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China GP – Friday Practice Results

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Kimi Räikkönen set the second fastest time of the first day during the opening sessions for round three of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship; the Chinese Grand Prix. Kimi lapped the Shanghai International Circuit in a time of 1min 35.492secs during a soft tyre run in the afternoon session. Romain Grosjean was hampered on his flying lap using the softs; ending his second session with the twelfth fastest time. Romain conducted comparison work on the team’s latest exhaust package and ran with a new front wing, while Kimi trialled new rear floor aero parts.

FP2 Times: Session Report

Pos Driver                Team                  Time      Gap        Laps
 1. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m35.340s             32
 2. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m35.492s  + 0.152s   32
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m35.755s  + 0.415s   30
 4. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m35.819s  + 0.479s   35
 5. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m36.092s  + 0.752s   31
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.432s  + 1.092s   29
 7. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m36.496s  + 1.156s   39
 8. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m36.514s  + 1.174s   32
 9. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m36.595s  + 1.255s   33
10. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m36.791s  + 1.451s   27
11. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.940s  + 1.600s   16
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m36.963s  + 1.623s   31
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m37.103s  + 1.763s   22
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m37.206s  + 1.866s   39
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m38.127s  + 2.787s   34
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m38.185s  + 2.845s   18
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.211s  + 2.871s   32
18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m38.276s  + 2.936s   34
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m38.725s  + 3.385s   29
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m39.271s  + 3.931s   21
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m39.814s  + 4.474s   27
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m43.227s  + 7.887s    5

FP1 Times: Session Report

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m36.717s            21
 2.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m37.171s  + 0.454s  20
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m37.658s  + 0.941s  21
 4.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m37.942s  + 1.225s  20
 5.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m37.965s  + 1.248s  17
 6.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.069s  + 1.352s  24
 7.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m38.095s  + 1.378s  14
 8.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m38.125s  + 1.408s  21
 9.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m38.398s  + 1.681s  17
10.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m38.561s  + 1.844s  15
11.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m38.790s  + 2.073s  16
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.057s  + 2.340s  19
13.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m39.158s  + 2.441s  22
14.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m39.180s  + 2.463s  21
15.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.336s  + 2.619s  19
16.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.360s  + 2.643s  20
17.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m39.392s  + 2.675s  20
18.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.032s  + 3.315s  22
19.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m41.966s  + 5.249s  16
20.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m42.056s  + 5.339s  18
21.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m42.083s  + 5.366s  21
22.  Ma Qing Hua          Caterham-Renault      1m43.545s  + 6.828s  20

News & Quotes:

Raikkonen shrugs off Pirelli tyre issues at China

A number of drivers voiced their concerns with the soft tyre after Friday practice, with Felipe Massa saying his Ferrari was completely different on each compound and Lewis Hamilton questioning whether the soft was the right choice by Pirelli. Raikkonen, however, said that the only difference from other race weekends was the difference in lap time gains.

“[The soft] seems to have more grip on it so I think some teams improve a lot, some teams not so much,” Raikkonen said. “That’s how it’s been the whole year; some cars benefit on some tyres and some on others.

“I think it’s normal in the race. You try to push on lap one. Everyone always says “Oh you have to take it easy”, but you never see that happen in the race. If you have a big gap then you can take it more easy, but usually you push on the first laps because that’s when you can gain places most easily.”

Team Quotes

Kimi Raikkonen – 11th/2nd: “If you look at the lap time it looks to have been a pretty okay day. For sure there are things we have to improve and you never know what will happen tomorrow but it’s a reasonable start to the weekend. We seem to be happy with the soft tyres and maybe not as happy with the harder ones. We’ve still got time to improve and we’re certainly not struggling so it could be a good weekend.”

Romain Grosjean – 9th/12th: “Today was not so easy for me and I’m still looking for the right setup. I ran with the new exhaust package in the morning and the older one in the afternoon to try to help find where improvements can be made. We now have a lot of data to help find the extra performance we want. The new front wing helps, so that’s a step in the right direction. In Malaysia we developed the car as the weekend continued and there are of course a few things we can change overnight. It’s a new day tomorrow and we’ll hopefully be able to have the car as I’d like it for a strong result this weekend.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “We’re reasonably happy with what was a fairly normal Friday for us. Kimi’s pace looks strong and he felt he could have gone faster on his flying lap. Romain’s lap time is not representative after he got caught up behind Lewis [Hamilton] during his option run. The grip level between the two tyres through certain corners is quite noticeable and – as we saw during winter testing – the lifespan of the soft tyre could be a talking point. There’s no doubt it’s the tyre for qualifying, but making it last in the race will be a challenge. Overall we’re pleased with the car in terms of pace, high fuel performance and tyre preservation; hopefully we can look forward to a strong weekend ahead.”

 

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