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GP Abu Dhabi, commenti post gara–29/11/2015


Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – “A nice and clean weekend”

Kimi sums up a year of progress with third place

Kimi Raikkonen: “It has been a nice and clean weekend, the car was handling well and we had no issues. In the race I was pretty happy with the speed and everything ran smoothly . We only had a small delay in the pit stops, which dropped us off a bit and we did not manage to really challenge the Mercedes. I think today we could have been closer, but third place here is an OK result, even if we always want to win and challenge for that. If we think where we were last year, there has been a really good effort from all the guys in the team. We have been pretty satisfied with the car all year long and the results have got better. Next year there is a new challenge and a new car: I think we have to keep doing the same things we did this year, improving consistently and working as one team, following the progress we did this year. Nobody knows what will happen next year and it’s too early to start guessing. We can only do our best and then we’ll see what the others do. Only time will tell.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Abu Dhabi, gara–29/11/2015


Abu Dhabi GP: Nico Rosberg ends 2015 F1 season with another win

Nico Rosberg finished the 2015 season by completing the first victory hat-trick of his Formula 1 career, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

It was a relatively comfortable lights-to-flag triumph at the Yas Marina circuit for Rosberg, who has been unstoppable since Hamilton won his third F1 title in October.

Rosberg has won every subsequent race, finishing another runner-up campaign with six successive pole positions in total, and a run of wins that took him to 14 overall and provided him with a lift ahead of the 2016 campaign.

Come the end of the 55 laps Rosberg finished 8.2 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who opted for a different race strategy in a bid to find a way past the German, only to fall short.

When Rosberg made his second stop on lap 31 of 55, Hamilton opted to stay out rather than pit on the following lap.

As Hamilton extended the life out of a set of soft Pirelli tyres there followed an exchange of messages between driver and the pitwall over to whether he could go to the end of the race.

With Rosberg closing rapidly, Hamilton eventually pitted for a second time after 41 laps, but rather than taking on super-softs – although he had no new sets left, only used – the switch was to softs, leaving him with a 12.5s deficit.

There was another brief surge, but ultimately it was a forlorn battle for Hamilton who had to settle for runner-up to Rosberg again.

Behind Mercedes’ 12th one-two of the season – a new F1 record – Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished on the podium for only the third time this year, and for once ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who rose from 15th on the grid to fourth.

Force India duo Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg finished a strong fifth and seventh either side of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Williams driver Felipe Massa was eighth, followed by Romain Grosjean in his final race for Lotus ahead of his move next year to Haas. The Frenchman used an alternative strategy and a late charge on super-softs to come through from 19th on the grid.

Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10 in his Red Bull, fending off Carlos Sainz Jr.

Incidents in a hectic first part of the race included a collision in the pitlane between Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Jenson Button.

As Bottas was released – unsafely according to the stewards as he was penalised with a five-second time penalty – and as Button cut across into his pitbox, the Finn caught the rear of the Briton.

The incident resulted in damage to Button’s rear wing, while Bottas sustained front-wing damage, leading to a long, slow lap back to the pits for a new nose.

That relegated Bottas to 18th at the time, with Fernando Alonso the only man behind as the two-time champion had required his own new front wing at the end of lap one in the wake of a first-corner crash with Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus.

It was the ninth time this year Maldonado had retired, while Alonso’s error incurred the wrath of the stewards as he was also penalised with a drive-through penalty for causing a collision.

Running around at the rear, and just before the midway point of the race, Alonso suggested he had had enough when he declared over the radio: "If we don’t get a safety car I will retire the car".

The Spaniard, however, kept going to the flag, ending his worst season – in terms of points scored – since his 2001 debut with Minardi – down in 17th, with only Manor duo Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi behind him.

RESULTS – 55 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h38m30.175s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8.271s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 19.430s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 43.735s
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m03.952s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m05.010s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m33.618s
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.751s
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m38.201s
10 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m42.371s
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.525s
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2 Laps
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Collision

FINAL DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 381
2 Nico Rosberg 322
3 Sebastian Vettel 278
4 Kimi Raikkonen 150
5 Valtteri Bottas 136
6 Felipe Massa 121
7 Daniil Kvyat 95
8 Daniel Ricciardo 92
9 Sergio Perez 78
10 Nico Hulkenberg 58
11 Romain Grosjean 51
12 Max Verstappen 49
13 Felipe Nasr 27
14 Pastor Maldonado 27
15 Carlos Sainz 18
16 Jenson Button 16
17 Fernando Alonso 11
18 Marcus Ericsson 9
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Alexander Rossi 0
21 Will Stevens 0

FINAL CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 703
2 Ferrari 428
3 Williams/Mercedes 257
4 Red Bull/Renault 187
5 Force India/Mercedes 136
6 Lotus/Mercedes 78
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 67
8 Sauber/Ferrari 36
9 McLaren/Honda 27
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

Da Autosport.com


GP Abu Dhabi, commenti post qualifiche–28/11/2015


“Pretty good feeling”

Kimi at ease with the car all day

Kimi Raikkonen: “It has been a nice Saturday, my car has been feeling pretty good the whole day. This morning I only struggled on some laps, but overall the behavior was the way I wanted and when it’s like that it’s a lot easier to put the lap together. The Mercedes have been very quick today and yesterday, in the lap times they are a bit faster than us, but the race is tomorrow, so let’s see. I did my maximum today. Tomorrow is another day, we can only do our best and see where we’ll end up. We’ll try to make a good start and then see how it pans out, going from there and making the right decisions.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Abu Dhabi, prove del sabato – 28/11/2015


Nico Rosberg takes sixth straight F1 pole in Abu Dhabi GP qualifying

Nico Rosberg claimed his sixth consecutive pole position in Formula 1 with a lap nearly four tenths of a second clear of Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying.

Rosberg trailed Mercedes team-mate Hamilton through the first two segments of the session at the Yas Marina F1 circuit, but he found the speed when it counted to top the timesheet by 0.377 seconds.

Sergio Perez showed Force India’s rapid Friday form was no fluke by qualifying fourth fastest, just 0.133s slower than Kimi Raikkonen, who was the only Ferrari driver to make the top 10 after team-mate Sebastian Vettel made a surprise exit in Q1.

Perez was provisionally third quickest after the first runs in Q3, but he couldn’t go quicker on his second attempt as Raikkonen improved.

Daniel Ricciardo topped a close fight to be fifth fastest, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, and Felipe Massa.

Ricciardo’s Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat was nearly two tenths slower in ninth, well ahead Carlos Sainz Jr, who only made a single run in Q3 and was nearly eight tenths of a second adrift of the Russian’s time.

Sainz bumped his Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen out of the top-10 with his final flying effort in Q2, while McLaren’s Jenson Button missed the cut by less than two tenths of a second as he set the 12th fastest time, complaining of a lack of grip.

Lotus suffered a difficult qualifying session, with Pastor Maldonado only 13th quickest after looking strong in practice, while team-mate Romain Grosjean was unable to set a time in Q2 after suffering technical problems with his E23.

The Lotuses sandwiched the Sauber of Felipe Nasr, who failed to improve on his Q1 laptime and ended up 14th quickest.

Four-time world champion Vettel was the biggest casualty of the first segment of qualifying, backing off early on his final flying lap thinking he’d done enough already but ending up a lowly 16th as rivals improved.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso looked to be on a decent lap until his McLaren-Honda suffered a left-rear puncture that forced him to back off.

The double world champion ended up 17th quickest, ahead of Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber, which appeared to suffer a technical problem in the closing stages that prevented the Swede making a final attempt at progressing to Q2.

Will Stevens out-qualified returning team-mate Roberto Merhi by a massive 1.137s as the Manor Marussias again brought up the tailend of the timesheet.

ABU DHABI GP GRID

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m40.237s

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m40.614s

0.377s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m41.051s

0.814s

4

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m41.184s

0.947s

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m41.444s

1.207s

6

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m41.656s

1.419s

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m41.686s

1.449s

8

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m41.759s

1.522s

9

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

1m41.933s

1.696s

10

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m42.708s

2.471s

11

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m42.521s

2.284s

12

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m42.668s

2.431s

13

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1m42.807s

2.570s

14

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.614s

3.377s

15

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

16

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m42.941s

2.704s

17

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m43.187s

2.950s

18

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.838s

3.601s

19

Will Stevens

Marussia/Ferrari

1m46.297s

6.060s

20

Roberto Merhi

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.434s

7.197s

Da Autosport.com

F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg stays on top in final practice

Nico Rosberg headed Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German, who has taken pole for the last five races, clocked a best time of 1m41.856s, 0.281 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who had a messy session and failed to get a clean lap together.

Sebastian Vettel proved to be the closest challenger to Mercedes, 0.329s off the pace with Sergio Perez continuing his strong Friday form with the fourth-quickest time in the Force India.

With qualifying and the race taking place much later in the day, amid cooler temperatures, teams were limited with what they could learn in this session, in which temperatures hit around 27C.

Hamilton set the pace in the first part, when running was confined to the soft tyre, clocking a 1m43.078s on his second timed lap.

That put the three-time world champion 0.136s clear of Kimi Raikkonen with Rosberg three tenths off the pace.

Hamilton looked set to improve again but encountered traffic, while another lap was ruined when he hit the kerb at Turn 5 hard, which destabilised the car and sent him spinning before rejoining.

With 15 minutes to go, attention turned to qualifying simulations on the super-soft tyre and Rosberg set the benchmark with a 1m42.796s, 1.2s quicker than he managed on the softs.

Hamilton backed out of his first attempt on the super-softs when he made a mistake in the first sector, and had to abandon his second lap, too, when he hit the Turn 5 kerb hard again, forcing him wide.

The Briton eventually got a lap together, but he couldn’t better his team-mate, who himself improved on his earlier leading time.

Raikkonen ended the session fifth, seven tenths off the pace and four tenths slower than Ferrari team-mate Vettel, with Daniel Ricciardo sixth and Nico Hulkenberg seventh.

Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz completed the top 10.

Jenson Button was the leading McLaren in 11th, 1.652s off the pace but half a second clear of team-mate Fernando Alonso, who complained on team radio about traffic on his super-soft run.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat had a troubled session, failing to set a time as his team worked on solving an electrical issue with his power unit.

FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos

Driver

Car

Time

Gap

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m41.856s

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m42.137s

0.281s

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m42.185s

0.329s

4

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m42.448s

0.592s

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m42.627s

0.771s

6

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m42.726s

0.870s

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m42.859s

1.003s

8

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1m43.173s

1.317s

9

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m43.239s

1.383s

10

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m43.429s

1.573s

11

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1m43.508s

1.652s

12

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1m43.680s

1.824s

13

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1m43.718s

1.862s

14

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m43.826s

1.970s

15

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

1m43.928s

2.072s

16

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1m44.014s

2.158s

17

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m44.325s

2.469s

18

Will Stevens

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.283s

5.427s

19

Roberto Merhi

Marussia/Ferrari

1m47.520s

5.664s

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

Da Autosport.com


GP Abu Dhabi, commenti post libere venerd’’ì–27/11/2015


“Not too bad overall”

Kimi waits for more data but remains hopeful

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a normal Friday, everything worked apart from some difficulties with the Supersoft tires in the long run. Maybe the lap times could have been a bit better on the single lap, but overall it was not too bad. I haven’t seen the data from today yet, but it’s only Friday and we don’t know what the others were doing. Obviously there is always something that we can improve, the Mercedes seem to be very fast, but we’ll try to do as good as we can tomorrow. This is a nice place to finish the season, hopefully we can do well.”

Da Ferrari.com


GP Abu Dhabi, prove libere venerdì–27/11/2015


Abu Dhabi GP: Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in F1 practice two

In-form Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg returned to the top of the timesheet in second practice for the final Formula 1 grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Rosberg’s three-time champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton had led the way come the conclusion to the initial 90-minute session at the Yas Marina circuit by 0.141 seconds over Rosberg.

Following the opening stint on the softs in practice two, Hamilton again held sway over Rosberg, but come the switch to Pirelli’s super-softs, the German managed to turn the tables.

Rosberg, who has claimed the last five straight poles and won the last two grands prix, posted the only sub 1m42s lap of the day.

The 30-year-old finished with a time of 1m41.983s, 0.138s clear of Hamilton, the Briton then half-a-second ahead of surprise frontrunner Sergio Perez’s Force India.

The Mexican’s session finished 20 minutes early, however, due to a brake issue.

After deciding to ditch the upgraded Renault engine tested by Daniel Ricciardo over the course of the last race in Brazil and revert back to an old spec, Red Bull put up a strong showing.

Ricciardo finished fourth quickest, 0.664s behind Rosberg and just a fraction down on Perez, with team-mate Daniil Kvyat a further 0.151s adrift in sixth.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel sandwiched the Red Bull pair, just over seven tenths of a second behind Rosberg, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen seventh.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso in his McLaren both finished within a second of Rosberg in eighth and ninth.

Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10, albeit half a second adrift of Alonso, and 1.448s behind Rosberg, but another half a second up on his team-mate Romain Grosjean.

Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa could only manage 11th and 12th, the duo finishing marginally behind Maldonado.

Toro Rosso pair Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr also find themselves low on the pecking order in 13th and 14th, with McLaren’s Jenson Button two seconds down in 16th, just over a second off Alonso.

As per usual, Manor occupied the bottom two positions. Will Stevens headed returnee team-mate Roberto Merhi by over half a second, albeit with the Briton 4.467s behind Rosberg.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.983s 39
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.121s 0.138s 31
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.610s 0.627s 23
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.647s 0.664s 37
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m42.717s 0.734s 35
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m42.798s 0.815s 34
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.849s 0.866s 36
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m42.928s 0.945s 35
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m42.955s 0.972s 31
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m43.431s 1.448s 37
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m43.441s 1.458s 32
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m43.506s 1.523s 33
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.662s 1.679s 40
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.854s 1.871s 20
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m43.929s 1.946s 27
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m44.050s 2.067s 32
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.116s 2.133s 37
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.245s 3.262s 28
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.450s 4.467s 35
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.022s 5.039s 27

Da Autosport.com



Abu Dhabi GP: Lewis Hamilton tops first F1 practice

World champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace in first practice for the season-ending Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m43.754s, 0.141s clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen six tenths further back in third.

There were warm and sunny conditions throughout, with a number of teams using the opening part of the 90-minute session to carry out aero data gathering.

Rosberg led the way after the first half an hour, just over a tenth clear of team-mate Hamilton by the time the teams had to give back the sets of tyres permitted only for the first 30 minutes.

The German was on course to improve that time on his next run, going fastest in the first two sectors, but he ran wide in the final sector and backed off.

With 30 minutes to go, Hamilton usurped his team-mate and remained unchallenged for the remainder of the session.

Daniil Kvyat was fourth quickest ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg, whose Force India team is celebrating its 150th grand prix in its current guise.

Daniel Ricciardo, reverting to the older spec Renault engine in his Red Bull, was seventh ahead of Sergio Perez.

Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa completed the top 10.

Valtteri Bottas, who is just one point clear of fellow Finn Raikkonen in the battle for fourth place in the drivers’ standings, was 11th ahead of Max Verstappen.

Jenson Button edged McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso by a tenth and a position to take 13th, but he was two second adrift of Hamilton.

Jolyon Palmer, promoted to a Lotus race seat next season, sat out the majority of the session while his team tended to water leak.

The Briton got out in the final few minutes of the session, completing a handful of laps and having a spin as he ended up 18th.

Roberto Merhi, who has swapped places with Alexander Rossi for this weekend, was just over a second adrift of Manor team-mate Will Stevens in 20th and last.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m43.754s 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m43.895s 0.141s 32
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m44.500s 0.746s 27
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m44.702s 0.948s 23
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m44.742s 0.988s 23
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m44.751s 0.997s 22
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m44.893s 1.139s 26
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m44.934s 1.180s 27
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m45.314s 1.560s 29
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m45.433s 1.679s 20
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m45.603s 1.849s 22
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m45.718s 1.964s 32
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m45.773s 2.019s 15
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m45.865s 2.111s 20
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.115s 2.361s 20
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m46.220s 2.466s 21
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.407s 2.653s 29
18 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m46.501s 2.747s 9
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m48.836s 5.082s 19
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m49.888s 6.134s 20

Da Autosport.com


GP Abu Dhabi, conferenza stampa giovedì – 26/11/2015


First of all then, a question to you all: how would you sum up your year and what was your favourite moment?

Kimi?

Kimi Raikkonen: Pretty average, I must say. Better than last year but still far away from what it should be. But there’s life and next year we’ll try again.

Q: Finally, Kimi, both your team principal Maurizio Arrivabene and team-mate Sebastian Vettel have said the target for next season is to challenge Mercedes for the championship. How do you analyse the progress this year towards that – and do you think it’s achievable?

KR: Obviously this year has been a lot stronger year from the team than previous year and you can easily see it from whichever way you look at it and it all comes to next year. Obviously that’s the aim: the aim is always to try to be in the front and Mercedes has always been very strong last years and everybody else tries to beat them. Is it going to happen? Are we going to be in a position next year? We hope so at least. We have to wait until we put the cars on the circuit in a test and the first few races – then we really see where we are. Obviously there’s a lot of work being done at the factory, number and stuff but it’s never the same until we’re really on the circuit. Then we can see it pretty well, or feel it quite quickly, after a few laps, if it’s going to a good one or not so good one. I’m sure we’re going to have a strong package – but is it strong enough? Time will only tell.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, Bahrain, P2 was your best result for two years. Has it been also been also the best weekend for you during this times at Ferrari lately?

KR: The end result was probably best but it doesn’t meant that we are somehow better than other weekends. The end result, it just looks good. But it’s not been the easiest few years but that’s how it goes, y’know? We improved a lot from last year but we’re still not happy and when I don’t finish five races it’s quite a big… many races out of how many we’ve done so far this year. You don’t expect to be very high up and fighting for a lot. So, we have to improve and I’m sure we can still improve it and next year is a new challenge. Let’s see. I’m sure we can do better.

Q: (Wafa Suqqar – beinsports) Kimi, after the second round in Malaysia, Ferrari fans feeling better that maybe this year will be different. What Ferrari can promise the fans about 2016?

KR: Like I said before, we’re going to give our best and hopefully it’s enough to fight for championships. We keep improving, following our own way of doing the things that we’ve done from last year to this year and hopefully then it’s enough to be where we want to be as Ferrari. So, we can promise a lot of things. Is it going to happen? Who knows? I really hope for all the guys there in Ferrari that we will come back strong – or stronger next year than this year – but there’s no point to make big promises. We’re going to do our best and then we’ll see.

Q: (Walter Koster – Saarbrucker Zeitung) Gentlemen, last year Sochi, this year Mexico, next year Baku in Azerbaijan; three new tracks in three years. Are you looking forward to new tracks or do you regret not returning to the eliminated tracks in the past like Imola, Magny Cours, Istanbul Park or Valencia? This is for the four drivers who know these tracks.

KR: It’s always the new places that are quite similar, designed by the same guy, so I’m not saying that they’re not good but they are more the same. I enjoy the older, traditional circuits. You maybe didn’t like Magny Cours, I liked it, not many people, quiet, easy. It was one of the best places to go! I liked the older, they looked a bit nicer, a more normal feeling than when we come here and everything is put – in this case – in a more desert area. I prefer there, it’s easier for people to go to – for us. We go wherever the race is. The weekend itself doesn’t change. We have the same people as here, the timetable is more or less (the same) and the same things happen.

Da Formula1.com


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