00mins: KR & JDA out for long opening stints on hard tyres
10mins: KR tops the times in the early stages, JDA finding his feet
21mins: KR back out on track, JDA in for feedback
45mins: KR & JDA emerge sporting medium tyres
65mins: JDA takes to the track for another long run; improves to move just outside the top 10
73mins: KR launches out of the garage for another track attack; consistently lapping with the leaders
90mins: Chequered flag; KR P6, JDA P12
With the tarmac warming up nicely throughout the course of the day, free practice two got underway with the instant emergence of both E20’s; Kimi and Jérôme heading out for long early runs on the silver marked hard compound Pirelli tyres.
The early stages saw the Finn topping the time sheets as his Belgian counterpart – initial bedding in period now complete after the morning session – began to steadily find his feet with consistent lap time improvements.
At the halfway stage the pair made a switch to the white marked medium compound tyres – the first appearance of the weekend for the softer rubber – and duly set about further analysis work as the lap times began to tumble.
While Kimi dipped in and out of the top five places throughout the closing stages of the session, Jérôme gradually began to climb the leaderboard as his confidence grew; eventually flirting with the fringes of the top ten to wrap up a strong opening day at the wheel for both drivers.
Free practice 2:
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.290s 32 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.328s + 0.038s 35 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.348s + 0.058s 17 4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m25.430s + 0.140s 43 5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.446s + 0.156s 41 6. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m25.504s + 0.214s 42 7. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m25.546s + 0.256s 40 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m25.547s + 0.257s 36 9. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.068s + 0.778s 32 10. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m26.094s + 0.804s 38 11. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m26.104s + 0.814s 35 12. Jerome d'Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 1m26.157s + 0.867s 36 13. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m26.394s + 1.104s 31 14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m26.404s + 1.114s 42 15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.724s + 1.434s 33 16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.730s + 1.440s 17 17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m26.783s + 1.493s 39 18. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m26.841s + 1.551s 39 19. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.864s + 1.574s 36 20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m27.222s + 1.932s 36 21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.944s + 2.654s 36 22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.968s + 2.678s 36 23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m28.575s + 3.285s 34 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m28.779s + 3.489s 21
Key Moments :
00mins : KR follows JDA out for an install lap on hard tyres
20mins : KR emerges for his first timed run
23mins : KR rattles the kerbs at the Rettifilo chicane
25mins : JDA takes to the track for his first flying laps
30mins : KR briefly goes fastest
45mins : JDA out for his next stint
65mins : KR back in business for some more tarmac action
76mins : JDA gets some more track time ; long runs for the Belgian
84mins : KR out for a final run
85mins : Yellow flags ; Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari stops at the entrance to the Rettifilo chicane
88mins : Yellow flags once again ; this time Pastor Maldonado’s Williams parks at Lesmo 1
89mins : KR takes off once again ; this time over the kerbs at the Roggia chicane
90mins : Chequered flag ; KR P7, JDA P15
An ideal start to the day here at the Autodromo di Monza, with clear blue skies above and soaring track temperatures below putting a smile back on most faces around the paddock after the downpours of Spa last weekend.
As the session got underway, it was Jérôme D’Ambrosio who was first to venture out onto the 5.703km circuit as he took the wheel of E20 No.10 for the first time at a Grand Prix weekend – his only previous running in the car having come during a brief stint at the Mugello test earlier this year.
Kimi followed shortly afterwards ; each completing their install laps on matching sets of silver marked hard compound Pirelli tyres before returning to base for the usual routine of checks and adjustments.
The Finn was the first of the pair to put in a flying lap, as differing programmes began to pan out in line with the Belgian’s first bout of significant track time with the team.
The usual format of long runs and plenty of data analysis ensued, with notable moments coming in the form of some spectacular aerobatics from Kimi over the kerbs at the Rettifilo and Roggia chicanes, in addition to a pair of yellow flags at the end of the session as Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado ground to a halt out on track.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m25.422s 26 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.723s + 0.301s 29 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.762s + 0.340s 26 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.800s + 0.378s 22 5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m25.861s + 0.439s 27 6. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.944s + 0.522s 30 7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m26.046s + 0.624s 25 8. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.323s + 0.901s 26 9. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m26.390s + 0.968s 24 10. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m26.504s + 1.082s 19 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m26.508s + 1.086s 18 12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.518s + 1.096s 21 13. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m26.641s + 1.219s 26 14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.746s + 1.324s 23 15. Jerome d'Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 1m27.180s + 1.758s 29 16. Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1m27.192s + 1.770s 22 17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m27.373s + 1.951s 25 18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m27.789s + 2.367s 24 19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m27.855s + 2.433s 27 20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m28.578s + 3.156s 20 21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m28.751s + 3.329s 26 22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m29.207s + 3.785s 21 23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m29.331s + 3.909s 21 24. Ma Qing Hua HRT-Cosworth 1m31.239s + 5.817s 26
Kimi Raikkonen – 6th: “It was an okay day. We tried a few different things with no issues and I’m happy with the car. Our long run pace was not too bad and we weren’t too far away from the fastest lap set today either. There aren’t many corners here, but running with low downforce means the grip is not as good under braking and cornering through the chicanes. It’s not easy to get the perfect lap here but maybe we can improve tomorrow; we shall see.”
Jerome d’Ambrosio – 12th: “Today went pretty well overall and it feels good to be back in the car. It’s not an easy task stepping in at the last minute; there’s a lot to take in and with a low downforce track like Monza it can be quite tricky to find the limit, but we completed a busy schedule and put in a lot of laps which is a good start. It’s difficult to say where we are right now, but we made steady progress between the two sessions and my aim for tomorrow is to take another step forwards and see where we go from there. So far so good.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “It’s nice to have a straight-forward Friday with dry running; it’s our first for a while! The lower downforce here means we focused on the various compromises; getting the car to work in the corners, balancing the need for a soft car to ride the kerbs versus a stiff car to enable high speed change of direction and so on. We feel we’ve made good progress with the running we’ve had. Jerome has done a great job; chipping away at the time difference between him and Kimi without any problems while absorbing all the procedures and information we’ve thrown at him.”