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GP Belgio, commenti post libere venerdì–22/08/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Not the best Friday”

Kimi Raikkonen: “A difficult day, complicated by a series of setbacks which cost us valuable track time. In the morning, I had a brake problem, but once it was sorted, we were able to get through our planned programme for the first session. The new components we brought for this race seem to be working, but only after we have cross-referenced all the data will we be able to work out what is the best package to use for the rest of the weekend. In the afternoon, an electrical problem complicated our work, preventing us from carrying out the race simulation. Tomorrow, we can expect a busy free practice session, in which we will do our best to prepare the car for qualifying and the race.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Belgio, prove libere venerdì–22/08/2014


Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton tops the times in second practice

Lewis Hamilton topped the opening day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by six tenths of a second in the afternoon.

The 90-minute session was interrupted by two red flags during the first half-hour of running, the first caused by a crash for Pastor Maldonado and the second by Esteban Gutierrez’s spin.

But Hamilton was not fazed by these brief stoppages and was already fastest, four tenths quicker than Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, before the second red flag.

He then switched to the soft rubber for his performance run, heading out at the halfway point of the session.

By the time Hamilton set his best time, on his first flying lap on the faster rubber, he had slid down to seventh, with Rosberg having bumped McLaren driver Jenson Button off top spot moments earlier.

Hamilton then outpaced Rosberg in all three sectors, a massive 0.445s of his advantage coming in the middle sector, helped by the German having a scruffy lap.

Alonso was third fastest ahead of old team-mate Felipe Massa, the Brazilian Williams driver showing that his team would again be a podium threat here.

Button ended up fifth fastest, 1.470s down, but he set the fastest overall time in sector one, suggesting he was trying a set-up that was low downforce, even by Spa standards.

Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest in the second Williams, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, with both drivers briefly being classified as high as second thanks to completing their qualifying simulation laps before some of the frontrunners.

Daniel Ricciardo was down in eighth place after completing his first soft-tyre run later than most while work was being done on his front brakes in the pits, jumping from 15th and bumping Kevin Magnussen and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg down to ninth and 10th.

Adrian Sutil was 12th fastest in the improving Sauber, briefly running as high as fourth before being bumped down the order, behind Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso, with Sergio Perez down in 13th.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean complained of the rear end of his car being unpredictable on his way to 14th, just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

The Ferrari driver endured a difficult session, with a misfire setting in early on and forcing a lengthy stay in the pits.

He returned to the track in the closing stages of the session, but the car was not able to do any better than 15th.

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi was up in 16th, just 3.587s off the pace, although his position was boosted by several others hitting trouble.

Gutierrez ended up 18th after managing only seven laps before he spun at Blanchimont and being unable to rejoin.

Andre Lotterer continued to impress, ending the session just half-a-tenth off team-mate Marcus Ericsson in 19th place.

Max Chilton, who had yesterday been replaced by Alexander Rossi before earning a reprieve this morning, had sat out the morning session and ended up 20th after his running was hindered by a turbo problem.

Maldonado did not set a time after causing an early red flag when he crashed just after the eight-minute mark.

The Lotus driver drifted onto the grass on the right-hand side of the track run-out of Rivage towards Pouhon and lost control, spearing across the track and heavily into the barrier on the opposite side of the circuit.

But he at least went further than Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to sit out the session as a result of an electrical problem related to the engine in the morning.

This has forced an engine change, which the team did not have the time to do before the afternoon’s running.


Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m49.189s           26
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m49.793s  +0.604s  28
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m49.930s  +0.741s  19
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m50.327s  +1.138s  24
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m50.659s  +1.470s  31
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m50.677s  +1.488s  26
 7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m50.725s  +1.536s  25
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m50.977s  +1.788s  16
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m51.074s  +1.885s  31
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m51.077s  +1.888s  26
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m51.383s  +2.194s  26
12. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m51.450s  +2.261s  29
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m51.573s  +2.384s  28
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m52.196s  +3.007s  25
15. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m52.234s  +3.045s  18
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m52.776s  +3.587s  23
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m53.955s  +4.766s   7
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m54.040s  +4.851s  18
19. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m54.050s  +4.861s  30
20. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault       1m54.093s  +4.904s  24
21. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          no time              2
22. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       no time

Da Autosport.com


Belgian GP: Nico Rosberg quickest in opening practice session

Mercedes was fastest in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg outpacing Lewis Hamilton by 0.097s.

As expected, Mercedes­-engined cars dominated the top 10, with the ‘works’ cars trading quickest times in the final half hour.

Rosberg topped the timesheets for the first half of the session with a 1m51.724s lap before Hamilton edged ahead, but Rosberg hit back by going another tenth of a second faster.

Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington informed him that the time came from Rosberg being quicker through the chicane and picking up more mid­-corner ­to ­exit speed at Pouhon.

Both Mercedes then returned to the circuit in the final minutes but did not improve their times.

Ferrari arrived at Spa with a revised low­-downforce aero package and proved to be the fastest non­-Mercedes team. Fernando Alonso was especially impressive, third fastest and just two tenths off Rosberg’s benchmark.

Kimi Raikkonen, so often a Spa specialist, continued to fight his F14 T but finished fifth fastest, albeit a second slower than his team-­mate.

The Ferraris sandwiched the McLaren of fourth-­placed Jenson Button, who survived a brief scare when his DRS stuck open. Button was a comfortable half­ second faster than team-­mate Kevin Magnussen.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the only other top 10 runner without a Mercedes engine, closing the session in ninth place, behind Magnussen and the two Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Ricciardo’s team-­mate Sebastian Vettel was two places adrift after an eventful session. He reported gearshift problems and ran off ­track at Pouhon, then ran just another handful of laps before returning to the garage with a temperature-­related exhaust failure.

Valtteri Bottas was the only Williams driver to finish inside the top 10, seven tenths quicker than team-­mate Felipe Massa.

While 1.595s separated P1 from P10, the gap from fastest to slowest on the entire grid was a substantial 6.4s, with the usual suspects propping up the order.

Alexander Rossi, who will not now drive in the grand prix, was over a second slower than Marussia team-­mate Jules Bianchi.

It only took F1 debutant Andre Lotterer 10 laps at the wheel of the newly upgraded Caterham to overhaul team-­mate Marcus Ericsson, who spun at La Source in response.


Pos Driver                Team                      Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m51.577s           25    
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m51.674s  +0.097s  24    
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m51.805s  +0.228s  16    
 4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m52.404s  +0.827s  21    
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   1m52.818s  +1.241s  17    
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      1m52.903s  +1.326s  24    
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes          1m52.922s  +1.345s  23    
 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      1m52.937s  +1.360s  22    
 9. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          1m52.972s  +1.395s  19    
10. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes         1m53.172s  +1.595s  20    
11. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m53.369s  +1.792s  11    
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault        1m53.594s  +2.017s  21    
13. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m53.597s  +2.020s  20    
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari            1m53.703s  +2.126s  14    
15. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1m53.968s  +2.391s  20    
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault        1m54.189s  +2.612s  20    
17. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari            1m54.335s  +2.758s  16    
18. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault             1m55.336s  +3.759s  21    
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari          1m55.782s  +4.205s  19    
20. Alexander Rossi       Marussia-Ferrari          1m57.232s  +5.655s  20    
21. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault          1m57.886s  +6.309s  24    
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault          1m57.977s  +6.400s  24   
Da Autosport.com

Anteprima GP Belgio–21/08/2014




Quando a Spa ho scoperto Kimi

Credo fosse il 2001.
Stavo per superare i controlli agli ingressi di Melbourne quando mi accorsi che un addetto al circuito stava questionando con un ragazzo biondino.
Costui pretendeva di entrare, asserendo di essere un pilota della Sauber.
L’addetto ghignava e diceva: inventatene un’altra, babbeo.
Io stavo lì e pensavo che le nuove generazioni erano dotate di enorme fantasia.
In effetti, nemmeno io sapevo chi fosse un certo Kimi Raikkonen.
Invecchiato un po’ (io), una domenica di fine agosto del 2004 stavo ad Atene.
Ultima giornata di una Olimpiade spettacolare, anche se foriera di disastri per gli amici ellenici.
La F1 correva a Spa.
Seguivo la finale del volley (Brasile-Italia) e poi la maratona di Baldini.
Del Gran Premio orecchiavo qualcosa, senza vedere niente.
Alla fine mi dissero: ah, Schumi è matematicamente campione del mondo per la settima volta, però sulla pista che ama di più è arrivato secondo. Dietro il Biondino bloccato ai cancelli di Melbourne.
Penso si sappia cosa penso io di Raikkonen, in termini assoluti.
Nutro sincera comprensione per quanti si ostinano a rifiutare il mero dato di cronaca, nonchè statistico.
Ehi, boys and girls, se in 35 anni, dalla fine del 1979 in poi, ci sono solo due esseri umani che possono dire di aver vinto un mondiale di F1 guidando una macchina rossa, I am sorry, fatevene una ragione, perchè questo resta e resterà, a prescindere dal presente e da chi sia meglio oggi, in pista, con macchina rossa o meno sotto il sedere.
Voglio semplicemente aggiungere quanto segue.
Di Schumi a Spa ho raccontato.
Mi taccio su Senna, perchè a Ayrton ho persino dedicato un libro e non pretendo che i fans di oggi condividano le mie nostalgie.
Di sicuro, a parte i due citati sopra, il tedesco e il brasiliano, io sulle Ardenne non ho mai visto uno andare tanto forte come Raikkonen.
E paradossalmente penso al 2008, cioè a una sconfitta, maturata in extremis per circostanze meteo sufficientemente note.
Dopo di che, è vero.
Nel 2014, sulla stessa Ferrari, stiamo 11-0 per Fernando e doverosamente io ne prendo atto.
But I don’t change my mind about Kimi and Spa.

Da Blog.quotidiano.net


Raikkonen: “The sport is more straightforward now”

Spa-Francorchamps, 21 August – The Spa circuit is famous for its high speed challenge and, at his usual Thursday meeting with the media in the Belgian paddock, Kimi Raikkonen was asked if he regretted the fact the current cars are a bit slower than in the past. “In a way yes, if you think of F1, you’d think we would have everything possible in the car to make them go faster, as it was in the past,” began the Scuderia Ferrari driver. “But obviously, now the rules have changed aimed at making the cars slower, while improving the show. I think the cars looked nicer in the past and were much more challenging to drive and it was more fun in some ways. On the other side, maybe we have more overtaking now, but sometimes I think it would be nice to go back and race with the cars from the past.” When Kimi made his F1 debut there were concerns voiced about his lack of experience, so he is ideally placed to comment on the story of the day, next year’s arrival of the currently 16 year old Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso. “I did one full year, 23 races in a car before coming to F1,” recalled the Finn. “He has probably done more. I did well; time will tell how he will do. The sport is more straightforward now than in the past, the points are given out to more finishers. So I don’t think he will have problems and I hope he does well.” Kimi’s last win at Spa came at the wheel of a Ferrari in 2009, which at the time he described as “a miracle.” He was asked what a victory would represent on Sunday. “It would be a similar story!” he said. “That year, we were one of the few teams running KERS and that was a good help for us here. Hopefully we can have a good weekend overall and a good race, so that we start improving. But here and Monza are probably not the easiest places for us as we are missing some straightline speed, which is very important at this circuit and the next one. I think that the final part of the season can only be better for us, especially as I’ve had a much better feeling from the car at the last two races.”

Da Ferrari.com

In vacanza con la cicogna…


Raikkonen to be father

Kimi Raikkonen looks set to race into the world of fatherhood.

Currently vacationing on his yacht off the Mediterranean island of Corsica, photos have emerged of the Finn’s girlfriend Minttu appearing apparently pregnant.

And Minttu has added a photo of the couple to her Instagram account including the hashtags ‘babyonboard’ and ‘momanddadtobe’.

Raikkonen’s spokesman, Riku Kuvaja, is quoted by the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat: "Minttu and Kimi hope, above all, for peace from the media in this joyous time."

Da Grandprix.com


Da Ferrari.com

[…] “Per quanto riguarda i nostri piloti” – ha aggiunto Montezemolo – “Abbiamo la fortuna di avere due campioni che stanno lavorando con tutta la squadra per ritornare competitivi. Poi, come ogni estate, girano voci di presunti problemi o trattive con cifre non solo irreali ma anche fuori da ogni logica, come quelle circolate sul contratto di Alonso o sull’ingaggio dei piloti. Ormai lo sappiamo, il caldo estivo gioca sempre qualche brutto scherzo. I nostri piloti devono riposarsi e tornare carichi, la stagione è ancora lunga e abbiamo bisogno di Fernando e Kimi al massimo della forma. A proposito, auguri a Kimi che diventerà presto papà”. […]



Da iltasanomat.fi

 

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La teoria di Grosjean–12/08/2014


2014 F1 cars ‘don’t suit’ Kimi Raikkonen – Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean believes his former Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is struggling in Formula 1 this year because the cars do not suit his driving style.

Grosjean and Raikkonen were team-mates at Lotus for two years before Raikkonen joined Fernando Alonso at Ferrari for this season.

Raikkonen has endured a difficult start to his second spell at the Scuderia, and languishes 12th in the points having failed to finish ahead of Alonso across the first 11 races of 2014.

Grosjean has been team-mate to both Ferrari drivers and he reckons 2007 world champion Raikkonen is suffering more than most from changes to F1 cars brought about by the radical shift in regulations for this year.

"I know what he doesn’t like and I think this year’s cars don’t suit him very well," Grosjean said.

"He needs a good front-end and that car doesn’t give this feeling.

"It’s hard to explain, but it can change your confidence."

Grosjean was also briefly a team-mate to Alonso when he made his F1 debut with Renault in 2009 – the season before the double world champion moved to Ferrari.

The Franco-Swiss driver says he did not know before the start of this campaign which of the two would be stronger at Maranello.

"I think they are both very strong," Grosjean added.

"When I was with Fernando I was inexperienced and the car wasn’t the best.

"He could always get on top of what he had and get 100 per cent from the car, even though he had to drive three different styles in the lap, which is very good.

"Kimi was quick, consistent, and capable of building his weekend as well.

"It was nice for me to have him on board, even if the chat wasn’t very big!

"They were different, [but] I was in different stages of my career [with each one].

"To be fair, at the beginning of this year I didn’t know which one was going to be the best. To me, they are both very strong."

Da Autosport.com

Velocità inalterata–04/08/2014


Kimi Raikkonen insists he hasn’t got slower amid 2014 F1 struggles

Kimi Raikkonen still believes he is fast enough to fight at the front in Formula 1, despite struggling to find his form with Ferrari this season.

Raikkonen returned to the Scuderia this year after two successful seasons with Lotus, but has so far failed to beat his new team-mate Fernando Alonso in 11 grands prix.

Spaniard Alonso has scored 88 points more than Raikkonen and outqualified the Finn nine times, but the 2007 world champion says the difficult run has not shaken his faith in his own ability.

"It’s been a difficult year but that’s life," Raikkonen said.

"It’s not fun when you have hard times but it’s happened before and that’s how it goes.

"We try to make things better all the time, make fewer mistakes, and get the car where I want it to be to be fast again.

"I know I haven’t suddenly lost over the winter a few seconds of laptime."

Raikkonen remains adamant it is only minor issues preventing him from producing better results.

"It’s a case of putting things in the right order for me," he said.

"Unfortunately we haven’t managed to do it here and there.

"Sometimes we have one day, one practice, in some places where we are absolutely fine, but we’re still fighting against things a lot and obviously then the results show where we end up."

The Finn’s sixth place in the last race in Hungary was his best result of the season so far. Fifth on the Bahrain GP grid is his highest qualifying slot to date.

"If it would be easy, as sometimes it goes, we would be laughing, but it’s not the case this year," Raikkonen added.

"I have trust in the team but obviously there have to be changes and improvements, But it can only happen when we work as a team."

Da Autosport.com

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