Brazilian GP – The year ends on the podium

January 2, 2014

Fernando Alonso

Brazilian GP – The year ends on the podium

Interlagos, 24 November – Fernando Alonso and Ferrari finished the 2013 season on the podium, as the Spaniard came third at the Carlos Pace circuit, behind the all-conquering Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. In the early stages, it looked as though Felipe Mass would finish right behind his team-mate, but a drive-through penalty cost him dear and the Brazilian ended his final race in a Prancing Horse car in seventh position. The goal of finishing second in the Constructors’ classification eluded the Scuderia by just a handful of points.

As the cars left the pit lane to form up on the grid, it was the first time anyone had used dry weather tyres all weekend. Starting from third and ninth, Fernando and Felipe were on the Medium compound, as was the entire field with the exception of Button and Gutierrez, who went for the Hard Pirellis.

Fernando first tried to go between pole man Vettel and the wall then dived the other way and got blocked so he dropped a place to fourth behind Hamilton. Felipe did better, making up three places to be sixth first time across the line. At the front there was a lap long battle between Rosberg who got his Mercedes ahead of pole man Vettel when the lights went out, but the superiority of the Red Bull paid off and Vettel led the opening lap. Fernando was back in third by now, as he pushed past Hamilton, with Webber fourth.

On lap 3, Grosjean parked the Lotus at the side of the track, covered in white smoke from a blown engine. On lap 4, a great move saw Fernando go second, passing Rosberg, although two laps later, he was trailing Vettel by almost 5 seconds. The two Mercedes seemed to be struggling at this point, which meant, still in sixth, Felipe was only 0.7 behind Hamilton. By lap 10, Fernando had his friend Webber right on his tail, in the clearly quicker Red Bull. As they crossed the line to start lap 13, the Australian demoted Fernando to third.

Further back, Button was charging up from 15th, passing Bottas in the Williams to go eleventh behind his McLaren team-mate Perez in tenth. By this stage, the two Toro Rossos of Vergne and Ricciardo were the only drivers to have come in to switch to the Hard compound. Felipe was in fighting mood and charged past Rosberg at the end of the back straight, so the Brazilian was now fifth. Bottas in the Williams and Sutil in the Force India pitted on lap 18 from the mid-field.

Felipe took on another set of Mediums on lap 19. Next time round, Button, Hulkenberg and Di Resta all pitted, Button still out of sync with the majority, now on the Medium. Fernando and Hamilton came in on 21, the Spaniard dropping to fourth, while taking on Hards, with Rosberg coming in from third next time round. This promoted Fernando and Felipe to third and fourth respectively behind the two Red Bulls.

Webber had a slow stop for another set of Mediums, which allowed Fernando to slip by into second behind the race leader who in turn stopped without losing the lead on lap 24, at about the time a few drops of rain began to fall. Fernando was powerless to prevent Webber retaking second at the start of lap 26 In fourth, Felipe now found Hamilton in very close attendance on his gearbox. Both men locked their wheels almost side by side going into Turn 1 on lap 32, but unfortunately the Stewards indicated that Felipe had to take a drive-through penalty for having all four wheels across the white line at the pit lane entrance.

He came in at the end of lap 34 and rejoined eighth behind Perez in the McLaren. The order at roughly the halfway mark was Vettel, Webber, Fernando third 4.2 behind the Australian, then Hamilton, Button, Rosberg, Perez, Felipe eighth, with Hulkenberg in the Sauber and Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso completing the top ten.

The few drops were changing into drizzle by around lap 39, but still not enough for anything but slicks. Felipe and Button both pitted on lap 44, the Ferrari man taking on his first set of Hards, rejoining tenth. Next time round it was Rosberg and Perez making the trip down pit lane. With the clouds gathering, clearly the lead quartet – Vettel, Webber, Fernando and Hamilton – were hoping their next stop might coincide with the need for rain rubber.

Felipe was back to ninth after passing Di Resta on lap 46 and eighth when Hulkenberg pitted. As Bottas brought out the yellows, having been hit by Hamilton, the leading trio also pitted, with the Red Bulls pulling a double pit stop, followed by Hamilton’s Mercedes a few moments later. The pit stops had reduced the gaps, mainly because of confusion delaying the leader’s tyre change: Vettel led Webber by 6.3, with Fernando only 0.6 behind the Australian, the Spaniard putting in a fastest race lap on lap 49.

Felipe was now seventh, still behind Perez, after Hamilton had pitted. The Englishman would have to come in again for a penalty, having caused the incident that put Bottas’ Williams out of the race. Light rain had returned, only in the vicinity of Turn 4. Three seconds ahead of Felipe battle raged as Perez tried to get his McLaren past Rosberg’s Mercedes.

With ten laps of the 71 remaining, Fernando was 2.4 behind Webber, with a comfortable 21.5 in hand over Button, who had steadily moved his way up to fourth in the McLaren. From then, the gaps expanded but the order remained unchanged, so that Fernando was able to salute the crowd from the season’s last podium, with the Ferrari crew cheering him, already wearing special Massa commemorative T-shirts.

Brazilian GP – Alonso on the podium, Massa seventh

January 2, 2014

Fernando Alonso

Brazilian GP – Alonso on the podium, Massa seventh

Interlagos, 24 November – Fernando Alonso finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in third place and Felipe Massa was seventh. Scuderia Ferrari thus ends the season in third place in the Constructors’ classification with 354 points. Alonso secured the runner-up spot in the Drivers’ championship last week in the USA GP and Massa ended his time at Ferrari in eighth place in the classification.

Both drivers started on the Medium tyre and as the lights went out, the Spaniard dropped a place while the Brazilian passed three cars to go sixth. On lap 1, Fernando charged past Hamilton and three laps later he also dealt with Rosberg in the Mercedes to go second. On lap 13 Alonso had to give best to Webber and on lap 15, Massa got by Rosberg to go fifth.

Massa stayed on Mediums at his first stop on lap 19 and two laps later Alonso switched to the Hards. With the run of stops, Alonso got past Webber’s Red Bull to go second again and Massa made up a place on Hamilton. Lap 26 saw Webber pass Alonso again. Lap 31 saw Massa get a drive-through penalty for a white line infringement, which dropped the Brazilian from fourth to eighth.

Massa’s second stop came on lap 43 to take on Hards and on lap 47 Alonso made his final stop of the year taking on Mediums. When all the stops were completed, Alonso was again third and Massa had moved up to seventh. The final laps saw the threat of rain but it never materialised to influence the result. The race was run by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.

Brazilian GP – Top three!

January 2, 2014

Fernando Alonso

Brazilian GP – Top three!

Interlagos, 23 November – There are so many emotions swirling around the charismatic Carlos Pace circuit and an “end of school” feel to this weekend, as teams tackled qualifying for the final time today and prepared for the nineteenth and last race of the year.

In pure racing terms, Scuderia Ferrari is aiming to add second place in the Constructors’ classification to the one Fernando Alonso secured a week ago in Austin in the Drivers’. But in all honesty, it’s more a matter of team pride and an obligation to do its utmost for the “tifosi” tuning in and trackside, than any need to take satisfaction from a second place. Then there comes the human emotion linked to Felipe Massa’s final Ferrari farewell, heightened by the fact it is taking place at his home track.

As far as the Constructors’ is concerned, Fernando Alonso produced another epic performance to make it into the top three, his wet weather skills boosted by the fact the F138 seems to enjoy the puddles. However, the Spanish perfectionist was a bit disappointed because, but for an off-track moment on his final quick lap, the front row looked a distinct possibility for the first time this year: maybe not pole, as yet again Sebastian Vettel ensured his Red Bull will occupy the top spot with a lap that was over half a second ahead of the rest of the pack.

Whereas Lotus has recently taken on the role of “best of the rest” behind Red Bull, this weekend that position has clearly been adopted by Mercedes, or at least Nico Rosberg, as Lewis Hamilton seems to have struggled a bit here. The German is second, but at least Fernando will have him in his sights, as well as starting from the better side – one can hardly call it the clean side after two days of rain – of the grid.

As for the threat from the second Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton is fifth, with Fernando sharing his row with his old friend, Mark Webber for whom this race marks the end of his Formula 1 career.

As for Felipe, he definitely hoped for something better than his ninth place on the inside of the fifth row, but the Paulista struggled rather too much in the last two sectors of the track. Nevertheless, he is not the sort to give up without a fight. And he will be able to rely on the very real boost that will come from his home crowd.

Anyone lucky enough to have ever stood on the grid at the Carlos Pace circuit will have experienced what it’s like to be just a few metres away from the most vocal crowd of the year. The start-line grandstand is very near the trackside and you can be sure that tomorrow, the noise of the Paulistas cheering on their own Felipe Massa will be drowning out the sound of the engines as they go through their warm-up procedure.

Brazilian GP – Alonso third, Massa ninth

January 2, 2014

Brazilian GP - Alonso third, Massa ninth

Brazilian GP – Alonso third, Massa ninth

Interlagos 23 November – Like all sessions so far, qualifying was also rain affected, with the showers coming at various intensities throughout the afternoon, making for difficult strategic and technical choices for everyone. Fernando Alonso ended up third for Scuderia Ferrari with team-mate Felipe Massa ninth to give him a fifth row start in his home race tomorrow.

In Q1, everyone went out immediately in case the rain got heavier, as indeed it did. On Intermediates, Massa and Alonso were thirteenth and ninth respectively. When the rain got heavier after 8 minutes the F138s returned to the pits. Alonso then did 6 laps with a best of 1.26.656, while Massa did 4 with a best of 1.26.817.

Again, once the light went green for Q2, all 16 cars took to the track and with five minutes remaining the Ferrari duo fitted a new set of intermediates for the final run. Alonso was third in 1.26.590 and Massa was sevnth with a 1.27.049.

Q3 was delayed by 40 minutes because the rain was so heavy. At the light, everyone went out on the full wet tyres, but after 3 laps, the conditions improved enough for Alonso and Massa to switch to the intermediates and with these, Alonso set the third best time of 1.27.539, while Massa was ninth in 1.28.109. Pole went to Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull with a lap of 1.26.479.

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

Laps

1

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:25.381

1:26.420

1:26.479

23

2

9

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:25.556

1:26.626

1:27.102

22

3

3

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:26.656

1:26.590

1:27.539

21

4

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:26.689

1:26.963

1:27.572

23

5

10

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:25.342

1:26.698

1:27.677

23

6

8

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

1:26.453

1:26.161

1:27.737

22

7

19

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

1:27.209

1:27.078

1:28.052

24

8

18

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

1:27.124

1:27.363

1:28.081

25

9

4

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

1:26.817

1:27.049

1:28.109

20

10

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Sauber-Ferrari

1:26.071

1:27.441

1:29.582

21

11

7

Heikki Kovalainen

Lotus-Renault

1:26.266

1:27.456

21

12

14

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

1:26.275

1:27.798

16

13

17

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Renault

1:26.790

1:27.954

16

14

6

Sergio Perez

McLaren-Mercedes

1:26.741

1:28.269

15

15

5

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1:26.398

1:28.308

15

16

15

Adrian Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

1:26.874

1:28.586

19

17

16

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

1:27.367

12

18

12

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

1:27.445

14

19

20

Charles Pic

Caterham-Renault

1:27.843

6

20

21

Giedo van der Garde

Caterham-Renault

1:28.320

6

21

22

Jules Bianchi

Marussia-Cosworth

1:28.366

11

22

23

Max Chilton

Marussia-Cosworth

1:28.950

11

Brazilian GP – Nothing doing

January 2, 2014

Brazilian GP - Nothing doing

Brazilian GP – Nothing doing

Interlagos, 23 November – Saturday of the 41st edition of the Brazilian Grand Prix dawned wet in Interlagos. After Friday’s torrential rain, there was another downpour for this morning’s third free practice session, which meant not much was done. Quickest was Mark Webber who did a 1.27.891 in the Red Bull, ahead of the Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean (1.28.195) and Heikki Kovalainen (1.28.595.) Neither Fernando Alonso nor Felipe Massa set a time, taking their Ferraris out on track for a single installation lap on the extreme rain tyres. They then waited in the garage for conditions to improve, but in the end, it was decided to save the tyres for qualifying, as it seems there’s a strong probability of more rain coming.

 

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

Laps

1

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:27.891

5

2

8

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

1:28.195

0.304

5

3

7

Heikki Kovalainen

Lotus-Renault

1:28.595

0.704

6

4

17

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Renault

1:28.600

0.709

12

5

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Sauber-Ferrari

1:28.830

0.939

15

6

18

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

1:28.921

1.030

5

7

12

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

1:29.215

1.324

21

8

16

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

1:29.686

1.795

10

9

14

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

1:29.736

1.845

6

10

15

Adrian Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

1:29.913

2.022

8

11

10

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:29.980

2.089

8

12

19

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

1:29.988

2.097

9

13

22

Jules Bianchi

Marussia-Cosworth

1:30.635

2.744

9

14

20

Charles Pic

Caterham-Renault

1:30.837

2.946

14

15

23

Max Chilton

Marussia-Cosworth

1:30.972

3.081

10

16

21

Giedo van der Garde

Caterham-Renault

1:31.154

3.263

14

17

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:31.857

3.966

4

18

6

Sergio Perez

McLaren-Mercedes

1:32.731

4.840

4

19

9

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

4

20

3

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

2

21

5

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1

22

4

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

2

 

Red Bull Qualifying Brazilian Grand Prix 2013

January 2, 2014

 

Saturday 23 November 2013

BRAZILIAN GP – QUALIFYING

 Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: POLE POSITION, (3rd Practice – P17, 1:31.857)

“It was a surprise to get that time today. I was happy after Q3, it took a long time for us to get out as there was a lot of rain at the end of Q2. There was too much water on track, which is a shame for the people in the grandstands, but if there’s too much risk of aquaplaning, it’s better to wait. We then got out and I was surprised by how much the water had cleared.

I went straight onto intermediates and was able to get a very good lap in straight away. I tried to beat that and got close, but it wasn’t enough. I was very happy to hear I got pole, I even mixed up Spanish and Portuguese on the radio! Hopefully we get a good chance tomorrow. We only had little practice in these conditions, but we still got the car where we wanted it, so I’m very happy.”

 Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 4th, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:27.891)

“We are where we deserved to be I think, as I didn’t feel that quick in qualifying. The car felt slow and I was struggling for grip. It was tricky for all of us, but we’re on the second row and we can still do something from there.

It’s tricky to get it all together in those conditions, I wasn’t too comfortable in Q1 and Q2 on the intermediate tyres, but that’s the way it goes. There’s not much more to add really than it was tricky, it’s easier to be a lot further back in those conditions and we can still do something from fourth, so let’s see tomorrow.”

 CHRISTIAN HORNER: “A very difficult three qualifying sessions with changeable weather. It was a matter of navigating your way through the first two sessions to get into Q3, which then started off very wet. Once they went out, both drivers elected to change to intermediates tyres very early, which gave them three laps each.

Sebastian produced a stunning lap on his first, to claim his ninth pole of the year by an impressive margin. Mark backed that up in his final Formula One qualifying session to start on the second row of the grid to endorse two very strong starting positions for the last race of the year.

It’s incredible to think that Mark will be heading out for his final Formula One race tomorrow. He has been with us for many years and his career has spanned 214 race starts, which will become 215 tomorrow. He’s already achieved nine wins, 41 podiums and 13 pole positions in Formula One; he’s a tough competitor and I’ve no doubt he will be looking to add to his impressive win tally tomorrow.”

 (Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “It was a hard exercise with the wet conditions today. Tuning the car to be able to extract the most of the wet tyres was again a challenge. I think the team managed the qualy timing in a very good way and was able to do a lot of laps in all sessions. Seb showed again how comfortable he is driving the car, even with heavy rain. Let’s see how things go tomorrow. It’s the last race for the RS27 so it would be good to end it on a high if we can.

Brazilian GP – Inevitably wet

January 2, 2014

Felipe Massa

Brazilian GP – Inevitably wet

Interlagos, 22 November – While some on-line weather sites were still showing glorious sunshine for Interlagos today, the more experienced hands in its cramped and crowded paddock all made sure they went home with their rain jackets last night.

Sure enough, Friday dawned damp and cooler than the past couple of days and the track surface never dried enough for any slick tyre work at all. Just as in Spa-Francorchamps, the rain is almost an essential ingredient of the Brazilian GP weekend and all the teams know how to deal with it.

The only difficulty is that there is not an endless supply of rain tyres to play with and each driver gets just three sets of the Extreme Wets, for use in heavy rain, to last the entire weekend. With more wet weather almost inevitable, the need to do plenty of laps, to gather data for the engineers and confidence in the track for the drivers has to be tempered with the need to save the Extremes, if they are needed for the critical qualifying session tomorrow afternoon and of course the final race of the season.

That’s why Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa completed a mere 47 laps, 23 for the former and one more for the latter, of the tiny track, which although not the shortest, that honour going to Monaco, does produce the fastest lap of the season in dry conditions.

Even in the rain, there was a decent crowd today and they no doubt enjoyed seeing Felipe sporting a special red helmet decorated with all the landmark numbers from his Ferrari career, as well as a race suit the design of which reflected his time with the team as well as his nationality. The Brazilian ended the day seventh fastest, four places ahead of his Spanish team-mate on the time sheet.

Nico Rosberg was quickest for Mercedes – in both sessions in fact – while Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber were second and third in the afternoon.

Brazilian GP – A few laps and a lot of rain

January 2, 2014

Felipe Massa

Brazilian GP – A few laps and a lot of rain

Interlagos, 22 November – The Sao Paulo weather was true to form, providing a wet track again for all of the afternoon session of the final round of the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship. This limited track activity, as the teams were keen to save the full wet tyres for the rest of the weekend, including qualifying and especially Sunday’s race.

The two F138s went out with 22 minutes remaining, running Intermediate tyres. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa both did 5 laps before pitting. They then did one final run on the same tyres to do some aero testing. Massa was seventh in 1.28.540, with Alonso eleventh with a time of 1.28.928. Quickest this afternoon was Nico Rosberg who lapped in 1.27.306 in the Mercedes.

 

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

Laps

1

9

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:27.306

12

2

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:27.531

0.225

10

3

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:27.592

0.286

18

4

7

Heikki Kovalainen

Lotus-Renault

1:28.129

0.823

13

5

10

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:28.147

0.841

9

6

18

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

1:28.405

1.099

11

7

4

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

1:28.540

1.234

9

8

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Sauber-Ferrari

1:28.560

1.254

20

9

19

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

1:28.739

1.433

20

10

8

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

1:28.891

1.585

12

11

3

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:28.928

1.622

10

12

12

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

1:29.049

1.743

17

13

14

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

1:29.174

1.868

11

14

16

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

1:29.717

2.411

13

15

15

Adrian Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

1:29.783

2.477

7

16

17

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Renault

1:30.425

3.119

15

17

6

Sergio Perez

McLaren-Mercedes

1:30.748

3.442

8

18

22

Jules Bianchi

Marussia-Cosworth

1:31.061

3.755

18

19

21

Giedo van der Garde

Caterham-Renault

1:31.118

3.812

16

20

20

Charles Pic

Caterham-Renault

1:31.165

3.859

15

21

23

Max Chilton

Marussia-Cosworth

1:31.211

3.905

19

22

5

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1:31.770

4.464

6

Brazilian GP – Wet practice

January 2, 2014

Brazilian GP - Wet practice

Brazilian GP – Wet practice

Interlagos, 22 November – The Brazilian Grand Prix weekend got underway this morning with the first free practice session at the Carlos Pace circuit. As the cars took to the track for the nineteenth and final round of the season, the expected rain had indeed arrived. Quickest was Nico Rosberg who did a 1.24.781, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton (1.25.230.) Third was Sebastian Vettel (1.25.387) in the Red Bull. The two Ferraris were fifth and eleventh courtesy of Fernando Alonso (1.25.593 and Felipe Massa (1.26.284) respectively. Neither man did many laps, Fernando completing 13 and Felipe 15, using one set of Intermediate tyres each, as they worked on gathering set-up data for the wet conditions.

 

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

Laps

1

9

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:24.781

14

2

10

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:25.230

0.449

13

3

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:25.387

0.606

17

4

5

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1:25.391

0.610

25

5

3

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:25.593

0.812

13

6

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:25.797

1.016

17

7

6

Sergio Perez

McLaren-Mercedes

1:25.946

1.165

15

8

19

Daniil Kvyat

STR-Ferrari

1:26.064

1.283

17

9

7

Heikki Kovalainen

Lotus-Renault

1:26.133

1.352

31

10

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Sauber-Ferrari

1:26.232

1.451

17

11

4

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

1:26.248

1.467

15

12

12

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

1:26.326

1.545

28

13

8

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

1:26.570

1.789

28

14

18

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

1:26.593

1.812

22

15

15

Adrian Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

1:27.115

2.334

25

16

17

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Renault

1:27.269

2.488

23

17

16

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

1:27.358

2.577

23

18

14

James Calado

Force India-Mercedes

1:27.436

2.655

9

19

21

Giedo van der Garde

Caterham-Renault

1:28.107

3.326

18

20

20

Charles Pic

Caterham-Renault

1:28.199

3.418

17

21

22

Jules Bianchi

Marussia-Cosworth

1:30.004

5.223

24

22

23

Rodolfo Gonzalez

Marussia-Cosworth

1:32.646

7.865

19

Brazilian GP – Wet practice

Interlagos, 22 November – The Brazilian Grand Prix weekend got underway this morning with the first free practice session at the Carlos Pace circuit. As the cars took to the track for the nineteenth and final round of the season, the expected rain had indeed arrived. Quickest was Nico Rosberg who did a 1.24.781, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton (1.25.230.) Third was Sebastian Vettel (1.25.387) in the Red Bull. The two Ferraris were fifth and eleventh courtesy of Fernando Alonso (1.25.593 and Felipe Massa (1.26.284) respectively. Neither man did many laps, Fernando completing 13 and Felipe 15, using one set of Intermediate tyres each, as they worked on gathering set-up data for the wet conditions.

 

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.781 14
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.230 0.449 13
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.387 0.606 17
4 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.391 0.610 25
5 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.593 0.812 13
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.797 1.016 17
7 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.946 1.165 15
8 19 Daniil Kvyat STR-Ferrari 1:26.064 1.283 17
9 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:26.133 1.352 31
10 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.232 1.451 17
11 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.248 1.467 15
12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.326 1.545 28
13 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.570 1.789 28
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:26.593 1.812 22
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:27.115 2.334 25
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:27.269 2.488 23
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:27.358 2.577 23
18 14 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1:27.436 2.655 9
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:28.107 3.326 18
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:28.199 3.418 17
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.004 5.223 24
22 23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1:32.646 7.865 19

– See more at: http://formula1.ferrari.com/news/brazilian-gp-wet-practice?origin=10248#sthash.EkPMwkAx.dpuf

Brazilian GP – Massa: “Still a lot to do in Formula 1”

January 2, 2014

Felipe Massa

Brazilian GP – Massa: “Still a lot to do in Formula 1”

Interlagos, 21 November – As the only Brazilian driver in Formula 1, it was a safe bet that Felipe Massa would be summoned to this morning’s FIA press conference at the Carlos Pace circuit. While the real farewells were for his fellow panellist, Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who is heading off to the World Endurance Championship next year, the theme of the questions aimed at Felipe all concerned the fact this is his last race for Scuderia Ferrari.

“I hope to enjoy my last race with Ferrari and want to thank everyone, including Stefano as well, as he is big friend who did a lot for me,” began Felipe. “I want to have a lot of fun this weekend, ending with a good result that would make it even more emotional,” said the Paulista, reprising much of what he’d said earlier in the week. He revealed his affection for the Prancing Horse went back to a time long before serious racing.

“My first go kart was red and my first overall was red!” he recalled. “I’m getting older, but now I come to another re-start to my career and I’m really looking forward to a change and going to Williams. I think I still have a lot to do in Formula 1. I am happy and motivated to drive for them and to help them be competitive again.”

Apart from the personal importance of Massa staying in F1, there is also the matter of national pride, ensuring there will still be a Brazilian on the grid next year. “That’s very important,” agreed Felipe. “The country has such a history in this sport,” he affirmed: “so many drivers, so many victories, so many championships. For Brazil, Formula 1 is very important and we have motor racing in the blood. In the junior categories, things are not going so well in Brazil, so it is also important to give it a push to help for the future of this country in motor sport. I have been trying to help and to give ideas to the Brazilian federation.”

Asked if he thought Ferrari would miss him, Felipe laughed and replied, “I hope so! That’s not something I think about really. I just hope Ferrari can also have a good future. I have nothing to complain about, because we had a very good time together. I hope I can have a fantastic future in a different team and I hope the same for Ferrari. I really have zero frustration in my life and that’s the way it is.”

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