Formula 1

2014 SPANISH GRAND PRIX – PRACTICE

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished the first day of track action in Barcelona in first and second places respectively.

– The newly titled F1 W05 Hybrid topped both of today’s practice sessions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
– The drivers completed a total of 95 laps today across the two practice sessions, just under 1.5 race distances
– Nico’s mileage was restricted by an ERS cooling system problem in the first session and he completed just nine laps
– Both cars enjoyed a trouble-free second session and finished the day 1-2 after completing low and high fuel runs

Lewis Hamilton

It’s been a great day today and I’m happy to be back in the car after what feels like quite a long break. I can feel the positive step forward that we’ve made with the car so a big thank you to everyone back at our factories for all of their hard work since China. Our two practice sessions today went very smoothly, in fact I’ve not had such a good Friday for a very long time! Barcelona is a difficult circuit in terms of the tyres so our running was all about trying to see how long the tyres would last and we were able to make some positive changes with that during P2 this afternoon. It’s very difficult to overtake here so we will do everything we can to qualify as high as possible tomorrow, but really it is all about the race and looking after those tyres is the most important thing. Just finally, it’s great to see so many fans here today enjoying the action in this beautiful weather.

Nico Rosberg

The team have done a great job during the short break that we have had since China. We have brought some new upgrade parts here to Barcelona this weekend and they are working quite well on the car. It looks like we are very quick again, however personally I didn’t feel very comfortable in the car today, especially as I had limited running in P1. We still have a lot of work to do tonight and I will be working closely with my engineers to find my perfect set-up for the weekend.

Toto Wolff

Barcelona is a milestone in this year’s calendar in terms of understanding the relative performance of different teams and we are pretty happy with how this first day went. It was unfortunate that we suffered a problem with the ERS cooling system this morning which cost Nico track time but he recovered well in the afternoon. Lewis had a smoother day and put in a strong performance throughout with a good long run on the option tyre this afternoon – unfortunately, Nico encountered traffic when he was doing the same programme, which made it harder to analyse his pace. Overall, we seem to have a good set-up basis which is important because we know how demanding this race can be for the tyres. Our updates seem to be working well so far and we will keep pushing hard tonight to see where there is more performance to be found for qualifying and the race.

Paddy Lowe

During Nico’s first run this morning, we uncovered a problem with his Hybrid system which unfortunately cost him the rest of the session as we resolved it. However Lewis had a good, fault-free session and was able to complete his programme, which gave us a baseline indication of both the car balance and the pace. Both cars ran through the afternoon session without issues. Our lower fuel runs at the start of the session allowed us to focus on the preparation of the tyres for qualifying runs, and we were then able to evaluate the endurance of the option tyre in the longer runs. That work has given us some very good information for Sunday afternoon. Tonight’s task is now to analyse the data we have collected today to optimise the car’s performance for both qualifying and the race. Overall, it has been an encouraging start to the weekend.

GP2

Palmer leads the way in free practice
Jolyon Palmer has opened his Barcelona weekend in fine style, leading his rivals for almost the entire forty-five minutes of this morning’s free practice session in Spain to claim the top spot on the timesheets ahead of Felipe Nasr and teammate Stéphane Richelmi.
The Briton stopped the clocks with a time of 1:30.448, with his rivals unable to get within two tenths of his best time, despite the conditions: the session opened under the expected hot and sunny conditions, with temperatures rising throughout.
Palmer was the first driver to set a time, and although Nathanaël Berthon and Simon Trummer briefly moved past him, the Briton improved on their times on his next lap, before setting a laptime just eight minutes into the session which was never bettered.
Nevertheless, his rivals gave it a good go, with improvements up and down the grid as they battled for best of the rest status: Nasr and Richelmi were ultimately split by just one thousandth of a second, finishing ahead of Mitch Evans, Daniiel De Jong, Stoffel Vandoorne, Daniel Abt and Rio Haryanto. With everyone intimately familiar with the circuit, this afternoon’s qualifying session promises to be a cracker.
Barcelona – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:30.448
19
2.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:30.651
15
3.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:30.652
17
4.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:30.892
17
5.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:30.951
15
6.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:31.460
20
7.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.508
17
8.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:31.510
18
9.
Tom Dillmann
Arden International
1:31.524
15
10.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:31.650
16
11.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:31.657
14
12.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:31.666
16
13.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:31.813
19
14.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:31.854
16
15.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:31.901
7
16.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:31.905
19
17.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:31.912
17
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:32.087
16
19
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:32.128
18
20.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:32.159
19
21.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:32.398
18
22.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:32.560
14
23.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:32.566
17
24.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:32.640
17
25.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:32.784
16
26.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:32.791
18