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AUSTRIA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

PRACTICE TWO

Report – It was a productive second practice session for Scuderia Ferrari as the two drivers completed 85 laps between them, acquiring valuable data for the engineers to now analyse, to prepare for tomorrow’s qualifying and Sunday’s race. The extensive running was also a good thing for the drivers, returning to Spielberg after an eleven year break and thus letting them get to know the track again.

Fernando Alonso did 40 laps, with a best time of 1.10.470, which put him third fastest. Kimi Raikkonen did 45 laps, stopping the clocks in 1.10.974, which put him in eleventh place, although the Finn never got a proper clean lap. Once again, a Mercedes driver topped the time sheet, this time Lewis Hamilton in 1.09.542.

As usual, in the final third of the session, the focus switched to running in race configuration, with Alonso and Raikkonen, as well as the other drivers doing some long runs on both the Soft and Supersoft tyres. Front tyre graining was a feature of the session for many. Free practice 3 takes place tomorrow at 11h00.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                   Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m09.542s           37  
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m09.919s  +0.377s  50 
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m10.470s  +0.928s  40 
 4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m10.519s  +0.977s  44 
 5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m10.521s  +0.979s  39 
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m10.807s  +1.265s  39 
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m10.813s  +1.271s  44 
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m10.920s  +1.378s  36 
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m10.936s  +1.394s  45 
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m10.972s  +1.430s  39 
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m10.974s  +1.432s  45 
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m11.261s  +1.719s  45 
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m11.296s  +1.754s  36 
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m11.491s  +1.949s  42 
15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m11.765s  +2.223s  30 
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m11.806s  +2.264s  42 
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m11.935s  +2.393s  39 
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m12.229s  +2.687s  43 
19. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m12.262s  +2.720s  46 
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m12.279s  +2.737s  36 
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m12.937s  +3.395s  24 
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m13.596s  +4.054s  48

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today was particularly busy, which is normal when you go back to a track for the first time in many years. Despite the changeable weather reducing the amount of track time in the first session, we still managed to complete our programme, which today centred on analysing new aerodynamic parts brought for this race. Along with Fernando, we concentrated on different set-up tests, me on the front end and him on the rear, so as to compare the data from the second session. In the afternoon, I had a better feeling from the car, but for various reasons, including a lack of grip, traffic and the wind, I didn’t manage to put together a good lap, or to improve in the final sector.”

Pat Fry: “Coming back here after eleven years made for a bit more work on this first day on track. Kimi and Fernando did a total of 129 laps and even if this is one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, Spielberg presents a demanding series of drops and climbs and luckily, both our drivers are among the few to have driven here before. The cold track in the morning complicated the task of getting the Soft tyres up to temperature, but things went better on the Supersoft in the afternoon. Over the two sessions, we made various set-up changes to meet the demands of the different driving styles of our drivers and we did see a slight improvement. Of course, we can’t say we’re pleased with that, because we still need to find the perfect balance and therefore we will need to make the most of today’s data to work on the handling of the car. Qualifying will be very close, especially because on such a short track, just a tenth of a second can win or lose you several places on the grid, so we will need to get a clean lap without traffic. As far as race pace is concerned, behind the Mercedes there’s a group of cars all quite close together, doing very similar lap times, so a good grid position would mean not having to chase after the others.”


PRACTICE ONE

Report – There was some rain during the first free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix and that affected plans for Scuderia Ferrari and the other teams in the final half hour on this new venue, where acquiring as much data as possible was on the agenda. In the first hour, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen worked on set-up and tyres, but the track provided very little grip and there were plenty of off-track excursions.

Fernando Alonso did 23 laps on his way to third fastest time in 1.11.606, while Kimi Raikkonen’s best was a 1.12.365. The Finn’s second quick lap never happened, as he was affected by traffic and the rain. In the final part of the session, the rain got heavier and so no one was able to improve.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                   Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m11.295s           19
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m11.435s  +0.140s  32
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m11.606s  +0.311s  23
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m11.756s  +0.461s  27
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m11.839s  +0.544s  33
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m12.009s  +0.714s  33
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m12.072s  +0.777s  20
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m12.114s  +0.819s  21
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m12.313s  +1.018s  36
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m12.364s  +1.069s  30
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m12.365s  +1.070s  21
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m12.372s  +1.077s  35
13. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m12.570s  +1.275s  28
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m12.984s  +1.689s  19
15. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m12.988s  +1.693s  25
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m13.168s  +1.873s  28
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m13.642s  +2.347s  27
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m13.738s  +2.443s  26
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m13.857s  +2.562s  28
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m14.611s  +3.316s  24
21. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m14.691s  +3.396s  9
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m17.501s  +6.206s  8
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