SPAIN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS
Report – The second session produced a time sheet similar to the first at the Catalunya circuit, with the Scuderia Ferrari drivers in fourth and fifth places, Alonso ahead of Raikkonen. The Spaniard did 33 laps, the best in 1.27.121 and once again, the Finn was right behind his team-mate, also doing 33 laps, his best being a 1.27.296.
It was a very busy session for the Scuderia with further aero and set-up work, as well as practice starts from the end of pit lane. The biggest job, especially in the final half hour, was done in race trim, with a busy tyre evaluation programme. Alonso did a long run on the Hards, while Raikkonen went on the Mediums, setting very consistent times. Later the drivers switched tyre programmes.
Kimi Raikkonen: “We had a particularly busy time on track today, trying to do as many laps as possible to complete the planned programme over the two free practice sessions. In the morning, we tried various set-ups, alternating between two different rear wings, while in the second session, we concentrated on preparing for qualifying and the race and on analysing the behaviour of the two compounds Pirelli has brought here. This evening, we will carefully analyse all the data gathered, to decide which direction to go in.”
Pat Fry: “Today we had a particularly packed programme and despite the very poor track conditions complicating our task, mainly in the first session, we managed to get through it without any glitches. We tried various aero solutions in the morning and did a comparison between the two Pirelli compounds this afternoon. We have suffered with poor grip especially on the Hard tyres and this made controlling the car more difficult, but that was the case for most of the teams. The data gathered from the work we split between the two cars will be extremely useful to understand in which areas we can improve and, even if our rivals proved to be very strong, we will do our utmost to be as well prepared as possible for qualifying and the race.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.524s 33 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.973s +0.449s 36 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:26.509s +0.985s 38 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:27.121s +1.597s 33 5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:27.296s +1.772s 33 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.788s +2.264s 37 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.811s +2.287s 29 8. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:27.824s +2.300s 31 9. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:27.866s +2.342s 42 10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.049s +2.525s 35 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.074s +2.550s 31 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.246s +2.722s 30 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.284s +2.760s 33 14. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:28.698s +3.174s 33 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.105s +3.581s 24 16. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:29.129s +3.605s 34 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.463s +3.939s 26 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:29.991s +4.467s 26 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:31.148s +5.624s 28 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:31.338s +5.814s 38 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:31.586s +6.062s 39 22. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault no time
Report – Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest and Kimi Raikkonen sixth at the end of the first free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Catalunya circuit. The track was still very dirty, as the Scuderia Ferrari drivers tackled aero testing, as well as working on set-up and tyres. This morning, Fernando completed 23 laps with a best time of 1.28.128. Kimi was not far behind, doing 19 laps, the best of them in 1.28.337. Shortly after the mid point of the session, president Montezemolo arrived in the team garage.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.023s 17 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.891s +0.868s 26 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:27.973s +0.950s 21 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.128s +1.105s 23 5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.168s +1.145s 9 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:28.337s +1.314s 19 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.423s +1.400s 27 8. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:28.744s +1.721s 34 9. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:28.779s +1.756s 18 10. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:28.791s +1.768s 13 11. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.792s +1.769s 24 12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.828s +1.805s 17 13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.859s +1.836s 24 14. Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1:29.272s +2.249s 15 15. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.688s +2.665s 16 16. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:29.820s +2.797s 22 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.444s +2.421s 21 18. Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.440s +3.417s 21 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:30.748s +3.725s 19 20. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:30.942s +3.919s 4 21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:30.997s +3.974s 22 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:31.421s +4.398s 22