Mercedes wary of Ferrari advance in Canada

2014 Canadian Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Seeing the two Mercedes drivers on top of the timing screens ceased to be a thing of novelty some time ago.

But those hoping their competition would be closer this weekend spied a glimmer of hope, as Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams and McLaren all lapped within a second of the W05s around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Part of the reason for this appeared to be that Mercedes did not find as great an increase in lap time when they switched from the soft to the super-soft tyre.

“One of our biggest jobs will be to analyse and understand why the [super-soft] tyre didn’t perform as well on our car in comparison to the [soft] and also how to manage graining on the option during the race,” said the team’s executive director of business Toto Wolff.

“It is a short lap here, which closes up the field anyway, but it feels like Ferrari might be pushing us harder this weekend.”

However we can’t discount the possibility that Mercedes ran their cars with more fuel on board for their super-soft runs. Particularly as most teams found the super-soft was easier to switch on for a flying lap.

“It seems like everyone is still struggling with tyre warm-up with the [soft], but the [super-soft] felt a lot better.” noted Valtteri Bottas. The Williams driver was on the periphery of a tightly-knit group behind the Mercedes compromising his team mate, the two Ferraris and Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull.

“I didn’t have the perfect lap yet with the supersoft,” Bottas added, “so I think there’s a little bit more to come”.

Despite a problem with his engine in the first session, and still being “not 100% happy with the handling of the F14 T”, Kimi Raikkonen was narrowly the quicker of the two Ferrari drivers. Vettel edged his time late in the session, which will have been partly thanks to better track conditions later in the session, as grip levels at the little-used venue tend to improve rapidly.

Vettel, who was the pole sitter at this race for the last three years, was also higher up the speed chart than usual for Red Bull. The fastest cars clocked top speeds 10kph (6.2mph) higher than last year, thanks to the new V6 turbo engines.

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/2014drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Sebastian Vettel 81.209 80.66 80.552 80.598 80.45 81.227 87.148 80.207 80.054
Daniel Ricciardo 86.054 81.606 81.241 80.773 81.2 81.128 81.479 81.418 81.711 82.586
Lewis Hamilton 80.027 80.183 80.069 80.191 80.295 81.835 80.456 80.508 80.159 80.1 82.602 80.405 81.333 80.503
Nico Rosberg 80.207 80.327 80.382 79.911 81.186 80.745 80.517 80.416 82.086 80.29 88.321 80.628 80.024 81.958
Fernando Alonso 80.616 81.466 80.659 81.338 81.232 82.927 80.905
Kimi Raikkonen 81.057 80.643 80.445 80.082 80.29 80.991 80.399 80.318
Romain Grosjean 82.798 81.868 81.478 82.041 81.769 81.49 81.604 81.825 85.147 86.278 82.05
Pastor Maldonado 83.594 82.5 82.085 83.697 81.483 81.698 83.973 81.395 81.761 81.357
Jenson Button 81.972 81.124 80.732 83.951 80.814 81.223 80.414 80.684 80.707 80.717 80.636
Kevin Magnussen 81.493 80.735 83.104 81.811 82.425 82.229 81.774 85.223 81.832 84.875 81.624 81.328 81.394 81.145 81.171 81.561 81.743 81.756 82.408
Nico Hulkenberg 80.674 80.187 80.683 80.752 81.11 81.491 81.331 81.343 81.429 81.169 81.471 80.67
Sergio Perez 81.139 80.821 80.955 80.666 80.914 81.079 81.145 81.231 80.949 81.301 81.2 81.226 82.853
Adrian Sutil 82.882 81.604 81.358 81.051 82.123 81.635 81.437 81.495 81.485 81.528 81.646 81.333 81.304 81.528 81.642 81.142 81.41 81.493 81.702 81.965
Esteban Gutierrez 81.984 81.545 81.544 82.238 82.393 81.916 82.259 83.582 82.432 82.017 82.02 82.647 84.773
Jean-Eric Vergne 82.487 81.267 80.848 82.176 81.303 81.332 81.657 81.759 81.449 81.466 81.897 82.87
Daniil Kvyat 85.566 80.312 79.614 89.484 78.732 86.086 78.823
Felipe Massa 79.845 79.539 80.338 81.653 79.802 79.356 79.568 80.095 79.251 78.882 85.125 79.669 80.897 80.584 79.181 79.607 79.909
Valtteri Bottas 80.857 80.917 80.728 80.774 82.505 82.116 80.775 81.393 83.079 81.721 82.545 82.388
Jules Bianchi 92.127
Max Chilton 82.21 82.409 83.153 82.023 83.072 82.925 82.742 83.785 83.132 82.792 82.858 82.964 83.032 82.814 83.116 83.985 83.501
Marcus Ericsson 85.072 82.876 83.004 82.418 86.4
Kamui Kobayashi 89.308 90.87 84.01 84.165 83.917 83.993 87.046 84.175 84.013 90.108 85.39 84.653

Sector times and ultimate lap times – second practice

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S3 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.210 (1) 24.689 (1) 30.199 (1) 1’16.098 0.020
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.296 (2) 24.772 (4) 30.225 (2) 1’16.293 0.195 0.000
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 21.491 (5) 24.721 (2) 30.361 (4) 1’16.573 0.475 0.000
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 21.383 (4) 24.868 (7) 30.397 (5) 1’16.648 0.550 0.000
5 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 21.509 (6) 24.862 (6) 30.310 (3) 1’16.681 0.583 0.093
6 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.381 (3) 24.769 (3) 30.536 (8) 1’16.686 0.588 0.015
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 21.532 (8) 24.839 (5) 30.497 (7) 1’16.868 0.770 0.025
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 21.524 (7) 24.995 (11) 30.412 (6) 1’16.931 0.833 0.121
9 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 21.553 (10) 24.960 (9) 30.546 (9) 1’17.059 0.961 0.000
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 21.555 (12) 24.929 (8) 30.696 (11) 1’17.180 1.082 0.000
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 21.541 (9) 24.967 (10) 30.881 (13) 1’17.389 1.291 0.255
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 21.748 (13) 25.089 (15) 30.617 (10) 1’17.454 1.356 0.258
13 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 21.553 (10) 25.049 (13) 31.024 (17) 1’17.626 1.528 0.000
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 21.777 (14) 25.025 (12) 30.939 (15) 1’17.741 1.643 0.127
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 21.836 (16) 25.051 (14) 30.875 (12) 1’17.762 1.664 0.057
16 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 21.780 (15) 25.244 (17) 30.913 (14) 1’17.937 1.839 0.027
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 22.067 (19) 25.216 (16) 30.961 (16) 1’18.244 2.146 0.096
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 22.043 (18) 25.357 (18) 31.293 (19) 1’18.693 2.595 0.000
19 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 21.973 (17) 25.518 (19) 31.231 (18) 1’18.722 2.624 0.010
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 22.599 (20) 25.691 (20) 31.435 (20) 1’19.725 3.627 0.519
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 23.253 (21) 26.484 (21) 32.390 (21) 1’22.127 6.029 0.291
22 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 24.530 (22) 29.133 (22) 35.690 (22) 1’29.353 13.255 2.774

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’17.254 1’16.118 67
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.384 1’16.293 71
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’18.131 1’16.573 54
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’18.578 1’16.648 46
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’17.238 1’16.701 48
6 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’19.575 1’16.774 44
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’18.361 1’16.893 57
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.516 1’17.052 73
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.446 1’17.059 71
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’18.643 1’17.180 54
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’19.142 1’17.626 60
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.435 1’17.644 62
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’18.733 1’17.712 65
14 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’18.959 1’17.819 55
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’19.340 1’17.868 61
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.108 1’17.964 71
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.804 1’18.340 58
18 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’20.844 1’18.693 60
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.177 1’18.732 30
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’20.200 1’32.127 18
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’20.244 38
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’21.404 1’22.418 46
23 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1’21.757 27

Speed trap – second practice

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 333.8
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams Mercedes 331.7 2.1
3 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 330.2 3.6
4 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Renault 329 4.8
5 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 328.8 5
6 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 328.7 5.1
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 327.9 5.9
8 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 327.6 6.2
9 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 327.1 6.7
10 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 326.5 7.3
11 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 326.2 7.6
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 325 8.8
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 324.6 9.2
14 4 Max Chilton Marussia Ferrari 324.2 9.6
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber Ferrari 324 9.8
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham Renault 322.7 11.1
17 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham Renault 320.5 13.3
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus Renault 320.3 13.5
19 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 319.8 14
20 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 318.7 15.1
21 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 317.9 15.9
22 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia Ferrari 304 29.8

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14 comments on Mercedes wary of Ferrari advance in Canada

  1. Breno (@austus) said on 6th June 2014, 23:30

    Mercedes running with a lot of wing, or just a lot of fuel? 7kmph gap is pretty big.

  2. HoHum (@hohum) said on 6th June 2014, 23:50

    Either Ricciardos’ car is down on power compared to Vettel or he is running more downforce which would be a reversal of the normal minor difference between these cars, curious.

    • Dennis the menace (@) said on 7th June 2014, 4:53

      I think Red Bull may have been testing different set ups and as you suggest playing with the amount of down force.

    • Michel S. (@hircus) said on 7th June 2014, 5:31

      That looks like a really unoptimal set-up on Ricciardo’s car. Lower top speed and lower lap times? Normally you’d increase downforce to the point of getting faster lap times at the expense of top speed (making it harder to overtake and being vulnerable to being overtaken), but no more.

      Perhaps they’re still finding the limits, or Ricciardo is carrying more fuel too…

    • Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 7th June 2014, 12:14

      @hohum Vettel is running the improved unreliable pre-season package, whereas Ricciardo is running the normal car. Besides they’re running different set-ups.

  3. Wow! Hamilton’s and Rosberg’s stint pace is sooooooo close. With some decent overtaking spots on the track we could see a real race long battle between the Merc boys.

  4. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 7th June 2014, 6:50

    Ricciardo seems to be struggling at this track (as he did last year). I don’t think the difference between him and Vettel can be explained away just by Vettel going out later, and also Daniel’s long run graph does not look too good.

  5. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 7th June 2014, 9:52

    Massa’s long stint looks particulary quick !

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 7th June 2014, 11:58

      Exactly what I noticed. Williams might be the team taking the challenge to the Mercs this weekend. They’re definitely the dark horse.

      Ferrari have improved… but my guess is that they are still a tenth or two off the Bulls and a second behind the Mercs

    • juan fanger (@juan-fanger) said on 7th June 2014, 14:56

      I’ve never bet before, but from that long run pace and top speed I just went and put a few dollars on MAS at 80/1. (Still have HAM for the win in the Predictions, as that is important to get right. See what happens in P3)

  6. steve (@maximustotalus) said on 7th June 2014, 10:36

    i think we might actually see bottas/massa on the podium this weekend as with that high speed i dont think anyone will be able to pass them and if they are behind the ferraris and keep close for the straights i can see them breezing past in the drs i think redbulls will qualify between the williams/ferraris and the mcclaren/force indias

  7. Amine said on 7th June 2014, 13:21

    I see the cars hitting more than 375 km/h in Monza! who else agrees? This year’s cars are slower but when it comes to top speed, I think that we might witness an all time F1 top speed record this year!

    • Steven said on 7th June 2014, 14:14

      Now that would be something! It’d be even cooler if they took out the first chicane so the cars can take the first turn at top speed (Curva Grande, I think?)

      I remember seeing the Audi LMP cars taking that first turn at Monza without the chicane (just straight into Curva Grande) and the speed they carried into the turn was AWESOME. I suppose the downside would be missing the overtaking attempts at the chicane on the F1 layout…

    • Michael Brown said on 7th June 2014, 14:51

      While I miss the higher speed cornering the cars used to have, it’s good to see the top speeds go up by quite a lot.

      The fastest lap of the 2013 GP was 1:16.1 set by Webber in the race. Hamilton beat that in practice.

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