Mercedes ‘not blowing everyone away’ – Ricciardo

2014 Monaco Grand Prix Thursday practice analysis

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Monte-Carlo, 2014Daniel Ricciardo is encouraged by Red Bull’s performance after lapping two tenths of a second off the Mercedes drivers’ pace during the first practice session.

“If we’re going to challenge the Mercs then I think this is the place for it,” said Ricciardo after Thursday’s two practice sessions.

“They don’t seem to have one sector at the moment which is blowing everyone away, but obviously it’s still early days.”

Red Bull expected to be closer to Mercedes in Monaco because the track is predominantly slow corners with no long straights. However Ferrari were the second-fastest team on Thursday, thanks to Fernando Alonso’s flying lap on super-soft tyres at the end of second practice.

Not all the drivers managed to get a quick lap in on the faster rubber when the track was busy at the end of the session. Second practice began on a wet track which limited the amount of running the teams were able to do. As Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be warm and dry they saw little value in running until the track had dried.

There had been concerns over grip levels on the parts of the track where it has been resurfaced. The new Tarmac runs from Casino, through Mirabeau to the Tunnel, and two other smaller patches have also been relaid.

But after driving the track today Jenson Button was very pleased with the amount of grip he found. “Yesterday, I said that the new asphalt in the middle sector might lack grip, but I’m really pleased to be able to say that the organisers have done a fantastic job with the fresh surface,” he said.

“A lot of circuits could learn from the job they’ve done with the asphalt here: considering it’s brand new, it’s really good – there’s so much grip.”

Jean-Eric Vergne was another driver who got a quick lap in late in the second practice session, moving his Toro Rosso up the order. He was followed by Valtteri Bottas, and although he was significantly quicker than his team mate in both practice sessions, Felipe Massa was hindered with a power unit sensor problem.

Longest stint comparison – first practice

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

Because wet conditions were forecast for the second practice session, most teams did their longest runs during the first:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2014drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Sebastian Vettel 80.939 80.103 85.822 80.329 79.774 88.279 79.381 84.233 81.473 79.254 79.116 79.086
Daniel Ricciardo 83.818 91.644 80.115 85.465 79.416 88.815 79.631 83.584 78.616 78.61 83.053 124.868
Lewis Hamilton 82.205 80.576 80.542 81.097 82.572 80.305 82.768 80.338
Nico Rosberg 87.753 81.496 78.564 78.303 87.428 81.336 81.033
Fernando Alonso 83.937 88.852 90.966 78.93 88.652 87.383 86.413 79.019 94.048 87.634 109.786 121.389
Kimi Raikkonen 79.939 94.795 85.555 79.972 85.761 79.467 85.938 81.97 98.697 80.151 88.628 129.76
Romain Grosjean 83.741 80.678 83.677 81.555 80.215 85.37 80.621 91.792 87.702 150.003
Pastor Maldonado 84.619 85.82 91.721 82.465 81.69 80.8 80.671 87.376 86.102 81.019 92.005 84.594 153.522
Jenson Button 82.957 94.322 81.988 81.497 81.326 81.39 96.633 84.602 81.066 94.402 81.579 141.304
Kevin Magnussen 83.183 81.645 82.705 86.565 81.25 82.45 84.961 129.35
Nico Hulkenberg 84.931 87.961 82.64 89.13 81.504 96.383 90.272 91.415
Sergio Perez 88.847 89.337 83.259 82.4 81.446 81.006 80.711 89.715
Adrian Sutil 86.644 85.117 86.521 99.28 82.185 90.544
Esteban Gutierrez 85.373 82.095 88.365 81.137 84.766 83.722 81.084 93.045 81.18 86.806 80.704
Jean-Eric Vergne 83.836 80.958 93.412 88.146 80.288 94.389 80.384 92.989 80.26
Daniil Kvyat 86.104 86.62 89.76 92.007 82.551 82.629 83.396 82.309 83.416 82.672 88.428 83.656 85.97 138.683
Felipe Massa 83.335 91.845 87.58 92.813 81.816 87.665
Valtteri Bottas 83.569 80.716 97.681 80.286 79.636 90.174 79.886 79.494 85.389
Jules Bianchi 85.769 86.778 81.607 81.819 88.168 81.31
Max Chilton 88.135 89.569 85.817
Marcus Ericsson 85.719 83.293 82.839 82.551 95.801 82.264 85.37 82.063 90.897 85.648 87.893 86.013 89.647 90.542 147.882
Kamui Kobayashi 88.816 84.488 82.492 85.633 86.317 83.341 86.788 103.774 178.941

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.271 1’18.901 44
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.303 1’22.862 42
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’18.930 1’18.482 46
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.506 1’19.779 48
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.043 1’19.017 48
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.260 1’19.351 50
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’19.494 1’19.421 40
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’19.467 1’45.509 35
9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’19.666 1’19.668 38
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’19.856 1’19.712 48
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’20.033 1’19.721 51
12 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.789 1’20.230 45
13 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.118 1’21.467 41
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’20.207 1’21.700 39
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’20.241 1’20.977 45
16 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’20.517 1’20.394 33
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.914 1’20.622 50
18 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.736 1’20.811 36
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’21.310 1’21.937 40
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’22.492 1’21.924 44
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’22.063 1’23.164 46
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’25.817 1’22.683 20

Speed trap – second practice

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 287.9
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams Mercedes 287.4 0.5
3 4 Max Chilton Marussia Ferrari 287 0.9
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 286.8 1.1
5 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 285.4 2.5
6 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 285.1 2.8
7 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Renault 283.9 4
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 283.7 4.2
9 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 283.6 4.3
10 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia Ferrari 282.5 5.4
11 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 282.3 5.6
12 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 281.8 6.1
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber Ferrari 280.2 7.7
14 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham Renault 279.9 8
15 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham Renault 279.6 8.3
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 279.2 8.7
17 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 277.3 10.6
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus Renault 277.1 10.8
19 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 275.7 12.2
20 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 274.2 13.7
21 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 267.4 20.5
22 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 260.4 27.5

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14 comments on Mercedes ‘not blowing everyone away’ – Ricciardo

  1. DaveW (@dmw) said on 22nd May 2014, 20:40

    Curious that the W05s are at opposite ends of the speed trap chart with a 20kph difference. All other teammate pairs are very close. As everyone has max DF on here, that means either big gearing difference, or possibly Nico is not getting a good launch out of Portier.

    • I think Nico’s speed isn’t correct. Shouldn’t be down in that chart so much

    • Dave (@dworsley) said on 22nd May 2014, 21:04

      Don’t read anything into the speed trap numbers for the session. Half of the speeds (including Rosberg’s) were set on a damp track and were beginning to brake for the chicane when their speeds were recorded which explains the 20 km/h difference. There is unlikely to be any difference in gearing as the ratios are set at the start of the season (minus one change if they get things wrong).

  2. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 22nd May 2014, 21:57

    The speed traps are right. And for that the strategies are obviously different. I think Nico is the guy the watch this weekend, obsviously the guy to beat is Hamilton. As for the RBR there are still a huge distance to the Mercedes, 0,2s at Monaco is still a long way.
    BTW Monaco deserves a page for the Helmet’s :P @keithcollantine, and for that should be always a page with them updated, i love the helmet’s…

  3. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 22nd May 2014, 22:01

    Ricciardo did show Vettel up a bit during the first session – but of course, we don’t know fuel loads etc, so too early to draw conclusions.

  4. And Riccardo, thinks mercedes is not blowing them away. I just like the way they start talking in the media before race day then after the race they agree that th W05 seems to be running in another competition.

  5. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 22nd May 2014, 22:24

    I don’t really think they were trying to blow anyone away, just taking it easy, although of course it will be closer here anyway.

  6. JCost (@jcost) said on 23rd May 2014, 11:42

    Hope you’re right mate.

    With a bit more development Marussia will be beating Sauber this year. Way to go guys, way to go.

  7. Garns (@) said on 23rd May 2014, 12:53

    The speed trap here surely the least important for the year.
    Dan’s comments are fine, he is not likely to say “we are closer but they will still smash us” is he. Anyway, Dan is due to make a place or 2 on lap one, so no better place I say :)

  8. timi (@timi) said on 23rd May 2014, 18:42

    “A lot of circuits could learn from the job they’ve done with the asphalt here: considering it’s brand new, it’s really good – there’s so much grip.”

    I think the asphalt’s high grip compared to new tarmac at other tracks, can be attributed to the fact Monaco has cars driving over it all day every day… Instead of just a few times a year like India, or Austin

  9. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 23rd May 2014, 21:06

    I think Ricciardo has a very good performance.

  10. DaveD (@daved) said on 24th May 2014, 5:09

    I think Mercedes is even further ahead than they were before. The only time I saw them running full out was during the dry spell in FP1 and they were a full 1.5 seconds ahead of everyone. Then they realized how obvious it was and started sand bagging. I’m telling you, it looked bad.

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