Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013

Lotus, Red Bull and Ferrari covered by a tenth

2013 Malaysian Grand Prix Friday practice analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013There was very little to separate the top three teams in today’s second practice session.

Looking at the best sector times of each of the drivers reveals Lotus, Red Bull and Ferrari were separated by less than a tenth of a second over a 5.5km lap of the Sepang International Circuit.

But in Australia consistency over a race stint counted for more than sheer one-lap pace. So who is doing best in that respect?

The rain shower which arrived during second practice disrupted the efforts of most teams to find out.

But Mercedes were a significant exception. As the stint lap time graph below shows, they ran longer stints in anticipation of the race than anyone else.

The speed trap also reveals a significant change for Mercedes from last week – they’ve fallen from the top of the chart and are almost at the bottom. Are they running more rear wing to improve the life of their tyres?

Separating the top three is difficult. But in the first practice session, when the track had less rubber on it, the Lotus’s tyres yielded better pace for longer than its rivals.

Longest stint comparison – second practice

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) during their longest unbroken stint:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2013drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Sebastian Vettel 118.812 118.078 119.033 115.628 117.492
Mark Webber 104.256 103.714 106.208 103.066 102.574
Fernando Alonso 102.946 102.968 103.836 106.139
Felipe Massa 102.072 102.736 102.933 103.049 103.183 103.933 110.189
Jenson Button 116.451 115.282 124.138 113.221 134.724 111.091 133.672 109.097
Sergio Perez 104.157 104.989 106.739
Kimi Raikkonen 116.092 116.241 115.495 115.819 115.117 117.52
Romain Grosjean 117.365 115.757 115.644 116.675 114.342 112.789 113.311
Nico Rosberg 103.787 103.766 103.51 103.513 102.881 102.977 103.014 103.342 103.506 103.957 104.397 105.768
Lewis Hamilton 104.164 102.622 103.619 103.441 103.389 103.167 102.894 103.047 102.947 104.068 103.653 103.8 105.886 105.366
Nico Hulkenberg 114.812 119.531 114.132 114.922 112.956
Esteban Gutierrez 101.664 98.779 117.902 99.233 98.645
Paul di Resta 103.713 109.479 102.427 103.05 104.19 105.742 107.517
Adrian Sutil 99.161 98.66 115.988 97.949
Pastor Maldonado 105.499 105.9 105.419 106.043 107.16 110.505
Valtteri Bottas 106.32 104.858 105.11 105.67 105.554 106.179
Jean-Eric Vergne 109.892 108.166 107.297 106.802 105.592 105.437 125.71
Daniel Ricciardo 110.507 109.583 107.582 106.619 106.305 105.668 129.408
Charles Pic 107.222 106.419 107.115 108.007 110.766
Giedo van der Garde 119.547 125.042 117.216 115.46 118.06
Jules Bianchi 107.484 106.698 106.644 106.683 123.373
Max Chilton 123.846 122.038 122.009 121.751 120.659 120.333 118.867

“The tyres don?σΤιΌΤδσt last very long,” remarked Sebastian Vettel, echoing a sentiment shared by most of his competitors. Pirelli may have brought their hardest tyres here but the heat and high-speed corners mean they take a lot of punishment.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said the level of degradation seen today was “as expected”.

“We saw quite a high wear rate today, due to the more extreme nature of our 2013 tyres ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ which put the accent firmly on performance ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ as well as the high temperatures and abrasive track surface. Nonetheless, degradation stayed within our anticipated parameters.”

Sector times and ultimate lap times

Car Driver Car Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3 Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 24.966 (1) 32.382 (5) 39.221 (2) 1’36.569 0.000
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 25.200 (6) 32.038 (1) 39.350 (3) 1’36.588 0.019 0.000
3 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 25.205 (7) 32.264 (2) 39.192 (1) 1’36.661 0.092 0.000
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 25.190 (4) 32.320 (4) 39.422 (4) 1’36.932 0.363 0.053
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 25.195 (5) 32.269 (3) 39.562 (7) 1’37.026 0.457 0.000
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 25.032 (2) 32.556 (7) 39.618 (9) 1’37.206 0.637 0.000
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 25.365 (12) 32.476 (6) 39.563 (8) 1’37.404 0.835 0.044
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 25.319 (11) 32.674 (9) 39.482 (5) 1’37.475 0.906 0.096
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 25.272 (9) 32.813 (14) 39.489 (6) 1’37.574 1.005 0.000
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 25.297 (10) 32.784 (12) 39.628 (10) 1’37.709 1.140 0.079
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 25.174 (3) 32.558 (8) 39.990 (13) 1’37.722 1.153 0.116
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 25.260 (8) 32.747 (11) 39.858 (11) 1’37.865 1.296 0.000
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 25.395 (13) 32.696 (10) 39.873 (12) 1’37.964 1.395 0.104
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 25.423 (14) 32.935 (16) 40.182 (15) 1’38.540 1.971 0.105
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 25.622 (18) 32.805 (13) 40.305 (17) 1’38.732 2.163 0.069
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 25.610 (17) 32.888 (15) 40.240 (16) 1’38.738 2.169 0.000
17 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 25.594 (15) 33.120 (17) 40.058 (14) 1’38.772 2.203 0.132
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 25.607 (16) 33.399 (18) 40.479 (18) 1’39.485 2.916 0.023
19 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 25.662 (19) 33.491 (20) 40.488 (19) 1’39.641 3.072 0.019
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 25.738 (21) 33.454 (19) 40.946 (21) 1’40.138 3.569 0.619
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 25.663 (20) 33.901 (21) 40.845 (20) 1’40.409 3.840 0.359
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 25.822 (22) 34.404 (22) 41.076 (22) 1’41.302 4.733 0.136

Complete practice times

The new tyres may wear out quickly but it seems they are also contributing to improved lap times.

Raikkonen’s fastest time in second practice was 1’36.569, over one-and-a-half seconds faster than the best time seen the same session last year and just three-tenths off last year’s pole position time.

Force India demonstrated some encouraging pace although practice didn’t go entirely to plan for Adrian Sutil, who missed much of the second session sue to a problem with an oil seal. Team mate Paul di Resta was the fastest driver to set his time on hard tyres instead of mediums, and did so on the fifth lap of his stint.

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’37.003 1’36.569 43
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.104 1’36.588 48
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’37.771 1’36.661 48
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’36.935 1’37.026 44
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’37.319 1’36.985 36
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.915 1’37.206 43
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.588 1’37.448 51
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’37.773 1’37.571 45
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’37.840 1’37.574 50
10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’37.769 1’37.788 27
11 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’38.830 1’37.838 38
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1’38.173 1’37.865 45
13 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.054 1’38.068 48
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.204 1’38.645 39
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’38.673 1’38.801 43
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.284 1’38.738 48
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.567 1’38.904 47
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’39.208 1’39.660 47
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’40.996 1’39.508 44
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’40.728 1’40.768 49
21 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’41.163 1’40.757 47
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.513 1’41.438 41

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 306.4
2 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 305.8 0.6
3 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 305.7 0.7
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 305.3 1.1
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 304 2.4
6 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 303.6 2.8
7 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 303.3 3.1
8 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 303.2 3.2
9 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 302.9 3.5
10 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 302.4 4
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 301.4 5
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 301.1 5.3
13 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 300.4 6
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 300.2 6.2
15 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 299.5 6.9
16 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 298.8 7.6
17 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 298.5 7.9
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 297.6 8.8
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 296.6 9.8
20 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 296.6 9.8
21 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 295.9 10.5
22 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 294.7 11.7

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