Rain may wreck Hamilton’s plan to do race fuel run

2014 British Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014Lewis Hamilton’s engine problem in the second practice was not as bad as it could have been – he was running an old engine, and was always going to have a fresh one for tomorrow.

However he missed out on doing a high-fuel stint – “my most important run of the day”, according to Hamilton – which will disadvantage him compared to team mate and principle championship rival Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton intends to make up for lost time in the final practice session: “We will change my programme around tomorrow morning to try and recover the time that I lost and make sure that I can complete my race preparation with a long run,” he said.

Unfortunately for Hamilton the weather may upset those plans. It’s forecast to start raining at Silverstone later this evening and persistent drizzle is expected to remain until late morning, scuppering his chance of doing a long run on slick tyres.

Until then he will have to make do as best he can with Rosberg’s data – or at least as much of it as he can extract from his team mate, as the two have become increasingly unco-operative with each other as the championship fight gets more and more serious.

As usual Ferrari’s Friday pace was strong but as we have seen several times this season they tend to run light at this stage in the weekend – something Force India acknowledged during the first session.

Red Bull, enjoying the return to a more downforce-orientated circuit, are back among the podium contenders. Daniel Ricciardo believes there’s still time to be found in their car: “With the [hard tyre], it was really good but with the [medium] we didn’t find enough time so, if we analyse tonight and get it right, then tomorrow we should be closer.”

The wind which blew the rain clouds towards the circuit caused other problems for the drivers today, as Ricciardo acknowledged. “The wind here is always really strong and today in particular we had really strong gusts coming through and it changes a lot between the corners,” he said.

“One corner you feel like the car is really sharp and then another corner you feel like it doesn’t have any grip at all.”

But if the forecast runs true to form wind will be a secondary consideration for the drivers tomorrow. Especially if the rain stays long enough to interfere with qualifying – a situation Red Bull would certainly welcome.

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
Sebastian Vettel 100.182 100.425 101.279 99.857 99.733 100.198 102.852 99.881 99.984 99.632 100.017 100.077 99.685
Daniel Ricciardo 96.699 96.606 107.437 95.511
Lewis Hamilton 94.508 123.22 102.86 111.311
Nico Rosberg 99.565 99.429 99.217 99.34 103.303 99.139 99.144 98.999 102.845 102.412 99.163 101.854 99.508 99.756 104.879 101.357
Fernando Alonso 100.201 100.519 100.069 100.198 100.061 101.024 102.374 100.382 100.467 100.322 100.308 100.091 99.937 99.981
Kimi Raikkonen 99.231 100.936 106.692 97.239 105.393 102.485 101.346 98.993
Romain Grosjean 103.344 103.882 107.424 102.676 102.204 102.225 102.048 103.864 104.649
Pastor Maldonado 102.954 102.445 102.326 101.871 101.874 101.47 101.32 102.05 105.31 103.086 102.248 101.651 102.399 102.115 102.362
Jenson Button 101.229 100.975 101.156 100.959 100.72 100.633 105.99 102.094 101.749 100.677 100.625 100.432 100.624 101.158
Kevin Magnussen 102.674 101.888 101.946 102.074 101.608 101.668 101.087 101.055 101.169 103.092 103.363 102.665 101.647 102.446 104.293 104.163
Nico Hulkenberg 102.639 101.79 101.716 102.26 102.014 101.936 101.551 102.062
Sergio Perez 101.512 102.815 101.909 103.005 101.759 101.626 101.312 101.604 101.294 101.295 101.262 100.753 101.323
Adrian Sutil 99.576 103.976 99.015 107.973 99.124 117.848 99.055
Esteban Gutierrez 101.618 101.726 101.494 102.375 101.392 101.22 101.416 101.633 101.61 101.33 101.891 101.333 101.865
Jean-Eric Vergne 101.617 100.955 101.538 100.561 100.389 100.041 100.005
Daniil Kvyat 101.911 100.919 100.987 100.823 100.857 101.118 100.811 100.877
Felipe Massa 101.056 100.688 100.942 106.517 100.471 100.354 100.064 104.994 100.368 104.393
Valtteri Bottas 101.424 101.544 100.927 101.013 101.095 101.394 104.118 107.672 104.511
Jules Bianchi 98.671 110.126 98.658
Max Chilton 103.74 103.238 103.086 103.232 103.212 104.134 104.422 103.518 105.056 104.117 105.762
Marcus Ericsson 104.198 104.717 104.82 104.794 104.566 104.337
Kamui Kobayashi 105.374 105.887 106.203 104.969 106.68 104.191 104.383

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 29.780 (1) 38.522 (1) 26.122 (1) 1’34.424 0.084
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 29.790 (2) 38.785 (2) 26.161 (2) 1’34.736 0.312 0.000
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 30.123 (4) 38.884 (3) 26.237 (3) 1’35.244 0.820 0.000
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 30.173 (6) 38.895 (4) 26.340 (4) 1’35.408 0.984 0.103
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 30.056 (3) 39.056 (5) 26.429 (6) 1’35.541 1.117 0.086
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 30.170 (5) 39.279 (6) 26.436 (7) 1’35.885 1.461 0.131
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 30.196 (7) 39.393 (7) 26.639 (10) 1’36.228 1.804 0.000
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 30.326 (10) 39.531 (9) 26.409 (5) 1’36.266 1.842 0.033
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 30.199 (8) 39.549 (11) 26.612 (9) 1’36.360 1.936 0.194
10 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 30.430 (15) 39.505 (8) 26.596 (8) 1’36.531 2.107 0.140
11 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 30.296 (9) 39.543 (10) 26.744 (14) 1’36.583 2.159 0.000
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 30.365 (11) 39.655 (13) 26.670 (11) 1’36.690 2.266 0.088
13 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 30.429 (14) 39.765 (15) 26.704 (12) 1’36.898 2.474 0.053
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 30.417 (13) 39.935 (17) 26.712 (13) 1’37.064 2.640 0.000
15 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 30.685 (17) 39.553 (12) 26.859 (17) 1’37.097 2.673 0.000
16 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 30.590 (16) 39.881 (16) 26.765 (15) 1’37.236 2.812 0.000
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 30.370 (12) 40.161 (18) 26.790 (16) 1’37.321 2.897 0.128
18 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 30.819 (18) 39.733 (14) 26.934 (18) 1’37.486 3.062 0.034
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 30.965 (20) 40.386 (19) 27.227 (20) 1’38.578 4.154 0.080
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 31.100 (22) 40.811 (22) 27.114 (19) 1’39.025 4.601 0.043
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 30.943 (19) 40.723 (21) 27.406 (21) 1’39.072 4.648 0.152
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 31.085 (21) 40.607 (20) 27.711 (22) 1’39.403 4.979 0.359

Speed trap – second practice

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams Mercedes 320.7
2 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 320 0.7
3 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 319.6 1.1
4 22 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 317.6 3.1
5 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 317.5 3.2
6 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 316 4.7
7 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 315.6 5.1
8 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 315.4 5.3
9 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 315 5.7
10 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber Ferrari 314.5 6.2
11 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia Ferrari 314 6.7
12 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 313.4 7.3
13 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 313.1 7.6
14 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Renault 311.9 8.8
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 310.4 10.3
16 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham Renault 309.8 10.9
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham Renault 308.8 11.9
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia Ferrari 308.7 12
19 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 307.6 13.1
20 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 307.6 13.1
21 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 306.6 14.1
22 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus Renault 306.2 14.5

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’36.155 1’34.508 36
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.424 1’34.736 60
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’36.263 1’35.244 55
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’36.623 1’35.511 32
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.921 1’35.627 47
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’36.016 33
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.963 1’36.228 59
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.231 1’36.299 65
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’36.706 1’36.554 52
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’37.227 1’36.583 51
11 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’39.461 1’36.671 36
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’37.175 1’36.778 60
13 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.056 1’36.951 53
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’37.064 35
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.910 1’37.097 54
16 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’37.720 1’37.236 59
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’37.449 27
18 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.520 25
19 Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 1’38.083 23
20 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.328 19
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’38.917 1’38.658 23
22 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’39.068 31
23 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’39.814 1’39.224 52
24 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’40.597 1’39.762 40
25 Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault 1’42.261 11
26 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1’44.212 4

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11 comments on Rain may wreck Hamilton’s plan to do race fuel run

  1. timi (@timi) said on 4th July 2014, 18:30

    If I were Hamilton and qualy is dry, I’d be one of the first on track and put in a very quick lap. Then pit, get fuel and chuck on a set of tyres he would have used today then do a 14ish minute ‘long-run’. Heck, Q1 and Q2 are a joke to Mercedes, why not use it for good instead of idling in the pits?

    • timi (@timi) said on 4th July 2014, 18:30

      NB. Q3 is also a joke to Mercedes lol!

      • Julian (@julianwins) said on 5th July 2014, 1:51

        Except Austria. I don’t think Merc found it quite so laughable

        • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 5th July 2014, 6:56

          Mercedes were not on the front row because of mistakes by the drivers.

          It all had gone according to plan, then they’d have been 1-2 again. Lewis was something like .500 up on Massa’s time by the second split before he ran wide at the penultimate corner.

    • Steven (@steevkay) said on 4th July 2014, 19:17

      Not a terrible idea, actually.

      Maybe some wet-running in Practice 3 isn’t a bad idea anyway, since the website I’m looking at shows 40% chance of afternoon showers on Sunday. It would be cool for Lewis to put down another great drive at Silverstone, in the wet, and close the gap to Rosberg. I don’t want this points gap to become any larger…

    • Michael C said on 4th July 2014, 19:23

      It might be worth doing this if Q3 is infact wet, but his engineer Bonnington would have to be constantly updating Lewis on cars around him to avoid blocking penalties.

    • Mashiat (@mashiat) said on 5th July 2014, 11:24

      You can’t use practice tyres in Qualifying. The teams give the set of tyres they use in FP1 and FP2 right after each session. So no, not a brilliant idea.

  2. Jarv F150 (@jarvf150) said on 4th July 2014, 22:21

    I would suspect that if data-sharing between the two sides of the garage are good Nico’s data is good for Lewis’s car.
    The lack of practice is probably something else.

    What is a curiosity to me is Kevin Magnussen’s straight line speed; I had read that those odd suspension things were draggy. Given the numerous long straights things might look better than they seem for McLaren.

    -

    Also going to my first race day since I saw Eddie “The Eagle” drive a truck round Donnington many many… many years ago.

  3. HoHum (@hohum) said on 5th July 2014, 6:51

    If it weren’t for the Saubers, apparently carrying a lot of wing, the speedtrap figures would provide a perfect linear illustration of the maximum power output of the PUs as they stand this year. Ferrari can console themselves with the thought that at least they are ahead of the French manufacturer of cute shopping trolleys and bland rep-mobiles.

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