Formula 1

Nico Rosberg Monaco 2013

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS  ON TOP OF THE TIME SHEETS AS EXPECTED WHILST RED BULL STRUGGLES…

Nico Rosberg topped both practice sessions in Monaco today with Lewis Hamilton second fastest this afternoon. 

• Nico´s fastest time in the afternoon session was one second quicker than the fastest lap in P2 last year –

• The drivers completed a total of 154 laps today, equivalent to almost two race distances –

• The focus of the sessions was on basic set-up work, circuit familiarisation and tyre evaluations –

• During P2, Nico and Lewis both completed runs of over 20 laps on the super soft compound –

Nico Rosberg 
A very productive day for us. We completed a lot of laps and I feel comfortable in the car. It seems that we are quick again on one lap but we have been working hard again to make improvements to our race pace. It will be interesting to see where we are compared to the others over the weekend as it´s not really representative today. It feels great to be back here driving around the streets of my home city here again and I´m very much looking forward to the weekend. 

Lewis Hamilton 
It´s been a positive start for us today and I´m pleased with what we have achieved here in Monaco. We did some good long run work this afternoon and the supersoft tyres seem to be performing well. I need to improve my one lap pace however, partly with the balance of the car and partly from me. The car is almost there and the pace looks good so we´ll look at the data tonight and work on those areas which can still be improved before the weekend. 

Ross Brawn 
Today was a pretty good day for us and it´s always nice to come through the first day of the Monaco weekend cleanly. The true test will come on Sunday but I´m pleased with the technical work that we covered in the two practice sessions today. Both Nico and Lewis, along with our engineers, did a very good job working together through the programme. A pleasing start to the weekend and now we have to make the right decisions for Saturday and Sunday 

Toto Wolff 
It was a good solid first day for us: lots of laps, no incidents and good lap times. Nico and Lewis both looked quick and comfortable and we seemed able to keep the tyres in good condition on our long runs this afternoon. Our rivals will be very strong on both Saturday and Sunday, so we will get our heads down and keep working to build on this good start.

MARK WEBBER
“I think traditionally we’re never too electric here on Thursday’s, so today was actually one of the better ones we’ve had in the last few years. You’ve got to be very, very focused here; concentration is very, very high. It’s a challenging venue to pull everything together; we want to obviously get short run performance as well as gaining short and long run data, which I think we’ve got. There are some quick cars out there; we’ve seen that on Saturday at the last few GPs. All in all, a reasonably smooth day for us, we’ve got plenty to go through now.”
 
 SEBASTIAN VETTEL  
“I think generally it was okay. Unfortunately we lost quite a lot of time in the afternoon while we were making some changes, but that can happen on Friday, or in this case Thursday. We’d like to be a little bit more competitive, so we need to try and find some more lap time. We had a KERS issue this afternoon, so I didn’t use the system during P2. The guys know what the problem was with that.”
Pos Driver                Team                   Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m14.759s            45
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m15.077s  + 0.318s  50
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m15.196s  + 0.437s  37
 4. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m15.278s  + 0.519s  38
 5. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m15.404s  + 0.645s  41
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m15.511s  + 0.752s  38
 7. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m15.718s  + 0.959s  10
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m15.959s  + 1.200s  39
 9. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m16.014s  + 1.255s  32
10. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m16.046s  + 1.287s  42
11. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m16.349s  + 1.590s  43
12. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m16.434s  + 1.675s  40
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m16.823s  + 2.064s  42
14. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m16.857s  + 2.098s  40
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m16.935s  + 2.176s  44
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m17.145s  + 2.386s  37
17. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m17.184s  + 2.425s  42
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m17.264s  + 2.505s  46
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m17.892s  + 3.133s  40
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m18.212s  + 3.453s  43
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m18.784s  + 4.025s  40
22. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m19.031s  + 4.272s  30

GP2

Sam Bird Monaco 2013

Sam Bird sets the pace in Monte Carlo
 
British driver leads RUSSIAN TIME 1-2 in Round 4 free practice
 
Sam Bird set the tone in this morning’s free practice in the streets of Monaco: the Brit’ from RUSSIAN TIME clocked a laptime of 1:21.512 in a trouble free session, five hundredths quicker than teammate Tom Dillmann. Rookie Mitch Evans finished third.
 
Under clear blue skies, the pitlane opened and the twenty-six cars fed onto the track on Soft Pirelli tyres. Evans set the early pace, but it was Bird who was on a mission and topped the timing sheets in the first ten minutes of the session with a laptime of 1:23.402. Marcus Ericsson improved the Brit’s time by four tenths, but Dillmann put his head down and found the extra pace to break under the 1m23s barrier and bettered the DAMS’ man’s time by six tenths. Evans and Felipe Nasr also went under 1m23s, with Fabio Leimer moving up to second, one tenth slower than Dillmann.
 
Halfway through the session, Bird edged his teammate out of the top spot by four hundredths. Dillmann was then on a flyer and looked set to improve again, but Stéphane Richelmi spun and stopped at Rascasse ruining the Frenchman’s efforts, Dillmann having to settle for P2 ahead of Leimer.
 
With today’s qualifying session being divided into two groups of fifteen minutes each, most of the teams chose to switch to Super Soft tyres for the second part of the free practice in order to evaluate the level of grip with the option tyres. The laptimes improved again and Bird, Dillmann and Evans dipped under 1m22s. At the chequered flag, Bird remained top ahead of his teammate and the Arden driver. Last year’s sprint race winner Jolyon Palmer finished fourth ahead of Ericsson, Johnny Cecotto, Leimer, Nasr, Rio Haryanto and James Calado, the latter who in an effort to find his car’s limits concluded his session going off track at Ste Devote in the dying minutes.
 
The Qualifying session will start at 16:15 local time with Group A gathering all odd numbered cars (including Bird, Ericsson, Nasr, Haryanto and Calado). After a ten minute break, Group B with all even numbered cars will start their session at 16:40 local time.
Monte Carlo – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:21.512
15
2.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:21.569
18
3.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:21.754
17
4.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:22.059
19
5.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:22.290
18
6.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:22.391
15
7.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:22.499
13
8.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:22.516
17
9.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:22.578
16
10.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:22.647
18
11.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:22.795
18
12.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:22.872
18
13.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:22.979
18
14.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:23.251
16
15.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:23.365
19
16.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:23.369
18
17.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:23.527
17
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:23.633
17
19
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:23.648
10
20.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
1:23.702
19
21.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:23.854
19
22.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:23.905
19
23.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:24.223
19
24.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:24.600
11
25.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:24.755
19
26.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:24.916
19