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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sauber F1 Team Information - Esteban Gutiérrez (C32-2) T03 Day 1 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 28 February 2013

28th February 2013 – Together with all the other teams, the Sauber F1 Team resumed testing today at the final pre-season test. Intermittent rain during most of the day made things difficult for both engineers and drivers. Esteban used most of the time to gain experience with the intermediate and full wet tyres. Towards the end of the session the track was drying, and he so he was able to use dry tyres. He completed a total of 92 laps.


Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, 4.655 km
Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez
Weather: air 8-10°C, track 9 -12°C
Chassis/engine: C32-2/Ferrari 056
Laps today:  92
Fastest lap: 1:26.574   

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : "Until late afternoon the running was affected by intermittent rain showers. Once again our main aim was to make the most  of Esteban gaining experience in these difficult and changeable conditions. As the track dried out we started our preparation for the Race Simulation that we are planning for day three when Esteban is back in the car. Hopefully his final test day before the Melbourne GP will be dry as forecast.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: "It was another positive day with a lot of laps. Unfortunately the weather changed constantly. It was important for us to work with the intermediate tyres, which seem to be the most difficult ones for us. We had to change quite a lot of things to make them work better. Personally for me it was again a good day, because I was able to gain more experience and get myself up to speed  in very tricky conditions.“  

What comes next: Tomorrow, Nico Hülkenberg will be at the wheel of the Sauber C32.
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Caterham F1 Team Information - Charles Pic (CT03) Day 1 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 28 February 2013

Caterham F1 Team 5:23 PM (2 hours ago) to j.nichols.itc@gmail.com.
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T03 BARCELONA - DAY ONE

Circuit de Catalunya, Spain - Thursday 28th February 2013

Driver: Charles Pic, car #20

Chassis: CT03-06

Total laps: 83

Best lap: 1.28.644

Charles Pic: “Day one of the final test has been ok – 83 laps and another day where we’ve run without any issues and kept the same consistent approach throughout all the tests. We had planned to do qualifying and race simulations but with the rain today we’ve switched the race simulation to Sunday when I’m back in the car, but we did run through all the qualifying procedures and that went pretty well. Giedo’s back in the car for tomorrow and Saturday and if the weather improves by Saturday morning I think we’ll be able to get through everything we’ve planned for the final test.”

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F1 Testing Barcelona 1 - Day 1

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Thursday 28 February 2013
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Toro Rosso F1 Team Information - Jean-Eric Vergne Day 1 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 28 February 2013

BARCELONA TEST - DAY 1
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Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms
Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
Car: STR8 chassis number 03
Laps: 59
Best time: 1:25.017
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The third and final test in Barcelona began the same way that the previous one ended, which is to say, in
the rain, which meant that slick tyres were only viable in the final hour of today’s track time. Therefore
Jean-Eric spent most of the day on rain tyres and intermediates, a useful exercise as Pirelli has made
changes to its wet weather tyres for this year. However, in between the showers, the team did manage
some aerodynamic work, including the evaluation of a few new components. The day ended with two
satisfactory runs on dry tyres. Our two drivers are alternating days at this test, which means Daniel
Ricciardo takes over tomorrow.
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Jean-Eric Vergne: “Not the best of days, because we had many things to test and the rain meant we
were not able to get that much done, but we have to remember that the other teams have similar
programmes and the rain affects everyone. Nevertheless, I did plenty of laps, which is good for me and
good for the new car to do a high mileage. The car seems to behave really well in the wet and it also felt
good in the dry, during the few laps I managed at the end of the day.”

Barcelona tests 28 February 2013 - as it happens Circuito de Cataluña como suce esta mañanade















Monday, February 25, 2013

Williams F1 team Information - Dickie Stanford is the Race Team Manager gives us his insight on the new season ahead video

Published on 25 Feb 2013
Dickie Stanford is the Race Team Manager of the Williams F1 Team. Here, he gives us his insight on the new season ahead, with information about what happens at the factory during the off-season and how Williams are improving their pit stops.

About Williams
Williams F1 is an independent Formula One team with a philosophy and history of winning races.
Formed in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles in its illustrious history. Nine of these titles have been won in the Constructors' Championship in association with Cosworth, Honda and Renault. The remaining seven titles are Drivers' Championships, won with Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve.
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The brand name that has been built over the past 35 years is a testament to our founders who incorporated a winning DNA, a traditional approach, and a set of individual values that have made us one of the most successful and enduring brands in world sport.
Williams F1 has grown into a significant international business since its inception in 1977 and its achievements earned its founder, Frank Williams, a knighthood in the 1999 New Year's Honours List to augment France's highest decoration, the Legion d'Honneur.

About Pastor Maldonado
Pastor began his single-seater racing career in 2003 in the Italian Formula Renault Series. The following year he became the series champion with eight wins and gained his first taste of Formula One machinery with Minardi. Pastor then finished third in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2006 with three wins and six podiums. He graduated to GP2 the following year where he raced until 2010, claiming the title with 10 wins. He made his F1 debut when he joined Williams F1 for the 2011 season, picking up his maiden victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. 2013 will be his third season with the Williams F1 Team.

About Valtteri Bottas
After winning three prestigious kart titles in 2006, Valtteri moved into single-seaters, winning the 2008 Formula Renault Eurocup and the 2008 Formula Renault Northern European Cup. In June 2009 he won the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, a title he won again in 2010 and he remains the only driver ever to have won the title twice. Valtteri raced in F3 in 2010, securing two victories en route to third place in the championship. He joined Williams F1 that year as test driver, continuing this role into 2011 when he also won the GP3 Series at the first attempt. In 2012 Valtteri became the team's Official Reserve Driver and 2013 will see him progress to a race seat with the Williams F1 Team.

Find out more about our 2013 driver line-up on our website: http://www.williamsf1.com/

Daytona 500 - Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500, grabbing the spotlight from Danica Patrick as she faded on the final lap

Published on 24 Feb 2013
Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500, grabbing the spotlight from Danica Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race," but finished in eighth place. (Feb. 24)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

F1 Testing at Circuito de Catalunya Barcelona 19 to 22 February 2013 - Technical Analysis

Published on 22 Feb 2013
Technical analysis of the upgrades and events that happened during the 2013 Formula One pre season test at the Circuit de Catalunya, in Barcelona. We saw the Williams FW35 be launched, and also bad tyre degradation from many teams. Also, we saw new exhaust layouts, blown wheel nut's and other upgrades from many teams.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber Day 3 test Circuit de Cataluña Barcelona 21 febrero 2013

Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1min 23.024secs 108 laps 9th fastest








Friday test



#F1 Circuit de Cataluña tests - Days 1 2 3 & 4 videos highlights (19 to 22 February 2013)






Friday, February 22, 2013

Sauber F1 Team Information - Esteban Gutiérrez (C32-2) Day 4 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 22 February 2013

22nd February 2013 – With low temperatures, light rain in the morning and heavier rain, including hale, after mid-day , the final day of testing was far from ideal. However, Esteban used most of the time to gain experience with the Intermediate and Full Wet tyres. He was able to complete 96 laps.
22nd February 2013 – With low temperatures, light rain in the morning and heavier rain, including hale, after mid-day , the final day of testing was far from ideal. However, Esteban used most of the time to gain experience with the Intermediate and Full Wet tyres. He was able to complete 96 laps.


Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, 4.655 km

Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez

Weather: Overcast and light rain in the morning, heavier rain and hale after mid-day,  air 7-8°C, track 8 -9°C

Chassis/engine: C32-2/Ferrari 056

Laps today:  96

Fastest lap : 1:1:26.239

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : "As forecast, the final day of the test was dominated by intermittent rain showers. During the short dry spell in the morning we were able to complete an important aero test giving us useful data in preparation for next week’s test. For the rest of the day we gave Esteban plenty of running with the Intermediate and Full Wet tyres in preparation for the season ahead.” 
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Esteban Gutiérrez: "It was a very interesting day for me as  well as for the team, because it was important to get some experience in wet conditions. For me it was the very first time I had driven a Formula One car in the wet. It was particularly interesting in the morning, when the track was wet to begin with and then started to dry out. I was able to drive with dry tyres in very tricky conditions, which was a situation I could experience in a race. It was important for me to feel this change in conditions. In the afternoon I got the opportunity to compare the Intermediate tyres with the Full Wets. I learned so much today. This was just what I needed.“
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What comes next: This was the final day of the first of two Barcelona tests. Testing will be resumed on February 28th. Esteban will run on days one and three, and Nico on days two and four.

Toro Rosso F1 Team Information - Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8) Day 4 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 22 February 2013

BARCELONA TEST - DAY 4
Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms
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Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
Car: STR8 chassis number 01
Laps: 80
Best time: 1:24.071

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All week long, the weather forecast had predicted rain for today and unfortunately, it proved to be accurate. However, with only 12 days of pre-season testing in total, no opportunity to run the car can be missed and, even on the damp track, the Toro Rosso team got plenty done. In the morning, when there were some dry moments, Jean-Eric Vergne did some aero work, while the afternoon was given over to assessing the Pirelli wet weather tyres, which like the 2013 slicks, are different to those used last year. The final part of the afternoon was spent giving the race team some valuable pit stop practice.


Jean-Eric Vergne: “Another productive day, even with the rain. We had many things to test, especially on the aero side and I feel we got some good answers. Later, it was useful for me to drive on the Extreme and Intermediate Pirellis and I got a good understanding of how they behave, even if the conditions were extremely cold, so it was actually surprising we had rain and not snow! Now I am looking forward to the final test, which will be very important for everyone.”The final pre-season test will take place at this track from Thursday 28 February to Sunday 3 March. Our drivers will run alternate days in the cockpit, with Vergne doing Thursday and Saturday and Ricciardo Friday and Sunday.

Caterham F1 Team Information - Giedo van der Garde T02 Day 4 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 22 February 2013

Caterham F1 Team 5:26 PM (14 minutes ago) to j.nichols.itc@gmail.com
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T02 BARCELONA - DAY FOUR

Circuit de Catalunya, Spain - Friday 22nd February 2013

Driver: Giedo van der Garde, car #21

Chassis: CT03-06

Total laps: 50

Best lap: 1.27.429

Giedo van der Garde: “Despite today’s weather it’s been another relatively productive day. It’s certainly been one of the coldest days I’ve had on track, but even with the cold track temps and the rain that stopped and started we were able to get through quite a bit of work.

“The cold weather meant it might not have been much fun for the fans in the stands, but it was useful to get some laps done on the intermediate tyres as it was my first time in an F1 car in the wet, and to experience the car in the wet / dry conditions we had today. We also tried a couple more ideas to help improve the rear stability but, again, as the tyres weren’t really coming up to temperature we weren’t able to push too hard today.

“Even with the weather today  it’s been a fairly good test for us. We’re steadily working through the plan, making sure we’re covering everything we need to and now we have a lot of information to help us prepare for the final test back here in Barcelona next week.” 


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Toro Rosso F1 Team Information - Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8) Day 3 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 21 February 2013

Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms
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Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
Car: STR8 chassis number 01
Laps: 106
Best time: 1:23.366

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The STR8 completed its highest number of laps so far here in Barcelona, as Jean-Eric Vergne stepped into the cockpit for the first time this week. The job list included a continuation of the set-up evaluation on the car, as well as running the Soft Pirelli tyres for the first time at this track. Therefore the main theme of the day was to work out the most appropriate set-up options on the car to match the different compounds. The car ran reliably again today and the aim was to pack in as much work as possible, as it is expected to rain tomorrow for the final day. If the track is wet, then having a first look at the rain tyres, which have also changed for this year, will be a useful exercise and the team will also start looking at race procedures such as pit stop drills.

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Jean-Eric Vergne: “We did a solid day’s work on a track that is definitely more demanding than Jerez and that gives you a better picture of what your car can do. We did a really good job with a lot of laps, so I am very happy about that. Everything we test seems to give us more tools to work with, for when the time comes to start looking for the best set-up and balance and getting performance out of the car. I’d say the car shows excellent potential, which we will begin to exploit at the next test. ”Vergne continues to drive the STR8 tomorrow, for the final day of the test.

Sauber F1 Team Information - Nico Hülkenberg (C32-2) Day 3 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 21 February 2013

21st February 2013 – Nico started the day testing aerodynamic components. He then tried the soft tyres for the first time on this track and set the second best time of the day. In the afternoon he mainly concentrated on long-runs with high fuel loads. He covered 91 laps.


Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, 4.655 km
Driver: Nico Hülkenberg
Weather: Mainly overcast, air 8-15°C, track 9 -19°C
Chassis/engine: C32-2/Ferrari 056
Laps today: 91
Fastest lap: 1:22.160
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Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering: "Overall it was a very productive day, which is particularly important as the forecast suggests rain is likely tomorrow. As in previous days, we have used the initial running for data gathering of new aerodynamic parts while the temperatures were low. For the first time at this test we used the soft Pirelli tyre, which performs well for the first timed lap. The high tyre degradation makes testing difficult, but that is the same for everyone and we have to adapt to it. Nico and the engineers continued to make good progress with the car set-up and he will now hand the car back to Esteban for the final day of the test.” 
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Nico Hülkenberg: "It was a positive day. We got a lot of testing done with just minor problems. I ran the soft tyres in the morning here in Barcelona for the first time to get a feeling for those, which was interesting. The car is performing pretty well, and I‘m as happy as I can be."
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What comes next: Tomorrow, Esteban will be back at the wheel of the C32 for the final day.
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Caterham F1 Team Information - Giedo van der Garde T02 Day 3 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 21 February 2013

Caterham F1 Team 6:31 PM (4 minutes ago) to j.nichols.itc@gmail.com
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T02 BARCELONA - DAY THREE
Circuit de Catalunya, Spain - Thursday 21st February 2013

Driver: Giedo van der Garde, car #21

Chassis: CT03-06

Total laps: 93

Best lap: 1.26.177

Giedo van der Garde: "We've had a pretty productive day and completing 93 laps meant we were able to run through the whole plan we'd set out for today. We had a technical issue in the afternoon which meant we were running without KERS for the whole session after lunch but despite that we were still able to try a number of different setups that give us more to work on tomorrow and several options to work through at the next test. One area we are focusing on is improving the rear stability of the car. It definitely has a sharper front end than the 2012 car but we need to take a more detailed look at that tonight and, assuming the rain stays away tomorrow, we can keep working on that on day four of this test.”
 
 
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Giedo van der Garde, F1 Testing Barcelona 1 - Day 3
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Thursday 21st February 2013
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#Barcelona test day 3 - tweets towards the end of session (Circuit de Cataluña - 21 febrero 2013)







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1. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 21.875secs 97 laps 2. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1min 22.160secs 91 laps 3. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1min 22.188secs 119 laps 4. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 22.611secs 107 laps 5. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1min 22.675secs 79 laps 6. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1min 22.826secs 67 laps 7. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1min 22.840secs 71 laps 8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1min 22.877secs 78 laps 9. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1min 23.024secs 108 laps 10. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 23.366secs 106 laps 11. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1min 26.329secs 57 laps 12. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1min 26.416secs 93 laps

Williams F1 Team Information - Mike Coughlan Technical Director on the FW35 and 2013 season

Published on 21 Feb 2013
Mike Coughlan is the Technical Director of the Williams F1 Team. Here, he gives us his insight on the upgrades of the FW35, pre-season testing and preparing for 2014.

About Williams
Williams F1 is an independent Formula One team with a philosophy and history of winning races.
Formed in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles in its illustrious history. Nine of these titles have been won in the Constructors' Championship in association with Cosworth, Honda and Renault. The remaining seven titles are Drivers' Championships, won with Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve.
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The brand name that has been built over the past 35 years is a testament to our founders who incorporated a winning DNA, a traditional approach, and a set of individual values that have made us one of the most successful and enduring brands in world sport.
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Williams F1 has grown into a significant international business since its inception in 1977 and its achievements earned its founder, Frank Williams, a knighthood in the 1999 New Year's Honours List to augment France's highest decoration, the Legion d'Honneur.

About Pastor Maldonado
Pastor began his single-seater racing career in 2003 in the Italian Formula Renault Series. The following year he became the series champion with eight wins and gained his first taste of Formula One machinery with Minardi. Pastor then finished third in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2006 with three wins and six podiums. He graduated to GP2 the following year where he raced until 2010, claiming the title with 10 wins. He made his F1 debut when he joined Williams F1 for the 2011 season, picking up his maiden victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. 2013 will be his third season with the Williams F1 Team.

About Valtteri Bottas
After winning three prestigious kart titles in 2006, Valtteri moved into single-seaters, winning the 2008 Formula Renault Eurocup and the 2008 Formula Renault Northern European Cup. In June 2009 he won the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, a title he won again in 2010 and he remains the only driver ever to have won the title twice. Valtteri raced in F3 in 2010, securing two victories en route to third place in the championship. He joined Williams F1 that year as test driver, continuing this role into 2011 when he also won the GP3 Series at the first attempt. In 2012 Valtteri became the team's Official Reserve Driver and 2013 will see him progress to a race seat with the Williams F1 Team.
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Infiniti Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel Day 2 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 20 February 2013

Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull-Renault 1min 23.653secs 3 2nd fastest today











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2013 Barcelona F1 Testing - Sebastian Vettel

Toro Rosso F1 Team Information - Daniel Ricciardo (STR8) Day 2 test at Circuito de Cataluña Barcelona 20 February 2013

Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms

Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: STR8 chassis number 01
Laps: 70
Best time: 1:23.718

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Daniel Ricciardo had his second and final day at the wheel for this particular test session, continuing the programme begun yesterday. One of the key requirements of the STR8 was to give the drivers a more user-friendly car with a wider range of settings than its predecessor: with this in mind, today’s programme centred on experimenting with that wider range and evaluating different suspension set-up options. So far we have not experienced any reliability issues with the new car.


Daniel Ricciardo: “A very productive day, testing various suspension options, which was very
interesting and has provided us with plenty of data to look at. Therefore it was not a day for the time sheets, but one during which we learned a lot. It’s been interesting evaluating the Pirelli tyres, which have different characteristics to those from last year, but we will need some higher temperatures before we get an accurate picture of how they perform. Now it’s down to Jean-Eric to carry on for the next couple of days, before I get my final two days of testing when we come back here in just over one week.”

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Barcelona test day 2 - tweets towards the end of session (Circuit de Cataluña - 20 febrero 2013)


















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1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 23.274secs 2. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1min 23.653secs 3. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 24.216secs 4. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 25.354secs 5. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1min 25.481secs 6. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1min 25.773secs 7. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1min 26.985secs 8. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1min 28.900secs 9. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari No time 10. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes No time 11. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault No time