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JAPAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – Kimi Raikkonen ended the second free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix having set the sixth fastest time of 1.36.529 this afternoon. Fernando Alonso was right behind him with a 1.36.637. The Finn completed 19 laps, while the Spaniard did 26.

Both Ferrari men did their quickest laps on the Medium tyre, which Pirelli has matched this weekend with the Hard. The afternoon saw Kimi and Fernando continue with the work of setting up the car, keen to acquire as much data as possible on a track that has proved yet again to be tricky and difficult to tackle, with several drivers going off the track.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.078s 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.318s 0.240s 27
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m36.279s 1.201s 24
4 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m36.409s 1.331s 28
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m36.436s 1.358s 24
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.529s 1.451s 19
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.637s 1.559s 26
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m36.714s 1.636s 31
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.943s 1.865s 27
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.186s 2.108s 3
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.219s 2.141s 19
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m37.504s 2.426s 16
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m37.563s 2.485s 31
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.700s 2.622s 18
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.786s 2.708s 8
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m37.798s 2.720s 27
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.010s 2.932s 25
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.365s 3.287s 9
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m39.069s 3.991s 22
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.306s 4.228s 20
21 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.333s 4.255s 24
22 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m42.760s 7.682s 3

PRACTICE ONE

Report – The Scuderia Ferrari drivers ended the first free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix in third and fifth places. Fernando Alonso did 19 laps of the Suzuka track, the quickest in 1.36.037, while Kimi Raikkonen did one lap less, his best being a 1.37.187.

Both Scuderia drives concentrated on setting up the car in this first session, also starting work on evaluating the Hard Pirelli tyre.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.461s 27
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.612s 0.151s 26
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.037s 0.576s 19
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m36.576s 1.115s 25
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.187s 1.726s 18
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m37.327s 1.866s 24
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.466s 2.005s 27
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m37.649s 2.188s 24
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m37.686s 2.225s 26
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.714s 2.253s 26
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m38.012s 2.551s 22
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.157s 2.696s 22
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.324s 2.863s 10
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.582s 3.121s 9
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m38.851s 3.390s 21
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.046s 3.585s 19
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m39.097s 3.636s 26
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.318s 3.857s 18
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m40.031s 4.570s 18
20 Roberto Merhi Caterham/Renault 1m41.472s 6.011s 24
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m41.580s 6.119s 10
22 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m41.757s 6.296s 15

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today wasn’t easy and the lack of grip from the track surface, especially in the morning, didn’t help. This is a fast and tough track, very demanding for both car and driver. In the first practice session, on the Hard tyres, we concentrated on testing different set-ups aimed at qualifying and the race, then in the afternoon, we made some changes which brought a partial improvement to the handling of the car. But because of the yellow flags and a technical glitch, I only managed to complete just one good run on the Medium tyres. Now we have a full night’s work ahead of us in order to find a set-up that will allow us to get the car to suit any sort of condition.”

Pat Fry: “Suzuka is one of the nicest and most complex circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, with every corner representing a challenge. Therefore it’s very important to find a set-up that gives the drivers as much confidence as possible. In the first session, we worked on the balance of the car, trying to adapt to the low grip levels, while the second session was spoiled by several yellow and red flags and we didn’t manage to make the most of the time available to work on our programme. Suzuka is also one of the most demanding tracks for the tyres, which are put under a lot of pressure by the series of consecutive corners and the heavy lateral loads which never allow for a moment’s rest, from Spoon to the 130R. Today, it’s difficult to assess the order behind the two Mercedes, but we will have to pay very close attention to the weather, because the forecast is changing all the time and at the moment it seems it’s going to play its part.”

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One response

  1. Gio

    If you believe in the rumors, they’re saying that kimi doesnt have equal treatment in the team, meaning Alonso has some sort of privilege in the use of engine parts and upgrades before kimi does. As stevano left, maciatti installed equal tretment and some believe that this is the reason why alonso wants to leave and why kimi has improved so far in the season.

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    October 4, 2014 at 2:53 am

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