Formula One World Championship 2014, Round 17, United States Grand Prix


Report – Fernando and Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished the second free practice session for the United States Grand Prix in third and sixth places respectively. Temperatures had risen slightly since the morning, while the Scuderia Ferrari drivers continued working on set-up and were able to round off their tyre evaluation, also using the Soft compound in this session.

Fernando completed 29 laps this afternoon, the quickest in 1.40.189. Kimi did 32, the best being a 1.40.543. Both men ended the session with some long runs to simulate race conditions. Once again, Lewis Hamilton set the benchmark time of 1.39.085, with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg second with a 1.39.088. In between the two Ferraris came the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa in the Williams.

Once again, in the second session, the Virtual Safety Car system was tried out. On the Ferrari front, it was Kimi Raikkonen’s turn to try out the FIA’s new safety measure.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.085s 18
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.088s 0.003s 34
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.189s 1.104s 29
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m40.390s 1.305s 30
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.457s 1.372s 36
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.543s 1.458s 32
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.631s 1.546s 34
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.641s 1.556s 38
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.698s 1.613s 36
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m40.800s 1.715s 25
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m40.828s 1.743s 37
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m41.054s 1.969s 31
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.110s 2.025s 36
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m41.123s 2.038s 35
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m41.158s 2.073s 37
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.332s 2.247s 33
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.420s 2.335s 34
18 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m43.980s 4.895s 19


Report – Fernando Alonso was sixth and Kimi Raikkonen was twelfth come the end of the first session of free practice for the United States Grand Prix. The track was still damp at the start of the session, following overnight rain, while air and track temperatures were much lower than expected.
The Scuderia Ferrari drivers concentrated on set-up work and on evaluating the Medium Pirelli tyre. Both men also tested some parts on the car, completing 50 laps between them.

Fernando did 27 of them, the best in 1.41.065, while Kimi did 23, stopping the clocks with a 1.41.965. Fastest was Lewis Hamilton who managed a 1.39.941, with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg second and Jenson Button third for McLaren.

At the end of the session, Alonso and several other drivers, tried the new Virtual Safety Car system, which the FIA is evaluating, and which involves drivers not dropping below a reference time when yellow flags are waved for an accident.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.941s 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.233s 0.292s 32
3 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.319s 0.378s 27
4 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.887s 0.946s 33
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.987s 1.046s 29
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m41.065s 1.124s 27
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m41.463s 1.522s 20
8 Luiz Felipe Nasr Williams/Mercedes 1m41.545s 1.604s 19
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m41.722s 1.781s 24
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.785s 1.844s 32
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m41.907s 1.966s 21
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m41.965s 2.024s 23
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m42.329s 2.388s 28
14 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.333s 2.392s 23
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.359s 2.418s 23
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.516s 2.575s 24
17 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.598s 2.657s 5
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m43.229s 3.288s 26


Kimi Raikkonen: “The day began with a few difficulties in the first free practice session, in which we concentrated on analysing various aerodynamic components. I did not feel comfortable with the set-up we had and controlling the car wasn’t easy. In the afternoon, we made some changes and the handling of the car was definitely better. On the Medium compound, I managed to do a good lap and I think if I had not been held up in traffic, I could have done even better. We still have a lot of work to do before tomorrow’s qualifying, but the improvement we saw from one session to the next seems to indicate we are going in the right direction. We just have to continue doing our best.”
Pat Fry: “Contrary to what we saw at the two previous races here, today the track surface was less slippery and that means we can expect a further evolution in terms of grip. However, before we can confirm anything, we must wait and see over the next couple of days. Overall, it’s been a positive day and we managed to complete our planned programme without any problems, including carrying out some tests aimed at 2015. Obviously, the priority was working on the settings of the two cars, looking at finding the best aerodynamic configuration, working on the power unit control units, so as to adapt them as well as possible to the characteristics of this track. It wasn’t easy finding the right balance and a set-up that suited both drivers, partly down to the strong winds which had a major effect during the second session. This evening, the engineers will assess the various solutions we tried today. Tyre behaviour is definitely different to the last race in Sochi: this means we can look at different strategies for the race, while we are aware that we are up against extremely competitive opponents.”

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