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GP Ungheria, commenti post gara–26/07/2015


Losing Ferrari 1-2 in Hungarian GP painful – Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen said it was painful to miss out on completing a one-two result for the team in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Finn jumped to second from fifth on the grid at the start, and was running comfortably behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who went on to take Ferrari’s second win of the season.

But with 28 laps to go, Raikkonen experienced a problem with his engine’s MGU-K and though Ferrari attempted a fix, it led to other problems and the team decided to retire the car.

It was Raikkonen’s third retirement of the season and comes as his F1 future remains the subject of speculation, with Ferrari yet to decide whether to keep him for next year.

"We’ve had bad races, that is one more," said Raikkonen.

"Obviously it would have been much greater for the team to have a one-two, but as a team we still won with Seb so it is good for the team.

"It was a pain for us not to be one and two because we easily had the speed and everything was there, we just got done by a problem with the car.

"Unfortunately that’s part of the luck for us and part of the business and part of the racing and there is nothing we could do.

"The car went wrong but we did the maximum level we could at the end of the day."

Raikkonen is now 86 points behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel but he is hopeful things will get better when the season resumes after the summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix next month.

"When you look at the end result it’s not such a great thing but it looks far away from the disaster of last year," said Raikkonen.

"We’ve had all the issues and problems and now we keep pushing and hopefully we get a little bit of luck.

"We showed that we can do a great result, great races, but we just have to make sure we don’t have any issues in part of the weekend."

Da Autosport.com


Ferrari’s Formula 1 pace has been hidden, says Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen believes the 2015 Ferrari Formula 1 car’s true race pace has been hidden because it has rarely been able to get ahead of pacesetter Mercedes to show it.

Sebastian Vettel and Raikkonen jumped the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the start of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix and had the speed to pull away.

Vettel converted that into a second GP win of 2015, holding on despite losing a large lead to a late safety car, while Raikkonen retired with an MGU-K problem while on course for second.

"We had good speed and we pulled away from them, not easily, but we were consistently faster than them," said Raikkonen.

"I don’t know what would have happened if we were behind them, probably we couldn’t have used our own speed because it is hard to overtake.

"There have been many times this year when we feel we had more speed than we have been able to show because we were stuck behind another car and not been able to overtake.

"So the benefit of making good starts made a big difference and it was nice to have a good start with both cars because it hasn’t been our strongest point this year.

"It shows that we are doing things right and that the car is not too bad."

Ferrari has rarely been able to threaten Mercedes in qualifying this season and its lower grid slots have hampered its ability to make progress on Sunday.

"It’s true that when we start as we started in Hungary, in the open air, the car is giving you more chance," said Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

"At the back conserving the tyres is quite hard, but it happens sometimes that we are at the back and our consumption is higher. Today we were in front and it was OK."

Da Autosport.com


GP Ungheria, gara–26/07/2015


Sebastian Vettel wins thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel took victory in a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix, as Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg suffered their worst race of the season.

It was the German’s first victory at the Hungaroring and second of the season, bringing his career tally to 41 to equal three-time world champion Ayrton Senna’s mark.

It was also the first time since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, a run of 29 races, where Mercedes failed to score a podium finish with either car with Hamilton sixth and Rosberg eighth.

Hamilton was on course to lose his championship lead, first after running wide at the chicane on the first lap when he felt Rosberg crossed his line and then losing time when he pitted for a new wing and then having to a drive-through penalty after contact with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

But in defending second with a few laps to go, Rosberg clashed with Ricciardo at Turn 1, giving the Mercedes a puncture and damaging Ricciardo’s front wing.

Rosberg was forced to pit and rejoined eighth, two places behind Hamilton who had fought his way back through the field to increase his championship lead to 21 points.

Hamilton and Rosberg both bogged down from the front row at the start, allowing Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to get ahead, with Rosberg running third ahead of Hamilton.

Ferrari looked on course for its first one-two since the 2010 German Grand Prix before a MGU-K problem cost Raikkonen power. He eventually retired after the team were unable to fix it.

The virtual safety car was called into action when Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India suffered a front wing failure, pitching the German head-on into the tyre barrier at Turn 1.

When it became clear there was too much debris on the track, the real safety car was sent out, bunching the field up to cost Vettel his sizeable lead – setting up a thrilling finale.

Daniil Kvyat scored a career-best second, to become the youngest driver to score a podium since Vettel in Italy 2008, the Russian benefitting from Ricciardo’s clash with Rosberg late on.

Ricciardo survived the contact, which the stewards decided to take no further action on, with Rosberg to give Red Bull a double podium with third.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, who had a drive-through penalty for making contact with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, battled his way up to a career-best fourth place.

The drama in the second-half of the race allowed Fernando Alonso to finish fifth, scoring McLaren-Honda’s best result of the season, with Jenson Button finishing ninth.

Romain Grosjean was seventh in the Lotus while Marcus Ericsson gave Sauber an unlikely point with 10th, a few seconds clear of team-mate Felipe Nasr.

Williams failed to score for only the second time this season, with Massa – who was given a time-penalty for being out of position on the grid and forcing an aborted start – 12th and Bottas 13th.

RESULT

Pos Driver Car Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 69
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 69
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 69
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 69
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 69
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 69
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 69
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 69
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 69
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 69
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 69
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 69
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 69
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 69
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 67
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 65
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 60
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 55
Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 53
Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 41

Da Autosport.com


GP Ungheria, commenti post qualifiche–25/07/2015


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Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was consistent in qualifying, securing fifth on the grid having also achieved the position in the first two segments of the session.

The Finn, who lost time with a technical problem in final practice and was unable to do a qualifying simulation, felt he should have been higher up the grid but remained positive for Sunday.

"We are third and fifth so I don’t think it was a disaster," said Raikkonen.

"We missed time in the morning because of an issue so it was a bit unknown for qualifying.

"It wasn’t too bad but I should have been higher up.

"Mercedes will be strong, but we will try to be second best if we can.

"At least we are not on the inside [of the grid], I can try and get a good start and see what happens from there."

Da Autosport.com


GP Ungheria, prove sabato–25/07/2015


Hungarian GP qualifying: Lewis Hamilton takes comfortable pole

Lewis Hamilton comfortably claimed pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix, by beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for the ninth time in 10 Formula 1 qualifying sessions this season.

Rosberg complained about the handling of his car throughout the different stages of qualifying and couldn’t recover sufficiently to put up much of a fight.

Hamilton and Rosberg were separated by 0.358s after the first runs in Q3, and the German ended up over half a second adrift of Hamilton, who set the fastest lap of the weekend so far on his final effort to claim his fifth career pole in Hungary.

The expected close fight for best of the rest behind Mercedes materialised, as less than half a second covered Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams in Q2.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ultimately claimed third on the grid, but he ended up only 0.035s clear of the improved Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen finished up 0.246s further back in fifth, while Valtteri Bottas was fastest of the two Williams drivers in sixth.

The second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat joined the second Williams of Felipe Massa on row four, just ahead of Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso, which only made one run in Q3.

Romain Grosjean’s Lotus rounded out the top 10, over half a second adrift of the next fastest car.

Neither Force India made it through to the top-10 shootout, along with the second Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz and Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus.

Hulkenberg and Sainz were less than a tenth away from Grosjean’s 10th placed Lotus in Q2, while Perez was almost six tenths further back in 13th.

Maldonado was top-10 fast in Q1, but he locked up at Turn 1 on his final flying lap in Q2, which contributed to him missing Q3 by 0.804s.

McLaren headed into qualifying hoping to challenge for a place in the top 10, but could do no better than 15th and 16th after both drivers encountered technical trouble.

Fernando Alonso made it through to Q2, but stopped at the entry to the pitlane during his first run, bringing out the red flags and ending the Spaniard’s session early.

An earlier problem with ERS deployment on Jenson Button’s car meant the Briton missed the Q2 cut by lapping just over a tenth of a second shy of Sainz’s Toro Rosso.

The Briton estimated his problem cost him 0.3s on his final flying lap.

The 2009 world champion joined the Saubers and Manors in dropping out during the first phase of qualifying.

Felipe Nasr felt he "lost it in the last two corners" and finished up 0.154s adrift of Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who felt he drove a good final flying lap in the sister C34.

Roberto Merhi comfortably out-qualified his team-mate Will Stevens by 0.533s, as the Manor cars filled their customary place on the final row of the grid.

HUNGARIAN GP GRID

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.020s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.575s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.719s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.754s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.000s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.202s
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1.312s
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.517s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.659s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2.161s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.806s
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.849s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 2.441s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.589s
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.719s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.823s
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.977s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.396s
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.929s

Da Autosport.com



Hungarian GP FP3: Lewis Hamilton marginally ahead of Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton goes into this afternoon’s qualifying session for Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix as favourite for pole position after setting the pace in third free practice.

The Mercedes driver set the pace early in the session when everyone was lapping on the slower medium-compound Pirellis, just over a tenth faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

With most leaving it until the final 15 minutes before bolting on the softs and completing qualifying simulations, Hamilton was then knocked off top spot by Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Hulkenberg was shuffled down to sixth by the end of the session, with Rosberg the first to relegate him after setting a 1m22.997s lap with 12 minutes remaining.

Three minutes later, Hamilton completed his ‘qualifying’ run, outpacing Rosberg by 0.098s to complete the preparation for his bid for a fifth Hungarian GP pole position.

Rosberg’s session ended with two minutes remaining when his engine stalled at the end of the pitlane when he was about to attempt a practice start.

The two Mercedes drivers were untouchable at the front, with Sebastian Vettel best of the rest in third, nine-tenths off Hamilton’s pace.

Daniil Kvyat edged the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz with his final lap of the session, putting the Red Bull fourth ahead of its sister car.

Kvyat’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was unable to match the Russian, ending the session ninth after both Red Bulls started late to manage their engine mileage.

Max Verstappen also performed well, ending up seventh behind Hulkenberg and one place ahead of the McLaren of Fernando Alonso.

Alonso had been among the earliest drivers to set a time on the soft Pirellis, which put him third for a spell before he was shuffled back.

Behind Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 for Lotus, 12-thousandths of a second ahead of team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

Williams had a quiet session, with Felipe Massa 12th and Valtteri Bottas – running the latest-specification front wing – 14th.

Perez, who had been as high as fourth by taking the soft tyre early, was 15th fastest ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn was unable to complete a qualifying simulation run because of a water leak, but he would have been comfortably in the top six had he done so given the performance gain of soft tyres.

FP3 RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.997s 12
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.098s 20
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.889s 19
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1.218s 17
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.329s 22
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.486s 30
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.681s 22
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.849s 16
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1.932s 12
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1.944s 22
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1.956s 16
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2.097s 13
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.232s 16
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 2.348s 17
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 2.396s 25
16 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2.664s 12
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 3.063s 20
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3.098s 20
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.760s 19
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.911s 20

Da Autosport.com


GP Ungheria, prove libere–24/07/2015


Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton leads Red Bull drivers in FP2

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in second Formula 1 practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Red Bull emerged as Mercedes’ closest challenger.

Hamilton clocked a 1m23.949s on the soft compound tyres, 0.351 seconds clear of Daniil Kvyat with the Red Bull driver’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo 0.151s further adrift.

Nico Rosberg, in the other Mercedes, was 0.719s off the pace in fourth ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who maintained his advantage over team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Red Bull’s day was tainted when Ricciardo’s engine expired with 20 minutes remaining, the Australian pulling off the track at Turn 11 to bring out the red flag.

Hamilton set the early pace as the field ran the medium compound tyres and increased that advantage on his qualifying simulations on the softs before the teams turned their attention to long runs.

Carlos Sainz continued Toro Rosso’s strong form so far at the Hungaroring with the sixth quickest time with team-mate Max Verstappen, who missed a chunk of the session with a technical problem, 11th.

Vettel, who had two spins (at Turn 12 and Turn 1), was seventh quickest, just over half a second slower than team-mate Raikkonen.

McLaren’s hopes of a stronger weekend were boosted with Fernando Alonso finishing FP2 in eighth, 1.8s off the pace, and team-mate Jenson Button two tenths further back in 12th.

The Williams of Valtteri Bottas, who was running the team’s new front wing, and Felipe Massa completed the top 10.

Lotus bounced back from a troubled first session to get more than 70 laps on the board between Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean, with the duo finishing 13th and 15th overall.

The team’s tyres were late arriving for first practice, in what is understood to be a consequence of a late payment, and as a result it lost track time while they waited for the tyres to get into their working range.

Sauber’s team principal Monisha Kaltenborn conceded on Thursday that it would be a tough weekend for her team and it proved to be the case with Felipe Nasr 14th and Marcus Ericsson 16th.

Roberto Merhi ended up 17th quickest, just 0.002s ahead of Manor team-mate Will Stevens.

Force India chose to sit out the session as a precaution while the team continued to investigate an apparent suspension problem that caused Sergio Perez’s crash in first practice.

FP2 RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.949s 36
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 0.351s 29
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.502s 16
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.719s 34
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.185s 30
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.650s 37
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.711s 26
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.803s 31
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.932s 35
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.971s 31
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.986s 19
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.045s 32
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.141s 36
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.430s 36
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2.493s 39
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.882s 29
17 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.164s 29
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.166s 28

Da Autosport.com



Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton fastest, Sergio Perez rolls in F1 FP1

Lewis Hamilton topped the first Formula 1 free practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was interrupted by a dramatic roll for Sergio Perez after hitting the barriers.

Hamilton’s Mercedes was fastest in the first half-hour, when all drivers were on their first set of medium-compound Pirellis, and he had yet to use his second set when Perez crashed shortly before the one-hour mark.

The Force India driver had just emerged from the exit of the Turn 11 right-hander and was on the exit rumble strip when the rear snapped on him and pitched the Mexican into a spin.

Replays suggested that this was caused by a failure in the right-rear suspension, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Perez spun across the track and hit nose-first into the barrier, damaging the front-right suspension.

As he rebounded into the track, the deranged front wheel folded under the car and tipped him into a roll.

The Force India came to rest upside down, although Perez was able to get out quickly and was taken to the medical centre for a check-up before he returned to the pits on foot just over 10 minutes after the crash.

There, he was met by a pack of TV and radio crews – although he was still unsure as to the cause of the accident when it was put to him that he had a failure.

"It was a really bad accident, really unlucky," he told Sky Sports F1.

"I went in at the wrong angle, which made the car roll over, but everything’s all right.

"It was a bit of a strange accident, I thought I was under control but I guess the Astroturf was very dirty and that’s why I went into the wall, but we have to check everything in detail."

The session was restarted after a 15-minute halt, and after the stoppage Nico Rosberg worked his way down to a 1m25.250s, which was just under half-a-tenth faster than Hamilton’s early mark.

But at the same time, Hamilton improved to a 1m25.141s to end the session 0.109s faster than Rosberg to consolidate top spot.

The session was then interrupted by another red flag for debris on the track from the front wing of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which failed as he was exiting the Turn 12 right-hander.

Although the Finn made it back to the pits, the track needed clearing and the session did not get back underway in time for any more improvements to be made, meaning only five drivers left the pits for the last 60 seconds of track time.

Raikkonen set third-fastest time before his incident, putting him ahead of the two Red Bulls of Daniels Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.

They were the only three non-Mercedes cars within a second of the pace, as sixth-quickest Sebastian Vettel, who missed much of the first half-hour with an electrical problem, was 1.254s down.

Toro Rosso had another strong Friday session, with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen seventh and 10th respectively.

They sandwiched Perez and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas on the timesheets.

McLaren suggested that its hopes of a slightly improved performance at a less-power-dependent circuit are justified with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button 11th and 12th fastest.

Lotus had a troubled session as a consequence of not getting hold of its tyres on Thursday, as would be usual. This is understood to be a consequence of a late payment.

The team got its tyres this morning, but while both cars completed an installation lap during the first half-hour running was restricted, with Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer – two of the drivers who did return to the track during the final one-minute mini-session – managed only 13 laps between them.

That meant Maldonado ended up 17th, while Palmer – who only did four laps – did not set a time.

He ended the session last, behind F1 weekend debutant and former GP2 champion Fabio Leimer.

The Swiss driver took over Roberto Merhi’s Manor and lapped 1.1s off the pace of team-mate Will Stevens.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.141s 18
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.109s 22
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.671s 23
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.912s 20
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 0.929s 17
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.254s 14
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.586s 25
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.635s 14
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.684s 19
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.793s 27
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.131s 16
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.167s 17
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 2.176s 11
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2.240s 19
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.268s 24
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.591s 23
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 3.427s 9
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 4.552s 17
19 Fabio Leimer Marussia/Ferrari 5.490s 18
20 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 4

Da Autosport.com


Stand by me… 23/07/2015


Kimi Raikkonen says he wants to stay with Ferrari in F1 in 2016

Kimi Raikkonen says he wants to stay with the Ferrari Formula 1 team next season but is none the wiser as to whether it wants to keep him.

The 2007 world champion’s future has been the subject of intense speculation this year on the back of an inconsistent first half of the season which has left him 59 points adrift of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said recently it would be demotivating to decide the Finn’s future already but he added it is up to Raikkonen to prove he deserves the seat.

Raikkonen’s deal runs until the end of this season, with an option on the team’s side for 2016.

"Every year I’m in the same situation – it makes no difference if I have a contract or not," said Raikkonen. "I have a contract but it is an option.

"I made it very clear to the team what I would like to happen which is to be here next year, but I don’t know any more than you guys.

"I don’t read a lot of stuff in the press but I can see a lot being written.

"I don’t know what will happen so there is no point in guessing.

"I would like to know but I will wait until I know and we see what happens after that.

"I’m pretty sure I will be one of the first to know rather than reading from a newspaper."

Despite the speculation surrounding his future and the number of problems he has suffered so far, Raikkonen remains confident in his ability.

"I don’t see the point in racing if I didn’t believe I have the speed," he said. "I am sure I have.

"I have demonstrated many times but when you look at the points and results sometimes it doesn’t show.

"I know the real story, it’s no real problem for me."

Da Autosport.com



Raikkonen hasn’t lost it, says Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Vettel

Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is still one of the most skilled drivers in Formula 1 and has no doubt about his ability.

Raikkonen insists he wants to stay with Ferrari into the 2016 F1 season, but the Scuderia has yet to decide whether to take up an option to retain him amid inconsistent performances.

Vettel said he had been a Raikkonen fan before he reached F1 and also admired his stint in the World Rally Championship in 2010-11.

"I remember the days when I was sitting in front of the TV at home and looking at Kimi’s onboard laps full of admiration," said Vettel.

"It’s still the same guy in that car and there is no doubt if you go up and down the paddock, Kimi is one of the most skilled drivers we have.

"I don’t know if other drivers could switch to rallying and be that successful.

"OK, he didn’t win but just look at some of the stuff they are doing, it’s very different and he didn’t grow up with rallying.

"So I found it was very impressive and then to come back from his excursion and be competitive again in F1."

Raikkonen has been outperformed by Vettel in the first half of the season, with the Finn 59 points adrift of his team-mate in the drivers’ standings.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams’s Valtteri Bottas have been linked with Raikkonen’s seat in 2016.

Vettel said that while he is unaware of how things are progressing with the other seat, Ferrari’s priority must be to retain the good morale and atmosphere which has been a feature of the Scuderia this year after a tough 2014 season.

"Whatever happens, it’s important we keep the morale and atmosphere because I think ultimately that is what allows us to be stronger and get back on top," he said.

"Right now, it is not the time to put your personal preferences on top.

"It’s time to work together with the team and try to do everything we can to be the best."

Da Autosport.com

 


James Allison, i pregi e i difetti di Kimi


Kimi Raikkonen as fast as F1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen is as fast as Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel but the German makes fewer mistakes, according to the team’s technical director James Allison.

Allison can only recall Vettel making one error this season, when he ran wide at the final corner on lap 36 of the Bahrain Grand Prix, damaging his front wing and forcing an unscheduled stop.

Raikkonen has had a tougher time of things, particularly in qualifying, resulting in the fact he is 59 points adrift of Vettel heading into this weekend’s race in Hungary

Asked by Italian publication Autosprint to assess Raikkonen’s season, Allison said: "There’s no speed difference between he and Sebastian.

"Sometimes Kimi is quicker, other times it’s Seb.

"The difference is Sebastian never, or almost never, makes mistakes.

"This year only in Bahrain have we seen after all, that he can make mistakes.

"But besides that weekend, he has practically never made any errors. Kimi instead, especially in qualifying, has had a few more slip-ups.

"I’d say the same thing if Kimi was here, and I think he would accept it.

"Sometimes you just need a small mistake to ruin a weekend, but the speed is there. Kimi knows that too."

Allison is also convinced Ferrari can again close the gap to Mercedes after falling away of late to undermine the positive start made to the year, with the highlight being Vettel’s victory in the second race in Malaysia.

He has suggested that success "perhaps" came too soon and raised expectations but he has no doubt Ferrari will rediscover its form.

"You certainly can’t refuse a victory when it comes," added Allison.

"The Malaysian Grand Prix was an incredible day, getting back to winning ways has given us a great push, and now I can’t wait to re-live it again.

"If I look at what we have done since the beginning of the season, I see our work has produced good results.

"We have improved by 1.5 seconds per lap thanks to the development done on both the car and the power unit.

"If I have to bet on what’s going to happen in the second half of the season, then I believe we’ll reduce our gap to Mercedes and that we’ll do better than Williams."

Da Autosport.com


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