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GP d’Australia, prove del sabato–25/03/2017


F1 Australian Grand Prix: Hamilton beats Vettel to pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, after winning a tense qualifying battle with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton was three tenths up on Vettel after the first runs in Q3, with Bottas just two thousandths of a second slower in third, before Daniel Ricciardo crashed his Red Bull heavily at Turn 14 and caused the session to be stopped.

Hamilton went even faster on his final run once the session resumed, sealing pole position with a 1m22.188s lap – the fastest ever recorded by an F1 car around Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.

Bottas momentarily held top stop before Hamilton’s improvement despite a scruffy final flying lap, with Vettel then denying Mercedes a front row lockout by posting the second fastest time on his final run.

Despite setting the pace in final practice, Ferrari ultimately didn’t quite have the speed to challenge the best of the Mercedes drivers, with Vettel 0.268s down on Hamilton, but fractionally quicker than Bottas.

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest, more than half a second further back, while the remaining Red Bull of Max Verstappen claimed fifth.

Romain Grosjean produced a stunning effort to qualify his Haas inside the top six, nearly four tenths clear of Felipe Massa’s Williams.

Massa was just 0.044s clear of Carlos Sainz Jr, who in turn narrowly beat Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat to eighth on the grid.

Ricciardo wound up 10th after failing to set a time before his crash.

Neither Force India made it through to Q3. Sergio Perez, who complained of a gearshift problem, missed the cut by just 0.074s despite improving by nearly four tenths on his final flying lap, while Esteban Ocon failed to find time on his final run and wound up 14th.

Nico Hulkenberg qualified 12th fastest on his debut for the works Renault team, only 0.010s down on Perez, while Fernando Alonso manhandled the troubled McLaren-Honda to the 13th best time, ahead of Ocon and Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber.

Last-minute Sauber stand-in Antonio Giovinazzi was 16th fastest, after replacing the unfit Pascal Wehrlein ahead of final practice.

The Ferrari reserve was quicker than Ericsson after the first runs in Q1, but went off at the penultimate corner on his final effort, so wound up 0.183s down and failed to make the Q2 cut.

Kevin Magnussen’s difficult first weekend racing for Haas continued, the Dane running off track on his final Q1 flier and failing to improve his time.

He was fractionally faster than the second McLaren-Honda of Stoffel Vandoorne, who completed only one flying lap in qualifying after a fuel-flow problem forced him to return to the pits for most of the session.

Williams repaired rookie Lance Stroll’s car in time to make a late appearance in Q1, following his heavy crash at the end of FP3.

The Canadian was 19th fastest, though faces a grid penalty for a gearbox change ahead of the session, while Renault’s Jolyon Palmer qualified slowest of the 20 runners, more than a second down on Stroll and over three adrift of Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.188s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m22.456s 0.268s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m22.481s 0.293s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.033s 0.845s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m23.485s 1.297s
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m24.074s 1.886s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.443s 2.255s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.487s 2.299s
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.512s 2.324s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m25.081s 2.893s
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m25.091s 2.903s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m25.425s 3.237s
14 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m25.568s 3.380s
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.465s 4.277s
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.419s 4.231s
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m26.847s 4.659s
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m26.858s 4.670s
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m28.244s 6.056s
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m27.143s 4.955s

Da Autosport.com


F1 Australian GP: Ferrari driver Vettel fastest in final practice

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel broke the unofficial Albert Park lap record on his way to top spot in third practice, ahead of qualifying for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel was the early pace-setter as Ferrari decided to complete a burst of swift laps on ultra-softs in the opening minutes of the session, with he and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen setting the early pace.

German Vettel subsequently improved his time midway through the hour-long session, recording a session’s best of 1m23.380s – again set on a set of ultra-soft tyres.

That was enough for him to trump Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, the pair ending up second and third respectively.

Unlike Ferrari, Mercedes decided to wait until later in the session to complete its runs on the ultra-soft tyre.

Bottas and Hamilton both headed to the track with a little under 20 minutes remaining, with Bottas jumping into second with a 1m23.859s and ending the session the faster of the two Silver Arrows.

Hamilton wasn’t far behind in third and tucked in with a 1m23.870s – although he did go fastest of all in the first sector on his flying lap, only to lose time by running slightly wide at Turn 13.

That wound up being the last of the significant improvements in the top order, as a Lance Stroll crash sparked the first red flag of the day when he hit the wall at the exit of Turn 10.

The Williams driver had just started an ultra-soft run with 10 minutes to go when he side-swiped the wall and rolled to a stop half way down to Turn 11.

The stoppage was long enough for the session not to be restarted.

Raikkonen ended up fourth in the second Ferrari, the Finn having suffered a puncture early on in the session – while his engine also cut out on the approach to Turn 13 as he ran up the escape road.

His best time was a 1m23.988s, with that effort more than a second faster than the next best car of Nico Hulkenberg.

Behind the Ferraris and Mercedes, Renault driver Hulkenberg was the best of the rest as he jumped from 10th to fifth late on with a best effort of 1m25.063s, also set on ultra-soft tyres.

That was enough for him to displace Daniel Ricciardo, who was the fastest Red Bull in sixth – the Australian and his team-mate Max Verstappen, who ended the session in 12th, both struggling to find time on their ultra-soft runs.

Ricciardo finished half a second clear of Romain Grosjean who was seventh in the leading Haas.

Toro Rosso pair Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat were next, while Grosjean’s team-mate Kevin Magnussen was finally able to complete finally sufficient running and completed the top 10.

The McLarens were 14th and 15th, with Fernando Alonso finishing ahead of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

Antonio Giovinazzi – who was confirmed as a late stand-in for Pascal Wehrlein before the session – completed 18 laps to end up just over a second behind Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m23.380s 12
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m23.859s 0.479s 12
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.870s 0.490s 12
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.988s 0.608s 10
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m25.063s 1.683s 10
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.092s 1.712s 15
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m25.581s 2.201s 11
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m25.948s 2.568s 11
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.049s 2.669s 11
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m26.138s 2.758s 11
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.237s 2.857s 15
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m26.269s 2.889s 7
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m26.457s 3.077s 12
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m26.556s 3.176s 7
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m26.699s 3.319s 9
16 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m27.103s 3.723s 16
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m27.327s 3.947s 12
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.402s 4.022s 10
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m28.320s 4.940s 12
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.583s 5.203s 18

Da Autosport.com

GP d’Australia, commenti post libere venerdì–24/03/2017


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Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen said Ferrari did not have a clean run on Friday and shares his team-mates confidence that there is room for improvement.

"Nothing was as clean as we wanted and we have things to improve," said Raikkonen.

"We have to look at the big picture, this is the first day and everybody will go for tomorrow.

"It’s hard to say from today where we’re going to be against Mercedes, but we have to improve in a few areas and then we will see."

Da Autosport.com


Seb e Kimi alla ricerca dell’assetto migliore

Melbourne – La prima giornata del nuovo mondiale è sempre un evento speciale, ma per Scuderia Ferrari le prove libere all’Albert Park hanno rappresentato semplicemente l’opportunità di svolgere il programma prefissato. Che, nel caso della SF70H, significa sostanzialmente lavoro su assetti e bilanciamento. Le specifiche di pneumatici fornite da Pirelli sono state tutte utilizzate da Sebastian e Kimi, partendo con la Soft per passare poi – nella seconda sessione – a Super e Ultrasoft.

L’asfalto molto sporco e i diversi carichi di benzina rendono impossibile una vera valutazione comparativa. Come ha riassunto Vettel alla fine delle prove: “Al venerdì è sempre difficile dire qualcosa. In ogni caso è stato bello sedersi di nuovo nell’abitacolo. Nella prima sessione abbiamo avuto qualche piccolo problema che ci ha un po’ rallentato, la seconda è andata meglio. Quanto al bilanciamento, oggi c’eravamo abbastanza, ma si può ancora fare di meglio. I tempi sul giro non contano niente: solo domani si scopriranno i giochi”.

Non molto diverso il commento di Raikkonen: “Possiamo essere contenti, nel complesso la giornata non è andata male. Abbiamo imparato molte cose e ora sappiamo in quali aree migliorare. Quanto alla prestazione, non si possono fare paragoni con i test invernali, anche perché questa è una pista un po’ anomala e non dà un quadro preciso della situazione”.

In totale sono stati 45 i giri compiuti da Seb nelle due sessioni (10+35) mentre Kimi ne ha accumulati 16 nella prima parte e 30 nella seconda.

Da Ferrari.com

GP d’Australia, prove libere venerdì–24/03/2017


F1 Australian GP: Hamilton fastest once again in second practice

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton continued his Australian Grand Prix stranglehold with the fastest time in second practice in Melbourne.

The three-time world champion was again more than half a second quicker than his nearest opposition, which in FP2 came in the form of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.

Vettel was the first driver to dip below the 1m25s mark when he used super-soft tyres to post a 1m24.926s early in the session.

The German’s spell at the top of the times was extended when the session was halted just over 20 minutes in by Jolyon Palmer’s heavy crash at the final corner.

Palmer was set to complete a personal-best lap when he lost the rear of his Renault and slammed backwards into the tyre wall on the outside of Turn 16.

The front left of the RS17 was pulled round into the wall by the impact, before the car bounced off and came to a rest in the middle of the track with substantial damage.

Once the wreckage was cleared Mercedes put Hamilton – who had already lapped within a tenth of Vettel’s super-soft time on soft tyres – and Valtteri Bottas out on ultra-softs.

Their first efforts were thwarted by yellow flags thrown for Felipe Massa’s Williams, which stopped as a result of a suspected electrical problem.

Bottas went quickest on his second run but lost time in the first sector and limited himself to a 1m24.176s.

Hamilton then blitzed that with a 1m23.620s, less than a tenth slower than the fastest ever lap of Albert Park – Vettel’s 2011 pole time.

Mercedes’ hopes of a second Friday practice one-two were dashed when Vettel squeezed ahead of Bottas on a 1m24.167s, but his 0.547s deficit to Hamilton is disappointing after Ferrari’s impressive pre-season testing pace.

Kimi Raikkonen was a further four tenths adrift in the second Ferrari and only just ahead of the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, the last of sub-1m25s runners on a 1m24.650s.

Max Verstappen ran wide exiting Turn 12 on his first lap on ultra-soft tyres and the bumpy ride over the grass and gravel damaged the floor of his RB13.

It meant his best time of the session, a 1m25.013s, was his earlier effort on super-softs.

Massa’s problem allowed the impressive Carlos Sainz and Toro Rosso to claim best-of-the-rest honours in seventh behind the big three teams, with Romain Grosjean’s Haas, Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg and Sainz’s team-mate Daniil Kvyat completing the top 10.

Fernando Alonso gave McLaren-Honda further encouragement in 12th, 2.3s off the pace, while Stoffel Vandoorne was one of the busiest drivers of the session as the alliance’s recovery from a terrible pre-season continued.

An unknown problem for Kevin Magnussen limited the Haas driver to just six laps, while Marcus Ericsson caused a late yellow flag when he beached his Sauber in the Turn 6 gravel.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.620s 34
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m24.167s 0.547s 35
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m24.176s 0.556s 34
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.525s 0.905s 30
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m24.650s 1.030s 27
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m25.013s 1.393s 8
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m25.084s 1.464s 34
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m25.436s 1.816s 29
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m25.478s 1.858s 36
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m25.493s 1.873s 39
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m25.591s 1.971s 35
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m26.000s 2.380s 19
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m26.145s 2.525s 37
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.331s 2.711s 6
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.498s 2.878s 29
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m26.525s 2.905s 27
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m26.608s 2.988s 33
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.919s 3.299s 30
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m27.279s 3.659s 8
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m27.549s 3.929s 4

Da Autosport.com


Formula 1 Australian GP: Hamilton fastest in first practice of 2017

Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes one-two in the opening practice session for the 2017 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton led new team-mate Valtteri Bottas as the German marque offered an early reality check in Melbourne after Ferrari dominated pre-season testing.

The Mercedes drivers led as soon as the class of 2017 started posting representative lap times, with Bottas holding the early advantage with a 1m25.142s on super-softs.

The Finn was the first to switch to ultra-soft tyres, and he improved to a 1m24.803s despite a mistake in the final sector on his best lap.

Hamilton made no such error when his turn came, and the three-time champion ended up more than half a second clear as he vaulted to the top on a 1m24.220s.

No other teams ran the softest-compound Pirellis, with Red Bull leading the super-soft charge.

Daniel Ricciardo kicked off his home grand prix weekend with the third-fastest time, 0.6s slower than Hamilton, which made the only non-Mercedes driver to dip below the 1m25s barrier.

Max Verstappen reported an early gear synch problem in the other Red Bull but wound up fourth, just clear of the two Ferraris.

Having led the way in Barcelona testing Kimi Raikkonen was more than a second off the pace in FP1 on a 1m25.372s, less than a tenth quicker than team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

As the leading trio of teams ran two-by-two, the battle to be fourth proved as tight as anticipated.

Felipe Massa was seventh for Williams, but Haas driver Romain Grosjean and new Renault signing Nico Hulkenberg both lapped within half-a-tenth the Brazilian.

Force India’s Sergio Perez, barely a tenth slower than Massa, completed the top 10 ahead of Carlos Sainz in the first of the Toro Rossos.

Further down the order, all eyes were on the two McLaren-Honda drivers to see if the MCL32 would run reliably after a disastrous pre-season.

Rookie Stoffel Vandoorne had a slow start in two ways, waiting almost an hour before setting a time and ending up bottom of the order.

His double champion team-mate Fernando Alonso fared better in 14th with a lap time 2.8s off the pace.

Alonso finished ahead of both Saubers, Esteban Ocon’s Force India and Jolyon Palmer’s Renault, which managed only six laps after a gearbox-related problem.

PRACTICE 1 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.220s 22
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m24.803s 0.583s 25
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m24.886s 0.666s 19
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m25.246s 1.026s 19
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.372s 1.152s 16
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m25.464s 1.244s 10
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.142s 1.922s 28
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m26.168s 1.948s 20
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m26.183s 1.963s 15
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m26.276s 2.056s 29
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.450s 2.230s 24
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.514s 2.294s 25
13 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m26.734s 2.514s 29
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m27.116s 2.896s 18
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.348s 3.128s 30
16 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m27.656s 3.436s 23
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m27.667s 3.447s 20
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.539s 4.319s 22
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m28.585s 4.365s 6
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m28.695s 4.475s 14

Da Autosport.com

Kimi al volante della GTC4Lusso T


In un video Raikkonen prova la V8. E poi  si dedica a una sua altra passione 

Maranello, 17 marzo – Mentre sono iniziate le prove stampa internazionali della GTC4Lusso T nei dintorni di Siena, con percorsi che fanno base a Monteriggioni per spingersi poi fino in Maremma e alla costa tirrenica, e a pochi giorni dal via del Mondiale di Formula 1, i tifosi e gli appassionati Ferrari hanno la possibilità di gustarsi un video davvero speciale. Protagonista Kimi Raikkonen, che aveva già raccontato le emozioni di guida della quattro posti V8 turbo sull’Annuario dell’Official Ferrari Magazine, soffermandosi sulla sua agilità, sulla rapidità di risposta e sui suoi interni spaziosi. Ma qui il campione finlandese, oltre a confermare le sue abilità di pilota anche su strada, si diverte con un’altra sua passione. Scopritela voi. Buon divertimento.

Da Ferrari.com

Test a Barcellona–10/03/2017


F1 testing: Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top on final day at Barcelona

Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari ended Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona fastest, despite causing a red flag during the final afternoon.

Following the pattern of the first three days of the second test, the morning’s best times were not beaten in the afternoon session, as the majority of F1 teams turned their focus towards longer runs.

That meant Raikkonen’s morning effort of 1m18.634s, set on super-soft tyres, stood as the best time of the day, as well as overall after eight days of winter testing.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Ferrari however, as Raikkonen caused the first red flag of the afternoon – and the fifth of the day – when he stopped pointing the wrong way on the disused section of track by the chicane complex at the end of the lap.

The SF70H had suffered a problem earlier in the lap, with Raikkonen using the old circuit layout as he cruised back to the pits, only to lock the rears and spin to a halt.

The Finn returned to the track for the final 15 minutes, and completed 111 laps in total.

Max Verstappen stayed second for Red Bull, 0.804 seconds behind Raikkonen on the same tyre, followed by Carlos Sainz Jr, who put Toro Rosso third with a late-morning run on ultra-softs.

The Spaniard was responsible for the sixth and final red flag of the day when the STR12 eased to a stop along the start/finish straight at the start of the last hour.

Valtteri Bottas stayed fourth, a mere 0.005s ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who took over the W08 for the afternoon and posted a best of 1m19.850s using ultra-softs.

Morning times were enough to put Nico Hulkenberg and Force India’s Sergio Perez sixth and seventh, while Hulkenberg’s Renault team-mate Jolyon Palmer slotted into eighth on ultra-softs with a time set in the afternoon

Lance Stroll was ninth for Williams on his final test day before his grand prix debut in Melbourne, topping the lap count with a total of 132 laps.

Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 for Haas, enjoying a smoother afternoon after causing two red flags in the morning, just ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

After a morning disrupted by a pair of electrical problems that also caused red flags, Alonso improved on his best time from the morning with a 1m21.389s on ultra-softs, although he was baulked by Stroll on that particular lap.

The two-time champion ended up with a total of 43 laps to his name, with McLaren again completing fewest laps of any outfit.

Sauber team-mates Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein completed the times, the latter taking over the C36 for the afternoon and ending up just under five seconds off the pace on softs.

1 TESTING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.634s 111
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m19.438s 0.804s 71
3 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m19.837s 1.203s 132
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.845s 1.211s 53
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.850s 1.216s 54
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m19.885s 1.251s 45
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m20.116s 1.482s 128
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m20.205s 1.571s 43
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.335s 1.701s 132
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.110s 2.476s 76
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m21.389s 2.755s 43
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.670s 3.036s 59
13 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.527s 4.893s 42

Da Autosport.com


F1 testing pacesetter Raikkonen believes Ferrari had more speed

Kimi Raikkonen claims he could have gone faster on the final day of Formula 1 testing, despite finishing with the quickest time of the pre-season.

The Ferrari driver became the first and only F1 driver to lap the Barcelona circuit beneath 1m19s in the two weeks of testing, when he posted a 1m18.634s on Friday’s final morning.

He set that time on super-soft tyres, and could not improve on ultra-softs but did crack the 1m19s barrier again.

A day after Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton said Ferrari was "bluffing", Raikkonen admitted there was more speed to extract from his car.

"If we want, we can go faster but that’s not the purpose of the test," said Raikkonen.

"Obviously you try to go as fast as you can whatever we decided to do.

"There’s a lot of things that we can improve and do better, but that’s a part of testing.

"We can be quite pleased with how it felt this morning. It’s one of the better days that we’ve had these two weeks.

"But it’s early days. So far it’s OK but let’s see when the season starts."

Ferrari finished the pre-season having topped four of the eight days, with Mercedes setting the pace on three and Williams one.

Raikkonen’s best lap was 0.676 seconds faster than the fastest from Mercedes, logged by Valtteri Bottas on Wednesday, also on super-softs.

The 37-year-old said the 2017 pre-season had gone much better than last year’s in many ways, although he insisted there was no way to know how competitive Ferrari is.

"I think it was all more or less pretty positive," he said.

"The car has been running well and the feeling since the first day has been pretty good.

"The team has done a good job over the winter preparing the car and making it reliable.

"Compared to a year ago we feel it’s much, much better in many ways, but where we are going to be in the first race I don’t know.

"It’s the same story every winter and we’ll see in three weeks."

Da Autosport.com


Kimi: “Un grazie a tutta la squadra”

10 Mar 2017

“Il feeling c’è, ma è presto per le previsioni”. Un pensiero per Surtees: “Aveva le corse nel sangue”

Montmelò, 10 marzo – “Il feeling con la macchina c’è, ed è la cosa più importante. Siamo stati quasi sempre affidabili in questi test e anche questo è un segno del grande lavoro fatto dalla squadra durante l’inverno. Partiamo da una base più forte rispetto all’anno scorso: ma quanto la macchina sia veloce rispetto alle altre, è veramente troppo presto per dirlo. Forse nemmeno Melbourne darà un quadro preciso al 100 per cento della situazione, perché la prima gara è sempre un po’ particolare. Forse bisognerà aspettare la Cina. In ogni caso ringrazio i ragazzi della squadra, perché sono sempre riusciti a intervenire per risolvere i piccoli problemi che proprio i test servono a risolvere”.

Così Kimi Raikkonen, alla fine della sua seconda giornata che chiude i test invernali sul circuito di Montmelò. 111 giri per lui e la SF70H oggi, in un programma che comprendeva anche una simulazione di gara. La prova è stata interrotta verso le 16 da un problema elettrico, quando mancavano una quindicina di giri al “traguardo”. Riportata ai box, la Ferrari è uscita di nuovo a poco meno di 20 minuti dalla fine delle prove.

Appresa la notizia della morte di John Surtees, campione del mondo F1 1964 con le monoposto del Cavallino, Kimi ha voluto ricordarlo così: “L’ho incontrato un paio di volte, era un tipo ‘easygoing’, con cui era facile andare d’accordo E si capiva che aveva nel sangue la passione per le corse. Sono cose tristi, il mio pensiero va alla sua famiglia”

Nei quattro giorni di prove di questa settimana, la SF70H ha percorso con Kimi e Seb un totale di 488 giri, pari a 2271,64 Km.

Da Ferrari.com

Test a Barcellona–08/03/2017


F1 testing: Bottas fastest on Wednesday as Raikkonen crashes

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas ended the second day of the final Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona on top, as Kimi Raikkonen crashed the new Ferrari.

Bottas set the fastest time of the winter so far on Wednesday morning, a 1m19.310s on super-soft tyres, and this proved enough to keep the Finn on top at the end of the day.

Lewis Hamilton took over driving duties in the Mercedes W08 after the lunch break, and recorded a best time of 1m20.782s on softs, 1.392 seconds off the pace.

That put the three-time champion only sixth on the leaderboard, although he completed 79 laps, including a 20-lap stint on ultra-softs, giving Mercedes a total of 149 for the day.

Felipe Massa remained second for Williams by virtue of his morning time, ahead of Raikkonen, who caused the second red flag of the test when he spun and hit the barriers at Turn 3 just under two hours into the afternoon.

The impact damaged the front and the left side of the Ferrari SF70H, and prevented Raikkonen from running again for the rest of the day. He only managed 53 laps.

There was another red flag when Max Verstappen came to a stop at Turn 12 towards the end of a race simulation with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Despite his stoppage, the Dutchman ended up with 102 laps to his credit, more than any other driver, with his morning time proving enough to keep him fourth in the order.

Williams rookie Lance Stroll took over from Massa during the lunchbreak and set the best time in a smooth afternoon, after an incident-strewn first week.

The young Canadian logged 59 laps, recording a best effort of 1m20.579s on super-soft tyres to beat Hamilton by just over a tenth.

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Sergio Perez (Force India) and Carlos Sainz Jr (Toro Rosso) stayed seventh, eighth and ninth with their morning times, while Romain Grosjean (Haas) completed the top 10 with a best time just 0.015s shy of Sainz.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso failed to improve on his morning time, and ended the day in 12th, between Sauber duo Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, with 46 laps completed.

Ericsson caused a third and final stoppage just moments after Verstappen’s car had been recovered, as he came to a halt at Turn 7.

Jolyon Palmer, taking over from Renault team-mate Hulkenberg in the afternoon, completed the leaderboard in 14th, some 5.4s off the pace.

WEDNESDAY TEST TIMES:

WEDNESDAY TEST TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.310s 70
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m19.420s 0.110s 63
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.406s 1.096s 53
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m20.432s 1.122s 102
5 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.579s 1.269s 59
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.702s 1.392s 79
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.213s 1.903s 61
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m21.297s 1.987s 100
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m21.872s 2.562s 92
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.887s 2.577s 96
11 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.000s 3.690s 59
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m23.041s 3.731s 46
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.384s 4.074s 47
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m24.774s 5.464s 29
 

Ci vuole un fisico bestiale…


Mark Arnall : “Raikkonen non avrà difficoltà con le nuove macchine”

L’allenatore del ferrarista convinto che il pilota si adatterà perfettamente alle nuove vetture

I piloti più esperti si adatteranno più facilmente alla forza delle nuove macchine di Formula 1. Questo il pensiero di Mark Arnall, da tempo allenatore di molti piloti e del ferrarista Kimi Raikkonen.

Secondo lui le nuove regole hanno riportato al centro la velocità con un ritorno allo sforzo fisico totale del pilota che mancava da tanto tempo: “La generazione più giovane non ha mai vissuto delle forze G così forti – ha detto al quotidiano finlandese Turun Sanomat – ma per Kimi o anche Fernando Alonso e Felipe Massa la situazione non è del tutto nuova”.

Dieci anni fa, infatti, i piloti avevano a che fare con condizioni simili: “Nel 2005 e nel 2006 la tensione sui muscoli del collo in particolare era estrema. Negli ultimi anni lo sforzo fisico è stato inferiore, ma il programma di allenamento di Kimi non è davvero mai cambiato”.

“Ora tutto è cambiato di nuovo – ha aggiunto – ma non vedo alcuna ragione per cui Kimi dovrebbe avere difficoltà con le nuove macchine”.

Da f1grandprix.motorionline.com