Hamilton quickest on interrupted final day

Hamilton quickest on interrupted final day

22 February 2013 – Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man at the end of a heavily interrupted and wet final day in Barcelona, setting a time of 1:23.282 on Medium tyres during a dry spell. Amid eight red flags, the Mercedes driver led former McLaren team-mate Jenson Button by 0.351 seconds, with Jean-Éric Vergne completing the top three.

The Intermediate and Wet tyres made an appearance

The predicted rainfall did not take long to arrive at a cold Circuit de Catalunya on Friday, with Pirelli's Intermediate and Wet compounds getting a full workout. Overnight precipitation had already made for a damp track surface, but a constant run of laps until the next spell of rainfall created a semi-dry line. Hamilton, who initiated the penultimate red flag phase of the day, took full advantage and rounded off a positive week for Mercedes, but he admits work still needs to be done before the team can win races.

Button avoided the slow start he suffered on Wednesday, collecting plenty of data on the wet and slick compounds. Just behind the McLaren driver, Vergne recovered from two incidents to complete a solid total of 80 laps in the STR8, while fellow Frenchman Jules Bianchi brought the day to a close a couple of minutes early after stopping at the end of the pit lane. Although weather conditions were not ideal for the latter on his sole test day of the week, he showed strong pace in both the wet and dry.

Esteban Gutiérrez was the most productive driver of the day in the Sauber, braving the persistent rainfall to rack up 96 tours. However, his enthusiasm got the better of him on two occasions, with the Mexican sliding into the gravel at Turns 4 and 5 on either side of the lunchbreak. A little further back, Giedo van der Garde claimed the highest position achieved by the Caterham team so far this year, finishing sixth despite a light crash at the final corner in the early hours of the morning.

After sitting on the sidelines for the first three days, Felipe Massa took over the cockpit of the F138 chassis this morning. The Brazilian, who caused the first red flag period with a trip into the Turn 4 gravel trap, wound up eighth on the timesheets, just ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber who spent the majority of his day focusing on practice pit-stops.

At the tail-end of the order, Marussia's Max Chilton enjoyed a positive fourth day behind the wheel of the MR02. The team kept the British driver in the car after a series of delays to its programme earlier in the week, meaning Luiz Razia will have to wait until the second pre-season test for his next outing. Romain Grosjean was the last man to set a time in tenth, placing ahead of Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado who dedicated even more time than Webber to pit lane procedures.

Pre-season testing continues at the Circuit de Catalunya at 9am local time (GMT +1) on 28 February and can be followed via the GPUpdate.net Live Report feature

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Monday 22 September 2014

  2. Wolff admits Mercedes needs better reliability 08:58

    Wolff admits Mercedes needs better reliability

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted that the squad needs to improve its reliability as the championship fight enters its...

    F1
  3. Mattiacci upbeat over Ferrari progress in Singapore 07:34

    Mattiacci upbeat over Ferrari progress in Singapore

    Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci says he is confident that his squad is improving following its showing in the...

    F1
  4. Video of the Day: UPS delivers special Ferrari 05:03

    Video of the Day: UPS delivers special Ferrari

    UPS delivered a special Formula 1 car, made of bark and fittonia, to Singapore. Representing Ferrari's partnership with the...

    F1
  5. 03:04

    Championship standings after Singapore

    F1
  6. Sunday 21 September 2014

  7. Alonso rues timing of Safety Car deployment 18:54

    Alonso rues timing of Safety Car deployment

    Fernando Alonso was left to rue the timing of the Safety Car as he raced to fourth position in the Singapore Grand...

    F1
  8. Bottas links late slump to power steering 17:53

    Bottas links late slump to power steering

    Valtteri Bottas says an issue with his power steering system contributed to his tumble down the order in the Singapore Grand...

    F1
  9. 17:45

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday in Singapore

    F1
  10. Force India reclaims fifth from McLaren 17:31

    Force India reclaims fifth from McLaren

    Force India boss Vijay Mallya was suitably elated after his team moved ahead of McLaren in the battle for fifth in the...

    F1
  11. Magnussen treated for burns after scoring point 17:05

    Magnussen treated for burns after scoring point

    Kevin Magnussen was treated for burns by doctors after the McLaren driver battled to 10th place at the Singapore Grand...

    F1
  12. Vergne fights back to earn best result of season 17:05

    Vergne fights back to earn best result of season

    Outgoing Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne recorded his best finish in over a year as he battled to sixth in the Singapore...

    F1
  13. Vettel questions timing of Hamilton move 16:35

    Vettel questions timing of Hamilton move

    Sebastian Vettel reckons Lewis Hamilton took more risks than he needed to when passing him during Sunday's Singapore Grand...

    F1
  14. Hamilton hails 'clean' Singapore weekend 16:13

    Hamilton hails 'clean' Singapore weekend

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was pleased after a "clean" Singapore Grand Prix weekend culminated in him taking a vital...

    F1
  15. Rosberg urges Mercedes to improve reliability 15:51

    Rosberg urges Mercedes to improve reliability

    Nico Rosberg has urged Mercedes to improve its reliability after his costly retirement from Sunday night's Singapore Grand...

    F1
  16. 15:27

    In full: Singapore Grand Prix race result

    F1
  17. Hamilton takes title lead with Singapore win 15:10

    Hamilton takes title lead with Singapore win

    Lewis Hamilton moved into the lead of the championship with a commanding victory in Sunday night's Singapore Grand Prix,...

    F1
  18. 12:35

    Follow the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix live!

    F1
  19. Video: Hill, Herbert become mechanics 10:44

    Video: Hill, Herbert become mechanics

    Watch as Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert become Marussia mechanics for a practice session in Singapore.

    F1
  20. 10:42

    Photos: Historic F1 race in Singapore

    F1
  21. Hamilton: Rosberg relations 'back to normal' 10:41

    Hamilton: Rosberg relations 'back to normal'

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says that his relationship with team-mate Nico Rosberg is 'back to normal' following the...

    F1
  22. Grosjean hits out at Renault problems 07:02

    Grosjean hits out at Renault problems

    Romain Grosjean has hit out at continual Renault problems, which he says are having a negative impact on the morale of his...

    F1
  23. 06:32

    Photos: Special helmets for Singapore

    F1
  24. Video of the Day: Formula 1's Safety Car 05:03

    Video of the Day: Formula 1's Safety Car

    There has never been a Singapore Grand Prix without the appearance of Formula 1's Safety Car. Ahead of the night race,...

    F1
  25. Pérez sure of Force India race recovery 01:04

    Pérez sure of Force India race recovery

    Force India driver Sergio Pérez says he is sure that he can recover from a lowly grid spot and notch up a top 10 finish in...

    F1
  26. 00:35

    Starting grid for the Singapore Grand Prix

    F1
  27. Saturday 20 September 2014

  28. Massa encouraged by Williams improvements 18:32

    Massa encouraged by Williams improvements

    Felipe Massa says he is encouraged by the progress which Williams has made since Friday's practice sessions after qualifying...

    F1
  29. 17:25

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday in Singapore

    F1
  30. Magnussen seeks help from Safety Car 17:24

    Magnussen seeks help from Safety Car

    Kevin Magnussen says he is hoping to see the Safety Car called into action during Sunday evening's Singapore Grand...

    F1
  31. Alonso hopeful of fighting for victory 17:09

    Alonso hopeful of fighting for victory

    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is hopeful that he will be able to challenge for victory during Sunday's Singapore Grand...

    F1
  32. Vettel reckons pole position was possible 16:42

    Vettel reckons pole position was possible

    Sebastian Vettel feels he could have had a shot at claiming pole position in Singapore with a cleaner final qualifying...

    F1
  33. Rosberg ruing late change of brakes 16:16

    Rosberg ruing late change of brakes

    Nico Rosberg was left to rue a change of brakes after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton beat him to pole position in...

    F1
  34. Hamilton pleased to recover from early error 15:57

    Hamilton pleased to recover from early error

    Lewis Hamilton says he was pleased with his recovery after an early error threatened to ruin his final qualifying attempt in...

    F1
  35. 15:08

    Singapore GP: Qualifying results in full

    F1
  36. Hamilton pips Rosberg to Singapore pole 15:07

    Hamilton pips Rosberg to Singapore pole

    Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to pole position during a tight qualifying session in Singapore, with...

    F1
  37. 13:52

    Follow qualifying for the Singapore GP!

    F1
  38. 12:16

    Singapore GP: Full Free Practice 3 results

    F1
  39. Alonso back on top in final Singapore practice 12:03

    Alonso back on top in final Singapore practice

    Fernando Alonso returned to the head of the field during final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, putting his Ferrari...

    F1
  40. 10:55

    Follow final practice for the Singapore GP!

    F1
  41. Full radio ban delayed to ensure 'fairness' 10:31

    Full radio ban delayed to ensure 'fairness'

    The FIA backtracked on its plans to introduce a full radio clampdown in Singapore to ensure "fairness". After announcing...

    F1
  42. Video: Maldonado crashes out of practice 09:56

    Video: Maldonado crashes out of practice

    Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado suffered this heavy crash during Friday evening's second practice session in Singapore. The...

    F1
  43. Maldonado gets new chassis after crash 09:49

    Maldonado gets new chassis after crash

    Pastor Maldonado has been forced to switch to a new chassis for the remainder of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, after...

    F1
more news