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Japanese Grand Prix – Final Practice Results

Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com | twitter

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A slightly cooler but equally as bright start to day two at Suzuka as Kimi and Romain worked through a raft of setup options to finish the morning in P12 / P7 respectively after the final practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position : P12
Fastest Lap : 1:33.224
Laps Completed : 14

Key Moments :
00mins : Install run on a new set of hard tyres
12mins : Brief opening run ; reports excessive sliding from the rear
31mins : Second dose of track action with roll bar changes ; still not comfortable with the rear
41mins : Third crack of the whip ; tweaked setup does not do the trick, with heavy front and loose rear end now on the cards
54mins : Final attempt ; soft tyres and yet more mechanical adjustments see the Finn immediately climb into the top ten despite not getting a clean lap

Summary:

  • Following a number of incidents during Friday practice, the entry to T13 [Spoon Curve] was modified to ensure the run-off astroturf sat level with the track
  • Only one minor interruption to proceedings as Nico Hulkenberg planted his Force India in the wall on exiting Degner 2
  • Both drivers used the silver marked hard compound Pirelli tyre for the majority of the session, with the yellow marked soft appearing briefly in the closing stages
  • Kimi ran through a number of setup changes – predominantly to roll bar settings – in an attempt to create a more stable rear end to the car
  • Romain reported understeer in the early stages, which was seemingly cured with a front wing change
  • Both drivers completed practice starts at the end of running in preparation for Sunday’s race
Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m32.136             16
 2.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m32.371s  + 0.235   19
 3.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m32.824s  + 0.688   12
 4.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m32.918s  + 0.782   22
 5.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m32.920s  + 0.784   18
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m32.924s  + 0.788   14
 7.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m33.008s  + 0.872   20
 8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m33.025s  + 0.889   15
 9.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m33.094s  + 0.958   16
10.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m33.160s  + 1.024   15
11.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m33.184s  + 1.048   13
12.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m33.224s  + 1.088   14
13.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m33.56$s  + 1.433   13
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m33.722s  + 1.586   17
15.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m33.899s  + 1.763   22
16.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m33.984s  + 1.848   18
17.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m34.023s  + 1.887   18
18.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m34.369s  + 2.233   11
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m35.568s  + 3.432   18
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m36.355s  + 4.219   17
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m36.389s  + 4.253   11
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m36.517s  + 4.381   17
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m36.649s  + 4.513   11
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m36.875s  + 4.739   15
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