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SPAIN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

PRACTICE TWO

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.

QUOTES

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.”

FP2 Times:

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

PRACTICE ONE

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.

FP1 Times:

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

 

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