Kimi Raikkonen happier with Ferrari F1 car in German Grand Prix
Kimi Raikkonen says he is now happier with the feel of Ferrari’s Formula 1 car, despite another difficult race at the German Grand Prix.
The 2007 world champion started down in 12th after a mistake in qualifying on Saturday and finished a pointless 11th in Sunday’s race.
The Finn blamed damage from collisions with Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso for ruining his race, but said he was generally much happier with the handling of the F14 T at Hockenheim.
"It continues to feel more like it should even if the results are not where we should be," Raikkonen said.
"The car felt much better here – more to my liking – I could drive it more as I wanted and it started to feel nice.
"We had a bad second run in Q2, [but] in the race the car felt good on new tyres, but the front left didn’t last because of the damage on the front wing.
"On another weekend, when I get more parts, it should help and we can start turning it around and get more points in the race.
"It’s not easy. Things are not going to plan. Something always goes wrong. Hopefully it will stop at some point.
"Having difficult weekends is not fun but it’s part of racing. I would obviously rather have good weekends than bad results all the time, but I’m sure it’s going to change.
"It’s not like we’ve lost it, it’s just a difficult moment."
All teams removed their front and rear interconnected (FRIC) suspension systems ahead of the weekend, but Raikkonen does not reckon this made a big difference to the Ferrari.
"Obviously it’s hard to tell from circuit to circuit, but I don’t think it makes a big difference," he added.
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
Raikkonen hits back at calls for Hockenheim ban
Kimi Raikkonen has hit back after critics called on him to be banned for his British grand prix crash.
The Finn has recovered from a bruised ankle, knee and ribs after the 47G crash at Silverstone, in which Felipe Massa was also involved and Max Chilton’s head narrowly avoided a flying tyre.
"Why does he come in balls out like that and crash?" F1 legend Niki Lauda had said at Silverstone, referring to the way in which Raikkonen rejoined the circuit after running wide.
Jo Ramirez, the former McLaren team manager, said Raikkonen’s driving was "ludicrous".
"He could have seriously hurt himself," the Mexican told motorline.cc, "or worse, he could have hurt Massa as well. And yet he gets away without any punishment.
"I thought Derek Warwick was the steward so I wrote to him, but it was Nigel Mansell. But Warwick replied to me ‘You’re right! Raikkonen should have been punished!’" Rarirez revealed.
"If it would have been Maldonado or Grosjean, they would have sat out Germany, for sure," he charged.
At Hockenheim, however, Raikkonen dismissed his critics, telling the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 that punishments are not necessary "every time a driver goes off the track".
"Of course, everyone can have their opinion," said the Finn, "but usually it’s people who have never driven who are the first to say someone should be punished.”
“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
Hockenheim, 17 July – Scuderia Ferrari’s sponsor for the past five seasons, Santander Bank, organised a karting event tonight at a track in Walldorf, a few kilometres from the Hockenheimring, home to this weekend’s German Grand Prix. Winners of the event were Scuderia test driver Marc Gene and Catalan journalist from TV3, Albert Fabrega. Competitors were split into groups of four of different nationalities, with one team principal for each group. The best drivers from each country then took on a team of Scuderia Ferrari drivers, featuring Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Jules Bianchi, a Scuderia test driver, on loan for the night from the Marussia F1 team, Marc Gene and Raffaele Marciello, a Ferrari Driver Academy student, in Hockenheim for round 6 of the GP2 series. The winner was decided by adding the points scored by the journalist to those of that nation’s allocated race driver, decided by a draw before the start of a race where the victory went to Fabrega.
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
British GP: Ferrari unsure if Kimi Raikkonen will be fit to test
The Ferrari Formula 1 team is unsure if Kimi Raikkonen will be fit to test at Silverstone this week following his British Grand Prix accident.
Raikkonen suffered bruises to his knee and ankle following a high-speed crash into the barriers on the Wellington Straight on the opening lap of the race.
After checks at Silverstone’s medical centre showed that there was no serious injury to the Finn, who hobbled away from his wrecked Ferrari, his bosses are waiting to see if he will be fit enough to drive again this week.
When asked by AUTOSPORT about whether or not Raikkonen will be well enough to take part in the test, Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci said: "Kimi is OK.
"We checked several times and we will take a decision about the test, and what to do with the test, so we see after today.
"I want to be 100 per cent sure that he will be fine before [he does it]. But there is no major issue at the moment."
Raikkonen had been due to drive on one of the two days of Silverstone test, with development driver Pedro de la Rosa taking part on the other.
If Raikkonen cannot drive then it is possible that de la Rosa does both days, or Fernando Alonso could be drafted in instead.
Mattiacci ruled out any kind of mechanical failure for Raikkonen’s accident, which appeared to be caused by him losing control of his car as he hit a bump while rejoining the track.
"I think that there was some kind of issue getting off the track, coming back and finding some bump," he said. "That was the issue."
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
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
Kimi Raikkonen likely to leave F1 when Ferrari deal ends after 2015
Kimi Raikkonen is likely to retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2015, when his current deal with Ferrari runs out.
The 2007 world champion, who made his F1 debut with Sauber in ’01, returned to Ferrari this year, after spending two years in the World Rally Championship and two with Lotus since leaving the team at the end of ’09.
He signed a two-year deal to partner Fernando Alonso, and speaking ahead of the British Grand Prix on Thursday, he told reporters that he is unlikely to continue in F1 beyond that contract.
When asked what his plans were for the future, and if he saw himself at Ferrari for the long term, Raikkonen said: "Until my contract is finished, and then I will probably stop.
"That is what I think is going to happen."
Raikkonen said that he enjoyed taking in other disciplines such as rallying, and he is always keen to do other things alongside racing in F1.
"I tried many things and I think there is no harm in it," he said. "It doesn’t take anything from me doing F1.
"I think it can only help. You always learn if you try different things.
"The teams are scared that we get hurt. In the past when I was in Ferrari I could not do rallies.
"It would be nice not just for us but for the fans [if we could] do many things."
When asked if being given that sort of flexibility would convince him to stay in F1 for longer, Raikkonen added: "No, I don’t think so.
"Doing something else makes no difference about F1 and my future right now."
Raikkonen’s Formula 1 career
2001: Scores a point on his debut with Sauber, and goes on to finish 10th in the championship.
2002: His rookie form earns him a move to McLaren to replace Mika Hakkinen, and he nearly wins the French GP en route to finishing sixth in the standings.
2003: Narrowly misses out on the world championship to Michael Schumacher, despite only taking one victory, in the Malaysian GP.
2004: Wins one race late in the year after McLaren struggles until introducing a B-spec version of its MP4-19 mid-season.
2005: Takes seven wins, but reliability woes prevent him from challenging Fernando Alonso for the title and he has to settle for second.
2006: Finishes fifth in the standings as McLaren endures its first winless season since 1996, but he does manage to take three pole positions.
2007: Switches to Ferrari and wins his first race, before going on to win the world championship at the expense of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Alonso.
2008: Only takes two victories on his way to third in the standings, as team-mate Felipe Massa runs Hamilton close in the title race.
2009: Takes Ferrari’s only victory of a difficult season at Spa, before agreeing to end his deal with the team early as it makes room for Fernando Alonso.
2012: After two years in the WRC, Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus, winning the Abu Dhabi GP and finishing third in the championship.
2013: Wins the season-opener in Australia, before parting with Lotus two races early to undergo back surgery, following a dispute with the team over not being paid.
2014: Returns to Ferrari to partner Alonso, sitting 12th in the drivers’ championship after the first eight races of the year.
Kimi at Maranello for the day
Maranello, 2 July –After the excitement of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, today was a working day for Kimi Raikkonen, in Maranello for some engineering meetings, working with the team on the development of the F14 T, not just for the upcoming races, but also to help make the team ever more united in its working methods. This morning, the Finn spoke with President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Marco Mattiacci before having meetings with his race engineer Antonio Spagnolo and Technical Director James Allison. There were many items on the agenda, including a look at the development programme to be continued race by race for the rest of the season and Raikkonen was able to supply additional information of use to the engineers, while there was also time for Kimi to acquaint himself with the 2015 car. Work on this project goes on in parallel, while also learning from this year’s programme, given that the stability of the technical regulations for next year means that any technical shortcomings can be spotted in time, from looking at this year’s car data. Before heading off for Silverstone, Kimi spoke of his expectations for the coming weekend to http://www.ferrari.com. “It’s been useful coming here to Maranello to talk with my engineers. We know how much we need to improve and now we are looking ahead to the next race. Silverstone is a track with a great tradition and on top of that, the fans are very knowledgeable and they are happy to support you whatever team you drive for,” reckoned the Finn. “The track has changed a bit in recent years, but I like it a lot, as all the very fast corners make it very challenging. It often rains, which means it can all become a lottery, but it’s the same for everyone. All I can say is that, as usual, we will be trying our best.”
Ferrari F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen keen to try World Rallycross
Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen says he would like to try World Rallycross at some point in the future.
The 2007 F1 world champion previously dabbled in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR when he took a sabbatical from grand prix racing in 2010-11.
Rallycross has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, attracting the likes of 1997 F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve and Audi DTM ace Mattias Ekstrom to the ranks of the new FIA world championship.
Speaking to reporters during the recent Austrian Grand Prix, Raikkonen said he would be open to sampling this branch of the sport.
"Rallycross would be very nice to try, it looks good fun – similar to rally but against each other," said the Finn.
"Obviously I enjoyed rallying a lot, it’s a very difficult sport and a good challenge.
"I think it’s good to do different things because you always learn something and it’s good fun also."
Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso said during the Austrian GP that he plans to race at Le Mans after his F1 career is finished, while Raikkonen, who tested a Peugeot 908 LMP1 car in 2011, said Le Mans would be "on top of the list" of other races for him to do besides F1.
"Obviously I enjoy racing and Le Mans is one of the things that would be on top of the list, because it’s a very famous race," Raikkonen added.
"We have to see what happens in the future, but for sure there is some interest to do that race."
Kimi Raikkonen: Marco Mattiacci good for Ferrari F1 team
Kimi Raikkonen is encouraged by new Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Marco Mattiacci’s approach to turning the Scuderia’s ailing fortunes around.
Mattiacci took over from outgoing team principal Stefano Domenicali in April, and insisted after the recent Austrian Grand Prix that Ferrari has a recovery plan in place to improve its disappointing form.
Finn Raikkonen, who is struggling with his own issues with the handling of Ferrari’s F14 T, reckons the work Mattiacci has done since he arrived is cause for optimism within the team.
"Everybody has their own way of doing things – it’s very early days for Marco, and when he started he didn’t have as much knowledge as Stefano of F1, but he’s a very nice guy and he wants to really make a difference and know the sport," Raikkonen said during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
"Those are good signs. He’s doing a lot of work that people don’t see and I think he’s doing a very good job.
"He’s a good guy to work with; he’s just a different person from Stefano.
"I had a pretty close relationship with Stefano but it’s just a change for all of us, and I think sometimes that’s a good thing.
"People come from outside of F1 with a different view of things and it can help.
"It’s been good so far and I’m expecting he can do a very good job."
Festival of Speed al via nel segno di Ferrari e Shell
Goodwood, 26 giugno – Entra nel vivo da domani l’edizione 2014 del Festival of Speed di Goodwood, una delle rassegne più importanti al mondo per vetture da corsa di ieri e di oggi. Quest’anno la ricorrenza principale che viene celebrata nella kermesse del Sussex è il mezzo secolo dalla vittoria del titolo mondiale di Formula 1 di John Surtees, unico pilota ad essere stato campione del mondo su due (nel 1956, 58, 59 e 60) e quattro ruote (nel 1964). Tantissimi i piloti in attività presenti, tra i quali alcuni protagonisti della Formula 1 come Lewis Hamilton, l’ex ferrarista Felipe Massa e l’attuale pilota della Scuderia Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen. Proprio il finlandese sarà coprotagonista del momento simbolico più atteso. Kimi, infatti, percorrerà il tragitto della cronoscalata di Goodwood al volante della F2007 con la quale vinse il titolo mondiale e al suo fianco ci sarà proprio Surtees che percorrerà il tragitto a bordo della Ferrari 158 F1 con la quale mezzo secolo fa vinse uno dei campionati più incerti della storia battendo all’ultima gara, il celeberrimo Gran Premio del Messico, la concorrenza di due assi come Graham Hill e Jim Clark. Incredibilmente diverse le vetture, ma anche con tanti punti in comune. Innanzitutto il fatto di essere due Ferrari, poi quello di essere due vetture vincenti e, non ultimo, il fatto di poter contare sullo stesso partner: Shell, il colosso petrolifero che da sempre sfrutta la Formula 1 per mettere a punto i propri prodotti di eccellenza e che da anni è al fianco di Ferrari nella massima categoria. L’esibizione è prevista per domenica e i biglietti, così come per il sabato, sono già esauriti da tempo. Resta solo qualche tagliando per la giornata di domani, ma gli organizzatori sono certi che saranno venduti. Ospite d’onore domani e sabato sarà una sempre la Scuderia Ferrari che schiererà il collaudatore Pedro De La Rosa al volante di una F60 del 2009.
Meeting of legends at Goodwood
Goodwood, 29 June –Today at Goodwood Festival of Speed was one to remember with Scuderia Ferrari and Shell very much centre stage. During the first two days of the event, the Maranello marque was represented by test driver Pedro de la Rosa at the wheel of the 2010 F10, while today, it fielded two world champions at pretty much the same time. In the early afternoon, 1964 World Champion John Surtees settled into the Formula 1 car he drove 50 years ago to win the world title. Current Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen then got in the car that took him to the championship crown, after which, starting a minute apart they set off for a demonstration run up the famous Goodwood hill. Before and after their run Raikkonen and Surtees chatted about the huge crowd that had turned up for the festival and also discussed the differences and similarities of their respective cars, the 1964 158 and the 2007 F2007. They both shared having Shell as a partner supplying fuel and lubricants, a fundamental asset for Scuderia Ferrari for most of its Formula 1 history. This was Kimi’s first time at the Festival of Speed. “I think this is an incredible event, with thousands of very knowledgeable spectators turning up. Only in England is there such a passion for motorsport and it’s the only place that could organise something like this.” John Surtees, Shell’s guest of honour at the Festival of Speed, in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of his world title on four wheels, echoed the Finn’s sentiments. “Meetings such as these are the lifeblood of motor sport as much as the races. It was exciting to sit once again in my 1964 car and go up the Goodwood hill through two rows of crowds. This day will stay etched on my memory for a very long time.”
Ferrari, De la Rosa nei test
Fernando Alonso salta i prossimi test, quelli in programma a Silverstone martedì e mercoledì dopo il Gran Premio in programma il prossimo 6 luglio.
I programmi della Ferrari – per ora – prevedono che il primo giorno, martedì 8, a girare sulla F14 T sia Pedro de la Rosa. Il mercoledì toccherà a Kimi Raikkonen, che deve svolgere un programma di sviluppo pneumatici per conto della Pirelli.
Il test di De la Rosa serve anche a creare una corrispondenza migliore fra la pista e i dati del simulatore, che è un po’ l’”ufficio” del pilota catalano. Per Raikkonen, invece, ogni chilometro di pista in più può aiutare a prendere confidenza con la F14 T, anche se nel caso in cui debba provare pneumatici sperimentali questa utilità si riduce notevolmente.
La Ferrari ha anche accettato di collaborare con la Fia allo sviluppo di un sistema di scarico per incrementare la sonorità, in alternativa alla “trombetta” provata in Spagna dalla Mercedes, con pochi risultati.
Dovrebbe trattarsi di un tubo sdoppiato. Ma non ci saranno prove in pista: i collaudi si limitano alla fabbrica. E non sarà comunque facile trovare un modo per montare un dispositivo simile su una monoposto.
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:
Da Autosprint n.25 del 24/06/2014:
Raikkonen frustrated by Ferrari issues during the Austrian GP
Kimi Raikkonen has expressed his frustration at being told to look after his brakes early in the Austrian Grand Prix, saying Ferrari cannot afford for such things to happen.
With the Red Bull Ring Formula 1 weekend having once again highlighted the engine deficit Ferrari has to Mercedes, Raikkonen’s hopes of a decent haul of points were wrecked by him having to have back off early.
The Finn reckons that in Ferrari’s current situation, it is essential that it can push its car to the maximum throughout every grand prix to have any hope of a good result.
"We had to go down [on the engine settings] but also after two laps I had brake issues," explained the Finn, who eventually finished 10th.
"They asked me to cool the brakes but I was trying to fight against the other guys. So it was quite difficult after two laps being asked to slow down for brake issues.
"We know those kinds of things should not be happening, and we have to fix them. We cannot go into the race and start slowing down after two laps because of issues like that.
"We are not fast enough for giving up points, so there is more work to do to get there."
When asked how much of a step forward Ferrari had made since the start of the 2014 F1 campaign, Raikkonen said: "I think we are more or less in the same place.
"I think it depends a lot to do with the layout of the circuit, how it is for each team.
"[Austria] has long straights and the Mercedes powered cars seem to be working. But we have improved for sure in various places, and the car is much more together from the first race.
"But we need much bigger improvements on the engine and aero and those kind of things to get where the Mercedes guys are."
From weekend to another Kimi Raikkonen keeps on having problems to get his Ferrari car to his liking. It was already told by Kimi forehand that for F14T the worst tracks will be Bahrain,Canada and Austria…and it was excatly what happened.
In these three races Kimi came 10th in all of them.
-" It was the same fighting with the car again whole weekend, Kimi said"
- There is certain things on the car, that won’t work like I want them to and there is troubles with tyres.It’s the combination of the two that are causing troubles. We know what we should do to the car, when we lose on the mechanical side, when we have no grip when accelarating out of the corners, or even normal grip, we should get changes to the balance.
– Car is very difficult to drive for me, because I hate the kind of front end that is weak and that’s excatly what we have at the moment.When we then focus more to the front end, we lose the grip of the rear.
-We have tried to find a better balance between the two, because we have to get that to work.It’s however clear, that it takes time to find that balance.But I’m convinced that we will find it.
When team asked during the race Kimi to push faster, he answered give me more power.So was there problems on the engine side?
"-yes, we had to cool it down, but already after two laps my brakes were overheating, and team asked me to cool them.I was at that moment driving behind another car(Magnussen) and another car (Hulkenberg) was behind me, so cooling them was difficult at that point.Those things should not happend, you can’t race if already after two laps you have to slow down.
Raikkonen lost a lot of time during the pitstop.
- The timing of my pitstop was really bad, when my tyres were already in pretty bad shape.I don’t know the reason, why we stopped so late but it did cost few places. With the speed I had, there was no way to get those places back. It was a bad thing, Kimi said."
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
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.”