Tag Archives: Mercedes

EUR: Free Practice 1

Pos Driver Nat Constructor Time
1. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams-Renault 1:40.890
2. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.973
3. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.984
4. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.994
5. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1:41.065
6. Paul di Resta GBR Force India-Mercedes 1:41.105
7. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes AMG 1:41.117
8. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.158
9. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes AMG 1:41.182
10. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Lotus-Renault 1:41.620
11. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault 1:41.784
12. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.838
13. Sergio Perez MEX Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.861
14. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari 1:42.109
15. Jules Bianchi FRA Force India-Mercedes 1:42.175
16. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Renault 1:42.299
17. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham-Renault 1:42.442
18. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:42.758
19. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:42.777
20. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham-Renault 1:43.209
21. Charles Pic FRA Marussia-Cosworth 1:44.173
22. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRT-Cosworth 1:44.996
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT-Cosworth 1:45.120
24. Timo Glock GER Marussia-Cosworth 1:45.338

For the latest news, follow The Pitstraight on Twitter (click here); like us on Facebook (click here); or subscribe to our email list. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed (click here). Keep an eye out for The Pitstraight Podcast on iTunes and other podcasting software.

Advertisements

CHI: Qualifying

Pos Driver Nat Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes AMG 1:36.875 1:35.725 1:35.121
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.763 1:35.902 1:35.626
3. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes AMG 1:36.797 1:35.794 1:35.691
4. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.863 1:35.853 1:35.784
5. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Lotus-Renault 1:36.850 1:35.921 1:35.898
6. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.746 1:35.942 1:36.191
7. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.682 1:35.700 1:36.290
8. Sergio Perez JAP Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.198 1:35.831 1:36.524
9. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1:36.292 1:35.982 1:36.622
10. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault 1:36.343 1:35.903 no time
11. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.911 1:36.031
12. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari 1:36.556 1:36.255
13. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams-Renault 1:36.528 1:36.283
14. Bruno Senna BRA Williams-Renault 1:36.674 1:36.289
15. Paul di Resta GBR Force India-Mercedes 1:36.639 1:36.317
16. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1:36.921 1:36.745
17. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.933 1:36.956
18. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:37.714
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham-Renault 1:38.463
20. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham-Renault 1:38.677
21. Timo Glock GER Marussia-Cosworth 1:39.282
22. Charles Pic FRA Marussia-Cosworth 1:39.717
23. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRT-Cosworth 1:40.411
24. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT-Cosworth 1:41.000

107% time: 1:43.039

Lewis Hamilton will take a five place grid penalty after changing his gearbox.

For the latest news, follow The Pitstraight on Twitter (click here); like us on Facebook (click here); or subscribe to our email list. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed (click here). Keep an eye out for The Pitstraight Podcast on iTunes and other podcasting software.

CHI: Free Practice 3

Pos Driver Nat Constructor Time
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.940
2. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.063
3. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes AMG 1:36.389
4. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes AMG 1:36.512
5. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.635
6. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams-Renault 1:36.765
7. Sergio Perez MEX Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.781
8. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.880
9. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.039
10. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Lotus-Renault 1:37.061
11. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1:37.237
12. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault 1:37.274
13. Paul di Resta GBR Force India-Mercedes 1:37.288
14. Bruno Senna BRA Williams-Renault 1:37.425
15. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1:37.465
16. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:37.493
17. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:37.628
18. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari 1:37.831
19. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham-Renault 1:38.701
20. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham-Renault 1:39.198
21. Timo Glock GER Marussia-Cosworth 1:39.796
22. Charles Pic FRA Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.048
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT-Cosworth 1:41.263
24. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRT-Cosworth 1:41.499

For the latest news, follow The Pitstraight on Twitter (click here); like us on Facebook (click here); or subscribe to our email list. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed (click here). Keep an eye out for The Pitstraight Podcast on iTunes and other podcasting software.

CHI: Free Practice 2

Pos Driver Nat Constructor Time
1. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes AMG 1:35.973
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.145
3. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.160
4. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.433
5. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes AMG 1:36.617
6. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.711
7. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.956
8. Paul di Resta GBR Force India-Mercedes 1:36.966
9. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1:37.191
10. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1:37.316
11. Sergio Perez MEX Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.417
12. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:37.616
13. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Lotus-Renault 1:37.836
14. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:37.930
15. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault 1:37.972
16. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams-Renault 1:38.176
17. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari 1:38.293
18. Bruno Senna BRA Williams-Renault 1:38.783
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham-Renault 1:38.990
20. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham-Renault 1:39.346
21. Timo Glock GER Marussia-Cosworth 1:39.651
22. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRT-Cosworth 1:40.343
23. Charles Pic FRA Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.753
24. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT-Cosworth 1:41.125

For the latest news, follow The Pitstraight on Twitter (click here); like us on Facebook (click here); or subscribe to our email list. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed (click here). Keep an eye out for The Pitstraight Podcast on iTunes and other podcasting software.

CHI: Free Practice 1

Pos Driver Nat Constructor Time
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.106
2. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes AMG 1:38.116
3. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes AMG 1:38.316
4. Sergio Perez MEX Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.584
5. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.911
6. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.977
7. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.198
8. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.199
9. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:39.748
10. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:39.768
11. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1:40.056
12. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari 1:40.153
13. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Renault 1:40.298
14. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1:40.328
15. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams-Renault 1:40.540
16. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham-Renault 1:41.071
17. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault 1:41.204
18. Timo Glock GER Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.330
19. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham-Renault 1:42.521
20. Jules Bianchi FRA Force India-Mercedes 1:44.118
21. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRT-Cosworth 1:44.227
22. Charles Pic FRA Marussia-Cosworth 1:44.500
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT-Cosworth 1:47.204
24. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Lotus-Renault 1:50.465

For the latest news, follow The Pitstraight on Twitter (click here); like us on Facebook (click here); or subscribe to our email list. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed (click here). Keep an eye out for The Pitstraight Podcast on iTunes and other podcasting software.

Lotus protest DRS-duct

The Lotus F1 Team has lodged a formal protest with the Chinese Grand Prix stewards against the DRS-activated f-duct run by Mercedes so far this year.

The device, which reduces front wing drag when the DRS is deployed, results in higher straight-line speeds, but other teams have questioned it’s legality.

Article 3.15 of the technical regulations prohibits the driver from influencing the aerodynamics of the car, with the exception of activation the DRS system. Lotus argue that the DRS-duct is driver-activated, while Mercedes counter that it is a secondary effect of the Drag Reduction System.

The debate is crucial because with chassis homologated for the entire season, it may be impossible for some teams to implement their own version of the system – similar to the McLaren F-duct in 2010.

For the latest news, follow The Pitstraight on Twitter (click here); like us on Facebook (click here); or subscribe to our email list. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed (click here). Keep an eye out for The Pitstraight Podcast on iTunes and other podcasting software.

MAL: Race

With rain spitting down as before the start the grid opted to start on the intermediate tyre, with the exception of the HRT pair who chose the full wets, meaning that the drivers do not need to use both the medium and hard tyre during the race. This was bad news for double world champion Sebastian Vettel who had gambled on the slower, but more durable hard tyre during qualifying.

The McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button sped away into the first corner, while Romain Grosjean climbed up to third place. His progress was hampered when he tangled with Michael Schumacher in Turn 4. As the rain started to pour down, Bruno Senna spun his Williams, while Perez made an early stop for the full wet tyre.

Meanwhile, Button was telling his team that his intermediate tyres were “Okay for now”, but di Resta, Massa, and Glock had pitted by the end of lap three.

Grosjean, who had dropped down the pack after the clash with Schumacher ended up in the gravel trap at Turn 8. The Frenchman had impressed in qualifying in both rounds so far, but would remain on zero points.

Button, Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg darted into the pits for wet tyres and it would not be long before the McLaren man overtook Schumacher, who was still on the intermediate tyre, easily.

By lap five Hamilton had built up a lead over Webber of 7.991 seconds. He then pitted, but was held up due to traffic in the pitlane as most of the field changed to wets. Red Bull pitted both of their cars, but Webber was far enough in front to not cost Vettel time.

With warmer tyres, Button closed in on leader Hamilton, nearly crashing into the back of his teammate before the rain turned into a thunderstorm and the safety car was deployed. Hamilton lead Button, Perez, Webber and Alonso, with Vettel down in sixth. Jean-Eric Vergne was running an impressive seventh as the only driver not to pit for wet tyres. The HRTs of Karthikeyan (10th) and de la Rosa (17th) had risen up the grid as a result of starting on the full wet tyre.

Two laps later the red flag came out and the race was stopped and out came the gazebos.

The race would eventually restart under the Safety Car, but it did not take long for the stewards to give Pedro de la Rosa a drive-through penalty for having a mechanic on the grid three minutes prior to the restart.

With all cars on full wet tyres the track started to dry out. When the Safety Car came in at the end of Lap 13, so to did Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Kamui Kobayashi –  all switching to the intermediate tyre.

On lap fourteen, the was a Red Bull-fight as Sebastian Vettel pulled off a successful pass on Mark Webber through Turn 4. The German could not hold on to that position as Webber regained it soon after. Hamilton pitted for intermediates, but overshot his markers and suffered a slow stop as a result. Webber and Alonso also pitted leaving young Mexican Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez in the lead.

Shortly afterwards, Button lost half of his front wing attempting an ambitious lunge to overtake Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT. While Button may have been frustrated, it is also possible that he was expecting the HRT to move out of his way –  not realising that he was challenging Karthikeyan for track position. Both cars pitted that lap for intermediates, Button also replacing his damaged front wing. While this was happening down the rear of the pack, Alonso had re-taken  the lead from Perez.

With DRS enabled, Ricciardo and Senna made moves past Kobayashi. Fernando Alonso held a lead of 4.4seconds to Perez, but Button was having trouble getting his tyres working. With no grip the Englishman would soon pit for fresh intermediates, while attention turned to the battle for fourth between Rosberg, Vettel and Raikkonen.

Vettel would pass Rosberg into Turn 1 on lap twenty-three, running wide, but holding onto fourth place into Turn 2. A lap later, Raikkonen would push Rosberg further down the grid at the same corner. Alonso would extend his lead over Perez by setting a new fastest lap of 2:00.416, but with the weather improving, anything could happen.

Rosberg’s day continued to go badly on lap twenty-five as Webber passed in Turn 6, while Senna passed Schumacher in Turn 5 for twelfth place.

The under-pressure Ferrari of Felipe Massa would soon lose out to di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne. Button set a fastest lap of 1:58.284 on lap twenty-seven, showing that the track was drying out and the intermediate tyre was the preferable option. With a gap of 6.6seconds, the question now would be who would blink first, Alonso or Perez?

With rain predicted on the radar, and tyres wearing out the race hung in the balance. Massa was looking for damp patches to cool his tyres, while Perez set a fastest lap of 1:55.772, soon followed by a 1:55.772. The gap to Alonso is down to 4.9seconds.

Alonso then responds with a 1:54.720, but Perez goes even faster, cutting the gap to 3.2 seconds on lap 37. Another fastest lap and the gap is 2.3 seconds.

Massa, Webber, Ricciardo, Hamilton and Button then pitted for the medium slicks, while Perez had closed the gap to Alonso to 1.3 seconds. Alonso pitted the next lap, again for medium slicks, but Perez stayed out – the Sauber team still unsure whether or not the rain would come.

When Perez darted into the pit lane a lap later, he opted for the harder of the dry compounds – a move that seemed strange at the time. Alonso re-took the lead, largely because he had one lap longer to heat his new tyres up. A flurry of fastest laps from Pastor Maldonado and Mark Webber would set the trend as the track dried, and the rain didn’t quite reach the circuit.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel suffered a left rear puncture when he attempted to lap Narain Karthikeyan. In what has become a customary trait of the young German, he did not leave enough room for the HRT man, and would later stoop to the low level of calling him an ‘idiot’.

In the meantime, Perez had closed the gap to 0.354 seconds on lap forty-nine when he was warned by his team not to throw away eighteen much-needed points in the battle for victory. However, the Mexican’s inexperience showed when he put two wheels on the kerb at Turn 14 and ran wide. Alonso would gain a five second gap as a result.

Although Perez would again close the gap to Alonso, that mistake would cost him the chance of a maiden victory.

Pos Driver Nat Team Position Change Fastest Lap Time Pts
1. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari +7 1:41.680 2:44:51.812 25
2. Sergio Perez MEX Sauber-Ferrari +7 1:41.021 +00:02.263 18
3. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren-Mercedes -2 1:41.539 +00:14.591 15
4. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 1:41.017 +00:17.688 12
5. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Lotus-Renault +5 1:40.722 +00:29.456 10
6. Bruno Senna BRA Williams-Renault +7 1:41.404 +00:37.667 8
7. Paul di Resta GBR Force India-Mercedes +7 1:41.819 +00:44.412 6
8. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari +10 1:41.922 +00:46.985 4
9. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes +7 1:42.173 +00:47.892 2
10. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes AMG -7 1:41.760 +00:49.996 1
11. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault -6 1:41.342 +01:15.527
12. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari +3 1:41.756 +01:16.828
13. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes AMG -6 1:41.863 +01:18.593
14. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes -12 1:42.100 +01:19.719
15. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari -3 1:42.051 +01:37.319
16. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham-Renault +3 1:43.513 + 1 lap
17. Timo Glock GER Marussia-Cosworth +3 1:44.757 + 1 lap
18. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham-Renault +6 1:43.803 + 1 lap
19. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams-Renault -8 1:42.237 DNF, lap 54
20. Charles Pic FRA Marussia-Cosworth +1 1:44.813 + 2 laps
21. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT-Cosworth +2 1:45.909 + 2 laps
22. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRT-Cosworth 0 1:46.244 + 2 laps
DNF Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber-Ferrari -6 1:44.202 DNF, lap 46
DNF Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault -18 2:08.464 DNF, lap 3

For the latest news, follow The Pitstraight on Twitter (click here) or like us on Facebook (click here). Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed (click here). Keep an eye out for The Pitstraight Podcast on iTunes and other podcasting software.

Picture Credits: Sauber Motorsport AG