CHINA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

Formula One World Championship 2015, Round 3, Chinese Grand Prix

PRACTICE TWO

The second free practice session saw the Scuderia Ferrari drivers finish second and fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen (1.37.662) and Sebastian Vettel (1.38.339) respectively. The afternoon programme included a comparison of the two tyre compounds and some long runs. The session ran without a hitch. Fastest was Lewis Hamilton who posted a 1.37.219 in his Mercedes, while Daniel Ricciardo (1.38.311) split the two Ferraris in his Red Bull. [ferrari.com] FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.219s 32
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.662s 0.443s 35
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.311s 1.092s 24
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.339s 1.120s 30
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.399s 1.180s 35
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m38.737s 1.518s 10
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.850s 1.631s 27
8 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.032s 1.813s 26
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m39.142s 1.923s 32
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.275s 2.056s 29
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m39.444s 2.225s 30
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.743s 2.524s 27
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.751s 2.532s 33
14 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m39.894s 2.675s 32
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m39.971s 2.752s 28
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m40.151s 2.932s 28
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.423s 3.204s 7
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m40.868s 3.649s 24
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m42.973s 5.754s 27
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m44.564s 7.345s 8

VIDEO

Onboard Kimi Kimi team radio on brakes Raikkonen and Rosberg’s little tussle

QUOTES + STUFF

From Scuderia Ferrari – Kimi: “Overall it has been a good day of work. In the afternoon we had a problem with the brakes but the mechanics did a very good job and managed to fix it, then I was able to go back on track and go on with the programme. It’s a bit early to make predictions, we still have things to improve, tomorrow we have to make sure that everything works and have another good day without any issues or problems and then we’ll do our best for qualifying and the race.”

From crash.net – Kimi: “The morning was not so easy because we found some small issues, then when we went out in the afternoon we had some problems with the brakes and we had to change them. The mechanics did a good job changing the brakes, but we managed to do more or less what we wanted to do. We need to do another good day tomorrow and avoid any issues and problems, qualify good and then see what we can do in the race.”


PRACTICE ONE

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix, the third round of the World Championship, which got underway this morning in Shanghai. Behind the Englishman, who did a 1.39.033, was his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.39.574) and the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel (1.40.157) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.40.661). On the agenda for the Ferrari men, aerodynamic and mechanical set-up work, using two sets of the Medium tyre under a pale sun hanging over the Chinese track, with slightly warmer temperatures than in the past few days. [ferrari.com] FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.033s 21
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.574s 0.541s 21
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m40.157s 1.124s 18
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.661s 1.628s 27
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.012s 1.979s 18
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m41.029s 1.996s 21
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m41.097s 2.064s 24
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.112s 2.079s 23
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m41.303s 2.270s 23
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m41.304s 2.271s 17
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m41.335s 2.302s 23
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.575s 2.542s 28
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m41.845s 2.812s 19
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.918s 2.885s 24
15 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m41.967s 2.934s 25
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.141s 3.108s 22
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m42.161s 3.128s 20
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m42.184s 3.151s 19
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m45.379s 6.346s 18
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.443s 7.410s 20

GALLERY

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5 responses

  1. The Ferraris (specially Kimi!) are looking really strong, even with the cooler track. Do you think they can get pole tomorrow and even the win?

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    April 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    • Will be difficult! Not as close as they looked in Malaysia practice.

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      April 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    • markedone8

      A pole position for any Ferrari is miles away, but don’t be surprised if you spot 2 Ferrari drivers on the podium. They have much better tyre degradation than Mercs. Also, both Ferraris were good on straights, so overtaking won’t be a problem if they can get into <1.0 second for DRS activation.

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      April 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm

  2. kimifan100

    The overall impression of the season’s beginning is rather promising than disappointing. Hope for a constant good performance by Kimi, and also by Seb, naturally. Kimi also seems to be satisfied and good-humoured, this makes me and all Kimi fans happy.
    🙂

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    April 10, 2015 at 7:18 pm

  3. Gio

    All the weight is on the Ferrari Team to give Kimi a good grid position. We all know Kimi’s pace and strength during the race so it all depends on the Team, They’d better not mess up this time around!
    Looking at kimi’s handling of the car, its pretty clear that they made a car to Kimi’s liking. Good grip on the front end and delicate on Tyre ware (James Allison trademark). Mercedes on the other hand are fast on speed but aggressive on the Tyre ware, Ferrari knows this and should exploit it…..

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    April 10, 2015 at 9:12 pm

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