FP2 Times – Report: Kimi Räikkönen ended the day with the third fastest time on the opening day of the Italian Grand Prix weekend, with Romain Grosjean fourth in the order with an identical lap time of 1min 25.116secs. Sunny weather characterised both of today’s sessions at the historic Autodromo di Monza.
Technical programme notes:
- Kimi ran all day with the longer chassis configuration E21.
- Both cars ran with the slimline rear bodywork package in low drag Monza.
- Kimi evaluated a different front wing in the afternoon.
- Pirelli’s hard (orange) tyre was used in the morning and the hard and medium (white) compound slick tyres were used in the afternoon session.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m24.453s 39 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m25.076s +0.623s 39 3. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m25.116s +0.663s 36 4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m25.116s +0.663s 40 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.330s +0.877s 38 6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.340s +0.887s 39 7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.367s +0.914s 42 8. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m25.519s +1.066s 29 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.532s +1.079s 42 10. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.627s +1.174s 39 11. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m25.830s +1.377s 40 12. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.888s +1.435s 40 13. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m26.028s +1.575s 37 14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m26.138s +1.685s 36 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.224s +1.771s 32 16. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.385s +1.932s 43 17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.599s +2.146s 39 18. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m27.198s +2.745s 44 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.548s +3.095s 30 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m27.696s +3.243s 37 21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m27.771s +3.318s 38 22. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m28.057s +3.604s 32
FP1 Times – FP1 Report: Kimi Raikkonen ended the session fifth fastest driving the new long-wheelbase specification Lotus E21, believed to be around 100mm longer than the previous car, for the first time.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.565s 24 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.600s +0.035s 25 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.704s +0.139s 25 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m25.753s +0.188s 26 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m25.941s +0.376s 22 6. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.007s +0.442s 24 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.035s +0.470s 23 8. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m26.103s +0.538s 27 9. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m26.149s +0.584s 21 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.155s +0.590s 25 11. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.194s +0.629s 25 12. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m26.295s +0.730s 23 13. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.387s +0.822s 21 14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m26.449s +0.884s 16 15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m26.594s +1.029s 13 16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m26.802s +1.237s 21 17. James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1m27.041s +1.476s 24 18. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.224s +1.659s 16 19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m27.818s +2.253s 24 20. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.869s +2.304s 20 21. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m28.192s +2.627s 21 22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1m29.526s +3.961s 26
Lotus Friday Quotes:
Kimi Räikkönen – 5th/3rd: “The car felt pretty normal for me today and we’re going to look at the data in order to make a decision on whether to use today’s specification or the older one. It doesn’t feel much different to me so it’ll be a decision based on what the data says. Today we were a little surprised to be third fastest, but we’re still quite far away from the fastest cars. There are still some areas for improvement so hopefully we can find more speed for tomorrow.”
Romain Grosjean – 12th/4th: “We had a productive day today. The timesheets showed that Kimi and I were very close, however that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot. Kimi tested the new long wheelbase car and from today’s work we have sent data back to the factory and we will see what the outcome is when analysis comes back. As drivers, our feedback on the feel of the car is also key. It is hard to precisely compare the two though; it could provide more brake stability which is what we all want here in Monza, however each driver also has their own braking style.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “That was a fairly straightforward Friday for us with both cars evenly matched and both drivers happy. We’ve completed a good amount of low and high fuel runs as well as evaluating the two tyre compounds for race strategy. Romain was happy on longer runs whilst Kimi’s afternoon session was slightly interrupted with an engine water pressure issue during his long run, but this was no big drama. Overall, the car looks quick, reliable and we’re happy today.”