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Japanese Grand Prix – Friday Practice Results

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Kimi and Romain ended the first day’s running at Suzuka in P14 and P6 respectively ; the former confined to the garage for much of the session with KERS issues while the latter completed a number of productive long runs in preparation for Sunday’s race.

FP2 Key Moments :

04mins : First stint on scrubbed hard tyres
18mins : Reports KERS issue ; returns to the garage for repairs
81mins : Returns to the rack for a brief final run on softs
85mins : A pair of tricky laps ; runs wide out of Degner 2, then again through the Spoon curve but recovers well on both occasions

FP2 Summary:

  • Red flags interrupted proceedings for a 6min period early in the session ; Paul Di Resta coming to a halt in the barriers after spinning off at the Spoon curve
  • Entry to the same corner caught out a number of other drivers throughout the session, including Michael Schumacher who parked his Mercedes in the wall bringing out yellow flags
  • Kimi spent the majority of running time in the garage as the team assessed a KERS issue on his E20
  • Both drivers used the silver marked hard and yellow marked soft compound tyres.
  • The team worked with differing fuel loads and car setups to gather data ahead of Sunday’s race
Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps
 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m32.493             34
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.707s  + 0.214   32
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m32.836s  + 0.343   37
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m32.987s  + 0.494   30
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m33.093s  + 0.600   28
 6.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m33.107s  + 0.614   35
 7.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m33.349s  + 0.856   22
 8.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m33.499s  + 1.006   35
 9.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m33.614s  + 1.121   32
10.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m33.750s  + 1.257   13
11.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m33.866s  + 1.373   19
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m33.903s  + 1.410   36
13.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m33.9$3s  + 1.490   33
14.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m34.291s  + 1.798   12
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m34.300s  + 1.807   33
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m34.863s  + 2.370   32
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m35.080s  + 2.587   34
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m35.711s  + 3.218   41
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m35.870s  + 3.377   37
20.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m36.194s  + 3.701   32
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m36.636s  + 4.143   28
22.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m37.342s  + 4.849   30
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m37.701s  + 5.208   35
24.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  No time               2

Free practice 1 – report:

A warm, dry and bright start to the Japanese Grand Prix weekend saw Kimi and Romain end Free Practice 1 in P13 and P14 respectively as the team’s ‘Device’ made its long awaited return to the E20 at the Suzuka circuit.

FP1 Key Moments :

00mins : Install lap on hard rubber
29mins : Short on-track blast ; analysis of ‘The Device’ the priority
42mins : An action replay of the first stint ; more upgrade assessment on the schedule
61mins : Third run ; longer this time with hard tyres selected once again
75mins : Setup adjustments back in the garage
80mins : Last stint of the session

FP1 Summary:

  • ‘The Device’ was fitted to Kimi’s car for the first time since Spa, with the Finn conducting extensive analysis of the upgrade throughout the session
  • Romain trialled a new rear wing configuration
  • Both cars ran revised front wing designs
  • The silver marked hard compound Pirelli tyre was used exclusively by both drivers throughout proceedings
Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps
 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m34.507s            20
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m34.740s  + 0.233   26
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m34.856s  + 0.349   24
 4.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m35.059s  + 0.552   18
 5.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m35.112s  + 0.615   20
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.199s  + 0.692   27
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m35.283s  + 0.776   24
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m35.299s  + 0.792   18
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m35.474s  + 0.967   22
10.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m35.478s  + 0.971   24
11.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m35.484s  + 0.977   26
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.584s  + 1.077   24
13.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m35.691s  + 1.184   22
14.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m35.724s  + 1.217   21
15.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m36.123s  + 1.616   19
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m36.222s  + 1.715   25
17.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m36.366s  + 1.859   23
18.  Valterri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m36.389s  + 1.882   24
19.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m37.716s  + 3.209   17 
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m38.295s  + 3.788   23
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m38.616s  + 4.109   25
22.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m39.043s  + 4.536   25
23.  Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m39.374s  + 4.867   22
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m39.688s  + 5.181   19

Friday team quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 14th: “We didn’t get much running because of the issue with the KERS, but at least it happened today and we got it fixed. It wasn’t ideal for helping us find the best setup but there’s nothing you can do about these things. Suzuka is not the easiest place to get the car set up, but we still have tomorrow’s practice before qualifying. I think we have the potential to be nearer the front than we have done in the last couple of races.”

Romain Grosjean – 6th: “Not a bad day overall. The car felt much better in the afternoon than it did this morning ; we’re still not quite where we want to be but the team has been working hard and hopefully we’ll make a similar step forward tomorrow. Suzuka is not an easy track on the car ; the demands on the tyres are really high but the car felt consistent with both compounds which is a big positive. It’s hard to say if P6 is the kind of position we’ll be in qualifying ; there are definitely still a few tenths we can find so let’s see what happens tomorrow.”

James Allison, Technical Director: “We suffered a disrupted day with Kimi’s car but despite that we’ve achieved a reasonable amount. We evaluated ‘The Device’ in the morning but were unable to make it switch effectively so we won’t be using it for the rest of the weekend. Romain suffered from understeer in the morning and by the time we had put this right he had already used up the best performance from his tyres. In the afternoon, with a better set up, he showed that there’s still a reasonable turn of speed in the E20. We look in OK shape on both the hard and soft rubber as well as on high fuel, and we feel there is more to come from the car tomorrow ahead of Qualifying.”

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