The top 20 F1 stories of 2011
3. Renault confirms Raikkonen for 2012
One of the biggest driver signing stories of 2011 was when Renault announced that Kimi Raikkonen would be joining the team for next year.
8. Villeneuve: Raikkonen title not deserved
Jacques Villeneuve is never one to keep controversial opinions to himself, and over the summer he offered his views on Kimi Raikkonen’s qualities as a champion.
The top 20 motorsport stories of 2011
[…] In happier news, Kimi Raikkonen’s deliberations over where to head next fascinated readers long before his Formula 1 comeback was announced, the prospect of a new Indycar for 2012 was eagerly awaited, and excitement grew over the future of Le Mans racing as Toyota and Porsche lined up to join Audi and Peugeot.
2. NASCAR: Raikkonen to compete in NASCAR
Raikkonen’s second WRC campaign had only just begun when reports of another potential career change emerged, as he arranged to take his first tentative steps into what turned out to be an abortive NASCAR career.
16. Le Mans: Raikkonen completes Peugeot 908 test
By August, NASCAR had dropped off Raikkonen’s radar and it appeared that he might be set for a move into the Le Mans arena after testing for the factory Peugeot team.
19. NASCAR: Raikkonen tests Cup car at Virginia
Kimi Raikkonen was big news all year as he pondered his next move. Back in early summer, a Formula 1 return seemed unlikely and it looked like NASCAR would be his 2012 destination.
Räikkönen still has hunger for rally
How is it Kimi Räikkönen, would it be time for podiums next year if your career would happen to continue in WRC?
- The top of five goes fast but I guess I would develop if I would still drive for one more season. It’s difficult to say what results I would achieve. I guess the level would go up and the speed would go forward, Räikkönen speculated in the service park in Builth Wells.
- We have improved all the time. It’s important. If I would want to drive the same speed as the top, then I would have to test a lot and drive all the time. Yet we haven’t gone into this so that we would be driving with the taste of blood in the mouth, Räikkönen reminds.
- I do everything I can but I have to know myself where we are. It’s not wise to go and do something stupid, Räikkönen describes his rally speed.
No disappointment, own fault
- Muddy braking in downhill, from where the car slided into a soft bank. The driving line was wide and there was too much mud, Räikkönen thinks. Nothing new from F1 -There are no contracts or plans for next season, Räikkönen says.
Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström got the car back on the road with the help of spectators, but the journey ended quickly. The power transmission got too severe hits in the off, so it wasn’t possible to continue.
- It doesn’t disappoint me, my own fault, Räikkönen said.
Then is it possible that your career continues in rally next season?
-Of course. I have enjoyed myself here.
- Muddy braking in downhill, from where the car slided into a soft bank. The driving line was wide and there was too much mud, Räikkönen thinks.
Nothing new from F1
-There are no contracts or plans for next season, Räikkönen says.
Da MTV3.fi, traduzione Nicole@KRForumUfficiale
Kimi about future plans: "We are chatting with many places"
- I don’t have any plans. Lets see what happens and what we do, Räikkönen summed up.
According to Räikkönen he doesn’t have any timetable for his future decisions.
Rally is also one of the options.
- I’ve liked it here. I wouldn’t have been here if I didn’t.
Räikkönen admitted earlier this week that he has been in contact with Williams but emphasized that there is nothing concrete.
- We always chat to many places and negotiate, but until there is a contract it’s useless to talk about them.
According to his own words, Kaj Lindström is just as unaware of Räikkönen’s future as everybody else.
- I don’t think anyone knows it. The master hasn’t decided yet. Last year we agreed about this year in December, Lindström reminded.
Da iltalehti.fi, traduzione Nicole@KRForumUfficiale
The good finish
Obviously, it’s time to finish this season of WRC. This is the last rally this year, and – for sure – it is one of the most challenging of them all in the calendar.
The feeling of having the last race of the season is always rewarding. You have worked hard the whole year long and then it’s time to have a useful break and chill out a little bit.
The starting point for the Rally of Great Britain is quite encouraging. We had a very good test. The car gives a comfortable feeling for me. The set-up work went well, we made some well matched changes and the car is good to drive.
The shakedown session went very well, too. So all in all, obviously, I’m looking forward to get the rally started in a clean way.
The weather is always as unpredictable as it is in England. Sometimes you got the sun shining, something it rains in this island. The roads are slippery. While there is water, dust, fog, what so ever, you have to be very, very focussed all the time and really trust on the pace notes you hear to avoid all kind of nasty surprises.
Compared to last year there are only a few special stages left. Most of the roads are new for everybody. It’s different every time. Let’s wait and see how our car works out on these roads.
We have had some difficult rallies lately, so it would be more than welcomed to finish the season with a good result and clean rally.
I just focus on this rally and finish the season in a nice way. That’s all that matters right now. What happens in the future is still an open question.
Martin Whitmarsh urges Williams to sign Kimi Räikkönen
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has urged Frank Williams to sign 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.
Raikkonen raced for McLaren from 2002-2006, winning nine grands prix, and Whitmarsh came close to re-signing him for 2010 before opting for Jenson Button.
Williams has held talks with Raikkonen and is considering taking him on in a move believed to be contingent on landing major backing from Qatar. But despite question marks over how motivated the Finn is to return to F1 after two seasons out, Whitmarsh has no doubts about his ability.
"Try and sign him," said Whitmarsh when asked to give advice to Williams on Raikkonen. "We all know he is quick and I think people underestimate how intelligent he can be.
"I hope that he is hungry. I am sure that he hasn’t lost the capability to thrill us, so I think it would be fantastic for Formula 1. I wouldn’t ordinarily presume to advise Sir Frank who he should sign, but I think it would be exciting if he did."
Williams would not comment on his interest in Raikkonen, saying that "I cannot make any comment about supposition", but he did confirm that a slot could be available in the team’s 2012 driver line-up.
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, who has impressed during his rookie season and comes with the blessing of major sponsor PDVSA is set to stay on, but team-mate Rubens Barrichello’s future is uncertain.
"[It's] not clear exactly who will be in both cars," said Williams "I am sure Pastor will be in one car. Rubens maybe.
"We haven’t really made up our minds what we want to do before we talk to Rubens."
Williams also hinted that reserve driver Valterri Bottas, who has been on the team’s books since the start of last season, could also be in the frame.
The GP3 champion will drive for Williams during two days at next week’s young driver test and is known to be an outsider for the drive if he impresses the team.
"It depends how quick he is," said Williams. "I don’t know enough about him.
"He looks very good, but beyond saying that, I don’t know him. We have to keep testing him, I guess."
[…] Q. Frank, again a bit like Mercedes there have been a lot of staff changes within the Williams team. What are your thoughts on the changes for next year – personnel, engines, even drivers.
FW: Well the engine choice we felt will be the right one. We have long-term memories with Renault and they have always served Formula One and ourselves extremely well. Various other personnel changes within the company. We will see how they work. I think it would be inappropriate for me to describe what is expected of any one individual.
Q. And drivers as well?
FW: Not clear exactly who will be in both cars. I am sure Pastor (Maldonado) will be in one car. Rubens (Barrichello) maybe, we haven’t really made up our minds what we want to do before we talk to Rubens.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q. (Heikki Kulta –Turun Sanomat) Frank, 10 years ago you were interested in getting Kimi (Raikkonen) to your team. Now, 10 years later are you still interested to get him now you can do so?
FW: I knew this would come up. But my view, as you might well expect, goes as follows: a lot of supposition and I cannot make any comment about supposition, sorry to be so unhelpful.
Q. Are you following his rally career?
FW: I am not a rally fan.
Q. (Joe Saward – Grand Prix Special) Just to follow up on that question. Martin and Stefano, Kimi drove for both of you, what advice would you give to Frank on this subject?
MW: Try and sign him. Kimi, we all know he is quick. I think people underestimate how intelligent he can be. I hope that he is hungry. I am sure he hasn’t lost the capability to thrill us in Formula One so I think it would be fantastic for Formula One. I wouldn’t ordinarily presume to advise Sir Frank who he should sign but I think it would be exciting if he did.
SD: Of course, I would not give any advice to Frank. He has long experience. A lot longer than me. For sure, I know Kimi very well. He is very talented, very strong, and if he wants to come back he has something that wants to show to everyone about him, about the fact that he was the last driver to win the World Championship with us and he will want to show he is still one of the strongest.
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SS4: RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "It was bit slippery in some places. I wasn’t driving very well."
SS11: RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "We thought we had a puncture, but there is something with the steering."
Da MTV3.fi, traduzione Nicole@KRForumUfficiale
Räikkönen: The driving is better
Räikkönen was happy that compared to F1 he had a roof over his head now.
- You don’t get very wet here. It’s of course a different world.
- Oh well, the driving was better. That last stage was just completely foggy, I hardly saw anything. It also rained quite a lot on the other stages.
- It’s a new day tomorrow, lets see.
They rumour Räikkönen made his decision to quit his rallying career already in rally Finland, after being frustrated in his own inability to improve. Officially the man doesn’t say anything about next year, or if we will see him in rally Wales again.
- It’s difficult to say, I have no decisions about next year, Räikkönen grunted.
Da iltalehti.fi, traduzione di Nicole@KRForumUfficiale
Kimi’s lights went off
According to Kaj Lindström Rally Wales is one of Räikkönen’s favorite rallies.
- Kimi liked this rally last year also. This is a difficult race but the more challenging, the more he likes it, Lindström told.
The opening day proceeded without any problems but then on the 3rd SS Räikkönen and Lindström got into a scary situation when the lights suddenly went off in the dark.
- We lost there because we had to brake on a straight.
According to Lindström Räikkönen was in a good mood.
- Hopefully he is that tomorrow too although he has to wake up early, Lindström laughed.
The alarm clock woke up the duo at 5 a.m. this morning. According to Linström Kimi isn’t used to early mornings.
- But if you aren’t a morning person, then you just aren’t.
1. OSTBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:31.2
=1. MEEKE. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:31.2
3. LOEB. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:32.1
4. SORDO. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:32.2
=5. OGIER. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:32.5
=5. LATVALA. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:32.5
=5. WILSON. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:32.5
=8. HIRVONEN. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:32.8
=8. RAIKKONEN. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:32.8
10. BLOCK. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:33.4
11. H. SOLBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:33.9
=12. KUIPERS. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:34.4
=12. P. SOLBERG. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:34.4
=12. PROKOP. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:34.4
15. NOVIKOV. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:34.7
16. TANAK. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:34.8
17. ARAUJO. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:35.2
(19). VAN MERKSTEIJN JR. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:36.2
(23). OLIVEIRA. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:39.3
Questo martedì, Kimi Räikkönen ha effettuato un test per il prossimo Rally di Gran Bretagna nel Tarn.
Una sola giornata per il finlandese che è stato raggiunto da Luca Pedersoli, campione d’Italia su asfalto quest’anno e che potrebbe ottenere una nuova WRC…
Con un avvenire completamente incerto nei rally, Räikkönen ha effettuato forse le sue ultime prove a bordo di una WRC…
Kimi’s exit caused by fuel leak
Citroen Racing Technologies’ boss Benoit Nogier has confirmed that a fuel leak caused Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement from RallyRACC-Rally de Espana on Friday morning.
Raikkonen, Formula One world champion in 2007, was fighting back from the time lost on the dust-coated opening stage when he stopped on stage three.
“We had a problem with a fuel leak and he had to stop in the stage,” said Nogier. “It was a very, very small leak but we lost a lot of fuel. It was something almost invisible and it was really difficult to find what the problem was.”
Nogier, who said a full analysis of the fuel leak problem would take place in order to establish the precise cause, confirmed Raikkonen’s Citroen DS3 WRC had briefly caught fire although there was little damage as a result of this.
Raikkonen elected not to restart under SupeRally rules this morning, even though his car had been repaired.
“Kimi took the decision to keep the car for the next rally, the last event of the season, which will be very important,” said Nogier. “We prefer not to take any risks to keep the full potential for the next rally.”
WRC Rally of Spain: Kimi Raikkonen’s Lucky Numbers
Today hasn’t been the luckiest day for The Iceman, who retired from the Rally of Spain on the opening morning of the event with engine problems. Still, at least it went better for him than it had done the previous year, when he crashed during the shakedown before the rally actually started.
So in order to give the flying Finn a bit of encouragement, here are some lucky numbers that have influenced the illustrious career of Kimi Matias Raikkonen…
The Citroen DS3 WRC is Kimi’s rally car, run by his own Ice 1 Racing team. This year is his second season in the World Rally Championship, and he says it’s been a lot easier than the first year. “It just feels a bit more natural,” he points out. “With the pace notes it’s starting to get to the point where you don’t have to think about it too much.”
Kimi’s best result on the World Rally Championship has been fifth place, which he took last year on the Rally of Turkey. His best result so far this year has been sixth, in Jordan and Germany. However, he’s already scored more points so far this year than he did throughout the whole of the season last year. “Actually, Turkey was quite lucky; lots of people had problems,” says the Iceman.
This was the competition number of the Ferrari F2007 with which Kimi clinched the 2007 Formula One title. He started the final grand prix, in Brazil, running third in the standings but came through to win the title: the first person to reverse his fortunes in such a way since Nino Farina in 1950. “It was a strange year for us,” recalls Kimi of his championship-winning season. “It started off badly and then got much better.”
The number of grand prix wins claimed by Kimi, equalled by Red Bull’s double world champion Sebastian Vettel at the Italian Grand Prix. Vettel was asked what he thought about matching Kimi’s total and said that he was pleased, but added that he reckoned that Kimi had a few more grand prix wins left in him. Let’s wait and see…
The amount of horsepower that one of Kimi’s favourite road cars has: the Mercedes Benz CLK Coupe 55 DTM. Only a hundred of these were built, as a tribute to the DTM Merc. It pulls 1.35G under acceleration and has a top speed of 322kph, thanks to a supercharged 5.4 V8 engine. From 0-100 kph takes 3.8 seconds, so hold on tight. Many people have been truly terrified by this car with Kimi at the wheel.
When Kimi was still driving for Ferrari, he first contested the Rally Finland in 2009. You have to go back to 1990 to find the last time that an active Formula 1 driver took part in a World Rally Championship event, when Derek Warwick – at the time a Lotus driver – took part in the RAC Rally at the wheel of a Subaru Legacy.
SS1: 08:28 Raikkonen and Henning Solberg through SS1
Kimi Raikkonen and Henning Solberg reach the end of SS1, both having dropped time in the hanging dust. Raikkonen sets a time of 16m 40s, while Solberg stops the clock at 16m 0.5s.
SS2: 09:44 Raikkonen completes SS2
Citroen DS3 WRC privateer Kimi Raikkonen sets a time of 24m 59.3s on SS2, dropping 1m 9.9s to stage leader Sebastien Ogier.
SS3: 11:07 Raikkonen stops in stage
Kimi Raikkonen’s privateer Citroen DS3 WRC has stopped almost 14km into SS3. [..] Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen is back on the move. […] Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen has stopped again mid-stage.
Friday on my mind
Well, the end of the season is getting close. Now we go the Spanish Rally. It’s one of its kind. The one I have been looking forward fpr a long time.
Honestly I can assure you that there is nothing to be taken from our experience last year. Obviously, this is a brand new rally for me. After making the pace notes I have very good feeling. It’s a really tempting challenge. Probably, like a rally from good old times.
The rally of Spain is different from the others. It’s kike putting together two different rallies. The first day we go on gravel and then on Saturday and on Sunday we have tarmac roads beneath us.
After making the pace notes we know very well that it’s going to be very slippery and so very challenging Day 1. You have to be very focused on those gravel sections all the times. Stay out of trouble, that is the name of the game for the opening.
Durin the last special stage on Friday, the darkness strikes. Obviously, that is one challenge more. Let’s hope there is not too much dust in the air, while you cannot see properly, anyway.
My goal is to finish Friday in a good way to be able to attack the rally on Saturday in a good position. The best part of this rally is the tarmac. These roads are really something. They are not that fast, but there is a lot of real rally driving, indeed.
For us, the last rally on gravel was Finland back in July. Obviously, it’s a long time ago. So we have to be ready for different kind of driving after Germany and France.
There is no reason to change our main target. It’s to finish the rally without making major mistakes.
P. SOLBERG. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:08.5
VILLAGRA. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:08.7
OGIER. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:08.9
LATVALA. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:08.9
H. SOLBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:08.9
HIRVONEN. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:09.0
LOEB. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:09.1
OSTBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:09.1
SORDO. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 2:09.4
MEEKE. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 2:10.7
AL QASSIMI. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:11.1
WILSON. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:11.3
NOVIKOV. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:11.6
ARAUJO. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 2:12.7
BLOCK. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:13.1
RAIKKONEN. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:13.9
KUIPERS. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:14.0
VAN MERKSTEIJN JR. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:15.0
OLIVEIRA. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 2:17.1
[…] Henning Solberg was seventh with ex-Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen eighth on his return to the WRC after missing the previous round in Australia. Matthew Wilson, in an M-Sport Stobart Fiesta and Mikko Hirvonen rounded out the top 10.
Here are the Shakedown times of the leading WRC crews:
1. LOEB. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:47.1
=2. OGIER. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:47.3
=2. SORDO. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:47.3
4. LATVALA. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:47.9
5. P. SOLBERG. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:48.1
6. MEEKE. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:48.2
7. H. SOLBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:48.3
8. RAIKKONEN. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:48.5
9. WILSON. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:48.6
10. HIRVONEN. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:48.9
11. OSTBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:49.0
=12. VAN MERKSTEIJN JR. Citroen DS3 WRC. 1:49.7
=12. ARAUJO. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:49.7
14. KUIPERS. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:49.8
15. OLIVEIRA. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:51.9
16. CAMPANA. MINI John Cooper Works WRC. 1:52.8
17. AL QASSIMI. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:53.1
18. BLOCK. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1:53.8
18. NOVIKOV. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 1.58.7
Kimi gets to grips with French asphalt
Kimi Raikkonen – who is of course better known as the Iceman – is planning to use his illustrious circuit racing experience on the Rallye de France this weekend, which unlike last year, is expected to be hot and dry.
The 2007 Formula One World Champion had a successful shakedown to finish eighth overall, less than a second behind the two factory Citroens of Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier. And he thinks that the cleaner road conditions this year should help him to a strong result.
“Generally, everything feels a lot easier this year,” said Raikkonen, who retired from the 2010 event after sliding off at low speed on a slippery left-hand corner. “The car was good in the shakedown and the weather conditions seem to be a lot more stable, so I think it could help us as it’s more normal driving.”
The famous poles on some of the stages, designed to stop cars cutting corners and dragging mud onto the road, also mean that the surface will be much more like a grand prix track, rather than the gravelly skating rink that caught out Raikkonen last year.
“I think it’s good: a tarmac rally should be a tarmac rally,” said his co-driver Kaj Lindstrom. “Last year it was terrible: you could hardly see the road for all the mud in some places."
Refreshed to France
It was a six weeks’ break for me. It was a really refreshing time. Obviously six weeks without driving gives you such a desire to come back to the car and really go for it again.
I have such a relaxed and nice feeling to have this rally. Let’s hope this feeling helps us to a good result, too.
Last week we tested the car with Kaj Lindström in France. It was one day without any problems. Everything went well and it was just great to go fast with WRC car on those roads.
Obviously, I’ve got the proper touch to the car on tarmac. Most of all I enjoyed the nice feeling I’ve got in the car. More or less we are ready for the tricky challenge this weekend offers.
Well, I had a break, but it didn’t mean just chilling out. I’ve done consistent physical training in the meanwhile and I really feel good.
Last year back in Rallye de France it was wet and dirty most of the time. It didn’t feel that much like a tarmac challenge. It was more like a question to survive and keep the car safely on those roads. Cutting the corners was happening all over the place. Doing that made the roads very, very slippery.
We have managed to improve our performances in every rally this season compared to our debut year. Obviously, that is the target in Rallye de France, too. While it goes according to our plan, we should get a fistful of some nice points again.
Now we’ve done the pace notes. It’s time start. The target is the same like always: to get quickly to the good rhytm and then try to get every stage right without any major mistakes. By clinching it, you finish this rally with a good result as well, I presume.
The car is now at its best. This is now the start for the last period of this season. There are three rallies left to get the job done well.
So far the season has been ok. The rally is difficult, but every time you gain some more experience. For sure, we have not been going backwards!
Kimi Räikkönen a rischio multa e annullamento del Campionato Costruttori
Creando il team Ice1Racing, Kimi Räikkönen si è iscritto questa stagione anche come squadra WRC, uno stato che, contrariamente a quello dei costruttori veri e propri, permette di non disputare tutti i rally del campionato del mondo. Ciononostante è tenuto a rispettare rigide regole, regole che ha infranto non presentandosi al via del rally d’Australia questa settimana.
L’articolo 7.3.1 del regolamento sportivo del campionato del mondo rally stabilisce che una squadra WRC “s’impegna a partecipare ad almeno 7 rally, di cui 2 fuori dall’Europa con una o due vetture della stessa marca.” E’ ciò che aveva previsto Kimi Räikkönen all’inizio della stagione, la Giordania e l’Australia apparivano sul suo programma, ma il finlandese ha recentemente cambiato idea: si era iscritto per la prova australiana, ma poi ha deciso di non affrontare la trasferta.
Räikkönen prevede di disputare le prossime tre gare rimanenti, ma nessuna di queste è fuori dall’Europa. L’ex campione del mondo di Formula 1 finisce dunque vittima di una multa e di un annullamento del campionato Costruttori, così come stabilisce l’articolo 7.3.8 dello stesso regolamento: “Chi non partecipasse a una prova del campionato già stabilita, si vedrà infliggere una multa pari alla somma del diritto d’iscrizione (16.200 euro) e dovrà pagare ad ogni organizzatore della prova designata il diritto di prenotazione dovuto per la prova non corsa e non figurerà nella classifica del campionato”.
“Kimi è del tutto consapevole della situazione. Per quanto ne so non influirà sul resto della stagione”, afferma Jarmo Mahonen, Presidente della Commissione degli Sport Meccanici per la Federazione Internazionale dell’Automobile (FIA) al giornale finlandese YLE.
Al momento, Kimi Räikkönen ha saltato i Rally del Messico, d’Italia e d’Argentina. Se partecipa come previsto agli ultimi tre appuntamenti della stagione, avrà disputato nove prove WRC questa stagione. Attualmente figura all’ottavo posto del campionato Piloti con 34 punti e al quinto posto del campionato Costruttori con 48 punti.
Traduzione, da rallye.automoto365.com
Well, it was a rally just to cruise around. We’ve got position six and, obviously, some nice points. But it doesn’t change anything. I have no reason to be satisfied with my driving in this first WRC rally on tarmac this year.
It was our very first tarmac rally with this car. There were a few things to try. Obviously, we hoped to have dry weather, while we had not tested a single mile in the rain.
But, everything went wrong. We didn’t get it right since the beginning of the rally. There were some dark clouds coming while we started the rally, but we had to take the harder tyre while there was no data from the other options.
First special stage was still dry, but we had a spin in the third corner. After that I struggled to find the right rhytm to my driving. Then the next stage was fully wet, puddles all over the place. Then it was just a case of slipping and sliding – like the others with wrong choice of tyres in the car.
In the afternoon the roads were dry, but once we went wide and hit the fence. It was that heavy shunt, but enough to bend the door. We had to stop. I had to untie my belt and then try to shut the door. It was not possible to shut it properly, so, obviously, I had to keep it closed, but in every corner, it opened widely.
It was not nice, I can tell you.
Then we improved on Saturday. The long stages in army area went better and better. We managed to climb a few places. But, all in all, I never had as good feeling as I had in Rally Finland for the last day.
Just a few stages went ok. But there were so many that didn’t go that well. That’s why I cannot be satisfied with this rally. At least we finished and got P6. That’s never too bad a result.
Obviously, there were a lot of punctures. We got our share of it. Obviously, we didn’t loose places because of it, but it was the most annoying moment, while the tyre got a puncture in the beginning of the power stage on Sunday.
Now we have had six rallies, finished every time and got points. I feel we have advanced since last year quite nicely. Hopefully we got some good rallies more this year. The next challenge for us is to improve in France from last year’s perfomance.
Räikkönen to skip Rally Australia
Ice Man changes plans and will focus on remaining three WRC events of 2011
ICE 1 Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen to set to skip Rally Australia next month – despite having originally intended to tackle the event when his programme was announced at the start of the season.
Logistical and organisational difficulties mean that Raikkonen is now going to miss the Coffs Coast-based event, which takes place from 8-11 September on mainly gravel stages. Since switching to the WRC in 2010, the Finn has tended to miss the long-haul events, with the exception of Mexico, Japan and Jordan.
With Raikkonen’s programme depending largely on sponsorship input this year after energy drinks giant Red Bull scaled back its involvement compared to last season, less budget has been available for the 2007 Formula One world champion to use for tests and events.
Last year Raikkonen contested 12 rounds, missing only Rally New Zealand during the first half of the year, but also competed on some smaller regional rallies as tests. This season he will have entered nine world championship rallies, with a best result so far of sixth in Jordan (compared with fifth in Turkey last year).
However, his time difference to the frontrunners has improved considerably compared to the two seconds per kilometre he was lacking at the start of the 2010 season, and in Germany last week he showed himself capable of setting top six stage times, even on the most demanding tests such as Arena Panzerplatte – where he was fifth-quickest on Saturday evening.
After missing Australia, Raikkonen will compete in France, Spain and Great Britain: all rallies that he has entered before (although he was forced to miss the Catalunya round last year following a shakedown accident).
The 31-year-old Finn is yet to finalise his plans for next season, but has not ruled out the possibility of a full WRC campaign in 2012. Other possibilities in the frame include a return to Formula One or an extended NASCAR programme.
Raikkonen finished sixth on last week’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland. He’s currently eighth in the drivers’ standings, six points behind M-Sport Stobart driver Matthew Wilson.
SS15: 07:36 Raikkonen completes SS15
Citroen DS3 WRC driver Kimi Raikkonen reaches the end of the first stage of the day in 12m 29.9s. "It’s better than yesterday and the day before. I took it quite easy. We don’t have much to gain."
SS16: 08:20 Raikkonen and Henning Solberg through SS16
Kimi Raikkonen completes SS16 with a time of 9m 34.2s as he manages his advantage over Henning Solberg, who drops a further 17s in the battle for seventh. "The handbrake didn’t work," says Solberg to explain a spin.
RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "I’m trying to keep the gap between me and Henning."
SS17 – 10:55 Henning Solberg, Raikkonen complete SS17 (Audio http://www.mediafire.com/?e0go4ux66tyxcr3)
The fight for seventh is reinvigorated as Henning Solberg beats Kimi Raikkonen by 28.7s on SS17. Raikkonen’s margin is slashed to 15.3s with two stages to run.
RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. FL tyre puncture "We didn’t touch anything, I don’t konow. Nine km from here."
SS18: 11:34 Raikkonen through SS18 (Audio: http://www.mediafire.com/?wqr03r5dy1cdqn4)
Kimi Raikkonen completes SS18 and looks set to maintain his advantage to Henning Solberg in the fight for seventh. "Conditions are tricky, but we’ll see how it goes on the Power Stage. We’ll try to do something."
RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "Conditions were tricky here. We try to do something on Powerstage."
SS19: 13:30 Raikkonen through SS19 (Audio: http://www.mediafire.com/?hvg59i2hy4s24gb)
Having won this stage last year, Kimi Raikkonen reaches the end of the Power Stage with a time of 3m 25.5s to finish in a fine sixth position despite collecting a front-left puncture on the final test. "I got the puncture when we went over the curb. Last year we could drive over them. I’ve learned that I shouldn’t come here anymore! Too many mistakes. I didn’t drive many well this weekend."
RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. FL wheel puncture "I had not very good luck on this rally."
SS9 – 09:51 Raikkonen completes SS9
Citroen privateer Kimi Raikkonen stops the clock at 8m 52.9s on SS9, the seventh fastest time so far.
SS10 – 10:41 Raikkonen passes Henning Solberg for seventh (Audio http://www.mediafire.com/?czwulpbd9uyy6zv)
Kimi Raikkonen now leads Henning Solberg by 7s having outpaced the Finn in SS10 by 8.5s. "It’s a it better but I’m driving very bad today, so I’m not happy. Hopefully it’ll get better."
RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "I was driving very bad today. This one was better."
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SS11 (Audio http://www.mediafire.com/?03qrjqfpt0di3m7) - 14:38 Raikkonen slows on SS11
Citroen DS3 WRC driver Kimi Raikkonen drops 17.2s on SS11 and loses seventh position to Henning Solberg. "At the beginning we hit a bump and the car lost power. We also spun halfway through."
SS12: RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "Car was OK. I had spin now, not good."
15:52 Raikkonen closes on Henning Solberg (Audio: http://www.mediafire.com/?u7jahbddyjtxjtr)
Citroen privateer Kimi Raikkonen closes on seventh-placed man Henning Solberg by 1.6s to cut the deficit to 2.1s. "The car was okay. I had a little spin and we’re losing ten seconds every time."
SS13: 16:54 Raikkonen quick through SS13
Kimi Raikkonen betters Henning Solberg by 1.1s on SS13 to reduce the deficit in the battle for seventh position to just 1.0s.
SS14 (Audio http://www.mediafire.com/?xkkur9jf3k77zne)
RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "Better to stay home than go to this rally. Lot of mistakes today. Hopefully tomorrow will be another day."
Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen sets a strong time of 20m 11.7s. "My driving has been very bad," said Raikkonen. "This stage was okay. Maybe it would have been better to stay at home for this rally."
Räikkönen craves good luck in Germany
Ex-Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen says a lack of good fortune has held him back on the opening day of ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
Raikkonen, who is eighth overnight in the ICE 1 Racing Citroen DS3 WRC he shares with co-driver Kaj Lindstrom, took the only stage win of his World Rally Championship career to date on the Circus Maximus stage in Germany last year. But he’s yet to enjoy the same kind of success on the Trier-based round in 2011.
“Germany has been a bit unlucky for me so far,” said Raikkonen. “It’s hard to compare it with last year, because the car and the conditions are completely different. This morning I was on the wrong tyres and then in the afternoon I had a spin. But if you take away those things then it would not have been so bad, so I hope we can get better tomorrow.”
Raikkonen lost more than a minute on the rain-hit stage two alone, but revealed that he had come very close to taking the same bold tyre choice as the factory Citroens, with a mixture of hard and soft tyres. In the end he opted for the hard tyres exclusively, leaving him struggling for grip.
“We thought about doing the same; we probably should have done it,” he added. “Sure, it would be hard to know how the car might handle like that as we never tested it, but it probably would have been OK.”
Raikkonen’s best result so far this year is sixth overall in Jordan, which he believes he stands a chance of matching in Germany. “We need to be a bit lucky with that, but the feeling with the car is very good,” he concluded.
The Finn’s only other delay occurred on stage five when he carried too much speed into a right-hand bend and slid into a wooden fence. The impact damaged his driver’s side door, which kept flying open during the stage.
SS1 (Audio http://www.mediafire.com/?fhq5py3k5zbf519 ): Raikkonen, meanwhile, stops the clock at 14m 21.5s, the seventh fastest so far. "We spun in the third corner. Very slippery."
SS2: RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "Second stage we spun on first corner, tyres were too hard."
SS3: "On the first stage we spun, on the second we had the wrong tyres but the last one was a little bit better," said the Finn.
SS4 (Audio http://www.mediafire.com/?0i5b2n2hpdtdm5i): Kimi Raikkonen sets the fourth quickest time so far on SS4: "The morning was difficult, I was not driving well. Hopefully I can do better now."
SS6 (Audio http://www.mediafire.com/?3bf3l366k995ef6)
RÄIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. FL doors smashed "On previous one we were too fast in right hander, slide and destroy the doors."
[…] Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen’s Citroen shows signs of damage on its left-hand side following an impact on the previous stage; he sets a time of 12m 27.9s. "I was a little bit too fast in a right-hander and there was a fence. We slid into it and broke the door."
Da TS.fi, traduzione Nicole@KRForum Ufficiale
Free Mr. Räikkönen is open to all offers
Kimi Räikkönen is known for not living in the past – still the 31-year old racer hasn’t yet grabbed his future either.
At the eve of Germany rally Räikkönen managed to walk around every pitfall when interviewed by Turun Sanomat.
Räikkönen says he is satisfied with his development during the second year in WRC. He has five rallies behind him and five positions on WC-points.
– It has been a little more easier than it was before. We have lost a few positions when we had the tyre puncture in Jordan and crashed into a fence in Jyväskylä. The best is that we have progressed in time from last year, Räikkönen estimates.
How will the development proceed if Räikkönen drives WRC-rallies for the third season?
– Time will tell, he says.
Then how open is Räikkönen’s next year?
– There are no plans.
Then is there something that you at least have ruled out of your options?
– Useless to ask, Räikkönen grins.
You aren’t planning on stopping your driving career, are you?
– I don’t know. It’s useless for you to ask. Even though you would ask me in a hundred different ways, the reply won’t change. When you don’t know it yourself, then there aren’t many others who know either, Räikkönen insists.
Then what would you still want to do – Le Mans 24 hours or perhaps the Dakar-rally?
– It could be really cool to drive Le Mans. But if you are going to drive it, then you also have to drive a few races as a test and the schedules can become tricky. If I would go for example with Peugeot to Le Mans, then I would have to drive at least three test races.
– I haven’t even thought of something like Dakar. It could also be a cool experience but I don’t have any urge to go there. I’m sure it would be very different, although I don’t know since I haven’t been there.
Bonus points an offer in Germany
Lets go back to rally.
A year ago in Germany Räikkönen achieved his first rally merit when being the fastest on the last SS. This year that same 4,37 kilometer long Trier’s Circus Maximus SS will give power stage points to the three fastest.
Räikkönen has been driving with his own Citroen DN3 WRC -car only a day on tarmac when testing. He doesn’t start specifying his expectations.
– There could have been a little more testing. Now we more or less try out things here. We’ll see soon how the rally takes off. There is a small bit of real tarmac too, although the surfaces are mostly somekind of beton.
A track driver’s experience doesn’t help in tarmac rallies.
– There is nothing similar in them. The normal roads are never like a real track, the car is jumping and flying here and there.
An offer from F1 would interest Kimi
It’s easy to determine that Räikkönen would take a F1-challenge if he would be given the right offer.
How much do you follow F1-races?
– Everytime when I’m at home.
What do you think about the multiplied overtakings in GP-races?
– Apparently it’s easier in some races than in others. It depends upon how they decide about where the back wing can be opened. But it has nothing to do with the actual overtakings anymore. All you have to do is move beside and press a button and the one in front of you can’t do a thing.
– I guess they have been trying to take it into the right direction. Maybe it looks more cooler in television but it’s not any real racing.
– The tyre department again is a completely different thing. Those races where the tyre consumption have been decisive, they have been the best competitions, Räikkönen thinks.
Doesn’t it tingle at all to get there and start overtaking?
– It doesn’t change my attitude at all if they overtake there or not. It is always cool when you get to race. That’s all it takes.
Räikkönen is not surprised that Sebastian Vettel’s superiority has evened out a bit during the season.
– Often the situation always evens out every year if someone has been clearly leading in the beginning. And Vettel probably doesn’t even have to win races in order to stay in the lead up until the end.
Race driving still fascinates
– That was the best in those Nascar-races. To just drive alone in a circle was boring but especially in the truck-race the feeling was great. It’s great to race when you have cars all around you. It’s racing all the time. The Nationwide-car didn’t turn anywhere. That’s why it wasn’t as cool as the truck-race was.
Are we going to see Räikkönen in Nascar-races in the future?
– I don’t know. Let’s see. I could go there if I wanted to but like I said I haven’t thought about next year at all.
No Watkins Glen
Räikkönen was expected to go to the States again last weekend for the Watkins Glen’s Nascar-race. Actually they tried to lure the him there very much after one Sprint Cup -driver was injured and his car was offered to Räikkönen.
– I just didn’t want to go there. Besides the race was postponed by a day and I wouldn’t have got here in Germany for recce then, Räikkönen said.
Turun Sanomat, Trier
Räikkönen non ha dubbi su Vettel campione del mondo per la seconda volta
Kimi Raikkonen non ha dubbi circa chi vincerà il Mondiale 2011. Secondo il finlandese, Sebastian Vettel diventerà facilmente campione del mondo per la seconda volta di fila.
Il giovane pilota tedesco è in testa con 85 punti di distacco dal secondo in classifica e rimangono solo otto gare.
“Molto spesso la situazione è bilanciata alla fine della stagione se qualcuno ha dato moltissimo all’inizio della stagione. Vettel probabilmente non avrà nemmeno bisogno di vincere altre gare per stare davanti fino alla fine”.
Raikkonen compirà 32 anni ad Ottobre, ma non ha piani per il 2012 e non sembra voler tornare in Formula Uno.
“Non lo so” ha risposto dopo una serie di domande.
“Anche se lo chiedi in un centinaio di modi diversi, la risposta è quella. Non lo so e se non lo so io, gli altri neppure”.
Come Jacques Villeneuve, Raikkonen ha ammesso di non amare troppo questa F1 nel 2011, con il DRS.
“Non ha niente a che vedere con i sorpassi veri. Tutto quello che puoi fare è avvicinarti e premere un pulsanti ed il pilota davanti non è che possa fare molto”.
“Magari questo sistema va bene per la TV, ma per i piloti non è molto buono”.
Da TS.fi, traduzione Nicole@KRForum Ufficiale:
Räikkönen is not going to Australia
Although Kimi Räikkönen was going to go to Rally Australia in September, he has decided to skip it.
– I won’t drive there. I was going to but we aren’t going. It’s so far away that I’m not interested in travelling there, Räikkönen confirmed to Turun Sanomat.
Germany is Räikkönen’s 6th WRC-rally this season. Since he leaves Australia out of the program he still has France, Catalynia and Great-Britain.
Turun Sanomat, Trier