Formula 1

Vettel Webber 

SPANISH GRAND PRIX FRIDAY PRACTICE …

Vettel beat Fernando Alonso to the P1 in Friday’s second practice for the Spanish GP.

 

CAR 1, SEBASTIAN VETTEL  

 

First Practice Session: Position: 19, Best Time: 1:29.457, Laps: 11

 

Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:22.808, Laps: 34

 

“We have some new parts here but the days of big, big upgrades don’t really happen now with the regulations how they are. This afternoon was fairly conclusive, but this morning wasn’t really much good with the weather. It’s hard to say much about the harder tyre, I think the number of pit stops will be the same here in this race as at the last few.” 

 

 

 

CAR 2, MARK WEBBER

 

First Practice Session: Position: 20, Best Time: 1:29.473, Laps: 21

 

Second Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:22.891, Laps: 36

 

“It looks reasonably tight. We couldn’t have got more out of it today really, the weather made things a bit tricky, but it was a pretty good day overall. We had a few things to test this morning which we had to move to the afternoon when the weather was better – but it was okay. We still have work to do tonight. It’s a nice grand prix to come to – one of the most popular of the year.”

 

 

AND FINALLY

 

After the serious business of the day, here are five fast facts from Seb: 
 

 

Sebastian Vettel’s Top 5… Tracks he’d like to race on:

 

1.     Watkins Glen – Because I’ve heard lots of good things about it, as in it’s a proper circuit, with lots of ups and down and loads of history. F1 used to go there but not any more, so I’d like to try that.

 

2.     Le Mans – I’ve been around there in Formula 3 but only a smaller track. I think it would be quite special to go around there in a real Le Mans prototype.

 

3.     Laguna Seca – I’ve been there, but not in a race car – just a road car. It was still quite impressive though, so that might be a challenge.

 

4.     The original Spa-Francorchamps – that would have been something. I think that was a proper man’s track, with lots of high-speed corners. I can’t imagine going through the Masta Kink in a modern Formula One car.

 

5.     The Norsdschleife – It just has to be there. I have done a couple of laps but I don’t remember most of the corners. It’s long and probably too tough for a modern Formula One car, because they’re too low. But even in a road car it’s special. I think you need big balls for the Fuchsröhre, the part where it goes downhill. You just stay flat and accelerate. You’re way above 200km/h and then you have this massive compression at the bottom and then you go uphill again and it’s just…. wow! Imagine doing that in a proper car in a 24-hour race, flat out through there at night. Amazing.

 

 

 

Pos Driver                Team                  Time      Gap       Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m22.808s            34
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m22.825s  + 0.017s  35
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m22.891s  + 0.083s  36
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m23.030s  + 0.222s  32
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m23.110s  + 0.302s  37
 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m23.140s  + 0.332s  35
 7. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m23.398s  + 0.590s  45
 8. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m23.840s  + 1.032s  37
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.058s  + 1.250s  31
10. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m24.104s  + 1.296s  25
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.175s  + 1.367s  32
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.306s  + 1.498s  35
13. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.854s  + 2.046s  31
14. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m24.888s  + 2.080s  38
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.167s  + 2.359s  38
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m25.321s  + 2.513s  32
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.441s  + 2.633s  37
18. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m25.851s  + 3.043s  35
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m25.963s  + 3.155s  30
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m26.078s  + 3.270s  31
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m26.930s  + 4.122s  35
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m26.970s  + 4.162s  25

GP2

Felipe Nasr Barca GP2

Felipe Nasr leads Barcelona free practice…
 
Carlin driver sets the pace in Round 3 opening session
 
Felipe Nasr has set the tone: the Carlin racer is hungry for glory this week at Circuit de Catalunya and he wasted no time in showing his rivals how quick he can be setting up the fastest laptime in this morning’s free practice session in a 1:30.103, seven tenths clear from James Calado who finished second.
 
The session opened on a drying track with most of the drivers opting to wait before taking to the track. Robin Frijns set the early pace. The rookie’s latpime of 1:31.264 gave the signal for the remainder of the drivers to feed onto the track. Frijns improved on his next attempt to clock in a time of 1:31.010.
 
Ten minutes into the session, Nasr put his head down and lit sectors 1 and 2 in purple before crossing the start/finish line in 1:30.103, a clear nine tenths from Frijns. His teammate Jolyon Palmer also found the extra pace to move up to P2, but eight tenths slower than the Brazilian and thus enough room for Calado and Johnny Cecotto to split the Carlin pair.
 
Halfway through the session, the track was yellow flagged when Simon Trummer stopped at Turn 13. Most of the drivers made their way back into the pits. Series leader Stefano Coletti who had yet to make an appearance onto the track decided to benefit from light traffic to make his way into the top ten. At the chequered flag, Nasr retained P1 ahead of Calado, Cecotto, Palmer, Frijns, Coletti, Sam Bird, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson and Fabio Leimer.
 
If this morning’s weather forecast brought rain, this afternoon’s should bring sunny conditions also known as the best conditions for a classic GP2 qualifying session at 16.00 local time.
 
Barcelona – Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:30.103
13
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:30.864
11
3.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:30.951
8
4.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:30.977
15
5.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.010
13
6.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:31.092
8
7.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:31.265
10
8.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:31.290
10
9.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:31.295
12
10.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:31.303
10
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:31.339
11
12.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:31.389
11
13.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:31.492
11
14.
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
1:31.528
14
15.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:31.577
12
16.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.846
16
17.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:31.930
7
18.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:32.020
15
19
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:32.077
11
20.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:32.276
14
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:32.413
12
22.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:32.468
14
23.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:32.646
10
24.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:33.455
9
25.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:41.742
0
26.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
0