A proposito di Kimi


GP Russia, giovedì–08/10/2015

“So different from last year”

Kimi reckons combination of tarmac and tires “not the same as in 2014”

“Last year, this circuit offered the combination of a brand new tarmac and different tire compounds from what we use this year. We found out that it could be difficult to make tires work, but on the other hand, they tended to last for very long time. This year we have Soft and Super Soft compounds, but this does not mean there are many similarities to Singapore. In fact, many things are different. The asphalt here is no longer new and tires are different as I said, so we’ll have to wait and see. Using a soft rubber does not necessarily give us bigger chances, but we’ll try our best. There are so many little details which can make big differences to the global picture. Overtaking here is not easy and that may put a premium on qualifying but in general, at least for us, when you come to a set-up that makes the car quick on a single lap, it will also be quick on race trim”.

Da Ferrari.com

Kimi Raikkonen: Fernando Alonso wrong to want F1 team radio off TV

Kimi Raikkonen disagrees with Fernando Alonso’s belief that radio communication in Formula 1 should be kept private and not broadcast on television.

McLaren driver Alonso stated ahead of the Russian Grand Prix that he thinks teams should not have to worry about what they say on the radio being broadcast to the public.

Those comments came after Alonso upset McLaren by referring to his Honda-powered car as having a “GP2 engine” at the Japanese firm’s home race last time out.

When asked about Alonso’s remarks, Raikkonen said: “It’s up to the team and the drivers to keep things in private.

“We have meetings where we discuss many things and it stays private.

“We all know how it works – on the radio sometimes they will broadcast it if it’s good for them, so it’s up to us.

“If we want to keep it private we can easily keep it private.”

Raikkonen believes the radio communications add to F1’s TV spectacle, and he sees no reason to complain about it.

“It’s a simple thing that we have known for years already – the radio will usually end up on the TV,” he added.

“That’s the same for everybody, so it’s not like it’s a secret.

“It’s good for the spectators and the TV, it’s more interesting if they can hear what’s going on.”

Alonso said there has been plenty of McLaren radio communication that has not been broadcast this year that would “surprise” people, and his team-mate Jenson Button said it can be hard for drivers to keep their emotions in check.

“When things aren’t going your way the emotions are high and you maybe say something you shouldn’t,” said Button.

“We know it gets broadcast to the world, but sometimes in the heat of the moment there is so much emotion there you have to let it out.

“Doing it in your helmet without the radio on seems a bit strange, so you feel you need to let people know how you feel.

“We express a lot, just not in front of the cameras normally.

“There are always going to be slip ups when emotions are running so high.

“It hurts when you have no defence in a race, you drive around and cars can overtake very easily after all the hard work in qualifying.

“But you have to try and deal with it the best you can, get out of the car and discuss with the team where you go from there.

“There is a lot of emotion involved. It’s important we do have emotion because it shows we care and we love the sport.”

Da Autosport.com

Sviluppo agli sgoccioli–02/10/2015

Ferrari’s progress against Mercedes will be ‘limited’ until 2016

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari is aware of its 2015 Formula 1 car’s weaknesses but is limited on what it can do to solve them in the remaining grands prix.

Ferrari secured its third win and first double podium of the season in Singapore, but normal service resumed in Japan last weekend as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a one-two.

The Scuderia was second best, with Sebastian Vettel taking the final spot on the podium and Raikkonen recovering from sixth after an "average" lap in qualifying to finish fourth.

With all teams now focusing more heavily on 2016 development, Raikkonen admitted Ferrari’s pursuit of Mercedes this term will be hampered.

"We know where the weaknesses are but there are limited things we can do at this time of year," said Raikkonen.

"Sure we’ll keep improving and next year we’ll be in a better shape.

"We’re second best. We keep doing progress, we’re doing the right things and we must keep improving."

Suzuka was the first true high downforce track since Silverstone in July and Raikkonen said the result showed how much progress the team has made.

"I don’t think this [Suzuka] is exactly what fits us the best right now, but it’s similar to Silverstone," he said.

"We were quite competitive, quite happy in the end.

"Certain circuits are slightly more tricky depending on the layout.

"It shouldn’t be our favourite place, but it shows we are doing the right things."


Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene agreed Suzuka showed Ferrari had actually gained ground on Mercedes, despite being defeated.

"When you are not winning, of course you are disappointed. This is normal," he said.

"But the right comparison is not with Singapore, it’s with Silverstone.

"If you look at the gap we had to Mercedes at Silverstone and the gap at Suzuka, it’s smaller.

"And as I’ve said many times, certain tracks like Suzuka are not tracks that are good for our car.

"Of course after Monza [where Ferrari introduced an upgraded power unit], the engine helps a lot, but as you know the car is more or less the same.

"So I’m very proud of the work of all our engineers, of all our team, and in particular the engine department."

Third place means Vettel has now fallen 59 points behind Hamilton, with only 125 remaining from the final five grands prix.

Asked aout Vettel’s title hopes, Arrivabene said: "It’s like asking about winning the lottery and becoming a millionaire.

"To win the lottery you need to be lucky, so if we are lucky, yes! But we need to be really lucky."

Da Autosport.com


GP Giappone, commenti post gara–27/09/2015

Japanese Grand Prix – “We keep improving”

Kimi happy with speed and strategy

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we did the maximum we could and, considering where we had started the race from, fourth position is the best we could get. The car was OK and we had the right speed, but on a circuit like this, when you are stuck behind other cars, it’s always hard to overtake. We did a good job at the pit stop, managed to jump Bottas on the way out, and chose the right tires at the right time. I don’t think we could have done much more. This kind of track is not the best for us right now, but it seems things have worked well today. There’s still work to be done, but we are doing the right things and going in the right direction. Obviously, we always want to be at the top, but I think we have done an amazing job all year long and since last year. Now we keep doing the same progresses and try to improve. We take what we have got today and go to the next race trying to do the maximum.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Giappone, gara–27/09/2015

Japanese GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg after first-lap dice

Lewis Hamilton took another significant stride towards his third Formula 1 world title with a comfortable Japanese Grand Prix victory after a close first-lap moment with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Following the anomaly of Mercedes’ struggle for pace in Singapore, around Suzuka normal service was resumed as Hamilton led home Rosberg by 18.9 seconds, their eighth one-two of the year.

The win was Hamilton’s 41st, equalling the haul of hero Ayrton Senna, and from his 162nd start, one more than the late three-time champion.

Hamilton is now 48 points clear of Rosberg with 125 available from the remaining five races, with Sebastian Vettel falling 59 points adrift after the Ferrari driver could only manage third.

The key moment came in the opening seconds, as Rosberg and Hamilton ran side by side through the first corners.

With the preferable inside line at Turn 2, Hamilton was able to edge Rosberg aside, leading to the latter running marginally off track, allowing Vettel and Williams’s Valtteri Bottas to sweep by into second and third.

Aside from one complaint shortly before his second pitstop after 31 laps about "vibrations so big" that left him "struggling", Hamilton was never troubled through to the chequered flag.

Rosberg limited the damage to Hamilton by passing Bottas on lap 17 before the undercut worked on Vettel 13 laps later come the second round of stops.

Behind Vettel was team-mate Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari made its own undercut work on Bottas who, from third on the grid at the start, had to settle for fifth.

Team-mate Felipe Massa’s race was ruined inside the opening few hundred metres as the passing Daniel Ricciardo’s left-rear tyre collided with his own front right.

Both men suffered punctures, with Massa also requiring a new front-wing due to damage sustained on the slow crawl back to the pits.

The Brazilian finished 17th and two laps down, with only Manor duo Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens and late retiree Felipe Nasr behind him.

Sergio Perez was also pitched off the road as the pack avoided the damaged Williams and Red Bull, but recovered to 12th after a pitstop for repairs.

Ricciardo was 15th and a lap adrift, a week after finishing second in Singapore.

Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat – whose car was completely rebuilt following his heavy crash in qualifying, requiring a new chassis, power unit and gearbox – endured a frustrating race and multiple issues as he could only manage 13th.

From 13th on the grid, after serving a three-place penalty for causing a collision with Massa in Singapore, Nico Hulkenberg was a fine sixth in his Force India, gaining ground at the start and then jumping both Lotus drivers at the first stops.

Despite Lotus’s ongoing financial woes, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were seventh and eighth, with Toro Rosso pair Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr rounding out the points scorers.

Verstappen had started 17th after serving his own three-place penalty for stopping in a potentially dangerous place in qualifying when his car suffered an electrical failure.

Sainz had his own moment in the race, hitting a bollard on the entry to the pitlane, forcing his pit crew into an unexpected front-wing change. He then lost out in a late battle with Verstappen.

As for McLaren, on Honda’s home track, Fernando Alonso could have done no more to suggest he wants either a swift exit from his three-year contract or a dramatic rapid improvement.

Early on Alonso bemoaned his lack of pace, saying "it’s embarrassing, very embarrassing", before later labelling Honda’s V6 engine as "GP2" standard, followed by an exasperated cry of frustration.

Alonso eventually finished 11th, with Jenson Button 16th.


Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h28m06.508s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 18.964s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 20.850s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 33.768s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 36.746s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 55.559s
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m12.298s
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m13.575s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.315s
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2 Laps
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari Not running


Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 277
2 Nico Rosberg 229
3 Sebastian Vettel 218
4 Kimi Raikkonen 119
5 Valtteri Bottas 111
6 Felipe Massa 97
7 Daniel Ricciardo 73
8 Daniil Kvyat 66
9 Romain Grosjean 44
10 Sergio Perez 39
11 Nico Hulkenberg 38
12 Max Verstappen 32
13 Felipe Nasr 17
14 Pastor Maldonado 16
15 Carlos Sainz 12
16 Fernando Alonso 11
17 Marcus Ericsson 9
18 Jenson Button 6
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0
21 Alexander Rossi 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 506
2 Ferrari 337
3 Williams/Mercedes 208
4 Red Bull/Renault 139
5 Force India/Mercedes 77
6 Lotus/Mercedes 60
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 44
8 Sauber/Ferrari 26
9 McLaren/Honda 17
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

Da Autosport.com

GP Giappone, commenti post qualifiche–26/09/2015

Kimi Raikkonen calls his Japanese GP F1 qualifying lap ‘average’

Kimi Raikkonen said an "average feeling" on his Q3 run caused him to slip back in Japanese Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying after earlier being Ferrari’s pacesetter.

Raikkonen had been two tenths faster than team-mate Sebastian Vettel in final practice and Q1, then beat his team-mate by half a second in Q2, and was behind only the two Mercedes in qualifying’s first two segments.

But come Q3 he slipped back to sixth place, a tenth and two places down on Vettel, following a disappointing first lap and then the stoppage prompted by Daniil Kvyat’s huge crash.

"In the end it was quite disappointing," said Raikkonen.

"We had good speed all the way through, but a bit of an average feeling on the first run in the last qualifying.

"Then obviously there was a red flag so it was a bit of a shit end result.

"It was just one average lap and it ended up costing us a lot.

"I felt a bit better on the out-lap of the last one but we never managed to do the lap with the red flag."

After winning in Singapore with Vettel last week, Ferrari has been off Mercedes’ pace and battling with Williams and Red Bull at Suzuka.

"The bottom line is [Mercedes] are back to the competitiveness we’ve seen all year, unfortunately," said Vettel.

"Our main rivals should be Williams and Red Bull."

The German said he might have beaten Valtteri Bottas’s Williams to third on the grid had Q3 run uninterrupted as his car had been improving through the session.

"It was a bit tricky at first, I didn’t get into the rhythm straightaway," Vettel admitted.

"I was fairly happy with Q1 and then I was not that happy with my first set of medium tyres in Q2.

"Then on what turned out to be the only attempt in Q3, the car did come alive.

"I was a lot happier and I think the laptime was [going to be] competitive.

"There was maybe one more position to gain, but obviously we didn’t have the last run."

Da Autosport.com

GP Giappone, prove sabato–26/09/2015

Nico Rosberg takes pole position for Japanese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, as a spectacular accident for Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat brought a premature end to qualifying at Suzuka.

Rosberg was fractionally faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton during the first runs in Q3, taking provisional pole by 0.076s.

Rosberg had just improved by 0.007s in the first sector when Kvyat put a wheel off the track turning in to the kink after the Degner Curves.

His Red Bull was spat off into the barrier on the outside, tearing off the left-hand side of the car before digging into the gravel trap and rolling over.

The Russian walked away from the wreckage but the accident brought out the red flags and halted any hopes for Hamilton of striking back, thus Rosberg confirmed his first pole since May’s Spanish Grand Prix, and only his second all season.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas set the third fastest time, just under four tenths adrift of Hamilton, and ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.

Felipe Massa made a mistake at the chicane on his best lap and wound up fifth, just 0.010s clear of Kimi Raikkonen, who complained of too much understeer in his Ferrari.

Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull and Romain Grosjean’s Lotus rounded out the top eight, ahead of the Force India of Sergio Perez and Kvyat, who both failed to set a time in Q3.

The second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso, and the sister Lotus of Pastor Maldonado all failed to make the top-10 shootout after a close battle at the end of Q2.

Hulkenberg lost out to Grosjean by 0.112s, dropping the crucial time in sector one, while Sainz was slow in sector two (the Degners, the hairpin and Spoon), which meant he missed the cut by almost two tenths.

Maldonado was just 0.044s further back in 13th, followed by Fernando Alonso in the best of the McLarens, and Max Verstappen, who failed to take part in Q2 after stopping on track in the first part of qualifying when his Toro Rosso broke down with electrical problems.

Verstappen’s stranded car on the exit of the hairpin spoiled any hopes Jenson Button’s McLaren had of making it through to Q2.

The 2009 world champion earlier complained of problems with in correct engine settings on his first run, which required him to pit.

After aborting his second run because of the yellow flags, Button told his team firmly on the radio: "in the position we’re in we cannot make any mistakes" after winding up 16th, just under two tenths adrift of team-mate Alonso.

Sauber endured an even worse session, as both drivers had to abort their final flying laps.

Felipe Nasr complained: "I was on a good lap!" after qualifying 18th, less than a tenth behind team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who spun under braking at Spoon Curve on his first run, after clipping the artificial grass with his right rear wheel.

Will Stevens won the private battle of the Manor Marussias by default, after team-mate Alexander Rossi aborted his first run because of Ericsson’s spin, and had his second attempt hindered due to the yellows for Verstappen’s car.

os Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.584s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.660s 0.076s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m33.024s 0.440s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.245s 0.661s
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.337s 0.753s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.347s 0.763s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.497s 0.913s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m33.967s 1.383s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes
10 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.453s 1.869s
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.497s 1.913s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m34.785s 2.201s
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.390s 1.806s
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.664s 3.080s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.673s 3.089s
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.760s 3.176s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.783s 6.199s
20 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.114s 14.530s

Da Autosport.com

Japanese GP: Nico Rosberg leads Mercedes one-two in dry practice

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes a one-two in final Japanese Grand Prix practice as the Formula 1 field got its first dry running of the weekend at Suzuka.

Rosberg clocked a 1m33.995s on the medium tyres to finish 0.297 seconds clear of Hamilton with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo two tenths further adrift in third.

The leading Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was only sixth quickest, one second off the pace, with team-mate and Singapore Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel two tenths further back.

Persistent rain on Friday left drivers with big programmes to complete in Saturday practice to gather data for qualifying and race.

They wasted little time getting out on track, with Ricciardo setting the early pace on the hard tyres on a 1m36.392s.

The Australian was one of the first to do his qualifying-simulation run on the mediums, improving by 1.3s, before switching his attention to long runs.

But Mercedes then sent Rosberg and Hamilton out on the mediums and they were able to put clear air over the rest of the field, suggesting they will be the ones to beat in qualifying later on Saturday.

The Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas slotted into fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of both Ferraris, with Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen seventh.

Romain Grosjean was the leading Lotus in ninth with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr completing the top 10.

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg was 11th ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, who complained of "massive understeer" early in the session, and Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber.

Daniil Kvyat had a messy session, running wide at Spoon and the Degner curves, and ended the session 11th, 1.7s slower than Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo.

Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado was 15th, ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Force India’s Sergio Perez and Felipe Nasr in the Sauber.

Will Stevens won the battle of the Manors, 0.116s quicker than team-mate Alexander Rossi.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.995s 19
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.292s 0.297s 20
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.497s 0.502s 22
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.797s 0.802s 27
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.934s 0.939s 25
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.082s 1.087s 16
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.160s 1.165s 26
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.222s 1.227s 16
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.602s 1.607s 20
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.963s 1.968s 29
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.110s 2.115s 19
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m36.174s 2.179s 15
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.199s 2.204s 19
14 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m36.294s 2.299s 23
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m36.307s 2.312s 21
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.360s 2.365s 18
17 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.430s 2.435s 21
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.919s 2.924s 24
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.653s 5.658s 24
20 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.819s 5.824s 22

Da Autosport.com

GP Giappone, commenti post libere–25/09/2015

Kimi not impressed by today’s weather

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today the weather was not very good and the track conditions were a bit tricky. It’s a shame for everybody but it was a day like any other for us: we did some running and tried to learn something. We have to wait until tomorrow and see how the weather comes out to be, it could be anything. We’ll try to do a good job and make the best out of it.”

Da Ferrari.com


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