Red Bull looking strong as rain hits rivals’ plans

2013 British Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Not for the first time this year, Friday practice was affected by rain.

“We do seem to have been affected by an unusually high number of rained-out Friday practice sessions this year,” said McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

“While it?s the same for everyone, it can be frustrating when you?re trying to run through a large and intensive programme of testing.”

McLaren weren’t the only ones whose development programme took a hit. Pirelli brought their prototype tyres again but, as in Canada, wet running meant the teams did little mileage on them. “That was frustrating but not all together surprising this time, given that we?re in England,” admitted motorsport director Paul Hembery.

Mercedes’ one-lap pace was much in evidence, Nico Rosberg heading the times. But team mate Lewis Hamilton couldn’t match his performance.

“I’m struggling a little with the balance of my car so there’s some work to do overnight to get us into shape for qualifying,” said Hamilton afterwards. “We haven’t quite got it hooked up yet and you can really tell that on this circuit, particularly with Becketts and Maggots. I’m confident we’ll fix it tomorrow though.”

Red Bull weren’t far off Mercedes and their race pace looked better. But Sebastian Vettel says they have to play their cards right in the final practice session.

“For [final practice] tomorrow we need to decide if we go for short runs, to prepare for qualifying, or long runs trying to look more at the race set up,” said Vettel.

The pattern so far this year has seen Mercedes and Red Bull excel in qualifying, while Ferrari and Lotus have tended to be stronger in the races. Kimi Raikkonen was outside the topten but he was busy testing the team’s Drag Reduction Device and didn’t run the softer medium tyre.

Fernando Alonso was tenth and says his team will need an “impeccable” strategy on Sunday. “We will have to take into account the fact that on Sunday we can expect very different conditions to those we saw today, because the track will definitely be drier and the temperatures higher,” he added.

The Force India and Toro Rosso drivers also looked promising: Jean-Eric Vergne said “as soon as I left the garage I could tell the car felt very good”. That may be a concern for McLaren, who were hoping to make gains with their upgrade package.

Here’s all the data from Friday practice.

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 98.993 98.943 98.307 98.374 98.681 98.748 99.083 100.647 98.51
Mark Webber 100.393 98.784 98.327 98.427 98.112 98.768 100.525 102.133 99.955 99.006 97.918
Fernando Alonso 98.491 99.246 105.267 99.212 99.596 98.769 98.46 98.804 99.489 98.444 98.575
Felipe Massa 103.466
Jenson Button 100.327 99.382 101.873 99.632 99.425
Sergio Perez 95.969 94.329 101.763 94.13 99.107 94.243
Kimi Raikkonen 94.884 96.82 96.735 98.013 103.62 95.787
Romain Grosjean 97.452 98.657 97.826 97.848 98.629 98.172 98.485 98.206 98.614 98.296
Nico Rosberg 99.403 99.785 99.058 98.482 98.817 99.42 99.11 99.285 99.238 101.694 99.028 98.963 98.515 98.922
Lewis Hamilton 99.864 99.183 99.602 98.795 98.952 99.322 99.423 99.353 98.867 104.359 99.026 105.837 98.312
Nico Hulkenberg 100.212 99.974 100.026 100.949 99.802 100.512 100.258 100.298 100.038 100.021 100.479 99.952 100.075 100.092 100.114
Esteban Gutierrez 95.802 95.328 105.324 95.052 102.048 94.998 102.726 95.2
Paul di Resta 98.898 99.087 99.493 99.255 99.1 98.747
Adrian Sutil 99.178 98.95 99.081 103.627 99.056 100.502 99.738 99.346
Pastor Maldonado 101.57 100.609 100.154 100.073 103.375 101.661 107.903 102.369 101.058 101.252 101.297 101.872 101.623
Valtteri Bottas 95.528 111.012 95.07 109.793 95.636 109.677 95.718 104.291 95.4
Jean-Eric Vergne 104.002 100.302 99.444 99.273 99.322 99.532 99.204 103.636 99.416 99.129 99.255 99.131 100.526
Daniel Ricciardo 99.498 99.314 101.186 100.244 99.842 100.17 99.832 99.669 99.641 100.127 99.61
Charles Pic 101.202 100.633 101.551 100.368 100.239 101.139 102.06 101.21 101.315 104.245 101.105 101.064
Giedo van der Garde 103.668 104.155 103.089 102.22 101.041 100.912 101.735 102.394 102.21 101.656 101.2 101.52 102.482 102.025 101.82 103.101
Jules Bianchi 104.946 101.582 101.172 100.515 100.769 101.324 101.396 103.968 101.985 101.097 100.983
Max Chilton 103.037 102.74 101.893 101.78 101.958 101.674 101.648 101.244

Sector times and ultimate lap times – second practice

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S2 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 29.411 (5) 37.580 (1) 25.257 (1) 1’32.248 0.000
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 29.267 (1) 37.866 (3) 25.414 (3) 1’32.547 0.299 0.000
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 29.359 (3) 37.677 (2) 25.644 (10) 1’32.680 0.432 0.000
4 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 29.281 (2) 38.040 (7) 25.511 (5) 1’32.832 0.584 0.000
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 29.410 (4) 38.105 (9) 25.396 (2) 1’32.911 0.663 0.000
6 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 29.478 (6) 37.966 (6) 25.572 (6) 1’33.016 0.768 0.297
7 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 29.623 (8) 38.055 (8) 25.487 (4) 1’33.165 0.917 0.006
8 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 29.661 (10) 37.902 (4) 25.602 (8) 1’33.165 0.917 0.125
9 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 29.649 (9) 37.964 (5) 25.614 (9) 1’33.227 0.979 0.095
10 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 29.618 (7) 38.124 (10) 25.752 (11) 1’33.494 1.246 0.000
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 29.740 (12) 38.367 (12) 25.593 (7) 1’33.700 1.452 0.040
12 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 29.899 (15) 38.215 (11) 25.782 (13) 1’33.896 1.648 0.000
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 29.733 (11) 38.475 (14) 25.775 (12) 1’33.983 1.735 0.147
14 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 29.812 (14) 38.437 (13) 25.871 (14) 1’34.120 1.872 0.000
15 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 30.033 (17) 38.800 (15) 26.064 (15) 1’34.897 2.649 0.101
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 29.929 (16) 38.865 (16) 26.134 (16) 1’34.928 2.680 0.142
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 29.776 (13) 39.045 (17) 26.166 (17) 1’34.987 2.739 0.140
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 30.048 (18) 39.364 (20) 26.374 (19) 1’35.786 3.538 0.016
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 30.308 (20) 39.162 (18) 26.409 (20) 1’35.879 3.631 0.200
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 30.260 (19) 39.281 (19) 26.364 (18) 1’35.905 3.657 0.079
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 30.411 (21) 39.997 (22) 26.654 (21) 1’37.062 4.814 0.267
22 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 30.627 (22) 39.592 (21) 28.792 (22) 1’39.011 6.763 4.455

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.248 36
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.547 27
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.680 35
4 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’32.832 38
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’55.458 1’32.911 33
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’54.249 1’33.171 44
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’57.891 1’33.290 42
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.313 38
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.322 39
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’33.494 36
11 Jenson Button McLaren 1’33.740 30
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.033 1’33.896 43
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’34.120 30
14 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’34.130 30
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’55.825 1’34.998 41
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’56.361 1’35.070 36
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’55.354 1’35.127 42
18 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’59.876 1’35.802 35
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’58.859 1’35.984 38
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’36.079 38
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’59.719 1’37.329 40
22 Felipe Massa Ferrari 2’06.534 1’43.466 13

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 308.6
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 308.5 0.1
3 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 308.3 0.3
4 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 307.9 0.7
5 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 307.6 1
6 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 307.4 1.2
7 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 307.4 1.2
8 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 306.7 1.9
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 306 2.6
10 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 305.7 2.9
11 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 305.1 3.5
12 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 304.8 3.8
13 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 304.1 4.5
14 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 303.2 5.4
15 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 302.7 5.9
16 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 302.6 6
17 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 302.5 6.1
18 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 302.4 6.2
19 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 302.3 6.3
20 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 302.1 6.5
21 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 300.3 8.3
22 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 297.4 11.2

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11 comments on Red Bull looking strong as rain hits rivals’ plans

  1. Martin (@aardvark) said on 28th June 2013, 19:23

    What on earth was Valtteri Bottas trying with his fast and slow laps? (Longest stint chart)

  2. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 28th June 2013, 19:39

    Τhat’s why Hulkenberg couldn’t pass a Marussia even with the DRS.

  3. SatchelCharge (@satchelcharge) said on 28th June 2013, 20:07

    I wasn’t able to watch either session, was Kimi using DRS? I would have expected a higher top speed with the DRD, unless they plan to run more downforce using the DRD to help survive the straights.

  4. Breno (@austus) said on 28th June 2013, 20:25

    Clearly some force beyond our power does not want those new tyres.

  5. TMF (@tmf42) said on 28th June 2013, 20:29

    tough one to predict – let’s see what FP3 reveals but right now I’m guessing RBR or Merc for pole and Ferrari for the race win.

    • Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 28th June 2013, 20:47

      Alonso will need to qualify in the top 4 to have a proper chance of winning. otherwise the red bulls could just run off into the distance while he’s too busy fighting the cars around him.

  6. Valentin (@wally02avg) said on 28th June 2013, 21:30

    I’m hoping the upgrades Lotus brought work, else Kimi will find himself slipping further away from the championship fight.Between the aero package for Grosjean and the still unraced “device” they could claw back some of the time they lost in the last 2 races.
    If it rains in qualy, it’s gonna ruin their week-end so it remains to be seen how things pan out.
    Elsewhere, it seemed like tyres were the main item on the agenda.Just hoping for an entertaining race as it all seems pretty balanced now

  7. gnrpoison (@gnrpoison) said on 29th June 2013, 0:49

    Is anyone else trying to enter a prediction and it not going through, as mine isn’t working. I am trying to enter tine: 1:29.087 and Pole: Vettel and Positions Vet, Ros, Ham, Alo, and Webber, but it is not registering my prediction. Kinda bugging me as I have tried numerous times and it isnt registering?

  8. Matt Ashley (@mattash) said on 29th June 2013, 2:49

    Loving Bottas’ chart.

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