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La seconda scelta?

Raikkonen-Ferrari: il team radio della discordia

17 maggio 2014 – Il team radio di Kimi Raikkonen al termine del Gran Premio di Spagna testimonia tutto il nervosismo di Iceman verso una strategia che non lo ha affatto convinto.

Sulla differente strategia seguita dalla Ferrari per i suoi due piloti nel Gran Premio di Spagna si è largamente parlato per tutta la settimana. Sono passati ormai diversi giorni dall’episodio e, complici i test di questa settimana, Kimi Raikkonen è già salito nuovamente a bordo della F14 T, lavorando a stretto contatto con la squadra.

Sicuramente il finlandese e il muretto del Cavallino hanno dunque già abbondantemente chiarito gli aspetti di questa vicenda, che per il bene della Ferrari si spera non lasci strascichi. Sì perché Raikkonen, subito dopo la bandiera a scacchi, era piuttosto contrariato da quanto successo a Barcellona.

Con la pubblicazione di tutti i filmati onboard della gara e dei relativi team radio, è infatti divenuto di dominio pubblico anche il duro confronto tra Kimi e il suo ingegnere di pista Antonio Spagnolo. Ve ne avevamo accennato nell’articolo con le dichiarazioni a caldo del pilota, dove vi riportavamo anche la reazione di Raikkonen alle domande sull’episodio postegli da Natalie Pinkman di ‘Sky Sports F1 GB’ (qui).

Ecco dunque la registrazione del team radio in questione e relativa trascrizione:

Antonio Spagnolo: “It went bad just at the very end, sorry about that/È andata male proprio alla fine: mi dispiace.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Yes, but who is making the calls? In one of those, I mean it seems to me at least we are not…. We seem to be getting second choice every time! So, [incomprensibile] I wanna know what the hell is going on/Sì, ma chi fa le chiamate? In una di quelle, voglio dire, mi è sembrato quasi che noi non siamo… sembra che ci siamo beccati la seconda scelta! Quindi, [incomprensibile] voglio sapere che diavolo sta succedendo!”

Antonio Spagnolo: “Understood. Anyway, we’ll speak later/Afferrato. Ad ogni modo, ne parleremo più tardi.”

Il momento di tensione vissuto è dunque innegabile. Montecarlo, con le sue strette strade su cui si formano sovente trenini di monoposto, potrebbe subito mettere alla prova la stabilità del rapporto tra Raikkonen e la Ferrari: cosa succederà in caso di situazione analoga?

Autosprint post GP Spagna

Da Autosprint n.19 del 13 maggio 2014




GP Spagna, video del weekend

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GP Spagna, commenti post gara–11/05/2014

13:59 Kimi Raikkonen isn’t happy with being jumped by Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. After the race he quizzes his engineer about "who is making the calls? We seem to get second choice."

Da Autosport.com



Spanish GP: Kimi Raikkonen wanted to ‘clear up’ Ferrari strategy

Kimi Raikkonen says he wanted to clarify the thinking behind Ferrari’s strategy after losing out to team-mate Fernando Alonso in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alonso overtook Raikkonen for sixth place in the closing stages, having caught the Finn on fresher tyres by virtue of stopping three times compared to his team-mate’s two pitstops.
Earlier in the race Alonso had been able to make the first pitstop of the pair despite running behind Raikkonen on the road. Teams often give pitstop choice priority to the driver who is ahead on track.

On team radio messages from the slowing-down lap broadcast to television audiences, Raikkonen asked "who made these calls?" as he felt he was getting "second choice".
Asked by AUTOSPORT to explain the messages and whether he felt Alonso was getting priority, Raikkonen replied: "I just wanted to clear up some things."

The Finn played down the significance of the differing strategy choices and being beaten to sixth.
"Obviously there was not much between it," Raikkonen said. "We still finished far away from the others. It did not make much difference to the result."


Alonso insisted that his strategic priority had been to beat Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull, not to try to win an intra-team war. Vettel managed to jump Alonso at the final stops and pulled away to take fourth.
"I don’t know how the tyres were for Kimi, but for me after two or three laps I had a very difficult rear end so was asking when we could stop," said Alonso.

"When it was time, we stopped. Then I had traffic and because of that I didn’t pass Kimi.
"In the second stint I finished the tyres again and asked when we could stop. They said we could keep going or do two stops, or we stop and do three.

"They said Vettel was on three so if we stopped now, we covered him. And I said ‘we do it’.
"I tried to protect the position from Vettel and it was not possible. The intention was just to keep Vettel behind once we’d changed strategy. We didn’t manage it and it was a shame."

Although Raikkonen was closer to Alonso in Spain after being outperformed by some margin at the preceding race in China, the Finn said he was more concerned with Ferrari’s poor overall position.
"It’s just a different race. We’re trying many things and it was a bit better, but we are still sixth and seventh," he said.

"We had some chances to fight but we are still far away from where we want to be. Overall we were the fourth-quickest team, so it’s disappointing.
"But there were some good points over the weekend compared to the last race."

Da Autosport.com

Kimi Raikkonen: “A long way off our goal” Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a complicated race for me, with the main problem being a lack of grip and in general, it was very difficult to find the right balance on the car. Going for a two stop strategy proved to be the wrong choice because tyre degradation meant I couldn’t push all the way to the end. Overall here, we went better than in the last race, maybe because the characteristics of this track are very different to those we have raced on so far, but we cannot be happy with sixth and seventh places, because we are a long way off where we want to be. It will take time, but we will do our utmost, because we know where we must keep pushing if we want to improve.”


Da Ferrari.com

GP Spagna, gara–11/05/2014

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton denies Nico Rosberg in F1 thriller

Lewis Hamilton recorded his fourth straight Formula 1 victory of 2014, after narrowly defeating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a thrilling conclusion to the Spanish Grand Prix.

The silver cars had more than a second per lap in hand over their rivals, so this was only ever going to be a proverbial two-horse race.

Hamilton nailed the start from pole position and held a slender lead through the early stages.

Erstwhile championship leader Rosberg attempted to outwit his team-mate with an alternative strategy, running three laps longer than Hamilton in the first stint and switching to Pirelli’s hard tyre rather than taking another set of the mediums on which they both started.

The race appeared to hinge on whether Rosberg could stay within a couple of seconds of Hamilton through his stint on the slower tyre, in order to jump him with an earlier final stop.

But Hamilton stayed out of reach and was four seconds up the road when Mercedes decided to pit him for the final time on lap 43 of 66.

That gave him track position for the final stint, but the penalty of 23 laps on the slower tyre, while Rosberg faced the prospect of trying to catch and pass his team-mate on-track with his final set of the quicker tyres.

Rosberg homed in as the leaders reeled off the laps, but fell short by just 0.6 seconds, which allowed Hamilton to leapfrog him in the title race and lead the championship table for the first time since he won the Canadian GP of 2012.

Behind the dominant Mercedes cars, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden podium finish in F1 by taking third.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas held that place initially, after an excellent start from fourth on the grid, but was jumped at the first round of pitstops and was powerless to prevent the Red Bull of reigning champion Sebastian Vettel jumping him for fourth at Turn 10 in the closing stages.

The four-time world title winner produced a swashbuckling performance to climb from 15th on the grid to finish only one place behind his team-mate.

Red Bull pitted Vettel early to get him out of sequence with the rest, and the German made full use of an aggressive three-stop strategy to climb the order, producing some bolshy overtaking moves when required.

Spanish home hero Fernando Alonso used a similar three-stop strategy to beat Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to sixth.

Raikkonen delivered his strongest performance of the season relative to his team-mate, but was powerless to prevent Alonso passing on fresher tyres in the late stages of the race, despite making it as difficult as he reasonably could.

Romain Grosjean delivered the first points of the season to the Lotus team by bringing the twin-tusk E22 home in eighth.

The Franco-Swiss driver started fifth and held that place early on, but gradually fell back as faster cars asserted their authority over the race distance.

The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg claimed the final points on offer by jumping the sluggish McLaren of Jenson Button at the start and rounding out the top 10.

A three-stop strategy did not pay off for Felipe Massa, who started ninth but trailed home 13th behind the McLarens of Button and Kevin Magnussen.

Results - 66 laps:

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h41m05.155s 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.636s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +49.014s 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +1m16.702s 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +1m19.293s 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +1m27.743s 7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1 lap 8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +1 lap 9. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1 lap10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1 lap11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap13. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +1 lap14. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault +1 lap16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault +2 lapsRetirements: Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 34 laps Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 24 laps

Drivers' championship:

Pos  Driver            Points
 1.  Lewis Hamilton    100
 2.  Nico Rosberg      97
 3.  Fernando Alonso   49
 4.  Sebastian Vettel  45
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo  39
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg   37
 7.  Valtteri Bottas   34
 8.  Jenson Button     23
 9.  Kevin Magnussen   20
10.  Sergio Perez      20
11.  Kimi Raikkonen    17
12.  Felipe Massa      12
13.  Romain Grosjean   4
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne  4
15.  Daniil Kvyat      4

Constructors' championship:

Pos  Team                  Points
 1.  Mercedes              197
 2.  Red Bull-Renault      84
 3.  Ferrari               66
 4.  Force India-Mercedes  57
 5.  Williams-Mercedes     46
 6.  McLaren-Mercedes      43
 7.  Toro Rosso-Renault    8
 8.  Lotus-Renault         4
 9.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
10.  Marussia-Ferrari      0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0
Da Autosport.com

Lorenzo, Raikkonen e Alonso–10/05/2014

Swap of champions

Montmelò, 10 May – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen met up with two time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, who was visiting the Catalunya circuit today. The meeting ended with an exchange of helmets, as the Majorcan Team Movistar Yamaha rider wanted to pay tribute to Kimi and Fernando, with two specially designed helmets bearing the Alfa Romeo logo and in return the Ferrari duo handed over one each of their own. “It was great spending the day with the Ferrari family,” said Lorenzo. “I was in the garage and was able to watch from close up the work of the mechanics and they showed me lots of interesting things relating to the car and the telemetry. I support Fernando, but I think Kimi is also a great champion and I am really happy to have been given their helmets, as they are two incredibly talented guys.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Spagna, commenti post qualifiche–10/05/2014

Da SkyF1:


Intervista post qualifiche Sky – Kimi

Da Raisport:

Spanish GP: Kimi Raikkonen reckons every flying lap is a fight

Kimi Raikkonen says every qualifying lap is a battle at the moment as he continues to try to get to grips with Ferrari’s 2014 Formula 1 car.

The Finn outpaced team-mate Fernando Alonso in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying, taking sixth place – one spot ahead of the sister car.

But asked if that was a sign of progress, Raikkonen replied: "No, the morning was a disaster and we changed the car quite a bit.

"It was still very difficult, I had to fight a lot to get the one lap out. There are small things all the time and it’s tricky to get the one lap.

"You have to stay on line and try not to make a mistake, it’s always a fight to get the lap out, and obviously it’s still disappointing to be six or seventh.

"We still want to be at the front so we cannot be happy but that’s how it goes.

"It was better this afternoon, but still not where we should be."

Raikkonen shrugged off the significance of outqualifying Alonso.

"Obviously people are interested on that side but for me it’s about being at the front," he said.

"It doesn’t give me much satisfaction to be only six or seventh, that’s not where we want to be.

"There’s a much bigger picture that we have to look at and right now it’s nice, but [outqualifying Alonso] isn’t going to change my life.

He also played down the chances of Ferrari fighting for a podium on Sunday.

"That’s the aim but is it going to happen? Hard to say," Raikkonen responded when asked if he expected a podium bid.

"This year there has always been something that has happened to make it difficult so hopefully it’s just a normal race.".

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, prove sabato–10/05/2014

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton denies Nico Rosberg pole

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season by topping qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the first two segments of qualifying, but delivered when it counted in Q3 to take pole by 0.168 seconds in a tense final-lap battle.

With Mercedes continuing to dominate, the rest were battling for third and it was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo who emerged as best of the rest, albeit a second off Hamilton.

Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth for Williams, comfortably ahead of Romain Grosjean, who continued the recent upward trend for the twin-tusk Lotus E22 with a season’s best fifth place.

The two Ferraris lapped at a similar pace, ending up sixth and seventh with Kimi Raikkonen shading team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Jenson Button was eighth ahead of Felipe Massa, the latter looking set for a stronger grid position but for a disappointing Q3 lap.

Sebastian Vettel qualified 10th after being unable to complete a lap during Q3 thanks to his Red Bull grinding to a halt early in his run, prompting a brief red flag stoppage.

Nico Hulkenberg was fastest of the drivers to fail to make the top 10 shootout. He was bumped out of the Q3 slots by Bottas late on, albeit less than a tenth slower than home hero Alonso, who just scraped through.

The second Force India of Sergio Perez was 13th ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Gutierrez.

Behind them, Kevin Magnussen was classified 15th despite not running in Q2 with an engine problem striking his McLaren-Mercedes.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 16th after also not running, but he will start from the back of the grid thanks to a 10-place grid penalty for shedding a wheel during Friday afternoon practice.

Adrian Sutil, who complained about a problem with his Sauber over the radio, was the fastest of those who failed to escape Q1.

He was bumped down to 17th in the dying seconds of the first segment of qualifying by Button, who put on the quicker medium Pirelli in order to ensure he was not knocked out.

Max Chilton was 18th, outqualifying Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi by six tenths of a second, with Marcus Ericsson doing a good job in the lead Caterham to end up just ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.

Pastor Maldonado will start last after failing to complete a flying lap before crashing.

He lost the rear end of his Lotus at the exit of Turn 3 after drifting wide on his first flying lap in Q1, spinning into the inside wall and bringing out the red flag for seven minutes.

Pos  Driver                Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m25.232s
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m25.400s  +0.168s
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m26.285s  +1.053s
 4.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1m26.632s  +1.400s
 5.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m26.960s  +1.728s
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m27.104s  +1.872s
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m27.140s  +1.908s
 8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.335s  +2.103s
 9.  Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m27.402s  +2.170s
10.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault                 
                           Q3 cut-off time:      1m27.602s  **
11.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m27.685s  +1.597s
12.  Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m28.002s  +1.914s
13.  Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.039s  +1.951s
14.  Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.280s  +2.192s
15.  Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault
                           Q2 cut-off time:      1m28.472s  *
17.  Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.563s  +1.799s
18.  Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m29.586s  +2.822s
19.  Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.177s  +3.413s
20.  Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m30.312s  +3.548s
21.  Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m30.375s  +3.611s
22.  Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault

     107 per cent time:    1m32.837s

* Gap to fastest in Q1
** Gap to fastest in Q2


Da Autosport.com

Spanish GP: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in final practice

Mercedes continued its dominance of Formula 1 as Nico Rosberg topped the third practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Qualifying this afternoon will most likely be another personal duel between the two Silver Arrows machines. They were split by 0.869 seconds in Saturday morning practice.

Local hero Fernando Alonso was third quickest in his Ferrari, more than 1.3s behind Rosberg and just fractionally ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean was fifth quickest for Lotus ahead of Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and the other McLaren of Jenson Button.

Pastor Maldonado was ninth quickest in the second Lotus, while Sebastian Vettel made up for the time he lost on Friday by completing 20 laps in his Red Bull and finishing with the 10th fastest time.

At the beginning of the hour the Ferraris set the early pace, with firstly Kimi Raikkonen, then his team-mate Alonso going fastest on the hard tyres in the first 20 minutes.

As the half hour mark approached the Mercedes drivers emerged from the pits and started lighting up the timesheets. Rosberg was first to post the quickest time, over a second faster than Alonso’s Ferrari.

Rosberg and his team-mate Hamilton then traded fastest lap times at the top of the order, but it was clear that a number of drivers continued to struggle with the low grip on a dry but overcast day in Barcelona.

Several drivers, including the spectacular Alonso, battled with rear grip issues and once again Max Chilton’s session ended in the gravel trap, this time after he locked up his front left heading into Turn 5 and slid wide into the gravel on the outside of the corner.

Kamui Kobayashi also had a late off-track excursion in his Caterham but was able to continue unharmed.

Pos Driver             Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m25.887s           16
 2. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m26.756s  +0.869s   9 
 3. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m27.188s  +1.301s  15
 4. Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m27.223s  +1.336s  10
 5. Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m27.682s  +1.795s  18
 6. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.806s  +1.919s  16
 7. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m27.808s  +1.921s  12
 8. Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.006s  +2.119s  11
 9. Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m28.076s  +2.189s  19
10. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m28.085s  +2.198s  20
11. Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m28.101s  +2.214s  12
12. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.242s  +2.355s  16
13. Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.298s  +2.411s  16
14. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m28.419s  +2.532s  16
15. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m28.571s  +2.684s  13
16. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m28.668s  +2.781s  13
17. Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.715s  +2.828s  16
18. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.865s  +2.978s  18
19. Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.169s  +4.282s  15
20. Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.670s  +4.783s  12
21. Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m30.712s  +4.825s  18
22. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m31.559s  +5.672s  19
Da Autosport.com

Commenti felici e infelici…–09/05/2014

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo:

[…] Raikkonen returned to Ferrari over the winter but has struggled more than Alonso this year. However, Montezemolo has no doubt that the Finn will turn his fortunes around.

"Kimi I think has improved step-by-step until today and I hope he can do good tomorrow, although tomorrow I don’t expect a lot. I know Kimi very well, he is a fantastic driver who does not feel comfortable with the car but is improving. I spoke a lot with him today and he is more pleased with the car and I think he will be even more pleased in the near future. He’s strong and I like him very much."

Da ESPNF1.com

Alonso jokes that Raikkonen struggle is no surprise

Fernando Alonso could not resist a mischievous joke on Thursday when asked about teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s struggles so far in 2014.

Finn Raikkonen has struggled notably at Ferrari since returning to his 2007 title-winning team, but for the moment the high-pressure Maranello marque is backing him.

"He has class written all over him," said technical director James Allison, "and in a very short space of time I’m sure we will also see the results of that on the track."

When asked about the gap between himself and Raikkonen so far this season, however, Alonso undoubtedly recalled the pre-season banter that suggested his ‘number 1′ crown at Ferrari may finally be in doubt.

"Usually I beat my teammates," the Spaniard joked, according to Finland’s MTV3. "So it’s not a big surprise."

More seriously, Alonso said Ferrari is working hard to get "both Ferraris" fully up to speed.

"We are not in a position at the moment that we expect," he said ahead of his home grand prix.

"The start of Kimi was not the best in terms of points but I think hopefully soon they will be close to the podium or to the victories and we – both Ferraris – can score many points for the team."

Da Grandprix.com


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GP Spagna, commenti post libere–09/05/2014

Raikkonen: “E’ stata una giornata particolarmente intensa”

"Abbiamo cercato di girare il più possibile per portare a termine il programma previsto"

Il commento di Kimi Raikkonen al termine delle due sessioni di prove libere sul circuito di Barcellona per il Gran Premio di Spagna.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Questa è stata una giornata particolarmente intensa, in cui abbiamo cercato di girare il più possibile per portare a termine il programma previsto per le due sessioni di prove libere.
Al mattino abbiamo provato differenti soluzioni di assetto, alternando due diverse ali posteriori, mentre nel secondo turno ci siamo dedicati alla preparazione di qualifica e gara, e allo studio del comportamento delle due mescole messe a disposizione dalla Pirelli. Questa sera analizzeremo attentamente tutti i dati che abbiamo raccolto, per scegliere quale direzione seguire”.

Da Ferrari.it

Kimi’s column pre GP Spagna–09/05/2014

The Barcelona boost

The short break is over. We have had quite a busy time since the last race in China, but now it feels good to get back to racing again.
It’s always a nice boost for everybody, when we get back to Europe. Obviously, you don’t have to travel that much, as it’s only a short way from your home.
I’m not too happy with the results, but as usual, I just look at the next race, not at those we have had, while you cannot change them anymore.
All the time I have been working with my engineer trying to help improve things. But, as I have said earlier, it is not an overnight fix, while there have been certain issues with the front end of the car for my style of driving. We feel that step by step it should be getting where we want it to be.
This is the first time we will go to Barcelona without any pre-season testing at the circuit with the new cars. But as drivers, we know what to expect as there have already been those four races this season.
However, there will be a difference as we now have less downforce with these cars compared to previous years, so certain corners will feel different. We also now have much more torque from the engine.
The team has worked extremely hard to get the car better. Now we will have some interesting running to do on Friday to find out how new things work at the circuit. Let’s hope we will get a clean and good weekend.

Da KimiRaikkonen.com

GP Spagna, prove venerdì–09/05/2014

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton stays on top in FP2

Lewis Hamilton dominated Friday afternoon practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by almost half-a-second.

After Hamilton and Rosberg topped the times during the early running, when all drivers lapped on the hard-compound Pirellis, Daniel Ricciardo was the first frontrunner to run the faster rubber.

He improved his time by a second to go top by half-a-second from Hamilton shortly after the half-hour mark, with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen also completing a relatively early lap on mediums to go third.

But both Mercedes drivers were soon out on the medium Pirellis, with Rosberg momentarily taking top spot with 51 minutes to go before Hamilton set a time 0.449s faster.

Ricciardo’s lap was good enough to hold third, with home hero Fernando Alonso jumping ahead of Raikkonen.

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen went sixth fastest shortly after the halfway mark of the session, shading team-mate Jenson Button with Felipe Massa’s Williams just behind.

Pastor Maldonado, the first driver to set a time on the mediums which briefly elevated him to fourth fastest, was shuffled down to ninth by the end of the session ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.

Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean was only 17th after a troubled session, initially complaining of a lack of rear-end downforce before being called in with a braking problem that potentially made the car unsafe.

Force India had a quiet session, with Nico Hulkenberg the faster of its drivers in 11th place ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, whose session came to an end with five minutes to go after his right-rear wheel flew off after he had stopped to change tyres.

Behind them was Adrian Sutil in the improved, lightweight Sauber-Ferrari C33, a car he hopes will allow him to fight for a points finish for the first time in 2014 this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel sat out the session after completing only four laps in the morning thanks to an electrical problem.

His Red Bull squad discovered that the wiring loom had been damaged, meaning there was not enough time to get the car fixed and back out on track.

Marussia driver Max Chilton also hit trouble, suffering an engine problem that restricted him to only in-and-out laps early in the session before completing some meaningful running later on.

He ended the session in the gravel at Turn 4 after what appeared to be a driver error.

He also caused a yellow flag at the entry to the final corner when his Marussia shed a piece of bodywork that had to be recovered by a marshal.

Track conditions were good throughout the session, with the ambient temperature around the 23-24C mark and track temperatures in the mid-40s.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1:25.524s           33
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:25.973s  +0.449s  36
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1:26.509s  +0.985s  38
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:27.121s  +1.597s  33
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1:27.296s  +1.772s  33
 6. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1:27.788s  +2.264s  37
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:27.811s  +2.287s  29
 8. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1:27.824s  +2.300s  31
 9. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1:27.866s  +2.342s  42
10. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1:28.049s  +2.525s  35
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:28.074s  +2.550s  31
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1:28.246s  +2.722s  30
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1:28.284s  +2.760s  33
14. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1:28.698s  +3.174s  33
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1:29.105s  +3.581s  24
16. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1:29.129s  +3.605s  34
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1:29.463s  +3.939s  26
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1:29.991s  +4.467s  26
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1:31.148s  +5.624s  28
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1:31.338s  +5.814s  38
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1:31.586s  +6.062s  39
22. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      no time
Da Autosport.com

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton leads first practice for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton set the pace for the opening Formula 1 practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend to continue his stronghold on this year’s championship.

The Mercedes driver ensured it was a British 1-2 at the top of the timing sheets as he finished 0.868s ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button.

Button held the fastest time for the majority of the Friday morning session recording his best time on the hour mark.

The McLaren driver was stationed at the top of the timesheets until his compatriot Hamilton set the fastest time five minutes from the end of the session.

There were problems for Sebastian Vettel, who sat out nearly the entire practice period after an electrical issue halted his running and he pulled to the side of the track at Turn 5, just 25 minutes into FP1.

The German had only completed four laps when the problem struck his car and he ended up with the 20th fastest time.

Nico Rosberg could only manage the fifth fastest time after he suffered a lack of running due to a problem with his Mercedes power unit.

Behind Button, Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in his Red Bull ahead of Fernando Alonso, who was visibly hustling his Ferrari around the Spanish GP circuit.

His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen.

There was drama for Giedo van der Garde when he suffered a partial brake failure at Turn 1 and ran through the gravel at high speed, just missing the barriers on the outside of the corner.

Sauber’s reserve driver was in the car in place of Esteban Gutierrez for FP1. He was able to continue to the pits unharmed.

The opening practice session of the weekend was the first chance for all the teams to try test the performance of their upgrades.

There was a bizarre moment for Sergio Perez when his left rear view mirror broke and came into his cockpit, forcing the Force India driver into the pits.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m27.023s           17
 2. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.891s  +0.868s  26
 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m27.973s  +0.950s  21
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m28.128s  +1.105s  23
 5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m28.168s  +1.145s   9
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m28.337s  +1.314s  19
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.423s  +1.400s  27
 8. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m28.744s  +1.721s  34
 9. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m28.779s  +1.756s  18
10. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m28.791s  +1.768s  13
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.792s  +1.769s  24
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m28.828s  +1.805s  17
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.859s  +1.836s  24
14. Felipe Nasr           Williams-Mercedes     1m29.272s  +2.249s  15
15. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m29.688s  +2.665s  16
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m29.820s  +2.797s  22
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m29.444s  +2.421s  21
18. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari        1m30.440s  +3.417s  21
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.748s  +3.725s  19
20. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m30.942s  +3.919s   4
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m30.997s  +3.974s  22
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m31.421s  +4.398s  22
Da Autosport.com

Evento Oakley per Kimi–08/05/2014

Piloti della Scuderia protagonisti all’evento Ferrari-Oakley

Barcellona, 8 maggio – Serata di gala a Barcellona per la presentazione della partnership tra Ferrari e Oakley. Nello scenario dei Barcelona Studios è stato organizzato un grande evento per presentare la nuova collezione di occhiali Scuderia Ferrari by Oakley. Ospiti d’onore tre dei piloti della Scuderia, i collaudatori spagnoli Marc Gené e Pedro de la Rosa e il pilota finlandese Kimi Raikkonen. A Raikkonen sono state rivolte alcune domande. La prima è stata relativa al senso dei dettagli e all’importanza che questi ricoprono in uno sport come la F.1. La risposta di Kimi è stata esauriente: “Credo che i dettagli siano fondamentali. Nelle vetture di F.1 così come nelle auto da strada la cura del particolare è un elemento imprescindibile, in questo senso Ferrari e Oakley condividono la grande attenzione per ogni più piccolo componente e questo è importante”.Poi a Kimi è stato chiesto se prenderebbe mai in considerazione l’idea di un visore sul quale possano essere proiettati dati e statistiche in modo da non dover staccare gli occhi dalla strada. Su questo il finlandese è parso meno convinto: “Sarei curioso di provarlo anche se non sono sicuro che lo userei. Io sono un pilota un po’ all’antica. Forse però avere solo qualche dato fondamentale potrebbe essere interessante”.Infine si è parlato di occhiali da sole, uno strumento cui Kimi è particolarmente affezionato: “Io li uso molto perché ho gli occhi sensibili alla luce. Qualcuno dice che li indossi per non dover guardare in faccia le persone” – ha sorriso – “E a volte è anche vero”. -

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Kimi’s Column post GP Spagna–20/05/2013

God damned second place – again!
Winning means everything to me. Obviously, I hate losing, but it¹s not that meaningless to finish a Grand Prix in a second place. Right now it means good points every time.
Well, finishing second three times in a row, doesn¹t feel that great, but if there is a different winner, you gain the most points with a series of second spots, as well.
This is a very tight championship. We have been able to start with pretty good results in the first five races, so it¹s not that bad situation to carry on to the summer season.
We had high hopes for Spanish Grand Prix. We did our very best, but all in all, I have to say, we didn¹t deserve more than finishing second.
Obviously, the Mercedes cars seem to be too fast for everybody else in qualifying. While they got the front row, the rest of the pack was competing for the second row places. We got P4. It was not that brilliant to start from the dirtier side of the track, but we survived and start climbing higher again like in the last few races.
I was leading the race in the midway, and for a short while, I thought we could challenge Fernando Alonso for the victory, but it was not to be this time.
We settled down taking the second place, so we got a podium again and that was enough to catch the championship leader Sebastian Vettel by some points. That was the main target for Barcelona, and that was achieved ­ in a deserved way.
After Spain I chilled out with the friends, watched the icehockey championships on TV and, most of all, focussed on the the huge challenges of Monaco.

Da KimiRaikkonen.com

GP Spagna, rassegna stampa e immagini–19/05/2013

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Commenti post GP Spagna–13/05/2013

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GP Spagna, commenti post gara–12/05/2013

Kimi Räikkönen Happy to Sneak Under the Radar

After a hat-trick of second place finishes, Kimi moves to within four points of Sebastian Vettel at the head of the Drivers’ Championship; he’s not getting carried away just yet though…

P2 for the third consecutive race; how are you feeling?

Unfortunately it’s second place again so it’s not time to celebrate too much. The car felt good and we did pretty much all we could today, but we didn’t have the pace to challenge Fernando [Alonso]. I drove to the maximum and it’s good for the championship that Sebastian finished behind us. It’s nice to be on the podium for me and the team; let’s see what we can do in Monaco.

You achieved your result with a three stop strategy today when many rivals opted for four; talk us through that decision?

That’s the strategy we chose and it worked pretty well for us. Fernando did make four stops, but we didn’t think we could beat him whatever the strategy today as he has looked pretty quick all weekend.

Did you enjoy your battle with Sebastian Vettel?

Yes, but it didn’t last very long; just a few laps. I maybe had a chance to pass a bit earlier but I didn’t think I could take him at the end of the straight; they [Red Bull] were very fast coming on to the straight so I couldn’t catch him there. It took a bit longer than I expected but then it was a good battle – fair, but quite tough – and it worked out okay for us in the end.

Some say your championship challenge is somewhat under the radar; is that a good thing?

I don’t mind if people don’t notice us. We do our work, we’re happy in what we do and we obviously try to achieve the best for Enstone. I’m just here to race the best i can. You always want to win and it’s disappointing to finish second, but sometimes we have to take what we can get.

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GP Spagna, conferenza post gara–12/05/2013

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Kimi, four points off the championship lead at this stage and you’re coming in under the radar so to speak, because nobody is really giving you enough credit for what you’re doing at the moment. How do you respond to that?

Kimi RAIKKONEN: I don’t mind. I’m here only to do as good races as we can and always you want to win and it’s disappointing to finish second but sometimes we have to take what we can get. Like I said, I don’t mind if people don’t notice us. We do our work, be happy what we do and obviously try to achieve in Enstone.

Is the lack of attention possibly helping you?

KR: It makes no difference really to me. We know in the team, and all the sponsors, what we try to achieve and what we are doing and that’s the main thing.

Kimi, we heard you say on the podium there you were disappointed you didn’t win. You had a different strategy to Fernando, doing one stop less than the Ferrari today. Was there a point at which you thought you might have an opportunity to challenge Fernando for the win today?

KR: Maybe half way through. Obviously, we were leading but when we were on old tyres and he had newer tyres, it’s too easy to overtake. There’s no point to really fight against [him] because you cannot hold him behind. I knew if I could somehow stay a bit more closer, even with old tyres, maybe I have some chance, even if I’m already behind and will be with old tyres in the end but you never know. But they were just too fast. He had a good start around the outside of me. I don’t think the end result really was decided there but we just did a different way of doing the race. It wasn’t a winning way today but… We’re never happy if we’re not winning. We’re only here to try to win. But we kind of caught up with Vettel few points and obviously Fernando caught me up [by] some points but we’re still in the hunt and we’ll keep ourselves there and hopefully in the future just try to win a bit more.

Consistency is the key though, isn’t it? It’s the fourth time in five races you’ve stood on the podium, including that win in Australia and as you say you’ve got it down to just five points to Vettel. How do you feel about your championship situation and what comes from here?

KR: Obviously it’s better than before the race now. It will not be easy. We cannot fight against… it’s the same for everybody. Everybody wants to win it, but sometimes you have a bad day. You try to minimise those and make the most out of them and give yourself a chance to be up there and fight for wins. I think if you can do that often it will give a good chance in the end to fight for the championship. It’s only a five race-old season, so there’s an awful lot to be raced. We’ll see what happens. We’ll try to do well and see where we are in the end.

Kimi, your thoughts on that?

KR: I don’t really think it’s any different to last year. Obviously I wasn’t there the year before but they had a lot of pitstops also. So that’s the way it is and it’s the same for everybody. For sure sometimes it’s a bit tricky, even for us, who is where and what is going on if you haven’t seen it as the guy in front, what’s going on. But that’s what Formula One is today. It might change, it might not.

Q: (Pierre Van Vliet – F1i.com) Kimi, in the early part of the race when you had your first pitstop, you came back with new soft tyres and you spent… you lost a few laps behind Vettel. Without that time lost do you think you could have been in front of Fernando on the last stint?

KR: It wasn’t a new, it was used from qualifying. So, I mean obviously I have to overtake and I took maybe a few laps more than I expected but I got past him and I really could pull away but in the end I really don’t think those were the decisions that were the deciding story of the race. I think we had the speed but we should have done it different. Maybe more pitstops, then you can push all the time – but I think this was our best way of doing the race.  That’s what we planned and that’s what we did and I think we deserved to be second and not really winning today. It’s OK for the team, the guys did a good job and we go for the next race to try to do better and get the best out of it.

Q: (Leonid Novozhilov – F1Life) Kimi, what do you think about the pit stop strategy in Monaco?

KR: I have no idea. I know what we did here and yesterday. There’s a few weeks to go. We will see what happens, what tyres they bring and how everything plans out. I think it’s usually quite straightforward there. Usually, if you’re not in the front, you start behind somebody else and it’s really difficult to overtake. We will see.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, you have three successive second places and now you’ve managed to catch up Sebastian by six points; was this the most rewarding of these three races, and how do you see your chances to do better in Monaco?

KR: First of all, Monaco is a different place compared to this, so it’s a bit hard to say. Last year I wasn’t very good there. For sure, it should be a bit better but I’ve had some good races there – it’s a dangerous thing to say – but as Fernando said, I think Mercedes will unfortunately be pretty quick there and after that it’s difficult to overtake. The only difference that they have made against most of us is in the last sector where it’s tight so you can really expect, from what they did last year and what they did here, that they should be pretty fast there. We will see what happens there, but gaining the points on Sebastian was nice. If he would have lost more points and still be second it would have been even more annoying, but OK, you also want to win but we cannot still put ourselves in a better position for the championship so at least something good came out of it.

Q: (Jussi Jakala – YLE) Kimi, all top drivers are kind of supermen; did you have time to enjoy the battle that you had with Sebastian?

KR: Yeah, it didn’t last very long. It took a few laps. I maybe had a chance earlier but I didn’t think that I would take him at the end of the straight but actually they were very fast at the start of the straight so I couldn’t catch him there, so it took a bit longer than I expected but then it was quite nice, fair but quite tough fight, but it worked out OK.

Da FIA.com

GP Spagna, gara–12/05/2013

Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso takes commanding home win for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso sent the Spanish Grand Prix into ecstasy as the Ferrari driver and home hero charged to his first Barcelona victory since 2006.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus emerged as Alonso’s main rival, while Sebastian Vettel and the front-row-starting Mercedes faded in the race.

Felipe Massa moved in the opposite direction, recovering from a penalised ninth on the grid to take the final podium spot.

In a race full of tyre conservation, Alonso’s approach from the outset was to charge.

While Vettel split the Mercedes into Turn 1, Alonso accelerated around the outside of both Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton at Turn 3 to move into third.

Rosberg clung on at the front of the field through the first pitstops.

By the time they were done, Alonso was his main rival, having pitted one lap ahead of Vettel and jumped the Red Bull.

Rosberg’s plunge down the order began on lap 12, when Alonso passed him into Turn 1, and Vettel and Raikkonen further demoted him before the lap was complete.

Once in front, Alonso began to pull away.

Despite running longer, Vettel turned out to be on the same four-stop strategy as Alonso, but unable to match the Ferrari’s sheer pace.

Raikkonen, however, could pull off a three-stop. He lost time behind Vettel in the middle of the, then raised his pace after overtaking the Red Bull on lap 33.

Lotus had a potential edge going into the closing stages, with Raikkonen a few seconds ahead of Alonso at a point when both had a single stop to go.

But on his fresher tyres, Alonso stormed up behind Raikkonen at a rate of two seconds per lap, breezed past the Lotus then vanished into the distance, swiftly building a 12-second advantage.

Raikkonen was left to keep half an eye on Massa, who had been rapid all afternoon and got a green light from Ferrari to try to catch the Lotus. Tyre wear stymied this and forced Massa to back off again, but third was still safe.

Vettel’s attempts to run longer on tyres ultimately cost him so much pace that he fell behind the earlier-pitting Massa.

The world champion had to settle for fourth, followed by his team-mate Mark Webber.

Mercedes’ fade ended with Rosberg pulling off a three-stop in sixth and his despondent team-mate Hamilton right out of the points in a lapped 12th, having gone into freefall following his first stop.

Paul di Resta’s Force India chased Rosberg home.

McLaren ended up eighth and ninth. Jenson Button had tumbled to 17th in the opening laps, but nursed his tyres through three stops and emerged ahead of his early-charging, but four-stopping, team-mate Sergio Perez.

Daniel Ricciardo fended off Esteban Gutierrez to give Toro Rosso the final point.

It was still a breakthrough day for Gutierrez, as a long first stint meant Sauber’s rookie managed to lead a Formula 1 race for the first time.

Last year’s Barcelona winner Pastor Maldonado struggled home 14th, recovering from a pitlane speeding penalty to get there.

Romain Grosjean was an early retirement with skewed right rear suspension on his Lotus.

Two pitlane incidents attracted stewards’ attention.

Caterham could face sanctions after Giedo van der Garde lost a wheel on his out-lap, while Nico Hulkenberg had an unsafe release penalty following a pitlane clash with Jean-Eric Vergne, prior to which both had been points contenders.



Pos  Driver        Team 
 1.  Alonso         Ferrari
 2.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault
 3.  Massa          Ferrari
 4.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault
 5.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault
 6.  Rosberg        Mercedes
 7.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes
 8.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 9.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes
10.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari
11.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari
12.  Hamilton       Mercedes
13.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes
14.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault
15.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari
16.  Bottas         Williams-Renault
17.  Pic            Caterham-Renault
18.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth
19.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth
DNF  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari
DNF  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault
DNF  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault

World Championship standings, round 5:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel         89        1.  Red Bull-Renault          131
 2.  Raikkonen      85        2.  Ferrari                   117
 3.  Alonso         72        3.  Lotus-Renault             111
 4.  Hamilton       50        4.  Mercedes                   72
 5.  Massa          45        5.  Force India-Mercedes       32
 6.  Webber         42        6.  McLaren-Mercedes           29
 7.  Di Resta       26        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari          8
 8.  Grosjean       26        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              5
 9.  Rosberg        22       
10.  Button         17       
11.  Perez          12       
12.  Ricciardo       7       
13.  Sutil           6       
14.  Hulkenberg      5       
15.  Vergne          1       
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GP Spagna, commenti post qualifiche–11/05/2013

Kimi Räikkönen Confident in Race Pace at Barcelona

Did qualifying live up to your expectations?

It was not too bad; better than last race for sure. It’s very close here and we could have been P1 or P10 in that final session, so P4 is not too bad. Of course, unless you’re on pole you want to be further up the order, but tomorrow’s when really matters.

How’s the car feeling?

It’s been pretty okay over the weekend. Today in qualifying was a bit more windy than we saw this morning, which made the final sector a little more tricky. We didn’t have the pace get on the front row, but we should have a pretty good car in the race.

What do you expect from tyre strategy?

I don’t know what the others are doing but we’re still working out what our plan will be. A lot depends on how the tyres are working in the race and that’s part of the job for the guys on the pit wall tomorrow. I don’t expect that we’ll do anything massively different from anyone else; maybe we’ll stop at a different time, maybe we’ll stop at the same time, who knows…

What are your chances in the race starting from P4?

You can’t really say on Saturday what will happen; you just have to make a good start and then see what you can do. We’ve got two fast Mercedes ahead of us and we’ll have to see how strong they are over a full distance. I’m sure the Ferrari and Red Bull will be competitive, so like any race we’ll just do our best and see where we end up.

Da LotusF1.com

Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: We’ll see an interesting race tomorrow

Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen has been there or thereabouts near the top of the timesheets all weekend in Barcelona, but he ended qualifying on the second row of the grid in fourth position. After climbing out of the car the Finn spoke to reporters about his Saturday performance and his prospects for the race tomorrow…

Q: Kimi, you’ll start from P4 tomorrow – one of your best qualifying result so far this season. What do you make of that?
Kimi Raikkonen:
Well, I have to make a good start and then I take it from there. What else do you expect I do? Mercedes have not been as strong in the races as they have been in qualifying so everything seems possible.

Q: After the morning session had you hoped for a spot on the first row of the grid?
KR: It’s been pretty good all weekend long, but unfortunately during qualifying it was a bit more windy than it was in the morning session and that made it a bit more tricky in Sector 3. For sure we didn’t have the speed of Mercedes, but we have seen that before so I am open for anything in the race.

Q: Did you have had any idea before qualifying where you would fit in?
KR: After I made it into Q3 it could have been P1 or P10. Everything is pretty tight, so I am satisfied where I am as it was the best qualifying result in quite a while.

Q: A penalty points system for drivers has been spoken about recently. Sebastian Vettel clearly said in the FIA press conference that he is not in favour of it. What is your opinion?
KR: Why should I make a comment over something that is not finalized yet? Nothing has been decided and I am sure there will be changes made to the proposal. We always had penalties when a driver did something wrong – now they are looking at a new catalogue for handling misbehaviour. The best way to avoid being confronted with any penalties? Do nothing wrong, don’t break the rules – then you’re fine!

Q: Do you expect Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will be in close combat tomorrow? Alonso sure wants to put on a show in front of his home crowd…
KR: How would I know what’s on Alonso’s agenda! Go and ask him.

Q: Do you think that you can do one stop less than the others or will it be an equal playing field?
KR: We will sit down and discuss our strategy this evening. And you would have to tie me to a stake to get a word out of me! All I can say is that we will see a very interesting race tomorrow and that is what fans want to see.

Da Formula1.com

GP Spagna, prove sabato–11/05/2013

Spanish GP: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes front row

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton secured an all-Mercedes front row in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Rosberg repeated his Bahrain pole in a brilliant Q3 performance in which he delivered two laps good enough for the top spot.

His initial 1m20.8s benchmark proved unbeatable, but Rosberg still improved to a 1m20.718s with his last run just to be certain.

Hamilton had to settle for second, 0.254 seconds adrift.

Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa mounted a strong challenge for pole only to lose time in sector three and end up sixth.

He will also have to see the stewards after the session having seemingly impeded Mark Webber’s Red Bull in Q2.

The Australian subsequently qualified eighth, behind Romain Grosjean’s Lotus.

Hamilton had earlier starred in a thrilling end to Q2, throwing in a last-gasp lap that jumped him from a worrying 13th to a comfortable first, six tenths clear of the pack.

Sergio Perez also produced an eleventh-hour surge in Q2, getting up to seventh and then qualifying ninth. His McLaren team-mate Jenson Button could not match that – six tenths slower, he will start only 14th.

Toro Rosso had looked promising in practice and both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne had a realistic shot at Q3, holding top-10 spots late on before being narrowly squeezed out.

They will share row six, ahead of Adrian Sutil, who could not join team-mate Paul di Resta in the pole session. The Scot took 10th.

Going into the final seconds of Q2, both Saubers had made it into Q3. But in the subsequent flurry of improvements, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez tumbled down to row eight. The Mexican could yet face sanctions for blocking Raikkonen in Q1.

Last year’s winner Williams’s plight deepened, despite its upgrades, as neither car got beyond Q1.

Twelve months on from his pole and win, Pastor Maldonado was only 18th – and accused of blocking by Button – while Valtteri Bottas was just one place ahead.

The back of the grid battle stepped up a gear with a very close tussle between Caterham and Marussia.

Giedo van der Garde finally emerged on top for Caterham, edging out Marussia’s Jules Bianchi by just 0.052s.

Max Chilton and Charles Pic were a few tenths behind having also had a sniff of ‘class pole’.

Pos Driver                Team/Car              Time      Gap
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m20.718s
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m20.972s  + 0.254s
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m21.054s  + 0.336s
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m21.177s  + 0.459s
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m21.218s  + 0.500s
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m21.219s  + 0.501s
 7. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m21.308s  + 0.590s
 8. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m21.570s  + 0.852s
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m22.069s  + 1.351s
10. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m22.233s  + 1.515s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m22.019s                                       Gap **
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m22.127s  + 1.126s
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m22.166s  + 1.165s
13. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m22.346s  + 1.345s
14. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.166s  + 2.165s
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m22.389s  + 1.388s
16. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m22.793s  + 1.792s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m23.218s                                       Gap *
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m23.260s  + 1.532s
18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m23.318s  + 1.590s
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m24.661s  + 2.933s
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m24.713s  + 2.985s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m24.996s  + 3.268s
22. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m25.070s  + 3.342s

Da Autosport.com

Spanish GP: Felipe Massa fastest for Ferrari in final practice

Felipe Massa put Ferrari back on top in the final practice session at Barcelona ahead of Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

The Brazilian edged out Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus by just 0.006 seconds in a very tight end to the hour.

By the time the medium-tyre qualifying simulations were completed, just 0.353s covered the Ferraris, Lotuses and Red Bulls.

As had been the case on Friday, local hero Fernando Alonso spent plenty of time at the head of the order in the #3 Ferrari.

Early quick times from the Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel and the Lotus pair were deposed when Alonso set a 1m23.006s after 24 minutes.

The lap was far from perfect, but it was enough to edge a few fractions in front of Romain Grosjean and Raikkonen.

Alonso’s time was the quickest of the hard-tyre runs, and when the qualifying simulations on mediums began, he was first to raise the bar with a 1m22.254s.

Raikkonen then hinted that Lotus might have the one-lap pace to be a qualifying factor as he beat Alonso’s time by 0.347s 10 minutes from the end.

The only man able to beat this was Massa, who slipped in a 1m21.901s to secure the top spot.

Mark Webber ended up as Red Bull’s lead runner in third, followed by Grosjean and Vettel.

Alonso was eventually pushed down to sixth.

The Force Indias of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil took seventh and eighth.

Mercedes worked hard on long runs, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg completing more laps than anyone else.

They ended up ninth and 11th, split by another impressive run from Toro Rosso as Jean-Eric Vergne made the top 10.

McLaren continued to struggle. Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were only 12th and 14th in the heavily revised car.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m21.901s            13
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m21.907s  + 0.006s  14
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m22.044s  + 0.143s  17
 4.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m22.069s  + 0.168s  13
 5.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m22.229s  + 0.328s  17
 6.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m22.254s  + 0.353s  15
 7.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m22.574s  + 0.673s  11
 8.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m22.729s  + 0.828s  17
 9.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m22.740s  + 0.839s  24
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m22.759s  + 0.858s  15
11.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m22.839s  + 0.938s  26
12.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.151s  + 1.250s  13
13.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m23.371s  + 1.470s  21
14.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.373s  + 1.472s  13
15.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m23.385s  + 1.484s  17
16.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m23.388s  + 1.487s  18
17.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m23.660s  + 1.759s  16
18.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.767s  + 1.866s  17
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m24.775s  + 2.874s  18
20.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m24.793s  + 2.892s  16
21.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m25.135s  + 3.234s  17
22.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m25.250s  + 3.349s  1

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, commenti venerdì–10/05/2013

Kimi Räikkönen Predicts Close Qualifying Session in Barcelona

How was your Friday in Barcelona?

It was a pretty normal Friday. We tried some new things on the car, ran with some different tyres and we’ll have a look at all the data to see where we think we are. We finished the day not too far off the fastest time, so we can say that the day wasn’t a disaster, but for sure there are some things we have to improve with the car which is normal after the first day’s running.

Times are pretty tight at the front of the pack today; should that make qualifying interesting tomorrow?

I guess it’s going to be very close in qualifying too. We aren’t always especially fast in qualifying so we’ll have to see what we can do. We have to get everything right to fight for a good position and then we’ll see where we end up.

How did you find the revised hard compound tyre?

It’s okay.

Does the car feel any different with the latest upgrades?

It’s difficult to compare. We were here last time in the winter and the car has changed quite a lot since then. It feels okay on track; we’re looking at the data to see if the new parts are doing what they should, which is the normal way we do these things.

Does the change of tyres to a harder allocation for this race make any difference to you?

It makes no difference to me; they’re the same for everyone and we all try to get the most performance from them.

Da LotusF1.com

GP Spagna, prove libere–10/05/2013

Spanish GP: Vettel edges out Alonso in second Friday practice

Sebastian Vettel narrowly edged out home favourite Fernando Alonso to set the fastest time in second free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Just 0.083 seconds covered the top three at Barcelona, as Alonso’s Ferrari split the Red Bulls of Vettel and Mark Webber.

After an early all-Mercedes battle for the top spot, it was Alonso and the Red Bulls that dominated the lead order through the low-fuel runs.

Webber kicked off the dice with a 1m23.112s after 22 minutes, but was deposed by Alonso on a 1m23.030s five minutes later.

When they switched to the softer medium tyres shortly afterwards, Webber reclaimed first place by 0.2s over Alonso, before Vettel jumped ahead of them both.

Alonso’s retaliation managed to get him back in front of Webber, but Vettel remained just out of reach.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus and Felipe Massa’s Ferrari completed the top five.

Lewis Hamilton spun his Mercedes at Turn 11 during the early runs, swiftly rejoining without problems and ultimately taking sixth ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Tyre wear was again high and there was a scare at Force India when Paul di Resta’s left rear delaminated on the main straight, forcing the Scot to park on the grass. He was still 10th quickest, two places behind team-mate Adrian Sutil.

Jean-Eric Vergne split them, in a strong performance for Toro Rosso, which also had Daniel Ricciardo in 11th.

McLaren was only 12th and 13th with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez as it began to evaluate its major upgrade package, including a new front wing.

Pos Driver                Team                  Time      Gap       Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m22.808s            34
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m22.825s  + 0.017s  35
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m22.891s  + 0.083s  36
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m23.030s  + 0.222s  32
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m23.110s  + 0.302s  37
 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m23.140s  + 0.332s  35
 7. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m23.398s  + 0.590s  45
 8. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m23.840s  + 1.032s  37
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.058s  + 1.250s  31
10. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m24.104s  + 1.296s  25
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.175s  + 1.367s  32
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.306s  + 1.498s  35
13. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.854s  + 2.046s  31
14. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m24.888s  + 2.080s  38
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.167s  + 2.359s  38
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m25.321s  + 2.513s  32
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.441s  + 2.633s  37
18. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m25.851s  + 3.043s  35
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m25.963s  + 3.155s  30
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m26.078s  + 3.270s  31
21. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m26.930s  + 4.122s  35
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m26.970s  + 4.162s  25
Da Autosport.com

Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso leads damp first practice

Fernando Alonso grabbed the fastest time in a Ferrari one-two as wet weather frustrated the Formula 1 field’s attempts to get an early understanding of the Spanish Grand Prix upgrade packages in opening practice at Barcelona.

It was only coming into the final quarter of an hour that slicks were viable, and even then there were sufficient slippery patches to limit the relevance of the laps that drivers managed.

But with so many developments to try, teams were less reticent about coming out early than is often the case in wet sessions.

The Spanish crowd therefore had a decent amount of track activity to enjoy all morning, and would also have appreciated seeing home hero Alonso on top of the times for much of the session.

Alonso spent a while as the fastest man during the wet running, though he tumbled down the order as conditions improved.

Going into the closing seconds, his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa was the latest to burst to the top of a constantly fluctuating timing screen as everyone got up to speed on slicks.

But Alonso finished the morning with a flourish, setting a 1m25.252s lap to beat his team-mate by 0.203 seconds.

Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne had starred by being the first man to get slicks to work, and he remained consistently up front for the rest of the session, ending up third.

Romain Grosjean had an early spin into the hairpin at the end of the back straight, before finishing the session fourth for Lotus.

Adrian Sutil’s Force India, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes and Valtteri Bottas’s Williams were next up in an inevitably shuffled order, with Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg and Paul di Resta completing the top 10.

Jenson Button was the only driver not to attempt a flying lap, though he did six exploratory tours in the updated McLaren.

Red Bull also hung back when the track dried, with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the foot of the top 20.

Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap       Laps
 1. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m25.252s            20
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m25.455s + 0.203s 20
3. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m25.667s + 0.415s 25
4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m26.042s + 0.790s 21
5. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m26.212s + 0.960s 24
6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.374s + 1.122s 19
7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m26.456s + 1.204s 20
8. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m26.614s + 1.362s 21
9. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.621s + 1.369s 21
10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m26.755s + 1.503s 16
11. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.940s + 1.688s 26
12. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.061s + 1.809s 24
13. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m27.135s + 1.883s 6
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.250s + 1.998s 26
15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m27.576s + 2.324s 24
16. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m28.373s + 3.121s 14
17. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m28.600s + 3.348s 19
18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m28.887s + 3.635s 14
19. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m29.457s + 4.205s 11
20. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m29.473s + 4.221s 21
21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1m30.314s + 5.062s 13
22. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes no time 6
Da Autosport.com

Tentar non nuoce, parla Kimi–10/05/2013

Kimi Raikkonen says ruling out title would be ‘stupid’

Kimi Raikkonen says Lotus would be ‘stupid’ not to believe it is knuckling down for a world championship fight this year.

The Finn is just ten points adrift of points leader Sebastian Vettel after the first four races of the year, and its car has proved to be a step forward on last year’s challenger.

Although there is still a view that Red Bull has the out-and-out fastest car, Raikkonen says there is absolutely no reason for Lotus not to set its sights on glory at the end of the campaign.

"It would be stupid to say we are not going to fight for the championship," he explained.

"The only reason why we are here is to try to win championships and races. Obviously we want to fight for it, but you only have to have a couple of bad races and you might be out of it completely.

"We’ll try to make the maximum out of every weekend and in the long run that’s key to the championship."

Raikkonen said that Lotus was not concerned about any specific element of its package – with qualifying the most notable area it can do better – and was just focusing on trying to improve in all areas.

"We try to improve everything," he said. "If we improve the car, we’ll automatically improve our qualifying. It all goes hand in hand.

"There’s no magic where you suddenly do one thing and you’re faster in qualifying. If we make the car faster we improve our pace in all conditions.

"You always want to do better. We still have some things that need looking after, and especially in Malaysia [where it rained] we had some issues that could have been better.

"Right now we’ve put ourselves in a pretty good position so let’s see if we can keep it going and improve."

Da Autosport.com


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