Marc Marquez was the fastest in the first free practice for the GP of Aragon, overtaking the closest pursuer and contender for the title, Valentino Rossi, by two tenths of a second. Maverick Vinales was third and Andrea Dovizioso overtook Jorge Lorenzo, who finished in the top five fastest racers.
The Mercedes team also seems to be in its class at the Hungarian Hungaroring, as the two silver cars were by far the fastest. Lewis Hamilton was almost a quarter of a second faster than teammate Nic Rosberg. Rosberg started the day by signing a new two-year contract with Mercedes, and the first free practice ended almost a second and a half ahead of Sebastian Vettl. The German Ferrari racer was a hair faster than teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who was also close to Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian in Red Bull, unlike his rivals ahead of him, did not drive on the softest tires. His teammate Max Verstappen also rode on soft tires and was almost three tenths slower than Ricciardo. His training time was more than dv
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg drove only partial training on the third day, with Nico Hülkenberg being the best. While Sebastian Vettel was the fastest for the first two days, Hülkenberg recorded yesterday's training for his own good. As said, Mercedes decided not to drive all the laps and split the test between the two racers, yesterday’s training was taken advantage of by Carlos Sainz jr. from the Toro Rosso team, who drove 161 laps. "I suggested the change myself because it makes it easier for me to focus on the car and the ride," Rosberg commented on the change in plans for yesterday's training. Nevertheless, the Mercedes car proves its reliability, driving as many as 172 laps on Tuesday. “Tuesday’s training was actually too much for me and in the end I was no longer able to concentrate perfectly
Formula One racers also tested a new system of the so-called virtual safety car at the second free practice in Austin. During the training, yellow flags were hung on a part of the track, as in the case of an accident of one of the race cars, and the racers had to drive that part reasonably slowly, within a certain time frame. The move is the result of a serious accident of Jules Bianchi in a Suzuki, which did not slow down enough in the area of double yellow flags and flew off the track and collided with a mobile elevator, which was pulling the stuck car out of the excursion zone. Racers with a virtual safety car system slow down on their own, so there is no need to drive an actual safety car onto the track, which would slow down the racers in all parts of the track. Although they are both racers and leaders
Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in his first free practice for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin. The training took place on a slightly damp track, on which only 18 racers took part due to the problems of the Marussia and Caterham teams. At first, it looked best on Jenson Button, but at the end, when the Mercedes showed the right speed, he slipped to a still good third place, behind Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Daniil Kvjat was fourth and Kevin Magnussen was optimistic in McLaren's camp with fifth place. Fernando Alonso was sixth with a heavy-duty Ferrari, followed by Sebastian Vettel. A good impression was left by Felipe Nasr, who performed with Williams for the fourth time this year. Training finished 0.362 seconds and three places ahead of Felipe Massa, the team’s regular racer. Nico Hulkenberg was the ninth, tenth time p
The first free practice before the opening race of the Formula E season in Beijing was given to Lucas di Grassi, who competes for the Abt team. The Brazilian was the fastest in the first, 1-minute free practice with a time of 41.937: 45. The second fastest on the Beijing ePrix track was Sebastien Buemi (E.Dams Renault) and the third was Sam Bird (Virgin Racing). Nicolas Prost was fourth in the second race of the E.Dams team, followed by Karun Čandok (Mahindra Racing). Bruno Senna was a bit disappointed with only fifteen times. Results of first training: Racer Team Time 01 11 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 1.41.934s 02 9 Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 1: 42.510s 03 2 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 1: 42.902s 04 8 Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 1: 42.9
Nico Rosberg got his first free practice for the Belgian GP, where the second part of the season begins after a one-month break. That the relationship hasn't changed much during this time is also evidenced by the results of the afternoon training, which Lewis Hamilton won in another Mercedes car. Hamilton was six tenths faster than his teammate and rival in the fight for this year's world champion Rosberg in the afternoon, and the third was Fernando Alonso, who was also the third fastest in the first training session. The Spaniard was a tenth behind Rosberg. They continued in good form at Williams. Felipe Massa was fourth and Valtteri Bottas sixth, with only McLarn racer Jenson Button returning. Seventh was newcomer to Toro Ross Danil Kvjat, who was a few tenths better
Marc Marquez was the fastest in the second free practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix after the fastest time of the first practice was recorded by Valentino Rossi. The current champion said after the first practice that the old track configuration was more in line with his Honda, but in the second he still improved Rossi's time by more than half a second, to 1: 32.882. The Spaniard was closest to Italian Andrea Ianone, who was 0.222 seconds slower, and the third fastest time was set by Jorge Lorenzo, another three tenths of a second lower. Andrea Dovizioso was fourth ahead of Dani Pedroso and Stefan Bradl.
Lewis Hamilton got his second free practice on Gilles Villeneuve’s track with a lap time of 1: 16.118. After the pace was dictated by Fernando Alonso in the first practice, the Mercedes duo took the initiative in the second. Hamilton was 0.175 seconds faster than Nic Rosberg, and Sebastian Vettel, who was less than three tenths of a second slower than Rosberg, came closest to the drivers of the German team in the afternoon. Ferrari was behind Vettl, this time Kimi Raikkonen was faster than Alonso, followed by Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas in Williams. Eighth and ninth place, as in the first practice, went to both McLarn racers. Kevin Magnussen was better, and Jenson Button managed to keep Jean-Eric Vergen behind in Toro Rosso.
The racing weekend of the Formula One caravan is expected to be shortened by one Friday's free practice next season. The already traditional Thursday talks of the racers with the press are expected to take place on Friday morning in the future, and in the afternoon the teams and racers would do only one free practice and not two, as is the custom now. With this, the team's staff, at least in theory, would arrive at the racetrack a day later than usual, thus saving the teams money on travel and hotel accommodation. The idea of canceling one training session is supposed to be part of the measures they intend to reduce costs in Formula One, as the budgets of smaller teams are too small to be able to compete with larger teams. The advantages of the measure are not supposed to be in the financial field, but also to increase the number of spectators, as we can