British GP: Lewis Hamilton takes hard-fought home Formula 1 win
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the third time with a battling drive to victory in a rain-hit race Silverstone Formula 1 race initially led by Williams.
Mercedes’ F1 champion recovered from a poor getaway, in which he dropped from pole position to third, and then drove confidently when rain fell in the second-half of the race before timing his switch to the intermediate tyre well.
Nico Rosberg finished second, the German able to pass both Valtteri Bottas and then Felipe Massa, who struggled in the wet conditions after leading the first stint for Williams, to limit the loss to Hamilton in the championship, with the gap now 17 points.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel benefited from an early switch to the intermediates to leapfrog both Williams as the rain intensified to finish third.
Massa made an explosive start from third on the grid, slicing through the middle of the slow-starting Mercedes to take the lead into Abbey, with Bottas slotting into second ahead of Hamilton and Rosberg.
Hamilton reclaimed second with a pass on Bottas into Village, but the race was then neutralised when the safety car was called into action following collisions in the midfield.
The Lotus of Romain Grosjean appeared to tangle with the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, which speared the Frenchman into his team-mate Pastor Maldonado, putting both out of the race.
That incident caused a secondary accident behind with Fernando Alonso taking avoiding action and hitting his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, which put the Briton out of the race and left Alonso needing to pit for a new nose.
At the restart, Hamilton launched an attack on Massa into Club, but ran wide as the Williams defended the lead.
That opened the door for Bottas to nip in and take second, with Hamilton having to fend off Rosberg.
Bottas closed on Massa and while the team initially told both drivers to work together, it then allowed Bottas to attack but the Finn could not find a way through.
Hamilton was the first to pit, crucially rejoining in front of the longer-running Force India of Sergio Perez, with Massa and Rosberg pitting together the next time around.
Massa exited his pitbox alongside Rosberg and kept his nose in front on the exit but by then, Hamilton had gone through.
Bottas then pitted and rejoined between Massa and Rosberg, meaning Hamilton inherited the lead, the Briton leading for the 18th race in succession to break Sir Jackie Stewart’s 45-year-old record.
The rain added a further headache later, but gave Rosberg a chance to fight pass both Bottas and Massa before closing on Hamilton.
The leader then timed his switch to intermediates perfectly and re-established a gap over Rosberg, who came in one lap later and had to settle for second.
Williams’s race unravelled when the rain came, with Massa and Bottas struggling for pace and ending up fourth and fifth, jumped by Vettel as Ferrari made an earlier dive for intermediates and then pulled clear.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat was sixth and nearly caught Bottas at the end.
Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez ensured Force India’s B-spec car had a double-points haul on its debut by finishing seventh and ninth respectively, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen splitting the duo, the Finn losing ground by taking intermediates too soon.
Alonso, who was one of several cars who pitted for intermediate tyres early, scored his first point of the season – after four successive retirements – with 10th.
It was a disastrous race for Toro Rosso, which had showed such strong pace early in the weekend.
Max Verstappen’s weekend ended in the gravel when he spun off on cold tyres after the early safety car came in.
Carlos Sainz Jr was running ninth when he stopped out on track at the final corner, banging the steering wheel in disbelief, with the virtual safety car being called into action briefly as a result.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, who ran in the points for much of the race, struggled in the wet conditions and dropped to 11th with Manor’s Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens – who required a late nose change after an off in the wet – the last of the finishers in 12th and 13th respectively.
Ricciardo retired his Red Bul before the halfway point with what he suspected was an electrical problem.
Felipe Nasr did not make the start after the Sauber driver stopped on one of his reconnaissance laps on the way to the grid. The team was unable to fix his problem in time.
RESULTS – 52 LAPS:
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m03.955s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.744s|
|8||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||1 Lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|11||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|12||Roberto Merhi||Marussia/Ferrari||3 Laps|
|13||Will Stevens||Marussia/Ferrari||3 Laps|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Retirement|
|–||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||Retirement|
|–||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||Spun off|
|–||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||Not started|
British Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari isn’t falling back
Kimi Raikkonen has dismissed suggestions Ferrari is falling back in Formula 1’s competitive order after being outperformed by Mercedes and Williams in British Grand Prix qualifying.
Ferrari lost out in the battle to be best of the rest behind Mercedes at Silverstone, with Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel ending up on the third row behind Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
When asked if Saturday’s performance showed Ferrari is losing ground, Raikkonen said: "I don’t think so – I don’t see that we are sliding back.
"Every race is different. We didn’t get exactly what we wanted today, but in these windy conditions we know it’s not easy for us.
"But it’s not like a disaster. There’s no point to talk about if we are sliding back."
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene hinted last time out in Austria that Pirelli’s tyre compound selection for Silverstone would hurt his team, and Raikkonen believes that is one of the factors behind its performance this weekend.
"It depends on the conditions, the circuit layout, and which tyres are used," said the Finn.
"It wasn’t an ideal day for us but I don’t expect this to suddenly be the true story.
"It’s not something to worry about like it’s going to go on all year, but we can see that we have big work to do."
Vettel accepted Ferrari does not appear to have enough pace this weekend, and he expects the Mercedes-powered Williams cars to be tough to battle with in the race.
"We were simply not quick enough," he said. "We didn’t extract the best out of our car.
"We know it’s difficult to pass a Williams on track – they are very fast on the straights.
"We’ve had races where we were quicker but we’ve been desperate to pass.
"They are not the best cars to have in front, but hopefully we can have a good opening lap and turn it around."
Raikkonen also played down the significance of defeating Vettel in a straight fight in qualifying for the first time this year.
"I’ve always said it doesn’t make me any happier – I don’t care if he’s in front of me when we are in these positions," said Raikkonen.
"Yes, it makes a difference if you are P1 and P2, but it doesn’t make me happy to be in front of him in the positions we are.
"Maybe people look at it differently but it doesn’t matter."
Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: Qualifying a true reflection of Ferrari form
With media speculation about his Ferrari future swirling once more, Kimi Raikkonen has looked on the ascendant at Silverstone this weekend, out-qualifying team mate Sebastian Vettel fair and square. The bad news for Sunday’s race is that as well as the leading Mercedes, Raikkonen also has two Williams ahead of him on the grid…
Q: Kimi, would you say that it was good weekend so far? At least from the outside it has looked pretty smooth…
Kimi Raikkonen: No, not really. There were many things that we were running through and today, for example, there was one lap that was super and then the next lap was cr*p. So we had to get our game together at some point. In Q3 finally I was able to put all the sectors together – and it was okay. We did our best.
Q: Were there higher expectations after Q1 when you were quickest?
KR: No, because we ended up on the grid pretty much where we thought that we are. We keep our expectations realistic. And Q1 is never decisive, as we are all know, so to think that this could be the grid position would have been pretty blue eyed. And we are very down to earth with our expectations.
Q: You got one lap in Q2 deleted. Was there a misunderstanding on your side as to what was allowed in terms of track limits?
KR: No, not at all. We have to analyse what happened and see that we do not run into the same issues again. But it was no big drama.
Q: From what we’ve seen lately – including today – would you say that Ferrari are moving backwards in terms of relative performance?
KR: No, I definitely don’t think so. But every track produces different racing conditions – it is nothing more than that. Our car likes certain conditions and if these conditions are not there – just like the relatively windy conditions here – then we are struggling probably a bit more. Maybe you could say that we haven’t been too happy today, but tomorrow is the race and things can change pretty rapidly.
Q: What do you expect in terms of race pace compared to the Williams? They’ve shown that they will be a factor to consider this weekend…
KR: I have not looked at what they’ve done in qualifying. I was basically focusing on myself. But from my position I think it should be possible to gain some positions. But that is something that will – if at all – happen tomorrow! (laughs)
Q: It is the first time that you have outperformed Sebastian Vettel in qualifying in a situation where he didn’t have a problem. Are you dealing better with the fast corners – or what do you put it down to?
KR: Well, starting one position better than Seb doesn’t make my any happier. I don’t care whether it is fifth or sixth, this doesn’t have any impact on me. Yes, if it were first or second – that is something different. But fifth or sixth – no. That just shows that we have to work on the gap!
Q: The gap to the Mercedes is still somewhat significant for a team that wants to fight for wins. Are there any updates in the pipeline that will help you get closer?
KR: There are always bits and pieces that are new on the car at every race. Other than that I will not go into detail. We know that we have things to improve – and Ferrari was never a team that ‘forgets’ to develop. We have a clear goal and that is to fight for the championship. We know that it will not be this year, but everything that we learn and do this season will help us be more competitive in 2016. I have no worries that we will get there and improve to the point where we can challenge them.
The harder the rubber, the harder it gets
Kimi ‘struggles a bit’ with the Prime tyre
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we tried to do the maximum in the practice and it looks good, but it’s only Friday. It was not an easy day, anyway we learned something. We still have to improve and try to make it a bit more straightforward. We have no idea what the others were doing in the long run, we were focused on our session. The medium compound seems to be pretty ok, while the hard one is more difficult. For some reason I struggled a bit with that, but I don’t know if it was down to that set in particular or if the compound itself is more tricky here.”
Sebastian Vettel hopes Ferrari keeps Kimi Raikkonen for F1 2016
Sebastian Vettel has no doubt Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen "knows what he’s doing" and hopes Ferrari keeps the 2007 Formula 1 world champion next year.
The Finn’s lap-one crash in the Austrian Grand Prix last time out has only added fuel to speculation he will be replaced for next season, with Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg all touted as suitors for his seat.
Four-time F1 champion Vettel vehemently backed his team-mate and referenced the Finn’s famous radio remarks from his 2012 Abu Dhabi GP victory with Lotus.
Asked whether he would advise Raikkonen during his ‘negative period’, Vettel replied: "We all have races in which we have crashed before, so I don’t think you need to call it that.
"If you look at the way Formula 1 is you have two or three races where you don’t get a result and people call it a negative period.
"I had the same last year [with Red Bull] where a lot of things didn’t come together for me for many different reasons and it was called a negative period.
"In the end Kimi is a champion and he knows what he’s doing – he has said this before over the team radio…
"I don’t need to give him any advice or talk to him."
While Vettel concedes he has no say over who should be his team-mate, he has made it clear to team principal Maurizio Arrivabene Raikkonen should stay.
"I’ve said many times I’m very happy with Kimi because since day one when I got to know him he’s always been very straight, he hasn’t changed," added Vettel.
"Becoming world champion in 2007 didn’t change him; all his years in Formula 1 haven’t changed him.
"It’s been good for Formula 1 to have him back, he’s straightforward, there’s no bullshit, which are qualities I really enjoy.
"Seeing him as my team-mate it’s been the first time I’ve been able to compare what he does on track.
"We’ve been very close to one another, with corners where I have the upper hand and corners where he has the upper hand.
"It’s a good challenge, but there is also a lot I can learn from him as he has a different approach to things.
"I know we have this season left, and I don’t know what the contract for next year entails, but it would be nice to have him on the team for next year."
FERRARI’S ALTERNATIVES ON THEIR CHANCES
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams’s Valtteri Bottas are tipped as the main contenders should Ferrari drop Raikkonen.
Ricciardo and Hulkenberg were both quizzed on their 2016 Ferrari prospects at Silverstone on Thursday.
Hulkenberg on Ferrari rumours: "That’s usual. You do two good races and that’s what happens.
"You check the market, check the options as to what could become available, of course. It would be silly not to do so.
"The most important thing for me is to keep performing, to reach my maximum every weekend.
"Other things will fall into place, but t’s not fully in my hands. Other things and factors play into it."
Ricciardo: "I don’t even know where the rumour started, actually. It’s really exploded. It’s a bit of a laugh.
"There’s not much more to say, to be honest. It’s nice to be regarded by a top team like that.
"Obviously I’m with a top team, but to know that there’s interest and support from other teams is nice.
"Ferrari’s the only top team now with potentially a seat open, so I guess that’s why my name and a few others have been mentioned.
"We’ll see what happens next year, it will be nice to see someone stop Mercedes’ dominance."
Ferrari F1 pressure affecting Kimi Raikkonen, says Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa reckons Formula 1 rival Kimi Raikkonen is struggling to deal with the pressure of driving for Ferrari, following a recent run of bad grands prix.
Raikkonen has had a tough start to the 2015 F1 season in the improved SF15-T, qualifying behind new team-mate Sebastian Vettel for seven of the eight races held so far and trailing him by 48 points in the championship.
There has also been speculation about the Finn’s future in F1, following two particularly difficult races in Canada and Austria, where Raikkonen spun away a podium in Montreal and then crashed out on the first lap at the Red Bull Ring after being eliminated in Q1.
Williams driver Massa, who was replaced by Raikkonen at Ferrari after the 2013 season and was his team-mate there from 2007-09, said his rival’s difficulties were down to negative pressure affecting his mentality.
"Definitely, he’s suffering more with the pressure than other things," said Massa, when asked by AUTOSPORT about Raikkonen’s current predicament.
"Like everybody says, ‘the Iceman’, he’s not really like that.
"For sure, he can suffer as well with the pressure and he’s shown that in some results.
"So he just needs to relax and do his best, because he’s definitely a big talent and can do a lot better than what he’s doing."
Massa said the expectation of driving for a team as big as Ferrari makes the pressure even more difficult to deal with when results are not going your way.
"Ferrari is a big company, so every day you are in the media, for good or for bad," he added.
"Sometimes this is not helping the driver.
"Sometimes this is not helping even the team to control the driver in the best way as well.
"But definitely we know that Ferrari is one of the biggest teams – it’s the [most] famous team in Formula 1, so definitely you have a lot more pressure than maybe in another team."
Kimi, coming to you, the GPDA fans’ survey revealed that you are the most popular Formula One driver it would seem, amongst those polled. What’s your reaction to that?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: I think it’s a good thing. I would rather take the fans than not having them. Obviously, some people… maybe I was lucky that they were ones that answered the survey, but I’m happy to have fans and obviously that’s a good thing.
What do you think it is about your character that appeals to them?
KR: You’d have to go and ask them who voted, so…
There’s a few too many to do that I think. The team is telling us that retaining your seat for next season is in your hands, do you feel you are on the right track to meet their targets.
KR: I don’t know. Obviously they’ll make the decision. We try to do good races. Obviously the last race was a bit difficult but that’s part of the game, sometimes you have that. Who knows: I don’t know anything more than you guys, so I will know hopefully at some point what will happen. There are always speculations to start off the year and it’s always the same stories. It doesn’t really surprise me a lot so let’s see what happens.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, accident here last year, accident in last race in Austria, how difficult is it for you to come to this weekend?
KR: It’s a new race, different weekend. It doesn’t matter if you have an accident. It was obviously bad for our race but that’s part of the game. It doesn’t change this weekend at all. I’ve had accidents before and probably will in the future, you pay the price when things do wrong.
Q: (Mike Doodson – Grand Prix Plus) A question for Jenson and Kimi. Last weekend we had Formula E racing in London, there were a few good, old F1 names among the drivers. Did either of you see the race and would you seriously consider switching to electric racing after Formula One?
KR: yeah, actually I saw it. I saw the race and I’m not so interested in the future in some point to race them. It’s… I mean they’ve done well to go in the places that they race – I think it’s nice for people but, I mean, for me, unfortunately… we always talk here: it doesn’t go fast; it doesn’t look spectacular. They are… in my view they are pretty slow. The concept is probably nice in the future. Right now, yes, they get the good racing out of it but it doesn’t really… it’s something that doesn’t really excite me really – but obviously I’m happy for them to make such a good race series out of it.
Q: (Daan de Geus – NU.NL) Kimi, you let it be known earlier in the season that you were quite happy about the 2015 Ferrari and the way it handles and it fits your driving style. Ferrari have obviously been updating the car and made some changes to it. Do you still like the way it handles and the way it suits your way of driving?
KR: I don’t see why I wouldn’t suddenly like it; because I’ve had an accident doesn’t change anything. I’ve had accidents sometimes, like I said, it’s part of the game. We improved the car and it’s still a great car, obviously probably not fast enough to challenge Mercedes all the time but it’s a very good car and it’s a massive improvement from last year. Things go wrong sometimes but it doesn’t mean that you suddenly hate the car or you don’t like things. It’s just a part of the game. Like I said, it’s a good package and obviously we want to improve it and make it faster. Things could always be better. Even if you’re in a winning car you’re always wanting more out of it. Like I said, we’ve come such a long way from last year which people always forget. We’re still a work in progress to improve things.
Arrivabene: “Futuro di Raikkonen in Ferrari? Non è giusto decidere adesso”
Dal futuro di Raikkonen a quello di Monza, dalle prospettive stagionali della Ferrari al confronto iridato con la Mercedes. Anche di questo ha parlato ieri Maurizio Arrivabene, il team principal del Cavallino, intervenuto a Expo Milano 2015 in occasione di una giornata dedicata al “Sistema Brescia”.
Kimi Raikkonen da un lato, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo e molti altri nomi dall’altro. Ovvero, il presente e futuro della Ferrari. Quanto “futuro”, però, è ancora tutto da stabilire. A enfatizzare le difficoltà di Raikkonen, le positive prove di inizio stagione, il confronto con Vettel – soprattutto in qualifica – e i due episodi che lo hanno visto protagonista negativo in Canada e Austria. La Ferrari ha dalla sua l’opzione per prolungare il contratto anche nel 2016, ma ago della bilancia del destino dell’iridato 2007 sarà lo stesso finlandese. “Sergio Marchionne è stato chiaro e pure io“, riporta il Corriere dello Sport. “Deve ancora fare undici gare e possibilmente un altro campionato. Parlare di queste cose e aumentare la pressione, non gli giova. Questo non è il momento per attribuirgli una grossa responsabilità. Ha detto bene il presidente in Austria: il suo destino è nelle sue mani. Io non ho cambiato idea e la penso alla stessa maniera di quando è tornato qui: Kimi deve lavorare per dimostrare di valere una Ferrari. Quando mi sono arrabbiato con lui, l’ho fatto con estrema durezza e quando c’è stato da fargli i complimenti glieli ho fatti. Detto questo, una Ferrari bisogna meritarsela a ogni gran premio. Lui sta facendo di tutto per mostrare quanto vale, poi vedremo se sarà abbastanza, ma ripeto il suo futuro è nelle sue mani e ha ancora undici gare per far bene. Decidere il futuro di un pilota dopo otto gare o preoccuparsi adesso, non è giusto: so quali sono i nostri obiettivi e quali sono i suoi. Quando sarà il momento e quando verrà presa una decisione, lui e tutti gli altri sapranno”.
Detto di Kimi, il 58enne manager bresciano ha dedicato poche ma significative parole ai tanti piloti accostati in questi mesi alla Rossa. Da Bottas: “Se vi facessi l’elenco dei piloti che mi hanno telefonato dall’inizio dell’anno… Bottas è uno dei tanti. La Ferrari è l’auto che tutti sognano, ma ci sono solo due posti e sono occupati“. A Ricciardo: “Vale il discorso degli altri. Ma a me personalmente non ha mai telefonato. Forse non ha il mio numero“
Porte chiuse anche ad Antonio Fuoco: “Ha il tempo dalla sua, per il momento ha avuto il gran privilegio di guidare la Ferrari, facendo un buon lavoro, considerando anche le condizioni atmosferiche. Ma non facciamo come con Kimi l’errore di spingere e mettere pressione, facciamolo lavorare in pace“.
Al momento attuale, comunque, Raikkonen o Vettel, la Ferrari non è in grado di mettersi dietro le Mercedes. L’inaspettata vittoria della Malesia ha scatenato entusiasmi e aspettative, ma il motto 2015 “piedi per terra, testa bassa e lavorare” è restato quanto mai di attualità. Inutile, per ora, volare alto: “Le corse sono strane, la F1 è strana e in Ferrari succedono cose ancora più strane perché generalmente ti vengono attribuite frasi che non dici o aspettative delle quali non hai mai parlato“, riporta ancora il Corriere dello Sport. “Fin dall’inizio dell’anno ho sottolineato che il nostro obiettivo era fare due vittorie, che se ne avremmo fatte tre sarebbe stato ancora ancora meglio, mentre raggiungere quota quattro sarebbe stato un miracolo. Probabilmente abbiamo vinto troppo presto e si sono create delle aspettative pazzesche, ma la strada è ancora lunga da fare. Certe pressioni mettono fretta e la fretta non è una buona compagnia di viaggio per chi deve lavorare sui dettagli come noi. Faremo il possibile per finire sul podio sempre e approfittare delle occasioni. Degli incidenti di percorso però possono capitare, ma è importante sapere che siamo lì. Non ancora dove vorremmo essere, ma vicini“.
“Credo che sia più realistico pensare di prenderli l’anno prossimo o comunque di fare un campionato più competitivo l’anno prossimo. Dicendo così magari deluderò qualcuno, ma questo è l’obiettivo che ci siamo dati a inizio anno. Ora pensiamo a lavorare con determinazione evitando errori clamorosi come è successo in Austria: per cercare la prestazione a volte si trascurano dei dettagli che diventano fondamentali“.
Kimi e il mistero dell’opzione Rossa
Avevo in mente di scrivere un post intitolato ‘Kimi e il mistero dell’opzione Rossa’.
Ma poi ho pensato che vi sareste annoiati.
Nel contratto che lega Raikkonen alla Ferrari fino alla fine del corrente anno, è prevista una clausola.
Tale clausola concede alla Scuderia di esercitare, entro una certa data, l’opzione per prolungare l’intesa a tutto il 2016.
Eppure, conoscere la scadenza, in stile mozzarella o yogurt, non è importante.
Sembra un paradosso, eh?
Ma è stato proprio Kimi a togliere significato alla data dichiarando, in epoca non sospetta, di non aver interesse per altre macchine, diverse dalla Ferrari.
Si intende che è liberissimo di ripensarci, per carità.
Ora, i raikkoniani irriducibili si chiedono: ma perchè la Ferrari non ha fatto scattare l’opzione dopo il Bahrain, quando eravamo nel regno del latte e del miele?
Viceversa gli anti replicano: invece Arrivabene ha fatto benissimo a prendere tempo, alla luce dei risultati più recenti.
La mia opinione in merito è nota.
Uno. Non esiste alcun complotto. L’idea che a un certo punto a Maranello qualcuno si sia messo a remare contro Kimi è una barzelletta.
Due. Non sono d’accordo con chi sostiene, pensando di difendere la causa del mio idolo finnico: ah, poverino, gli hanno tolto serenità lasciandolo in mezzo al guado, sprovvisto di certezze e bla bla bla. Insomma, su, mica parliamo di un minorenne! Kimi è un uomo intelligente e maturo, possiede tutta l’esperienza per valutare la situazione. Gli si fa un torto trattandolo come un bambinone che ha bisogno delle coccole.
Tre. Poichè stiamo ragionando sull’avvenire di un pilota che attualmente è quarto in classifica nel mondiale, di fatto con due gare in meno non esattamente e non interamente sprecate per esclusiva colpa sua, io non vedo urgenze e nemmeno disastri. Un altro driver al posto di Raikkonen sarebbe al massimo quarto in classifica.
Quattro. Riprendere Alonso non si può. Prendere Ricciardo non si può, sarebbe un torto a Seb. Allora, non è che cambiare Raikkonen sia un errore. Semplicemente, è inutile: il problema Ferrari, rispetto alla Mercedes, non è chi guida la macchina, bensì la macchina.
Cinque. Infine, io che ero e rimango un ferrarista di rito raikkoniano, non mi strapperò i capelli se Marchionne, sentito Arrivabene, decidesse di puntare su un pilota con dieci anni in meno o giù (anche più giù) di lì. Ci può stare. A patto appunto di sapere che le chances iridate della Rossa, nel 2016, non aumenteranno, per effetto dell’operazione, di una virgola. Tutto qua.
Ps. E meno male che dovevo scrivere un altro post, ehm ehm.
Scuderia Ferrari at Goodwood
Kimi: “good to get youngsters close to the sport”
Goodwood, 26June – Kimi Raikkonen has spent a very busy day at a venue that is dear to all car lovers. The Finn first stopped off at a Shell service station, carrying out some promotional activities for the Scuderia Ferrari sponsor. Then he headed to Goodwood, where he tackled the famous hillclimb at the wheel of an F10. Kimi also took time to greet the many fans attending the event, as well as Prancing Horse owners.“It’s the second time I’ve come to Goodwood and I reckon it’s a very nice event, always well organised. I met a lot of youngsters this time and it’s definitely a good thing to get them closer to the sport,” commented Kimi as he saluted the fans before leaving.