Pecking order looks unchanged after Spain upgrades

2013 Spanish Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013The raft of upgrades brought by teams to the Spanish Grand Prix have so far failed to produce any significant change in the pecking order.

“We have some new parts here but the days of big, big upgrades don?t really happen now with the regulations how they are,” said Sebastian Vettel after topping the second practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The team’s pre-race preparations have been disrupted by rain, which meant little meaningful running was possible in the first practice session.

McLaren, who have a lot of ground to make up on their car, did just a token few laps in the first session. “This morning?s showers limited our ability to gather any meaningful data,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

“The track was only really suitable for running on the dry tyre in the last 20 or 30 minutes. As a result, we set ourselves the task of gathering a lot of data during this afternoon?s session, which meant there?s now a lot of information for our engineers to unravel.”

At the sharp end of the grid the contest for victory this weekend appears to be between Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus, with Mercedes not far behind.

Fernando Alonso was only 17 thousandths of a second slower than Vettel in the second session and said afterwards: “The feeling is definitely good and even though we are aware it won?t be easy, we are sure we can fight it out with the best.”

“I don?t expect any great surprises compared to Bahrain and I think the top group is now defined, with Red Bull, Mercedes, ourselves and Lotus, although we need to see how much McLaren manages to improve, while also keeping an eye on Force India, who have been very strong in qualifying and the race.”

Here’s the data from the first two practice sessions at the Circuit de Catalunya:

Longest stint comparison

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 15 16
Sebastian Vettel 89.593 89.685 89.946 98.087 90.49 90.534 90.959 91.243 91.338 91.742
Mark Webber 89.279 89.958 89.761 90.477 90.098 90.594
Fernando Alonso 89.118 89.118 89.073 89.879 94.069 89.69 96.126 89.991 90.956 90.529 90.799
Felipe Massa 88.242 88.431 88.69 88.853 88.999 93.192 89.643 90.567 90.854 95.491 100.776 91.174 90.963 92.054
Jenson Button 90.779 91.221 91.817 91.643 91.707 91.942 91.582 92.377
Sergio Perez 90.971 91.272 91.869 91.285 93.764 91.92
Kimi Raikkonen 88.947 89.232 89.307 90.054 91.645 96.76 89.809 96.319
Romain Grosjean 88.441 89.074 89.468 89.583 89.768 90.333 90.293 90.971 91.2 90.695 91.163 91.279
Nico Rosberg 90.897 90.115 90.17 90.872 96.598 91.285 91.393 91.269 91.071 91.102 99.027 92.012 91.457 92.181 92.191 115.69
Lewis Hamilton 90.802 91.473 91.567 91.201 91.957 91.896 92.725 92.949
Nico Hulkenberg 92.641 92.798 95.038 93.029 92.586 92.878 92.717 92.111 92.467 92.285 92.445 93.475 94.105
Esteban Gutierrez 92.229 91.969 94.205 92.193 91.768 91.346 91.339 91.841 92.675 91.977 93.399 94.839
Paul di Resta 90.463 90.579 90.295 90.286 90.827 91.606
Adrian Sutil 90.219 91.43 90.716 93.57 90.76 92.863 91.506 94.016
Pastor Maldonado 92.355 91.345 90.98 91.395 92.658 91.923 92.359 92.714 92.622
Valtteri Bottas 90.801 91.2 90.31 90.374 91.015 91.205 91.49 91.139 91.077
Jean-Eric Vergne 96.418 93.256 91.977 91.606 91.536 91.957 91.901 91.92 92.453 92.243 92.083 92.026 92.253 92.711 95.616 94.149
Daniel Ricciardo 92.249 92.269 92.265 91.726 92.837 92.153 92.652 92.739 92.957 92.757 98.747 95.615
Charles Pic 92.377 92.999 92.372 92.473 93.336 92.745 92.713 93.277 93.752 94.126 94.581 96.927
Giedo van der Garde 93.247 92.572 93.423 93.292 93.703 93.656 93.678 95.746 95.527
Jules Bianchi 91.686 91.583 90.944 91.378 92.922 92.282 92.352 92.31 93.452 94.568
Max Chilton 99.062 92.376 92.374 92.166 94.233 94.071 105.826

Sector times and ultimate lap times

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S2 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 23.021 (4) 30.914 (1) 28.769 (4) 1’22.704 0.104
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.884 (1) 31.262 (6) 28.679 (2) 1’22.825 0.121 0.000
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 23.239 (10) 31.050 (2) 28.542 (1) 1’22.831 0.127 0.060
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.072 (5) 31.109 (3) 28.724 (3) 1’22.905 0.201 0.235
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 23.102 (6) 31.141 (4) 28.787 (5) 1’23.030 0.326 0.000
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 23.002 (3) 31.161 (5) 28.947 (8) 1’23.110 0.406 0.000
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.193 (8) 31.378 (9) 28.799 (6) 1’23.370 0.666 0.028
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 23.217 (9) 31.299 (8) 29.324 (14) 1’23.840 1.136 0.000
9 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 23.264 (12) 31.770 (13) 28.909 (7) 1’23.943 1.239 0.115
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 23.324 (13) 31.469 (10) 29.311 (11) 1’24.104 1.400 0.000
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 23.149 (7) 31.641 (12) 29.317 (13) 1’24.107 1.403 0.199
12 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 23.440 (14) 31.496 (11) 29.239 (9) 1’24.175 1.471 0.000
13 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 22.982 (2) 31.291 (7) 29.955 (20) 1’24.228 1.524 1.623
14 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 23.251 (11) 31.786 (14) 29.666 (17) 1’24.703 1.999 0.151
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 23.714 (19) 31.855 (16) 29.314 (12) 1’24.883 2.179 0.005
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 23.607 (16) 31.814 (15) 29.533 (16) 1’24.954 2.250 0.487
17 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 23.669 (17) 32.076 (17) 29.253 (10) 1’24.998 2.294 0.169
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 23.597 (15) 32.083 (18) 29.454 (15) 1’25.134 2.430 0.187
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 23.683 (18) 32.419 (19) 29.796 (18) 1’25.898 3.194 0.065
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 23.732 (20) 32.427 (20) 29.919 (19) 1’26.078 3.374 0.000
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 23.809 (22) 32.748 (21) 30.199 (22) 1’26.756 4.052 0.214
22 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 23.747 (21) 32.845 (22) 30.174 (21) 1’26.766 4.062 0.164

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’29.457 1’22.808 45
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.252 1’22.825 55
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’29.473 1’22.891 57
4 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’26.614 1’23.030 53
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’25.455 1’23.110 57
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’26.374 1’23.140 54
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’26.621 1’23.398 66
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’26.212 1’23.840 61
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.667 1’24.058 56
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’26.755 1’24.104 41
11 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.940 1’24.175 58
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1’24.306 41
13 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’27.135 1’24.854 37
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’26.456 1’24.888 58
15 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.061 1’25.167 62
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.576 1’25.321 56
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’27.250 1’25.441 63
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.042 1’25.851 57
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’28.600 1’25.963 49
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.887 1’26.078 45
21 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’26.930 35
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’26.970 26
23 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’28.373 14
24 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.314 13

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 318.8
2 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 315.2 3.6
3 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 315 3.8
4 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 314.2 4.6
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 314.1 4.7
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 313.7 5.1
7 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 313.1 5.7
8 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 312.9 5.9
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 312.8 6
10 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 312.6 6.2
11 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 312.5 6.3
12 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 312 6.8
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 311.6 7.2
14 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 311.6 7.2
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 311.5 7.3
16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 310.9 7.9
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 310.3 8.5
18 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 310.2 8.6
19 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 310 8.8
20 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 309.5 9.3
21 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 308.5 10.3
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 306.9 11.9

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18 comments on Pecking order looks unchanged after Spain upgrades

  1. jh1806 (@jh1806) said on 10th May 2013, 18:06

    Ferrari and Lotus race pace looks pretty mighty – assuming they qualify fairly close to the front then I think it’s fair to assume they’ll be on the podium.

    • Blackmamba (@blackmamba) said on 10th May 2013, 19:34

      Grosjean in Particular is looking menacing. After 3 races there were whispers that maybe he wasn’t good enough 4 F1, I think the sky team even had a discussion on who might replace him next year. They completely disregarded the fact that all the upgrades were going to Kimi. Now he has got basically the same car he is showing all just how good he is

      • Manished said on 11th May 2013, 2:23

        Both Romain and Kimi had same parts overall with Kimi having new exhaust in Malaysia and Romain having new front wing and new bits in China.

        To say all new upgrades were on kimi’s car alone is more than misleading.

        Romain had said that he had trouble finding his own setup. The car is fine, but tricky to driive.

      • Kanman1 said on 11th May 2013, 2:29

        Kimi didn’t receive a single new parts last year from valencia to hockenheim period. he had to wait until hungary….guess what, Kimi outscored Romain big time and earned more podiums than him. Why nobody notice???

        Both drivers has take turn to receive new parts in malaysia and china. Apart from that, they have the same bits all the time. In china, despite running with damaged old front wing, Kimi pulled out a gap of 50 seconds to Romain who was running new bits and new front wing.

        Yea, blame the upgrades. Its obvious E21 is too tricky to drive and Romain suffer because of it.

  2. RagingInferno (@raginginferno) said on 10th May 2013, 18:40

    I’m somewhat surprised to see the running order so unchanged. Last year Ferrari really turned around their season here by making a big leap forward, so far it doesn’t look like anyone has managed to replicate that.

    • Blackmamba (@blackmamba) said on 10th May 2013, 19:22

      Well, that’s to be expected. There simply isn’t that much capacity for development left considering they had all of last year year to exploit the same regulations. From that point of view one can understand why MacLaren brought out a new car!

    • Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 10th May 2013, 23:20

      Well the 2013 chassis are obviously evolutions of the 2012, this season is seemingly an exception as we’re heading towards th biggest technical regulations in the history of the sport, irrespective of how early we’re into this season, the teams already have one eye on 2014. You could say it’s likened to the 2008 season, with the 2009 aero changes

      The evolutions I believe are approaching the end of their development paths and are bringing ‘smaller’ parts to see through to the end of the season, this ties up strongly with why McLaren decided to begin a ‘new development curve’ and go revolutionary with their 28

    • Dragon (@dragon88) said on 10th May 2013, 23:21

      That’s because they were struggling with their car’s performance last year. It is much easier to significantly improve a car with some grave issues than a car that is already competitive.

  3. tmax (@tmax) said on 10th May 2013, 18:49

    The Big Bulls vs the Red Horses Head on eh ? Looking forward for a good weekend.

    • Blackmamba (@blackmamba) said on 10th May 2013, 19:42

      Eh, what about Lotus. That’s my bet for the race, having seen the degradation on track. I had hoped Merc would be that much closer but at least they look like they are clear of the Force of India

  4. Young said on 10th May 2013, 19:36

    wow, Torro Rosso giving McLaren a run for their money; what is the world coming to?

  5. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th May 2013, 20:29

    Fernando is quite a bit faster than everybody else and of course whom I think is going to be is main rival here, Sebastian Vettel. That may prove key…

  6. StefMeister (@stefmeister) said on 10th May 2013, 21:10

    FOM had a Helmet-Cam placed on Valtteri Bottas Helmet today:
    http://vimeo.com/65888286

  7. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 10th May 2013, 22:10

    The race may show the overall pattern of the coming season. Considering how unchanged the pecking order is, and how McLaren appear to still be stuck in the midfield, we may see where each team will stay for the season regarding their level of competitiveness. While this season may not have the dramatic unpredictability of the first seven races of last year, it appears we might have four strong teams at the front, hopefully competing with each other for wins for the entirety of the championship. A small upside to the fixed nature of the regulations!

  8. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 11th May 2013, 2:37

    Interesting, Lotus and Ferrari, seem to have the quicker times over that longer stint. RBRs seem off the pace, but I have a feeling they have a bit more speed to eek out before Qualy, so they might surprise all and walk away with it.

  9. The Mercedes and Ferrari engines are clearly the fastest. Quite aptly stated by the article, for me the pecking order should be the same. With may be both the Mercedes pushing hard against their opponents. The McLaren is still in a pickle unless otherwise they come up with some miraculous performance in FP3!

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