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Concludiamo l’affare? –17/04/2015


Kimi Raikkonen’s manager says everything is moving in the right direction for the Finn to extend his Ferrari contract beyond this year.

Raikkonen, who last year hinted that 2015 might be his last season in Formula 1, is now committed to a longer term future with the team, and just has to wait for the Maranello outfit to take up its option.

Lewis Hamilton has been linked with Raikkonen’s Ferrari seat, but the Briton’s Mercerdes team has ruled out a move.

“Everybody’s positive,” his manager Steve Robertson told Motorsport.com. “Kimi wants to carry on and he’s made that very, very clear.

“The team is happy with his input and his consistency. It’s all positive talk, but there’s a difference between positive talk and pen to paper and all that sort of stuff.

“But at the end of the day it’s all heading in the right direction. He wants to be part of it, 100 per cent.”

Raikkonen has been upbeat since his first run in the SF15-T hinted at the potential of the package, and he works well with friend Sebastian Vettel.

Robertson agrees that the key is Raikkonen is having fun again.

“As soon as he had the first test he said, ‘The car’s a good car, there’s a lot more potential there, they took a big step in the chassis and a big step in the engine.

“He’s enjoying driving. At the end of the day for Kimi it’s very important that he enjoys it, he doesn’t need to be here for any other reason.

“He wants to be competitive, he wants to be challenging for races wins and championships, and now he’s in the position to do that.

“It’s a completely different team, it’s a completely different package. Everything is positive. Last year it was difficult to find something positive. He enjoys the car, it suits his driving style more, he’s in a team that’s on the upward trend. Everybody is pushing.

“Just look around at all the smiling faces, and Kimi’s one of those smiling faces.

“He loves F1 when it’s like this – of course he doesn’t love F1 when everything’s a shit fight and the car’s not good. He loves the environment like it is, and the package, and he can only see it getting stronger.”

Da Motorsport.com

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Un affare in sospeso–17/04/2015


Exclusive Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: I still have unfinished business in F1

Q: Kimi, Ferrari has changed significantly since 2014. What is the biggest change?

Kimi Raikkonen: I think the team is working well together now. Some people have left and there is a new team boss and now the atmosphere and the way people are working together is much better.


Q: Ferrari’s performance is clearly running north, but at the moment you seem to be mainly fighting for P3 in races. When will that change?

KR: I expect us to get stronger in the course of the season. Yes, we are not happy about where we are right now as we want to challenge for wins, but we have to be realistic when looking of where we finished last year. We have made a good step forward and now as a team are we have to work in the same direction – then I am sure that we get where we want to be. Hopefully in the near future?

Q: Will you still be in F1 racing when Ferrari return to being the benchmark? Your contract runs out at the end of the season…

KR: That is up to the team to decide. They have an option on my services – so go and ask them!
Q: But you also have to like it, don’t you?

KR: (laughs) I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t like it!
Q: What’s still motivates Kimi Raikkonen, the driver? When you took your rallying sabbatical you were through with F1 racing…

KR: Things can change! I want to do well here. That is the main reason why I am still around.
Q: In Malaysia Ferrari caught Mercedes out with a smarter strategy. Will that prove to be your main weapon against them or can you close the gap?

KR: A smart strategy can help, of course. You can gain or lose positions depending on your strategy – but it is not our aim to do it that way. We want to improve our situation as a whole: improve our speed to challenge Mercedes in every single race. Right now we are pretty close to them in the race – not in qualifying, but in the race. We know now where we have to improve and we are working on that.
Q: Sebastian (Vettel) as team mate: how is that?

KR: No different to any other team mate!
Q: The two of you together in the same team – that sounded like a match made in heaven. Is that how it is in reality?

KR: I think we are a good pair – leave heaven out of it! (laughs) We can talk things over, and that is a lot. We both want to put the team in a position to improve.
Q: Is your situation, working together in the same team, helping you to bond more privately?

KR: Not really, no more than before. We just work in the same team – and it is easy together. We talk easily together.
Q: Does it help that neither of you is overly political?

KR: I would say so, yes. The good thing is that if there is something (that comes up) we can talk to each other – we can talk to each other directly and not have to use mediators. But we don’t have any issues and I don’t expect us to have issues. But who can look into the future? Who knows?
Q: Sebastian has had the edge in terms of results so far. Why is he doing better than you?

KR: He has done better races. We had some issues in the first three races and obviously made some mistakes in qualifying, but that is part of the game, so no big deal.
Q: 2014 was a tricky year for you – does it feel much better now or are you beyond such emotions?

KR: The feeling in the team is much better, but the results are still not what we want. Yes, compared to last year finishing third or fourth is a step forward, but we want to win – win all the time. As a team we’ve done well so far, true. (We’ve got) the maximum that we could right now. But are we happy or satisfied? Not really. We want more. We are here to win – and yes – that is still pretty emotional.

Q: There is the saying that only fools are satisfied…

KR: …that is not completely true. If you had a good fight and pulled the maximum out, you are happy. First and foremost you have to be realistic. We have come a long way from last year – and yes, there are still many steps to make.
Q: If you could make one wish, what would that be?

KR: Some good races? Sounds boring, I know…
Q: Niki Lauda said to succeed in F1 racing you ‘have to be a b*st*rd’. Were you one, the year you won the championship?

KR: I have been the same all along. Maybe he felt that he had to be. Everybody feels differently – and he likes to talk…
Q: Bahrain, with its warm temperatures, is a much better climate for Ferrari. Could that help?

KR: We are racing in the evening so the temperatures are lower, so no help in that respect. I think that we will race at the level where we realistically are.
Q: You have a little baby boy. What values do you want to give him for his journey through life?

KR: Life – that is a long time. Right now I hope that he is healthy and stays healthy – and that he grows into a happy little boy.
Q: How would you rate yourself as a dad?

KR: I don’t know. You’d have to ask his mum. But he is a calm baby – so we are doing something right!

Da Formula1.com

GP Bahrain, commenti post libere–17/04/2015


Bahrain GP F1: Kimi Raikkonen gets reprimand for pit incident

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen has been given an official reprimand for an infringement when leaving the pitlane during the second Friday practice session ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Both Raikkonen and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton crossed the white line demarking the two lanes in the pits to cut behind a Sauber that had just emerged from the garage.

The FIA stewards, including ex-grand prix driver Mika Salo, deemed that Raikkonen’s driving had been unsafe, leading to the Ferrari driver earning his first reprimand of 2015.

"The driver of car 7 drove in a potentially dangerous manner when leaving the pitlane," said the stewards’ statement.

This was deemed to be in contravention of article 30.13 of the sporting regulations, which states that "at no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person."

AUTOSPORT understands that there will be no action against Hamilton, although there has been no official communication of this despite the fact he was stated to be under investigation alongside Raikkonen.

"I don’t really know too much about it," said Hamilton after the session. "The rule is that you do your starts on the left and allow people to pass on the right.

"I saw Kimi was kind of blocked because there was a car coming out of the garage so Kimi went around him and I followed.

"I just went to the right. As far as I am aware, it was legal."

Da Autosport.com



Raikkonen – We can improve for tomorrow

Kimi Raikkonen: “I still haven’t had a look at the lap times of the session, but I think we are not as good as we want to be. In the second session it was a bit tricky with the set-up, we had some problems with the handling and we struggled in a few places. This evening we’ll analyse all the data in order to improve and do a better job tomorrow. Having a clear qualifying makes life easier in the race. I don’t know if we can challenge Mercedes, tomorrow is another day, conditions can change and this plays a big part, so let’s wait and see.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Bahrain, prove venerdì–17/04/2015


F1 Bahrain GP: Nico Rosberg pips Lewis Hamilton in practice

Nico Rosberg pipped Formula 1 title rival and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top spot in Friday’s second free practice session ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton held sway during the early stages of the 90-minute session when everyone used the medium-compound Pirelli tyres that proved to be two seconds or more off the pace, the champion lapping four tenths faster than Rosberg and a tenth quicker than Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.

But Rosberg then took the initiative when the softs were bolted on.

Hamilton did briefly go to the top of the timesheets after outpacing Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, only to be subsequently relegated by Rosberg.

While Rosberg’s lap was not perfect, Hamilton had a big front-right brake lock-up on the approach to Turn 8, sliding wide past the apex and costing him time.

The gap between the pair was 0.115s.

Rosberg’s session was brought to an end with a few minutes to go when the team called him in because something concerning had been noted in the car-to-pits telemetry.

Raikkonen ended up as the best non-Mercedes in third place, a tenth ahead of Ferrari team-mate Vettel.

The Finn made an error in the final corner on his first flier on the softs, which cost him time on the run to the line, but improved on his second attempt.

Vettel made a bigger mistake at the same turn, running wide onto the run-off, but still set a time good enough to slot in just behind Raikkonen, and could not get ahead of his team-mate on his second attempt.

The German later suffered some damage to his front wing after contact with Sergio Perez’s Force India at the first corner with just over 10 minutes remaining, dropping debris on track that brought out the red flag for three minutes.

The collision will be investigated by stewards after the session.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas survived a left-front lock-up at Turn 10 to set the fifth fastest time, six-tenths off the pace, and was one of the last drivers to attempt a performance run.

As usual, the Williams team did not do a pure qualifying simulation, with Felipe Massa down in ninth place.

Daniel Ricciardo was sixth-fastest for Red Bull Racing, slotting ahead of the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado shortly after the halfway mark of the session.

Felipe Nasr capped off a promising day for Sauber with the eighth-fastest time, having earlier been an unexpected fourth-quickest on the medium rubber.

He was backed up by team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who was 11th fastest behind the second Williams of Massa and Daniil Kvyat’s ninth-placed Red Bull.

Fernando Alonso narrowly missed out on a second top 10-placing of the day in 11th place, less than half a tenth off Ericsson and 1.544s off the pace.

But it was another mixed session for McLaren-Honda, with Alonso’s team-mate, Jenson Button, being ordered to stop the car after completing just three laps and parking adjacent to the end of the Bahrain circuit’s drag strip.

Button’s car was recovered and he rejoined late in the session, although he did not improve on his earlier pace.

Romain Grosjean was 13th fastest ahead of the lead Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz, while Force India had a difficult day with Nico Hulkenberg, who was briefly third fastest after bolting on the softs, 15th and Perez 17th.

They sandwiched Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso, which appeared to require some attention to the front brakes during the session.

At Manor, Will Stevens was 1.5s faster than team-mate Roberto Merhi, with the pair split by Button’s early time in the McLaren.

Both Hamilton and Raikkonen are being investigated for failing to leave the pitlane correctly during the session.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.647s 31
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.762s 0.115s 33
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.174s 0.527s 30
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.277s 0.630s 26
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.280s 0.633s 36
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.449s 0.802s 27
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.474s 0.827s 34
8 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.793s 1.146s 27
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m35.883s 1.236s 23
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m35.884s 1.237s 35
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.148s 1.501s 34
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.191s 1.544s 22
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m36.334s 1.687s 31
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.471s 1.824s 32
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.805s 2.158s 30
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.917s 2.270s 26
17 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.062s 2.415s 33
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.131s 4.484s 21
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.209s 4.562s 15
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m40.592s 5.945s 26

Da Autosport.com



Bahrain GP: Ferrari F1 pair Raikkonen and Vettel set practice pace

Ferrari Formula 1 team-mates Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel left it late before taking the top two positions in opening practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

With track temperatures well over 50 degrees early in the session, after using their first sets of mediums during the first 30 minutes, several teams opted to leave it very late before making their final runs.

By that time, the track temperature had dropped to the mid-40s, with both Raikkonen and Vettel jumping from the lower reaches of the timing screens to the top in the final 10 minutes.

First Vettel, who when he initially went out for his final run was told to ease off while a problem was solved, deposed Williams driver Valtteri Bottas from top spot, then Raikkonen outpaced him by two tenths.

With usual pacesetter Mercedes down in 15th and 16th places with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, having both moved onto their second set of tyres earlier in the session and presumably concentrating on heavier fuel-load work, Bottas was able to hang on to third place despite a lockup at Turn 10 and a wild moment in the middle of the last corner on his best lap.

Carlos Sainz Jr was another driver who held back his second set of tyres, briefly jumping up to second before behind shuffled back to fourth ahead of the lead Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen.

McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso was among the drivers to move onto their second set of rubber relatively early on and briefly went fastest, ultimately ending up a strong seventh, just under eight tenths off the pace.

But it wasn’t all good news for McLaren, with Jenson Button spinning at Turn 1 on only his third lap and ending the day last after failing to set a time.

Sauber had another solid session, with Felipe Nasr in eighth place, although team-mate Marcus Ericsson was unable to make a significant improvement on his second set of rubber after running fifth following the first 30 minutes, and ended up down in 17th behind the two Mercedes drivers.

Felipe Massa, in the second Williams, was 10th fastest, but only four tenths off team-mate Bottas, just behind the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.

Force India driver Sergio Perez also had a brief spell in first position early in the second runs, but ended up 11th ahead of Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado, who had a run through the gravel at the last corner while on a lap on his second set of rubber having already improved his time.

Lotus reserve driver Jolyon Palmer made his second appearance on an F1 weekend, ending up 14th and within half-a-second of Maldonado after losing time in the first sector.

At the foot of the timesheets, Will Stevens was the quicker Marussia ahead of team-mate Roberto Merhi in 18th and 19th places.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.827s 13
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.029s 0.202s 12
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.390s 0.563s 23
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.447s 0.620s 14
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.455s 0.628s 17
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.504s 0.677s 22
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.598s 0.771s 18
8 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.628s 0.801s 17
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m38.661s 0.834s 17
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m38.790s 0.963s 21
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.793s 0.966s 15
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m38.842s 1.015s 23
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.187s 1.360s 20
14 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m39.283s 1.456s 31
15 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.293s 1.466s 23
16 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.532s 1.705s 22
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.534s 1.707s 21
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m42.973s 5.146s 12
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m44.265s 6.438s 15
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2

Da Autosport.com

404! Not found, Back to the pits!


E’ stata la mia homepage per più di dieci anni. Ed ora non c’è più.

Il forum ufficiale di Kimi è stato chiuso (invero un po’ bruscamente) ma non sparirà in me il ricordo di ciò che è stato e cosa ha rappresentato per tutto questo tempo.

Ho iniziato a frequentarlo quando i social network erano ancora un oggetto sconosciuto. E’ stato il mio primo forum “straniero”, dove cioè si parlava soprattutto in inglese. Seppur intimorita all’inizio, la curiosità di avere notizie su Kimi da fan di tutto il mondo – in un periodo in cui sui media italiani di piloti non Ferrari si parlava quasi per nulla – mi ha dato il coraggio di lanciarmi in quest’avventura.

Sono immensamente grata a tutti quelli che hanno scritto e collaborato a quel forum. Anche se virtualmente, sono cresciuta con loro, ho imparato moltissimo da loro, e non solo a proposito di Kimi.

Mi sono esaltata, mi sono arrabbiata, mi sono divertita ed intristita. E’ stata la mia valvola di sfogo dopo ogni GP, il punto di riferimento dove scambiare opinioni e sensazioni da fan appassionata, dove scrivere post lunghissimi o lasciare lunghissimi silenzi.

Ho conosciuto persone squisite che mi hanno tenuto compagnia in questa importante fase della mia vita. Le ringrazio tutte, anche se ora saranno sparse nel profondo blu del web.

Per tutti quelli che ne hanno fatto parte, ma anche per i lettori di passaggio, riporto il messaggio che mi ha inviato Gilraen, grande moderatrice di quel forum:

Hey Kimi forum member,

It is with sorrow that I inform you that Kimi’s management and Racecar have decided to cancel the Kimi forum at the new website.

Apparently they did a check and found that most posts were in the non-English section.

So our beloved forum is no longer available!

I called them and was very surprised about this decision.  I have asked them to post something on the new Kimi website, so that we can inform everyone who was a member of this forum.

But I have not seen anything.  So, please do forward this e-mail to all members that you have email addresses.

Although the forum was only there for a few of us, I am sorry that it has to end this way.  I enjoyed the friendships that were formed and do think it was a great place.

All the best to you all.

Gilraen

Grazie di tutto.

GP Bahrain, giovedì–16/04/2015


Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari F1 environment feels better than ever

Kimi Raikkonen says the current Ferrari team environment is the best he has experienced in Formula 1.

Raikkonen is in his second stint with Ferrari, which he joined from McLaren in 2007 for an initial three-year stint, before returning in 2014 after spells in the World Rally Championship and back in F1 with Lotus.

Ferrari has recently undergone a major restructuring headlined by the arrival of Maurizio Arrivabene, a change that Raikkonen feels is working extremely well.

"I must say, in the past when I was here at Ferrari they were good times and it was a good atmosphere," he said.

"But this year is the best that I have had in any team; how the team works together, how people work together, how the atmosphere is and how things are being run.

"That tells you a lot. I’m very happy."

Raikkonen indicated last summer that he would probably retire from F1 after his current contract expires at the end of this year.

Asked if his improved form this year and his happiness with the current Ferrari regime might make him stay longer, Raikkonen said that choice was not up to him.

"The team has to decide that," he said. "You will have to talk to them.

"Time will tell what will happen. I’m happy with how things are running."

Raikkonen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel reckons the Finn would have plenty of alternatives if he wanted to change teams.

"I think he’s doing a very, very good job," said Vettel of Raikkonen.

"He was in the past. Probably last year it wasn’t noticed so much, but inside the team it definitely was.

"I don’t know the details of his contract. I think it’s in his hands if he wants to carry on in Formula 1.

"There would be plenty of interest in a fast driver like him, with the experience that he has, if he wants to carry on in Formula 1.

"If he doesn’t want to then he will quit."

Da Autosport.com



Kimi Raikkonen – Un tracciato che fa la differenza

Sakhir, 16 aprile – E’ iniziato parlando della gara di Shanghai l’incontro del giovedì di Kimi Raikkonen con la stampa sul circuito di Sakhir. “Nell’ultima gara in Cina abbiamo fatto il massimo” ha dichiarato il pilota finlandese. “E’ stata la prima senza problemi, ma ovviamente vogliamo di più e continueremo a lavorare per migliorare sotto tutti gli aspetti. La squadra sta lavorando bene insieme, è un gruppo molto solido di persone che vanno nella stessa direzione.

Ogni pista è diversa, ma finora la macchina si è comportata bene ovunque e non vedo ragioni per cui non dovrebbe andare bene anche qui. Da domani inizieremo il nostro programma e vedremo. Ora è troppo presto per fare previsioni sul fine settimana. Ogni anno sullo stesso tracciato qualcosa cambia e tutte le vetture si comportano in modo diverso. La pista del Bahrain è bella, il tracciato consente di sorpassare e questo può fare una grande differenza in gara.

La seconda sessione di prove libere avviene molto più tardi della prima, ed è in questa che si può capire meglio la propria condizione. Per avere un weekend senza problemi dobbiamo fare del nostro meglio. Abbiamo molto lavoro davanti a noi se vogliamo migliorare e lottare per la vittoria”.

Da Ferrari.com

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Buoni propositi…- 15/04/2015


Kimi corre verso la conferma in Ferrari

Continuando così, Kimi resterà in Ferrari anche nel 2016. So che persino Marchionne ha fatto un salto sulla sedia, vedendo il primo giro ‘made in China’.

A Maranello stanno seriamente pensando di proporre al biondino il prolungamento del contratto, che scade al termine di questa stagione. Aspettano solo un po’ di conferme

Il Santo Bevitore, come si è visto sulle piste di Melbourne, Sepang e Shanghai, è molto determinato. Anche molto veloce, almeno in gara(in qualifica, onestamente, un po’ meno). Ed è un peccato che non possiate conoscere nella loro interezza i dialoghi via radio a gare in corso: vi assicuro che sono non solo divertenti, ma anche molto istruttivi.

Raikkonen vuole restare e si rende conto che, alla luce degli eventi del 2014, sono i risultati la miglior…caparra. Se riesce a far parlare ancora i cronometri, ottiene quello che desidera: chiudere carriera nella squadra che ha fortissimamente voluto riconquistare, realizzando ciò che in epoca moderna era stato compiuto solo da Clay Regazzoni e da Gerardone Berger.

E farebbe anche un favore a Maurizio Arrivabene, che avrebbe più tempo per ragionare sulle prospettive di  medio termine, ferma restando la indiscutibile presenza di Seb Vettel.

Ok, tutto è nelle mani (e nei piedi) dell’ultimo campione del mondo con la Rossa.

Da http://blog.quotidiano.net/turrini/

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