quickest being a 1.40.151.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m39.755s||1.029s||16|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m40.009s||1.283s||27|
|9||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m40.205s||1.479s||26|
|10||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m40.338s||1.612s||21|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m40.669s||1.943s||23|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m40.699s||1.973s||26|
Report – Fernando Alonso was third in the second free practice for the Russian Grand Prix, with Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen eleventh. In the afternoon session at Sochi, Fernando completed a total of 32 laps, the best in 1.40.504, while Kimi did 24, the fastest in a time of 1.41.630.
In the second session, both Scuderia Ferrari drivers continued to work on set-up and carried on with evaluating the tyres, this time also trying the Softs brought here by Pirelli.
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m41.108s||1.478s||32|
|9||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m41.396s||1.766s||30|
|10||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m41.531s||1.901s||33|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m41.677s||2.047s||27|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m42.061s||2.431s||25|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m42.090s||2.460s||29|
Report – In perfect weather, Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen set the fourth and eighth times respectively in the first free practice for the Russian Grand Prix. They got to know the Sochi track, the only brand new venue on the 2014 calendar, working on evaluating the Medium tyres which Pirelli is supplying here, along with the Softs.
Fernando did 27 laps, the best in 1.42.720, while Kimi, after quickly solving a few early problems with brakes overheating, completed 23 laps, the best in 1.43.212.
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.129s||0.818s||26|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m43.164s||0.853s||29|
|9||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m43.327s||1.016s||24|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m43.821s||1.510s||25|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.976s||1.665s||21|
|14||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m44.506s||2.195s||30|
Kimi Raikkonen: “This first day of practice was given over to learning the track, which I like and although it’s new, the grip level was good. In the first session, we went through our programme step by step, even if towards the end of the session I was unable to complete my last run. In the afternoon, we focused on tyre behaviour, with both compounds taking a long time to reach the maximum performance, which is unusual, especially for the Soft tyre. In order to have a clearer picture on this topic, we will have to wait for the track to evolve. Unfortunately, here too I still don’t feel comfortable with the front end and this prevented me from putting together a good lap. Now, along with the team, we will try and find a solution that will allow me to get the most out of the car.”
Report – Scuderia Ferrari had mixed fortunes in the third free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso was third fastest, while Kimi Raikkonen’s session came to a premature end with a technical problem.
Fernando completed a total of 12 laps, the best in a time of 1.34.439, set on the Medium tyres, the softer of the two Pirelli compounds in use here. Kimi however only managed five laps before stopping with a problem that meant the team changed the power unit as a precautionary measure prior to qualifying. His best time, set on Hard tyres, was a 1.35.995, good enough for 12th fastest come the end of the 60 minutes.
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.086s||1.858s||13|
|8||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.494s||2.266s||8|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.538s||2.310s||17|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.732s||2.504s||15|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.365s||3.137s||8|
|15||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.460s||3.232s||6|
Report – Kimi Raikkonen ended the second free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix having set the sixth fastest time of 1.36.529 this afternoon. Fernando Alonso was right behind him with a 1.36.637. The Finn completed 19 laps, while the Spaniard did 26.
Both Ferrari men did their quickest laps on the Medium tyre, which Pirelli has matched this weekend with the Hard. The afternoon saw Kimi and Fernando continue with the work of setting up the car, keen to acquire as much data as possible on a track that has proved yet again to be tricky and difficult to tackle, with several drivers going off the track.
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.436s||1.358s||24|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m36.943s||1.865s||27|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.186s||2.108s||3|
|11||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m37.219s||2.141s||19|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.504s||2.426s||16|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.786s||2.708s||8|
Report – The Scuderia Ferrari drivers ended the first free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix in third and fifth places. Fernando Alonso did 19 laps of the Suzuka track, the quickest in 1.36.037, while Kimi Raikkonen did one lap less, his best being a 1.37.187.
Both Scuderia drives concentrated on setting up the car in this first session, also starting work on evaluating the Hard Pirelli tyre.
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.466s||2.005s||27|
|9||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.686s||2.225s||26|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m37.714s||2.253s||26|
|12||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m38.157s||2.696s||22|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.324s||2.863s||10|
|14||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.582s||3.121s||9|
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today wasn’t easy and the lack of grip from the track surface, especially in the morning, didn’t help. This is a fast and tough track, very demanding for both car and driver. In the first practice session, on the Hard tyres, we concentrated on testing different set-ups aimed at qualifying and the race, then in the afternoon, we made some changes which brought a partial improvement to the handling of the car. But because of the yellow flags and a technical glitch, I only managed to complete just one good run on the Medium tyres. Now we have a full night’s work ahead of us in order to find a set-up that will allow us to get the car to suit any sort of condition.”
Pat Fry: “Suzuka is one of the nicest and most complex circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, with every corner representing a challenge. Therefore it’s very important to find a set-up that gives the drivers as much confidence as possible. In the first session, we worked on the balance of the car, trying to adapt to the low grip levels, while the second session was spoiled by several yellow and red flags and we didn’t manage to make the most of the time available to work on our programme. Suzuka is also one of the most demanding tracks for the tyres, which are put under a lot of pressure by the series of consecutive corners and the heavy lateral loads which never allow for a moment’s rest, from Spoon to the 130R. Today, it’s difficult to assess the order behind the two Mercedes, but we will have to pay very close attention to the weather, because the forecast is changing all the time and at the moment it seems it’s going to play its part.”