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USA Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results

Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com | twitter

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A cool morning at the brand new Circuit of the Americas saw Kimi and Romain complete useful race simulation runs to clinch P14 / 15 respectively as the field tiptoed around their inaugural laps of the Austin track.

Summary

  • An early start to the day; clear blue skies above but very low air and track temperatures below
  • The brand new COTA track proved to be extremely green; all drivers notably struggling for grip in the initial stages with rapid track evolution as the session progressed
  • Kimi ran a new exhaust layout and front wing configuration as trialled during the Abu Dhabi Young Driver test last week
  • Romain posted the fastest top speed of the morning at 234kph
  • A trouble-free morning on track saw fleeting appearances of the yellow flags for a few minor spins in an otherwise un-interrupted session

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position: P14
Fastest Lap: 1:41.880
Laps Completed: 23

Key Moments:
00mins: First car out on track for an install run; fresh hard tyres to start the day
17mins: Opening run; extremely slippery track surface, tiptoes around to gather the necessary data
52mins: Next outing sees consistent if unspectacular lap times on scrubbed hards
81mins: Final stint of the morning; fresh hard rubber this time around
90mins: Session ends; P14 for the Finn

Pos  Driver              Team                   Time                 Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault       1m38.125              30
 2.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes       1m39.543s  + 1.418s   28
 3.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari                1m40.337s  + 2.212s   29
 4.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes       1m40.528s  + 2.403s   29
 5.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1m40.650s  + 2.525s   30
 6.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari                1m40.966s  + 2.841s   26
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes   1m41.023s  + 2.898s   29
 8.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari         1m41.036s  + 2.911s   28
 9.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes               1m41.159s  + 3.034s   32
10.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari         1m41.473s  + 3.348s   29
11.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes   1m41.783s  + 3.658s   29
12.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.825s  + 3.700s   28
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m41.833s  + 3.708s   29
14.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault          1m41.880s  + 3.755s   23
15.  Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault          1m41.998s  + 3.873s   27
16.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault       1m42.539s  + 4.414s   30
17.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes               1m42.588s  + 4.463s   25
18.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth      1m43.288s  + 5.163s   23
19.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault       1m43.443s  + 5.318s   28
20.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault       1m43.522s  + 5.397s   23
21.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth      1m44.464s  + 6.339s   24
22.  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault       1m44.548s  + 6.423s   29
23.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth           1m46.917s  + 8.792s   13
24.  Ma Qing Hua         HRT-Cosworth           1m48.559s  + 10.434s  19
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