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GP Ungheria, prove venerdì–25/07/2014


Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton stays on top in second practice

Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg.

The Mercedes driver, who earlier topped morning practice, was fastest during the early stages of the session when everyone ran on the slower medium-compound Pirelli tyres.

Red Bull pairing Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo briefly took first and second positions thanks to switching onto the faster softs before Mercedes just after the half-hour mark.

But Rosberg then put Mercedes back on top with his first flier on the faster rubber, while team-mate Hamilton had a scruffy start to his run.

Hamilton then put in two faster laps, first outpacing Rosberg by 0.207s and then improving his best mark by 61 thousandths on the sixth lap of his run.

This was despite complaining several times during the session of struggling with the brakes, saying over the radio early on that “I can’t seem to stop the car”.

Vettel, who had an off at the chicane in the early running, held on to end up the best non-Mercedes in third overall, six tenths off the pace and three tenths up on old title rival Fernando Alonso.

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen, who ploughed through the gravel at the chicane in the early running, was fifth fastest ahead of Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, with Ricciardo sliding to seventh as others improved on the soft rubber.

Williams was lower down the timesheets than usual, with Valtteri Bottas eighth ahead of the second McLaren of Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa was 10th after suffering a spin early in his soft-tyre run before a car problem forced him to return to the garage and miss out on some of the planned long-run track time.

Williams engineering boss Rob Smedley was seen examining the left-rear wheel in the garage, suggesting the problem might have been in that area.

Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne was 11th and 12th ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who had briefly been third after being the first to try the soft rubber.

Adrian Sutil was the faster of the two Sauber’s ahead of Sergio Perez’s Force India.

Behind them were the two Lotus entries of Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean.

Maldonado suffered a quick spin on his first run, but recovered to complete a full programme, while Grosjean’s running was restricted by the team having to chase a cooling system leak.

Kamui Kobayashi, another to suffer a spin, was 19th fastest ahead of both Marussias and Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson.


Pos Driver                Team                     Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 1m24.482s          38
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 1m24.720s +0.238s  38
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         1m25.111s +0.629s  33
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  1m25.437s +0.955s  26
 5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         1m25.580s +1.098s  34
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                  1m25.730s +1.248s  30
 7. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         1m25.983s +1.501s  29
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        1m25.999s +1.517s  37
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1m26.234s +1.752s  33
10. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes        1m26.402s +1.920s  18
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       1m26.689s +2.207s  42
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       1m26.703s +2.221s  37
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     1m26.789s +2.307s  39
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           1m26.919s +2.437s  41
15. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     1m27.013s +2.531s  39 
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1m27.019s +2.537s  40
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            1m27.021s +2.539s  14  
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           1m27.480s +2.998s  32
19. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         1m28.370s +3.888s  35 
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         1m28.469s +3.987s  26
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         1m28.586s +4.104s  35
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         1m29.036s +4.554s  34
Da Autosport.com


Hungarian GP: Hamilton leads Rosberg in opening practice

Mercedes underlined its dominant position at the front of Formula 1 by comfortably leading the way in the first free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton beat team-mate Nico Rosberg to the fastest time by just 0.183 seconds, after struggling with his brakes in the early part of the session.

The silver cars were the only ones to lap below 1m26s around the Hungaroring.

Kimi Raikkonen finished up best of the rest in third, six tenths of a second adrift of championship leader Rosberg.

The Finn matched Hamilton in the first sector but his Ferrari fell away across the rest of the circuit.

Raikkonen lapped four tenths clear of Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was in turn four tenths faster than reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel in the best of the Red Bulls.

Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren rounded out the top six, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso, the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, and the sister McLaren of Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa was fastest of the two Williams drivers in 10th, while team-mate Valtteri Bottas was only 15th, behind Esteban Gutierrez in the best of the Saubers, Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, and Pastor Maldonado in the best of the Lotus.

Hulkenberg’s Force India team-mate Sergio Perez was next, ahead of the troublesome second Lotus of Romain Grosjean, which stopped early with a technical issue related to the car’s water system.

Adrian Sutil was 18th fastest, more than a second slower than Sauber team-mate Gutierrez, but well ahead of the two Caterhams – led by Kamui Kobayashi – and the two Marussias.

There were a number of brake lock-ups and trips across the circuit run-off areas as drivers explored the track’s limits early on, but the most dramatic moment of the session befell Max Chilton as he returned to the pits after his installation lap.

Chilton is hoping his form will improve this weekend, after switching back to a chassis he used before June’s Austrian GP, but the Briton’s session was barely five minutes old when his Marussia caught fire in the pitlane when some oil leaked onto the car’s exhaust, requiring a change of gearbox on the MR03.

He returned to the track just in time to register a flying lap two tenths clear of his team-mate Bianchi.


Pos Driver               Team                    Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes                1m25.814s           27
 2. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                1m25.997s  +0.183s  31
 3. Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari                 1m26.421s  +0.607s  29
 4. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                 1m26.872s  +1.058s  23
 5. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault        1m27.220s  +1.406s  28
 6. Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes        1m27.357s  +1.543s  28
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault      1m27.683s  +1.869s  30
 8. Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault        1m27.782s  +1.968s  16
 9. Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes        1m27.804s  +1.990s  27
10. Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes       1m27.960s  +2.146s  24
11. Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.967s  +2.153s  25
12. Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes    1m28.101s  +2.287s  28
13. Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault      1m28.208s  +2.394s  32
14. Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault           1m28.266s  +2.452s  28
15. Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Mercedes       1m28.330s  +2.516s  21
16. Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes    1m28.376s  +2.562s  24
17. Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault           1m28.593s  +2.779s  24
18. Adrian Sutil         Sauber-Ferrari          1m29.025s  +3.211s  23
19. Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham-Renault        1m30.363s  +4.549s  30
20. Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault        1m30.892s  +5.078s  24
21. Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari        1m31.004s  +5.190s  5
22. Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari        1m31.248s  +5.434s  20
Da Autosport.com

GP Ungheria, interviste del giovedì–24/07/2014


Raikkonen: “100% belief in the guys in the factory”

Mogyorod, 24 July – Kimi Raikkonen had his usual meeting with the media this afternoon, in the hot conditions that are likely to typify this Hungarian weekend. As to how the Scuderia Ferrari man expects to perform at the Hungaroring, it’s the usual Thursday guessing game. “Hopefully, we’ll get that good feeling and get the car where we want and just have a clean weekend without any issues in any practices and can try things where we want,” he began. “Even though it’s twisty and people say you can’t overtake here, we’ve seen in the past that it can change a lot in the race after qualifying so we’ll see how it goes.”

On the much discussed topic that the Finn has found it hard to get a good feeling form his F14 T, the Ferrari man felt progress was being made. “There’s sometimes a good feeling and unfortunately it doesn’t last long, but last weekend was a better feeling again, we changed something in the car so hopefully that will put us in the right direction and we can get to where we should be.”

Kimi has spent a lot of time in Maranello and what he saw in the factory has put him in a positive frame of mind when it comes to next year. “I have 100% belief in the people in the factory and I know that we have the tools and the people to do the job we’re supposed to do. I’m sure we can be where we should be, hopefully already next year. With Marco (Mattiacci,) he didn’t have much knowledge of F1 when he came in but he has a smart head. I think he’s doing good work, making good decisions, but it takes time to get involved and get people’s trust but I think he’s the guy we need.”

Da Ferrari.it



Raikkonen sure he can turn season around

Kimi Raikkonen is confident he can start to reap the rewards of his recent progress with the Ferrari F14 T in Hungary this weekend after a series of disappointing results.

Raikkonen has scored just two points in the last five races and finished 11th in Germany after a poor qualifying result and car damage in the race. However, he is confident he made progress at Hockenheim and is hoping for a problem-free weekend to make the most of his progress.

"Overall it was a bit better and a lot more to my liking over the weekend," he said. "But I did qualifying and we were a bit out of position compared to where I think we should have been. Then you end up between the cars fighting and we got damaged twice on the front wing and I think that compromised our race a lot.

"Probably we should have done different things on the tactics, but that’s how it went. There were some good times and hopefully that’s happening more and we can keep it all the time.

"Obviously [at Ferrari] it’s a different team, different car design and certain things are slightly different to how it was in the past. The biggest difference is that it’s not to my liking, and unfortunately these are not easy things to change.

"I’m sure we can turn it around and sometimes there is a good feeling but it doesn’t last long. Last weekend was a better feeling again and we changed something and got something new in the car so hopefully that will start putting us in the right direction and we will get to where we should be."

Raikkonen’s highlight of the season came in Monaco where he was running third before a collision with Max Chilton. He is hoping the Hungaroring’s tight layout will give him a chance to be competitive again this weekend.

"It’s a different circuit more close to Monaco than the other place. We were having quite a good race there but obviously we have to see if we get that good feeling and get the car where we want and have that good feeling without any issues in practice to try things however we want.

"We will have to see tomorrow, but usually it is a good race and even this twisty track where people say you can’t overtake, we have seen in the past that it can change a lot in the race after qualifying. We’ll see how it goes."

Da Espnf1.com

GP Germania, commenti e articoli–23/07/2014


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Fiducia incondizionata–22/07/2014


Ferrari Formula 1 team backs Kimi Raikkonen amid struggles

The Ferrari Formula 1 team says it has the "utmost confidence" in Kimi Raikkonen to turn his poor 2014 season around.

Raikkonen lies eight places and 78 points adrift of team-mate Fernando Alonso in the F1 drivers’ championship after 10 races.

The Finn has failed to finish ahead of his Spanish team-mate at any race so far this year, and also trails Alonso 8-2 in the intra-team qualifying battle.

Raikkonen qualified behind Alonso again for Sunday’s German Grand Prix and finished a pointless 11th after picking up wing damage, while Alonso hailed his own race to fifth as his best of the season so far.

Raikkonen is currently contracted to Ferrari for next season, and team principal Marco Mattiacci said the 2007 world champion is still the right driver for the Scuderia despite his paucity of results in this current campaign.

"Kimi is the driver that we need – we need to make more points, but he’s the driver that we need," Mattiacci said.

"I think he knows what he can do better.

"He’s a professional driver, he won a world championship with Ferrari; he’s motivated, he knows his area of improvement.

"He sees Fernando ahead, he sees that it is tough and it’s a tough moment, but we are all together in this.

"He has the utmost confidence and support from Ferrari."

Da Autosport.com

 

Piccoli passi–21/07/2014


Kimi Raikkonen happier with Ferrari F1 car in German Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen says he is now happier with the feel of Ferrari’s Formula 1 car, despite another difficult race at the German Grand Prix.

The 2007 world champion started down in 12th after a mistake in qualifying on Saturday and finished a pointless 11th in Sunday’s race.

The Finn blamed damage from collisions with Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso for ruining his race, but said he was generally much happier with the handling of the F14 T at Hockenheim.

"It continues to feel more like it should even if the results are not where we should be," Raikkonen said.

"The car felt much better here – more to my liking – I could drive it more as I wanted and it started to feel nice.

"We had a bad second run in Q2, [but] in the race the car felt good on new tyres, but the front left didn’t last because of the damage on the front wing.

"On another weekend, when I get more parts, it should help and we can start turning it around and get more points in the race.

"It’s not easy. Things are not going to plan. Something always goes wrong. Hopefully it will stop at some point.

"Having difficult weekends is not fun but it’s part of racing. I would obviously rather have good weekends than bad results all the time, but I’m sure it’s going to change.

"It’s not like we’ve lost it, it’s just a difficult moment."

All teams removed their front and rear interconnected (FRIC) suspension systems ahead of the weekend, but Raikkonen does not reckon this made a big difference to the Ferrari.

"Obviously it’s hard to tell from circuit to circuit, but I don’t think it makes a big difference," he added.

Da Autosport.com

GP Germania, commenti post gara–20/07/2014


German GP: Kimi Raikkonen blames car damage for point-less race

Kimi Raikkonen says damage from his incidents with Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel was the main reason for his failure to score in the German Grand Prix.

The Finn’s Ferrari was battered from two clashes in three-abreast dices on the run to the Spitzkehre hairpin at the end of the Hockenheim track’s curved back section.

The first came as Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes passed both Raikkonen and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo in a battle for eighth on lap 12, the second when both Alonso and Vettel caught Raikkonen on fresh tyres after pitstops two laps later.

Raikkonen said damage to his front wing caused a dramatic increase in tyre wear that hampered his aggressive strategy, in which he switched to super-softs at his first stop on lap 20.

“We thought it was the right [strategy] choice but I got hit twice, ended up in the middle of two cars and damaged my front wing. The endplate came off,” he explained.

“That didn’t help. I killed the front left – the tyres were always OK except the front left.

“So I couldn’t run as long as we wanted on the super-softs and just lost performance because of the damage to the car.”

He underlined that he had no complaints about either incident.

“It was OK, but when I’m in the middle I can’t go anywhere. I ended up squeezed a little bit,” said Raikkonen.

“It wasn’t much but it was enough to damage the wing. I couldn’t go more to the left because there were cars.”

Da Autosport.com


GP Germania, gara–20/07/2014


German GP: Rosberg cruises to victory, Hamilton recovers to third

Nico Rosberg extended his lead in the Formula 1 world championship with a comfortable victory in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

The Mercedes driver converted pole position into his fourth win of the season, while the Williams of Valtteri Bottas fended off the second Mercedes of Rosberg’s title rival Lewis Hamilton to finish second.

Hamilton fought his way through the field to finish third from 20th on the grid, following his brake-failure-induced crash in qualifying.

Hamilton’s journey to the podium was fraught with peril, as the 2008 world champion survived repeated contact at the Turn 4 hairpin as he raced his way through the pack.

Hamilton got away with hitting Adrian Sutil’s Sauber and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, but slightly damaged his front wing after a late dive up the inside of Jenson Button’s McLaren.

This compromised his second stint on Pirelli’s soft tyre and meant Mercedes had to switch its charger onto a three-stop strategy.

Hamilton made up the time lost in the pits but took too much out of his final set of tyres and fell short of claiming second spot from Bottas by just 1.7 seconds.

Bottas executed a two-stop strategy to claim his third consecutive podium finish for Williams after starting second, but team-mate Felipe Massa only made it to the first corner before contact with Kevin Magnussen’s fast-starting McLaren tipped the Williams into a race-ending roll, and meant the first lap finished behind the safety car.

Magnussen, who started fourth and was trying to pass Massa for third when they came together, fell to the back of the field, while the incident also delayed Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, which had to take avoiding action across the Turn 1 run-off.

This incident promoted world champion Sebastian Vettel to third on the road, and the Red Bull racer converted that into a fourth placed finish after another battle with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Alonso was another driver who tried to make a two-stop strategy work, but the Spaniard could not manage it and a late third stop dropped him out of the top six.

He passed Jenson Button’s McLaren for sixth with relative ease, but found the recovering Red Bull of Ricciardo a more obstinate obstacle.

The Australian defended hard, but Alonso – running on the faster super-soft tyre – eventually fought his way past four laps from the finish.

Ricciardo came back at the Ferrari on the final lap, though, and fell just eight hundredths of a second shy of stealing fifth back on the run to the finish line.

Button lost seventh to Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India after being forced to make a very late third tyre stop, while McLaren team-mate Magnussen salvaged ninth after his first-lap incident.

Sergio Perez claimed the final point for 10th place in the second Force India, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who twice survived contact while being passed into the Turn 4 hairpin – once with Hamilton and also with Vettel.

Results - 67 laps 

Pos Driver                Team                   Time/Gap
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1h33m42.914s
 2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      +20.789s  
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               +22.530s  
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       +44.014s  
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                +52.467s  
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       +52.549s  
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   +1m04.178s
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       +1m24.711s
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       -1 lap
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   -1 lap
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                -1 lap
12. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     -1 lap
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         -1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       -1 lap
16. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps


Retirements

    Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      47 laps
    Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     44 laps
    Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          26 laps
    Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         0 laps

Drivers' championship             Constructors' championship
1. Nico Rosberg        190        1. Mercedes              366
 2. Lewis Hamilton      176       2. Red Bull-Renault      188
 3. Daniel Ricciardo    106       3. Williams-Mercedes     121
 4. Fernando Alonso     97        4. Ferrari               116
 5. Valtteri Bottas     91        5. Force India-Mercedes  98 
 6. Sebastian Vettel    82        6. McLaren-Mercedes      96 
 7. Nico Hülkenberg     69        7. Toro Rosso-Renault    15 
 8. Jenson Button       59        8. Lotus-Renault         8  
 9. Kevin Magnussen     37        9. Marussia-Ferrari      2  
10. Felipe Massa        30       10. Sauber-Ferrari        0  
11. Sergio Pérez        29       11. Caterham-Renault      0  
12. Kimi Räikkönen      19 
13. Jean-Éric Vergne    9  
14. Romain Grosjean     8  
15. Daniil Kvyat        6  
16. Jules Bianchi       2
Da Autosport.com

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