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GP Cina, commenti post gara–20/04/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Combinazione di fattori”

Kimi Raikkonen: “E’ stato un fine settimana davvero difficile, fin dal venerdì mattina ho sofferto di problemi che non siamo riusciti a risolvere del tutto e oggi in gara non ho ottenuto il risultato che volevo. La partenza è stata buona, ho guadagnato due posizioni, ma poi non sono riuscito a guadagnare terreno, non avevo il passo e avevo poca aderenza sia sull’anteriore che sul posteriore. Nell’ultimo stint con gomme nuove la vettura si è comportata meglio, ma poi con il degrado degli pneumatici la situazione è tornata a complicarsi. Credo che le difficoltà incontrate qui siano dipese da una combinazione di diversi fattori, dal mio stile di guida unito alle basse temperature e alle caratteristiche del tracciato. Oggi abbiamo portato a casa punti preziosi grazie all’intenso lavoro di tutta la squadra, ed ora continueremo a lavorare senza sosta per migliorare. Il risultato di Fernando è molto incoraggiante, è la prova che stiamo andando nella direzione giusta”.

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Kimi Raikkonen blames driving style for Shanghai struggle after finishing eighth

Kimi Raikkonen admitted his driving style was likely to blame for his disappointing Chinese GP weekend, with the Finn acknowledging his side of the Ferrari garage has "plenty of work" to do to improve his form.

While Fernando Alonso enjoyed an impressive Shanghai weekend and delivered the first podium finish of Ferrari’s hitherto off-colour 2014, Raikkonen in the sister car dropped out in Q2 for the second time this season and then finished only eighth in the race, nearly a minute behind his team-mate.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Raikkonen, who took sweary exception to a question from a reporter about his motivation, was at a loss to explain what had exactly gone wrong and conceded there was certainly no silver bullet for his current on-track ails.

"A difficult weekend overall. For what reasons I don’t know yet. But hopefully we find some reason or at least some cure for it to fix it, whatever it is," the Finn told reporters.

"In the race [I was] just was slow. It was the grip overall, front and rear end, not really any major things I could say ‘This is it’. In the last stint when it was new tyres, it felt pretty okay for a few laps but then it got difficult again.

"I don’t know if it’s the temperature of the tyres that I cannot get working because obviously with the new tyres it seems to be okay and then once they get older it seems to be very difficult. So a lot of things to see and fix and hopefully find some cure because obviously it was pretty difficult overall, the whole weekend."

The 2007 World Champion went on to offer up one possible explanation for his lack of pace, however – his famously smooth driving style. The Finn admitted the cool Shanghai conditions had hindered him generating sufficient heat into his tyres. He also conceded it was a driving trait he was largely stuck with.

"It’s probably more to do with my driving style plus the weather," he said after a weekend in which track temperatures rarely rose above 25 degrees.

"I don’t think I work the tyres very hard. So obviously when it’s cool conditions and wet conditions it’s been many years that it’s been hard to get the tyres working. Today it just feels that when you have a new tyre it works well until the grip from the new tyres goes away and obviously you have to go slower and then you start cooling down the tyres more. Everything goes round and round and you cannot fix that. I reckon it’s more to do with that.

"It’s the thing that everybody hates but there’s not a magic thing and I can change everything in my driving and suddenly fix."

Having returned to Ferrari over the winter after a four-year absence, Raikkonen has collected just 11 points from the first four flyaway rounds following finishes of seventh, 12th, tenth and now eighth – 40 fewer than Alonso.

He acknowledged it had been a tough start but expressed confidence his results would turn.

"We don’t want to finish in these kind of positions, but I’d take this rather than nothing," Raikkonen added.

"Obviously there’s a lot of work to do. We haven’t had a single race where we have been happy with the things all the time – one day has been good and one day another race [not].

"Things have been pretty difficult overall but I’m sure once we get a bit more knowledge we can work things out. Right now it’s not the easiest thing, the easiest races but that’s how it goes."

The 34-year-old also took heart from the fact the other Ferrari finished on the podium alongside the dominant Mercedes’.

"We know that we improved things, we improved things for every race. If you would take from Australia to here we made a lot of improvements," Raikkonen explained.

"Obviously it’s hard to see it outside, but we know ourselves, and it seems to work. I was pretty happy with the car last race – the race didn’t go to plan – but here overall to start with I had some issue which meant I couldn’t run and that didn’t really help. But it’s just been a difficult weekend.

"At least I got a few points but for the team it was an overall better weekend and for sure it gives some good feeling because they are working hard to improve things."

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GP Cina, gara–20/04/2014


Chinese GP: Lewis Hamilton dominates in Mercedes one-two

Lewis Hamilton claimed a third consecutive victory for the first time in his Formula 1 career to close the gap to championship leader Nico Rosberg in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton dominated the race from pole position, while Mercedes team-mate Rosberg had to battle through to second after a slow start.

Australian Grand Prix winner Rosberg started fourth behind the two Red Bulls, but fell to seventh after a sluggish getaway and was fortunate to emerge from the first corner unscathed after tagging the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Mercedes lost the telemetry readings from Rosberg’s car before the start, but the team was able to help manage his race without them.

Rosberg repassed Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and Felipe Massa’s Williams early on, before jumping Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull for fourth at the first round of pitstops.

Once it became clear Rosberg did not have to worry about fuel consumption in his second stint, he closed down and passed reigning champion Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull for third.

Vettel slipped back on his second set of tyres and fell into the clutches of team-mate Ricciardo, also recovering after a slow start from the front row of the grid.

Vettel refused an order from his team to let Ricciardo through, but the Australian got the best of their personal duel anyway when four-time world champion Vettel ran deep into Turn 1 around half-distance.

They eventually finished fourth and fifth behind Fernando Alonso, who survived contact with his former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa at the start to score the Scuderia’s first podium of the season.

Alonso climbed to third with a fast start from fifth on the grid and jumped Vettel for second by making his first pitstop earlier than the Red Bull.

But the improved Ferrari was not fast enough to prevent Mercedes scoring its third consecutive one-two result of 2014, so Alonso had to settle for the final podium spot when Rosberg sailed by serenely on the back straight with 14 laps top go.

Alonso had to do a long stint on his final set of tyres and only held off Ricciardo’s Red Bull by 1.2 seconds at the flag, while Vettel finished 24s behind his team-mate.

Massa survived bouncing off Alonso as he tried to squeeze between the Ferrari and Ricciardo’s sluggish Red Bull at the start to run as high as fifth, but the Brazilian’s race was ruined by a slow first pitstop at which Williams encountered a problem with the left rear wheel.

Nico Hulkenberg got the better of Massa’s Williams team-mate Bottas to round out the top six, while Hulkenberg’s Force India team-mate Sergio Perez – a podium hero last time out in Bahrain – climbed from 16th on the grid to finish ninth, just 2.4s behind Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari.

Romain Grosjean’s Lotus retired with gearbox problems, allowing Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat to continue his strong start to the season and claim the final point by rounding out the top 10.

Jenson Button completed a disappointing race for McLaren by finishing 11th, ahead of the slow-starting Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne and rookie team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

Pastor Maldonado climbed from the back of the grid to 14th in the other Lotus, one place ahead of the recovering Massa.

Results - 56 laps:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1h36m52.810s
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                  +18.686s
 3.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                   +25.765s
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault          +26.978s
 5.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault          +51.012s
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes      +57.581s
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes         +58.145s
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                 +1m23.990s
 9.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes    +1m26.489s
10.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault          +1 lap
11.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes            +1 lap
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault          +1 lap
13.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes            +1 lap
14.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault               +1 lap
15.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes           +1 lap
16.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap
17.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault            +1 lap
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari            +1 lap
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari           +2 laps
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault           +2 laps

Retirements:

     Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault              27 laps
     Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari              4 laps
Drivers' standings:

Pos  Driver            Points
 1.  Nico Rosberg      79
 2.  Lewis Hamilton    75
 3.  Fernando Alonso   41
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg   36
 5.  Sebastian Vettel  33
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo  24
 7.  Valtteri Bottas   24
 8.  Jenson Button     23
 9.  Kevin Magnussen   20
10.  Sergio Perez      18
11.  Felipe Massa      12
12.  Kimi Raikkonen    11
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne  4
14.  Daniil Kvyat      4

Pos  Team                  Points
 1.  Mercedes              154
 2.  Red Bull-Renault      57
 3.  Force India-Mercedes  54
 4.  Ferrari               52
 5.  McLaren-Mercedes      43
 6.  Williams-Mercedes     36
 7.  Toro Rosso-Renault    8
 8.  Lotus-Renault         0
 9.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
10.  Marussia-Ferrari      0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0
Da Autosport.com

GP Cina, commenti post qualifiche–19/04/2014


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Raikkonen bemoans ‘inconsistent’ Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen said his Ferrari’s unpredictable handling was to blame for his poor showing during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Raikkonen will start from 11th on the grid in Sunday’s race after failing to make the top-ten shootout at the Shanghai International Circuit. He said the car was catching him out and that he lost too much time in the final sector of the lap on his final run in Q2.

"The car’s handling was inconsistent, as it was stable in some parts of the track and less so in others," Raikkonen said. "I had some problems with the balance and this had an effect on my performance. The past two days have been difficult, because after yesterday’s technical problem, this morning I also only did a single run, but overall, I felt more comfortable in the car.

"Unfortunately, on my last run in Q2, when I was on my quick lap, I lost a lot of time in the final sector and that meant I didn’t make the cut to Q3. It’s too early to say what happened, but the time lost yesterday definitely didn’t help. Now I want to concentrate on tomorrow’s race and try my best to end this weekend with a good result."

Raikkonen has struggled to put a solid weekend together since returning to Ferrari this year, but said his last season with the team in 2009, in which he still managed to win a race, was even worse.

"I have had difficult years with other teams and with Ferrari. I think 2009 was even more worse. It’s not ideal but there is only one way that we can go. I’m sure we can make things better and make me happier and make better results."

Da ESPNF1.com



Chinese GP: Kimi Raikkonen finding weekend ‘painful’

Kimi Raikkonen described his Chinese Grand Prix weekend as "painful" thus far, after failing to make it into the top 10 in qualifying.

The Finn lost most of Friday’s dry free practice sessions to technical problems with his Ferrari and failed to graduate to the final segment of qualifying for the second time in four races on Saturday.

He will start 11th for Sunday’s race at Shanghai, after struggling with the gearshifts on his F14 T.

"It’s been a pretty painful couple of days," said Raikkonen.

"In the morning [free practice] it felt a bit better but obviously it didn’t turn out to be a very good day. But that’s how it goes.

"[I had] some issues upsetting things with the gearshift. It felt OK at some points but I lost quite a lot of time in the last sector.

"It’s been a pretty bad weekend so far. I didn’t get much running yesterday and it seems to get more difficult all the time. I don’t really understand why.

"There are moments it feels pretty good but then days like this.

"I’m sure there is something we can do to get things running nicely all the time, but obviously the issues we had yesterday didn’t help to start with.

"[It's] not easy with the weather to pick it up and turn it around. It looks pretty bad right now, but I have had difficult years with other teams and with Ferrari – I think 2009 was even worse.

"[It's] not ideal, but there’s only one way we can go and I’m sure we can turn it around."

Da Autosport.com


GP Cina, prove sabato–19/04/2014


Chinese GP: Lewis Hamilton continues Mercedes’ pole run in damp

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season by setting the pace in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

With qualifying held in wet conditions, initially with most running on wets before the intermediates became the tyre of choice, Hamilton went fastest on his first run in Q3 then improved by almost half a second on his second run to consolidate his position.

It is the 34th pole position of Hamilton’s F1 career, meaning he has broken Jim Clark’s British record, with only Michael Schumacher (68), Ayrton Senna (65) and Sebastian Vettel (45) still ahead of him overall.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo will start second, setting a time six tenths slower than Hamilton on his final attempt.

This means he outqualifies team-mate Sebastian Vettel for the third time this season, with Vettel third ahead of the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg had looked set to take provisional pole away from Hamilton on his second run, but he carried too much speed into the hairpin, running wide and preventing him from improving.

A spin at the final corner on his final attempt ensured that Rosberg could do no better than fourth.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest having never threatened the top positions during qualifying, with Williams pairing Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas closely matched in sixth and seventh.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg qualified eighth, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.

Romain Grosjean put a Lotus into Q3 for the first time since 2013, ending up slowest in the top 10 shootout.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren driver Jenson Button were the big-name casualties during Q2.

Both were unable to set a good enough pace on their second set of intermediates to break into the top 10 after being bumped out of it by well-timed improvements by Vergne, Massa, Hulkenberg.

Button, who complained of a lack of front tyre temperature, and Raikkonen both lapped quickly enough in the first two sectors to make Q3 on their final laps, but worsening conditions in the final sector made it impossible to improve overall.

Daniil Kvyat was 13th ahead of Adrian Sutil, Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez.

Esteban Gutierrez was the fastest of those to fall in Q1. He had looked set to seal a place in the second stage of qualifying with a late run on intermediates before a very poor final sector, including a wide moment at the final corner, ruined his attempt.

Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi beat Jules Bianchi to 18th, with team-mate Marcus Ericsson outpacing the second Marussia of Max Chilton.

Pastor Maldonado was classified 22nd as he was unable to participate thanks to an engine problem that forced him to stop on track during morning practice.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m53.860s
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m54.455s  +0.595s
 3.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m54.960s  +1.100s
 4.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m55.143s  +1.283s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m55.637s  +1.777s
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m56.147s  +2.287s
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m56.282s  +2.422s
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m56.366s  +2.506s
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m56.773s  +2.913s
10.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m57.079s  +3.219s
                        Q3 cut-off time:      1m56.847s
11.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m56.860s  +2.831s*
12.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m56.963s  +2.934s*
13.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m57.289s  +3.260s*
14.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m57.393s  +3.364s*
15.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m57.675s  +3.646s*
16.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m58.264s  +4.235s*
                        Q2 cut-off time:      1m58.411s
17.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m58.988s  +3.472s**
18.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m59.260s  +3.744s**
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m59.326s  +3.810s**
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      2m00.646s  +5.130s**
21.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      2m00.865s  +5.349s**
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault

107 per cent time: 2m03.602s

* Gap to 1st in Q2
** Gap to 1st in Q1
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Chinese GP: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo leads damp final practice

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo recorded the fastest time in a wet practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying for the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

The Australian driver was quickest in the damp, slippery conditions ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa.

Rain started to fall at the beginning of the session and intermittently throughout the hour. More rain is expected for qualifying later on Saturday afternoon.

The bad weather meant running was limited, with the Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren teams sitting out most of the session.

In the late stages, both Nico Rosberg and Kevin Magnussen emerged in the last 10 minutes for a run but did not complete a timed lap.

Romain Grosjean was third quickest in his Lotus, but there were more problems for his team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

Despite setting the sixth fastest time he was ordered by his team to stop his car with 20 minutes of the session remaining and pulled to the side of the track at Turn 10.

Just ahead of Maldonado on the timesheets was Kimi Raikkonen, who emerged from his garage for a late run to set the fifth fastest time overall in his Ferrari.

Nico Hulkenberg was fourth fastest in his Force India, while Daniil Kvyat was seventh in his Toro Rosso.

Next up was Valtteri Bottas who was one of the drivers who was caught out in the tricky conditions, spinning his Williams on the exit of Turn 10 in the mid-stage of the hour, but able to continue unharmed.

On his installation lap Jean-Eric Vergne was complaining about a problem with his Renault power unit in the back of the Toro Rosso, but managed five laps in total.

Track temperatures were particularly low – 14 degrees C air and 15 degrees on track. Qualifying commences at 2pm local time.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m53.958s           5
 2.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m54.492s  +0.534s  5
 3.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m54.514s  +0.556s  4
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m55.032s  +1.074s  6
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m55.062s  +1.104s  4
 6.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m55.228s  +1.27 s  12
 7.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m55.235s  +1.277s  7
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m55.381s  +1.423s  5
 9.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m55.673s  +1.715s  4
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m56.019s  +2.061s  6
11.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m56.233s  +2.275s  8
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m56.380s  +2.422s  9
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m56.760s  +2.802s  8
14.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m56.841s  +2.883s  13
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m57.468s  +3.51 s  9
16.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m57.812s  +3.854s  12
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m57.976s  +4.018s  14
18.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m59.507s  +5.549s  6
19.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                                  4
20.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes                          3
21.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                                   1
22.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                                  3
Da Autosport.com

GP Cina, commenti post libere–18/04/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Inizio difficile”

Kimi Raikkonen: “E’ stata una giornata difficile, iniziata con un problema tecnico che nel turno di prove del mattino mi ha concesso di scendere in pista solo per effettuare il giro di installazione. Una volta risolto questo inconveniente nel pomeriggio abbiamo cercato di recuperare il tempo perduto, concentrandoci soprattutto sulla ricerca del set up più adatto a questo tracciato e sacrificando parte della simulazione di gara. E’ difficile esprimere un giudizio generale, di sicuro ci è mancata un po’ di esperienza in pista. Questa sera ci concentreremo sull’analisi dei dati raccolti e domani cercheremo di sfruttare al massimo l’ultima sessione di prove libere per preparare al meglio la vettura per qualifica e gara”.

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GP Cina, prove libere venerdì–18/04/2014


Chinese GP: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton recovers to lead practice two

Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a late start to top Friday’s second free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver missed the first 25 minutes of the one-and-a-half hour session thanks to a suspension problem, which had also limited his running during free practice one.

But after a brief stint on the medium-compound Pirellis, during which he lapped a second-and-a-quarter off the pacesetters on equivalent rubber, Hamilton switched to softs at around the halfway mark.

Hamilton, who complained of understeer on his first run, blitzed the final sector of the lap, setting comfortably the quickest time of the afternoon in that part of the circuit to knock Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso off top spot by 0.141s.

Alonso had earlier relegated the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg from the top of the times by four tenths of a second, setting a particularly strong pace in the twisty middle sector of the lap.

After a dismal Bahrain GP weekend, it was a far stronger day for Alonso. He earlier topped the first free practice session and then set the fastest time during the medium-compound running at the start of the afternoon’s running.

Rosberg had the potential to produce a better time and after setting the fastest time of all in sector one, yellow flags at the final corner cost him time, although it is not clear how much. He had to be content with third-fastest time.

Daniel Ricciardo beat Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel to fourth place, with Felipe Massa making good on the Williams team’s hopes for a stronger weekend in China in sixth overall.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh fastest after a brief off at the final corner, with McLaren’s Jenson Button eighth ahead of Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat.

Behind them, Force India failed to recapture its Bahrain form, with Nico Hulkenberg 11th fastest and almost a second-and-a-half off the pace, and Sergio Perez 15th.

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado endured a fraught session, suffering off-track moments at the final and the first corner prior to crashing in the pit-entry shortly after the half-hour mark.

Both Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Marussia’s Max Chilton spun during the session, with Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen among those to have off-track moments.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m38.315s           25
 2.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m38.456s  +0.141s  28
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m38.726s  +0.411s  30
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m38.811s  +0.496s  30
 5.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.015s  +0.700s  31
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m39.118s  +0.803s  25
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m39.283s  +0.968s  25
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.491s  +1.176s  29
 9.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m39.537s  +1.222s  36
10.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m39.648s  +1.333s  26
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m39.736s  +1.421s  30
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.744s  +1.429s  29
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m39.759s  +1.444s  28
14.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m39.830s  +1.515s  25
15.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m40.124s  +1.809s  32
16.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.359s  +2.044s  32
17.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.395s  +2.080s  30
18.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m40.455s  +2.140s  12
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m42.327s  +4.012s  27
20.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.473s  +5.158s  30
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m43.530s  +5.215s  32
22.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m43.679s  +5.364s  32
Da Autosport.com

Chinese GP: Fernando Alonso and Ferrari lead first Friday practice

Fernando Alonso set the early pace for the Ferrari Formula 1 team in the opening practice session for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

The two-time world champion was 0.398 seconds faster than Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes at a cool and misty Shanghai International Circuit.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third quickest in his Red Bull ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren.

Nico Hulkenberg was fifth fastest for Force India, one place in front of the other McLaren of Kevin Magnussen.

The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton was eighth fastest overall, but his session ended a few minutes early after he reported a problem with the balance of his car.

Alonso’s pace will have pleased Ferrari’s new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who made his first appearance in his new role with the Scuderia this morning.

There was less joy on the other side of the garage as Alonso’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage a single installation lap after he suffered problems with the front of his car.

As ever the first practice session of the weekend was characterised by low grip and many drivers struggled with locking brakes. A number of teams were also trailing new parts – including Mercedes, which has arrived in China with a new front wing.

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez did not emerge from his garage until an hour into the session after he suffered a malfunction his clutch. Jules Bianchi had a fuel system problem following his installation lap and sat out nearly all of the 90 minutes before joining for a brief late run.

There was early drama for Pastor Maldonado when he spun his Lotus at Turn 9 just 10 minutes into the session. He appeared to be looking down to make an adjustment on his steering wheel as he lost control.

Rookie Daniil Kvyat was another to leave the track, when he made a small mistake and spun at Turn 1 and also Turn 14.

Williams ran its test and reserve driver Felipe Nasr in place of Valtteri Bottas for this session and he finished with the 13th fastest time.

Sauber also used one of its test roster, with Giedo van der Garde standing in for Adrian Sutil.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m39.783s           20
 2.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m40.181s  +0.398s  16
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault      1m40.772s  +0.989s  23
 4.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.970s  +1.187s  23
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes  1m41.175s  +1.392s  16
 6.  Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.366s  +1.583s  20
 7.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.505s  +1.722s  26
 8.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m41.560s  +1.777s  9
 9.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m41.629s  +1.846s  19
10.  Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes     1m41.699s  +1.916s  14
11.  Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.977s  +2.194s  23
12.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m42.090s  +2.307s  24
13.  Felipe Nasr          Williams-Mercedes     1m42.265s  +2.482s  13
14.  Giedo van der Garde  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.615s  +2.832s  16
15.  Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes  1m42.733s  +2.950s  13
16.  Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault         1m43.731s  +3.948s  22
17.  Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham-Renault      1m44.038s  +4.255s  16
18.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m44.162s  +4.379s  17
19.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.270s  +4.487s  7
20.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.782s  +4.999s  20
21.  Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault      1m44.835s  +5.052s  22
22.  Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari                                   1
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GP Cina, commenti del giovedì–17/04/2014


Raikkonen surprised by Ferrari F1 boss Domenicali’s departure

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted Stefano Domenicali’s departure from the Ferrari Formula 1 team took him by surprise, though he does not think it will disrupt the squad.

Domenicali resigned earlier this week in response to Ferrari’s poor start to the F1 season.

He has been replaced by Marco Mattiacci, formerly CEO of Ferrari’s North American operations.

"I think everyone is a bit surprised but obviously it was Stefano’s own decision as I understand it," said Raikkonen when asked by AUTOSPORT for his reaction to the shake-up.

"If he felt like that, fair enough. Life goes on.

"He was a great guy. I worked with him for many years and I spoke to him often. But that’s how it goes.

"We can handle this sort of thing."

Raikkonen said he knew little about Mattiacci – "I don’t know him. We’ve probably met before" – but thinks Ferrari’s management structure will ensure a seamless transition.

"He’s got great people around him to help him so I don’t see that there will be any issues," he said.

"I’m sure he’ll do everything in his power to push things forward."

The Finn backed team-mate Fernando Alonso’s insistence that replacing Domenicali with Mattiacci would not have an immediate impact on Ferrari’s form, although he believes steady progress is being made.

"Even if you change things around, you cannot make a miracle because we know where we are and we have to improve. It won’t change overnight," said Raikkonen.

"In the rules there is quite a lot of space for improvement. We can find quite big things suddenly. But it might be the same thing for other teams.

"We understand things better after a few races and we have already improved a lot since the first race. Obviously it’s hard to see it when everyone is doing the same.

"I think Bahrain was always going to be one of the most difficult races for us. But we have improved."

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Raikkonen: “Ho una miglior comprensione della vettura”

Shanghai, 17 aprile – Nella hospitality della Scuderia Ferrari all’interno del paddock che si affaccia sulla laguna, Kimi Raikkonen ha incontrato i giornalisti nel giovedì del Gran Premio della Cina. La prima cosa che la stampa ha voluto sapere è stato cosa ne pensasse dell’addio del team principal Stefano Domenicali: “Tutti siamo rimasti un po’ sorpresi, ma si è trattato di una decisione di Stefano” – ha commentato il finlandese – “Se si è sentito di fare così bisogna accettarlo, la vita va avanti. Personalmente io trovo tutto questo triste perché credo sia un ottimo ragazzo e perché ho lavorato con lui per molti anni. Le cose però sono andate in questo modo e sono sicuro che il team saprà gestire la situazione”.Kimi ha poi detto di avere già incontrato in passato l’uomo nuovo della Ferrari, Marco Mattiacci: “Però non lo conosco molto bene. Di certo qui troverà un grande gruppo di persone che lo accoglieranno e lo aiuteranno ad adattarsi rapidamente” – ha detto il finlandese – “Prevedo che non avrà problemi e sono sicuro che farà un ottimo lavoro per noi. Avrà tutto ciò che gli serve per farci crescere. Però non cambierà nulla nell’immediato dal momento che nessuno fa miracoli e che conosciamo il nostro attuale valore. Noi sappiamo in quali aree dobbiamo lavorare ma miglioramenti significativi non arrivano nel giro di una notte”.Raikkonen sostiene comunque di aver continuato a vedere dei progressi nelle ultime settimane: “All’ultima gara le sensazioni generali che avevo dalla vettura erano migliorate. Il problema in Bahrain è stato che eravamo un po’ troppo lenti” – ha affermato – “Mi aspetto che già in questo weekend avremo dei piccoli miglioramenti. Difficile dire quando saremo al livello che vogliamo, ma con le nuove regole c’è sempre la possibilità di fare grandi passi avanti improvvisi, anche se a volte si progredisce lentamente. Quello che è importante è che adesso abbiamo una migliore comprensione della vettura rispetto alle prime gare e che c’è già stata una grande crescita rispetto a Melbourne, un miglioramento che magari dall’esterno non è stato notato perché sono cresciuti anche gli altri. Sapevamo che quella del Bahrain sarebbe stata per noi una delle gare più difficili della stagione e sono fiducioso che qui le cose possano andare meglio”.

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Bahrain GP: Mercedes-engined Formula 1 teams are in a ‘different class’ – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says it feels like Ferrari is racing in a different class to the Mercedes-engined Formula 1 teams, after the Scuderia’s difficult start to the season continued in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Raikkonen lined up fifth, but made a bad start and survived two contact incidents to end up 10th in the final classification, just behind team-mate Fernando Alonso and over 30 seconds adrift of the winning Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

The 2007 world champion said he could not blame his poor result on contact with Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren, nor a later incident with Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, because the customer Mercedes cars were just too fast for Ferrari on the straights.

"The Mercedes cars seemed to be able to pass us very easily on the straightlines. One Force India got me on the exit of corner eight and it was like a different class," said Raikkonen.

"I was surprised. He came out of the pitlane but I had only done a few laps on the tyres. I went OK out of the corner and he just came inside of me and went past; I had no answer.

"And the next corner he had massive traction also, so it’s not just the horsepower."

Both Ferrari drivers reckoned the back end of the top 10 was probably the best Ferrari could have managed in Bahrain, given the F14 T’s current performance deficit.

"We are ninth and 10th and we didn’t have a crash or any problems. We are ninth and 10th because that’s what we could do today," added Alonso.

"I won this grand prix three times. It’s not that I forgot how to drive here.

"We are ninth and 10th because there were eight people who were better than us.

"We want to change this as soon as possible and that needs to start in China.

"We have a test here, I will drive the two days and I won’t rest until the situation changes."

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Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg in thrilling race

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to win a breathless Bahrain Grand Prix by just one second.

A late-race safety car, deployed after Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus tipped Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber into a roll at Turn 1, turned the 57-lap race into a 10-lap sprint under floodlights in the desert.

Both drivers had gone wheel-to-wheel in the early stages, as Hamilton outdragged poleman Rosberg at the start and the German attempted to come back at his British team-mate, so they were warned to keep it clean by Mercedes boss Paddy Lowe.

They just about managed it as they scrapped mightily for the win.

Rosberg had the advantage of softer tyres for the showdown and had several stabs at passing Hamilton using DRS into the Michael Schumacher corner.

But he could not make either stick, and Hamilton prevailed on his medium tyres after some epic side-by-side racing through the esses.

Behind, Force India recorded its first podium since Spa 2009 as Sergio Perez just held off the quicker Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

The Red Bulls also had the advantage of soft tyres for the final sprint and Ricciardo got the better of his world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India to finish fourth.

Vettel, who complained of a lack of power from his Renault engine, could not find his own way past Hulkenberg (on ageing mediums) so had to spend the final two laps fending off Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas for sixth.

Williams gambled on a three-stop strategy where most of the other frontrunners went for two, and the safety car undid its hopes of a better result.

The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top 10, after Jenson Button joined McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen in retirement, after plummeting down the top order following the re-start.

Bahrain GP - 57 laps

Pos Driver                Team                      Time/Gap
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1h38m42.743
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  +1.085s
 3. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      +24.067s
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          +24.489s
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      +28.654s
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          +29.879s
 7. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         +31.200s
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes         +31.800s
09. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   +32.500s
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   +33.400s
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault        +41.300s
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             +43.100s
13. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari          +59.900s
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault             +1m02.800s
15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault          +1m27.900s
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari          +1 lap
17. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          +2 laps

Retirements

    Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        40 laps
    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          39 laps
    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        33 laps
    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      18 laps
    Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          17 laps

Drivers' standings:

 1. Nico Rosberg       61  
 2. Lewis Hamilton     50  
 3. Nico Hulkenberg    28  
 4. Fernando Alonso    26  
 5. Jenson Button      23  
 6. Sebastian Vettel   23  
 7. Kevin Magnussen    20  
 8. Valtteri Bottas    18  
 9. Sergio Perez       16  
10. Daniel Ricciardo   12  
11. Felipe Massa       12  
12. Kimi Raikkonen     7  
13. Jean-Eric Vergne   4  
14. Daniil Kvyat       3  
                     
Constructors' standings

 1. Mercedes               111  
 2. Force India-Mercedes   44  
 3. McLaren-Mercedes       43  
 4. Red Bull-Renault       35  
 5. Ferrari                33  
 6. Williams-Mercedes      30  
 7. Toro Rosso-Renault     7 
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GP Bahrain, commenti post qualifiche–05/04/2014


Bahrain GP: Raikkonen now more comfortable with Ferrari’s car

Kimi Raikkonen believes that the changes Ferrari has made to its 2014 Formula 1 challenger have helped him feel more comfortable on track.

The Finn will start Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix from fifth place on the grid, having qualified sixth with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo taking a 10-place grid penalty.

Raikkonen has struggled to feel at home with the Ferrari F14 T this season, but after outqualifying team-mate Fernando Alonso for the first time this season, he said he was happier in the cockpit.

"The feeling is a bit better with the car," Raikkonen told reporters in the Sakhir paddock.

"I think the parts I wanted have definitely helped.

"In qualifying it felt more like we expected and wanted. It’s definitely the right direction.

"We’re still not where we want to be but we know what we’re doing. It will just take time to get where we want."

The 2007 world champion said there is no specific area that needs improvement on the Ferrari, as the team needs to make gains in every department.

"We need to go forward with all areas of the car," he added. "Obviously we need more.

"Understanding on engines and electronics to improve those small things that make a lot of improvement.

"We improved a lot of things in the first three races, all areas. [And] I improved a little with the front end."

Raikkonen said that he has not really suffered many problems with the new brake-by-wire system in the last two race weekends, after it proved troublesome earlier in the year.

"[Brake-by-wire] wasn’t really a problem," he said. "We had some issues in testing, there were some odd things in Australia.

"It’s all really to do with front end, and if you have a good feeling with the brake it gets easier. We’ve improved in that area."

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Bahrain GP: Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole as Mercedes dominates

Nico Rosberg claimed his first pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season, leading a Mercedes front row lockout.

Lewis Hamilton had set the pace throughout practice and headed into the session as favourite for pole position, but after being outpaced by Rosberg on their first runs in Q3 had a big lockup on his second lap at Turn 1 and ran wide, preventing him from mounting a challenge for pole.

Rosberg aborted his final run having been informed Hamilton made a mistake, earning the fifth pole position of his F1 career.

Daniel Ricciardo was one of the few drivers to improve on his second run in Q3, jumping to third on the grid.

This relegated Valtteri Bottas to fourth, the Finn proving that the Williams team’s pace during pre-season testing here was no fluke with a place on the second row.

Force India driver Sergio Perez has been strong all weekend and was fifth fastest, only a tenth slower than Bottas.

He shaded Kimi Raikkonen, who had only one run in Q3 because he had only one set of fresh rubber remaining, by 22 thousandths of a second.

McLaren pairing Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen ended up seventh and eight, split by the second Williams of Felipe Massa, with both making late improvements as they also had only one set of new softs for the session.

Fernando Alonso was slowest in Q3 after a disappointing final lap, ending up six tenths slower than team-mate Raikkonen.

World champion Sebastian Vettel failed to make Q3 for the second time in three races.

Red Bull opted to complete just one run in Q2 and Vettel complained about downshift problems after missing the cut by six-hundredths of a second.

Nico Hulkenberg, who has struggled to match Force India team-mate Perez all weekend, also failed to hook up a good enough lap to make Q3 after running wide onto the kerb at Turn 11, ending up 12th ahead of the Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez shaded Lotus driver Romain Grosjean for 15th place by just 17 thousandths of a second.

Pastor Maldonado was the fastest driver to fall in Q1 in 17th place. He was pipped by Grosjean, who set a time just nine thousandths of a second faster than his team-mate in the dying moments of the first part of qualifying.

Grosjean was impeded by Adrian Sutil’s Sauber late in the session, an incident which will be investigated by the stewards tonight.

The German was also knocked out in Q1, while Caterham continued its recent upward curve in terms of performance, with Kamui Kobayashi 19th fastest, lapping within a quarter of a second of Sutil, and Marcus Ericsson 21st.

Jules Bianchi split the two Caterhams, with Max Chilton slowest.

Pos Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m33.185s
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m33.464s  +0.279s
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m34.051s  +0.866s
 4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m34.247s  +1.062s
 5. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m34.346s  +1.161s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m34.368s  +1.183s
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m34.387s  +1.202s
 8. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m34.511s  +1.326s
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m34.712s  +1.527s
10. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m34.992s  +1.807s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m34.925s                                 Gap **
11. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m34.985s  +1.277s
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m35.116s  +1.408s
13. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m35.145s  +1.437s
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m35.286s  +1.578s
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m35.891s  +2.183s
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m35.908s  +2.200s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m36.654s                                  Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m36.663s  +1.789s
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m36.840s  +1.966s
19. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m37.085s  +2.211s
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m37.310s  +2.436s
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m37.875s  +3.001s
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m37.913s  +3.039s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2

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Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton completes practice sweep for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton continued Mercedes’ domination as he set the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1′s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Briton, who was fastest in both Friday sessions at the Sakhir circuit, headed his team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.115 seconds.

They finished ahead of Sergio Perez, who was half a second adrift of Hamilton’s best lap, but the pace of the Force India indicates that it is looking good for a strong qualifying performance later on Saturday.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest in his Williams ahead of his team-mate Felipe Massa.

Like Friday, Williams chose to save mileage by sitting out much of the practice period. But when both they first appeared on the medium compound tyre they were the second fastest runners behind the Mercedes pair at the mid-way stage of the hour.

Sebastian Vettel sat out the final 20 minutes of the session after he spun his Red Bull off the track. The world champion seemingly lost control of his car on the exit of Turn 2 and looped his car around into the gravel trap. He had only completed eight laps when he spun off.

Jenson Button was sixth fastest in his McLaren, just ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari and the other Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Hamilton was the first of the frontrunners to head the timesheets, putting in a 1m37.340s lap halfway through the session on the medium compound tyre.

A few minutes later his team-mate beat him by less than a tenth of a second. At that stage they were quicker than Jenson Button’s McLaren by over a second.

A number of drivers were caught out at the end of the back straight and ran wide entering Turn 11 – including the Mercedes runners – thanks to the gusty tail wind at the Sakhir circuit.

There was further problems for Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson, who complained that his Renault was not delivering full power in the opening minutes of the hour.

Qualifying takes place under floodlights at 6pm local time.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m35.324s           12
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m35.439s  +0.115s  12
 3.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m35.868s  +0.544s  10
 4.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m36.116s  +0.792s  10
 5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m36.364s  +1.040s  8
 6.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.394s  +1.070s  8
 7.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m36.454s  +1.130s  12
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m36.455s  +1.131s  11
 9.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m36.680s  +1.356s  16
10.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m36.772s  +1.448s  13
11.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.822s  +1.498s  8
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m37.030s  +1.706s  11
13.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m37.119s  +1.795s  11
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m37.325s  +2.001s  18
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.089s  +2.765s  24
16.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m38.400s  +3.076s  17
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m38.736s  +3.412s  15
18.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m38.880s  +3.556s  21
19.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m38.971s  +3.647s  18
20.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m39.208s  +3.884s  17
21.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.225s  +3.901s  8
22.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m39.597s  +4.273s  14
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GP Bahrain, commenti del venerdì–04/04/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “A difficult Friday”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall, this was a difficult day, because I didn’t feel comfortable with the car in either session. In the first one, I damaged the floor on the kerb at turn 4 and this meant I had to pit. The team did a super job, because they got me back out on track in a short time, but then, because of a problem with the brakes, I was unable to complete the programme. In the second session we concentrated on looking at the two Pirelli compounds and with the Soft it was definitely better than the Medium. Now we will get down to analysing all today’s data, especially regarding the immediate change in the track from day to night and we will try and improve for qualifying and the race.”

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Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton stays ahead in second practice

Mercedes continued to set the outright pace in Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets at the end of the second practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton was 0.365 seconds faster than his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Held in warm, dry conditions – five degrees cooler than this afternoon’s first practice – this was the first ever Formula 1 practice session in Bahrain to be held under floodlights.

Third quickest was Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari, significantly more than a second slower than Hamilton, pointing to the continued superiority of the Mercedes team.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa, who had a nervy moment as he was seemingly baulked by Esteban Gutierrez on the back straight a few moments before the session ended.

In sixth place was Jenson Button’s McLaren, one position ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel.

This second session of the day was all about the Mercedes pair. Rosberg was the first of the two silver machines to switch onto the soft tyre and his first run on the new rubber was two seconds faster than his pace on the medium tyres.

Soon afterwards Hamilton upped the ante and his first run on the soft tyre was immediately 0.365 seconds faster than his team-mate.

It was another eventual period for Lotus as first Romain Grosjean complained of a misfire with his Renault, while his team-mate Pastor Maldonado enjoyed a spectacular moment as he got all four wheels airborne after hitting the kerbs at Turn 4.

Briton Max Chilton retired from the session with 35 minutes remaining after he suffered a high-speed spin at Turn 4. He complained on his team radio that he lost drive then the rear axle locked and pitched his Marussia into a spin.

A few minutes later Adrian Sutil climbed out of the cockpit of his Sauber at Turn 6 following a problem with his car. Another retiree was Marcus Ericsson, who stopped his Caterham at the side of the track just five minutes from the flag.

Early on there was a dramatic moment as Sergio Perez narrowly avoided a slow-moving Rosberg as they headed towards the final corner.

The German initially moved to his right to get out of the Force India driver’s way, and Perez had to take action to avoid hitting the Mercedes. The stewards said they would look at the incident after the session.


Pos Driver                Team                      Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m34.325s          28
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m34.690s  +0.365  31
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m35.360s  +1.035  28
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          1m35.433s  +1.108  28
 5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1m35.442s  +1.117  13
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m35.528s  +1.203  21
 7. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m35.606s  +1.281  29
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault        1m35.640s  +1.315  31
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes          1m35.662s  +1.337  22
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      1m35.802s  +1.477  40
11. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes         1m35.920s  +1.595   9 
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault        1m35.972s  +1.647  32
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      1m35.998s  +1.673  18
14. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   1m36.366s  +2.041  32
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari            1m36.962s  +2.637  13
16. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            1m36.975s  +2.650  35
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault             1m37.259s  +2.934  24
18. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m37.599s  +3.274  23
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari          1m37.800s  +3.475  15
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari          1m38.247s  +3.922  10
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault          1m38.257s  +3.932  33
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault          1m39.136s  +4.811  30
Da Autosport.com


Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton puts Mercedes on top in FP1

Lewis Hamilton continued the Mercedes team’s dominance of the 2014 Formula 1 season by topping first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Malaysian GP winner was fastest during the opening half-hour of the 90-minute session, during which drivers are permitted to use their extra set of medium-compound Pirellis, lapping 0.113s faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Both Mercedes waited until the final 20 minutes of the session to head out on their second set of mediums, by which time Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had taken top spot after setting a time four tenths of a second faster than Hamilton’s first run despite a brief lock-up at Turn 10.

Hamilton then set the fastest time of the session in all three sectors to reclaim top spot, the second time he has been quickest during FP1 in three 2014 races.

Rosberg retained second place, although he was around a tenth slower than Hamilton had been on the first runs, ending up 0.231s off the pace.

Alonso ended the session third fastest, four-and-a-half tenths slower than Hamilton and 0.169s ahead of Nico Hulkenberg as the Ferrari and Force India drivers continued the battle that has raged throughout the season so far.

The German looked to have the potential to outpace the Ferrari after lapping a quarter-of-a-second faster than Alonso in sector one but lost time over the rest of the lap.

Alonso endured an abortive start to his running on his second set of rubber, Ferrari inadvertently sending him out of the garage with one soft tyre and three mediums. He stopped in the pitlane and was dragged back to the garage to replace the soft.

Jenson Button’s McLaren was fifth fastest, just ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who had a big lock-up at Turn 1 and ran off the track while on his long-run on his second set of mediums.

The second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen was seventh fastest, ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s Scuderia Toro Rosso, the 19-year-old Russian ended up 1.5s off the fastest time.

World champion Sebastian Vettel was only 10th fastest behind the second Force India of Sergio Perez, 1.887s slower than Hamilton, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo a second slower in 14th.

Felipe Massa was the quickest Williams, setting the 11th fastest time after completing only one installation lap on his first set of tyres.

Three reserve drivers made their first appearances of the season during the session, with Felipe Nasr, driving Valtteri Bottas’s Williams, the quickest of them in 13th place.

Sauber’s Giedo van der Garde, who took over Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber, was 18th fastest, with Caterham’s Robin Frijns 21st quickest in Kamui Kobayashi’s car.


Pos Driver                Team                    Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m37.502s            14
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m37.733s  +0.231s   13
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m37.953s  +0.451s   17
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1m38.122s  +0.620s   10
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m38.636s  +1.134s   16
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 1m38.783s  +1.281s   12
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        1m38.949s  +1.447s   15
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      1m39.056s  +1.554s   24
 9. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    1m39.102s  +1.600s   21
10. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m39.389s  +1.887s   16
11. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       1m39.533s  +2.031s   11
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      1m39.862s  +2.360s   26
13. Felipe Nasr           Williams-Mercedes       1m40.078s  +2.576s   14
14. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1m40.406s  +2.904s   19
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          1m40.652s  +3.150s   20
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault           1m40.793s  +3.291s   31
17. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        1m40.$89s  +3.387s   20
18. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari          1m40.913s  +3.411s   20
19. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m41.036s  +3.534s   24
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        1m41.794s  +4.292s   20
21. Robin Frijns          Caterham-Renault        1m42.417s  +4.915s   35
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        1m42.711s  +5.209s   2
Da Autosport.com

GP Bahrain, interviste giovedì–03/04/2014


Kimi Raikkonen certain Ferrari capable of closing gap to F1 leaders

Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari has big gains to come that will help it get on terms with Formula 1 pacesetter Mercedes.

Although the Maranello-based outfit has not finished on the podium yet this season, the team is confident that the rapid development rate of the new 2014 turbo engines means it can make big improvements.

Raikkonen said ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix that while Mercedes remained favourite, the competitive picture would change so much this season that the title fight was not yet an exclusive affair between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

"Obviously they have been looking strong over the test and over the first two races, but I am sure we have some big gains that will come," said Raikkonen.

"I am quite far away in the points, but that can all change with the new rules. And with only two races done, we try to do the best that we can.

"We try to improve but it is not easy to catch up with them. But we don’t give up. We know where we need to improve and I am sure we are going to get there."

Raikkonen has endured a tougher start to the season than team-mate Fernando Alonso because he has struggled to get comfortable with the front end of the car.

The team has focused on trying to improve the interaction of its energy harvesting, which has affected braking.

AUTOSPORT understands that revised suspension components will be tried out by Ferrari in Bahrain this weekend to help improve the front of the car further.

Despite the arrival of the new parts, Raikkonen is cautious about how quickly his problems will be fully solved, even though there were signs of progress in Malaysia.

"Overall we were much better but we were not where we wanted to be," he explained.

"There are a lot of things to improve in all areas, but we have all the right people and all the tools to fix those things.

"But those things are not easy to fix and I am sure it will take time. But we know where we want to be and where we are aiming, and we are going to get there.

"Hopefully we’ll get some better results here now if we can start a similar way in the last race, but not having the issues we had in the race."

Da Autosport.com



Raikkonen: “we will get there”

Sakhir, 3 April – Kimi Raikkonen is keen to get racing this weekend, after early promise in Malaysia was wiped out on Sunday after a first lap coming together with Kevin Magnussen. “In Malaysia, the car was more or less the same as in Australia, although clearly we learned more from doing a lot of running and of course, the circuit layout in Sepang is different,” the Finn told the media at his usual Thursday press meeting. “Those factors make a difference and overall, we were much better in Malaysia, even if not quite where we want to be. Then my race was destroyed, which was not my fault, but that’s how it goes. There are a lot of things to improve in all areas, but we have the right people and all the tools we need to fix those things. It will take time, but we will get there. As for this weekend, if we start well as we did in Malaysia, but then don’t have the problems we had in the race there, we can have a better weekend.”As for how life was going with Fernando Alonso as a team-mate, the 2007 world champion explained he had more pressing matters on his mind. “I don’t have any real opinion formed yet as I’ve been putting all my effort into sorting out my side of things,” he said. “If I can do that, then we can get the results we want which is our aim. I haven’t given much thought to Fernando, apart from seeing his lap times and data of course. There’s nothing there I would not have expected.”Asked about whether or not he liked the current Formula 1 so far this season, Kimi was his usual pragmatic self. “It makes no difference if we like it or not, as we do not make the rules. We cannot change it and it is what it is. Sometimes you end up in areas that you would not choose, but you just have to make the best of it. I don’t see the point in talking about the sound of the cars or whether I like it or not.”

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Novità in arrivo?–01/04/2014


Raikkonen pins hopes on Bahrain GP upgrades to improve F1 form

Kimi Raikkonen is pinning his hopes of an upturn in form in Formula 1 on a set of new parts expected for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Finn has struggled with the front end of his Ferrari in the first two races of the season.

He showed improved form through practice and qualifying for round two in Malaysia last weekend, before contact early in the race from Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren ruined his chances.

Raikkonen says Ferrari is bringing new parts to his car for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix and he is hopeful they will finally allow him to drive the F14 T in the way he would like.

"The car was very similar to the last race, but the circuit layout worked a bit better for our overall situation," said Raikkonen of his performance in Malaysia.

"For the next race we should get some new parts and be happier with the front end and drive a bit more how I want.

"The front end should feel a bit nicer after that, but we have to wait and see how we do on Friday and go from there.

"From the [pre-season] test [in Bahrain] I know there were some difficulties with the handling, but hopefully with some new parts we can sort that out and be even happier with the car than we were here.

"I think we have a pretty good understanding of what we want to do and where we want to go to make the feeling better and we can go much faster if we make that happen.

"The good thing is we did much better here [in Malaysia]. Obviously the results didn’t show that but it’s nice we’re going in the right direction."

Da Autosport.com

 


GP Malesya, commenti post gara–30/03/2014


Malaysian GP: Kimi Raikkonen says Kevin Magnussen destroyed race

Kimi Raikkonen says the contact from Kevin Magnussen on lap two of the Malaysian Grand Prix "destroyed" the second race of his 2014 Formula 1 season.

Magnussen’s McLaren tagged the rear of Raikkonen’s Ferrari heading into Turn 1, puncturing the right-rear tyre on the F14 T and earning Magnussen a five-second stop/go penalty and two penalty points on his licence for causing a collision.

Raikkonen fell to the back of the field following the puncture, and spent his race recovering to a pointless 12th. The Finn reckoned he could have been up with fourth-placed team-mate Fernando Alonso were it not for the incident.

"I haven’t seen what happened, I just heard that his front wing hit me and damaged my rear wheel," said Raikkonen.

"I didn’t feel anything, but obviously it destroyed our race and wasn’t very good for us.

"I had some damage after that, so we lost some downforce because the tyre damaged the floor.

"With the damage it’s hard to say how good we would have been, but how we started was good and for sure we could have been up there with Fernando, but it all went down when I got hit."

The non-score means Raikkonen has scored only six points in two races, compared to Alonso’s 24, but the Finn said he was not overly concerned by the lack of results so far.

"Obviously it’s not the ideal start but today we didn’t do much wrong ourselves and ended up paying a big price for someone else’s mistake," he added.

"It’s an unfortunate thing, but it’s part of racing. We just have to try to do everything [in the] better next race."

Da Autosport.com


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GP Malesya, gara–30/03/2014


Malaysian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes dominant victory

Lewis Hamilton sparked his 2014 Formula 1 season into life by dominating the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 2008 world champion made up for the disappointment of early retirement from the season-opener in Australia earlier this month by comfortably beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to victory by 17 seconds at the Sepang circuit.

Melbourne winner Rosberg maintained his position as championship leader by finishing second.

He jumped reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel off the line and successfully repelled both Red Bulls after a massive tank-slapper coming through Turn 3 on the first lap.

He reported struggling with his rear tyres in the early stages and could not keep pace with Hamilton, who eked out an early and decisive lead before racing on to record the 23rd grand prix win of his career.

Rosberg finished a comfortable 7.2s clear of third-placed Vettel, who put his first championship points on the board after his own early retirement in Australia.

The Red Bulls were side-by-side through the opening sequence of turns, as Vettel’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo went round the outside at Turn 2.

Rosberg’s massive wobble coming though the long sweeping right-hander at Turn 3 allowed the reigning world champion to come back at his team-mate briefly, but Ricciardo held firm, only to be passed on lap four when Vettel slid up the inside at Turn 1 unchallenged.

Ricciardo had to get his elbows out again after the first round of pitstops, successfully rebuffing the efforts from Fernando Alonso to pass as he rejoined. The Red Bull prevailed over the Ferrari after more side-by-side action through Turns 1, 2 and 3.

But this proved a moot point ultimately, as Ricciardo suffered a botched late pitstop that required mechanics to push his car back to the Red Bull pit to refit the left front wheel correctly.

He rejoined the race, but then suffered a front wing failure on the start-finish straight, having broken it by running wide out of Turn 14 coming onto the back straight. He retired shortly afterwards.

Ricciardo’s misfortune promoted a personal duel between Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg, in which the Spaniard again prevailed to take fourth.

Hulkenberg’s Force India used an unconventional two-stop strategy to get ahead of the Ferrari, but ultimately Alonso used the advantage of fresher tyres to re-take the place in the closing stages.

Jenson Button completed a stealthy climb from 10th on the grid to complete the top six, ahead of the duelling Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

The Brazilian finished in front of the Finn after ignoring orders from his team to let him through.

Button’s McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen recovered from an early five-second stop-go penalty for puncturing the right-rear tyre on Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari to finish ninth, while Formula 1′s youngest ever points scorer Daniil Kvyat scored again by rounding out the top 10 for Toro Rosso.

Raikkonen recovered to a pointless 12th, behind Romain Grosjean’s much-improved Lotus.

Result - 56 laps:

Pos Driver                Team                    Time/Gap
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m40m25.974s
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                +17.313s
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        +24.534s
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 +35.992s
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    +47.199s
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        +1m23.691s
 7. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       +1m25.076s
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes       +1m25.537s
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        +1 lap
10. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      +1 lap
11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           +1 lap
12. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 +1 lap
13. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault        +1 lap
14. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        +2 laps
15. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        +2 laps

Retirements:

    Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        49 laps
    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          35 laps
    Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          32 laps
    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      18 laps
    Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        8 laps
    Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault           7 laps
    Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    0 laps

Drivers' championship:
 
 1. Nico Rosberg       43
 2. Lewis Hamilton     25   
 3. Fernando Alonso    24   
 4. Jenson Button      23   
 5. Kevin Magnussen    20   
 6. Nico Hulkenberg    18   
 7. Sebastian Vettel   15   
 8. Valtteri Bottas    14   
 9. Kimi Raikkonen     6    
10. Felipe Massa       6   
11. Jean-Eric Vergne   4   
12. Daniil Kvyat       3   
13. Sergio Perez       1   

Constructors' championship:

 1. Mercedes                 68 
 2. McLaren-Mercedes         43 
 3. Ferrari                  30 
 4. Williams-Mercedes        20 
 5. Force India-Mercedes     19 
 6. Red Bull-Renault         15 
 7. Toro Rosso-Renault       7  
 8. Sauber-Ferrari           0  
 9. Lotus-Renault            0  
10. Caterham-Renault         0  
11. Marussia-Ferrari         0
Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, commenti post qualifiche–29/03/2014


Da SkyF1:

 


Raikkonen: “A question of feeling”

Kimi Raikkonen: “The rain made this qualifying very difficult. I knew that in the wet it would not be easy, but I didn’t expect to have so many problems. I had poor traction and on top of that, with the Extreme Wet, for some reason I was losing grip after the first lap. Now we have to find out why, as it will be useful for the coming races. Cleary, I’m not happy with sixth place, but given the circumstances, I cannot say I’m surprised and now I only want to think about doing well tomorrow. It will be a tough race with particularly high temperatures, but I am reasonably confident, because we have gone better here than in Melbourne and if we don’t have any problems, we can think in terms of getting a better result. Overall, my feel for the car is improving and even if there is still a way to go, we are working in the right direction.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Malesya, prove sabato–29/03/2014


Malaysian GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to pole at wet Sepang

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix in a rain-delayed qualifying session for the second round of the 2014 Formula 1 season.

After a 50-minute delay, track conditions were still best-suited to full wet tyres in Q3 and Hamilton’s first flying lap of 1m59.431s was good enough to secure pole position.

But his advantage was a small one, as he ended up just 55 thousandths of a second faster than Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg showed disappointing pace on his first flier, ending up only fourth fastest, but with track conditions a little worse in the closing stages did enough to improve to third.

Fernando Alonso was the man he bumped down to fourth, although the Spaniard was fortunate to make Q3 after surviving a collision with Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat at Turn 9 during Q2.

The Spaniard suffered front-left suspension damage in the clash, which happened when he was struggling back to the pits on intermediate rubber while most were on full wets.

The Russian had closed rapidly on Alonso and dived to the inside of the slow left-hander, but Alonso turned in and Kvyat slid into him.

The incident will be investigated by stewards after the session.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth fastest in the second Red Bull ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who was the only driver other than Hamilton to head the times during Q3, with Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg seventh.

Behind him was Kevin Magnussen, who started Q3 on intermediates but pitted to change to wets, salvaging eighth place while team-mate Jenson Button stuck with the inferior tyre and ended up slowest in 10th.

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne was the other driver to reach the top 10 shootout, ending up ninth.

Williams pairing Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were the big-name casualties during Q2.

With everyone setting their times using wet Pirellis during the middle segment of the session, the Williams FW36 again struggled for traction in the low-grip conditions. And the pair ended up 13th and 14th respectively.

Vergne prevailed in a tense battle for the final Q3 slot, bumping Toro Rosso team-mate Kvyat from the position in the dying seconds of the session.

Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez ended up 12th fastest ahead of the Williams pairing, with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean suffering a late spin and unable to do better than 16th after making Q2 for the first time this year.

Pastor Maldonado was unable to join his Lotus team-mate in the second phase of qualifying, ending up the fastest of those to miss the Q2 cut 0.385s slower than Vergne.

After the delayed start, every team apart from McLaren opted to send their drivers out on intermediate rubber in wet conditions, with the majority of the order dictated by pace during the first half of the session.

Sauber’s Adrian Sutil, Marussia pairing Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton and the Caterhams of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson were the others to fall in Q1.

The session was brought to a premature close when Ericsson lost it on a wet kerb at the exit of Turn 3 after what the Swede described as a "silly mistake" and spun into the barrier, rebounding and coming to rest on the track.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap   
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m59.431s
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m59.486s  +0.055s
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              2m00.050s  +0.619s
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               2m00.175s  +0.744s
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      2m00.541s  +1.110s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               2m01.218s  +1.787s
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  2m01.712s  +2.281s
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      2m02.213s  +2.782s
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    2m03.078s  +3.647s
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      2m04.053s  +4.622s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m36.811s                                   Gap **
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    2m02.351s  +3.310s
12. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        2m02.369s  +3.328s
13. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     2m02.460s  +3.419s
14. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  2m02.511s  +3.470s
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     2m02.756s  +3.715s
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         2m02.885s  +3.844s
Q1 cut-off time: 2m01.689s                                     Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         2m02.074s  +4.891s
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        2m02.131s  +4.948s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      2m02.702s  +5.519s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      2m03.595s  +6.412s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      2m04.388s  +7.205s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      2m04.407s  +7.224s

107% time: 2m05.385s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
Da Autosport.com

Malaysian GP: Nico Rosberg fastest as Mercedes dominates

Nico Rosberg enters qualifying as a favourite for pole position after setting the fastest time in final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg finished ahead of his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton as the team was the class of the field in Saturday lunchtime’s period.

The duo topped the timesheets throughout the hour when they were running on both the hard and medium compound tyres.

The Mercedes pair were a whole second ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen at a hot and overcast Sepang International Circuit.

The Ferraris were the first to switch to the medium compound tyre with just over 20 minutes of the session remaining. But their positions at the top of timing screens were shortlived once the Mercedes switched to the softer compound rubber.

Both the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo sat out most of the beginning of the session, only coming out halfway through the hour. Vettel’s late lap gave him the fourth quickest time, two positions ahead of his team-mate.

German Nico Hulkenberg impressed with the fifth fastest time on the medium compound tyres in his Force India.

It was a problematic session for McLaren, which completed the least of amount of running.

Early in the session Kevin Magnussen complained on the team radio he had suffered a loss of power with his engine. Reports suggest it was a repeat of the exhaust sensor problem he suffered on Friday morning.

And team-mate Jenson Button also spent the majority of the session in the garage, save for a couple of early installation laps.

Lotus finally got some mileage this weekend as Pastor Maldonado managed a total of 20 laps across the hour, although he and his team-mate Romain Grosjean suffered a number of off-track excursions as they struggled to dial the set-up into the car.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m39.008s            13
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m39.240s  +0.232s   13
 3.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m40.156s  +1.148s   13
 4.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.387s  +1.379s   14
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m40.523s  +1.515s   15
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.686s  +1.678s   14
 7.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m40.736s  +1.728s   14
 8.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m40.781s  +1.773s   20
 9.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m40.891s  +1.883s   20
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m41.029s  +2.021s   15
11.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.182s  +2.174s   18
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.441s  +2.433s   18
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.552s  +2.544s   15
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.041s  +3.033s   17
15.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m42.749s  +3.741s   16
16.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m43.539s  +4.531s   20
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.977s  +4.969s   16
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.170s  +5.162s   18
19.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m44.457s  +5.449s   12
20.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m46.015s  +7.007s   7
21.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      2m05.555s  +26.547s  4
22.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes                           5
Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, commenti post libere–28/03/2014


Malaysian GP: Raikkonen sees progress with F1 car issues

Kimi Raikkonen suggested that he might have made a breakthrough with his Ferrari Formula 1 car after an encouraging Malaysian Grand Prix practice day.

The 2007 F1 champion was uncomfortable with aspects of the Ferrari F14 T’s characteristics throughout testing and the season-opening Australian GP.

But Raikkonen was second fastest in both Friday practice sessions at Sepang.

Although he continued to play down his prospects, he acknowledged that the timesheets reflected a genuine improvement since Australia.

"This was definitely a positive day and I had a better feeling compared to Friday in Melbourne," he said.

"I was more comfortable with the F14 T today.

"Even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there’s still a long way to go and a lot to do."

Both Ferraris showed promise on longer runs in particular, with Fernando Alonso fifth in practice two.

Da Autosport.com


Da Sky F1, commenti pre Libere 1:

 

Confronto di traiettorie Raikkonen-Vettel

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GP Malesya, prove libere venerdì–28/03/2014


Malaysian GP: Nico Rosberg ends Friday on top for Mercedes

Nico Rosberg ended the first day of Malaysian Grand Prix practice fastest for Mercedes, continuing his strong run of form at the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season.

The Australian Grand Prix winner was among the first of the frontrunners to switch onto the faster medium-compound tyre.

He knocked Felipe Massa’s Williams, which had been the first to top the timesheets on the quicker rubber, off top spot shortly after the 30-minute mark.

Rosberg’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton went second fastest, a tenth-and-a-half slower than Rosberg, shortly afterwards but appeared to have the pace to go quicker but for a slow middle sector.

The Mercedes were then split by the back-on-form Kimi Raikkonen, who was only 0.035s slower than Rosberg as he went second for Ferrari.

This was just enough to retain second ahead of Sebastian Vettel, whose Red Bull set its fastest time on his second flying lap on medium rubber, which suggests the RB10 is proving to be kind on its tyres in the heat of Malaysia.

Fernando Alonso ended up fifth fastest, half a tenth slower than Hamilton and just eight thousandths of a second quicker than Massa.

Alonso had earlier set the pace when the field was running on fresh hard rubber, his earlier lap of 1m40.737s good enough to shade Hamilton on the Mercedes driver’s best mark on the slower Pirellis.

Jenson Button, driving the upgraded McLaren that includes a modified nose as part of a significant update package, was eighth fastest behind Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, which suffered a brief off late in the session, and ahead of Bottas in the second Williams.

But Button’s team-mate had a more difficult day. Kevin Magnussen was forced to stop during the morning session when an exhaust temperature sensor warning kicked in and he completed only a couple of installation laps early on in practice two before going straight into his medium-tyre running and ending up 12th fastest.

The session was characterised by plenty of spectacular moments as drivers struggled for rear-end grip.

Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne suffered a spin at the final corner and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg locked up and ran through the gravel at the exit of the same turn, later setting a time good enough to beat the Frenchman into the top 10.

Marussia driver Max Chilton also suffered a spin at Turn 3 early in the session. He was unable to get the car going again, but was recovered to the pits and returned to the track later on.

Lotus endured another difficult session. Pastor Maldonado did not run at all because of what is believed to be a turbo problem that developed in morning practice.

Team-mate Romain Grosjean did take to the track, but his running was first interrupted and then ended prematurely by a gearbox problem.

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi was unable to run because of an energy store problem that cropped up during morning practice and a subsequent gearbox issue, although team-mate Marcus Ericsson was able to complete a full programme.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m39.909s           30
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m39.944s  +0.035s  30
 3.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.970s  +0.061s  30
 4.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m40.051s  +0.142s  32
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m40.103s  +0.194s  29
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m40.112s  +0.203s  34
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m40.276s  +0.367s  29
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.628s  +0.719s  28
 9.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m40.638s  +0.729s  35
10.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m40.691s  +0.782s  34
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.777s  +0.868s  33
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.014s  +1.105s  20
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.257s  +1.348s  28
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.325s  +1.416s  32
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.407s  +1.498s  34
16.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m41.671s  +1.762s  25
17.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m42.531s  +2.622s  14
18.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.638s  +3.729s  20
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.752s  +3.843s  29
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m45.703s  +5.794s  31
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault                           0
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                              0

 

Da Autosport.com

 


Malaysian GP: Lewis Hamilton fastest for Mercedes in practice one

Lewis Hamilton set the early pace in the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend with the quickest time in the opening free practice session for Mercedes.

The Briton recorded his fastest time, a 1m40.691s lap, 0.152 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, an hour into the session, at the hot and humid Sepang International Circuit.

The first Formula 1 running early on Friday morning was characterised by a number of drivers struggling with rear grip and locking brakes on the dry and dusty circuit.

Fernando Alonso spun his Ferrari at the high-speed Turn 8 – a mistake repeated at the same corner by Williams’s Felipe Massa. Hamilton went off at Turn 11 in the closing stages and the errors pointed to the general lack of grip at the tricky Sepang track.

A few teams suffered reliability problems in the blistering heat as they continued to adjust to their new 1.6-litre V6 power units.

McLaren’s Keven Magnussen had just set the fastest time before the hour mark when his car came to a halt after losing engine power at the pitlane entrance. He set the fifth fastest time overall, just one place behind team-mate Jenson Button.

World champion Sebastian Vettel ended practice one in seventh place – 0.832s off Hamilton’s quickest lap.

Lotus hit the most trouble as Romain Grosjean stopped out on track after just two laps of running with a problem with his MGU-H, while team-mate Pastor Maldonado spent most of the session in the garage.

He emerged from the pits less than 20 minutes from the end of practice only to suffer a smoky end to his first lap back out of the pits.

Rosberg ended up third fastest in his Mercedes, but the Australian Grand Prix winner radioed into his team with an early concern with his car after he locked the rear brakes and nearly spun while entering the pitlane after his installation lap right at the beginning of the practice period.

Practice benefited from the use of the additional bonus tyre in the first half and hour and during that time Alonso was initially fastest ahead of Magnussen.

Among other incidents, Caterham’s Marcus Ericssion and Sauber’s Adrian Sutil both looped their cars under braking for the final corner but continued unharmed.

Sergio Perez suffered problems with his Force India and after his installation lap failed to complete another lap of the session.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m40.691s           19
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m40.843s  +0.152s  20
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m41.028s  +0.337s  19
 4.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.111s  +0.420s  20
 5.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.274s  +0.583s  18
 6.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.402s  +0.711s  15
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m41.523s  +0.832s  9
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m41.642s  +0.951s  19
 9.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m41.686s  +0.995s  23
10.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m41.830s  +1.139s  22
11.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m41.923s  +1.232s  14
12.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m42.117s  +1.426s  20
13.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.365s  +1.674s  21
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m42.869s  +2.178s  21
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.904s  +2.213s  23
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.825s  +3.134s  18
17.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m45.775s  +5.084s  24
18.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m46.911s  +6.220s  10
19.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m51.180s  +10.489s 5
20.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes                      2
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                             2
22.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                             4
Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, conferenza stampa giovedì–27/03/2014


Q: Kimi, seventh in Australia and a bulletin from the Ferrari team since then with some quotes from you saying that one of the problems was the brake-by-wire system in particular. Would you give us a bit more detail on that?

Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN: ah, I don’t know where that came from. It’s not the issue. There is nothing wrong with the system. Somebody asked me after the race and I said ‘it’s not that’ – because they kind of said ‘is there some issue?’ It’s not true. But just mainly setup to get the car as I like it, as I wanted to have it and I’m sure once… we’re making some stuff for me, so hopefully once we get those it will get a bit more easy to get a bit more feeling in the front end. But it will take a little while. Obviously not the ideal start for the year, for the team, not what we obviously want to achieve. We want to do much better results but after all the difficulties over the weekend and how difficult it was, how many areas, just the small things. At least we got something out and it’s going to be a long year, so hopefully we can now build on it. We have plenty of good people and they’re working flat out as a group to improve things. So, we still have things to do but I’m sure we can keep progressing.

Q: With the nature of this particular circuit, do you think that you and we will be able to see more of what this Ferrari car is capable of this weekend, perhaps than we did in Australia?

KR: I don’t know. Every circuit is different. Obviously it is very hot, humid here, slightly different tyres here I think, so I have no idea. Even from the past years it was very difficult to say from race to race and especially with this new year with new rules. It will be hard but hopefully we get a bit better feeling and overall have a bit more experience and all the things run the weekend through a little bit more cleanly and hopefully get the better results.

Q: (Kate Walker – crash.net) For all of you: we’ve heard quite a lot of negative headlines, negative news reports about the new formula. I’d like to get some positive feedback from you on what these new cars are like to drive and how much fun they are to race.

KR: I don’t think it’s awfully different as a driver, to compare last year’s cars to this year’s. Obviously there are some small detailed issues but it’s the bigger issues that make a difference for me, just to be in a different team. Every team feels a bit different, different cars. It doesn’t really change an awful lot as a driver.

Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber – Agencia EFE) Kimi, how has your relationship with Fernando Alonso developed  if it has, in any direction, since you guys have become teammates?

KR: It’s good, it always been good. Now, obviously, it’s early days but there was a lot of talk in the media from you guys, different people saying different things, but it’s been good. But the team has been trying to improve things and get the team to where we want to be.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, did you have any temptation to go to drive the simulator to get better settings for you?

KR: No.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Corriere della Sera) Kimi, can we say that Ferrari will be more able to attack Mercedes and the other teams here?

KR: Like I said before, we don’t know how it’s going to be here. I would say it’s a different circuit, it will be very hard for the cars, the heat. We have to wait and see how we can do. Obviously we learned quite a bit on things from the last race but then it’s the same for every team. Hopefully we can be a bit more happy and see where we end up.

Q: So where do you think you are? Second? Third fastest car?

KR: I think we are more or less where we finished.

Da FIA.com



Kimi Raikkonen’s problems not just with Ferrari’s brake-by-wire

Kimi Raikkonen insists that wider set-up issues with his new Ferrari, rather than a specific problem with brake-by-wire, are the cause of his current Formula 1 struggles.

The Finn endured a difficult Australian Grand Prix weekend, having a hard time getting enough confidence with the front-end feel of his F14 T.

Although it was suggested in a team release that the key issue that he needed to resolve was with the brake-by-wire system, the Finn made it clear in Malaysia on Thursday that the problem was much bigger than that.

"I don’t know where that came from, that is not the issue," he said about suggestions he had blamed the brake-by-wire.

"There is nothing wrong with the system. Somebody asked after the race if there was an issue, but it was not true.

"It is mainly set-up – to get the car how I like it to run it. And I am sure that when we make some stuff for it – hopefully once we get those – it will be a bit more easy and I will get a bit more feeling in the front end."

When asked if he had been tempted to work in Ferrari’s simulator to help sort out the set-up problems, Raikkonen said: "No."

Ferrari knows it needs to lift its performance if it is going to be able to challenge early pacesetter Mercedes, but Raikkonen sees no need to doubt that his team can do so.

"Obviously it is not the ideal start for the year, for the team, for what we want to achieve," he said.

"After all the difficulties over the [Australia] weekend, at least we got something out of it.

"Now we can just build on it. There are plenty of good people working flat-out. We still have things to do but I am sure we can keep progress."

Da Autosport.com


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