Brazil Grand Prix Formula One free practice report
Formula One teams Brazilian Grand Prix free practice results
|10||Di Resta||Force India||1:15.129||1.103|
|21||De la Rosa||HRT||1:17.244||3.218|
Red Bull Racing
BRAZILIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
Car 1, Sebastian Vettel
“It was alright today, it was very slippery for everyone. It was quite hot today and in terms of track conditions not that easy, so I think everyone suffered the same kind of problems looking for traction and stability etc. So far we can be happy, we have to do our homework now, first comes tomorrow morning and we go from there.”
Car 2, Mark Webber
“The track was slippery today, it’s very hot. I think we’re all a little bit surprised by the lack of grip we had, but we got what we could out of today in these conditions. We got through plenty of stuff and also did a bit of’13 work, which was useful. It’s the last test before next year, so we made the most of the beautiful sunny day in Brazil, before we go to colder Jerez in February.”
- First Practice Session
- Position: 2, Best Time: 1:14.140, Laps: 35
- Second Practice Session
- Position: 2, Best Time: 1:14.300, Laps: 40
- First Practice Session
- Position: 3, Best Time: 1:14.198, Laps: 34
- Second Practice Session
- Position: 3, Best Time: 1:14.523, Laps: 37
RED BULL RACING REVEALED…
Racing in Formula One is truly a team effort and as such our championship challenge bears the signature of every department of Red Bull Racing, from reception to race track. As we close out the season, this time we went all the way to the top to look at…
THIS RACE: The Team Principal’s Office
People think: He sits on the pitwall nervously tapping his foot while waiting for the chequered flag.
What they actually do is: Oversees the management and direction of the entire team, from shaping the team’s business model and reporting back to the team’s parent company to taking responsibility for the performance on track. But let’s let Christian Horner explain it better… “The role of team principal probably varies from team to team, but in our case I have overall accountability for the project in terms of how the team and the business operates, so ultimately the buck stops with me, which is a pressure I suppose, but one I’ve always relished and I continue to do so. I work very much in partnership with Adrian, in that he looks after the technical side of the team. I leave him to get on with that and I deal with all the operational aspects and effectively the running of the business. There are many elements to a grand prix team, whether it’s management, logistics, or the operational side in terms of the race team and what you do trackside. It means there are many different hats you have wear, but I think we have a very clear chain of command and, I hope, a good one. Ultimately, though, my job is about managing the efforts of a huge team of people and it really is all about the team. It’s an easy thing to say, but Formula One is the epitome of teamwork and you get nothing in this sport unless you work well together. It’s an endeavour in which over 500 individuals all need to work in absolute harmony in order to achieve the end result on a Sunday afternoon. That means every single department making its contribution, from freight and logistics to manufacturing to aerodynamics. Everyone has to deliver. The Constructors’ Championship is where the team measures itself against the rivals, so, when we achieve something like we did last weekend, there’s inevitably a sense of pride in what everyone has delivered. Department for department we’ve taken on our rivals and achieved something tremendously special in retaining the trophy for the third time, which very few teams have managed. It’s required unbelievable teamwork, dedication and a heroic effort from so many people, working as one group. It’s enormously gratifying to be a part of that group.”
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2012 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
“I’m savouring every moment”
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Friday November 23
- FP1 1m14.131s 33 laps 1st
- FP2 1m14.026s 35 laps 1st
“It’s been a positive first day – I hope we can maintain our form or even progress it tomorrow. We’re certainly looking strong, but this place can be so tough on tyres that it’s hard to make any accurate predictions at this stage.
“The track and ambient temperatures were so high today that it felt almost as though I was sliding around the track with the tyres melting! Having said that, our long runs are usually tougher on the tyres [than shorter runs], but our long runs still looked quite good today.
“It’s great to have such a positive final Friday with the team – it’s been one of the best Fridays we’ve had for a long, long time, in fact. I’m savouring every moment of this weekend, and I’ll be taking photographs of my engineers and mechanics through each day.
“The car feels really good – thanks, guys – and it would be the perfect Saturday if I could take pole tomorrow.”
- FP1 1m14.217s (+0.086s) 31 laps 4th
- FP2 1m14.863s (+0.837s) 40 laps 8th
“We were running a lower downforce set-up package to Lewis this afternoon. It was quite an interesting comparison, but, in the hot weather, lower downforce makes things trickier because the car slides more, which hurts the tyres.
“Still, it was a useful test, because we needed to see how well the smaller rear wing works. Obviously, it operates in a different way [from the higher-downforce set-up package], so we wanted to be able to understand that.
“Using the smaller rear wing, our long-run pace was surprisingly good. However, our single-lap pace wasn’t as strong – probably because we weren’t able to use DRS as fully as we could with the bigger wing.”
MARTIN WHITMARSH – Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Topping the time-sheets in both today’s sessions was a nice fillip for the whole team, and it gives us great motivation to carry that momentum forward with us for the rest of the weekend. Indeed, our car appears to be competitive on both low- and high-fuel loads, and, as ever, I’m sure our hard-working engineers will once again mine the data this evening, further to refine our package ahead of FP3 and qualifying tomorrow.
“For Lewis, it must have been an emotional final Friday with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. But, as ever, he performed faultlessly. Jenson, too, has worked diligently with his engineers, following a divergent set-up route from Lewis’s, and has given us plenty of useful data to work through this evneing.
“Finally, the decision to provide each team with 2013-spec Pirelli rubber was extremely useful. Many teams, ourselves included, took full advantage of the opportunity to measure and understand the new tyres’ behaviour ahead of their introduction next year. It was an extremely productive day in terms of strengthening our understanding of a key performance variable.
“Now, though, our focus narrows towards qualifying: we expect strong competition from our key rivals, but we’re in a good position to fight for pole, and victory, this weekend.”
Grand Prix of Brazil
Sao Paulo, 23rd November 2012
First session Second session
Driver Pos. Time Laps Pos. Time Laps Chassis
F. Alonso 5th 1.14.392 28 5th 1.14.592 37 295
F. Massa 6th 1.14.716 29 4th 1.14.553 37 294
First session: air 25/30 °C, track 37/43 °C. Sunny
Second session: air 34/35 °C, track 54/55 °C. Sunny
The final Friday of the season for Scuderia Ferrari and the eleven other teams at the Interlagos circuit, host to the twentieth and final round of the 2012 World Championship. Between them, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa completed 131 laps, 65 for the Spaniard and 66 for the Brazilian. Both cars ran trouble free in very demanding weather conditions given the high temperatures.
Fernando Alonso: “It was very hot out on the circuit today and, especially this afternoon, the track temperatures were well above normal, even for this circuit. We have not yet found the ideal balance on the car, so there is still a lot of work to be done with the engineers going into the rest of the weekend. The predictions are for very different conditions from Saturday to Sunday, further reason to concentrate on the best choices when it comes to preparing the car for qualifying, but especially for the race. After so many Fridays, there is nothing much new to say about the tyres: the Hards appear to be more consistent, while the Mediums produce a quicker lap time. It’s hard to say if we prefer rain or the dry: as I said before, it is vital to be prepared to tackle both situations. We know we have to score 14 points more than Vettel for the Championship and not lose the same number to McLaren to maintain our second place in the Constructors’. Our targets are clear, but also difficult to achieve.”
Felipe Massa: “A very busy Friday in terms of our work on track, with a lot of kilometres completed to find the best set-up for the car. I am reasonably pleased with my times, especially when it comes to pace over a long run: I think I was the fastest man on track in the final part of the session. On my first lap with the Mediums, I lost a few tenth at the second corner, so, in terms of an outright time, I could have done even better than fourth place. The tyres are the same, but their performance is completely different to what we saw in Austin last week: definitely degradation is much higher here and so I don’t think we will see a one-stop strategy. The helmet? It’s odd not seeing anything yellow in the mirrors to the extent that sometimes I thought it wasn’t me at the wheel!”
Pat Fry: “We have reached the very tight finale and today it was important that we managed to complete our entire planned programme: we did it and that is already a first, if small positive step. We worked this morning on evaluating various aerodynamic solutions, while in the afternoon, we concentrated mainly on a comparison of the two types of tyre brought here by Pirelli. It’s alway difficult to assess the hierarchy in the pit lane on a Friday and today was not different. From what we can see a few minutes after the end of the session, we can say that we are reasonably competitive, especially over a long run. We are well aware that, in order to reach our objectives, first and foremost we will need to be perfect in everything we do and be ready to exploit whatever opportunity might come our way. It’s not just the Drivers’ title that’s up for grabs, as there is also a second place in the Constructors’ classification which is actually something quite important for us.”
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
2012 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX, INTERLAGOS, 23 NOVEMBER PRACTICE
The final Grand Prix weekend of the 2012 season got underway at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo today.
- Michael and Nico completed 72 and 76 laps respectively of the 4.309 km circuit
- The team spent the morning session evaluating the 2013 development tyres provided by Pirelli
- This afternoon saw the usual race preparation work with the medium and hard tyres for this weekend
Drivers Car No. Chassis No. Practice One Practice Two
- Michael Schumacher 7 F1 W03 / 03 36 laps 1:15.114 P11 36 laps 1:14.654 P6
- Nico Rosberg 8 F1 W03 / 09 36 laps 1:16.315 P18 40 laps 1:14.669 P7
- Weather Warm
- Temperatures Air: 23-34°C Track: 32-49°C
It was a reasonably good day, and we kept working on our planned programme. However, the predictions for Sunday at the moment are for rain, so there may be totally different conditions then. We therefore have to see what we can make of today’s data and transform it into a good qualifying and, even better, a good race.
It was a decent Friday for us today. There were difficult conditions out there because of the high track temperatures and the altitude which made it hard to find grip. However we managed quite well and, especially on the long runs, the pace was good. So I hope we can do better here than in the previous races. But it will be tough for us, and our focus is still on learning and understanding for 2013.
We had a pretty good final Friday of the season today. We had the 2013 development tyres from Pirelli to work with and spent this morning going through a series of evaluations. It was a good session and we collected a lot of interesting data. This afternoon, we focused on race preparation and high fuel work. The car seems fairly well balanced and the tyres for this weekend proved consistent despite the high track temperatures. There is speculation that Sunday will be very wet so it may prove futile, but we’ve completed a large part of our preparation if it remains dry.
A smooth and decent first day for us at this last Grand Prix of the 2012 season. During the first session, we had our first experience with the Pirelli tyres for the 2013 season. In the second session this afternoon, our lap times looked quite consistent during our race simulations. The weather forecast predicts rain for Sunday and slightly cooler temperatures tomorrow than we experienced today when track temperatures reached about 50 degrees. If the forecast is right, everybody will have to handle different conditions than experienced today.
Lotus F1 Team
Relax, Take it Easy – Brazilian GP, Friday 23 November 2012
Romain Grosjean went seventh fastest whilst Kimi Räikkönen set the twelfth fastest time during a hot opening day of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend at Interlagos, São Paulo.
Both cars ran with the latest specification exhaust system as raced for the first time in Austin, as well as new front drums. An issue with an ignition coil shortened Kimi’s running in the morning session.
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director – Technical programme notes:
Kimi’s car suffered an ignition coil issue in FP1 which was resolved during the session
Both drivers trialled the 2013 Pirelli development tyres during FP1
In FP2 we ran the 2012 spec hard and medium compounds
We trialled new front drums on both cars and the latest front wing upgrade on Romain’s car
What we learned today:
Our long run pace in hot temperatures looks to be good
The car looks to be strong in both high and low downforce trim
- Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05
- Free practice 1: P16, 1:15.701, 16 laps
- Free practice 2: P12, 1:15.371, 39 laps
“We had a problem in the morning but it’s just one of those things; you don’t want it to happen, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s unfortunate it took a while to fix as we missed time on track. Other than that, it was a very normal Friday for us. It was quite difficult to find a good set-up so we tried quite a few things. Tricky is usually the way for our Friday’s and we’ve always been able to find a better set-up for Saturday so that’s exactly what we’ll try to do for tomorrow.”
- Romain Grosjean, E20-03
- Free practice 1: P7, 1:14.719 33 laps
- Free practice 2: P9, 1:14.994, 37 laps
“It was a very hot and sunny day which wasn’t so easy for the tyres as it was difficult to get them to work properly so we struggled a little bit. Speed was not especially easy to find today, but we ran through our normal programme with a little bit of focus on a wet set-up as we know there’s rain forecast for Sunday. We only ran a little with the 2013 tyres in the morning; my initial impression is that they feel a bit better and you can notice they have a different construction. Our long run pace was good so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“We’ve had an encouraging start to the weekend. Although Kimi’s track time in FP1 was restricted, Romain completed some interesting back-to-back comparison runs with Pirelli’s 2013 development tyre which looks to be a few tenths quicker than the current configuration even on this year’s car. Kimi had some catching up to do in the afternoon and struggled initially on the prime tyres, but with a few balance tweaks to accommodate the soaring track temperatures and his engine now running as it should he settled down to put in some decent runs. The track temperature was around ten degrees higher than in the morning – one of the hottest Friday’s we’ve seen all year in fact – and therefore yielded less grip. Despite this however, our long run pace with Romain looked very competitive. We also ran differing setups in anticipation of a potentially dry qualifying, wet race scenario, so there’s a lot of data to look at overnight but overall we’re pretty pleased.”
Sahara Force India F1 Team
2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India completed its final Friday practice sessions of the year with Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg showing competitive times in the very hot conditions of Sao Paolo.
Paul Di Resta (VJM05/04)
- FP1: P8 1:14.738 34 laps
- FP2: P10 1:15.129 39 laps
Paul: “I think we can feel quite positive about today. It was all pretty straightforward and the data looks quite encouraging. The hot conditions were tricky for everyone and the car was moving around quite a bit, but we’ve ended the day with a pretty sorted car that is working well in the low and high speed parts of the lap. I’m certainly feeling more confident with the car compared to recent races and I think we are looking reasonably competitive here.”
Nico Hulkenberg (VJM05/03)
- FP1: P10 1:15.050 32 laps
- FP2: P11 1:15.131 40 laps
Nico: “You certainly felt the heat today and the car was quite loose and difficult to drive at times. Apart from that it was business as usual – doing the long runs and getting the tyre data. We also had an extra set of the 2013 tyres available this morning so it was interesting to get a taste for them and do a direct comparison with this year’s tyres. It’s difficult to judge where we stand at the moment, but we have all the information we need, so it’s just a case of trying to understand things more tonight to be ready for tomorrow.”
Jakob Andreasen, Chief Engineer
“Two productive practice sessions today have left us well prepared going into the weekend. There were some aero test items on the cars this morning and we also had a chance to sample the 2013 development tyres. That proved extremely valuable and we made the most of the opportunity to try and get a head-start on next year. In the afternoon the temperatures continued to rise, with the track reaching a high of 55°C – one of the highest peaks we have seen all year – and the drivers said the car was sliding around quite a lot, as you would expect in such conditions. More warm weather is forecast for tomorrow, unless the rain arrives, and there is also a high risk of rain on Sunday.”
Sauber F1 Team
- Brazilian GP – Practice – Friday, 23.11.2012
- Weather: sunny and dry, 22-33°C air, 32-49 track°
The heat is on for the season’s finale – and so far it doesn’t really suit the Sauber F1 Team. The first day of preparation for the Brazilian Grand Prix on the famous Interlagos circuit was technically trouble free, but both drivers struggled with the high track temperatures as they affected the tyres a lot. Kamui Kobayashi came 12th and 15th respectively in the two free practice sessions. Sergio Pérez was 13th and 14th on the time sheets.
- Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
- 1st Practice: 12th / 1:15.255 min (31 laps) / 2nd Practice: 15th / 1:15.839 min (43 laps)
“We did a lot of set up work today and also tested some aerodynamic items. We had a busy day, but performance wise we are not good yet. Because of the high track temperatures the rear tyres overheated. The lap times were slower in the afternoon than in the morning. The rear is really weak and so far I don’t know how to cool the tyres. We will now work on that.”
- Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
- 1st Practice: 13th / 1:15.396 min (32 laps) / 2nd Practice: 14th / 1:15.542 min (35 laps)
“It was a good day in terms of getting done everything that was on the programme. We did a fair amount of work, but the heat just doesn’t suit us. I found the car very difficult to drive this afternoon and I think some big changes are required. The difference between the two tyre compounds is really marginal. Let’s see how we can improve.”
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“With regard to today’s programme, everything went well including the evaluation of Pirelli’s tyres for next year. That was important for the 2013 car design. With regard to this weekend, we will have a long night ahead of us as we are struggling with the grip, but we have collected a lot of data regarding down force levels and set up. Now we just have to put it all together to understand where we can find performance and hopefully to be where we want to be tomorrow.”
Scuderia Toro Rosso
2012 BRAZIL GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 23/11/2012
Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04)
- First Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:15.587, pos. 15th, 35 laps
- Second Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:15.902, pos. 16th, 39 laps
“We must try and learn from today, but we have to bear in mind that the conditions could be very different when it really matters on Sunday. The two sessions could have been better, but hot conditions have not been the most suitable ones for us this year. All the same, we tried various different set-ups, splitting the work between me and Jev to learn as much as we could. It’s going to be a long night trying to evaluate everything and then see what the weather does. In performance terms it would have been nice to do better, but in terms of knowledge I think we gained a lot. The 2013 tyres? They felt a little bit different, but nothing dramatic. Let’s say we didn’t find any negatives with them.”
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-02)
- First Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:16.048, pos. 17th, 35 laps
- Second Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:16.048, pos. 18th, 40 laps
“I don’t have much to say as we seemed to struggle a lot today to get the car working properly. That was mainly linked to the high temperature which did not suit us and made life hard for the tyres. We will have to work very hard tonight to come up with ways of improving the car for qualifying, even if we expect Sunday’s race to be a wet one. Rain would definitely suit us better. We had some 2013 tyres to try and we had some sensors fitted this morning to see what they did. It’s interesting to see for next year as the shape of the tyre is slightly different which will have an impact on the aero.”
Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer): “Quite a tough day for us, which was not unexpected as we know we find things a bit more difficult when the conditions are as hot as this – the track temperature reached 54 degrees today – and this year we have always suffered a little bit more than our competitors in these conditions. On the plus side, it has been a trouble free day, during which we tried various changes to try and find the right set up. Even though it is meant to stay hot tomorrow, I feel we can improve the car and then we are expecting a wet Sunday anyway. It was interesting to have both drivers run the 2013 tyres that Pirelli supplied to all the teams here. We got some useful data for next year, therefore it was important to invest some of our track time in this exercise in both sessions.”
Brazilian GP Practice
- Aero evaluations and prototype 2013 Pirelli tyre runs in FP1.
- Longer runs, tyre and set-up work in FP2.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: We completed a very busy FP1 programme in the morning testing the 2013 prototype tyres and some development items. With the very high track temperatures and track evolution it was difficult to find a decent balance, especially in FP2. The weather still looks like it will play a big part in the race on Sunday so we need to keep the changeable weather conditions in mind as we prepare for tomorrow’s qualifying.
Pastor Maldonado: The car felt good today; we were alternating the strategy between the two sessions, as we were trying different things, which meant we lost a bit of performance against this morning. However, I think we’ll be competitive in qualifying tomorrow. We just need to work through the data to get the set-up right, but I feel confident heading into tomorrow.
Bruno Senna: It was quite a tough session today as we didn’t get as much information as we would have liked for tomorrow. We’ve got some work to do to understand how we can do things better to make sure we’re competitive for tomorrow, as the grid is very close here. It’s very hot today but it was great to see all my home fans out there, even with sweat in my eyes!
Valtteri Bottas: Today were predominantly doing some tests for next year which mainly involved doing short runs just to gather data. It was interesting to feel the difference on the new 2013 tyres and we will now go away and analyse the data from FP1. The last run was slightly busy with traffic but it’s great to experience this track for the first time as it was really enjoyable to drive.
Brazilian Grand Prix FP1 & FP2
Caterham F1 Team information
An F1 car is made up of approximately 80,000 components
FP1: dry, sunny, air temp 25° – 28°, track temp 33° – 42°
FP2: dry, sunny, air temp 33°, track temp 48°
Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: VDG 1.16.460 19th / PET 1.16.617, 21st
FP2: PET 1.16.126, 19th / KOV 1.16.655, 20th
FP1: VDG 32 / PET 30
FP2: PET 39 / KOV 42
Runplan – FP1
Giedo van der Garde
1001 – 1003: Installation, 1 lap
1003 – 1016: System checks
1016 – 1027: Run 2, 7 laps
1027 – 1044: Changes: front toe / front brake blanking
1044 – 1055: Run 3, 8 laps
1055 – 1058: Changes: n/a
1058 – 1110: Run 4, 8 laps
1110 – 1119: Changes: n/a
1119 – 1132: Run 5, 8 laps
1000 – 1002: Installation, 1 lap
1002 – 1014: System checks
1014 – 1027: Run 2, 8 laps
1027 – 1046 Changes: brake blanking, rear brake blanking
1046 – 1058: Run 3, 8 laps
1058 – 1114: Changes: front / rear ride height, front anti-roll bar, front wing flap angle
1114 – 1133: Run 4, 13 laps
Runplan – FP2
1403 – 1416: Run 1, 10 laps
1416 – 1423: Changes: n/a
1423 – 1433: Run 2, 6 laps
1433 – 1446: Changes: front wing flap angle
1446 – 1456: Run 3, 6 laps
1456 – 1503: Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance
1503 – 1532: Run 4, 20 laps
1401 – 1411: Run 1, 6 laps
1411 – 1415: Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake blanking
1415 – 1431: Run 2, 9 laps
1431 – 1440: Changes: front anti-roll bar
1440 – 1451: Run 3, 7 laps
1451 – 1458: Changes: front wing flap angle, rear ride height
1458 – 1503: Run 4, 4 laps
1503 – 1511: Changes: n/a
1511 – 1530: Run 5, 13 laps
Giedo van der Garde (drove FP1 in Heikki Kovalainen’s car): “That was a really good way to sign off my 2012 FP1 sessions for sure. We got through a decent number of laps and I have to say I enjoyed myself today! The track is great, especially with the 2013 development tyres I was on for the first couple of runs, and it’s good to know I’ve helped the team get through a lot of work that will be really valuable this weekend.
“I thanked the guys at the end of the session for today and for all the work they’ve done to help me this season. I’ve really enjoyed working with them this year and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and developed well. Now it’s back to the normal race weekend plan and I hope it’s a good one for the team.”
Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “Having sat out FP1 I was back in the car for the afternoon session and it was important to get as much mileage completed as possible. We went through the usual program, focusing on tyre usage and setups on different fuel loads and I think it went ok. It’s a shorter lap here in Brazil than quite a few of the other circuits, but our times looked ok relative to the cars around us and with some more work tonight and tomorrow we should be ok both for qualifying and the race on Sunday.”
Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “I think we made some good progress in both sessions and I’m reasonably pleased with where we ended up. In the morning session we ran both the development tyre and the prime we have for this weekend and have a lot of very good data from both. We also tried a couple of different aero configurations which gives us options for this weekend, particularly bearing in mind the chance of bad weather on Sunday. In the afternoon we were looking at fine tuning the setup on long and short runs – we have more to do to get the best out of the harder of the two compounds but the car felt pretty good on the options and we can get even more out of them for the rest of the weekend.
“One thing that was immediately clear was how high tyre deg is going to be here. It’s completely different to last week in Austin where one stop was the obvious choice – if it’s dry here on Sunday it’s much more likely to be two or three stops so tyre management is going to be key.”
HRT F1 Team
Free Practice sessions at the Brazilian Grand Prix
- Autódromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo
- Friday, 23rd of November 2012
- Weather: Sunny – Air 34ºC, Track 55ºC
- 10.00 – 11.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 1
- Pedro de la Rosa F112-03 #22 23rd (15 laps) 1’17.678
- Narain Karthikeyan F112-01 #23 24th (13 laps) 1’17.895
- 14.00 – 15.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 2
- Pedro de la Rosa F112-03 #22 21st (15 laps) 1’17.244
- Narain Karthikeyan F112-01 #23 24th (15 laps) 1’18.139
The Brazilian Grand Prix and last round of the 2012 season got underway today with the first two free practice sessions. 180 minutes around the historical track of Interlagos during which the HRT Formula 1 Team drivers, Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa, worked on their cars’ basic set up as well as testing the two options of tyres available for the Grand Prix (hard and medium) and a 2013 prototype for Pirelli. De la Rosa did a total of 30 laps with an overall best time of 1’17.244 whilst his teammate Karthikeyan completed 28 laps with a personal best of 1’18.139.
The team will continue working to improve the F112’s balance and therefore the overall grip ahead of tomorrow’s final free practice and ultimate qualifying sessions.
Pedro de la Rosa: “This is an amazing circuit and really fun to drive. We found a good set up base from the beginning but it would have been better to do many more laps and long run simulations to fine-tune it in order to get a better use of the tyres. We have a lot of work to do mainly on the rear end because traction is still pretty poor. Today’s times may not be quite representative, as we haven’t worked on full loaded configuration but, on a positive note, the car worked very well on the medium tyres and I am confident that we can improve on the hard compound for tomorrow”.
Narain Karthikeyan: “The circuit is exactly how I remembered it. It is very nice and flowing and there are a lot of nice corners, which makes it quite enjoyable to drive around. It was a difficult day because we couldn’t do many laps and we didn’t get the most out of the option tyres as I got a lot of traffic on my flying laps at the end of the session. I have to say that the car balance has been pretty good from the start and we managed to improve it slightly throughout the sessions. We certainly have room for improvement, though. Rear tyre degradation is still too high and we must improve traction so that’s where we are going to mainly focus for tomorrow”.
Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal: “It has been a first positive day overall; much better than in Austin. Here we don’t have any issues with getting the tyres up to temperature. On the contrary, temperatures have been very high and I think everyone struggled with tyre degradation. We need to take a step forward to improve this as well as traction, especially on the hard compound. This track seems to suit our car better and hopefully we can do a good qualifying tomorrow. Once again, I want to thank the whole team for the job they are doing here in Brazil despite the circumstances”.
Marussia F1 Team
- Free Practice 1 & 2 for the Brazilian Grand Prix
- Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos
- GLOCK FP1 P20 1:16.506 31 laps FP2 P22 1:17.675 42 laps
- PIC FP1 P22 1:17.234 26 laps FP2 P23 1:18.127 31 laps
The Marussia F1 Team spent the last Friday of the 2012 season limbering up for Sunday’s ‘Last Samba’, the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, São Paulo.
The Team had a very busy morning session running though the usual aero evaluations and some specific data collection using the Pirelli 2013 development tyre. To effect back to back analysis, Timo focused more on this programme while Charles conducted acclimatisation running at a circuit which, once again, is new for him. They ended the morning in 20th and 22nd positions respectively.
This afternoon, the drivers resumed their normal FP2 programme of set-up work and longer runs to enable them to better understand the tyre behaviour at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, sections of which have been resurfaced for this year. Timo was able to achieve his full programme but Charles was forced to pull over with 20 minutes of the session remaining after an alternator problem cut the engine. They ended the day in 22nd and 23rd positions respectively.
Timo Glock #24
“It has been a difficult start to the weekend to be honest. As usual it’s all about the tyres and we are experiencing a bit of a different behaviour here again. We had quite a bit of oversteer in the car this morning, which was slightly better for FP2. However, at the end of the day we were still struggling with the balance of the car. Overall we concentrated more on race pace and didn’t do much for qualifying yet, so we have some work to do tonight when we will try to improve the car and, I hope, make it a bit quicker!”
Charles Pic #25
“The day started well for me as I completed some aerodynamic testing whilst acclimatising to one last new circuit for me. This afternoon we were focusing rather more on set-up work and the behaviour of the tyres in race-representative conditions. We were not able to get a good read of the option tyre and then unfortunately, towards the end of the session, I had to pull off the track as we experienced an alternator problem. I’m pleased with my long run pace but we have some more work to do to improve our qualifying pace.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“A very interesting first day of running at the final race weekend of the season. The work we were able to do this morning with the Pirelli PZero prototype tyre was extremely useful and the information we gathered from that will be fed straight into the development cycle so that we can work on the set-up for winter testing. Timo did a great job with carrying out most of the evaluation work, while we tried to give Charles the opportunity to learn what is another new circuit for him. This afternoon we opted to stay with running the programme which evaluated the tyres in the eventuality of a dry race. Although this seems slightly at odds with the weather forecast, since there were no wet conditions today this is the only thing we could prepare for. We are reasonably happy with the performance of the car on high fuel, although we do seem to be experiencing some quite specific tyre issues at this event. We need to look a little more at our low fuel pace and that’s what we will be focusing on this evening.”
Teams get first taste of Pirelli’s 2013 tyres
The Formula One teams got their first taste of Pirelli’s 2013 tyres during free practice in Brazil, with the Italian firm bringing two extra sets of prototype tyres in addition to the usual allocation of P Zero Silver hard tyres and P Zero White medium tyres that have been nominated for the weekend.
The teams used the 2013 prototype tyres mainly in the morning session, which were distinguished by orange writing on the sidewalls. The prototype tyres seen in Brazil have a different structure compared to the 2012 tyres, using the current hard compound, but with a quicker warm-up time as well as deliberately faster degradation.
Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Vitaly Petrov (Caterham) and both HRTs were the only drivers to use the prototype tyres at the start of the afternoon session, which got underway in ambient temperatures of 32 degrees centigrade and 46 degrees of track temperature. These unusually warm conditions are not expected to last though: tomorrow should be much cooler for qualifying while there is a 100% chance of rain on Sunday: a hallmark of the already demanding Interlagos circuit, which places a lot of stress on the rear tyres in particular due to its traction loads.
This gave all the teams – particularly the two championship protagonists – an interesting dilemma: whether or not to concentrate on qualifying performance, which will be in held in the dry tomorrow, or to work towards a wet set-up that will be useful for the race.
All the remaining drivers used the hard tyre at the start of the second session, which was also the only tyre apart from the new prototype used in the first session. Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne was the first driver to switch to the medium tyres halfway through the session, followed progressively by the rest of the field, with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean being the first driver to go quickest on them. The fastest time of the day was set by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton with half an hour to go on the medium tyre: 1m14.026s.
Hamilton – who has never led a lap in Brazil despite winning the 2008 title at the Interlagos circuit – was fastest in the first free practice session in the morning, with a time of 1m14.131s on the orange-marked prototype tyre.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “With testing opportunities so limited in Formula One, we wanted to give teams the opportunity to try out our tyres before the first official test in February next year, so that they can start to understand how the new tyres interact with the current cars. The initial feedback we received has been very positive: the tyre that the teams tried today has a different structure with a faster warm-up. This delivers extra performance within a wider working range, due to increased cornering grip, which is exactly what we were aiming for. When we combine the new structure with the new compounds for next year we will see the full performance potential. As for this weekend, the high temperatures that led to quite a significant degree of degradation today, particularly on the rears, is not expected to last, so we are very likely to see the Cinturato Green intermediates and Cinturato Blue full wets during the race. We’re expecting at least a two-stop race, but if there is wet weather or safety cars involved, then all that could change significantly.”
Pirelli numbers of the day:
Sets used overall:
Longest runs per compound:
Hard: 37 (Kovalainen)
Medium: 19 (Hulkenberg)
Prototype: 38 (Petrov)
Pirelli facts of the day:
- Pirelli will stay on in Brazil after the grand prix for the launch of the iconic 2013 Pirelli calendar in Rio de Janeiro next week. Photographed in Rio by Steve McCurry, the 2013 calendar features Brazilian model Adriana Lima: the first model to be photographed while pregnant. Brazilian actress Sonia Braga and singer Marisa Monte also appear in the calendar.
- With Sebastian Vettel currently 13 points ahead of Fernando Alonso in the drivers’ championship, Alonso has to finish on the podium to stand any chance of taking the title, irrespective of where Vettel finishes. If Alonso wins the race, then he can only take the title if Vettel finishes lower than fourth.
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