Raikkonen: “100% belief in the guys in the factory”
Mogyorod, 24 July – Kimi Raikkonen had his usual meeting with the media this afternoon, in the hot conditions that are likely to typify this Hungarian weekend. As to how the Scuderia Ferrari man expects to perform at the Hungaroring, it’s the usual Thursday guessing game. “Hopefully, we’ll get that good feeling and get the car where we want and just have a clean weekend without any issues in any practices and can try things where we want,” he began. “Even though it’s twisty and people say you can’t overtake here, we’ve seen in the past that it can change a lot in the race after qualifying so we’ll see how it goes.”
On the much discussed topic that the Finn has found it hard to get a good feeling form his F14 T, the Ferrari man felt progress was being made. “There’s sometimes a good feeling and unfortunately it doesn’t last long, but last weekend was a better feeling again, we changed something in the car so hopefully that will put us in the right direction and we can get to where we should be.”
Kimi has spent a lot of time in Maranello and what he saw in the factory has put him in a positive frame of mind when it comes to next year. “I have 100% belief in the people in the factory and I know that we have the tools and the people to do the job we’re supposed to do. I’m sure we can be where we should be, hopefully already next year. With Marco (Mattiacci,) he didn’t have much knowledge of F1 when he came in but he has a smart head. I think he’s doing good work, making good decisions, but it takes time to get involved and get people’s trust but I think he’s the guy we need.”
Raikkonen sure he can turn season around
Kimi Raikkonen is confident he can start to reap the rewards of his recent progress with the Ferrari F14 T in Hungary this weekend after a series of disappointing results.
Raikkonen has scored just two points in the last five races and finished 11th in Germany after a poor qualifying result and car damage in the race. However, he is confident he made progress at Hockenheim and is hoping for a problem-free weekend to make the most of his progress.
"Overall it was a bit better and a lot more to my liking over the weekend," he said. "But I did qualifying and we were a bit out of position compared to where I think we should have been. Then you end up between the cars fighting and we got damaged twice on the front wing and I think that compromised our race a lot.
"Probably we should have done different things on the tactics, but that’s how it went. There were some good times and hopefully that’s happening more and we can keep it all the time.
"Obviously [at Ferrari] it’s a different team, different car design and certain things are slightly different to how it was in the past. The biggest difference is that it’s not to my liking, and unfortunately these are not easy things to change.
"I’m sure we can turn it around and sometimes there is a good feeling but it doesn’t last long. Last weekend was a better feeling again and we changed something and got something new in the car so hopefully that will start putting us in the right direction and we will get to where we should be."
Raikkonen’s highlight of the season came in Monaco where he was running third before a collision with Max Chilton. He is hoping the Hungaroring’s tight layout will give him a chance to be competitive again this weekend.
"It’s a different circuit more close to Monaco than the other place. We were having quite a good race there but obviously we have to see if we get that good feeling and get the car where we want and have that good feeling without any issues in practice to try things however we want.
"We will have to see tomorrow, but usually it is a good race and even this twisty track where people say you can’t overtake, we have seen in the past that it can change a lot in the race after qualifying. We’ll see how it goes."
German GP: Kimi Raikkonen blames car damage for point-less race
Kimi Raikkonen says damage from his incidents with Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel was the main reason for his failure to score in the German Grand Prix.
The Finn’s Ferrari was battered from two clashes in three-abreast dices on the run to the Spitzkehre hairpin at the end of the Hockenheim track’s curved back section.
The first came as Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes passed both Raikkonen and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo in a battle for eighth on lap 12, the second when both Alonso and Vettel caught Raikkonen on fresh tyres after pitstops two laps later.
Raikkonen said damage to his front wing caused a dramatic increase in tyre wear that hampered his aggressive strategy, in which he switched to super-softs at his first stop on lap 20.
“We thought it was the right [strategy] choice but I got hit twice, ended up in the middle of two cars and damaged my front wing. The endplate came off,” he explained.
“That didn’t help. I killed the front left – the tyres were always OK except the front left.
“So I couldn’t run as long as we wanted on the super-softs and just lost performance because of the damage to the car.”
He underlined that he had no complaints about either incident.
“It was OK, but when I’m in the middle I can’t go anywhere. I ended up squeezed a little bit,” said Raikkonen.
“It wasn’t much but it was enough to damage the wing. I couldn’t go more to the left because there were cars.”
German GP: Rosberg cruises to victory, Hamilton recovers to third
Nico Rosberg extended his lead in the Formula 1 world championship with a comfortable victory in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
The Mercedes driver converted pole position into his fourth win of the season, while the Williams of Valtteri Bottas fended off the second Mercedes of Rosberg’s title rival Lewis Hamilton to finish second.
Hamilton fought his way through the field to finish third from 20th on the grid, following his brake-failure-induced crash in qualifying.
Hamilton’s journey to the podium was fraught with peril, as the 2008 world champion survived repeated contact at the Turn 4 hairpin as he raced his way through the pack.
Hamilton got away with hitting Adrian Sutil’s Sauber and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, but slightly damaged his front wing after a late dive up the inside of Jenson Button’s McLaren.
This compromised his second stint on Pirelli’s soft tyre and meant Mercedes had to switch its charger onto a three-stop strategy.
Hamilton made up the time lost in the pits but took too much out of his final set of tyres and fell short of claiming second spot from Bottas by just 1.7 seconds.
Bottas executed a two-stop strategy to claim his third consecutive podium finish for Williams after starting second, but team-mate Felipe Massa only made it to the first corner before contact with Kevin Magnussen’s fast-starting McLaren tipped the Williams into a race-ending roll, and meant the first lap finished behind the safety car.
Magnussen, who started fourth and was trying to pass Massa for third when they came together, fell to the back of the field, while the incident also delayed Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, which had to take avoiding action across the Turn 1 run-off.
This incident promoted world champion Sebastian Vettel to third on the road, and the Red Bull racer converted that into a fourth placed finish after another battle with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.
Alonso was another driver who tried to make a two-stop strategy work, but the Spaniard could not manage it and a late third stop dropped him out of the top six.
He passed Jenson Button’s McLaren for sixth with relative ease, but found the recovering Red Bull of Ricciardo a more obstinate obstacle.
The Australian defended hard, but Alonso – running on the faster super-soft tyre – eventually fought his way past four laps from the finish.
Ricciardo came back at the Ferrari on the final lap, though, and fell just eight hundredths of a second shy of stealing fifth back on the run to the finish line.
Button lost seventh to Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India after being forced to make a very late third tyre stop, while McLaren team-mate Magnussen salvaged ninth after his first-lap incident.
Sergio Perez claimed the final point for 10th place in the second Force India, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who twice survived contact while being passed into the Turn 4 hairpin – once with Hamilton and also with Vettel.
Results - 67 laps Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h33m42.914s 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +20.789s 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +22.530s 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +44.014s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +52.467s 6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +52.549s 7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1m04.178s 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1m24.711s 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes -1 lap 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes -1 lap 11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari -1 lap 12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault -1 lap 13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault -1 lap 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari -1 lap 15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap 16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -2 laps 17. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps 18. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault -2 laps Retirements Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 47 laps Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 44 laps Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26 laps Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 0 laps Drivers' championship Constructors' championship 1. Nico Rosberg 190 1. Mercedes 366 2. Lewis Hamilton 176 2. Red Bull-Renault 188 3. Daniel Ricciardo 106 3. Williams-Mercedes 121 4. Fernando Alonso 97 4. Ferrari 116 5. Valtteri Bottas 91 5. Force India-Mercedes 98 6. Sebastian Vettel 82 6. McLaren-Mercedes 96 7. Nico Hülkenberg 69 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 15 8. Jenson Button 59 8. Lotus-Renault 8 9. Kevin Magnussen 37 9. Marussia-Ferrari 2 10. Felipe Massa 30 10. Sauber-Ferrari 0 11. Sergio Pérez 29 11. Caterham-Renault 0 12. Kimi Räikkönen 19 13. Jean-Éric Vergne 9 14. Romain Grosjean 8 15. Daniil Kvyat 6 16. Jules Bianchi 2
“Exploiting any opportunity”
Kimi Raikkonen: “This weekend, a few technical problems meant I spent more time in the garage than usual, but already, as from yesterday afternoon, my feeling with the car had improved. Today, in Q1 things went reasonably well, but then in Q2, when I fitted the second set of new Supersofts, my car was sliding all over the place and I lost the back end in turn 2. After that, it was impossible to put a good lap together. I’m not happy with my grid position, but I hope things can go better in tomorrow’s race. It’s likely the weather could be different tomorrow and the temperatures will be lower. We will try and make the most of any opportunity because we want to have a nice race and bring home a good number of points.”
Raikkonen frustrated by Q2 mistakes
Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that several mistakes during his final Q2 lap cost him a chance of progressing to the final qualifying segment.
The Finn had felt more comfortable at the wheel of the F14 T at the Hockenheimring but failed to put a clean lap together in the second session.
He was eventually knocked down to 12th place and will start tomorrow’s German Grand Prix from the sixth row of the grid.
“On the second run, for some reason, I lost the rear in corner two, lost a lot of time and it was difficult to gain back the time after that,” admitted the 2007 champion.
“I also lost time in the last sector, so I couldn’t put the lap together. It had felt pretty okay up to that point. We had a problem yesterday morning and a problem this morning, which doesn’t help, but the car was feeling pretty good yesterday morning and this morning so it was an unfortunate thing, but it happens.”
When asked why he has struggled more in qualifying, he replied: “It’s just different things [affecting qualifying]. In the races, it hasn’t been that good either, so it’s just things going wrong or I’m making mistakes and haven’t been able to put a proper lap together for a long time.
“But it’s been feeling much better here, more like it should. It’s not exactly as I want as it feels good for one run then, on the next, you lose the rear for no reason, but I’m not trying anything stupid.
“It’s so on edge that it’s difficult to predict what it’s going to do and one slip, like I had on corner two, and you lose all the speed on the straight. When it happens in moments like that, it makes a big difference.”
German GP: Rosberg on pole, Hamilton down in 15th
Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix after Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton crashed early in the session.
With Hamilton absent, Rosberg’s main challenge for pole position came from Williams driver Valtteri Bottas..
After setting the pace on the first runs in Q3, Rosberg was unable to improve his time on his second run thanks to a slow first sector, but although Bottas set a stunning pace in the middle sector he ended up 0.219s slower.
Hamilton’s shunt happened during Q1 when he locked up and went off at the Sachskurve after suffering what Mercedes confirmed was a right-front brake disc failure, forcing the session to be red-flagged.
The Mercedes driver was transferred to the medical centre complaining of pain in his knees, with the team subsequently reporting that he was “OK, but sore after the crash”.
Although he had already set a laptime good enough to make Q2, Hamilton was unable to take any further part in the session so was classified 16th overall.
Felipe Massa was third fastest for Williams, three tenths slower than team-mate Bottas, with Kevin Magnussen a superb fourth for McLaren.
Daniel Ricciardo again outqualified Sebastian Vettel, putting in a strong lap on his one remaining set of super-soft Pirellis in Q3 to beat his team-mate by three tenths.
Fernando Alonso was seventh, ahead of another star rookie, Daniil Kvyat, with Force India pairing Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez ninth and 10th.
Jenson Button failed to make Q3 after being relegated to 11th by Perez in the dying seconds on the second part of qualifying.
He was joined in being knocked out by fellow world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who was four tenths off Ferrari team-mate Alonso in Q2.
Jean-Eric Vergne was 13th after a late effort in Q2, which included a lairy oversteer moment at the exit of the final corner, ahead of Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean.
But Gutierrez must serve a three-place grid penalty for his clash with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone, meaning he will start 18th, meaning Hamilton’s 16th place will put him one place higher on the grid.
Adrian Sutil was the fastest of the six who failed to reach Q2 after being bumped down to 17th by Grosjean late in the first segment of qualifying, with his run on super-soft rubber interrupted by the red flag thrown for Hamilton’s accident.
Jules Bianchi was the faster of the Marussias, around half-a-second slower than the Sauber, with Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado 19th.
Kamui Kobayashi pipped Max Chilton to 20th, but the second Caterham of Marcus Ericsson was unable to run at all thanks to a hydraulic leak.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m16.540s 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m16.759s +0.219s 3. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m17.078s +0.538s 4. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.214s +0.674s 5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m17.273s +0.733s 6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m17.577s +1.037s 7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m17.649s +1.109s 8. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m17.965s +1.425s 9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m18.014s +1.474s 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m18.035s +1.495s Q2 cut-off time: 1m18.161s Gap ** 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.193s +1.084s 12. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.273s +1.164s 13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m18.285s +1.176s 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m18.787s +1.678s 15. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m18.983s +1.874s 16. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes no time Q1 cut-off time: 1m18.927s Gap * 17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.142s +1.511s 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m19.676s +2.045s 19. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.195s +2.564s 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m20.408s +2.777s 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m20.489s +2.858s 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault no time
German GP: Nico Rosberg back on top in final practice
Nico Rosberg was 0.601s faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in third practice for the 2014 Formula 1 German Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso was third quickest for Ferrari.
Both Mercedes went out on simulated qualifying runs in the closing minutes but Hamilton’s lap was scrappier than Rosberg’s.
Most teams focused on longer runs with higher fuel loads for the majority of the session, before sending their drivers out for simulated qualifying runs on the super-soft tyres in the final 10 minutes.
Williams was chasing lap time early in the session, which put Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa at the top of the timesheets for the first half hour until Kimi Raikkonen, the first driver to go out on the super-soft tyres, usurped them.
Times then tumbled in the final minutes as Mercedes returned to its customary 1-2 position.
Alonso had a spin at Turn 8 after overshooting the apex and running wide over the exit kerb, but his super-soft run was flawlessly committed and he closed out the session third fastest, 0.60s off Rosberg’s benchmark.
Team-mate Raikkonen did not improve on the 1m18.842s he set on his first super-soft run, eighth quickest overall.
Bottas had outpaced Massa on the longer runs, but in qualifying trim the Brazilian had the edge over his team-mate and they ended the session fourth and fifth just off Alonso’s pace.
It was Jenson Button’s turn to test McLaren’s new rear wing, but he struggled with locking brakes and ended the session slower than team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who was sixth fastest.
Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were fighting their cars throughout and the Red Bull drivers could do no better than seventh and ninth.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m17.779s 24 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.380s +0.601s 20 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m18.384s +0.605s 11 4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m18.575s +0.796s 18 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m18.611s +0.832s 19 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.756s +0.977s 16 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.769s +0.990s 13 8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.842s +1.063s 8 9. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m18.890s +1.111s 17 10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m19.127s +1.348s 19 11. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.131s +1.352s 19 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.470s +1.691s 20 13. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.489s +1.710s 15 14. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m19.505s +1.726s 21 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.601s +1.822s 23 16. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m20.078s +2.299s 23 17. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m20.198s +2.419s 21 18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.466s +2.687s 19 19. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.844s +3.065s 6 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m21.018s +3.239s 21 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m23.077s +5.298s 14 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m23.449s +5.670s 7
Kimi Raikkonen: “Too early for predictions”
Kimi Raikkonen: “Like every Friday, our programme covered set-up work in the first session, then evaluating the tyres and doing a race simulation in the afternoon. Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the Soft tyres, but thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track. In the afternoon, we made up for lost time and managed to improve on all fronts. Overall, it’s been a reasonably positive day, but it’s still to early to make any predictions. We will have to wait until tomorrow to know more.”
German GP: Hamilton pips Rosberg in second practice
Lewis Hamilton pipped Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to the fastest time on the opening day of practice for the German Grand Prix.
Rosberg had been the faster of the Mercedes pair early in the session while on the slower soft-compound Pirellis, outpacing Hamilton by just over three tenths of a second.
But the world championship leader made a mistake at Turn 2 on his first flying lap on super-soft rubber, meaning he was unable to improve his time until his next lap.
Hamilton then put in a 1m18.341s on his first flier, setting the fastest time in the middle sector, with Rosberg ending up 24 thousandths of a second slower.
Mercedes later had a problem in the pits when Hamilton came in unexpectedly and the team had Rosberg’s tyres ready, meaning that it took time to get his correct tyres.
With Hamilton sat in the pits, Rosberg came in and had to queue to wait for the team to put on the correct tyres amid concerns about his brakes overheating.
Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest for Red Bull, just a tenth off the pace, with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen a strong fourth, half a second down.
Kevin Magnussen continued his recent run of impressive form with fifth fastest, just ahead of Williams driver Felipe Massa, who was briefly second fastest in the early stages of the super-soft runs.
World champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were eighth and ninth fastest, the former failing to extract as big an improvement on super-soft rubber as those at the front.
Sauber driver Adrian Sutil was 11th fastest for Sauber ahead of Daniil Kvyat, with Force India pairing failing to break the top 10 for the second grand prix Friday in a row in 13th and 14th place.
Caterham had a troubled session, with both cars stopping on the circuit.
Kamui Kobayashi parked with flames emerging from the rear of the car after completing 12 laps, while Marcus Ericsson was ordered to stop his car on track because of a drop in oil pressure after just three laps.
But the team did get Ericsson’s car back and he was able to return to the track in the final half hour, allowing him to set the 20th fastest time.
With the ambient temperature at over 30C throughout the afternoon, track temperatures hit 58C, the highest so far this season.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.341s 38 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m18.365s +0.024s 39 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.443s +0.102s 35 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.887s +0.546s 38 5. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.960s +0.619s 40 6. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m19.024s +0.683s 36 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.221s +0.880s 40 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m19.248s +0.907s 35 9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m19.329s +0.988s 32 10. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m19.385s +1.044s 34 11. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.417s +1.076s 41 12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.452s +1.111s 27 13. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m19.581s +1.240s 28 14. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m19.593s +1.252s 32 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.760s +1.419s 32 16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.158s +1.817s 35 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m20.358s +2.017s 35 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.504s +2.163s 40 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.328s +2.987s 31 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m21.870s +3.529s 21 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.898s +3.557s 28 22. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m23.728s +5.387s 12
German GP: Rosberg leads Hamilton in first practice
Nico Rosberg went fastest for Mercedes in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
Rosberg went 0.065s quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was best of the rest, 0.292s off Rosberg’s pace.
The Mercedes pairing were among many to explore the track limits frequently as the drivers adjusted to life without the FRIC suspension systems that all teams have removed in advance of the weekend.
Sebastian Vettel was fastest on 1m20.295s in the busy first half-hour of session as several drivers made use of the extra set of soft tyres that have to be handed back to Pirelli at the 30-minute mark.
He improved that time during a multi-lap run later in the session, but by that time both Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo had gone even faster.
At that point Mercedes finally showed its hand as first Rosberg, then Hamilton, went half a second faster than their rivals, a gap only Alonso could partially bridge – and then only with a committed lap.
Hamilton was quickest of all in the first two sectors, but could not unite the two over the course of one lap, finishing on 1m19.196s to Rosberg’s 1m19.131s.
Ferrari used the early part of the session to evaluate aero characteristics of Alonso’s rear wing with flow-vis paint, but its programme was set back when Kimi Raikkonen had a water pump failure that took half an hour to resolve.
Raikkonen returned to the track but, in spite of completing a respectable number of laps, set a best time of 1m20.210 that was only eighth fastest overall.
McLaren sported a fresh look, with a new rear wing design featuring sophisticated detailing around the endplates, and a new race engineer for Jenson Button: Olympic rowing medallist Tom Stallard.
They had a reasonably encouraging session, Button completing 24 laps and Kevin Magnussen 32, finishing fifth and seventh quickest.
Williams tester Susie Wolff enjoyed a lengthier stint in the cockpit than she did at Silverstone, despite a scare in the opening minutes when her FW36 slowed with a sensor issue.
She closed out the session just two tenths of a second off the pace of Felipe Massa, well under the half-second benchmark the team had set.
There was a substantial gap between the runners at the bottom end of the timesheets as Lotus, Caterham and Marussia languished over two seconds off the pace.
Romain Grosjean had a rear wing failure that caused his DRS to stick open under braking in a high-speed section, while Max Chilton brought up the rear after a number of power unit problems.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.131s 29 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.196s +0.065s 25 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m19.423s +0.292s 21 4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m19.697s +0.566s 27 5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.833s +0.702s 24 6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m20.097s +0.966s 28 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.105s +0.974s 32 8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.210s +1.079s 21 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.337s +1.206s 28 10. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.505s +1.374s 18 11. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m20.542s +1.411s 19 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.586s +1.455s 23 13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m20.592s +1.461s 22 14. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m20.598s +1.467s 24 15. Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1m20.769s +1.638s 22 16. Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.782s +1.651s 23 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m21.603s +2.472s 20 18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m21.854s +2.723s 30 19. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m22.572s +3.441s 31 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m22.982s +3.851s 24 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m23.256s +4.125s 35 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m23.299s +4.168s 22
Kimi, the first question has to be how are you feeling after your accident at Silverstone, any after-effects and what happened?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: Well, I crashed, I guess you saw it. No, I had some pain but it’s all fine.
Just in your leg?
KR: No actually it was in my ribs the most, that’s why I didn’t do the test, but it’s all gone away now.
You’re 100 per cent now?
Many things have not gone the way you expected them to this season in your rejoining Ferrari, but can you tell us what has gone the way you’ve expected it and what positives you’ve drawn so far?
KR: We’ve been in every race at least. That’s what you expect at least. It’s been a difficult year, hopefully it will turn around at some point – it must, it cannot go much longer like this, it’s not fun. But this kind of thing has happened to me before and we always managed to turn it around, so I have a strong belief it will turn around. We have to just fix issues and get things as I want and I’m sure we can be back where we should be.
Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi there has been a lot of criticism around you in the past few months. Do you feel that your position in Ferrari could be threatened next year or do you feel confident that you will sort your problems and that everything is going to be OK for the future?
KR: Like I said, I’m sure we can fix them. How fast? I hope quickly but it depends on many things. I have a contract so I’m not worried about that for the future.
Kimi, your thoughts on the FRIC suspension?
KR: Yeah, I mean it’s the rule and obviously that decides if we can use it or not. It’s not in our car, I don’t expect it’s going to be a completely different world but until we run it, the cars, and see what the other teams do, it’s hard to say. I guess we’ll know a bit more after this weekend.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, do you remember having any heavier shunt than you had in Silverstone?
KR: Yeah, probably I have had. Hopefully not too many more but it’s just part of the thing. It hurt a little bit but quite often you can have a quite slow accident and get badly hurt, so it’s not about that really, it was just an unfortunate thing. Nothing serious happened. It’s part of the sport.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Ready to try again”
Kimi Raikkonen: “Unfortunately, my race today ended on the first lap, after I had managed to get away well, making up enough ground to be fighting for eleventh place. At turn 5, I went off the track and while trying to get back on, I must have hit a kerb. I then lost control of the car and ended in the barriers. It’s a real shame because yesterday, the feeling I had on track had improved and I was determined to do my utmost to bring home some points. I am really very disappointed with how things went today, but now I want to put this incident behind me and just concentrate on the next race in Germany.”
British GP: Kimi Raikkonen escapes serious injury after big crash
Kimi Raikkonen has escaped serious injury in a high-speed crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix that stopped the Formula 1 race.
The Finn, who had qualified in 18th place after a difficult qualifying, was battling to recover positions when he went wide at Aintree corner after running side-by-side with Esteban Gutierrez before the run down the Wellington Straight.
As Raikkonen tried to return to the circuit, his car hit a bump in the grass and he lost control after it bounced back onto the ground.
His Ferrari speared headfirst into the crash barriers on the right-hand side of the track before spinning back across the circuit.
Kamui Kobayashi had to take to the grass to avoid him, while Felipe Massa was forced to spin in avoidance, with his left rear wheel clouting Raikkonen’s car.
Raikkonen was able to get out of the car by himself, but after limping away it was decided that he needed to be taken to the medical centre for checks.
A Ferrari spokesman confirmed that Raikkonen had suffered no serious injuries, but was complaining of bruising to his knee and ankle.
The race was red-flagged and delayed while the barrier was fixed.
British GP: Hamilton takes commanding win as Rosberg retires
Lewis Hamilton slashed the points gap to Nico Rosberg in the Formula 1 world championship by winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Rosberg led for half the race until a gearbox problem forced him to retire his Mercedes from a race for the first time this season.
Hamilton capitalised fully to snatch victory in his home grand prix, making up for mistakenly aborting his final flying lap in qualifying and cutting his Mercedes team-mate’s lead in the title race to just four points.
Things had been looking good for Rosberg, who converted pole position into the lead as fellow front-row starter Sebastian Vettel made a slow getaway and slipped to fourth, behind the quick-starting McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.
Hamilton also made a decent start from row three, jumping Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and driving around the outside of Vettel through Village to snatch fourth, briefly banging wheels with the reigning world champion on his way past.
The grand prix was only five corners old when Kimi Raikkonen crashed his Ferrari heavily on the Wellington Straight and stopped the race.
The Finn lost control of his F14 T over a bump as he rejoined the circuit after running wide at Aintree, striking the barrier on the right-hand side and spinning back across the track.
Felipe Massa’s Williams was also damaged heavily when it clipped the Ferrari as Massa tried to take avoiding action.
Raikkonen reported ankle pain as he climbed from his car, while Massa retired his Williams back to the pits with suspension damage.
Raikkonen’s errant Ferrari also eliminated Kamui Kobayshi’s Caterham, which ran just ahead of Massa after the Brazilian bogged down at the start.
The race resumed behind the safety car after a lengthy delay to repair damaged barrier, and Rosberg sprinted away at the restart as Hamilton worked to get past the two McLarens.
The 2008 world champion made short work of the task, passing Magnussen when the Dane ran wide at Copse on lap three and driving past Button into Brooklands next time around, to cheers from the partisan crowd.
By then Rosberg had opened out a four-second lead and he looked comfortable until the closing stages of the first stint, when Hamilton began to attack.
The Briton was attempting to beat his team-mate with an alternative strategy, running longer than Rosberg on the medium tyre and switching to the hard compound for his second stint, but strategy became a moot point when a gradually worsening gearbox problem forced Rosberg out shortly after his first pitstop.
Hamilton was thus left clear to cruise to a comfortable 28.9-second victory over the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, who charged superbly from 14th on the grid to finish second.
Daniel Ricciardo – who started eighth in his Red Bull – and Button successfully executed one-stop strategies to finish third and fourth, clear of a feisty late battle between Vettel and Fernando Alonso – who received a five-second stop-go penalty for starting out of position – for fifth.
Both champions complained of the other exceeding track limits and driving unfairly, but Vettel – on fresher tyres after two-stopping to Alonso’s one – eventually prevailed by diving up the inside of his rival on the exit of Luffield and completing the pass at Copse in the closing stages.
Magnussen was out-foxed by both Alonso and Vettel in on-track battles, and trailed them home seventh in his one-stopping McLaren.
Hulkenberg salvaged four points for eighth place in a Force India that looked short on grip throughout the race, while Toro Rosso made up for its recent run of chronic unreliability by rounding out the points scorers in ninth and 10th.
Daniil Kvyat fell just 0.6s short of beating Hulkenberg, but headed home team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, who was delayed by tagging the 11th placed Force India of Sergio Perez on the first run through Abbey after the start.
Results - 52 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2h26m52.094s 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +30.135s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +46.495s 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +47.390s 5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +53.864s 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +59.946s 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1m02.563s 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1m28.692s 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1m29.340s 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault -1 lap 11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes -1 lap 12. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault -1 lap 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari -1 lap 14. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap 15. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -2 laps 16. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps 17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault -3 laps
Kimi Raikkonen: “Make up ground”
Kimi Raikkonen: “We knew the changeable weather would make this qualifying very unpredictable, but I definitely didn’t expect this sort of result. On my first run, I did four laps on Intermediate tyres because the track was still wet, but then when it stopped raining we decided to switch to slicks. On the first part of the track, the conditions were acceptable, but in the second sector, it began raining again and this prevented us from setting a good enough time to get into Q2. Tomorrow, it won’t be easy moving up the order, but we will do our best to make up ground, also because today I had a better feeling than yesterday and I see no reason why I shouldn’t try and have a good race.”
British GP: Rosberg on pole as team-mate Hamilton finishes sixth
Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix, with Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton down in sixth.
With rain coming and going throughout the qualifying hour, the first runs in Q3 were all affected to varying degrees by rain in the final sector, with Hamilton initially going fastest on slicks.
But conditions had dramatically improved by the final seconds of qualifying as drivers attempted their second runs and with Hamilton abandoning his lap after complaining that it was too slippery, he tumbled down the order late on as others improved.
Rosberg’s pole lap was 1.6s faster than second-placed Sebastian Vettel, who had not set a time on his first run after abandoning his lap because of the rain.
Jenson Button was third fastest thanks to his late lap ahead of the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg, the German briefly taking top spot after being the first to improve on the second runs.
Kevin Magnussen, the last of the five drivers who did improve on their second runs, was fifth fastest ahead of Hamilton.
Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne had held positions third-to-seventh until moments before the end of the session thanks to their first run times, but plummeted as other drivers completed their final laps.
Romain Grosjean was the fastest of those to drop out in Q2, ending up 11th.
But the big surprise in the middle segment of qualifying, which started in intermediate conditions before everyone switched to slicks, was Marussia.
Having both escaped Q1 after good performances in mixed conditions, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton produced the best qualifying performance for the team since it came into F1 in 2010, finishing 12th and 13th.
Esteban Gutierrez was 14th after losing his Sauber on the exit kerb at Brooklands corner and being spat onto the grass at the entry to Luffield and backing into the wall.
Behind him was Pastor Maldonado, who was forced to stop late in the session after suffering an engine problem.
Adrian Sutil was 16th fastest, making Q2 but being unable to participate as he had spun into the gravel.
Ferrari and Williams suffered Q1 disasters, with Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen all being knocked out.
Q1 had started in intermediate conditions, but all four were unable to put together good enough laps having switched to medium-compound Pirellis.
Bottas and Massa, who were among the latest drivers to take slick rubber, ended up 17th and 18th thanks to a combination of yellow flags and light rain returning late on.
Alonso was 19th after losing the rear on turn-in to Brooklands and having to take to the runoff area on what should have been his best lap.
Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was 20th, ahead only of the Caterhams of Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi.
Neither Caterham driver set a time on slicks, with Kobayashi suffering a car problem after a single lap on mediums and Ericsson suffering a couple of offs during the session.
The stewards will investigate an impeding incident involving Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez, which occurred during Q2, after the session..
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.766s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.386s +1.620s 3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.200s +2.434s 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.329s +2.563s 5. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.417s +2.651s 6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.232s +3.466s 7. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m40.457s +4.691s 8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m40.606s +4.840s 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m40.707s +4.941s 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m40.855s +5.089s Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.166s Gap ** 11. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m38.496s +3.626s 12. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m38.709s +3.839s 13. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m39.800s +4.930s 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.912s +6.042s 15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m44.018s +9.148s 16. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari no time Q1 cut-off time: 1m45.086s Gap * 17. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m45.318s +4.938s 18. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m45.695s +5.315s 19. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m45.935s +5.555s 20. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.684s +6.304s 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m49.421s +9.041s 22. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m49.625s +9.245s 107% time: 1m47.406s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
British GP: Sebastian Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 in final practice
Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets for Red Bull during a damp third Formula 1 practice session for the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Vettel, who had a moment at Becketts shortly after setting his session-topping 1m52.522s, edged his team-mate by 0.109s. Both drivers completed just six laps.
Running conditions were very different after overnight rain, and the only consistent factor was the gusting nature of the wind, now blowing from the northwest rather than the south.
The track briefly began to dry during the opening minutes of the session before a fresh bank of rain blew in, and most teams therefore took a conservative approach.
Neither Williams drivers set a time until the final minutes, and both Mercedes drivers aborted potentially quick laps before ducking back in to the pits. Lewis Hamilton was provisionally half a second quicker than Vettel before running off-track at Stowe and heading immediately to the garage.
Lotus drivers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean were third and fourth fastest, Maldonado completing 10 laps while Grosjean called it a day after spinning at the exit of Club and nearly hitting the pit wall.
Adrian Sutil was fifth quickest, setting his best lap on intermediate tyres just before the end of the session. Sauber team-mate Esteban Gutierrez struggled to match Sutil’s enterprise under braking and finished outside the top 10.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was an impressive sixth fastest and ran the most number of laps (15), encountering a wide variety of track conditions and testing the limits of his car on a number of occasions.
Kimi Raikkonen was the only Ferrari driver to set a time, though he completed just five laps, with Fernando Alonso and both Mercedes at the foot of the timing screens without a flying lap to their names.
Max Chilton was another not to set a time, the Briton suffering a terminal gearbox problem on his installation lap that required the team to fit a new gearbox, which will mean a five-place grid penalty.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m52.522s 6 2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m52.631s +0.109s 6 3. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m53.044s +0.522s 10 4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m53.566s +1.044s 6 5. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m53.585s +1.063s 12 6. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m53.654s +1.132s 15 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m53.911s +1.389s 5 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m54.041s +1.519s 6 9. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m54.217s +1.695s 4 10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m54.558s +2.036s 5 11. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m54.602s +2.080s 6 12. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m54.761s +2.239s 13 13. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m55.003s +2.481s 4 14. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m55.688s +3.166s 6 15. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m56.918s +4.396s 7 16. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m57.091s +4.569s 10 17. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m57.566s +5.044s 6 18. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m57.914s +5.392s 10 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1 20. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 4 21. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 4 22. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Kimi Raikkonen: “Problematic afternoon”
Kimi Raikkonen: “This morning in the first session things went reasonably well. We followed the standard programme, including analysing car behaviour on the Hard tyres and we just had a few problems with traction at some points on the track and a bit of understeer in the high speed corners. In the second session, we made some small changes which did not work and the handling of the car was not the same. Putting a good lap together was really difficult and so we went back to the morning settings, but unfortunately we had the same problems. Now we must find out what happened between the two sessions, even if I think it’s partly down to the track conditions and the gusts of wind, which were very strong today. I’m sure that studying the data will give us the information we need to prepare as well as possible for tomorrow.”
[…] with Kimi, we continued working on set-up to try and resolve some problems that cropped up on his car. Now we must find the best compromise to help both drivers to get the right stability for the rest of the weekend, taking into account that the weather is meant to get worse for tomorrow with a chance of rain.”
British GP: Lewis Hamilton tops practice before Mercedes fails
Lewis Hamilton outpaced Formula 1 title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone before suffering a car failure.
Hamilton set the pace during the early running while the field was using the slower hard-compound Pirellis, around two tenths faster than Rosberg, with Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo splitting the pair.
But although Rosberg briefly took top spot on his first flying lap on mediums, there were some scruffy moments during the lap and he struggled to put as good time together as he would have liked to.
Hamilton produced a better lap, even though he was slower than Rosberg in the first sector of the lap, ending up 0.228s faster.
He later showed that he had the potential to lap even faster, setting the fastest opening sector of all on the fifth lap of his medium run before heading for the pits.
But Hamilton suffered a setback with 30 minutes remaining when his engine shut down while he was on an out-lap, meaning he completed only 14 laps.
Fernando Alonso was third fastest, just under three quarters of a second down.
This meant Ricciardo slipped to fourth, one second off the pace after failing to improve his lap time on the mediums, complaining that the front tyres did not come up to temperature.
Sebastian Vettel was able to find pace on the medium rubber, but still ended up just over a tenth behind his team-mate in fifth place after struggling with balance problems.
After sitting out morning practice to allow Susie Wolff to make her F1 weekend debut, Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest, 1.5s off the pace. He suffered a problem with his engine cover on the left side of the car suffering damage late in the session.
His car had managed only four laps in the morning following an engine failure, but was still able to take to the track early in the session after quick work by the Williams team.
Jenson Button was one of the later drivers to try the mediums with just over 40 minutes remaining, pipping McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen by seven hundredths.
Kimi Raikkonen and Jean-Eric Vergne rounded out the top 10, with Felipe Massa 11th after joining the session late following repairs required by damaged sustained when he crashed exiting Stowe during the morning session.
Vergne himself escaped an accident when the left-front wheel came free from his Toro Rosso at Abbey late in the session, forcing him to stop on track.
Esteban Gutierrez, who was the first to set a time on mediums and briefly climbed as high as sixth, ended up 13th behind Daniil Kvyat.
Lotus had a trying day, with Pastor Maldonado going 14th fastest after missing the morning session and Romain Grosjean battling an unstable car, at one stage losing the rear at Luffield and running through the gravel.
Local team Force India, based across the road from the main entrance of Silverstone, had a low-key day, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg 16th and 17th.
Marcus Ericsson, who ended up slowest, pulled into the old pitlane with a problem with 25 minutes remaining and a hole in his engine cover.
Marussia’s Jules Bianchi had held bottom spot for much of the session after battling a battery problem, but he improved to 19th fastest late on.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.508s 14 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.736s +0.228s 35 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m35.244s +0.736s 32 4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m35.511s +1.003s 11 5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m35.627s +1.119s 27 6. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m36.016s +1.508s 33 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.228s +1.720s 34 8. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.299s +1.791s 35 9. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.554s +2.046s 29 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.583s +2.075s 26 11. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m36.671s +2.163s 29 12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.778s +2.270s 31 13. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.951s +2.443s 35 14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m37.064s +2.556s 35 15. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m37.097s +2.589s 33 16. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m37.236s +2.728s 37 17. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m37.449s +2.941s 27 18. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.520s +3.012s 25 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m38.658s +4.150s 11 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m39.068s +4.560s 31 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m39.224s +4.716s 28 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m39.762s +5.254s 21
British GP: Rosberg edges Hamilton in first practice
Nico Rosberg was quickest in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, 0.731s faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The session was red-flagged for 16 minutes after Felipe Massa crashed his Williams at Stowe, and track activity resumed with 47 minutes remaining.
Both Rosberg and Hamilton set their quickest times on the medium-compound Pirellis early in the session before completing the balance of their running on the harder of the available compounds.
Hamilton did look as though he might overhaul his team-mate at one point, going fastest of all in the first sector, but he had to back off because Marcus Ericsson spun at Becketts, bringing out the yellow flags.
Fernando Alonso was best of the rest for Ferrari, 0.839s off Rosberg’s quickest with a lap set right at the end of the session following a rear-wing change.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest but had to cut his session short after reporting gearbox problems. He was three tenths faster than team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel put in all but one of his laps after the session resumed following the red flag.
Jenson Button was fastest of the two McLarens, who were split by the Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson was the slowest of the drivers to complete a meaningful number of laps, a second off the pace of Max Chilton’s Marussia.
Both Marussia drivers reported understeer as well as oversteer, and Chilton observed that he had more oversteer than Jules Bianchi in high-speed corners.
Williams, frontrunner in Austria two weeks ago, was unable to show its hand or even run through its normal FP1 programme.
Susie Wolff’s much-anticipated appearance came to a frustratingly early halt when an internal component failure caused her engine to shut down after completing just four laps.
Massa ran wide on the exit of Stowe after seven laps and spun back over the track, making a heavy impact with the inside wall.
Technical problems also confined Caterham’s Robin Frijns and the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado to the garage early in the session, though Frijns was able to take to the track with 10 minutes remaining.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.424s 25 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m36.155s +0.731s 22 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.263s +0.839s 23 4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m36.623s +1.199s 21 5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.703s +1.279s 23 6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.921s +1.497s 20 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.963s +1.539s 25 8. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m37.175s +1.751s 29 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m37.227s +1.803s 25 10. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.231s +1.807s 30 11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m37.720s +2.296s 22 12. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m37.910s +2.486s 21 13. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.056s +2.632s 18 14. Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 1m38.083s +2.659s 23 15. Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.328s +2.904s 19 16. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m38.917s +3.493s 12 17. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m39.461s +4.037s 7 18. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m39.814s +4.390s 24 19. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m40.597s +5.173s 19 20. Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault 1m42.261s +6.837s 11 21. Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1m44.212s +8.788s 4 22. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault no time 2
L’avventura in Lotus secondo Sky:
Intervista post gara Sky e commento di Villeneuve:
Post gara Raisport e commento di Allievi:
Intervista post gara Raisport e commento di Allievi:
Commenti post gara Sky, Villeneuve, Antonini, Valsecchi:
Race Anatomy post GP Austria:
Raisport, intervista a Mattiacci:
“A difficult Sunday”
Kimi Raikkonen: “This was another very difficult race for me, despite having gone in a different direction yesterday to try and improve the performance. Unfortunately, it did not bring the improvements I’d hoped for and again here I found myself fighting the handling of the car. At the start I made up one place, but already on the second lap I began to have a problem with the brakes overheating and this meant I had to slow down. At the time of my first pit stop, my tyres were completely worn and on my in-lap alone I lost two places. We should definitely have stopped sooner. Compared to the start of the season, progress has been made, even if there’s still a lot to do as our speed still doesn’t allow us to fight for the top places.”
Pat Fry: “Some progress”
“Kimi struggled more than Fernando and unfortunately, with him we paid a high price for his in-lap before his first stop when the rear tyres were on the limit. Now we must look ahead to the next race in Silverstone, a very different circuit to this one, where we can also expect the Red Bulls to be back on form. As usual we will try and be in the fight and to prepare our car as well as possible for this new challenge.”
Raikkonen confused by pit stop timing
Kimi Raikkonen does not know why Ferrari pitted him when they did during today’s Austrian Grand Prix, but admitted that it cost him a better result.
The Finn lost two positions on his in-lap and then dropped further back when he re-emerged from the pit lane. It was a disappointing race that only yielded one point for the 2007 world champion.
“For me it was really bad timing for the pit stop,” he said. “My tyres were not good. I lost two places on my in lap, but obviously I don’t know the reason.
“It cost some places and with the speed that I had, there was no way I could get it back. It was not very good.”
He struggled under braking on Friday and Saturday but the Maranello-based team made changes to the car. However, he does not believe the tweaks worked.
“We tried something different since Saturday onwards and I don’t think it made an awful lot of difference. Once you have decided to go one way you have to stick with it. That is what we did but it was not really different today.”
His team-mate Fernando Alonso took the chequered flag in fifth place. His pace in the second half of the race looked better, but he disagrees.
“No I think it was just coincidence,” he admitted. “First of all the cars ahead had Perez slowing the group and we were catching up. They seemed to use the maximum power only a few laps in the race and they have so much advantage that they play with it a little bit.
“With Massa in the end, when I was close, he pulled away. Same with Hamilton on the first lap, it was unbelievable the difference between the two cars. I think if they ran with those settings every lap they would have lapped everyone, but they cannot do for the whole race.”
He feels the team is making progress with the car, as does Raikkonen, but says it is difficult to judge just how much each team has improved at every race.
Austrian GP: Nico Rosberg holds off Lewis Hamilton for win
Nico Rosberg extended his lead in the Formula 1 world championship by beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes drivers used superior strategy to overcome the straightline speed advantage of Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas at the first F1 race held at the renamed Red Bull Ring since 2003.
Williams nevertheless scored its best results of the season by finishing third and fourth, with Bottas claiming a maiden F1 podium and Massa finishing fourth.
Poleman Massa initially led the race from the first Williams one-two on the grid since 2003, while team-mate Bottas was passed by the fast-starting Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
But Bottas used Williams’ superior straightline speed to retake second on the run up the hill to Turn 2.
A superb start and opening lap from Rosberg’s team-mate Hamilton made up for his disastrous showing in qualifying on Saturday, launching him up from row five of the grid to fourth place by the end of the lap, which included a brave pass on Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari at Turn 8.
Rosberg pitted for the first time on lap 11 of 71, releasing Hamilton to attack the two Williams. Hamilton pitted two laps later, while Williams waited an extra tour before bringing leader Massa in.
The Brazilian lost out during this first round of stops. He was jumped by Rosberg in the pits and passed by Hamilton at Turn 2 on his out-lap.
By contrast, a great in-lap from Bottas, who was last of the leading group to pit on lap 15, kept him ahead of Hamilton and allowed the Finn to jump his Williams team-mate.
All four ran behind the Force India of Sergio Perez during the second phase of the race, owing to the Mexican running an alternative strategy from 15th on the grid.
Mercedes warned Hamilton about overheating brakes running in the wake of the Williams, while Rosberg made a point of continually moving out of Perez’s slipstream on the straights to cool his own car down.
Perez led until lap 27, when Rosberg dived down the inside unchallenged at Turn 2, while Bottas followed through up the inside on the exit as Perez ran wide.
Hamilton produced a copycat move at Turn 2 on the following lap to take third and set fastest lap as he chased after Bottas and new race leader Rosberg.
The top three bunched up as Rosberg ran wide coming out of Turn 1 on lap 30, allowing Bottas to get into DRS range and dragging Hamilton with him, while Massa held a watching brief slightly further back in fourth.
Rosberg took a few laps to recover his rhythm, but eeked out a two-second lead before Mercedes decided to pit its two drivers for the second time on consecutive tours on laps 39 and 40.
Hamilton came in first and rejoined fifth, just ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren, while Rosberg’s slightly faster stop ensured he stayed ahead of Hamilton.
Williams decided not to react immediately, pitting Bottas from the lead on lap 42, and the Finn rejoined behind both Mercedes.
Once Massa and the long-running Ferrari of Fernando Alonso came in for their final stops on lap 44 and 47 respectively, the race finally boiled down to a straight fight between the two Mercedes.
Hamilton was told his brake temperatures were now under control, freeing him up to take the fight to his team-mate, but his front left brake returned to a critical status before he could get close enough to attack.
He came back strongly again across the final few laps, but finished just under two seconds adrift after a mistake at Turn 3 on the final lap.
Alonso’s marathon second stint helped him finish just a few seconds shy of the two Williams drivers in fifth, while Perez converted his alternative strategy into an excellent top six finish by passing Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren at Turn 2 in the closing stages.
Magnussen nevertheless claimed his best finish since the season-opening Australian GP by finishing seventh, ahead of Canadian GP winner Daniel Ricciardo, who passed Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India on the final lap despite not being allowed to use his ‘overtake’ button.
Red Bull endured a difficult day at the home race of team owner Dietrich Mateschitz, as Ricciardo slumped from fifth on the grid and world champion Sebastian Vettel momentarily lost drive on the second lap and then retired shortly after half distance to save engine mileage.
Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari rounded out the points scorers, ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren and the lapped Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.
Results - 71 laps Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h27m54.967s 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.932s 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +8.172s 4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +17.358s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +18.553s 6. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +28.546s 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +32.031s 8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +43.522s 9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +44.137s 10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +47.777s 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +50.966s 12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault -1 lap 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari -1 lap 14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault -1 lap 15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps 16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -2 laps 17. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps 18. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault -2 laps 19. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari -2 laps Retirements Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 59 laps Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 34 laps Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 24 laps
Drivers' championship Constructors' championship 1. Nico Rosberg 165 1. Mercedes 301 2. Lewis Hamilton 136 2. Red Bull/Renault 143 3. Daniel Ricciardo 83 3. Ferrari 98 4. Fernando Alonso 79 4. Force India/Mercedes 87 5. Sebastian Vettel 60 5. Williams/Mercedes 85 6. Nico Hulkenberg 59 6. McLaren/Mercedes 72 7. Valtteri Bottas 55 7. Toro Rosso/Renault 12 8. Jenson Button 43 8. Lotus/Renault 8 9. Felipe Massa 30 9. Marussia/Ferrari 2 10. Kevin Magnussen 29 10. Sauber/Ferrari 0 11. Sergio Perez 28 11. Caterham/Renault 0 12. Kimi Raikkonen 19 13. Romain Grosjean 8 14. Jean-Eric Vergne 8 15. Daniil Kvyat 4 16. Jules Bianchi 2
Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had another difficult qualifying and finished in eighth position, over 1.5s off Alonso’s pace.
The Finn said he was unable to put a good lap together.
"I had been struggling at the first corner a lot and couldn’t get it right," he said. "I locked up and had a flat-spot at the first corner and lost a lot of time because there were a lot of vibrations. It was difficult to get one lap together.
"I think speed-wise it wasn’t too bad if I could have put a lap together, but I just really struggled to do that."
Austrian GP: Felipe Massa leads all-Williams front row
Felipe Massa led a shock Williams one-two in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.
The Brazilian’s last-gasp effort knocked team-mate Valtteri Bottas off top spot in the final seconds of qualifying, giving him pole by just under a tenth of a second.
It was Massa’s first pole since the 2008 Brazilian GP and the first for Williams since the 2012 Spanish GP.
World championship leader Nico Rosberg was third fastest after failing to improve on his final attempt, but while he missed out on top spot he will be happy to see title rival Lewis Hamilton down in ninth.
Hamilton’s first run in Q3, which would have been good enough for fifth on the grid, was disallowed for exceeding track limits at the exit of Turn 8 after the rear stepped out.
His second attempt was ruined by a spin at Turn 2, meaning that he did not set a time, putting him ahead of only the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.
Fernando Alonso was just over half-a-second off the pace in fourth place.
Daniel Ricciardo was fifth fastest ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, with Daniil Kvyat a superb seventh.
Kimi Raikkonen was the slowest of those actually to register a lap time in Q2, ending up eighth.
Sergio Perez was 11th after being bumped out of a Q3 position late on, missing out by just under a tenth of a second.
But he will start 16th thanks to the five-place grid penalty he received for causing a collision with Massa in the Canadian GP two weeks ago.
The Mexican’s former team-mate Jenson Button, whose morning practice session was ruined by a rear brake problem, and Sebastian Vettel, whose lack of pace in the final sector cost him, were just behind Perez.
Pastor Maldonado outqualified Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean for the first time this year, the pair sandwiching 15th-placed Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso.
Adrian Sutil was the fastest of those to be knocked out in Q1, ending up just four-thousandths slower than Maldonado.
He was comfortably ahead of Sauber team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, with Jules Bianchi 19th fastest.
Kamui Kobayashi did a good job to split the Marussias, a tenth faster than Max Chilton, with Marcus Ericsson unable to improve on his second run and ending up last.
Numerous drivers had lap times automatically disallowed during the session for running wide beyond track limits at the exit of Turn 8.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m08.759s 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m08.846s +0.087 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m08.944s +0.185 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m09.285s +0.526 5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m09.466s +0.707 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m09.515s +0.756 7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m09.619s +0.860 8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m10.795s +2.036 9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes Q2 cut-off time: 1m09.657s Gap ** 11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m09.754s +0.780s 12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m09.780s +0.806s 13. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m09.801s +0.827s 14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m09.939s +0.965s 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m10.073s +1.099s 16. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m10.642s +1.668s Q1 cut-off time: 1m10.821s Gap * 17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m10.825s +1.311s 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m11.349s +1.835s 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m11.412s +1.898s 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m11.673s +2.159s 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m11.775s +2.261s 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m12.673s +3.159s 107% time: 1m14.379s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
Austrian GP: Valtteri Bottas grabs practice top spot for Williams
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas topped Saturday morning’s final free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix with a stunning last-lap effort.
The Finn had shown well during the early stages of the session, ending up second-fastest on soft-compound pace on a strong weekend for Williams.
But Lewis Hamilton had looked set to top the times for Mercedes when he knocked the other Williams of Felipe Massa off top spot by three thousandths of a second with four minutes of the hour remaining.
Bottas then strung together a superb final lap, including the fastest final sector of the session, to go fastest by just five hundredths of a second.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat also put in an impressive late lap to go fourth-fastest, with Nico Rosberg ending up fifth having earlier set the pace when the field was running on the soft-compound Pirellis.
A tight qualifying session is expected this afternoon, with Fernando Alonso down in sixth but only two tenths slower than Bottas.
Red Bull’s taxing weekend continued, with Daniel Ricciardo half a second off the pace in sixth place, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel was 10th, seven tenths down.
Sandwiched by the Red Bulls were Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen.
Jenson Button had a frustrating session, running off track at Turn 1 and complaining about a lack of engine braking.
McLaren discovered that he had a problem with the right-rear brakes, meaning it had to change the calliper as well as replacing the floor, which was damaged when Button went off.
The 2009 Formula 1 world champion managed only four laps during the session and was unable to post a serious time, meaning he ended up slowest.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m09.848s 22 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m09.898s +0.050s 25 3. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m09.901s +0.053s 21 4. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m09.927s +0.079s 25 5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m09.999s +0.151s 31 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m10.054s +0.206s 17 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m10.392s +0.544s 19 8. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m10.449s +0.601s 23 9. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m10.488s +0.640s 22 10. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m10.562s +0.714s 21 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m10.683s +0.835s 22 12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m10.776s +0.928s 26 13. Jean-Rric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m11.043s +1.195s 22 14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m11.103s +1.255s 22 15. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m11.235s +1.387s 18 16. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m11.294s +1.446s 24 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m11.558s +1.710s 23 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m11.848s +2.000s 21 19. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m12.320s +2.472s 23 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m12.892s +3.044s 27 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m12.915s +3.067s 14 22. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m14.237s +4.389s 4
Kimi Raikkonen: “Different programmes”
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today was particularly busy, which is normal when you go back to a track for the first time in many years. Despite the changeable weather reducing the amount of track time in the first session, we still managed to complete our programme, which today centred on analysing new aerodynamic parts brought for this race. Along with Fernando, we concentrated on different set-up tests, me on the front end and him on the rear, so as to compare the data from the second session. In the afternoon, I had a better feeling from the car, but for various reasons, including a lack of grip, traffic and the wind, I didn’t manage to put together a good lap, or to improve in the final sector.”
Austrian GP: Lewis Hamilton goes quickest in second practice
Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by almost four tenths of a second.
Hamilton was fastest early in the session while all drivers were running on the slower soft-compound Pirelli tyres, just 39-thousandths of a second faster than his Mercedes team-mate.
But when the pair headed out for their super-soft runs, Hamilton made a big improvement to put in a time 0.747s seconds faster than Rosberg, who found only a tenth on his first flier.
Hamilton subsequently found another tenth to improve his advantage to 0.857s briefly, only for Rosberg to string together a better lap to end up 0.377s down.
Later in the session, Hamilton did have some trouble while doing long-run work, complaining of a loss of power.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was third fastest, just over nine tenths off the pace, while Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who had been the closest challenger to Mercedes on soft-tyre pace, was fourth.
Felipe Massa completed a strong showing for Williams with fifth overall, just two-thousandths slower than his team-mate.
Sebastian Vettel, who started the session late thanks to his floor having to be changed after his high-speed spin exiting the final corner during the morning session, was sixth fastest, almost 1.3s slower than Hamilton.
Jenson Button, driving the updated McLaren, was seventh fastest, just six thousandths of a second slower than Vettel and a tenth quicker than the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, who also had to have a floor changed after a morning off.
Kevin Magnussen was ninth fastest, with Jean-Eric Vergne once again making it into the top 10 for Scuderia Toro Rosso.
It was a difficult session for Kimi Raikkonen, who ended up 11th fastest, half-a-second slower than team-mate Alonso, and endured a grassy moment after running wide at the last corner late on.
Adrian Sutil, who managed only nine laps this morning after a split hose led to the turbo failing, completed a full programme to end up 16th fastest.
Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson also had a better session after stopping after eight laps this morning.
Although rain threatened late in the session, it stayed away and teams were able to complete their planned programmes.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m09.542s 37 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m09.919s +0.377s 50 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m10.470s +0.928s 40 4. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m10.519s +0.977s 44 5. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m10.521s +0.979s 39 6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m10.807s +1.265s 39 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m10.813s +1.271s 44 8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m10.920s +1.378s 36 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m10.936s +1.394s 45 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m10.972s +1.430s 39 11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m10.974s +1.432s 45 12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m11.261s +1.719s 45 13. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m11.296s +1.754s 36 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m11.491s +1.949s 42 15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m11.765s +2.223s 30 16. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m11.806s +2.264s 42 17. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m11.935s +2.393s 39 18. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m12.229s +2.687s 43 19. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m12.262s +2.720s 46 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m12.279s +2.737s 36 21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m12.937s +3.395s 24 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m13.596s +4.054s 48
Austrian GP: Rosberg leads first practice from Hamilton
With rain expected to interrupt the later part of the session, both Mercedes drivers made use of the extra set of soft tyres made available to all drivers in FP1 to pump in some early quick laps.
Rosberg set the early pace as Mercedes trialled a titanium skid plate on the floor of the championship leader’s car, successfully producing sparks as the German navigated the undulations of the circuit.
An unspecified ‘power unit issue’ cut short the German’s initial running and meant he slipped as low as 13th in the times as other drivers improved, but he returned to the track to set what stood as the fastest time of the session with around 40 minutes to run.
Rosberg’s 1m11.295s best put him just over a tenth clear of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who pushed his Mercedes up to second in between the spells of rain that affected the final 30 minutes of running.
Hamilton had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with his team-mate in the early part of the session, as Rosberg slowed with his engine issue.
Hamilton worked down to a 1m12.255s over an initial 10-lap run, which stood as the benchmark for a long while, until first McLaren’s Jenson Button and then Rosberg broke into the 1m11s.
Fernando Alonso looked set to send Ferrari to the top of the times during the opening half-hour, but ran wide after a moment at the penultimate turn and spoiled the lap.
The Spaniard eventually went third fastest, ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams and Button, these three the only other drivers to break through the 1m12s barrier.
The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg headed the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen, as all eight Mercedes-engined cars occupied the top nine spots on the timesheet.
Jean-Eric Vergne was the fastest Renault-powered runner, rounding out the top 10 for Toro Rosso.
The Frenchman improved in the final five minutes to displace Kimi Raikkonen (also trialling a titanium skid plate on his Ferrari) by just one thousandth of a second.
World champion Sebastian Vettel endured a difficult session on Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s home circuit, lapping a lowly 15th fastest and narrowly missing the barriers after a wild 720-degree spin across the grass exiting the final turn.
Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo also survived a wild trip across the grass at the same corner as he battled his way to the 13th fastest time, just behind Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat and ahead of Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez, who lapped 0.004s faster than Vettel.
Lotus continued to struggle for speed with Romain Grosjean only 16th and failing to escape the 1m13s, while team-mate Pastor Maldonado was 17th quickest, just ahead of both Marussias.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m11.295s 19 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.435s +0.140s 32 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m11.606s +0.311s 23 4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m11.756s +0.461s 27 5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m11.839s +0.544s 33 6. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m12.009s +0.714s 33 7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m12.072s +0.777s 20 8. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m12.114s +0.819s 21 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m12.313s +1.018s 36 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m12.364s +1.069s 30 11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.365s +1.070s 21 12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m12.372s +1.077s 35 13. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m12.570s +1.275s 28 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m12.984s +1.689s 19 15. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m12.988s +1.693s 25 16. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m13.168s +1.873s 28 17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m13.642s +2.347s 27 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m13.738s +2.443s 26 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m13.857s +2.562s 28 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m14.611s +3.316s 24 21. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m14.691s +3.396s 9 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m17.501s +6.206s 8
Raikkonen: “Good memories of this circuit”
Spielberg, 19 June – As one of only four drivers on this year’s grid who has raced at this track before, Kimi Raikkonen seemed delighted to be here when he spoke to the media this afternoon. “First of all I have to say I like racing in Europe!” began the Scuderia Ferrari driver. “This is a nice place to come and they seem to have built a lot of new facilities. I have good memories of this circuit and I think the track makes for pretty good racing. The layout means you can overtake and so I am very happy to be here. I think this circuit should suit us better than Canada, which, along with Bahrain, was the most difficult for us. But at the moment, I am just guessing. We must wait and see what happens tomorrow.”Last weekend, a Ferrari won its class in the Le Mans 24 Hours race and Raikkonen was asked if that’s a race he would like to tackle. “I enjoy racing and Le Mans is one of the things that would be on the top of my list, as a very famous race,” replied the Finn. “I would have to see what happens in the future, but for sure there is some interest in doing that race, but at the moment, it’s too early to say. Rallycross would also be nice to try as it looks good fun. I enjoy Rallying a lot, it’s a difficult sport with a good challenge, but Le Mans is probably closest to Formula 1. It’s good to try different things because it’s good fun and you always learn something.”Kimi also had words of praise for the Scuderia’s new Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci. “Everybody has their own way of doing things and it’s early days for Marco,” said Kimi. “He is a very nice guy who really wants to make a difference. These are good signs and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes. I think sometimes it can be a good thing when someone comes in from outside Formula 1 with a different view of things. I expect he can do a very good job.”
Raikkonen’s spins in the Canadian GP related to engine settings
The spins that Kimi Raikkonen suffered during the Canadian GP weekend were the result of issues related to the engine settings on his Ferrari Formula 1 car, AUTOSPORT has learned.
The Finn suffered two spins exiting the hairpin during the event, once in the second free practice session on Friday and again in the later stages of Sunday’s race.
The 2007 world champion said after the race that he had received a "sudden kick" from the engine at that corner, and Ferrari confirmed to AUTOSPORT in the build-up to this weekend’s Austrian GP that "issues related to engine settings" were to blame for Raikkonen’s rotations.
The Finn said the team had probably not worked hard enough after the first spin to rectify the issue, but is confident of no repeat issues at the Red Bull Ring.
"The same happened in practice exactly and I spun exactly the same way," Raikkonen said when asked by AUTOSPORT to explain why he spun in Canada.
"It’s just many things came together and it can happen.
"We know now that now and we probably knew after practice, but really didn’t put enough thoughts into it to make sure it will not happen again.
"I’m sure now we’ve made a lot of changes that it should not happen anymore."
Raikkonen is also hopeful the layout of the Red Bull Ring, which returns to the F1 calendar after a 10-year absence, will better suit the F14 T than Montreal.
"I think this should be better than Canada," Raikkonen added.
"[But] it’s not an awful lot different to Canada, which has long straights and chicanes; here is long straights [too], three high-speed corners and that’s about it.
"Bahrain and Canada are the most difficult places for us right now.
"Hopefully we find out it’s pretty good here, but it’s just guessing.
"We’ll see how it goes tomorrow and get the first idea."