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Ancora su Arrivabene e Kimi

Ancora su Kimi e su Arrivabene.

Giusto per chiarire il mio banalissimo pensiero.

1) In Inghilterra, dal venerdì fino all’arrivo della pioggia, Raikkonen è sempre stato davanti a Vettel.

2) Quando sono arrivate le prime gocce d’acqua, io ho detto a voce alta agli amici in mia compagnia: se fossi nel muretto Ferrari, proverei l’azzardo. Cioè rischierei subito le intermedie su uno dei due piloti. Se funziona, abbiamo vinto. Se non va, un quinto/sesto posto diventerà ottavo posto. Sai che differenza, con la classifica del mondiale che conosciamo.

3) Raikkonen ha scelto di fare esattamente questo. Non importa che io gli voglia bene e che consideri ributtante il linciaggio al quale da un mese e mezzo viene sottoposto, same old stories, avevano torto nel 2009 e hanno torto nel 2015 e lo sanno ma non lo ammetteranno mai, cialtroni si diventa e si resta. Importa che si trattava di un tentativo comprensibilissimo, nella logica del presente che stiamo vivendo. E direi la stessa cosa se l’azzardo l’avesse tentato Vettel.

4) A questo punto, l’acqua non arriva e Kimi rimane fregato. Ci sta, quando scommetti. Il mio amico Luca Colajanni, detto il Cola, magari c’era al box della Malesia nel 2009 o a Silverstone nel 2008. Furono mosse geniali? No. Avevano un senso, in presenza di una sconfitta comunque certa? Sì.

5) Tra parentesi, io c’ero anche in Ungheria nel 2006 quando Schumi (Schumi!) decise di restare fuori con le intermedie nonostante la pista si fosse asciugata. Fu una cazzata? Sì. Aveva un senso? Sì, sempre calcolando che sul piatto della bilancia c’era comunque una sconfitta sicura.

6) Quindi, riassumiamo. Raikkonen prima della pioggia stava davanti a Vettel. Uno quinto e l’altro sesto. Kimi sbaglia la mossa e Seb invece la azzecca, come Hamilton. Bravi loro, per carità. La Ferrari chiude con un terzo e un ottavo posto, con una macchina imbarazzante. La differenza è tragica? Cinque più sei fa undici, tre più otto fa undici, cambierà qualcosa per l’aritmetica del campionato, ma pochissimo, quasi niente. E’ questo il problema? O non sarà piuttosto che il problema è che la Rossa andava più piano non solo di Mercedes, ma anche di Williams?

7) E così veniamo ad Iron Mauri, alias Arrivabene. A me pare che nel dopo gara Iron abbia detto, con estrema franchezza, che il vero guaio della domenica era la prestazione, così deficitaria nei confronti di Massa e di Bottas, al netto della pioggia. Cioè non si è nascosto, non ha cercato alibi, non ha esultato per un ‘finto’ podio. Dove starebbe la sua colpa? Dire la verità è un reato?

8) Ah, sì: Iron Mauri sarebbe colpevole di aver puntato il dito contro Raikkonen. Ma qui siamo al simpatico imbroglio, al gioco delle tre carte. Ho ascoltato e riascoltato le parole di Arrivabene. Le riassumo: in quelle situazioni limite è il pilota a ‘chiamare’ la sosta. Kimi ha scommesso sulla sosta anticipata, la mossa si è rivelata errata, fine. Attenzione, perchè qui viene il bello: il diretto interessato, cioè Kimi, ha dichiarato che era stato uno sbaglio, suo, passare alle intermedie con quattro giri di anticipo di concorrenza. Fu uno sbaglio perchè la  pioggia tardò. Amen.

9) E allora, come in una serie tv della Piovra, veniamo di arrivare al cuore del problema. Il cuore del problema è che Arrivabene, esaltato per mesi fin quando la Ferrari non era lontanissima dalla Mercedes, diventa un gigantesco imbecille nel momento in cui gli sviluppi sulla Rossa non funzionano. Quindi lo stile che piaceva tanto (la trasparenza! la schiettezza! il rifiuto dell’ipocrisia!) si trasforma in un boomerang.  Cosa aspetta il geniale Marchionne a rimuovere l’indegno? E chi è mai questo sempliciotto che parla pane al pane e vino al vino? Come si permette di affermare che è deludente andare più piano della Williams e che osa proclamare l’ovvio, cioè che la ‘chiamata’ del mio amico Kimi si è rivelata errata? E chi se ne frega se l’ha detto anche Raikkonen! Qui dobbiamo fare a pezzi il personaggio, descriverlo come una mezza sega in transito, giù merda tramite ventilatore e chi si schizza si schizza. E ricordatevi: se si vinceva in Malesia il merito era dei miei amici che c’erano prima, se si perde oggi è colpa di Arrivabene e basta. Questi sono giochetti da magliari e lo scrissi e lo dissi ad aprile al vedovo Montezemolo. Ma scusate: volete che io abbocchi? Ho scritto in tempi non sospetti che condivido l’approccio di Arrivabene e le sue idee sul futuro della F1 sono, al novanta per cento, quelle che i fans dei Gran Premi reclamano inutilmente. Diventa un cretino di botto? Sette podi in nove gare sono una schifezza? Meglio un decimo posto in tutto? E sul serio qualcuno qui crede che Kimi (non a Silverstone, dove prima dell’azzardo con la macchina che aveva stava facendo meglio di Vettel) sia condizionato, alla sua età, da un mancato rinnovo del contratto?!?

10) Ma, come dico e scrivo da mesi e Silverstone non c’entra niente, Arrivabene ha certamente sbagliato a non comprendere che, dopo il Bahrein, doveva chiudere la pratica Raikkonen, confermare la squadra in blocco e pensare solo alla macchina. Io sto con lui per le ragioni di cui sopra ma su questo punto non cambio idea: non saranno Bottas e Hulkenberg a invertire la tendenza. E il pallino sta in mano a Marchionne, certe manovre uno come me le fiuta da chilometri di distanza. Nulla accade per caso, quando la furbizia da cortile prevale sull’intelligenza.

Nel 2028 spero di essere ancora vivo.

Da blog.quotidiano.net/turrini

 

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Ferrari F1 boss Maurizio Arrivabene has sympathy for Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has sympathised with Kimi Raikkonen for having to deal with speculation over his future in Formula 1 beyond this year.

Raikkonen is yet to reach an agreement to stay with the team for next season, and Arrivabene has stated in the past he is in no hurry to make a decision on the Finn.

But Arrivabene has faced regular questioning about Raikkonen’s future this season, and he believes people should stop talking about the situation.

“At the right time we will communicate with Kimi what we are going to do and that’s it,” he said.

“But think of Kimi for a second. Everybody has talked about this since Bahrain [in April].

“Then you have to jump in the car to drive at more than 300km/h – are you in a good mood? No.

“So I want Kimi to stay calm and to do his job.”

Arrivabene reiterated his position on the matter, saying Raikkonen’s future is in his own hands and the 2007 world champion knows what is required.

“As I said last time, and I always said, the future of Kimi is in the hands of Kimi,” he added.

“Kimi knows what he has to do, he knows his future is in his hands, and that’s it.

“I don’t want to talk any more about Kimi because there are 10 races to go. I want to get rid of all of this.”

Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel said ahead of the British Grand Prix he would be happy for the 35-year-old to be retained for next year.

Da Autosport.com

 

 

GP Gran Bretagna, commenti post gara


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Kimi Raikkonen, whose gamble on making an early switch to intermediates did not pay off, dropping him to eighth, agreed that Ferrari struggled for top speed.

"We were faster than [Nico] Hulkenberg in the first stint but I couldn’t get past," said the Finn.

"We weren’t fast enough on the straights, where you really have the chance to overtake.

"The car was fine. It felt better than yesterday, all was OK, just the laptime was missing.

"I don’t know for what reason, but the handling was as good as it could have been.

"Then the rain came and we chose to do something but it was too early.

"I thought it would keep raining, but it was four laps too early.

"It was the wrong choice, but it’s what we tried."

Da Autosport.com



British GP – An early call-perhaps too early

Kimi rues his decision not to stay out longer

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the early part of the race we were stuck behind Hulkenberg’s Force India, they were too fast on the straight and in the places you could pass, while we lacked some speed. It’s a pity because the handling of the car was good through the whole race and the behavior was definitely better than yesterday. When it started raining heavily, the track became very slippery, especially in Turns 7 and 8; so I took the decision to come in the pits for Intermediate, but then the rain stopped. Probably I made the call three or four laps too early. But in general, this kind of track is not ideal for us, and this is something we have to work on.”

Da Ferrari.it

 

GP Gran Bretagna, gara–05/07/2015


British GP: Lewis Hamilton takes hard-fought home Formula 1 win

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the third time with a battling drive to victory in a rain-hit race Silverstone Formula 1 race initially led by Williams.

Mercedes’ F1 champion recovered from a poor getaway, in which he dropped from pole position to third, and then drove confidently when rain fell in the second-half of the race before timing his switch to the intermediate tyre well.

Nico Rosberg finished second, the German able to pass both Valtteri Bottas and then Felipe Massa, who struggled in the wet conditions after leading the first stint for Williams, to limit the loss to Hamilton in the championship, with the gap now 17 points.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel benefited from an early switch to the intermediates to leapfrog both Williams as the rain intensified to finish third.

Massa made an explosive start from third on the grid, slicing through the middle of the slow-starting Mercedes to take the lead into Abbey, with Bottas slotting into second ahead of Hamilton and Rosberg.

Hamilton reclaimed second with a pass on Bottas into Village, but the race was then neutralised when the safety car was called into action following collisions in the midfield.

The Lotus of Romain Grosjean appeared to tangle with the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, which speared the Frenchman into his team-mate Pastor Maldonado, putting both out of the race.

That incident caused a secondary accident behind with Fernando Alonso taking avoiding action and hitting his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, which put the Briton out of the race and left Alonso needing to pit for a new nose.

At the restart, Hamilton launched an attack on Massa into Club, but ran wide as the Williams defended the lead.

That opened the door for Bottas to nip in and take second, with Hamilton having to fend off Rosberg.

Bottas closed on Massa and while the team initially told both drivers to work together, it then allowed Bottas to attack but the Finn could not find a way through.

Hamilton was the first to pit, crucially rejoining in front of the longer-running Force India of Sergio Perez, with Massa and Rosberg pitting together the next time around.

Massa exited his pitbox alongside Rosberg and kept his nose in front on the exit but by then, Hamilton had gone through.

Bottas then pitted and rejoined between Massa and Rosberg, meaning Hamilton inherited the lead, the Briton leading for the 18th race in succession to break Sir Jackie Stewart’s 45-year-old record.

The rain added a further headache later, but gave Rosberg a chance to fight pass both Bottas and Massa before closing on Hamilton.

The leader then timed his switch to intermediates perfectly and re-established a gap over Rosberg, who came in one lap later and had to settle for second.

Williams’s race unravelled when the rain came, with Massa and Bottas struggling for pace and ending up fourth and fifth, jumped by Vettel as Ferrari made an earlier dive for intermediates and then pulled clear.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was sixth and nearly caught Bottas at the end.

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez ensured Force India’s B-spec car had a double-points haul on its debut by finishing seventh and ninth respectively, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen splitting the duo, the Finn losing ground by taking intermediates too soon.

Alonso, who was one of several cars who pitted for intermediate tyres early, scored his first point of the season – after four successive retirements – with 10th.

It was a disastrous race for Toro Rosso, which had showed such strong pace early in the weekend.

Max Verstappen’s weekend ended in the gravel when he spun off on cold tyres after the early safety car came in.

Carlos Sainz Jr was running ninth when he stopped out on track at the final corner, banging the steering wheel in disbelief, with the virtual safety car being called into action briefly as a result.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, who ran in the points for much of the race, struggled in the wet conditions and dropped to 11th with Manor’s Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens – who required a late nose change after an off in the wet – the last of the finishers in 12th and 13th respectively.

Ricciardo retired his Red Bul before the halfway point with what he suspected was an electrical problem.

Felipe Nasr did not make the start after the Sauber driver stopped on one of his reconnaissance laps on the way to the grid. The team was unable to fix his problem in time.

RESULTS – 52 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h31m27.729s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 10.956s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 25.443s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 36.839s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m03.194s
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m03.955s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.744s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
13 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault Retirement
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault Spun off
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Collision
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari Not started

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 194
2 Nico Rosberg 177
3 Sebastian Vettel 135
4 Valtteri Bottas 77
5 Kimi Raikkonen 76
6 Felipe Massa 74
7 Daniel Ricciardo 36
8 Daniil Kvyat 27
9 Nico Hulkenberg 24
10 Romain Grosjean 17
11 Felipe Nasr 16
12 Sergio Perez 15
13 Pastor Maldonado 12
14 Max Verstappen 10
15 Carlos Sainz 9
16 Marcus Ericsson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 1
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 371
2 Ferrari 211
3 Williams/Mercedes 151
4 Red Bull/Renault 63
5 Force India/Mercedes 39
6 Lotus/Mercedes 29
7 Sauber/Ferrari 21
8 Toro Rosso/Renault 19
9 McLaren/Honda 5
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

Da Autosport.com

GP Gran Bretagna, commenti post qualifiche–04/07/2014


British Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari isn’t falling back

Kimi Raikkonen has dismissed suggestions Ferrari is falling back in Formula 1’s competitive order after being outperformed by Mercedes and Williams in British Grand Prix qualifying.

Ferrari lost out in the battle to be best of the rest behind Mercedes at Silverstone, with Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel ending up on the third row behind Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

When asked if Saturday’s performance showed Ferrari is losing ground, Raikkonen said: "I don’t think so – I don’t see that we are sliding back.

"Every race is different. We didn’t get exactly what we wanted today, but in these windy conditions we know it’s not easy for us.

"But it’s not like a disaster. There’s no point to talk about if we are sliding back."

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene hinted last time out in Austria that Pirelli’s tyre compound selection for Silverstone would hurt his team, and Raikkonen believes that is one of the factors behind its performance this weekend.

"It depends on the conditions, the circuit layout, and which tyres are used," said the Finn.

"It wasn’t an ideal day for us but I don’t expect this to suddenly be the true story.

"It’s not something to worry about like it’s going to go on all year, but we can see that we have big work to do."

Vettel accepted Ferrari does not appear to have enough pace this weekend, and he expects the Mercedes-powered Williams cars to be tough to battle with in the race.

"We were simply not quick enough," he said. "We didn’t extract the best out of our car.

"We know it’s difficult to pass a Williams on track – they are very fast on the straights.

"We’ve had races where we were quicker but we’ve been desperate to pass.

"They are not the best cars to have in front, but hopefully we can have a good opening lap and turn it around."

Raikkonen also played down the significance of defeating Vettel in a straight fight in qualifying for the first time this year.

"I’ve always said it doesn’t make me any happier – I don’t care if he’s in front of me when we are in these positions," said Raikkonen.

"Yes, it makes a difference if you are P1 and P2, but it doesn’t make me happy to be in front of him in the positions we are.

"Maybe people look at it differently but it doesn’t matter."

Da Autosport.com


Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: Qualifying a true reflection of Ferrari form

With media speculation about his Ferrari future swirling once more, Kimi Raikkonen has looked on the ascendant at Silverstone this weekend, out-qualifying team mate Sebastian Vettel fair and square. The bad news for Sunday’s race is that as well as the leading Mercedes, Raikkonen also has two Williams ahead of him on the grid…

Q: Kimi, would you say that it was good weekend so far? At least from the outside it has looked pretty smooth…
Kimi Raikkonen:
No, not really. There were many things that we were running through and today, for example, there was one lap that was super and then the next lap was cr*p. So we had to get our game together at some point. In Q3 finally I was able to put all the sectors together – and it was okay. We did our best.

Q: Were there higher expectations after Q1 when you were quickest?

KR: No, because we ended up on the grid pretty much where we thought that we are. We keep our expectations realistic. And Q1 is never decisive, as we are all know, so to think that this could be the grid position would have been pretty blue eyed. And we are very down to earth with our expectations.
Q: You got one lap in Q2 deleted. Was there a misunderstanding on your side as to what was allowed in terms of track limits?

KR: No, not at all. We have to analyse what happened and see that we do not run into the same issues again. But it was no big drama.
Q: From what we’ve seen lately – including today – would you say that Ferrari are moving backwards in terms of relative performance?

KR: No, I definitely don’t think so. But every track produces different racing conditions – it is nothing more than that. Our car likes certain conditions and if these conditions are not there – just like the relatively windy conditions here – then we are struggling probably a bit more. Maybe you could say that we haven’t been too happy today, but tomorrow is the race and things can change pretty rapidly.
Q: What do you expect in terms of race pace compared to the Williams? They’ve shown that they will be a factor to consider this weekend…

KR: I have not looked at what they’ve done in qualifying. I was basically focusing on myself. But from my position I think it should be possible to gain some positions. But that is something that will – if at all – happen tomorrow! (laughs)
Q: It is the first time that you have outperformed Sebastian Vettel in qualifying in a situation where he didn’t have a problem. Are you dealing better with the fast corners – or what do you put it down to?

KR: Well, starting one position better than Seb doesn’t make my any happier. I don’t care whether it is fifth or sixth, this doesn’t have any impact on me. Yes, if it were first or second – that is something different. But fifth or sixth – no. That just shows that we have to work on the gap!
Q: The gap to the Mercedes is still somewhat significant for a team that wants to fight for wins. Are there any updates in the pipeline that will help you get closer?

KR: There are always bits and pieces that are new on the car at every race. Other than that I will not go into detail. We know that we have things to improve – and Ferrari was never a team that ‘forgets’ to develop. We have a clear goal and that is to fight for the championship. We know that it will not be this year, but everything that we learn and do this season will help us be more competitive in 2016. I have no worries that we will get there and improve to the point where we can challenge them.

Da Formula1.com

GP Gran Bretagna, prove sabato–04/07/2015


British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg for home pole

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the 2015 British Grand Prix, after narrowly defeating Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg in qualifying.

Rosberg led the way through the first two segments of the session, but Hamilton leapt onto provisional pole during the first runs in Q3, which proved enough to take pole by 0.113s when neither improved later on.

Mercedes ended up with a substantial seven-tenth gap to the rest of the field, as Williams got the better of Ferrari to be best-of-the-rest at Silverstone.

The Grove outfit locked out the second row of the grid, with Felipe Massa improving on his second Q3 run to edge out team-mate Valtteri Bottas by less than a tenth.

Kimi Raikkonen outqualified Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel for only the second time this season by setting the fifth fastest time.

Vettel dropped time in the final sector on his first Q3 run and was then baulked by traffic on his final effort so failed to improve.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat edged out the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr by just 0.013s to qualify seventh fastest, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo wound up slowest of the top-10 runners after losing his best lap in Q3 to a track-limits offence and a late improvement on his single new-tyre run by the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

The second revised VJM08 of Sergio Perez missed out on a chance to make the top-10 shootout after running wide at Copse on his best lap.

The Mexican ended up 11th fastest, fractionally clear of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, until the Franco-Swiss had his best time deleted for a track limits offense at the final corner.

Fortunately for Grosjean, his second best lap was still good enough for 12th, ahead of a frustrated Max Verstappen.

The teenager complained vociferously about a lack of rear grip from his Toro Rosso throughout his qualifying session, which ended disappointingly after the STR10 showed strong form throughout free practice.

He was close to dropping out in Q1 after having his best time deleted for exceeding track limits at Copse, then struggled to 13th in Q2.

The second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado was penalised for track limits offenses in Q1 and Q2 and wound up 14th fastest overall, fractionally slower than Verstappen but over three tenths clear of Marcus Ericsson in the best of the two Sauber-Ferraris.

The Swede’s Sauber team-mate Felipe Nasr, the McLaren-Hondas of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and both Manor Marussias filled the bottom five places on the timesheet.

Both Nasr and Alonso agonisingly missed the Q2 cut by less than a tenth of a second, thanks to Maldonado having his best time scrubbed for running off the track at Copse.

PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.248s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.361s 0.113s
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.085s 0.837s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m33.149s 0.901s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.379s 1.131s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.547s 1.299s
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m33.636s 1.388s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m33.649s 1.401s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m33.673s 1.425s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.943s 1.695s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.268s 2.020s
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.430s 2.182s
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.502s 2.254s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.511s 2.263s
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.868s 2.620s
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.888s 2.640s
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m34.959s 2.711s
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.207s 2.959s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m37.364s 5.116s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.377s 7.129s

Da Autosport.com



British GP: Lewis Hamilton leads practice, trouble for Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in final practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg recovering from another gearbox issue to finish second.

The reigning world champion clocked a time of 1m32.917s on the medium tyre, 0.552 seconds clear of Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third.

Rosberg, who has won three of the last four races, looked to have the measure of Hamilton on Friday when he topped the times in both sessions despite a hydraulics problem.

The German was confined to the garage for much of the final half of the Saturday morning session while Mercedes investigated a gearbox oil leak – but the team managed to get him back out in time to do a qualifying-simulation.

After completing an installation lap early in the session, Mercedes chose to sit in the garage for the opening 20 minutes while the track rubbered back in following overnight rain.

Rosberg was first to lay down a marker with a 1m34.436s on the hard tyres but Hamilton was able to pip the German by 0.037s.

Rosberg improved, clocking a 1m33.731s but again Hamilton responded, going four tenths quicker.

The Briton then waited until the final few minutes to do his low-fuel run on the mediums and promptly went quickest, with Rosberg slotting into second having failed to edge Hamilton in any of the three sectors.

Sebastian Vettel, who was one of a number of drivers who ran wide at Copse corner, was fourth, three tenths adrift of Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen.

Max Verstappen claimed Toro Rosso had the second-fastest car in terms of race pace behind Mercedes and proved it is pretty handy over one-lap, too, with the fifth fastest time, fractionally quicker than team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr in sixth.

The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who admitted to struggling with tyre temperatures on one-lap runs on Friday, were seventh and eighth respectively.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10 with Nico Hulkenberg, whose B-spec Force India showed promise on Friday, 11th.

Daniel Ricciardo, who like team-mate Kvyat and the two Mercedes sat out the opening part of the session while the track rubbered in, was 12th, ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez.

Romain Grosjean was 14th, half a second adrift of his Lotus team-mate Maldonado but ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.

Jenson Button was the lead McLaren in 16th, with his team-mate Fernando Alonso 18th having managed just six laps as he ended his session early.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was 17th with the Manors of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi completing the timesheets in 19th and 20th respectively.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.917s 18
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.469s 0.552s 14
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.692s 0.775s 20
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.918s 1.001s 17
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.147s 1.230s 20
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.282s 1.365s 23
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.501s 1.584s 19
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.538s 1.621s 19
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m34.545s 1.628s 16
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.708s 1.791s 25
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.886s 1.969s 21
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.896s 1.979s 15
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m35.121s 2.204s 22
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.246s 2.329s 22
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.587s 2.670s 19
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.695s 2.778s 19
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.919s 3.002s 20
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.101s 3.184s 6
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m37.989s 5.072s 19
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.285s 5.368s 18

Da Autosport.com

GP Gran Bretagna, commenti post libere–03/07/2015


The harder the rubber, the harder it gets

Kimi ‘struggles a bit’ with the Prime tyre

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we tried to do the maximum in the practice and it looks good, but it’s only Friday. It was not an easy day, anyway we learned something. We still have to improve and try to make it a bit more straightforward. We have no idea what the others were doing in the long run, we were focused on our session. The medium compound seems to be pretty ok, while the hard one is more difficult. For some reason I struggled a bit with that, but I don’t know if it was down to that set in particular or if the compound itself is more tricky here.”

Da Ferrari.it

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