2014 BRITISH GP: NICO ROSBERG WILL START FROM POLE, HAMILTON FROM 3-RD ROW

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has qualified оn pole position for the British Grand Prix. So variable was the weather that the hard, medium, intermediate and wet tyres were all used today at some point. Rosberg judged the constantly changing conditions to perfection, taking advantage of a drying track in the closing stages to seal pole position by the considerable margin of 1.6 seconds from Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

Qualifying started in the wet, following overnight rain. As a result, all the cars headed out on intermediate tyres for Q1, looking to put in a banker lap in case conditions worsened. Instead, a dry line formed meaning that all drivers switched onto the medium tyres before the rain fell again.

This set the tone for the rest of qualifying, with the drivers starting Q2 on intermediates, before moving onto mediums close to the end, a pattern that was repeated in a dramatic Q3. Even when the drivers moved onto medium tyres, the track was never completely dry, yet the medium compound enabled Rosberg to set a time that was only a second off his fastest time from yesterday, which was completely dry. The final free practice session this morning was also held in wet and cool conditions, with the rain intensifying throughout the hour-long session. Vettel was fastest, from his team mate Daniel Ricciardo, both using intermediate tyres.
 P.    DRIVER             TEAM           TIME       GAP  
 1. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG   1:35.766  
 2. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull       1:37.386  +  1.620
 3. Jenson Button       McLaren-       1:38.200  +  2.434
 4. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India    1:38.329  +  2.563
 5. Kevin Magnussen     McLaren        1:38.417  +  2.651
 6. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG   1:39.232  +  3.466
 7. Sergio Perez        Force India    1:40.457  +  4.691
 8. Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull       1:40.606  +  4.840
 9. Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso     1:40.707  +  4.941
10. Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso     1:40.855  +  5.089
    Q2 Најбрзо време: Lewis Hamilton 1:16.354            
11. Romain Grosjean     Lotus          1:38.496  +  3.626
12. Jules Bianchi       Marussia       1:38.709  +  3.839
13. Max Chilton         Marussia       1:39.800  +  4.930
14. Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber         1:40.912  +  6.042
15. Pastor Maldonado    Lotus          1:44.018  +  9.148
16. Adrian Sutil        Sauber         no time
    Q1 Најбрзо време: Nico Rosberg 1:16.682              
17. Valtteri Bottas     Williams       1:45.318  +  4.938
18. Felipe Massa        Williams       1:45.695  +  5.315
19. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari        1:45.935  +  5.555
20. Kimi Raikkonen      Ferrari        1:46.684  +  6.304
21. Marcus Ericsson     Caterham       1:49.421  +  9.041
22. Kamui Kobayashi     Caterham       1:49.625  +  9.245
    107% време: 1:14.379

FIRST FREE PRACTICE

Nico Rosberg set the pace in the first free practice session ahead of the British Grand Prix, the F1 championship leader finishing seven tenths of a second clear of team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari, a further tenth of a second back. It was a miserable morning for Williams, however.

FIA Women in Motorsport Ambassador and Williams Devlopment Driver Susie Wolff’s much anticipated appearance in the team’s FW36, the first time in 22 years that a woman would take part in a grand prix weekend session, ended almost as soon as it began. Wolff completed just four laps before an oil pressure problem sidelined her. She took no further part in the session. Worse was to come for Williams however. After seven laps on track Felipe Massa lost control at Stowe corner and slammed into the barriers before the pit lane entrance. The heavy damage to his car meant that there was no hope of the Brazilian emerging again and so the British team’s session ended with less than half an hour on the clock. The session was red-flagged for 16 minutes as Massa’s car was removed and the action resumed with 47 minutes remaining.

Rosberg and Hamilton set their fastest time on Pirelli’s medium compound tyres early in the session, before switching to the hard tyre. Hamilton did look as though he would edge Rosberg, having gone quickest in the first sector but the Briton was forced to abandon the lap when Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson spun and brought out the yellow flags. With Alonso third, fourth place went to Daniel Ricciardo. The Red Bull Racing driver’s session wasn’t all plain sailing, however, as his work was eventually brought to a halt by a gearbox problem on his RB10. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth for Ferrari, while sixth place went to Ricciardo’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel, whose running was largely confined to the period following the red flag. Jenson Button was seventh for McLaren ahead of the Toro Rosso’s of Daniil Kvyat and ninth-placed Jean-Eric Vergne. The final top-10 place went to Kevin Magnussen in the second McLaren.
 P.    DRIVER             TEAM           TIME         GAP   LAPS 
 1. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes AMG   1:35.424             25
 2. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes AMG   1:36.155   +  0.731  22
 3. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari        1:36.263   +  0.839  23
 4. Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull       1:36.623   +  1.199  21
 5. Kimi Räikkönen       Ferrari        1:36.703   +  1.279  23
 6. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull       1:36.921   +  1.497  20
 7. Jenson Button        McLaren        1:36.963   +  1.539  25
 8. Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso     1:37.175   +  1.751  29
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso     1:37.227   +  1.803  25
10. Kevin Magnussen      McLaren        1:37.231   +  1.807  30
11. Sergio Perez         Force India    1:37.720   +  2.296  22
12. Romain Grosjean      Lotus          1:37.910   +  2.486  21
13. Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber         1:38.056   +  2.632  18
14. Daniel Juncadella    Force India    1:38.083   +  2.659  23
15. Giedo van der Garde  Sauber         1:38.328   +  2.904  19
16. Jules Bianchi        Marussia       1:38.917   +  3.493  12
17. Felipe Massa         Williams       1:39.461   +  4.037   7
18. Max Chilton          Marussia       1:39.814   +  4.390  24
19. Marcus Ericsson      Caterham       1:40.597   +  5.173  19
20. Robin Frijns         Caterham       1:42.261   +  6.837  11
21. Susie Wolff          Williams       1:44.212   +  8.788   4
22. Pastor Maldonado     Lotus          no time               2

SECOND FREE PRACTICE

Lewis Hamilton replaced team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the Silverstone time sheets before being sidelined by mechanical issues. Hamilton’s best time of 1:34.508 came early in the session while the teams were testing out Pirelli’s medium compound tyre. His time was 0.228 ahead of Rosberg’s best. The Briton’s session came to an end with 30 minutes left on the clock, however, when his Mercedes engine shut down, forcing him to pull over.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest, just under three quarters of a second down on Hamilton’s best, with Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo fourth. The Australian’s best time was set on the hard compound, however, with the driver telling his team that he could not make any improvement on the medium tyre as he could not get the front tyres up to the right temperature. Sebastian Vettel was fifth quickest, just a tenth behind his Red Bull Bull team-mate, though the champion’s time was set on medium rubber. Valtteri Bottas was sixth for Williams, the Finn claiming his car back from Susie Wolff who made a brief appearance in the morning session before being sidelined by an oil pressure problem. Bottas’s session wasn’t without its problems, however, and he was forced to return to pits at one stage when his engine cover began to detach from his car.

Jenson Button took seventh place, just seven hundredths of a second clear of team-mate Kevin Magnussen, while Kimi Raikkonen was ninth for Ferrari. The final top-10 place was taken by Jean-Eric Vergne, though the Toro Rosso did suffer a mid-session incident in which his left front wheel became loose and he had to stop in an escape road just before the wheel detached.
 P.    DRIVER            TEAM             TIME        GAP   LAPS 
 1. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG    1:34.508             14
 2. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG    1:34.736   +  0.228  35
 3. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari         1:35.244   +  0.736  32
 4. Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull        1:35.511   +  1.003  11
 5. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull        1:35.627   +  1.119  27
 6. Valtteri Bottas     Williams        1:36.016   +  1.508  33
 7. Jenson Button       McLaren         1:36.228   +  1.720  34
 8. Kevin Magnussen     McLaren         1:36.299   +  1.791  35
 9. Kimi Räikkönen      Ferrari         1:36.554   +  2.046  29
10. Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso      1:36.583   +  2.075  26
11. Felipe Massa        Williams        1:36.671   +  2.163  29
12. Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso      1:36.778   +  2.270  31
13. Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber          1:36.951   +  2.443  35
14 Pastor Maldonado     Lotus           1:37.064   +  2.556  35
15. Romain Grosjean     Lotus           1:37.097   +  2.589  33
16. Sergio Perez        Force India     1:37.236   +  2.728  37
17. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India     1:37.449   +  2.941  27
18. Adrian Sutil        Sauber          1:37.520   +  3.012  25
19. Jules Bianchi       Marussia        1:38.658   +  4.150  11
20. Kamui Kobayashi     Caterham        1:39.068   +  4.560  31
21. Max Chilton         Marussia        1:39.224   +  4.716  28
22. Marcus Ericsson     Caterham        1:39.762   +  5.254  21