Scuderia Ferrari and Kimi star in Rotterdam
Rotterdam, 31 August –Scuderia Ferrari put on an exciting and spectacular show today, as part of VKV Rotterdam City Racing, the event which saw around half a million fans flock to the Dutch city, encouraged by the sunshine which chased away yesterday’s clouds. One of the supporters of the event was Scuderia sponsor Santander Bank. On hand for Scuderia Ferrari was Formula1 driver Kimi Raikkonen, who drove three laps of the four kilometre circuit which ran between the Willemsburg bridge and the Hofplein roundabout, at the wheel of a 2009 F60, the car in which he won that year’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Finn thrilled the Rotterdam crowd with scorching starts, tyre burn-outs and spectacular acceleration. Before and after his runs, Kimi met fans and enthusiasts of all ages, including lots of kids, chatting with them about this season and expectations for what lies ahead, while also signing dozens and dozens of autographs for racing fans from a country which used to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix up to 1985, when the Dutch Grand Prix was held for the last time at the Zandvoort circuit.
Kimi e la Scuderia Ferrari in viaggio per Rotterdam
Maranello, 29 agosto – La Scuderia Ferrari è in viaggio verso l’Olanda, dove anche quest’anno prenderà parte al VKV Rotterdam City Racing, l’evento che domenica porterà nella città che sorge sulle rive del fiume Nieuwe Maas diversi protagonisti del mondo dei motori.
A rappresentare il team di Maranello ci sarà Kimi Raikkonen, che guiderà lungo un percorso ricavato nelle strade del centro, tra il ponte Willemsburg e la rotonda di Hofplein. Ad volere la Scuderia Ferrari è stato il patrocinatore dell’evento, il Banco Santander, che è anche sponsor del team di Formula 1.
Dopo la Street Demo in Sudafrica di inizio anno e la partecipazione al Moscow City Racing, l’evento di Rotterdam offre alla Scuderia Ferrari un’altra occasione per portare la Formula 1 in mezzo alla gente, in Paesi che non sono meta di un Gran Premio della Massima categoria. In Olanda la Formula 1 manca infatti dal 1985, e lo scorso anno la manifestazione di Rotterdam ha richiamato lungo il circuito cittadino ben mezzo milione di spettatori.
Raikkonen sarà alla guida di una Ferrari F60 del 2009, telaio 276, con la quale il finlandese iniziò la stagione di Formula 1. Dopo la Drivers’ parade, prevista alle ore 14, Kimi sarà in pista dalle 14.20 alle 14.35 e poi di nuovo dalle 15.45 alle 16. La Scuderia Ferrari seguirà l’evento tramite il proprio account Twitter, sul quale sarà possibile commentare immagini e momenti salienti utilizzando l’hashtag #FerrariRCR14.
- Antonio is a smart and pleasant guy. I know him already from before, but from a different role. In race situations you have to make quick decisions. When you are making these decisions in your first year, it’s definitely not easy, no matter how long you have been watching from the sidelines.
-"I wouldn’t do any better with that kind of experience, if I would be the one making the decisions on the pitwall".
- When you get used to it, it gets easier and Antonio has improved immensely since the start of the season.
- It would probably have been a bit easier with Stella, but in the end I don’t think it would have made a difference. It was good having Lloyd there for a couple of races. Spagnolo could concentrate on the job he knows best.
- Another engineer in charge of communication is nothing new in my career. Mark Slade also used to be a bit nervous, when decisions had to be made quickly, and we had another guy in the radio those times as well, which made a lot of things easier and Mark could concentrate on making the right calls without speaking to me at the same time.
- In the same way, I think this arrangement is good for us.
Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari getting stronger as F1 2014 goes on
Kimi Raikkonen believes the Ferrari Formula 1 team is becoming stronger as the 2014 season wears on, after recording his best result of the campaign at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The 2007 F1 world champion finished fourth at Spa on Sunday, beating his team-mate Fernando Alonso for the first time since returning to Ferrari.
Raikkonen lost out on a podium finish to the Williams of fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas late on, while Alonso’s race was compromised by a battery issue.
Ferrari expected to struggle at Spa given the power deficit of its engine to the Mercedes runners, and Raikkonen reckons the Scuderia’s performance in Belgium suggests it is gradually getting to grips with the F14 T – though he warned it still has serious work to do to catch Mercedes.
"Little by little we’re getting stronger, on every side," Raikkonen said. "It’s not just the engine and the electronics.
"For sure we don’t have the downforce that some of the other teams have. It’s the package.
"We’re not bad in any of the areas, but we’re not good either. We’re missing everywhere: the car itself, aerodynamic grip, mechanical grip, and the power as well.
"Some circuits are better for us than others, [but] we keep working and improving things little by little."
Da Autosprint n.34 del 26/08/2014:
Belgian GP: Raikkonen says season-best fourth down to clean race
Kimi Raikkonen says his season-high fourth place finish at the Belgian Grand Prix was simply down to the fact that it was his first clean race of the 2014 campaign.
The Finn, who has endured a troubled season so far for Ferrari, said he has had a “better feeling” in the car for a few races now, and that his fourth-place finish at Spa is more about having a clean race than he and Ferrari finding more speed.
“The race was clean, no issues like in the past, we always had something happen,” he said.
“It was probably the first [clean] race of the year. That helps. We could do our own race, and the result was a bit better.
“At the last few races we had a better feeling, but a lot of things happened in qualifying and the races.
“We had some damage on the wings by getting hit by other cars, and it compromises your race because you can’t run your own speed.
“The main thing is we had a clean race with no issues. We could push. There was still difficulties with the car handling-wise, but we expect that.
“Sure there are things that we have to improve, but the feeling has been there for a while, it’s just been comprised by the mistakes or things happening to us.
“Hopefully we start getting more clean weekends. It would make life easier, and probably the results better.”
Raikkonen added that fourth was the best he could achieve today, and that he did not consider himself to be battling with Valtteri Bottas for third place, given the Williams’s superior straightline speed.
“Not much of a fight, really,” he said. “In a straight line they are much faster. One lap he almost got me, but I could keep him behind, then on the next lap there was no chance. For me, it doesn’t count.
“We are a bit down on power. For sure we don’t have the horsepower or the engine that they have, and the energy recovery that they can achieve, and that’s the bigger problem right now.
“But we’ve improved that, for sure it is better than at the beginning at the year.”
Belgian GP: Ricciardo wins as Mercedes’ Hamilton/Rosberg collide
Daniel Ricciardo recorded his second consecutive victory, as Formula 1 championship protagonists Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided in the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull racer is making a habit of picking up the pieces when Mercedes trips up, and the Australian executed another flawless race to fend off the recovering Rosberg by just 3.3 seconds and record the third victory of his flourishing grand prix career.
Rosberg extended his championship lead after a recovery drive to second, while Mercedes team-mate Hamilton posted his third retirement of the season.
Kimi Raikkonen looked set to score his first podium of the season for Ferrari, but ultimately lost out to the Williams of Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages, while reigning F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel won a thrilling late battle for fifth with the McLarens of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button, and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.
The Mercedes drivers locked out the front row by some distance in wet qualifying, but collided on lap two of the race, as slow-starting poleman Rosberg attempted to re-pass Hamilton for the lead on the run to Les Combes.
Rosberg had a look around the outside of his team-mate but clipped Hamilton’s left rear tyre as he backed out of the move and tried to tuck back in.
Hamilton limped back to the pits with a puncture and floor damage from a brief excursion, and spent the rest of his race battling a lack of pace in his W05 – and pleading with his team to retire his car to save engine mileage. He eventually retired to the pits with five laps to run.
Rosberg was told to stay out with a slightly damaged front wing after the incident.
That made the championship leader vulnerable, but he retained the lead as the top six ran in a close train early on, before the German dived into the pits to begin the first round of stops on lap eight of 44 and took a new nose.
That dropped him behind Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which stopped on the same lap as Rosberg and leapt up from sixth to second as the first round of stops played out.
The pit delay ultimately left Rosberg fourth, behind Vettel’s Red Bull, while new leader Ricciardo (who crucially passed his Red Bull team-mate when the reigning Vettel saved a wild moment on the exit of Pouhon on lap five) eased away from Raikkonen at the front.
Rosberg switched to an alternative three-stop strategy against the conventional two, and dived into the pits for an early second stop on lap 17, having failed to pass Vettel and fallen behind the Williams of Bottas.
The Mercedes driver used his second set of medium Pirelli tyres to good effect, despite concerns over a front vibration, and rose back up to second when the other frontrunners made their final stops.
Rosberg had to pit for a third time with 10 laps to go, which relieved the pressure on Ricciardo and dropped the Mercedes back to fourth, behind Raikkonen and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, which slipstreamed past on the run to Les Combes.
Rosberg was quickly back through to third on his fresh set of tyres, passing Bottas at Blanchimont and then nailing Raikkonen easily on the Kemmel straight on the following lap.
The championship leader trailed Ricciardo by just under 20s with eight laps to run and needed to be around 2.5s per lap faster than the Australian to overhaul him, but he ultimately fell short by 3.3s at the finish.
Bottas claimed his fourth podium of 2014 in third, while Raikkonen recorded the best result of his season in fourth.
Vettel had been in podium contention, but had to come back through the pack after switching to a three-stop strategy.
He took advantage of the battling between Magnussen, Alonso and Button to claim fifth, while Magnussen just held off McLaren team-mate Button for sixth.
Alonso – who incurred a five-second penalty for his Ferrari mechanics being late away from the grid – damaged his Ferrari in the late battling, which included a three-abreast moment at Les Combes, and trailed home eighth after starting fourth.
Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat rounded out the points scorers in ninth and 10th, with Kvyat just holding off Perez’s Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg by 0.3s.
The second Williams of Felipe Massa finished a disappointing 13th, behind the second Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne.
Results - 54 laps Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1h24m36.556s 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +3.383s 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +28.032s 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +36.815s 5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +52.196s 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +54.262s 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +54.580s 8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +1m01.162s 9. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1m04.293s 10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1m05.347s 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1m05.697s 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault +1m11.920s 13. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +1m15.975s 14. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1m22.447s 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1m30.825s 16. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap 17. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault -1 lap 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -5 laps Retirements Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 38 laps Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 332 lap Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1 lap Andre Lotterer Caterham-Renault 1 lap Drivers' championship Constructors' champiuonship: 1. Nico Rosberg 220 1. Mercedes 411 2. Lewis Hamilton 191 2. Red Bull/Renault 254 3. Daniel Ricciardo 156 3. Ferrari 158 4. Fernando Alonso 119 4. Williams/Mercedes 150 5. Valtteri Bottas 110 5. McLaren/Mercedes 111 6. Sebastian Vettel 98 6. Force India/Mercedes 100 7. Nico Hülkenberg 69 7. Toro Rosso/Renault 18 8. Jenson Button 66 8. Lotus/Renault 8 9. Kevin Magnussen 45 9. Marussia/Ferrari 2 10. Felipe Massa 40 10. Sauber/Ferrari 0 11. Kimi Räikkönen 39 11. Caterham/Renault 0 12. Sergio Pérez 31 13. Jean-Éric Vergne 11 14. Romain Grosjean 8 15. Daniil Kvyat 7 16. Jules Bianchi 2