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GP Russia, commenti post qualifiche–29/04/2017


Russian GP: Raikkonen bemoans traffic and tyres for lost pole

Kimi Raikkonen believes traffic on his outlap and the resulting loss of tyre temperature cost him a shot at his first Formula 1 pole position in nine years.

The Finn held provisional pole position after the first runs in Q3, but failed to improve on his second attempt and was jumped by Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel after making a mistake at the final corner pushing to make up for lost time.

The gap between the pair was just 0.059s at the end of qualifying, meaning Raikkonen could have taken pole with even a slender improvement had the tyres been as good as they were on the first run.

"We just had traffic on the outlap on the last set and couldn’t make the tyres work as well as the first run," said Raikkonen, who has not started on pole since the 2008 French Grand Prix.

"It was a bit more tricky. I tried to get it back in the last corner and it didn’t pay off.

"I am happier than previous qualifying [sessions], but we had all the tools to be in the front today.

"One-two for the team is not bad."

The French round in 2008 was also the last time Ferrari locked out the front row.

Vettel admitted that he had an untidy run on his first attempt in Q3, which put the pressure on for his second run as he attempted to improve on third place.

"I had a good start to the session and was feeling reasonably comfortable, and in Q2 lost lost the rhythm on my final run, which would give me the idea for the first of Q3," said Vettel.

"I locked up, and on my first run in Q3 it wasn’t tidy, so I made up for it in the second run.

"I knew we could do well and the car was good, but didn’t know what they [Mercedes] might be able to find in the last bit of qualifying.

"I knew we were strong, I knew we could do it, but didn’t know how strong in relation to them."

Vettel accepted that the Mercedes tyre troubles and the track configuration had potentially helped Ferrari’s qualifying pace.

In the previous three races of 2017, Mercedes had the edge in qualifying, and Vettel admitted Mercedes looked strong heading into the Russian Grand Prix weekend.

"Coming here, on paper they looked very strong and they were strong yesterday, but as Valtteri [Bottas] said maybe they were not comfortable with the tyre treatment and temperatures," said Vettel.

"I think the track, the layout, is not bad for us. Last year we were strong here.

"We didn’t have any problems, we had smooth sessions so far this weekend and the car felt very good."

Da Autosport.com

GP Russia, prove del sabato–29/04/2017


Sebastian Vettel keeps Ferrari on top in final Russian GP practice

Sebastian Vettel continued Ferrari’s dominance at Sochi as he set the pace in final practice for Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

The German clocked a 1m34.001s on the ultra-soft Pirelli tyres, 0.337 seconds quicker than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Valtteri Bottas was Ferrari’s closest challenger, 0.363s adrift in third and two tenths ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari and Mercedes set out on the ultra-soft compound early in the session as they battled to understand how to use their tyres in the most effective away ahead of qualifying.

After the first runs, Hamilton was quickest, 0.105s faster than Vettel with Bottas third, a further tenth-and-a-half adrift.

With 20 minutes to go, Mercedes headed back out first with Bottas going quickest with a 1m34.681s on his second timed lap, having done a build-up lap to get heat into the tyres.

Hamilton was on course to go quicker, using the same warm-up strategy, but made a series of mistakes in the final sector.

Raikkonen then put Ferrari top with a 1m34.338s before Vettel clocked the fastest-ever lap at Sochi with a 1m34.001s.

He was on course to go even quicker and break the 1m34s-barrier, but lost two tenths in the final sector.

Both Mercedes drivers improved on their second flying laps, but they stayed in third and fourth respectively.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was best of the rest in fifth, but he was 1.451s off the pace, a few thousandths clear of Felipe Massa.

Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who momentarily stopped on track in the closing minutes of the session before getting going again, was seventh ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.

Carlos Sainz Jr and Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10.

Jolyon Palmer was the only driver who failed to set a time with his Renault team deciding to change his engine ahead of qualifying.

That came after its mechanics worked well into the night to complete a precautionary chassis change for the Briton after an exhaust leak on Friday.

PRACTICE THREE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.001s 17
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.338s 0.337s 16
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m34.364s 0.363s 20
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.542s 0.541s 19
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m35.452s 1.451s 21
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m35.471s 1.470s 17
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m35.662s 1.661s 15
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.830s 1.829s 24
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.164s 2.163s 20
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m36.556s 2.555s 19
11 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m36.649s 2.648s 19
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m36.676s 2.675s 22
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.846s 2.845s 18
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.869s 2.868s 12
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.962s 2.961s 21
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m37.164s 3.163s 20
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m37.182s 3.181s 15
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.503s 3.502s 21
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.657s 3.656s 17
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 4

Da Autosport.com


Russian GP: Vettel leads first all-Ferrari front row since 2008

Sebastian Vettel claimed Ferrari’s first pole position of 2017, as both he and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen defeated the Mercedes drivers in a tight Russian Grand Prix qualifying battle.

Ferrari had led the way throughout free practice, but trailed Mercedes through Q1 and Q2, when both Vettel and Raikkonen made an extra run compared to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in the latter segment.

But Ferrari turned things around in Q3, when Raikkonen sat on provisional pole after the initial runs, just ahead of Bottas and Vettel, with Hamilton trailing in fourth after twice snatching the inside front brake on his hot lap.

Raikkonen looked set to claim his first pole since the French GP of 2008, which was also the last race Ferrari locked out the front row, but went wide at the final corner on his last lap so failed to improve.

That allowed Vettel to snatch pole by just 0.059 seconds with a last-gasp effort of 1m33.194s.

Bottas also failed to find time on his final run, but his earlier lap was still good enough for third on the grid, just 0.036s adrift of Raikkonen – albeit slower than he went in Q2.

Hamilton’s first run in Q3 was compromised by a track position squabble with Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault. Hamilton improved on his final run, but dropped a lot of time in the final sector and ended up almost half a second slower than the sister Mercedes of Bottas.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth in the best of the Red Bulls, over a second slower than Hamilton, while Felipe Massa squeaked his Williams into sixth, just 0.051s ahead of the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Hulkenberg was eighth in the best of the works Renaults, just over a tenth further back, while the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10.

Both Force Indias made Q3 for the first time this season, Ocon claiming the final spot in the top-10 shootout by 0.219s from the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr, who complained of a "very strange" lack of grip on his final set of tyres.

The second Williams of Lance Stroll split Sainz from his Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat, as all three drivers lapped within 0.020s of each other.

Kevin Magnussen’s Haas was less than half a tenth further back in 14th, well clear of the underpowered McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso, who maintained his 100% record of getting McLaren-Honda into Q2 at every race so far this season.

Renault’s Jolyon Palmer missed the cut by less than a tenth, but had already failed to improve on his final run before crashing heavily at Turn 4 after clipping the inside kerb.

Stoffel Vandoorne, who will start last after a grid penalty, found time on his final run but it was nowhere near enough to escape Q1. He wound up 17th fastest and six tenths away from the Q2 cut off.

Pascal Wehrlein was 18th in the best of the Saubers, lucky to survive a spin unscathed at Turn 13 at the end of Q1.

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson was just under two tenths further back, while Romain Grosjean’s Haas brought up the rear of the grid.

Grosjean struggled with the brakes and balance of his car throughout free practice, and was also unhappy at the start of qualifying, but was on a better lap before Palmer’s crash nullified the end of the session.

RUSSIAN GP STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.194s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.059s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.095s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.573s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1.711s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.916s
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1.967s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2.091s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 2.143s
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 2.236s
11 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 2.770s
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 2.774s
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 2.823s
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 2.754s
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 3.466s
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 3.268s
17 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 4.138s
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 4.313s
19 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 4.426s
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 3.876s

Da Autosport.com

GP Russia, prove libere venerdì–28/04/2017


Russian GP: Vettel keeps Ferrari on top in second practice

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice for the Russian Grand Prix, as Ferrari started the weekend with the edge over Formula 1 rival Mercedes.

Vettel, whose team-mate Kimi Raikkonen led the way in first practice, used a fresh set of ultra-soft Pirellis to clock a 1m34.120s at Sochi.

The German reported an "engine hesitation" on his outlap and after a conservative first flying lap, put the hammer down on the second to go 0.263 seconds quicker than Raikkonen.

Mercedes appeared to be quicker in the first sector, but both Lewis Hamilton’s and Valtteri Bottas’s laps fell away thereafter.

Bottas was Ferrari’s closest challenger in third, 0.670s off the pace, with Hamilton a few thousandths further back in fourth.

It was a scrappy session for Mercedes as both drivers struggled to get their Pirelli tyres into the right operating window, their quickest times coming several laps into the run.

Max Verstappen got the better of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and ended the day fifth fastest, just over three tenths clear of the Australian.

However Verstappen’s session ended 20 minutes early when he parked at the side of the track and reported he was "out of power".

The close battle in the midfield looks set to continue with only half-a-second separating Williams’ Felipe Massa in seventh and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer in 13th.

Between them was Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.

Romain Grosjean, whose Haas team tried a different brake supplier in Friday practice, complained of understeer throughout as he finished 14th.

Toro Rosso had a tough session with Carlos Sainz Jr and home favourite Daniil Kvyat 15th and 17th respectively after their runs on the ultra-softs.

Stoffel Vandoorne, who sighed "incredible" as one of the Force Indias breezed by, ended up 16th, just under four tenths adrift of Alonso.

The McLaren driver is set to start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid after the team changed the entire Honda engine ahead of FP2 following more problems on Friday morning, earning a 15-place grid penalty.

Lance Stroll was 19th, 1.5s slower than team-mate Massa, but he was the only driver who did not run the ultra-soft tyre.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.120s 36
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.383s 0.263s 36
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m34.790s 0.670s 36
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.829s 0.709s 34
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m35.540s 1.420s 15
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.910s 1.790s 26
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m36.261s 2.141s 39
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m36.329s 2.209s 38
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m36.506s 2.386s 31
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.600s 2.480s 38
11 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m36.654s 2.534s 39
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.765s 2.645s 27
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m36.771s 2.651s 22
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m37.039s 2.919s 31
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.083s 2.963s 36
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m37.125s 3.005s 25
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.300s 3.180s 35
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.441s 3.321s 30
19 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m37.747s 3.627s 36
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.819s 3.699s 29

Da Autosport.com


Russian GP: Ferrari’s Raikkonen fastest in first practice

Kimi Raikkonen set the pace for Ferrari in first practice for Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

The Finn used Pirelli’s super-soft tyres to post a 1m36.074s, outpacing Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas by 0.045 seconds as Ferrari enjoyed another strong start following its victory in Bahrain.

Lewis Hamilton finished third, over sixth tenths off the pace, after going off track several times during the 90 minutes, with championship leader Sebastian Vettel fifth after a less-than-perfect session of his own.

Following a brief yellow-flag period early when Sergey Sirotkin stopped on track in Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, Hamilton moved to the top of the times with a 1m39.558s in his first run on soft tyres.

Vettel posted his first time nearly 25 minutes in, the Ferrari driver going quickest with a 1m38.709s.

He did not last long on top, however, as Bottas used the super-soft tyres to outpace the German by more than 1.3s with a 1m36.998s, but Vettel stayed on track and improved to halve that margin.

Before the 30-minute mark, Hamilton moved into second in the super-soft-shod Mercedes – six tenths behind his team-mate – but Bottas went even quicker on the fourth lap of his run to set a new benchmark of 1m36.119s.

Hamilton also improved, but fell 0.562s short of Bottas’s best.

Daniel Ricciardo and Bottas fell victim to the slippery track surface, both running off track, while Hamilton had a bigger scare, becoming the first driver to hit the newly-installed speed bumps at Turn 2 as he overshot the braking point.

Halfway through the session, only the Mercedes drivers and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr had run on the super-softs, before Sergio Perez joined them with 30 minutes remaining to jump up to third.

At the same time, Raikkonen moved to the top with his 1m36.074s on the same compound, before the Force India of Perez’s team-mate Esteban Ocon shed its engine cover at Turn 2, bringing out the red flag.

Vettel was one of the first drivers to leave the pits as the action resumed, on super-softs, but a mistake on his first flying lap at Turn 13 meant he failed to improve despite setting the quickest time in the middle sector.

His second attempt did not go to plan either, spinning at Turn 16 after running too aggressively over the kerbs and managing to keep the car off the kerbs.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen improved late in the session to move up to fourth, jumping Vettel with a run on super-softs.

Ricciardo was sixth in the second Red Bull, ahead of Perez, Williams pair Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll, and Ocon.

Fernando Alonso was the best of the McLaren-Hondas in 13th, while team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne’s morning finished early, reporting "no power" as he cruised back to the pits in the closing minutes.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.074s 19
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m36.119s 0.045s 24
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m36.681s 0.607s 23
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m37.174s 1.100s 19
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.230s 1.156s 19
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.290s 1.216s 19
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.457s 1.383s 29
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.900s 1.826s 29
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m37.944s 1.870s 30
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m38.065s 1.991s 28
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.496s 2.422s 17
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m38.747s 2.673s 23
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.813s 2.739s 16
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.976s 2.902s 17
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.158s 3.084s 16
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.533s 3.459s 17
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m39.541s 3.467s 19
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.731s 3.657s 21
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.079s 4.005s 20
20 Sergey Sirotkin Renault 2

Da Autosport.com

GP Russia, conferenza stampa giovedì–27/04/2017


Q: Kimi, you’ve been knocking on the door of a podium at every race this year – but judging by your radio messages, you’re still not happy with the car. What feeling is it giving you and how does that change over the course of a Grand Prix?

Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN: I’m more happy now that I was probably first race. I think in the last race it was pretty good, I was very happy with it but qualifying not so, but the race itself was good. Then we had pretty average Saturday, so the starting place already was not very good. Then pretty bad first lap so was a bit off. Bad start then couldn’t really get past Felipe in the beginning. Then got past him, we had very good speed but then Safety Car was a bit unfortunate after our pit stop. Then the feeling was pretty good. So, you know, you have to make the Saturday better and then obviously you can use the speed.

Q: How do you see things panning out this weekend between Ferrari and Mercedes?

KR: I don’t know, you tell me. We’ll see tomorrow how it goes. It’s been pretty close between everybody so far, it the first three. You wouldn’t expect it to be a whole lot different here – but who knows.

Q: Can you say that there are still a few things for you to iron-out with the car? But is this still the best Ferrari you have raced in Formula One?

KR: You cannot really compare from the early days but comparing the last few years, then yes. I drove a very good Ferrari when I came first time in Ferrari and, you know, it’s a good car, good package but we have to improve it all the time like anybody who does it but yeah, we just need on my side to put things a bit more better where we want it to be and I’m sure we’ll get the results that we want.

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Dieter Rencken – Racing Lines) The latest information from the FIA says that the cockpit shield has received the nod over the halo for 2018. First of all, which of the two systems do you prefer, what do you think of the shield in any event?

KR: Well, I have seen a bit of the shield, of what they showed to us. Until we try, it’s very hard to say how it is. Is it better than the halo? I don’t know. Look-wise, I don’t think there’s much difference between either of them.

Q: (Simon Lazenby – Sky Sports) Kimi – a similar question that I put to Valtteri – 34 points between yourself and your teammate right now. Have you had a conversation with management about your role in the team this year? Has Sebastian been identified as the number one driver?

KR: No. Obviously we have our talks at the beginning of the year. We know exactly what we are supposed to do between us as drivers and that hasn’t changed. If it comes to that at the end of the year when either one has no chance, purely on points, then obviously things will fall into place but apart from that, I don’t see anything happening until then.

Q: (Kiril Zaytsev – 66.ru) Kimi, can you tell us more about your businesses outside of F1? Is it true that you have a karaoke bar in Helsinki? And how can your fans find it to sing some songs, maybe? And do you sing yourself?

KR: I do some other stuff than F1 in my life but I’ve no interest to tell what I do or where I do. Do I go in bars? Yes, lately less, no time, unfortunately. I’m involved with a few things.

Q: But Kimi, can you sing?

KR: Can I sing? Badly. But I can sing. But I don’t think it’s the point of that. It’s more fun than actually trying to sing.

Q: (Lasse Lehtinen – Ilta Sanomat) Kimi, you’ve been pretty frustrated in the races during this season. What has helped you to handle these disappointments?

DR: Karaoke!

KR: No, it’s the normal story I would say. Every year… in any race that you don’t do as well as you hope it’s never going to be fun or easy. It can look either way. I’m lucky that I haven’t been in the position that I have won all the time, so that you get used to these things but on the other hand you would rather be in that position. It’s worse fun. It’s very normal stuff, you know. I want to do better and the fact is that if you don’t do as well as I want then for myself it’s never going to be fun. It’s always more fun when we do have a good result. It’s just go to the next race and try to do better.

Q: (Marco Mensurati – La Repubblica) Kimi, in Shanghai, Marchionne was not so fine with you. We heard him talking not so gently and I would like to know about your relationship with him and with the team? And the second one: how long do you think your career will last?

KR: As far as I’ve spoken to our personnel it has always been fine. I know that there’s some things that have been said and written but for me, you can find so many nonsense stories in newspapers, on the web, that I trust much more how my relationship is personal with the team or with him. For me it’s all fine. Like I said before, I expect a good result from myself; when I don’t get them I’m unhappy with myself so if the people aren’t happy that’s fine because I’m not either so it’s not really a big deal for me. What comes to my future I don’t know. There’s always a lot of talk on that since years. I’m not going to try and I’m not going to do this and that. My first thing is that I want to do well and then we’ll see what happens after this year. It’s definitely not the first thing in my mind right now. My first thing in my mind is to do well and here and then the next race and whatever that brings we will see in the future. I have a good relationship with him, I know him well and it depends on many things.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti – La Corriere della Serra) Again for Kimi: can we say that Ferrari is definitely at the same level as Mercedes or is Mercedes still having something more than your team?

KR: I think there are many different ways to look at things. If you look at pure results, if you look at qualifying results. It depends what you look at but I think as a team they have done a very good job for us to bring the car to the level that we have and obviously it’s up to us to make the best out of it. Seb has done good races. As a team I think we’ve come a long way from the last few years. Yes, there are still things that we have to improve all the time and do better but that’s the same with everybody. Are we at the same level as them, Mercedes? I don’t know. It’s not far off, let’s put it that way. In qualifying, I think they’ve been a bit stronger I would say but then in the race it seems to even out. That’s a bit the same trend as it’s been the last few years, that they seem to find something extra on one lap and then it evens out a bit in race conditions. I think it depends a bit on the circuits where we go but we have a good package and we have to make the best out of it.

Q: (Angelina Grebtsova – Nation Magazine) To you all: which is your favourite track?

KR: I don’t think there’s one bad circuit but I enjoy maybe Spa, Monaco. I guess they’re quite opposites. There’s a lot of nice places but maybe those two.

Q: (Darya Panova – F1 Only) What is the main feature of Sochi for you?

KR: I think it’s a nice place to come. The circuit is quite good. It’s been a bit tricky over the last three years. It’s just been very slippery – at least for us – but it’s a nice place to come. Everything is new, everything is well done and I enjoy coming here. It’s a beautiful place.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – GloboEsporte.com) Kimi, we saw in the tests in Barcelona, bends number nine, ten that you could brake on the entry, you didn’t have a lot of understeer, and this year you have complained on the radio – we have heard that – that you suffer with understeer. Maybe it’s one of the reasons for a lack of performance between you and Sebastian. What has happened from the winter test to now? And to Daniel, you said about the development of the car; what about the power unit? Is there a development from Renault, from Australia to now?

KR: I think people always look at the lap times in testing and obviously if you’re the fastest they think everything is perfect but I think the problem is also that you do testing in one place, one circuit and any other circuit is usually a chance to set up and we’ve been not far off but off enough to not be 100 percent happy and like I said, last race already we were a lot happy so let’s hope that this weekend we are even better off and go from there. So just small things but they all make a difference.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi, last week or two weeks ago you were in Holland to see the motocross World Championship because you have a team there. Could it be possible to see you there, managing the team when you finish Formula One? You are 37-years old, you said before you are focused on the season to improve yourself but you are in your mind drawing that line to say OK, now that’s enough for me, I want to change my life?

KR: I don’t want to change my life. I’m happy with my life. I’ve had the World Championship team for many years. I enjoy going there when I have time. Unfortunately I’m quite busy with a lot of stuff so not enough time to go often but it’s good fun, it’s different  to here so I enjoy it also on that side but like I said, we will see what happens in the future. I’ve been in the same position for many years. People always question me on many things but I’m not in a hurry to decide anything and whatever the future brings is what I want also and we will see.

Da F1.com

GP Bahrain, commenti post gara–16/04/2017


Kimi Raikkonen’s ‘awful’ Bahrain GP first lap masked better race

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says his "awful" opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix disguised a race that was "a lot better" than he has experienced so far in 2017.

Raikkonen, who qualified more than three tenths down on team-mate Sebastian Vettel on Saturday, slipped from fifth on the grid to seventh early on.

As Vettel went on to win the grand prix, Raikkonen eventually recovered to fourth, and the Finn says he was happy with his in the race, despite the "disappointing" outcome.

"The car was working pretty nicely and, to be honest, I expected that. Not much complaints on that side," he said.

"[I had a] shit start and then an awful first few corners because of that. Obviously, after that, played catch-up.

"A lot of good things, in a way, happened but obviously the end result is still disappointing, in my book at least.

"The overall feeling is a lot better and I feel that I can go fast but obviously the start didn’t help."

Raikkonen, who was stuck behind the Williams of Felipe Massa early on overtook him on lap eight, feels he was then unfortunate to end up behind the Brazilian again thanks to the timing of the safety car.

"I got reasonably quickly past Massa – then I was a bit unlucky with the safety car and lost a place again back and then tried to get past him again, and obviously at that point I was a bit behind," he said.

"He seemed to be very fast in certain places and already first time around was quite tricky to pass him, it felt a bit more difficult the second time.

"I managed to pass him in the end but it just takes a long time, they’re usually very fast in a straight line, Williams."

Summing up the race, Raikkonen added: "The first lap obviously was not the ideal position, and the safety car… it’s unfortunate how it went, we had some good speed."

Da Autosport.com

GP Bahrain, gara–16/04/2017


Bahrain Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton to win

Sebastian Vettel claimed his second win of the 2017 Formula 1 season in the Bahrain Grand Prix, assisted by a five-second time penalty for Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel crossed the line 6.660s ahead of Hamilton, who had slashed his advantage from 20s after making his second pitstop, with the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas taking third.

Bottas held the lead at the start, with Vettel making a better getaway than Hamilton to draw alongside him on the run to the first corner and then sweep around the outside on turn-in to run second.

Vettel then pressured Bottas in the early laps, the Mercedes driver struggling for rear grip thanks to high rear tyre pressures caused by a faulty generator used to help set them on the grid, with Hamilton just behind and keeping the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo just behind him.

With Hamilton eventually slipping out of DRS range of Vettel, the Ferrari driver became the first of the frontrunners to stop on lap 10 and committed to a two-stop strategy by taking a second set of super-softs.

Verstappen followed Vettel into the pits a lap later, but suffered a brake problem on his outlap and went off at Turn 4, his race ending in the barrier.

The safety car was deployed on lap 13, when Williams driver Lance Stroll was hit by Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso.

Sainz had just made his first pitstop, but closed rapidly under braking for Turn 1, hitting Stroll’s sidepod as the Williams took the apex.

The contact put both out of the race, and triggered a flurry of pitstops that allowed Vettel to take the lead.

Mercedes had to pit both Bottas and Hamilton under the safety car, with both having slow stops lasting just over six seconds, and Ricciardo able to emerge from the pits between them.

Hamilton, who knew he would have to queue behind Bottas, slowed on the entry to the pitlane and delayed Ricciardo, leading to a stewards’ investigation and subsequent five-second penalty.

Vettel led from Bottas at the restart on lap 17, with Hamilton jumping Ricciardo for third on the run to the first corner, followed on the run to Turn 4 by Williams driver Felipe Massa.

Bottas, who opted for super-softs at his previous stop, made his second stop to take softs 13 laps later, emerging seventh behind Sergio Perez’s Force India and quickly moving ahead of both the Mexican and Massa to run fifth.

While Vettel gradually extended his lead to over six seconds from Bottas, Hamilton chased his team-mate before taking second place up the inside into Turn 1 on lap 27.

At that point, Vettel had a 6.3s lead, but Hamilton had cut that advantage to just under four seconds when the Ferrari driver pitted for softs at the end of lap 33.

Vettel emerged from the pits in third place, 17 seconds behind Hamilton and three behind Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Three laps later, Vettel passed a compliant Raikkonen. At that point, he was 15.5s behind Hamilton on the road, but in real terms just 10.5s thanks to Hamilton’s penalty.

Vettel had closed to just 9.5s behind Hamilton on the road when the Mercedes driver made his second stop with 16 laps to go, including a five-second hold to serve the penalty, and returned to the track on soft rubber.

Hamilton re-emerged in third, 10.5s behind second-placed Bottas, with Vettel 20s clear, but with fresh softs he had a significant pace advantage of the two cars in front.

It took Hamilton just five laps to catch and pass Bottas, diving up the inside of his team-mate at Turn 13.

At that point, Vettel’s advantage was 13 seconds, and although Hamilton was able to lap faster than the Ferrari he never got within five seconds of the leader.

Bottas had a comfortable advantage over Raikkonen, and even though the gap was just two seconds at the flag he was never under serious threat.

Raikkonen started fifth and was shuffled back to seventh behind both Verstappen and Massa at the first and fourth corners respectively, but recovered to fourth.

He passed Massa shortly after the restart following the safety car, finishing 16.8s ahead of Ricciardo.

Massa was best of the rest outside of the big three teams, with Force India driver Sergio Perez finishing seventh despite starting 18th.

After a good first stint, Perez jumped to seventh under the safety car and maintained control of the position to the end on a two-stop strategy.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean claimed his first points finish of 2017 in eighth place, making his second pitstop before Nico Hulkenberg to undercut his way past the Renault driver.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished 10th for the third race in succession, with an advantage of 24.2s over Sauber returnee Pascal Wehrlein, who held off Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso’s attacks in the closing laps of the race.

Renault’s Jolyon Palmer was the final driver running at the finish in 13th place, with McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, who was part of a close three-way battle with the pair for much of the race, classified 14th despite pulling into the pits with two laps remaining.

Marcus Ericsson retired the other Sauber in the closing stages of the race, while Haas driver Magnussen also joined Sainz, Stroll and Verstappen on the retirements list on lap nine when he pulled off with a mechanical failure.

Stoffel Vandoorne was unable to start the race thanks to what is suspected to be a problem with the MGU-H on his Honda engine.

BAHRAIN GP RESULT

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 57 1h33m53.374s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 57 6.660s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 57 20.397s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 57 22.475s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 57 39.346s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 57 54.326s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 57 1m02.606s
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 57 1m14.865s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 57 1m20.188s
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 57 1m35.711s
11 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 56 1 Lap
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 56 1 Lap
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 56 1 Lap
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 54 3 Laps
Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 50 Retirement
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 12 Collision
Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 12 Collision
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 11 Brakes
Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 8 Retirement
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 0 Not started

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 68
2 Lewis Hamilton 61
3 Valtteri Bottas 38
4 Kimi Raikkonen 34
5 Max Verstappen 25
6 Daniel Ricciardo 22
7 Felipe Massa 16
8 Sergio Perez 14
9 Carlos Sainz 10
10 Romain Grosjean 4
11 Kevin Magnussen 4
12 Esteban Ocon 3
13 Nico Hulkenberg 2
14 Daniil Kvyat 2
15 Pascal Wehrlein 0
16 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
17 Jolyon Palmer 0
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 0
19 Fernando Alonso 0
20 Marcus Ericsson 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS

Pos Constructor Points
1 Ferrari 102
2 Mercedes 99
3 Red Bull/Renault 47
4 Force India/Mercedes 17
5 Williams/Mercedes 16
6 Toro Rosso/Renault 12
7 Haas/Ferrari 8
8 Renault 2
9 Sauber/Ferrari 0
10 McLaren/Honda 0

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GP Bahrain, prove del sabato–15/04/2017


Bahrain GP qualifying: Valtteri Bottas beats Lewis Hamilton to pole

Valtteri Bottas claimed his first Formula 1 pole position by edging out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tight Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying battle.

Hamilton had taken pole for each of the first two F1 races of 2017 and led the way again through Q1, Q2 and the initial runs in Q3 at Sakhir, but Bottas hit top spot on his final run with a lap of 1m28.769s.

Hamilton dropped a chunk of time in the second sector of his final lap, and also had an oversteer moment at the final corner, so failed to improve. He ended up second fastest by just 0.023 seconds.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was almost half a second further back in third, suggesting he "tried a bit too hard" on his final Q3 run, which was slower than his first.

Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull split the two Ferraris by setting the fourth fastest time on his final run, just 0.022s clear of Kimi Raikkonen.

Max Verstappen was a tenth further back in the second Red Bull, while works Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg beat Felipe Massa’s Williams to the seventh fastest time, with a lap that was within two tenths of Verstappen’s.

Romain Grosjean again got the Haas team into Q3, ending up eighth fastest, well down on Massa and three tenths clear of Jolyon Palmer’s Renault.

Palmer made Q3 for the first time in his F1 career, but eventually qualified over 1.2s down on Renault team-mate Hulkenberg.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat missed out on making the top-10 shootout by less than half a tenth of a second, running wide at the final corner and failing to improve on his final Q2 run.

Lance Stroll made only one run after his Williams spent a long period receiving adjustments in the garage and he ended up only 12th fastest.

Returnee Pascal Wehrlein qualified a brilliant 13th in the Sauber, on a track he starred at last season for Manor, ahead of the Force India of fellow Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon, and the McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso, who didn’t set a time in Q2 after "we broke the power unit".

Alonso scraped his McLaren-Honda into Q2 thanks to the Toro Rosso of fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr stopping at the final corner in the dying moments of Q1.

This relegated Sainz to 16th thanks to rivals earlier improving their times, and it also forced Sergio Perez to back off while on a hot lap in his Force India.

Perez still improved by nearly four tenths of a second, but this still left him down in 18th place, 0.005s behind the second McLaren-Honda of Stoffel Vandoorne, who had outpaced Alonso fractionally during the initial runs in Q1.

Marcus Ericsson was only 19th quickest, over half a second slower than Sauber team-mate Wehrlein, while Haas’s Kevin Magnussen qualified slowest of all after aborting his final flying lap for the yellow flags displayed for Sainz’s stricken Toro Rosso.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m28.769s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m28.792s 0.023s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m29.247s 0.478s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.545s 0.776s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m29.567s 0.798s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m29.687s 0.918s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m29.842s 1.073s
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m30.074s 1.305s
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m30.763s 1.994s
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m31.074s 2.305s
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.923s
12 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m31.168s
13 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.414s
14 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m31.684s
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m32.118s
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m32.313s
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m32.318s
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m32.543s
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m32.900s

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Bahrain Grand Prix: Max Verstappen sets practice pace for Red Bull

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen set the pace in the final free practice session for Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen left it late to put in the fastest time of 1m32.194s using super-soft Pirellis and ended the session 0.110 seconds ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

With the track temperature at the start of the session so high, most opted to hang back for potentially slightly cooler conditions that would be closer to those for the evening qualifying session.

At the halfway mark of the 60-minute session, Toro Rosso pairing Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr held first and second place.

Valtteri Bottas was set to knock Kvyat off top spot when he headed out on super-softs, but he locked up and ran off the circuit at the last corner, ruining his lap.

Instead, Felipe Massa put his Williams fastest with a 1m32.801s, only to be relegated to second by soft-shod Verstappen.

Romain Grosjean then lost the rear of his Haas through Turn 4, spinning into the barrier and losing his nose.

The session was red-flagged, but the delay was only five minutes as Grosjean recovered to the pits without assistance.

Shortly after the restart, Kimi Raikkonen went fastest with a 1m32.785s, despite running wide at the final corner, before being relegated to second by Bottas.

Vettel was also out on super-softs, but his first lap was only good enough for fourth after he ran wide exiting Turn 7 before setting what was then the fastest time of the session at his second attempt.

Red Bull held back for much of the session and completed few laps, but both Verstappen and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo headed out again in the closing stages.

This allowed Verstappen to go fastest with two-and-a-half minutes remaining, albeit with Hamilton behind him on track and showing strong pace.

But Hamilton ran a little wide at the final corner and could not beat Verstappen despite showing good pace in the first two sectors.

Ricciardo was 0.615s slower than Verstappen’s pace, slotting into seventh place behind Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen and Massa.

Nico Hulkenberg again showed well in the Renault, lapping 0.739s off the pace to take eighth ahead of Sainz and Kvyat.

Fernando Alonso was the faster of the McLarens in 12th, 1.550s from Vettel and just six thousandths slower than Force India driver Sergio Perez, with Sauber returnee Pascal Wehrlein just behind them.

Grosjean did manage to return to the track after his crash, but ended up 18th and seven thousandths slower than team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m32.194s 8
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.304s 0.110s 10
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m32.750s 0.556s 10
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m32.754s 0.560s 13
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m32.785s 0.591s 9
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m32.801s 0.607s 12
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m32.809s 0.615s 8
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m32.933s 0.739s 9
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m33.604s 1.410s 18
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m33.744s 1.550s 11
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m33.916s 1.722s 14
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m33.922s 1.728s 10
13 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.947s 1.753s 15
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m33.965s 1.771s 15
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m34.027s 1.833s 15
16 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m34.064s 1.870s 17
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m34.198s 2.004s 13
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m34.205s 2.011s 14
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.268s 2.074s 15
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m34.417s 2.223s 11

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