Ferrari F1 boss gives Kimi Raikkonen qualifying ‘homework’
Kimi Raikkonen has been told to raise his game in Formula 1 qualifying by Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, who says the Finn needs to do some ‘homework’.
Raikkonen conceded his performance in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix was "a disaster", before starting and finishing sixth on Sunday.
It is not the first time this year Raikkonen has struggled on a Saturday afternoon, with such form seriously affecting his race results.
In qualifying around the streets of Monte-Carlo, Raikkonen finished 1.329s off of polesitter Lewis Hamilton, and almost six tenths of a second behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Explaining Raikkonen’s woes, Arrivabene said: "The problem with Kimi was qualifying.
"He caught some traffic, and there was a very big gap to the guys in front of him.
"But then during the race you saw, at a certain part of the race, he had the same pace as Sebastian.
"So if he improves in qualifying then he will have no problems in a race because Kimi in a race is super and he can do a good job."
With a wry smile, Arrivabene then added: "If I have to give him some homework then he has to write 100 times ‘I have to be better in qualifying’."
Arrivabene, though, recognises Ferrari has to up its pace in qualifying in general as Vettel has been faced with a Mercedes front-row wall in four of the six races this season.
"Mercedes are very quick in qualifying, and this is an indication for us on where to focus our attention for the future to work," added Arrivabene.
"If you are going to start in a good position on the grid then the race is going to be easier.
"When you have air in front of you, and not other competitors, it’s good for you and the tyres because with someone in front of you the consumption of the tyres goes down very fast.
"So for us it’s something we have to work on."
Kimi Raikkonen says Daniel Ricciardo deserved penalty in Monaco GP
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen believes it is “obvious” Formula 1 rival Daniel Ricciardo should have been penalised for their clash in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Ricciardo dived down the inside of Raikkonen at Mirabeau in the closing stages of the race to take fifth, as the Red Bull driver attempted to make the most of his new super-soft Pirellis after the safety-car period.
Raikkonen made a late attempt to defend the position and his right-rear was tagged by Ricciardo’s left-front wheel, sending the Finn wide and allowing Ricciardo to take the place.
The stewards investigated the incident during the race but opted to take no further action.
“It’s not very clear what you’re allowed to do and what you’re not allowed to do because someone can get a penalty for something and another cannot,” complained Raikkonen, who finished sixth, behind Ricciardo.
“It usually is a penalty for these kind of things and this time not.
“There’s no certain way of what is allowed and what is not so in my view it was pretty obvious but the stewards think differently.”
After passing Raikkonen, Ricciardo was waved past Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat to enable him to use his fresher tyres to make a late bid for the podium.
That ultimately failed, leading Red Bull to instruct Ricciardo to let Kvyat back past, but team Christian Horner praised the Australian for the aggression he showed in the final part of the race.
“It was a brave move at the top of the hill to get down the inside [of Raikkonen],” he said. “Thankfully the stewards thought it was also fair.
“He managed a brave move to get past Kimi and then it made sense to switch the drivers on the understanding that if he couldn’t pass the cars ahead he would have to give the position back and they both played very nicely.”
Monaco GP: Mercedes error costs Lewis Hamilton race victory
A pitstop blunder by Mercedes robbed Lewis Hamilton of a guaranteed victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, handing the win on a platter to Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg.
For 64 of the 78 laps the race around the tight, twisty streets of the Principality was processional, with reigning champion Hamilton unruffled from the moment the five red lights disappeared to signal the start.
But then Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen careered into the rear-right wheel of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean at Sainte Devote, immediately turning the grand prix on its head.
What followed from Mercedes was unnecessary, for although the safety car was ultimately brought into play – after the ‘virtual safety car’ sign was displayed for the first time in F1 but soon withdrawn – Hamilton had a 21-second lead at that stage.
Hamilton was then called in by Mercedes to take on a set of super-soft compound tyres, yet as he emerged back on track, Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel passed him.
From a virtually impregnable position Mercedes had contrived to deny Hamilton what should have been the 37th win of his F1 career.
Despite being on much faster rubber over the final eight laps after the withdrawal of the safety car, Hamilton could find no way past Vettel, never mind find himself in a position to catch Rosberg.
It was an astonishing end to an otherwise relatively unremarkable race, with lap one naturally frenetic, particularly through the opening turn at Ste Devote.
Come the sweep through Mirabeau double world champion Fernando Alonso was involved in a collision with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, sending the German into a barrier, resulting in the loss of his front wing.
The incident forced the stewards into an immediate investigation, with the blame pinned on McLaren star Alonso as he was handed a five-second time penalty.
Such was Alonso’s pace, however, throughout the opening 30 laps that by the time he pitted to take on a set of soft tyres, switching from the opening stint super-softs, the additional penalty proved redundant.
Alonso, though, did not last too long after his stop, pulling his car off track at Ste Devote with a gearbox issue caused by rising temperatures a day after an MGU-H problem brought an early end to the Spaniard’s qualifying session.
Behind the leading trio Daniil Kvyat scored the highest finish of his career with fourth, followed by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Kvyat was ordered to let Ricciardo through in the closing stages, but the Red Bulls swapped back on the final lap once it became clear that Ricciardo could not make any progress against Hamilton.
Force India’s Sergio Perez clinched seventh, Force India’s best result of the year, with Jenson Button claiming McLaren’s first points this season with eighth.
Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Carlos Sainz in the second Toro Rosso completed the top 10.
In a wretched race for Williams, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa – who suffered a lap-one puncture – were 14th and 15th.
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||78||11.965s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||78||13.608s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||78||15.013s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||78||25.056s|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||78||26.232s|
|15||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|16||Roberto Merhi||Marussia/Ferrari||76||2 Laps|
|17||Will Stevens||Marussia/Ferrari||76||2 Laps|
|–||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||62||Collision|
Kimi Raikkonen says Monaco GP F1 qualifying was “a disaster”
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen said his Monaco Grand Prix qualifying was a “disaster” as his disappointing form over one lap this season continued.
The Finn has struggled to put together a tidy lap in qualifying this year and he is the only driver in 2015 to have not out-qualified his team-mate at least once.
Raikkonen will start Sunday’s race from sixth, having finished 1.3s off pole and six tenths adrift of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who starts third.
“It was a bad result in the end as it’s difficult to overtake here,” said Raikkonen. “It’s not a very happy day.
“It’s going to be a long race if I’m stuck behind some cars, but I’ll try to get the maximum out of it.
“We had no grip on the first set [for the first run]. The second run felt normal but I had traffic.
“It was a disaster. The car felt OK but it was difficult to get heat in the tyres.”
Raikkonen hit the wall at Ste Devote in third practice but he insisted that had no impact on his performance in qualifying.
However, he said the team must get to the bottom of his qualifying struggles because it is making life in the race more difficult than it needs to be.
“We seem to manage to get it wrong every race,” he said. “We have to work on something to try and improve it.
“We don’t put ourselves in very good position for Sunday.
“It makes our races difficult when you start behind because you spend time trying to get past cars and then you drop out the fight in front.”
Ferrari looked strong in final practice, with Vettel topping the timesheets, but the temperatures dropped before qualifying which hindered the Scuderia.
But despite failing to prevent a Mercedes front row lock-out, Vettel is hopeful the team will be closer in the race.
“With higher temperatures, it could have been closer,” said Vettel.
“As it stands, we were quite far away again but tomorrow, we should be a bit closer.
“We have not been able to do long runs, no one has, but the car feels good round here.
“The start will be important. I’m starting on the inside so it gives me the possibility of a good start.”
Lewis Hamilton takes Monaco GP Formula 1 pole for first time
Lewis Hamilton comfortably claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, as his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg’s qualifying challenge went awry.
The two Mercedes drivers were once again well clear of the rest of the field on pure pace and thus engaged in an exclusive battle for the top spot.
Hamilton trailed Rosberg by nearly four tenths of a second after Q2, but reversed the positions by just over a tenth of a second after their first runs in the top-10 shootout.
Hamilton found even more time on his final run in Q3, while Rosberg abandoned his after locking up heavily at Sainte Devote.
That left Hamilton 0.342 seconds clear in claiming his first pole position in Monte Carlo.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the only other driver to lap below 1m16s as he secured third spot on the grid, just under two tenths of a second ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who also failed to improve on his second run in Q3.
Team-mate Daniil Kvyat did find time on his second run to place fifth, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Force India’s Sergio Perez hustled the VJM08 to a superb seventh spot, just ahead of Carlos Sainz, Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen, who all ended up on the same tenth in eighth, ninth and 10th.
Romain Grosjean failed to join his Lotus team-mate Maldonado in the top 10 shootout, after locking up at the second part of the Swimming Pool on his quickest lap in Q2.
An expected five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change ahead of the event means he should start 16th for Sunday’s race.
McLaren-Honda was confident of getting both cars through to Q3 for the first time this season, but neither made the cut in the end.
Fernando Alonso’s car suffered a suspected electrical problem before he could complete a flying lap in Q2, while team-mate Jenson Button was less than a tenth of a second away from making the top 10, something he described as "painful" when he learned of his fate, having had to slow for yellow flags (after Rosberg locked up and went off at Sainte Devote) on his final flying lap.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was lucky to get away with striking the wall at Mirabeau in Q1 and ended up 13th fastest overall, just under 0.2s adrift of team-mate Perez.
Williams struggled badly in Monaco, with Felipe Massa winding up 14th fastest while team-mate Valtteri Bottas ended up being the highest-profile casualty in Q1.
The Finn was more than six tenths of a second away from making the cut and wound up 17th fastest, between the Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.
The Manor/Marussias were over two seconds further back in filling the final row of the grid.
Will Stevens was three tenths faster than team-mate Roberto Merhi through the first sector of their quickest laps, which proved crucial in the final reckoning.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.041s||0.943s|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.182s||1.084s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.808s||1.710s|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m16.957s||1.859s|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.193s||–|
|20||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m16.931s||–|
* Grosjean has a five-place penalty
Monaco GP: Sebastian Vettel fastest in final practice for Ferrari
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets in third and final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The German put a brilliant lap together in the closing stages to clock a 1m16.143s as Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were scrappy on their qualifying simulations.
Rosberg ended the session 0.218 seconds adrift of Vettel, with Hamilton a further three tenths further back on the streets of Monte Carlo.
After rain washed out most of second practice, teams wasted no time sending their drivers out on track to make up for lost time and gather crucial data for qualifying and the race.
Mercedes ran a different programme from most of its rivals, sending Hamilton and Rosberg straight out on the super-softs that could not be tried on Thursday while everyone else – except for Manor – focused on running the softs.
Hamilton and Rosberg did 10 laps on the super-soft rubber, performing cool-down laps in between each flying lap, with the German unable to get closer than half-a-second to the Briton.
The session was red-flagged just before the half-hour mark when Kimi Raikkonen glanced the barriers at Sainte Devote.
Quick work from the marshals meant the session was back under way a couple of minutes later, but several drivers’ super-soft tyre runs were disrupted as a result.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, the field turned its attention to qualifying-simulations on the super-soft tyres.
Hamilton was one of a number of drivers who complained about a lack of grip, with his team informing him that his tyre temperatures were a little high, and he was unable to improve on his earlier time.
And though Rosberg made a slight improvement and got ahead of Hamilton, it wasn’t enough to beat Vettel, who hooked up three impressive sectors to finish top of the pile.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest, nearly a second off the pace, with Carlos Sainz Jr continuing Toro Rosso’s good form this weekend with fifth.
Raikkonen was sixth quickest, having been unable to return to the track after his crash, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and McLaren’s Jenson Button.
Max Verstappen, who has been impressive so far considering he had not raced in Monaco before this weekend, briefly went fourth quickest on the super-softs.
But next time around, he clipped the barrier at the final corner and ultimately finished ninth, with Lotus’s Romain Grosjean completing the top 10.
Force India’s Sergio Perez was 11th, ahead of the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado, Nico Hulkenberg in the second Force India and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.
Williams, currently third in the constructors’ championship, never challenged the top of the timesheets with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa down in 15th and 16th respectively, two seconds off the pace.
The Saubers were fastest in the speed trap but struggled for overall pace. Felipe Nasr was 17th and Marcus Ericsson, who got his braking wrong at Ste Devote and went down the escape road, 18th.
Will Stevens was 4.950s off the pace in the Manor-run Marussia in 19th but finished more than a second clear of team-mate Roberto Merhi.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.120s||0.977s||26|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m17.256s||1.113s||39|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.471s||1.328s||28|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m17.788s||1.645s||23|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.832s||1.689s||30|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.102s||1.959s||32|
Raikkonen: Pretty good feeling so far
“The feeling with the car today was pretty ok, obviously there are some small issues but they are more related to the tyres: it’s difficult to make them warm up, especially the front tyres, but overall it’s not too bad. In order to get the tyres working, it would have been nice to see how the Supersofts work, anyway I think they are much easier. Due to the rain we couldn’t learn as much I wanted, but it was the same for everybody. We did the most that we could in these conditions. For Saturday we have to see how the weather will be, we still have some work to do on the car and make sure the tyres work well, then we’ll go from there and do the best in qualifying and in the race.”
Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton leads second F1 practice before rain hits
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton finished fastest in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, but rain early in the session limited running.
Hamilton clocked a 1m17.192s, 0.7 seconds quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel four tenths further adrift in the Ferrari.
The session was only 14 minutes old when Roberto Merhi lost control of his Manor exiting the tunnel before crunching the front wing into the barriers.
The session was red-flagged and though it restarted six minutes later, a few drops of rain was a sign of worse things to come.
Pastor Maldonado ventured out on a set of super-soft tyres, but while it was relatively dry in the pitlane, rain was falling on the east side of the track and Lotus immediately called the Venezuelan back to the pits.
The rain intensified and most drivers got out of their cars and rolled down their overalls as they prepared for a wait.
Eventually, the rain stopped with half an hour to go, but it wasn’t until the final 10 minutes that drivers headed back out.
The intermediates were generally the tyre of choice but Mercedes decided to split its programme with Rosberg running the full wets instead.
But conditions remained tricky, with the wet track creating a lot of spray and drivers lapping around 18s slower than in the dry.
As a result, Hamilton’s early time – which was 1.6s quicker than his leading time in first practice – kept him top of the pile.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest, two tenths of a second slower than Ferrari team-mate Vettel, with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat fifth.
Max Verstappen, who impressed with the second quickest time in first practice on his first visit to Monaco, was seventh, a tenth slower than Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.
Fernando Alonso gave McLaren a top 10 placing with eighth, ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean.
Sergio Perez was 11th in the second Force India with the Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas 12th and 13th respectively.
Maldonado was 14th, followed McLaren’s Jenson Button, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.
Manor’s Merhi beat team-mate Will Stevens to 18th place before his crash while Marcus Ericsson had an ERS issue and didn’t set a lap time.
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m18.548s||1.356s||16|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m18.659s||1.467s||14|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m18.782s||1.590s||12|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.151s||1.959s||13|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.300s||2.108s||13|
|16||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.639s||2.447s||13|
Monaco GP F1: Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen in practice one
Lewis Hamilton went fastest of all in first practice for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, though an impressive Max Verstappen came close to matching him with a late flying lap.
Hamilton’s peak in practice one last year was 1m18.271s but this year his fastest time was 1m18.750s, set mid-way through the session before Mercedes switched to high-fuel running.
Team-mate Rosberg’s quickest during this phase was a second slower, and he fell down the order as others improved their times later on.
Following overnight rain the track was declared wet, and the drivers completed their installation laps on intermediate tyres.
It quickly became apparent that the surface was largely dry and the Mercedes of Hamilton and Rosberg headed back out to lead the way on slick tyres, drilling down into the 1m22s bracket and below in the first 30 minutes.
As ever in Monaco, the asphalt (around 80 per cent of which has been resurfaced since last year) was slippery before it began to rubber in, and the low ambient temperature of 14C made it tough to get heat into the brakes and tyres.
Rosberg brushed the barrier at Tabac early in the session without incurring damage, Daniel Ricciardo, Pastor Maldonado, Romain Grosjean, Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso spun at Sainte Devote, and the escape road at the chicane enjoyed plenty of traffic.
With the first half-hour over and the ‘free’ set of soft tyres handed back, Mercedes upped the ante once more.
Hamilton and Rosberg traded fastest times on their next set of softs, both dipping below the 1m20s mark – a Rubicon the majority of their rivals struggled to cross until the final minutes.
Hamilton’s 1m18.570s would stand as the quickest until the end of the session.
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen split the Mercedes on their next timed runs, with Vettel just over three-tenths off Hamilton’s benchmark, but he clearly had the Ferrari on the very edge of soft’s grip levels at that stage of the track’s evolution. He would not improve upon his best lap of 1m19.134s.
Alonso also broke through the 1m20s barrier in the last half hour, giving McLaren some succour in a session of mixed success. Jenson Button sat out the first hour while his MP4-30 received attention in the garage.
In a final flurry of track activity just before the chequered flag, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat broke through and split the Mercedes further, with Verstappen falling just 0.149s short of Hamilton’s best.
|2||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m18.899s||0.149s||42|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.086s||0.336s||27|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m19.245s||0.495s||40|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.520s||0.770s||33|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.619s||1.869s||35|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.784s||2.034s||34|