In Friday’s training at the “Circuit of the Americas,” each of the pilots Mercedes flashed in his own way. If Briton Lewis Hamilton belongs absolutely the best time of the day, then Nico Rosberg was fastest in the simulation racing conditions. Both practices culminated in a drive mode “virtual machine security.”
US Grand Prix: the first set benchmarks Lewis Hamilton
Minutes of Friday practice on the eve of the US Grand Prix was unusually short. As you know, to participate in the next race due to financial problems at once refused two “stable” – Marussia and Caterham, so that the current back of the field, “Formula 1” consists of only 18 cars. Remaining in the ranks of participants “F-1” Texas pleases sunshine, and despite last night rain, the state “Circuit of the Americas” (which, as already reported by local authorities for the last year has helped bring to the local budget of about 700 million dollars from the pockets of the visiting motorsport enthusiasts) was decent.
Sole favorites Friday’s training both by tradition were the representatives of Mercedes AMG, a week earlier in Sochi had already allowed his team to the title in the Constructors’ Championship. Lewis Hamilton – the winner of the US Grand Prix debut – left no doubt in his own sportswear and headed back of the field twice. In the morning, ahead of Rosberg three tenths of a second, and in the afternoon session played his partner with a paltry 0,003. Nico Rosberg, in turn, said the Briton best in the back of the field at the time of the long series of circles in simulated race conditions.
In third place in the morning managed to get Jenson Button of McLaren , but at the end of the final practice it got Fernando Alonso – however, the Spaniard conceded a couple of “Silver Arrows” by the standards of the endless “Formula 1” to 1.1. On both of their machines “Scuderia” hoisted weight measuring equipment and some new aerodynamic solutions for season 2015. Recently there were rumors that the Ferrari again not all right with the test results already in the new wind tunnel. Engineers Lotus F1 boasts its own innovation – the newest nose fairing more classic form Lewis Hamilton, which should come to replace the two different-sized “tusks”.
Conscientiously fulfilled the “American Friday” Russian driver team Toro Rosso Daniel Kwiat. Hero Sochi qualification completed the first training on high fourth position, while in the second practice was the seventh. For the second on account of official free practice session (after Suzuki) Toro Rosso car will provide future mate Kvyat – max Ferstappenu. The Dutchman drove a considerable distance, and on completion of training proved to tenth. Moreover, Verstappen, Jr. “traveled” another budding racer – reservist team Williams F1, Felipe Nasr, who earned the eighth line of the first session.
Finally, on a “Circuit of the Americas” in Austin American pilots Lewis Hamilton, “Formula 1” for the first time tested solution that in the foreseeable future could replace the signals in the form of double yellow flags. This is the so-called “virtual machine security”: when a special message on the steering wheel are approaching a danger zone racer obliged to reduce its rate of 35% compared with the normal speed at the site. This decision, according to the functionaries of the FIA, will increase the safety of racing, when there is no need to release the track real pace car, but usually not enough yellow flags. The initiative came as a result of a severe accident in which a month ago in Japan fell Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.