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Tuttosport del 20/04/2015

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I sudori freddi dei tedeschi Le scelte Rosse

L a Mercedes suda. Non soltanto causa temperature del Bahrain. Alcune gocce di sudore sono infatti comparse sulle splendide carrozzerie argentate, sulle fronti di Niki Lauda e di Toto Wolff, tutta gente abituata al fresco. La ragione è evidente: Ferrari. Sempre lì, pronta ad approfittare di ogni errore, protagonista di una continua progressione. Uno scenario per molti versi inatteso, preoccupazioni tedesche attenuate dal solo Hamilton, alla larga da ogni contrattempo. Il bello accade, accadrà alle sue spalle. La gara araba ha sollevato qualche tema torrido. Dal podio è mancato il solo Vettel. Che ha subito tre sorpassi da Rosberg, dato per ragazzo in crisi psicomotoria eppure vispo, anche se battuto. Sul podio, dopo 25 gare, è salito Raikkonen, autorizzato ora a montarsi la testa. Il risultato è che Vettel ha perso il 2° posto nel Mondiale al termine di una domenica storta. Capita. Ma ora Kimi potrebbe insistere, gratificando i suoi tifosi ma creando un primo, inatteso imbarazzo a Maranello, soprattutto considerando quanto suggerito dai primi 4 Gp: sognare in grande si può. Lo dimostrano i risultati, il cronometro e l?andamento di una stagione che potrebbe riservare sorprese enormi. Dunque, se l?ipotesi conquista del Mondiale, pur segretamente, regge, toccherà lanciare uno sfidante. Vettel è a meno 28 da Ginetto. Raikkonen a meno 51. In teoria la discussione muore qui. A meno che la Ferrari consideri Hamilton già campione, a meno che consideri Rosberg già un gregario. Lasciando così libertà ai propri piloti, destinati a vincere al massimo, qualche tappa.

Da Corriere.it


Da Autosprint n.16 del 21/04/2015

   

   

   

   


Turrini a proposito di Kimi–21/04/2015


Leo Turrini: ‘Raikkonen, Garibaldi di Sakhir’

21 aprile 2015 – Sebastian Vettel e Kimi Raikkonen, ormai è notorio, sono i beniamini di Leo Turrini, al quale ultimamente riservano molte soddisfazioni – grazie a una Ferrari rinata, rasserenata e motivata con l’arrivo a Maranello di Maurizio Arrivabene – specialmente dopo l’attesa affermazione di Kimi al Gran Premio del Bahrain.

Leo Turrini, la Ferrari sul secondo gradino del podio a Manama dopo tanto tempo: un segnale più che incoraggiante…
“Una breve premessa: mentre commentavo negli studi di Sky il Gran Premio del Bahrain – dove Kimi è stato il Garibaldi di Sakhir… – ho potuto verificare che Alberto Antonini c’è. Anche parla con i giornalisti della televisione, contrariamente a quanti sostengono che il nuovo portavoce della Ferrari non si conceda tanto facilmente ai comuni mortali. Forse bisogna essere un inviato della CNN per avere maggiori chance, chissà… Ritornando alla domanda, dicevo di Raikkonen: come Garibaldi! Partito da quarto è sbarcato nel regno delle due Mercedes. Un eroe. Una camicia rossa sul podio dopo quasi sei anni che il biondo finlandese – mio pupillo dichiarato, lo ammetto – non ci andava con la divisa della Ferrari. E’ stata veramente un’impresa garibaldina perchè la Rossa di Maurizio Arrivabene in quattro gare, grazie anche a Raikkonen, ha centrato quattro podi, tra i quali una vittoria piena, quella di Sebastian Vettel in Malesia. Chi l’avrebbe mai detto quattro mesi fa?”

Finalmente Kimi Raikkonen ha sgombrato il campo dai dubbi e dalle illazioni, confermando di essere pilota di livello non inferiore a Sebastian Vettel…
“Con la gara in Bahrain, Kimi spero abbia convinto i suoi detrattori ad aprire gli occhi sulle sue reali capacità di pilota. Mai lontanamente ho sospettato in passato che avesse disimparato a guidare una Formula 1, pur vedendo le peripezie vissute nella stagione scorsa a bordo di una monoposto progettata secondo i voleri del suo ex compagno di squadra. Raikkonen nel 2013 quando aveva smesso di gareggiare con la Lotus, perchè non lo pagava regolarmente, era secondo nel Mondiale, per cui ho considerato infondata l’ipotesi che fosse diventato improvvisamente un “bidone” alla guida della Ferrari versione 2014, macchina sbagliata e sicuramente non facile da guidare anche per Alonso che ne aveva ispirato l’impostazione. Oggi spero siano tutti d’accordo che Maranello di piloti validi ne ha due, la migliore coppia – per sintonia tra loro e capacità indiscutibili – schierata in campionato.”

In Bahrain la situazione vissuta nelle gare precedenti dai piloti Ferrari si è capovolta: questa volta a sbagliare è stato Vettel, mentre Kimi ha disputato la gara amministrando le gomme in modo superlativo…
“James Allison quando era alla Lotus con Raikkonen, aveva definito il finlandese “in assoluto il miglior pilota a guidare sulle uova” e infatti nel Gran Premio del Bahrain con le gomme medie il finlandese ha realizzato uno stint eguagliando la velocità delle Mercedes che montavano le Pirelli a mescola morbida. Se è vero che Kimi nei precedenti Gran Premi di quest’anno, in qualifica o in gara ha commesso qualche errore, questa volta a sbagliare – per sua stessa ammissione – è stato Sebastian Vettel, quinto al traguardo pur essendo partito dalla prima fila: non è il caso di farne un dramma, perchè può accadere che per un insieme di circostanze il risultato che sembra a portata di mano possa sfuggire. Sebastian stesso era deluso dopo la gara, constatando le potenzialità della SF15-T, consapevole delle sue qualità che considero di primo livello. Vettel per la Ferrari, così come Raikkonen, rappresenta una garanzia assoluta per centrare l’obiettivo più alto. A Maranello possono stare contenti per il bilancio che emerge dopo le prime quattro gare della stagione dove un pilota vestito di rosso c’è sempre stato tra le Mercedes, sia in griglia di partenza che sul podio.”

Vettel partito dal secondo posto in griglia è giunto quinto al traguardo, mentre Raikkonen scattato dalla quarta piazza ha occupato il secondo gradino del podio: affidabilità e pressing sarebbero state le armi migliori della Ferrari…
“La Ferrari deve essere contenta non solo per l’insieme dei risultati ottenuti in quattro gare, ma anche per il costante progresso della vettura. Domenica sul tilkodromo di Sakhir a metà gara Vettel si trovava a soli sei o sette secondi da Lewis Hamilton, dimostrando quanto la Rossa oggi sia in grado di impensierire la Mercedes attraverso l’arma che è mancata in passato, quella del pressing. Una Ferrari competitiva che riesce a partire davanti restando molto vicina a Hamilton e a Rosberg, ha messo in luce la solidità della SF15-T e al tempo stesso la fragilità della Mercedes, in questo caso quella di Nico rimasto quasi senza freni, condizione per cui Raikkonen ha potuto approfittare agevolmente negli ultimi giri per soffiargli la seconda piazza. Anche la Mercedes di Hamilton a pochi chilometri dal traguardo evidenziava qualche difficoltà di funzionamento e se il Gran Premio fosse stato più lungo di qualche giro, chissà… Giustamente Maurizio Arrivabene ha definito “martello” l’azione dei piloti di Maranello.”

Gianfranco Palazzoli in un recente articolo su ‘FormulaPassion.it’ ha dichiarato la Ferrari vincitrice del Mondiale invernale, quello che si disputa in officina, avendo registrato il migliore progresso da una stagione all’altra. Dopo la prima fase ‘orientale’, ora si apre la parentesi delle gare europee con un intervallo importante per poter aggiornare e quindi migliorare le monoposto…
“La Mercedes resta ancora la migliore vettura schierata nel Mondiale. Al prossimo appuntamento, in Spagna, mancano venti giorni: una pausa importante prima della sfida decisiva per la Ferrari che nelle passate stagioni sportive – anche quando disponeva di una buona vettura come del 2010 – mai è stata in grado di sviluppare adeguatamente la monoposto durante il campionato, tranne rarissime occasioni. In passato gli step di aggiornamento introdotti dai tecnici di Maranello erano sempre inferiori rispetto a quelli portati dalle altre squadre, prima fra tutte la Red Bull. Se da oggi in poi gli uomini del Cavallino Rampante riusciranno nell’intento di far progredire costantemente la SF15-T – mi risulta che stiano lavorando in molte direzioni, dalla power unit alla benzina – con Vettel e Raikkonen il rischio di divertirci è veramente elevato perchè, come si è visto in queste ultime gare, sono sempre in mezzo tra Hamilton e Rosberg per cercare di togliere il sonno alle Mercedes, non più libere di involarsi indisturbate verso il traguardo senza rivali sin dal primo giro. Riuscire a restare abbastanza vicini a Lewis e Nico significa avere concrete possibilità di cogliere il risultato, senza concedere all’avversario la minima possibilità di sbagliare.”

Da FormulaPassion.it



Suonate ‘The Rising’ per Kimi Raikkonen

Mi sento un po’ come i Jalisse.

I Jalisse!

Fiumi di parole a Sanremo.

Fiumi di parole: quante ne ho spese per sostenere la causa del Santo Bevitore?

Adesso che, quasi sei anni dopo l’ultima di volta di rosso vestito, Kimi è tornato sul podio, al termine di una prestazione favolosa,cosa dovrei aggiungere?

Che questo biondino è l’ultimo campione del mondo al volante di una Ferrari?

Vabbè, mettiamo ‘The rising’ di Springsteen in sottofondo e via che andiamo con il resto.

1) Hamilton non sbaglia più e anche questo l’ho scritto un miliardo di volte.

2) La Mercedes conserva un vantaggio. Non enorme, se a meta Gp Vettel era a meno di otto secondi, o giù di lì, dal Nero.

3) Rosberg ha i suoi problemi, al di là dei sorpassi che ha eseguito. Ma l’errore finale, con Kimi addosso, è un segnale. Di crisi.

4) Vettel non è stato all’altezza di Vettel.  Non gli era mai capitato da quando è a Maranello. Lo ha ammesso lui stesso, di aver sbagliato in eccesso. E’ un grande uomo, anche da questi particolari si vede il campione. Si rifarà, certo che questo quinto posto gli va stretto. Anche a me e ad Arrivabene.

5) Comunque, è una Ferrari che autorizza a sognare. Dipenderà dalla capacità di sviluppare la macchina.

6) A me Alonso è piaciuto, per orgoglio e competitività personale.

7) E mi sono piaciuti anche Ricciardo e Massa.

8) Il resto lo lascio alla vostra passione.

Com’on up for the rising.

Da blog.quotidiano.net/turrini/


Il bastone e la carota–20/04/2015


Ferrari F1 boss says Kimi Raikkonen deserves 2016 deal

Ferrari wants to keep Kimi Raikkonen in Formula 1, but it does not want to offer him a new deal yet because it feels he performs best under pressure.

The Finn took advantage of an alternative tyre strategy to finish second between the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

It was the 2007 world champion’s best result since rejoining Ferrari last season and came on the back of a difficult start to the season.

"I am really happy for Kimi," said Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. "I can officially state that he’s back.

"He showed what a race animal he is. Kimi is giving the best when he is a bit in trouble."

Ferrari has yet to decide whether to take up its option on Raikkonen for next season and Arrivabene said while the Finn was strong in Bahrain, he wants to keep him on his toes.

"I’m happy with the drivers we have," he said. "This doesn’t mean I am going to sign tomorrow with Kimi.

"I said to Kimi, it depends on your performance. He has demonstrated he is a great driver.

"If you’re asking me if he deserves to renew the option now, I’m going to say yes.

"But if I’m going to say yes, I do not want the driver to fall asleep.

"This is a psychological approach. The paper at the moment is white.

"Sometimes you have to take the pen and take it away, and then Kimi is going to the podium…"

Da Autosport.com


GP Bahrain, commenti post gara–19/04/2015


Well, congratulations on a fantastic race, you must be very happy and it’s a hell of a season you’re having. Well done. Kimi – terrific. Happy?

Kimi RAIKKONEN: Obviously you’re never happy when you finish second but I think after a difficult start to the year I’m a bit pleased to get some result – a bit better result. Obviously we came through in the end very quickly but we run out of the laps but I think we have to be happy after where we qualified, after we finished, but obviously we’re looking for a bit better results still.

Well, it’s a terrific success for Ferrari to come back as strongly as this. You must be pleased about that?

KR: Yeah, I’m very happy how the team is working and obviously after last year where we are now is a big step and everyone is working very well together. The atmosphere is good now and we have a good direction to keep pushing. It seems to be working well and things are improving, so I’m sure as a team we’ll get there and to be able to be all the time fighting for wins, but it will take a little more time.

Q: Kimi, fourth on the grid, second at the finish, first podium since Korea 2013. Alternative strategy for you. Obviously the middle stint was the key to your grand prix. Tell us about that and the pace that you were able to maintain against everybody else on the softer tyre. But also, you questioned at the end the decision to go onto the soft tyre – how did that work out, was it the right thing to do in the end?

KR: I think we had a few different plans. How to run the race and obviously this one was one of them. It all really depended where we are after a few laps. But I think we did a very good job out of it and the medium tyres worked very well for me in the second stint and I could pretty much… quite easily keep up with them, even catch them. They were working fine so obviously I was wondering if it’s the right choice to go on the soft at the end – but obviously it was the correct choice, they were much faster still. So, I was able to catch Nico and got past him. We did more or less the maximum that we could do today and obviously if you think that we were ahead of Nico earlier, he got past me on lap two or three or something, so we lost some time but I think we had a pretty good race and hopefully we can have many more.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, after being fourth in Malaysia and China and being out of top three for 18 months, how much do you appreciate this comeback to the podium?

KR: Obviously it’s much nicer than being out of it but, you know, you come second and obviously we got quite close to the Mercedes today but it’s a bit disappointing after that always – but I’d rather take this one than something else. You cannot feel happy. We are happy to be second but it’s still disappointing. It’s not what we want to do. Big thanks to the team. I had a pretty hard time last year. This year in the beginning, just some bad luck in the races but, you know, the team has done a great job over the winter and everybody is pushing together, in the same direction and I’m sure we are only going to get stronger and better as a team and improve the car. So, it’s a great place to be.

Q: (Khodr Rawi – F1Zone.net) Kimi, do you think the only possibility to beat Mercedes is by trying a different strategy, trying to undercut them because beating them on track seems a bit difficult now?

KR: Well, I don’t think it’s the only way. Obviously on some circuits we can get closer, some not, but I think obviously the first step is to improve our package, that will happen in the future and hopefully get closer. One step is to qualify more higher up, make better starts and go from there. I think we had a pretty decent speed today but obviously if you’re behind any cars and you lose any seconds, you will pay a price for it in the end. I think we just have to keep working and improving the whole package and how we do things. I’m sure we will get there and we can fight for wins every weekend after that.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport) Kimi, you were flying in the second and third stints on both type of tyre but you struggled in the first stint. Have you any idea why?

KR: I wasn’t struggling really. I didn’t feel that it was much problem. I got passed by Nico, I passed him at the start and I got passed by him and obviously you lose quite a bit of time and then he passed Seb and we were pretty close to each other. I felt I was faster but obviously it’s pretty hard to pass. I think that we did the maximum, more or less. Yesterday we lost a place to Nico, but after that, once we got the mediums and the new set of softs at the end, the car was very good, so I could keep up good speed and everything was running smoothly, but already at that point we were a bit too far off first place.

Q: (Matt Youson – Racetech) Kimi, can you tell us how this year’s car is an improvement on last season’s. Everybody talks about the power unit but is it just that or is there a lot more?

KR: Obviously a big chunk of it is the engine itself. It’s a big improvement on horsepower plus reliability but you cannot just give all the credit to them. The car has improved a lot: much more downforce, the car is handling much better because of that, and obviously how the whole package has been done and put together. I think the big key is that all areas have improved quite a bit plus the people have been working more closely, as one team putting it together more nicely, so obviously the end result is what we have now and then as I said earlier, I’m very happy how things are going, very happy with the team and I think not many people expected after last year that we can be in this kind of position this early and now we are going in the right direction, so I’m sure we will get there but we want to start winning races more often and we just have to have some patience and do the work that we’ve done so far and we will get there.

Q: (Khodr Rawi – F1Zone.net) To all three of you: is the challenge of the championship against the rival teams more difficult than against your teammate, because you don’t know what others have or what others are planning in terms of strategy and that sort of thing?

LH: It’s all hard. It’s difficult to say which one is harder. When you’re fighting the guy in your team with the same car you’ve got the data. Sure it’s more on the limit when you’re fighting another team. There’s pros and cons, there are advantages and disadvantages on each side. You just try to do your best job, that’s what motor racing is all about, to be fighting other teams, that’s what we’re here to do.

NR: It’s both different but both tough. It’s difficult to go into the details but it’s tough to battle Lewis last year and this year and it’s tough now to battle the Ferraris now that they’re in the mix.

KR: I think it doesn’t make a lot of difference. Obviously with your teammate you more or less know what he’s doing and in the race when he’s going to stop but you have to beat all of them so it’s really the same end result.

Da FIA.com


F1 Bahrain GP: Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen promises more to come

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen believes the team will soon be an even bigger threat to Mercedes at the front of the field in Formula 1, following the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Finn took advantage of an alternative tyre strategy to finish between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Sakhir on Sunday, coming home just three seconds behind the winner as Mercedes nursed brake problems at the end.

And Raikkonen believes that it will not be long before Ferrari is a genuine threat to Mercedes at every grand prix.

"We had decent speed today, I think we just have to keep working and improving the whole package," said the 2007 world champion.

"I’m sure we will get there and we can fight every weekend after that.

"I’m very happy with the team and I think many people didn’t expect after last year that we would be in this position this early.

"We will start winning [more] races. We have to be patient and do the same work as we have done so far and we will get there."

Raikkonen added that Ferrari deserves credit for making gains in all areas following a disappointing 2014 season.

"The whole package has gone forward," he said. "A big chunk of it is the engine but you cannot give all the credit to them.

"The car has improved a lot, there’s a lot more downforce, it’s handling a lot better.

"All areas have improved, that is the key. People are working more closely, which has helped us get to where we have now."

TYRE CALL WAS CORRECT

During his strong stint on the harder medium-compound tyre, Raikkonen questioned Ferrari’s decision to revert to the soft tyre for his final stint.

However, after reeling in the Mercedes drivers after his final stop, he admitted that the team had made the right decision.

"I think we had a few different approaches of how to run the race," Raikkonen said.

"On the medium tyre it was quite easy to catch up to them.

"In the end it was the right choice to go soft – we were much faster still.

"We did more or less the maximum we could have done, we had a pretty good race and hopefully we can have a few more."

Da Autosport.com

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GP Bahrain, gara–19/04/2015


F1 Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton wins ahead of Kimi Raikkonen

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took his third victory in four races in the 2015 Formula 1 season with a dominant drive in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

While the reigning world champion always looked in control at the front, there was a thrilling battle for the trio of places behind him with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen coming out on top to score his first podium of 2015.

Raikkonen also closed on Hamilton, who had some late brake worries, but the Briton stayed clear.

Nico Rosberg finished third, ahead of Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and the other Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in the first night race of the season.

Hamilton made a clean start from pole, with Vettel going defensive and successfully holding on to second. That backed Rosberg up, allowing Raikkonen to snatch third.

However, Rosberg battled his way back past Raikkonen and then took advantage of Vettel running wide at Turn 1 to close and then pass at the same corner next time around.

Ferrari successfully used the undercut to jump Rosberg at the first round of pitstops, but Vettel was then distracted by Hamilton exiting the pitlane and Rosberg took advantage – diving down the inside of Turn 1 to retake second.

The Scuderia repeated the undercut trick at the second stops and again it worked, with Vettel jumping Rosberg, but another mistake by Vettel, this time running wide at the final corner, allowed Rosberg back through.

That slip also caused front wing damage for Vettel and forced him to pit for repairs.

Raikkonen then started catching Rosberg in the final stint of the race, as he was running the softer of the two compound tyres.

And the Finn capitalised when Rosberg – who also had brake problems – ran wide at Turn 1 in the closing laps, allowing the Ferrari to snatch second.

Vettel dropped to fifth with his extra pitstop and could not get back past Bottas despite a long chase.

Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault engine let go coming out of the final corner of the last lap, but he managed to cross the line to take sixth for Red Bull.

Romain Grosjean scored points for the second successive race with seventh for Lotus, ahead of Sergio Perez, who scored for Force India for the first time since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as he made a two-stop strategy work well to progress through three-stopping rivals in the midfield.

Daniil Kvyat rescued some points with ninth in the Red Bull, having started in 17th, with Felipe Massa completing the top 10 and recovering well from a pitlane start after stalling on the grid.

The Brazilian ran eighth late on but his very long final stint on his two-stop strategy proved ambitious and his tyres faded.

Fernando Alonso equalled McLaren’s best finish of the season in 11th, while his team-mate Jenson Button did not even make the start after a problem was detected with his energy recovery system.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr was 12th, one place ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg with Marcus Ericsson 13th, having run in the points before losing at least 20 seconds during a pitstop when his team struggled to fit the front-left tyre.

Pastor Maldonado was also in contention for points but he was delayed in the pits with smoke pouring from the front brakes of the Lotus and he ended up 15th.

Manor got both cars to the finish for the second successive race, with Will Stevens 16th and Roberto Merhi 17th.

Toro Rosso suffered its first double non-finish of the season. Carlos Sainz Jr pulled off track at the halfway point and Max Verstappen parked his car in the garage a few laps later.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h35m05.809s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3.380s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 6.033s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 42.957s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 43.989s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m01.751s
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m24.763s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
17 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Not started

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 93
2 Nico Rosberg 66
3 Sebastian Vettel 65
4 Kimi Raikkonen 42
5 Felipe Massa 31
6 Valtteri Bottas 30
7 Daniel Ricciardo 19
8 Felipe Nasr 14
9 Romain Grosjean 12
10 Nico Hulkenberg 6
11 Max Verstappen 6
12 Carlos Sainz 6
13 Sergio Perez 5
14 Marcus Ericsson 5
15 Daniil Kvyat 4
16 Fernando Alonso 0
17 Jenson Button 0
18 Roberto Merhi 0
19 Will Stevens 0
20 Pastor Maldonado 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 159
2 Ferrari 107
3 Williams/Mercedes 61
4 Red Bull/Renault 23
5 Sauber/Ferrari 19
6 Lotus/Mercedes 12
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 12
8 Force India/Mercedes 11
9 McLaren/Honda 0
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

Da Autosport.com


“The helmet? It protects my head!”



GP Bahrain, commenti post qualifiche–18/04/2015


Bahrain GP: Kimi Raikkonen “could have pushed more” in qualifying

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen admitted he underestimated the grip level at the end of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying as he ended up fourth on the grid.

The Finn – who last week in China described poor qualifying as a “habit” he needed to break – achieved his best grid position of the year, but he was overshadowed by Ferrari team-mate Vettel splitting the Mercedes to get on the front row.

“I think there was more grip than I expected,” said Raikkonen.

“Afterwards it’s easy to say I could have pushed a bit harder in certain places but I wasn’t sure.

“But the car was OK, the lap wasn’t too bad, maybe I just ran a little bit wide in one corner but that wouldn’t have cost a lot of laptime.

“I could have pushed more in certain places because there was surprisingly good grip.”

The result was still Raikkonen’s best qualifying position since the 2013 German GP.

“It gives you a better chance or a more easy life for tomorrow as long as we make a good start out of it,” he said.

“Obviously then the race can turn out to be different because of that, so that helps.

“We know that we still have some work to do and things to improve but I’d take this rather than fifth or sixth place – I’m kind of happy.”

Da Autosport.com

 


Kimi Raikkonen – A good starting point

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a positive day even if it’s a bit disappointing to finish fourth, because our aim is to be at the front. My last lap was quite good, I made a small mistake and ran wide a little bit in one corner, but it was nearly nothing, it did not cost me a lot of time. It was very close with everybody. On the track there was more grip than I expected and probably I could have pushed a little bit more, but I was not sure I could. My car was working well today, the position on the grid is not ideal but it’s a good starting point for the race. Tomorrow we’ll try to make a good start, and move on from there with a good first lap. To get ahead of Rosberg would help a lot, and then we’ll see what we can do. We’ll do our maximum”.

Da Ferrari.it


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