Wet start to Brazilian Grand Prix Weekend

Wet start to Brazilian Grand Prix Weekend

22.11.2013: 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix - Practice Sessions photo caption: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) sets fastest time in both practice

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix - Practice Sessions

photo caption: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) sets fastest time in both practice sessions today, using the Cinturato Green Intermediate tyre.

The Brazilian Grand Prix weekend got off to a wet start in both free practice sessions today, with no times set on the slick tyres and all the running taking place on the Cinturato Green intermediate and Cinturato Blue full wet.

The P Zero Orange hard tyres and P Zero White medium tyres have been nominated for the race, but only the hard tyre was used briefly in FP1 by Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel. The German’s slick run was just for data gathering and he did not set a time with them.

The teams also had the new 2014 Pirelli development tyres available, but the weather conditions meant that they did not get the chance to drive on them. Again, only Vettel went out to do one lap on the prototype tyres. However, with more rain expected for the rest of the weekend, all the wet weather practice today was extremely useful.

The fastest time of the day was set by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg early in FP1 on the Cinturato Green intermediate: 1m24.781s. Rosberg was quickest for most of FP2 as well, having set a benchmark time on the Cinturato Blue, before being usurped by Vettel on an intermediate tyre run. However, Rosberg managed to take fastest time back right at the end of FP2 with his own final run on intermediate tyres, thanks to a lap in 1m27.306s.

The rain eased off slightly at the end of FP2, with Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez the only driver not to switch to the intermediate by the end of the session. Most of the drivers used just one set of intermediates and wets throughout the day, even though the regulations allow for an extra set of intermediates if the Friday sessions are wet.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said:
“It was a tricky start to the weekend here at Interlagos, but the conditions we saw are likely to continue for the rest of the weekend, so it was useful for the teams to establish a wet set-up and assess the performance of the wet and intermediate tyres with different fuel loads.

It was a pity that the drivers didn’t get the chance to try the development tyres as this was an important opportunity: on the other hand, the 2014 tyres are obviously designed for a completely different type of car to what we see competing for the final time this weekend, so there was only a limited amount to learn anyway. In the end the situation was just a bit unlucky, as on the two previous occasions that we brought development tyres to Brazil in 2011 and 2012, conditions remained dry on a Friday.

You can’t control the weather though, which has always been part of the challenge of Formula One. There is of course only limited data you can get from wet running and the risk of damaging the car is higher than in dry conditions, so teams tend to restrict running despite the fact that wear and degradation on both the intermediate and wet is low, as long as it continues to rain and the compound doesn’t overheat.

The intermediate tyre in particular has shown itself to be very adaptable yet durable over a wide range of conditions. It’s hard to predict a strategy under these circumstances, as in the end it’s the most quick-thinking and flexible tactics that tend to win in the rain – and of course there’s always an element of luck as well.”

FP1:    FP2:

1.Rosberg    1m24.781s    Intermediate New    1.Rosberg    1m27.306s    Intermediate Used

2.Hamilton    1m25.230s    Intermediate New    2.Vettel    1m27.531s    Intermediate Used

3.Vettel    1m25.387s    Intermediate New    3.Webber    1m27.592s    Intermediate Used

Tyre statistics of the day:

     Prototype    Hard    Intermediate    Wet
kms driven *    4    8    2,533    550
sets used overall **    1    1    25    20
highest number of laps **    1    2    37    17

* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.

May the Force be with you:

What is popularly known as g-force is in fact acceleration. These are the maximum values while braking and cornering:

-Max. g-force braking (longitudinal force):    -4.3 @ T1

-Max. g-force cornering (lateral force):    4.11 @ T7

Pirelli facts of the day:

Yesterday, the 50th anniversary 2014 Pirelli Calendar was launched in Milan, which actually contained some images from the 1985 Formula One season. The 2014 calendar was originally shot in 1986 by celebrated photographer Helmut Newton, but archived for future use.

 Part of the shoot took place at the 1985 Monaco Grand Prix, featuring the Pirelli-equipped Ligier-Renault team. The shoot clearly brought them luck: they finished fourth and sixth, which was among their best results that year.


- Alexandra Schieren, Anthony Peacock, photo Pirelli

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/brazil-gp-wet-start-grand-prix-nico-rosberg-mercedes---117420.html

22.11.2013 / MaP

More News

Sahara Force India F1 Sao Paulo practices
 Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil 2013, Free Practice  Wet conditions resulted in limited practice mileage for Sahara Force India at Interlagos as Adrian Sutil, Paul Di Resta and James Calado shared driving duties. more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Sao Paulo practices
 2013 BRAZILIAN PRIX – FREE PRACTICE“You just never know in Sao Paulo…”Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Friday #movember 22JENSON BUTTONMP4-28A-02FP1  more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Sao Paulo Free practices
Brazilian Grand-Prix Sao Paulo -   Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished today's practice sessions at a wet Interlagos circuit in P1 and P5 respectively. •    The drivers comple more >>
Lotus F1 Team Sao Paulo Free practices review
Heikki Kovalainen ended a wet first day of practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix with the fourth fastest time at Interlagos. Romain Grosjean was tenth fastest on a day which started wet and became wetter with rainfall over the Brazilian track in S&a more >>
Sauber F1 Team Sao Paulo Friday free practices
Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 22.11.2013Weather: rain, 19-21°C air, 20-24°C trackBoth free practice sessions for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos took place in wet conditions. Nico H more >>
#MakeYourF1Mark top Marks
We’ve always known that Mark has a devoted fan base but when we asked them to help us prepare for his final grand prix by sending in tributes to the great man in our #MakeYourF1Mark competition we were simply blown away by the incredible response – and more >>
Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Sao Paulo Friday Practices
BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX– FRIDAY PRACTICE  Friday 22 November 2013 CAR 1, SEBASTIAN VETTEL  First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:25.387, Laps: 17Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1: more >>
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Sao Paulo free practices review
2013 BRAZIL GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 22/11/2013 Daniil Kvyat (STR8-01)First Practice Session Best lap: 1:26.064, pos. 8th, 17 laps"It was a very positive experience today, running in the wet. I go more >>
Caterham F1 Team Sao Paulo F1 Friday practices review
2013 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX FP1 & FP2Sao Paulo, Brazil - 22nd November 2013  Caterham F1 Team Partner InformationIn a recent survey of Brazil’s top 3.5 million executives, CNN International was the most-watche more >>
Sao Paulo Free Practice 2 result
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 20131     9     Nico Rosberg     Mercedes     1:27.306         12 more >>
Sao Paulo Free Practice 1 result
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 20131     9     Nico Rosberg     Mercedes     1:24.781         142   &nb more >>
Caterham F1 Team steering support to the Philippines
Caterham F1 Team is continuing its support of the people of the Philippines with a unique opportunity to win an actual 2013 Caterham F1 Team steering wheel as part of its fundraising campaign to help those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.  more >>
Caterham F1 Team Sao Paulo preview
2013 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIXSao Paulo, Brazil -  GeneralRace Laps: 71Fuel consumption and fuel effect are relatively low, compared to the majority of the seasonKerbs are not a problemThe more >>
TW Steel Introduces Bold CEO Tech Emerson Fittipaldi Limited Edition
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of motorsport legend Emerson Fittipaldi becoming the first home driver to win the Brazilian Grand Prix, TW Steel has chosen to honour its famed brand ambassador with anot more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Interlagos preview
2013 Brazilian Grand Prix previewAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace facts & statsThe 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship draws to a close in Brazil this weekend. The season finale takes place at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, one of the more >>
Sahara Force India F1 Brazilian Grand Prix preview
2013 Brazilian Grand Prix  Sahara Force India gets ready for the final round of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship. Vijay’s VisionDr Vijay Mallya looks ahead to the final race of more >>
Heikki Kovalainen: “All we need is a better Sunday”
Our Finnish Enstone returnee is determined to harness the positives from his E21 debut and strike back with a strong performance at the season-ending Brazilian Grand PrixWhat do you think of Interlagos?It’s a great c more >>
Romain Grosjean: “I love going Brazilian”
After a standout performance in Austin, Romain Grosjean looks ahead to the season finale at Interlagos hoping to end the year on a highTell us about Interlagos; is it a track you like?It’s a more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Sao Paulo preview
Sao Paulo - Preview  The final race of the 2013 Formula One World Championship takes place at Interlagos in Sao Paulo on Sunday 24 November. •    At 4.309 km, the Interlagos circ more >>
Adieu to Renault V8 Engine at Brazilian GP 2013
After eight seasons, the FIA Formula One World Championship will say goodbye to the 2.4 litre V8 engine formula at the Brazilian Grand Prix.At the end of the year, the highly optimized, ultra-high output, ultra-high speed, normally as more >>
Sebastian Vettel seals title with four stops at Brazilian Grand Prix
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed his third consecutive world title – making him the youngest-ever triple world champion – after a dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix, while McLaren’s Jenson Button took his third win of the season. more >>
Sebastian Vettel is the 2012 World Champion,
..2011 World Champion and 2010 World ChampionRed Bull Racing claims triple double Championships '10, '11, '12Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: 6th, Start Position: 4th       &nbs more >>
Four teams, nine wins, 839 points and double title for Renault in 2012
Sebastian Vettel’s drive to sixth position in today’s dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix saw him crowned the 2012 FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Champion.It is the third consecutive title for Sebastian and comes just one week after more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Interlagos race
2012 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIXAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sunday November 25“It was crazy out there!”182nd          more >>
Lotus F1 Team Interlagos race
End Credits – Brazilian Grand Prix, Sunday 25 NovemberLotus F1 Team secured fourth position in the 2012 FIA Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championship with over twice the points tally of nearest rival Mercedes, with Kimi Räikk&ou more >>
Sahara Force India F1 Interlagos race
2012 Brazilian Grand Prix: Race Report Sahara Force India led 30 laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg competed for the victory at Interlagos, eventually finishing fifth. Paul Di Resta looked set for points, but crashed on more >>
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Interlagos race review
2012 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX INTERLAGOS25 NOVEMBERA thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos this afternoon saw Michael Schumacher end his Formula One career with a battling seventh place finish, whilst Nico Rosberg came home in 1 more >>
Sauber F1 Team Interlagos Race
Brazilian GP – Race – Sunday, 25.11.2012   Weather: changing conditions with light rain, 20-18°C air, 25-20° track The season finale of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship in Brazil was a thriller in which more >>
Caterham F1 Team Interlagos race review
Brazilian Grand Prix - Sunday 25th November 2012Caterham F1 Team Partner InformationIn 2011 the total EADS workforce numbered more than 133,000 peopleWeatherRace: Overcast, intermittent rain more >>
HRT F1 Team Interlagos race
Brazilian Grand PrixAutódromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo Sunday, 25th of November 2012 Weather: Wet – Air 19ºC, Track 23ºCRace: 71 laps – Track distance: 4.309kmPedro de la Ro more >>
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Interlagos race
2012 BRAZIL GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 25/11/2012  Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-02)Race finish: 8th“It’s good to finish eighth, however, I am not so happy with myself, because I m more >>
First quotes from Interlagos race
BRAZILIAN GP 2012Sebastian Vettel  sixth in the race - World Champion 2012It has not sunk in yet that I am world Champion today. I hardly had any time for myself. Its very difficult to find the right words. Everything possible has go more >>
Interlagos Race results 2012
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 20121     3     Jenson Button     McLaren-Mercedes     71     Winner     2     252 more >>
Lotus F1 Team Interlagos qualifying
The Final Countdown – Brazilian GP, Saturday 24 NovemberKimi Räikkönen bounced back to P9 on the grid for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix after missing most of this morning’s running due to an engine failure early in the sessio more >>
Tyre strategy holds the key to qualifying and race in Brazil
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has moved a step closer to clinching a third consecutive world title – which would make him the youngest triple world champion in the history of the sport – by qualifying fourth for the Brazilian Grand Prix, four places ahea more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Interlagos qualifying
2012 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYINGAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Saturday November 24“My perfect farewell”155th            po more >>
Red Bull Racing F1 qualifying review
Saturday 24 November 2012¬ BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX  QUALIFYING Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:13.385)“We got the most out of that, but it was disappointing n more >>
Sahara Force India F1 Interlagos qualifying
2012 Brazilian Grand Prix: Qualifying ReportSahara Force India continued to show strong form in Sao Paulo as Nico Hulkenberg qualified in seventh place for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Paul Di Resta will line up P11.  more >>
Sauber F1 Team Interlagos qualifying
Brazilian GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 24.11.2012   Weather: drying track, 24-28°C air, 31-36°C track,  The final race of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship will be a challenging one for the Sauber F1 Te more >>


2001-2023 automobilsport.com full copyright