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USA Grand Prix – Final Practice Results

Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com | twitter

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A rather chilly start to the second day’s action here in Austin saw Kimi and Romain finish the morning in P13 / P17 respectively; the former racking up the laps while mechanical issues confined the latter to the garage for much of the session.

Summary

  • Another cool, clear start to the day in Austin with track temperature as low as 16 degrees in the early stages
  • Both drivers ran with an updated exhaust layout and rear brake drum configuration; each development having been successfully trialled during yesterday’s running
  • Kimi tested a new iteration of front wing in the latter stages of proceedings
  • A single yellow flag period just after half distance forced the field to slow for a few minutes; the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne coming to a halt through the T3-T7 sequence
  • Romain’s session was curtailed after 40mins by a suspected gearbox issue
  • Only Felipe Massa completed more laps than Kimi; the Finn conducting a number of useful long runs to gather race simulation readings

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position: P13
Fastest Lap: 1:37.765
Laps Completed: 26

Key Moments:
03mins: Kicks off the morning with a long run on hard rubber; encouraging race simulation pace in the early phases
30mins: P15 at the half way stage
31mins: Back out for a second on-track excursion; racking up the laps with another long stint
52mins: Short blast on medium tyres to wrap things up
60mins: Session ends; P13 for the Finn

Pos  Driver              Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m36.490s            18
 2.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.748s  + 0.258s  20
 3.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault      1m37.001s  + 0.511s  21
 4.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m37.180s  + 0.690s  21
 5.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m37.247s  + 0.757s  24
 6.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m37.262s  + 0.772s  27
 7.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m37.298s  + 0.808s  18
 8.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m37.415s  + 0.925s  20
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes  1m37.495s  + 1.005s  20
10.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m37.538s  + 1.048s  20
11.  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault      1m37.569s  + 1.079s  21
12.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m37.760s  + 1.270s  21
13.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault         1m37.765s  + 1.275s  26
14.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m37.953s  + 1.463s  23
15.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m38.547s  + 2.057s  23
16.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m38.653s  + 2.163s  22
17.  Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault         1m38.753s  + 2.263s  11
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.689s  + 3.199s  12
19.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth     1m40.407s  + 3.917s  23
20.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault      1m40.753s  + 4.263s  19
21.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault      1m41.011s  + 4.521s  19
22.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth     1m41.466s  + 4.976s  19
23.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth          1m43.563s  + 7.073s  21
24.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          1m44.043s  + 7.553s  23
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