Da Autosprint n.36 del 09/09/2014:
Kimi Raikkonen believes ERS is holding Ferrari F1 team back
Kimi Raikkonen feels Ferrari will have to improve the Energy Recovery System on its car if it is to close the gap to its quicker Formula 1 rivals.
The Scuderia has struggled for straightline speed all season and suffered a disastrous home grand prix in Italy recently, where it failed to qualify inside the top six and recorded a best result of ninth with Raikkonen.
Fernando Alonso’s ERS failed at Monza, causing his first mechanical retirement as a Ferrari driver since 2010, while Raikkonen struggled to make progress from 11th place on the grid.
The Finn also found wheel-to-wheel battle difficult during the previous race in Belgium, and said energy recovery and deployment was a particular weakness of the F14 T compared to the Mercedes-engined cars and the Red Bull-Renaults.
"I think in the race conditions it’s one point that we have to look at," said Raikkonen, when asked by AUTOSPORT if a weak ERS was why Ferrari struggled for straightline speed in races.
"But during the season it’s not so easy [because of the engine freeze].
"I’m sure we can make a 100 per cent improvement over the winter.
"We have made some improvements already and I think if you look at certain engine manufacturers [compared to us] over one lap it’s not too bad, but then in a race distance we seem to be struggling a bit in certain places."
Raikkonen said he expected upcoming races on more twisty circuits than Spa and Monza to suit Ferrari’s F14 T better.
When asked whether he expected stronger form from Ferrari during the next race in Singapore, Raikkonen said: "It’s hard to say as it’s a different year and different car [fore me].
"We expected this here [Monza] to be difficult, but I think the next few circuits will suit us as they’re not so long or so fast.
"We have to go there and see how the car is, but I expect to be in a stronger position."
[…] Kimi Raikkonen salvaged points for the team in the second Ferrari as he has finished ninth, having struggled to make progress from 11th on the grid.
"No problems, just the grip and speed were lacking," he said.
"I could get close to other drivers, but I couldn’t follow them closely.
"It was very tricky trying to pass them and the straightline speed was lacking."
Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton wins from Nico Rosberg at Monza
Lewis Hamilton overcame a poor start to beat Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to victory in the Italian Grand Prix and narrow his deficit in the championship battle.
Hamilton put a recent run of bad fortune behind him to qualify on pole by two tenths of a second, but made a poor start and fell to fourth as Sunday’s race got under way on a sunny afternoon at Monza.
This removed any chance of a repeat of the collision between Hamilton and Rosberg that handed Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo victory in the previous race in Belgium.
Rosberg streaked away at the front as Hamilton fell behind the Williams of Felipe Massa and the fast-starting McLaren of Kevin Magnussen, who launched his way up from fifth on the grid to second.
Hamilton struggled initially with his car becoming stuck in ‘RS mode’, but he soon got back to full speed and began to move forward.
He took advantage of Massa passing Magnussen at the second chicane on lap five to take third on the following run to the first Lesmo, before driving around the outside of Massa at the first chicane on lap 10.
By then Rosberg had already straightlined the first chicane – halving his 3.6-second lead – and Hamilton set about closing down his title rival further.
The Mercedes duo traded fastest laps initially, as Massa tried in vain to go with the leaders, but Hamilton then began to assert his pace advantage over Rosberg as the first half of the race wore on.
He closed to within 1.5s of his Mercedes team-mate but could not leapfrog Rosberg in the pits as the leaders stopped on consecutive laps.
Hamilton was much quicker than Rosberg in the following laps on Pirelli’s harder tyre, and Rosberg gifted victory to his team-mate by locking his brakes and again straightlining the first chicane on lap 29.
From there, Hamilton eased away to record his sixth win of 2014 by just over three seconds.
Massa completed a lonely run to third, thus recording his first podium finish since the 2013 Spanish GP.
Team-mate Valtteri Bottas was the pre-race favourite to take that final podium spot, having qualified third, but a terrible start dropped him outside the top 10 on the opening lap.
The Finn spent most of the rest of the race slipstreaming his way back through the pack, usually passing rivals before the entry to the first chicane, and eventually made his way back to fourth.
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel lost fifth in the closing stages to Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Vettel gambled on making an earlier pitstop than anyone else to gain track position, but could not make his hard tyres last well enough to hang on to the flag.
Ricciardo utilised the alternative strategy – running long in the first stint and stopping late – and made some impressively decisive passing moves as he recovered well from a poor start.
Vettel defended hard into the first chicane with five laps to go, but was passed easily down the inside into the second chicane on tyres eight laps older than Ricciardo’s.
Magnussen finished seventh on the road, but was penalised five seconds for forcing Bottas off the track at the first chicane during the Finn’s earlier slipstreaming charge, dropping McLaren’s rookie Dane to 10th.
Sergio Perez thus inherited seventh for Force India, after a close battle with the second McLaren of Jenson Button, who ran sixth early on but lost track position to Perez at the stops.
The pair ran side-by-side through the Lesmos at one stage, but Button could not force his way decisively back ahead of the Force India.
Kimi Raikkonen finished a close ninth on a disappointing day for Ferrari at the Scuderia’s home race.
Team-mate Fernando Alonso started seventh, but recorded his first mechanical non-finish for five years (and the first of this Ferrari career) after his F14 T suffered an ERS failure.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat should have inherited the final point for 10th when Magnussen’s penalty was applied, but the Russian frighteningly straightlined the first chicane at high speed on the penultimate lap and trailed home 11th, complaining of a brake problem.
Results – 53 laps:
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||50.309s|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||59.965s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m02.518s|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m11.184s|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.606s|
|13||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.093s|
|14||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus/Renault||1 Lap|
|15||Adrian Sutil||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|16||Romain Grosjean||Lotus/Renault||1 Lap|
|17||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham/Renault||1 Lap|
|18||Jules Bianchi||Marussia/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|19||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|20||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham/Renault||2 Laps|
|-||Max Chilton||Marussia/Ferrari||Spun off|
Italian GP: Kimi Raikkonen mystified by car handling change
Kimi Raikkonen was left mystified by how difficult his Ferrari Formula 1 car became to drive during Italian Grand Prix qualifying.
The Finn failed to reach Q3 and was only 12th quickest, which will become 11th on the grid due to Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat’s penalty.
That was despite an encouraging run through Friday practice.
"We changed the car a little bit, but it’s hard to believe that those small changes made it as difficult as it was," said Raikkonen.
"We had a good weekend on this side and we had no issues. Things were running smoothly, as they should always, and then we had difficulties to get grip in qualifying.
"For some reason I kept locking the fronts a bit and couldn’t find how I could make one sector good but not all of them in a row. It just got difficult for some reason.
"It was a bit of a surprise for me, an unpleasant surprise.
"We have to try to look into the details a bit and hopefully find an explanation."
Raikkonen is still optimistic that he will be able to make progress in race trim.
"Obviously today our qualifying was not very good for me, but overall the weekend has maybe been a bit better than expected," he said.
"We knew that qualifying would be a little bit difficult compared to some of the Mercedes people. They usually make a bigger step for that, and then it comes back a little bit for the race.
"We had a good long run yesterday, so I 100 per cent believe that we can do a much better race.
"Do we have enough speed to overtake people? We will know tomorrow. But I believe that we should be stronger than today."
Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes commanding Monza pole for Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton claimed his first Formula 1 pole position since May’s Spanish Grand Prix by setting the pace in qualifying in Italy.
The Mercedes driver outpaced team-mate and world championship rival Nico Rosberg in all three segments of qualifying at Monza.
After establishing himself at the top of the timesheets in the Q3 top 10 shootout on his first run, over four tenths faster than Rosberg, Hamilton had already done enough to be sure of pole.
Rosberg started his second Q3 run before Hamilton, improving his laptime by just under two tenths, which was not enough to knock his team-mate off top spot.
This meant that Hamilton did not need to improve on his final attempt, with the relative position of Rosberg on the track meaning that he knew he had secured pole while on a lap that fell short of his earlier mark of 1m24.109s.
Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa locked out the second row for Williams, both drivers unable to improve on their second runs.
But behind them was the big winner of the final seconds of qualifying, Kevin Magnussen, who leaped from eighth to fifth with his final attempt.
Jenson Button, in the second McLaren, was sixth after failing to improve on his final run, just ahead of Fernando Alonso.
The Ferrari driver had made a slight improvement on his final attempt to relegate Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel to eighth.
Daniel Ricciardo and Force India driver Sergio Perez completed the top 10.
Daniil Kvyat was the quickest of those eliminated in Q2 despite a valiant attempt to snatch a top 10 place on the last lap.
The Russian, who will be given a 10-place grid penalty for using his sixth engine of the season, bumped Kimi Raikkonen out of the top in the dying seconds, only for Magnussen to jump from 13th from 10th.
Raikkonen ended up 12th ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, with Nico Hulkenberg unable to match Force India team-mate Perez and down in 14th place.
Adrian Sutil prevailed in the intra-Sauber battle with Esteban Gutierrez by improving on his final run having looked to be fractionally slower than the Mexican earlier in qualifying.
There were no surprises in Q1, with the three slowest teams in the field populating the dropzone.
Pastor Maldonado was the fastest of those in 17th, just ahead of Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean.
Grosjean was only able to complete five laps thanks to the team having to fix a fluid leak detected in the build-up to the session, ending up a tenth slower than the Venezuelan after missing the first 13 minutes of the 18-minute session.
Kamui Kobayashi, reinstated in the lead Caterham after sitting out the Belgian GP, was a superb 19th ahead of Jules Bianchi thanks to a combination of an excellent lap and a tow from team-mate Marcus Ericsson.
Ericsson himself ended up 22nd, three tenths behind the second Marussia of Max Chilton.
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.436s||1.327s|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.709s||1.600s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.944s||1.835s|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.157s||-|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m26.279s||-|
|21||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.070s||-|
Qualifying format: 1st-10th – Q3, 11th-16th – Q2, 17th-22nd – Q1
Kvyat has 10-place grid penalty
Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton tops practice, problems for Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton dominated third practice for the 2014 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, while his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg completed just three laps after encountering a gearbox problem.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was 0.412 seconds adrift of Hamilton as he took second place, with Valtteri Bottas just over a tenth further back in third.
Conditions were warmer and sunnier on Saturday with the ambient temperature steady at 23C and the track temperature building slowly from 32C to 36C.
Jenson Button’s early flyer, a 1m26.845s set on the hard-compound Pirelli tyres during his first six-lap run, kept him on top of the timesheets until Bottas undercut him by 0.152s.
Alonso and Massa also managed to edge the lead McLaren on pace during similar-length runs, with Alonso matching the 1m26.693 set by Bottas.
Mercedes did not offer a challenge at this point; Hamilton’s fastest over a 10-lap first run was 1m27.996s.
A gearbox glitch had caused Rosberg to abort his first eight-lap run early, and a recurrence of the problem when he next went out meant that he only completed three laps before abandoning the session.
Button and Hamilton improved on their second runs, still on the hard tyres, but it was Hamilton who blitzed every sector to return Mercedes to its customary first place with a 1m25.742s.
It was not a flawless run, though; after going quickest he over-ran the first chicane and radioed the pits to inform them that “The brakes don’t feel like they’re working too well and the DRS isn’t working”.
Alonso bolted on a set of mediums for his second run and went fastest in the first sector but could not beat Hamilton over the whole lap.
Neither could Hamilton eclipse his own hard-tyre time with his first flyer on mediums during his final stint, as he continued to complain about poor braking performance. Ultimately he improved to 1m25.519s.
Other frontrunners did improve their times on the medium compound by a decent margin in the final minutes, including both the Williams cars – Bottas and Massa jumped to third and fourth, displacing Button to fifth – and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.
The Red Bulls were split by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who ran strongly early on completed just 15 laps overall, and Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso.
Kvyat’s pace augurs well for a good qualifying performance, which the team needs in order for him to avoid carrying forward a portion of his gearbox penalty to the Singapore Grand Prix.
Nico Hulkenberg enjoyed better form in three practice and was sixth fastest for much of the session, closing it out 10th fastest, but his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez lost drive as he accelerated out of the first chicane and came to a halt at the Curva Grande.
Kevin Magnussen struggled with the brakes on his McLaren throughout and finished outside the top 10, over a second off the frontrunning pace.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.519s 23 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.931s +0.412s 13 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m26.090s +0.571s 19 4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m26.114s +0.595s 18 5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.242s +0.723s 21 6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m26.290s +0.771s 17 7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.327s +0.808s 15 8. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m26.437s +0.918s 21 9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m26.482s +0.963s 16 10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.608s +1.089s 17 11. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.829s +1.310s 20 12. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.207s +1.688s 18 13. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m27.312s +1.793s 10 14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m27.479s +1.960s 22 15. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.498s +1.979s 12 16. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m28.025s +2.506s 19 17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m28.137s +2.618s 20 18. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m28.265s +2.746s 21 19. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m28.459s +2.940s 14 20. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m28.579s +3.060s 19 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m29.251s +3.732s 22 22. Nico Rosberg Mercedes no time 3
Kimi Raikkonen: “A positive day”
Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a very busy day, but a positive one. We made the most of every minute available to us in both sessions, managing to try everything we had on our programme. In the morning, we concentrated on assessing different aero configurations, in search of the best level of downforce. Then in the afternoon, we opted for an intermediate solution that seemed to produce the best results on both compounds. The difference between the Medium and the Hard is more or less what we expected; the softer one behaves well, but in terms of driveability, I found the Hard wasn’t bad either.”