Rosberg encouraged despite inconclusive day

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Interlagos, 2013Nico Rosberg is encouraged about Mercedes’ chances of rivalling Red Bull despite wet conditions making it hard to draw conclusions from Friday practice.

“I have higher hopes now that perhaps we can give Red Bull a hard time this weekend,” said Rosberg, who was quickest in both of today’s practice sessions. However Sebastian Vettel set a quicker ‘ultimate lap time’ across the three sectors in the second, wetter session.

Rosberg’s Mercedes team mate was less positive about his chances and is hoping conditions change before the race.

“I’m struggling a little to get the feel of the car in the wet,” said Lewis Hamilton, “and that’s really been the same for me with our car all season, so we have some work to do overnight to see where we can make improvements.”

“I’d really prefer a dry weekend but that’s out of our hands.”

However today’s running was so inconclusive for some they aren’t even sure whether they would prefer wet or dry weather. “It?s too early to say what conditions will best suit our car,” said Felipe Massa.

While the wet conditions meant there was little appetite for too much running, drivers were also constrained by the limited availability of wet weather tyres for the weekend. Because first practice was wet an extra set of intermediate tyres were issued as per the rules, but the second session was also wet and saw very little action.

“It would?ve been nice to have more tyres to play with,” said Jenson Button.

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
Sebastian Vettel 89.8 88.939 101.202 87.993 99.333 87.531 87.628 87.63
Mark Webber 90.362 95.602 90.014 96.207 89.852
Fernando Alonso 93.841 88.928
Felipe Massa 91.229 91.117 92.06
Jenson Button 91.77
Sergio Perez 94.083
Heikki Kovalainen 90.788 89.871 93.508 89.19 92.45 88.129
Romain Grosjean 94.579 89.676 89.485 96.406 88.985 88.891
Nico Rosberg 98.738 88.693 96.479 99.413 99.437 87.306 87.954
Lewis Hamilton 105.203 94.044 88.974 94.048 92.398 97.906 88.147
Nico Hulkenberg 90.01 90.671 98.332 90.382
Esteban Gutierrez 90.207 89.989 94.894 89.625 89.88 103.652 89.049
Paul di Resta 93.076 89.174 93.32 89.334
Adrian Sutil 91.641 90.571 90.627 90.093 89.783
Pastor Maldonado 92.978 90.862 90.862 108.764 89.717
Valtteri Bottas 93.225 90.968 90.586 90.425
Jean-Eric Vergne 90.72 95.207 98.871 90.432 95.199 88.833 97.508 88.405 88.825
Daniel Ricciardo 94.178 89.851 96.081 92.368 92.027 89.988
Charles Pic 93.235 99.421 93.125 92.113 91.87 91.558 95.382 91.978 91.165
Giedo van der Garde 92.786 91.972 94.561 92.511 92.284 92.784 91.838 91.249 93.761 91.118
Jules Bianchi 93.337 92.986 92.689 97.815
Max Chilton 95.149 93.497 94.585 103.321 92.714 93.161 95.524

Sector times and ultimate lap times – second practice

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S3 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 22.010 (3) 45.817 (2) 19.417 (1) 1’27.244 0.287
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.979 (1) 45.660 (1) 19.667 (6) 1’27.306 0.062 0.000
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 22.041 (4) 45.835 (3) 19.595 (2) 1’27.471 0.227 0.121
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.052 (5) 46.253 (6) 19.642 (4) 1’27.947 0.703 0.981
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.990 (2) 46.377 (7) 19.686 (9) 1’28.053 0.809 0.094
6 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 22.309 (7) 46.138 (4) 19.682 (8) 1’28.129 0.885 0.000
7 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 22.441 (11) 46.186 (5) 19.751 (13) 1’28.378 1.134 0.182
8 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 22.313 (8) 46.422 (8) 19.670 (7) 1’28.405 1.161 0.000
9 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 22.400 (9) 46.438 (9) 19.653 (5) 1’28.491 1.247 0.248
10 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 22.296 (6) 46.511 (11) 19.733 (12) 1’28.540 1.296 0.000
11 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 22.490 (13) 46.461 (10) 19.701 (10) 1’28.652 1.408 0.239
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 22.458 (12) 46.603 (12) 19.846 (14) 1’28.907 1.663 0.142
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 22.422 (10) 46.953 (13) 19.600 (3) 1’28.975 1.731 0.199
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 22.648 (14) 46.967 (14) 19.935 (15) 1’29.550 2.306 0.167
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 22.773 (16) 47.179 (15) 19.705 (11) 1’29.657 2.413 0.126
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 22.690 (15) 47.431 (16) 20.141 (17) 1’30.262 3.018 0.163
17 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 23.061 (20) 47.516 (18) 20.171 (18) 1’30.748 3.504 0.000
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 23.000 (19) 47.549 (19) 20.247 (20) 1’30.796 3.552 0.322
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 23.108 (21) 47.485 (17) 20.364 (22) 1’30.957 3.713 0.104
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 22.892 (18) 48.149 (21) 19.995 (16) 1’31.036 3.792 0.129
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 22.852 (17) 48.029 (20) 20.308 (21) 1’31.189 3.945 0.022
22 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 23.112 (22) 48.443 (22) 20.215 (19) 1’31.770 4.526 0.000

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’24.781 1’27.306 26
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.230 1’28.147 22
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’25.387 1’27.531 27
4 Jenson Button McLaren 1’25.391 1’31.770 31
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.593 1’28.928 23
6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.797 1’27.592 35
7 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’25.946 1’30.748 23
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.064 17
9 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’26.133 1’28.129 44
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.232 1’28.560 37
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.248 1’28.540 24
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.326 1’29.049 45
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’26.570 1’28.891 40
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.593 1’28.405 33
15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’27.115 1’29.783 32
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’27.269 1’30.425 38
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.358 1’29.717 36
18 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1’27.436 9
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’28.107 1’31.118 34
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’28.199 1’31.165 32
21 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.739 15
22 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’29.174 11
23 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.004 1’31.061 42
24 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’31.211 19
25 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’32.646 19

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 290
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 282.3 7.7
3 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 278.4 11.6
4 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 277.1 12.9
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 276.1 13.9
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 274.8 15.2
7 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 274.5 15.5
8 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 274.1 15.9
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 272.2 17.8
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 270.2 19.8
11 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 266.9 23.1
12 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 265.2 24.8
13 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 264.5 25.5
14 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 262.8 27.2
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 259.6 30.4
16 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 259.1 30.9
17 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 258.8 31.2
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 258.6 31.4
19 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 254.9 35.1
20 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 253.1 36.9
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 251.5 38.5
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 248.6 41.4

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15 comments on Rosberg encouraged despite inconclusive day

  1. Rosberg encouraged despite inconclusive day

    Lewis will eat him in qualifying

  2. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 22nd November 2013, 20:47

    Look at laps 5-7 for Vettel
    Astonishing consistensy, albeit over only 3 laps but still…

  3. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 22nd November 2013, 21:32

    Hamilton was even more pessimistic in the comment on Autosport, saying there would be “no hope” if it stays wet. He has often looked much less comfortable in the wet than Rosberg, who was usually right on the pace, though curiously Hamilton finished all rain-affected qualifyings ahead of Rosberg.

    • Krichelle (@krichelle) said on 22nd November 2013, 22:21

      (@adrianmorse

      Not really mate, Hamilton finished ahead of Rosberg in Malaysia and in Australia only because he was able to adapt very well to the changing conditions. If it stayed wet, I am sure that Rosberg by the way he was driving, would have been ahead. Or even on pole position. Hamilton has been struggling with the car since the season started so if that does come here, that’s a big time loss for Lewis. Remember that in SPA, Rosberg set “probably the lap of the year” in Q3. That was full wet, and Hamilton only beat him because Rosberg didn’t have a chance of another lap. I’ve said it before, that Newey was wary and cautious about Mercedes pace in the wet.

      • Krichelle (@krichelle) said on 22nd November 2013, 22:23

        Really, that was one of the best laps in the wet for quite a long time. I can remember Hamilton’s lap in q3 in SPA 2010 was also brilliant because everyone was losing grip that time, and he just loses out on pole by less than a tenth. Rosberg’s lap though, was astonishing considering that Di Resta had set the time during a dry-wet track. Rosberg’s time was on full wet.

      • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 23rd November 2013, 6:37

        @krichelle,
        he did outqualify Rosberg on those days, that’s why I said it was curious.

        I think in the wet two factors are currently very important: driver confidence and tyre temperature (especially in the Pirelli era), with the former presumably dependent on the former. For some reason Hamilton has often looked un-confident in the wet this season, though I still hope he can pull something out of the bag when it matters. The wet qualifyings so far:

        – In Australia Hamilton was almost knocked out in Q1 – and would have been knocked out had he heeded his team’s instruction to come into the pits to inspect his damaged rear wing. In drying Q3 he was faster than Nico.
        – In Malaysia I remember Rosberg looking faster in the dry conditions of Q1 and Q2, but in wet Q3 Hamilton was faster.
        – In Canada I don’t remember much about Q1 and Q2, but in Q3 he was consistently faster.
        – In Spa Rosberg looked faster, but perhaps Lewis’ tyres did not come in until the final lap. His sector 2 was 1 second faster than both Red Bulls were directly in front of him on track.

  4. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 22nd November 2013, 22:14

    Wowzers, that is quite the photo of Nico Rosberg!

  5. Is Vettel just getting epic drive out of the final “proper” turn leading on to the back straight? That seems to be where he’s making up the time (I missed FP).

  6. Anirudh S (@anirudh1992) said on 23rd November 2013, 1:03

    Will Gonzalez get a drive next year? I hope not. Chilton is a second faster than him.

  7. DaveD (@daved) said on 23rd November 2013, 2:32

    It was only an inconclusive day because of the idiotic rules limiting them to 4 sets of full wets for the ENTIRE weekend! Why would they do that? On a rainy weekend it means the fans who pay to see practice get to watch the rain on an empty track because the teams are busy saving their tires for qualifying and the race. What is the deal with that IDIOTIC rule? The tyres cost almost nothing compared to the money the teams spend on tires so it’s a joke to say it’s all to save money.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 23rd November 2013, 12:08

      @daved

      The tyres cost almost nothing compared to the money the teams spend on tires so it’s a joke to say it’s all to save money.

      Tyres might not be that expensive but flying thousands of them around the world to race tracks where they’re usually not going to be used certainly is.

      • taurus said on 23rd November 2013, 12:30

        How many tires do you need If you want to provide teams with one more set of wet tyres?
        22 * 4 = 88

      • Hembery was quoted as saying 600-750k Euros for flying around all the unused wet tyres per year.

      • DaveD (@daved) said on 23rd November 2013, 15:25

        First, I meant to say the tyres cost nothing compared to all the carbon fiber bits. Second, there are only three or four races per year where the venue potentially has that much rain expected. It would only cost them a few hundred thousand extra, at most, to bring extra wet tyres. If they are going to expect fans to buy tickets and show up for all sessions, then they can damn well be expected to bring the equipment needed to drive around the track.

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