Vettel wary of threat from Lotus drivers

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013The first day of practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix brought an encouraging sign that Red Bull might not have things entirely their own way.

Romain Grosjean was quickest in the first session but never got to show what he was capable of in the second due to a brake disc failing on his first run on soft tyres.

Meanwhile Kimi Raikkonen logged an impressively long and quick stint in his race simulation run which caught Sebastian Vettel’s attention.

“It?s difficult to say today how we compare to the others,” said Vettel, “we know the Lotus is quick here, but we also had decent pace today”.

Ahead of the start of the competitive action tomorrow the Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus, Sauber, Williams and Toro Rosso drivers will all switch to their final new engines, as will Charles Pic.

Here’s all the data from the first two practice sessions for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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 17 18 19 20 21 22
Sebastian Vettel 106.272 106.3 106.41 106.173 106.704 106.496 106.176 106.103 107.557 131.165
Mark Webber 107.31 107.231 107.276 107.292 107.813 107.812 108.016 108.325 119.691 108.654 108.509
Fernando Alonso 108.538 108.278 109.114 111.447 107.849 108.496 108.129 108.029 108.541 108.228 108.008 116.178 107.59 137.971
Felipe Massa 107.664 107.919 108.155 108.077 108.153 108.368 118.138 111.617 109.434
Jenson Button 109.172 108.747 108.259 108.01 109.583 107.882 108.174 109.343
Sergio Perez 107.652 107.929 108.958 107.658 107.698 107.299 107.409 107.382 107.444 107.615 109.53 107.398 150.981
Kimi Raikkonen 111.287 109.127 109.54 108.097 110.675 116.497 107.825 107.761 107.86 107.933 107.688 107.367 107.396 107.623 107.799 107.79 107.392 107.187 108.038 108.607 107.455 107.26
Romain Grosjean 103.107 114.674 108.347 102.607
Nico Rosberg 108.368 107.54 108.011 107.483 107.918 109.302 107.288 107.193 110.712 107.302 107.062 106.711 106.724 114.537 139.464
Lewis Hamilton 108.39 113.422 107.861 110.12 107.382 109.658 107.09 107.379 107.242 107.511 110.804 108.057 117.21 113.014
Nico Hulkenberg 108.604 108.221 108.897 108.31 107.961 110.334 108.141 108.563 108.57 114.851 107.96 107.97 107.59 108.008 107.927 108.387 108.257 107.91
Esteban Gutierrez 109.395 108.036 108.069 108.958 109.716 109.02 109.887 109.702 109.791
Paul di Resta 108.684 108.303 108.132 108.394 113.079 108.124 108.381 132.341
Adrian Sutil 109.409 109.244 111.856 108.947 109.858 143.381
Pastor Maldonado 109.577 108.716 108.559 108.629 109.215 116.971 117.037 109.166 110.029 108.835
Valtteri Bottas 110.328 111.239 108.838 109.993 109.033 109.328 109.32 109.016
Jean-Eric Vergne 109.596 108.328 107.938 108.19 109.293 108.409 108.524 109.299 108.56 110.732 109.002
Daniel Ricciardo 112.443 112.138 110.172 109.654 109.126 111.359 109.112
Charles Pic 110.081 110.281 109.851 109.867 109.826 111.238 110.853 112.579 112.166 110.817 145.387
Giedo van der Garde 110.835 109.88 109.595 109.567 109.719 109.594 110.013 110.267 110.577 110.422 110.43 110.157 138.466
Jules Bianchi 110.714 109.8 109.92 109.416 109.601 109.249 109.087 109.013 109.794 109.053 140.453
Max Chilton 110.262 110.465 113.005 113.111 113.447 113.865 114.079 142.224

Sector times and ultimate lap times

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S3 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 17.999 (2) 42.912 (3) 40.408 (1) 1’41.319 -101.319
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 18.013 (3) 42.846 (1) 40.557 (4) 1’41.416 0.097 -101.416
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 18.085 (5) 43.079 (9) 40.446 (2) 1’41.610 0.291 -101.610
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 18.166 (8) 43.012 (5) 40.548 (3) 1’41.726 0.407 -101.726
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 18.124 (7) 43.012 (5) 40.622 (5) 1’41.758 0.439 -101.758
6 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 17.971 (1) 42.965 (4) 40.998 (10) 1’41.934 0.615 -101.934
7 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 18.059 (4) 42.882 (2) 41.069 (11) 1’42.010 0.691 -102.010
8 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 18.106 (6) 43.222 (12) 40.840 (7) 1’42.168 0.849 -102.168
9 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 18.246 (14) 43.089 (10) 40.902 (9) 1’42.237 0.918 -102.237
10 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 18.172 (9) 43.337 (16) 40.874 (8) 1’42.383 1.064 -102.383
11 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 18.180 (10) 43.580 (18) 40.719 (6) 1’42.479 1.160 -102.479
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 18.225 (13) 43.052 (8) 41.232 (13) 1’42.509 1.190 -102.509
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 18.183 (11) 43.251 (13) 41.372 (15) 1’42.806 1.487 -102.806
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 18.310 (15) 43.461 (17) 41.111 (12) 1’42.882 1.563 -102.882
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 18.208 (12) 43.188 (11) 41.513 (17) 1’42.909 1.590 -102.909
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18.419 (20) 43.277 (14) 41.353 (14) 1’43.049 1.730 -103.049
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18.388 (18) 43.326 (15) 41.443 (16) 1’43.157 1.838 -103.157
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 18.340 (16) 43.635 (19) 41.575 (18) 1’43.550 2.231 -103.550
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 18.443 (21) 43.854 (22) 41.757 (19) 1’44.054 2.735 -104.054
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 18.369 (17) 43.823 (20) 42.075 (21) 1’44.267 2.948 -104.267
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 18.417 (19) 43.844 (21) 42.007 (20) 1’44.268 2.949 -104.268
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 18.487 (22) 43.051 (7) 42.814 (22) 1’44.352 3.033 -104.352

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.499 1’41.335 53
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’44.712 1’41.490 52
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’44.433 1’41.690 60
4 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’44.929 1’41.726 65
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’44.741 1’41.758 65
6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’45.331 1’42.006 56
7 Jenson Button McLaren 1’45.099 1’42.010 51
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’45.440 1’42.171 49
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.378 1’42.324 64
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’46.124 1’42.440 54
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’46.068 1’42.509 57
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’44.241 1’42.607 39
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’45.040 1’42.806 47
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’45.150 1’42.952 60
15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.998 27
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.126 1’43.152 50
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.114 1’43.271 58
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’45.823 1’43.565 58
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’44.138 35
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.723 1’44.459 58
21 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’47.600 1’44.525 60
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’45.565 27
23 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1’45.924 20
24 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’47.670 22
25 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’49.565 22

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 318.9
2 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 318.5 0.4
3 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 318.3 0.6
4 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 318.2 0.7
5 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 317.9 1
6 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 317.9 1
7 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 317.8 1.1
8 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 317.6 1.3
9 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 317.6 1.3
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 316.6 2.3
11 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 316.5 2.4
12 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 316.5 2.4
13 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 316.4 2.5
14 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 315.3 3.6
15 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 315.1 3.8
16 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 314.7 4.2
17 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 312.2 6.7
18 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 312 6.9
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 311.8 7.1
20 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 311.7 7.2
21 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 309.9 9
22 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 309.9 9

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9 comments on Vettel wary of threat from Lotus drivers

  1. Malik (@malik) said on 1st November 2013, 22:35

    Kimi has really a huge chance of winning as his long-stint times were impressive and did not drop, so he will be on one-stop strategy. Though I am a fan of Seb, I will be happy to see Kimi winning this race :)
    Even Romain is a very nice guy and I hope he will get his first win soon :)

  2. Even though it’s boring, I want to see Seb break the record for most consecutive wins (or equal it, however you look at it). At least then we’ll have something to remember 2013 by!

  3. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 1st November 2013, 23:16

    @keithcollantine

    The chart with the longest stints is not showing; furthermore, the “deficit to best” column seems to be incorrect as well.

    Cheers!

  4. HoHum (@hohum) said on 2nd November 2013, 3:26

    Once again, the slower you iz the faster you go, or vice-versa.

  5. Oli Peacock (@olliekart) said on 2nd November 2013, 7:19

    Chilton 7th in S2, yet not fast in the speed traps. Must be a corner cut or something

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