Formula 1

Kimi in Sepang 2013

KIMI PUTS HIS LOTUS F1 ON TOP OF THE TIME SHEETS IN FRIDAY PRACTICE…

Kimi Räikkönen topped the times on the first day of running as the second round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship – the Malaysian Grand Prix – got underway at the Sepang International Circuit. Kimi set a 1min 36.569secs lap in an afternoon session which was interrupted by a minor rain shower, while Romain Grosjean was sixth fastest. The team evaluated new front wings on both cars with a new exhaust and related bodywork also featuring on Kimi’s car.

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director – Technical programme notes
– We evaluated a new front wing on both cars.
– Kimi ran with a new exhaust and outlet package in both sessions.
– Pirelli’s hard (orange) compound tyre was used in the first session, the hard and medium (white) dry tyres as well as the intermediate (green) in the afternoon.
– The second session saw rain-interrupted long runs on both tyre compounds.

What we learned today:
– The E21 ran reliably, giving strong performance on all tyres and in all weather conditions.
– The new front wing works well and will be retained for the rest of the weekend.
– The new exhaust package works well and will remain on Kimi’s car for the rest of the weekend.

Kimi Räikkönen, E21-03
Free practice 1: P2, 1:37.003, 15 laps
Free practice 2: P1, 1:36.569, 28 laps

Kimi: “It was a pretty good day. We tried changing a few things on the car and made progress with where we wanted to be at the end of the sessions. We had some running in the wet which you often get around here and the car feels fine. We ran pretty heavy today so I don’t know how we’ll be when everyone is light for qualifying, but I’m happy with where we are and expect we’ll be reasonable tomorrow.”

Romain Grosjean, E21-01
Free practice 1: P10, 1:37.915 17 laps
Free practice 2: P6, 1:37.206, 26 laps

Romain: “We’re still working on the setup of the car as it’s not quite right for me and it’s difficult to understand why exactly. The new front wing does feel better than the one before so that helps. Kimi was running an updated aero package which looks to be an improvement so we know there’s more pace to come in that area, but there are still things we can do with the current specification once I get everything working for me. It was pretty hot out there – quite a contrast to Melbourne – but I felt comfortable and I’m looking forward to making some improvements tomorrow before we head into qualifying.”

James Allison, Technical Director: “I’m happy with our day’s work. We came here this week seeking reassurance that our car would be equally as competitive in a very different set of conditions to what we saw in Australia, and the early indications are that it looks reasonably useful. The upgrades we’ve trialled today also appear to be working well. Although both drivers ran the new front wing, Romain was at somewhat of a disadvantage in not having the latest exhaust variation and related bodywork on his car, so he can take heart from a healthy position on the time sheets. The only slight interruption to proceedings was a compromise to our long run programme once the rain arrived, but this actually proved to be pretty useful in itself as we now have a better understanding of the crossover point for the intermediate tyres. Overall it’s been a very productive day.”

GP2

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STEFANO COLETTI FLIES TO MAIDEN MALAYSIAN POLE-

The Monegasque driver puts Rapax on top in closely fought qualifying session
 
Stefano Coletti put the record straight in today’s qualifying in Malaysia: the Monegasque driver snatched his first GP2 pole position with a blazing laptime of 1:44.280 in an extremely close session which saw him end up on top over James Calado and Felipe Nasr by four hundredths and eight hundredths respectively.
 
The session opened in scorching temperatures. All twenty-six drivers opted for soft tyres. Coletti was the first man to feed onto the track, but it was Sam Bird who set the early pace, closely followed by Marcus Ericsson. Nasr improved on the Brit’s laptime and went top although he hit traffic in sector 3.
 
Ten minutes into the session, both ART cars took to the track whilst Fabio Leimer edged Nasr out lapping the track one tenth quicker. Calado was finally on a flying lap and looked set to go top, but a small mistake in the third sector had him settle for P2. Halfway through the session, the drivers made their way back into the pits for a fresh set of option tyres. Coletti went back on track and found some extra pace to secure top spot. Having gotten the best out of his set of tyres, he made his way back to the pits, got out of his car and waited to see if he had done enough to retain pole.
 
At the chequered flag, and in spite of Calado and Nasr’s best efforts to reduce the gap to Coletti by a hair’s breadth, the Monegasque driver could enjoy his maiden pole position and pocket four points on the board early on. Behind the trio, Leimer secured fourth ahead of Bird who had an incident with Johnny Cecotto during the session (under investigation). Rookie Mitch Evans finished in sixth place ahead of Rio Haryanto, Rene Binder, Simon Trummer and Tom Dillmann.
 
With fourteen drivers running again within one second, a close battle with the top three, unpredictable weather, and new tyre strategies, the first race of the 2013 GP2 Series season will definitely be a race to watch!
 
Kuala Lumpur – Qualifying Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:44.280
8
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:44.284
8
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:44.288
11
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:44.463
8
5.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:44.598
9
6.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:44.618
12
7.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:44.681
10
8.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:44.687
9
9.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:44.692
14
10.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:44.731
11
11.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:44.732
11
12.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:44.761
12
13.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:44.766
10
14.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:44.788
10
15.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:45.191
14
16.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:45.262
11
17.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:45.289
12
18.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:45.378
11
19
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:45.491
12
20.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:45.497
10
21.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:45.522
13
22.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:45.593
9
23.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:45.662
10
24.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:45.708
11
25.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
1:45.830
12
26.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:45.985
12