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GP Azerbaigian, commenti post gara–25/06/2017


Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen hits out at Valtteri Bottas after Baku hit

Kimi Raikkonen has blamed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas for their collision on the first lap of Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver tried to pass second-placed Bottas round the outside of Turn 2 after his rival suffered excessive wheelspin on the exit of the previous corner.

Bottas kept the inside line and bounced over the kerb, pitching him into Raikkonen and pushing the Ferrari into contact with the wall.

"Not much I could have done," said Raikkonen. "I got hit at Turn 2 and there was quite a lot of damage on the car already on the left-hand side."

Raikkonen had retired from this season’s Spanish GP after contact with Bottas sent him into Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, and the Ferrari driver said the incident was similar to the one in Baku.

"He [Bottas] braked very early, again – and I think he knows it was way too early braking – and I went just outside and it was fine, and suddenly I got hit from the other side.

"So I think he noticed he braked too early and just let the brakes go, and came way too fast into me.

"It was completely his fault, but obviously I paid the price."

The stewards took no action on the coming together with Raikkonen dropping to fifth and later retiring after hitting debris from the Force India clash, while Bottas went on to finish second after passing Lance Stroll ahead of the finish line.

Bottas said that he could not have backed out of the Turn 2 battle and was surprised it ended in contact.

"From my side, you know, I was on the inside, he was obviously outside, he did brake later and he was kind of ahead but I was on the inside. So then normally… inside you have the line.

"He was turning in the corner so that for me there was nowhere else to go other than over the kerb. And for me it was not an option to back off at that point.

"So yeah, just went over the kerb, bottomed out, the car jumped and hit him and I got a puncture.

"I don’t know really, I need to have a bit more [of a] look at the videos and stuff and review it a bit more but for me it was no option to back off.

"For me I was on the inside, I thought I had the corner, there should have been space for two cars to go around.

"He was anyway a bit further ahead so maybe he could’ve kept his position anyway."

Collisions between Bottas and Raikkonen go back to 2015, when the two fought for the podium in the Russian Grand Prix before they then made contact in Mexico.

"You know, it’s a bit of a shame it’s again me and Kimi but we’ve been fighting for similar positions and it’s just unlucky that it’s us again," said Bottas.

Da Autosport.com


Today many things happened that were out of our hands and unfortunately we paid a big price. After the start, at the second corner, I got hit by Bottas; I don’t know what he was doing, he braked very early but probably he noticed that and let the brakes off, went too fast and hit me. Because of that the rear end of my car hit the wall and I had a massive damage. We were able to keep going but then I was unlucky. The two Force Indias collided, some debris flew off and destroyed my rear tire. As a consequence my whole floor and the rear wing were damaged and we decided to retire. When the red flag stopped the race we thought that we might try and go back on track. The mechanics did and amazing job, managed to change the floor and the endplate in a very short time. But obviously my car was still not perfect and we decided to stop. It’s not a good day when your car retires twice in a race. I’m disappointed because, without all these things happening, my car would have been good. There’s nothing else we could have done, we tried our best.

Da Ferrari.com

GP Azerbaigian, gara–25/06/2017


Ricciardo wins crazy Azerbaijan GP, Vettel and Hamilton clash

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo emerged a shock winner of a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix featuring Formula 1 title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton controversially clashing behind the safety car.

Hamilton and Vettel had a on-track run-in while the race was neutralised, earning Vettel a penalty that would have given Hamilton a comfortable cruise to victory had the Mercedes’ headrest not come close.

Those dramas left Ricciardo, who qualified 10th and looked well and truly out of contention after stopping early to have debris cleared out of a brake duct, in position to take his fifth grand prix victory.

Ricciardo headed home Valtteri Bottas and Williams rookie Lance Stroll, who picked up a maiden podium just two weeks after his first F1 points finish.

Bottas had been a lap down after a first-lap collision with Kimi Raikkonen but was allowed to unlap himself during one of the race’s many interruptions.

Chaos ahead allowed him to find his way into third, and he reeled in Stroll before inching ahead of the Williams in a near-photo-finish for second.

The Bottas/Raikkonen clash happened as the Ferrari got ahead of him for second into Turn 2 on lap one after the Mercedes lost momentum with wheelspin out of the first corner.

Bottas kept to the inside line, bounced off the kerb and into Raikkonen, who tagged the wall but continued in fifth while Bottas limped to the pits.

That allowed Vettel into second behind Hamilton, and he was trailing by three seconds when the race’s first safety car appeared on lap 11 of 51 as Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso parked on track.

Max Verstappen was pressuring Sergio Perez for third at this point, but had to retire with an engine problem.

The safety car lasted for several laps and allowed all the leading runners to swap their super-softs for softs.

Hamilton sped up early on the main straight for the lap 16 restart and immediately established a lead over Vettel, who had to fend off pressure from Perez, while Raikkonen fell behind Felipe Massa and Esteban Ocon to sixth.

The race was immediately suspended again due to debris in several parts of the circuit, and another chaotic restart followed a few laps later.

First, Vettel made contact with the rear of Hamilton’s car as the leader tried to back the pack up for the restart.

Vettel was irate, pulling alongside Hamilton and gesticulating at his rival on the exit of Turn 15 – as his Ferrari whacked against the side of the Mercedes.

Vettel then had to fend off Massa and Perez into Turn 1, although he kept position successfully again.

Instead, there was drama for the Force Indias, as Ocon tried to edge past Perez on exit of Turn 2 but made violent contact, with Raikkonen picking up a damaging puncture from their debris.

Red flags eventually came out this time. Perez and Raikkonen required long periods in the garage for repairs, while Ocon dropped to the back.

At the restart after a 20-minute stoppage, Hamilton and Vettel – now back on super-softs – maintained position with relative ease, as Ricciardo dived into third past both Stroll and Massa, who retired due to a broken rear damper shortly afterwards.

That move was crucial for Ricciardo as soon afterwards Hamilton was called to the pits for a loose headrest to be replaced and Vettel’s 10-second stop-go penalty was imposed.

Ricciardo was left free to lead to the finish, while Vettel and Hamilton, now in that order, fought back through the field in tandem.

But they could do no better than fourth and fifth, catching the Bottas/Stroll battle on the final lap.

Ocon and Haas driver Magnussen had both run in a podium position after the red flag, but were shuffled back to sixth and seventh in the end.

Carlos Sainz Jr recovered from a first-lap spin – that he blamed on team-mate Kvyat rejoining from the run-off area – to take eighth, with Fernando Alonso scoring McLaren-Honda’s first points of the season in ninth.

The Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein took 10th after a battle with team-mate Marcus Ericsson that included contact before the team asked Ericsson to let Wehrlein through as Stoffel Vandoorne gained on them on fresh tyres.

Vandoorne could not pass either Sauber and finished 12th.

Romain Grosjean was a lap down in 13th after an afternoon of brake problems.

Raikkonen and Perez’s repaired cars were eventually retired, while Jolyon Palmer went out very early with engine problems.

RESULTS – 51 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 2h03m55.573s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3.904s
3 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 4.009s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 5.976s
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 6.188s
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 30.298s
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 41.753s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 49.400s
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 59.551s
10 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.093s
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.794s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m32.160s
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Floor
Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes Collision
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Suspension
Nico Hulkenberg Renault Accident
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Engine
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault Electronics
Jolyon Palmer Renault Ignition

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 153
2 Lewis Hamilton 139
3 Valtteri Bottas 111
4 Daniel Ricciardo 92
5 Kimi Raikkonen 73
6 Max Verstappen 45
7 Sergio Perez 44
8 Esteban Ocon 35
9 Carlos Sainz 29
10 Felipe Massa 20
11 Nico Hulkenberg 18
12 Lance Stroll 17
13 Kevin Magnussen 11
14 Romain Grosjean 10
15 Pascal Wehrlein 5
16 Daniil Kvyat 4
17 Fernando Alonso 2
18 Jolyon Palmer 0
19 Marcus Ericsson 0
20 Stoffel Vandoorne 0
21 Antonio Giovinazzi 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 250
2 Ferrari 226
3 Red Bull/Renault 137
4 Force India/Mercedes 79
5 Williams/Mercedes 37
6 Toro Rosso/Renault 33
7 Haas/Ferrari 21
8 Renault 18
9 Sauber/Ferrari 5
10 McLaren/Honda 2

Da Autosport.com

GP Azerbaigian, prove del sabato–24/06/2017


Lewis Hamilton recovers to take Azerbaijan Grand Prix pole

Lewis Hamilton recovered from free practice troubles to claim a commanding pole position in qualifying for Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, beating Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two.

The fight at the front looked close with Ferrari and Red Bull in practice, but Mercedes enjoyed a large advantage over its F1 competition when it came to qualifying.

Hamilton struggled particularly on Friday and was only third fastest in final practice earlier on Saturday, but turned it on when it really mattered at the Baku city circuit.

He was the only driver to lap under 1m42s in Q1 and was comfortably fastest with a single run in Q2 as well.

He let Bottas get briefly ahead during the initial runs in Q3, after locking up and running wide at Turn 16 near the end of his quickest lap, before Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull hit the wall at the Turn 6 right-hander, bringing out the red flags and spoiling a potentially faster lap for Hamilton.

That incident turned the session into a one flying lap dash once the wreckage was cleared, and Hamilton pulled out a stunning effort on his final run to claim pole by almost half a second from Bottas.

Both Ferraris struggled in qualifying, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel taking to the escape road at Turn 3 during their first runs.

Raikkonen recovered best to claim third on the grid, but over six tenths of a second down on the second Mercedes.

Vettel was fourth in the sister Ferrari, fractionally ahead of the surviving Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Sergio Perez pipped Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon by less than a tenth of a second to complete the top six, while Lance Stroll narrowly outqualified Williams team-mate Felipe Massa for the first time to claim a career-best eighth on the grid.

Ricciardo ended up slowest in Q3 following his crash.

The pace of the top five teams ensured there wasn’t much of a fight to make it through to Q3.

The Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr weren’t fast enough to challenge the Williams and Force Indias, but were comfortably quick enough to outpace Kevin Magnussen’s Haas (even with the benefit of an aerodynamic tow from Sainz), Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault – which lost power after only one run in Q2 – and Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber, which the Mercedes junior driver heroically dragged into the top 15.

A last-ditch effort from Magnussen ensured a Haas made it through to Q2 at the expense of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda, which ended up 16th quickest, retrofitted with a ‘spec 2’ engine, and just 0.017s shy of beating Wehrlein’s Sauber into Q2.

Alonso is set to drop to the rear of the grid thanks to his 40-place grid penalty for various engine component changes, which will elevate Romain Grosjean’s Haas and the second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.

The other McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne was slowest of those that ran in qualifying, 0.235s adrift of Ericsson, and will also cop a hefty grid penalty – including five places for an unscheduled gearbox change after final practice.

Jolyon Palmer was classified last in the session, without a lap time to his name. He sat out qualifying after a high-pressure fuel leak caused his Renault to cook itself during the early stages of practice three.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m40.593s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m41.027s 0.434s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m41.693s 1.100s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m41.841s 1.248s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m41.879s 1.286s
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.111s 1.518s
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m42.186s 1.593s
8 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m42.753s 2.160s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m42.798s 2.205s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m43.414s 2.821s
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.186s
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m43.796s
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m44.267s
14 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.603s
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.347s
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m44.468s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.795s
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m45.030s
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m44.334s
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault

Da Autosport.com


Valtteri Bottas fastest for Mercedes in final Baku F1 practice

Valtteri Bottas edged out Kimi Raikkonen to lead final free practice for Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, as both Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen had problems.

Bottas clocked a 1m42.742s on the super-soft Pirelli tyres in his Mercedes as he finished 0.095 seconds clear of Ferrari driver Raikkonen.

The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who had a wild moment at the narrow Turn 8, was three tenths further back in third.

Bottas set the early pace on the soft tyre, heading Raikkonen by almost four tenths of a second.

When teams turned their attention to qualifying-simulations on the super-soft tyres, Hamilton and Bottas traded fastest laps.

Hamilton was unhappy with his tyres throughout but Bottas enjoyed a more straightforward session and gradually improved his times over several laps.

Championship leader Vettel had a frustrating session, managing just seven laps and ending his running early when Ferrari called him in after spotting "an issue" it later said was a hydraulic problem.

Vettel did not manage to complete a low-fuel run and finished 12th overall.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo popped in a quick lap late on to finish fourth, half a second off the pace, with team-mate Verstappen sixth.

Verstappen, who topped both sessions on Friday, was on-course to be in the top three before he stopped out on track in the closing stages reporting "everything just switched off".

Red Bull said Verstappen’s failure was also a hydraulic issue.

Esteban Ocon was the leading Force India in fifth with Felipe Massa, who narrowly avoided contact at Turn 8, seventh.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was eighth, ahead of Lance Stroll, as Sergio Perez completed the top 10.

Nico Hulkenberg was 11th, while his Renault team-mate Jolyon Palmer failed to set a representative time after stopping on track early on with a fire at the rear of the car.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was 14th, two places and half a second clear of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, with both set to start from the back after heavy grid penalties for engine changes.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m42.742s 21
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.837s 0.095s 14
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m43.158s 0.416s 23
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m43.287s 0.545s 24
5 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m43.344s 0.602s 21
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m43.614s 0.872s 16
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m43.738s 0.996s 18
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.908s 1.166s 21
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m44.040s 1.298s 17
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m44.138s 1.396s 22
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m44.312s 1.570s 16
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m44.344s 1.602s 7
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m44.401s 1.659s 23
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m44.741s 1.999s 18
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m44.926s 2.184s 20
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m45.143s 2.401s 17
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m45.491s 2.749s 20
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.645s 2.903s 21
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.722s 2.980s 19
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m53.040s 10.298s 4

Da Autosport.com

GP Arzeibagian, prove libere venerdì–23/06/2017


Max Verstappen goes quickest again in Baku F1 practice then crashes

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed a Friday clean sweep by topping an error-laden second practice for Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which he himself capped off with a last-second crash.

Verstappen led most of the 90-minute session and wound up heading a tightly-knit top four at the chequered flag, with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen all within 0.127 seconds.

But Verstappen went into the barriers at the first corner in the dying minutes of practice, attempting to make the run-off area but losing control of his RB13.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was not far off team-mate Raikkonen in fifth, while Lewis Hamilton, Vettel’s nearest rival in the title fight, could only muster 10th, his best lap recorded on softs early on.

The Baku street circuit had caught out a fair few drivers in the earlier Friday session, but yellow flags were almost a permanent feature in the afternoon, with almost all competitors either making ample use of the run-off areas or brushing the barriers.

The soft was again the tyre compound of choice early on in the session, and Verstappen, picking up where he left off in first practice, swiftly put in a new weekend benchmark of 1m44.288s.

His subsequent lap time gains put him in the 1m43s margin and he ended his first run with a best lap of 1m43.894s.

None of Verstappen’s rivals had even surpassed his morning time by that point, although Ricciardo soon improved to 0.220s away and reinstated the Red Bull one-two out front.

Bottas, who had languished down the order after the run on softs, was the first driver to bolt on a set of super-softs half an hour in, but it was Raikkonen who disrupted Verstappen’s dominance with his first proper effort on the compound.

Vettel went a tenth quicker than his team-mate shortly afterwards, only for Verstappen to retake the spot with a sole representative lap on super-softs, lowering the weekend’s benchmark to 1m43.362s.

The super-soft runs were interrupted at the halfway point when the narrow, twisty Turn 8 claimed its second F1 car of the day, as the Renault of Jolyon Palmer ground to a halt in the barriers with broken right-front suspension.

The session was restarted after 10 minutes of clean-up, but while many drivers carried on with super-soft runs, Verstappen’s lap would remain unmatched.

At the flag, the top five wound up well clear of the chasing pack, which was led by Williams rookie Lance Stroll – who outpaced his 11th-placed team-mate Felipe Massa by half a second.

Daniil Kvyat was the lead Toro Rosso in eighth, splitting the two Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, despite having triggered a brief virtual safety car in the first half of the session, as he put debris on track from barrier contact at the sharp right-handed Turn 15.

Fernando Alonso had made an early cameo at the sharp end of the timesheets, running second behind Verstappen, but was eventually shuffled out of the top 10.

His session then came to a premature end with half an hour left on the clock, as he pulled over with smoke bellowing out of his McLaren-Honda and radioed "engine, engine" – McLaren later clarified that it was a gearbox issue.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean endured a particularly troubled time.

He avoided crashing but went off on several occasions at Turn 3 and Turn 8 and was constantly voicing his frustration over a perceived brake problem on the team radio. He finished the session last, 4.4s off the pace.

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m43.362s 36
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m43.462s 0.100s 32
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m43.473s 0.111s 34
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.489s 0.127s 35
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m43.615s 0.253s 35
6 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m44.113s 0.751s 27
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m44.306s 0.944s 34
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m44.321s 0.959s 27
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m44.484s 1.122s 37
10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m44.525s 1.163s 23
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m44.609s 1.247s 33
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m45.515s 2.153s 15
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m45.733s 2.371s 34
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m45.831s 2.469s 33
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m46.003s 2.641s 29
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m46.061s 2.699s 17
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m46.174s 2.812s 28
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.150s 3.788s 25
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.347s 3.985s 25
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m47.722s 4.360s 22

Da Autosport.com


Azerbaijan GP: Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in Baku practice

Max Verstappen headed a Red Bull one-two in opening free practice session for Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Verstappen clocked a 1m44.410s using super-soft Pirellis and ended the session 0.470 seconds seconds clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a tenth further back in third.

Most of the field headed out on the soft tyres early on, with Lewis Hamilton setting the pace on that rubber in the Mercedes.

Several drivers, including Romain Grosjean, Vettel and Jolyon Palmer, ran off track after locking up on what was a very green track, while Valtteri Bottas had a spin at the uphill Turn 12 on the way out of the tight castle section.

With 30 minutes to go, the focus switched to the super-softs with Verstappen leading the way.

The session was red-flagged with just under 20 minutes to go, when Sergio Perez crashed heavily at the narrow Turn 8.

The Force India driver took too much kerb on entry, pitching the car into the wall on the exit and causing significant damage to the front-right corner.

Perez had had a strong session up until then, setting a fourth quickest time that put him over three tenths clear of team-mate Esteban Ocon.

The marshals took just over 10 minutes to clear the car and debris, allowing the session to get restarted with just under six minutes to go.

Hamilton failed to get a clean lap on the super-softs, making mistakes on his first run and then getting baulked by traffic on his second.

He ended the session fifth, a second off the pace, while team-mate Bottas was 0.3s further back in sixth after also struggling to get a clean lap in.

Ocon was seventh, with Felipe Massa – who looked strong on the softs – eighth in the leading Williams.

Kimi Raikkonen was ninth, 1.590s off the pace, and Daniil Kvyat sneaked into the top 10 with his final timed lap of the session.

Kvyat and Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr ran different T-wing configurations early on before spending most of the session in the garage. The duo did most of their running in the final few minutes.

Lance Stroll ended the session 11th, ahead of the two Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Grosjean.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m44.410s 19
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m44.880s 0.470s 22
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m44.967s 0.557s 20
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m45.398s 0.988s 16
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m45.497s 1.087s 16
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m45.737s 1.327s 19
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m45.752s 1.342s 24
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m45.968s 1.558s 25
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.000s 1.590s 18
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m46.617s 2.207s 11
11 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m46.649s 2.239s 28
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m46.721s 2.311s 23
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m46.837s 2.427s 22
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m47.217s 2.807s 21
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m47.446s 3.036s 22
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.501s 3.091s 13
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m47.551s 3.141s 20
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m48.525s 4.115s 15
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.048s 4.638s 19
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.937s 5.527s 21

Da Autosport.com

GP Azerbaigian, conferenza stampa del giovedì–22/06/2017


Q: Kimi, if we can start with you. We’re back at a street track this weekend. You took pole position in Monaco a couple of races ago – how confident are you of a repeat here?

Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN: Unfortunately it doesn’t give you any guarantees. It’s in the past, and a completely different circuit. Not really any similarities than Monaco, but nevertheless I think we have a good car everywhere. We’ll see how it goes, we can only give our best. Hopefully we’ll be at the front again; we’ll see what happens.

Q: Pirelli are turning up this weekend with slightly harder tyre compounds than in Monaco. How do you think that’s going to affect the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes?

KR: I don’t know. It’s been close, more or less every race this year. Obviously, like I said, the circuits are so much different and it’s not a big surprise that the tyres are slightly different here. I don’t know. I’m not really interested in guessing what will happen, but I guess it’s going to be close like it’s been at other races; I’m surprised if it’s only one team is way ahead of another.

Q: You don’t want to guess what’s going to happen this weekend, but after the technical problems you had in Canada last time out, do you feel you’re due a lucky break here?

KR: No, not really! It’s not something you can count on it. I’ve had some not so good luck for quite a few times, but it’s an unfortunate thing to happen, something completely new that we never found out and it’s fixed now. Things usually go wrong when it’s the worst time it could happen, but at least we managed to finish the race and at least score some points. Obviously it was far from ideal, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

Q: (Ben Edwards – Channel 4) Question for Kimi, the situation in the championship between Mercedes and Ferrari is obviously pretty tough; it’s very tight at the moment. Are you in a position where you have to play a support role to Sebastian now in the way that in the past things have happened when you’ve been at Ferrari? Obviously Felipe helped you a bit in 2007, you returned the favour in 2008. Are you in that position now of having to help Sebastian?

KR: I think we have very clear roles in the team — what we’re allowed, what we’re not allowed, and what the team wants us to do. You know, it goes by those rules and, I don’t know. I don’t know if I have any interest of, to do, to tell what we talk inside the team in here. I think Maurizio has said something and nothing has changed and we know exactly when things will go either way. That’s fine, that’s how it’s always been, at least in the teams where I’ve been. When I don’t have a chance mathematically anymore to fight for the championship, for sure I will help him. I have no issues with that, I never had in the past. I think it’s just a very easy decision for all of us, at least in our team, and obviously the first thing is to try to make sure that we can be on the top with Ferrari. That’s the most important thing. And then obviously if Seb can win, then fine. If I don’t have any chance then that’s how it goes. The first thing is to work for Ferrari, to put them in the best possible position.`

Q: (Livio Orrichio – Globosport.com) Kimi, using the same subject. In your view, what is the reason for the difference in points? You have some difficulty with this car? You were unlucky in some races? Because it’s big difference.

KR: It’s a big difference. When you have bad races, you adapt, and obviously Seb has done very good races so far and has been strong everywhere. I was not starting very well the first races — I was not too bad, but I was not where I want to be. Here and there little problems, we have one DNF, the last race was not ideal. That’s how it goes, unfortunately. When your teammate is on the podium more or less every time, a lot of points quickly. That’s racing.

Q: Just as a follow up to the towing in qualifying that Daniil was asked about, is it something, given the length of the straight here this weekend, that you’re going to work with your team-mates during qualifying to get a tow to improve your lap-time? Kimi, perhaps you could answer that one?

KR: No, we haven’t had any plans. I mean, we haven’t really done it in any place so I don’t see that’s going to happen. Probably the biggest reason is that it’s very difficult to manage with all the cars you get. The most important thing is to try to get the free lap for yourself. When you try to plan it like that it’s actually quite difficult to make it happen every time and it can easily make more harm than good for both of you. So…

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GP Canada, gara–11/06/2017


Lewis Hamilton cuts Sebastian Vettel’s F1 lead with Canadian GP win

Lewis Hamilton slashed title rival Sebastian Vettel’s Formula 1 championship lead with a dominant victory in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Hamilton led away from pole and remained unchallenged for most of the 70-lap race to cross the line 19.7 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium, with Vettel recovering to fourth place having dropped to last after sustaining damage at the start

That happened when Max Verstappen made a lightning getaway from fifth, going around the outside of Vettel at the start to take second behind Hamilton.

But with Bottas simultaneously attacking Vettel on the inside, the Ferrari found itself squeezed and damaged its front wing on Verstappen’s left-rear wheel.

Vettel continued initially but was soon forced to pit when part of the wing broke off, dropping him to 18th and last.

The race had been neutralised on the opening lap, when the safety car was called into action following a collision between Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean.

Sainz appeared to move across on Grosjean on the straight after Turn 2, causing contact that pitched the Toro Rosso into a spin approaching Turn 3.

The out-of-control Sainz violently collected an innocent Felipe Massa. Both were out but unhurt, while Grosjean had to pit for a new front wing.

Hamilton held off an attack from Verstappen at the safety car restart but that challenge ended when the Red Bull driver pulled off track at Turn 2 soon afterwards with a mechanical problem, prompting a virtual safety car.

With new second-place man Bottas unable to provide a challenge to his team-mate, Hamilton was able to control the pace at the front and clinch his third win of the season and sixth in Canada.

He moved to within 12 points of championship leader Vettel as Mercedes achieved its first one-two of the season.

While the Mercedes had a serene race on a one-stop strategy, Ferrari made a mid-race switch to a two-stopper for its out-of-position drivers.

Kimi Raikkonen had dropped behind Sergio Perez’s Force India when he made a mistake in the early laps.

Vettel made rapid progress through the midfielders and was closing on his team-mate into the second half of the race when their strategies changed.

Raikkonen was first to make an extra stop and initially stayed ahead of Vettel, only to run off-track at the final chicane when his car developed brake problems that left him limping to the finish.

That left Vettel clear to chase down a podium battle in which Ricciardo was hanging on ahead of the Force Indias.

Esteban Ocon was catching Perez after making a later pitstop, prompting Force India to ask them to swap places.

Perez insisted the team let them race and it proved costly as their wheel-to-wheel fight allowed Vettel to get a run and dive down the inside of Ocon into the first corner in a bold move.

While Ocon skittered over the run-off, Vettel pushed on after Perez, running off track briefly at Turns 8 and 9 but then making a pass stick at the final chicane for fourth.

Despite an angry Ocon’s best efforts, Perez clung on to fifth.

Raikkonen nursed his Ferrari home in seventh, just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault.

Lance Stroll scored the first points of his F1 career with ninth in front of his home crowd.

He earned that by battling through the midfield after a relatively early stop.

A late pitstop meant Fernando Alonso ran as high as fourth, despite losing ground taking to the grass to avoid the Sainz/Massa collision on lap one.

Even after being passed by Stroll’s more powerful Williams, Alonso stuck with the rookie and was on course to score McLaren-Honda’s first point of 2017 only to retire with an engine problem on the penultimate lap.

While Alonso climbed into the grandstand to meet fans, his retirement elevated the recovering Grosjean to the final point – just ahead of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen, who lost ground with a penalty for overtaking Stoffel Vandoorne under VSC conditions.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat had a bizarre race – failing to get away for the formation lap, then being given a drivethrough penalty for regaining his grid slot, a further time penalty as the stewards deemed their first sanction was "incorrect" and then having a chaotic pitstop just after complaining of vibrations. He ultimately retired from last place.

RESULTS – 70 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h33m05.154s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 19.783s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 35.297s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 35.907s
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 40.476s
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 40.716s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 58.632s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m00.374s
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1 Lap
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
15 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Power Unit
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault Wheel
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Battery
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Collision
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Collision

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 141
2 Lewis Hamilton 129
3 Valtteri Bottas 93
4 Kimi Raikkonen 73
5 Daniel Ricciardo 67
6 Max Verstappen 45
7 Sergio Perez 44
8 Esteban Ocon 27
9 Carlos Sainz 25
10 Felipe Massa 20
11 Nico Hulkenberg 18
12 Romain Grosjean 10
13 Kevin Magnussen 5
14 Pascal Wehrlein 4
15 Daniil Kvyat 4
16 Lance Stroll 2
17 Jolyon Palmer 0
18 Marcus Ericsson 0
19 Fernando Alonso 0
20 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
21 Stoffel Vandoorne 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 222
2 Ferrari 214
3 Red Bull/Renault 112
4 Force India/Mercedes 71
5 Toro Rosso/Renault 29
6 Williams/Mercedes 22
7 Renault 18
8 Haas/Ferrari 15
9 Sauber/Ferrari 4
10 McLaren/Honda 0

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GP Canada, commenti post qualifiche–10/06/2017


Raikkonen says he paid the price for a mistake in F1 qualifying

Kimi Raikkonen said he "paid the price" for a mistake when it counted in the closing moments of Formula 1 qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Finn, who set the pace during Friday practice, had to settle for fourth on the grid, and he believes he was capable of more than that if he hadn’t made an error on his final run.

"There was a lot of speed on the last lap, but I made a mistake in corner two," said Raikkonen.

"I improved a little bit, but I couldn’t make the lap very good, and I paid the price for it.

"It was a little bit more tricky today than yesterday just to get a good feeling with the tyres, but that’s how it goes."

While his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel ended up three tenths of a second adrift of an inspired Lewis Hamilton in the fight for pole, Raikkonen was nearly eight tenths back, which he described as "not a surprise".

"At places like this, if you get one corner wrong, you’re going to lose massive lap time," he said.

"Our car has been good, but for whatever reason we’ve struggled a bit in qualifying."

However, Raikkonen believes the race "will be a different story", with the Montreal venue traditionally throwing up unexpected circumstances and incident-packed grands prix.

"Often it’s quite a hectic race here, a lot of things happen," he said.

"You never know here, it’s one of those places things can change quite quickly.

"We’ll try again, we’ll see what happens. We should have good speed."

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Kimi Raikkonen pushes for F1 to change its blue flag rules

Kimi Raikkonen has called for a change to Formula 1’s blue flag regulations after he was caught behind traffic in the Monaco Grand Prix while fighting for the win.

Raikkonen felt he lost too much time behind backmarkers around the pitstops in Monaco, which cost him time relative to team-mate and eventual race winner Sebastian Vettel.

The subject came up in Friday’s drivers’ briefing in Montreal, where Raikkonen raised it with F1 race director Charlie Whiting.

Under the International Sporting Code drivers have "to allow the faster driver past at the first available opportunity" after the FIA blue lights in their cockpits are illuminated.

Drivers first get a "pre-warning’ when they are three seconds ahead of a car almost a lap ahead, which the FIA says "should be used by the team of the slower car to warn their driver he is soon going to be lapped and that allowing the faster car through should be considered a priority."

Last year the FIA changed the gap that automatically triggers the signals that a driver has to move over for the leading cars, reducing it from 1.5s to 1.0s.

While the reduction in time gap worked well in 2016, some drivers have reported that it has become more problematic this season because of the difficulties inherent in following other cars with the current aero package.

Following Raikkonen raising the issue in Canada, Whiting told the drivers that the gap won’t be changed, reportedly pointing out that drivers don’t seem to have any trouble when they are racing the car ahead.

Also discussed in the briefing was the question of drivers going very slowly at the approach to the final corner in Montreal as they try to create a gap in front before starting their flying lap – something Lewis Hamilton was keen to discuss with Whiting on Friday.

Carlos Sainz Jr received a reprimand after slowing and not realising that Kevin Magnussen, who was behind, was on a flying lap.

One suggestion was that drivers create their gap earlier, and don’t go slowly beyond the DRS line, which is around a third of the way along the preceding straight.

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