Abu Dhabi F1 test: Sebastian Vettel fastest for Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in Formula 1’s post-season Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as Kimi Raikkonen’s Sauber reunion day ended with an on-track stoppage.
Vettel, who had caused a brief red flag with a minor crash at Turn 1 in the morning, overhauled morning pacesetter Valtteri Bottas early in the afternoon to end the nine hours of running with a best time of 1m36.812s on the 2018 version of the hypersoft tyres.
Bottas’s early benchmark of 1m37.231s was enough to remain second-fastest. He had used what Pirelli labelled as ‘compound 5’ – the softest of the 2019 types on offer.
Raikkonen’s late stoppage ended a productive first day with Sauber since 2001 prematurely.
The 2007 world champion came to a halt inside the final hour when an unknown technical problem caused his Sauber to stop on track after he had completed 102 laps, and the recovery time meant the session was extended by 15 minutes.
Lance Stroll used 2018 hypersofts to jump to third for Racing Point Force India once the session resumed, having made his debut for the team he has not yet been announced as a 2019 race driver for.
In the final hour Stroll set a 1m37.909s that edged him ahead of both Max Verstappen, who did not improve from his early time on current ultrasofts, and Force India’s morning driver Sergio Perez.
Lando Norris jumped to sixth in the afternoon for McLaren, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.
The Renault driver was back behind the wheel fewer than 48 hours after barrel-rolling out of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Both Perez and Norris set their times on ‘compound 5’, with Hulkenberg running 2018 hypersofts.
F1 test debutant Pietro Fittipaldi caused a red flag early in the day when his Haas stopped on track, and it was several hours before he rejoined as the team changed his Ferrari engine.
Fittipaldi made a series of improvements when he hit the track again just before the final hour and – after an interruption because of a red flag caused by Raikkonen – hauled himself to eighth.
Robert Kubica took over from 2019 Williams team-mate George Russell for the afternoon and bested the Formula 2 champion’s time by three tenths to finish ninth.
Various improvements shuffled Raikkonen back to 11th, ahead of only Toro Rosso’s Sean Gelael.
The test will conclude on Wednesday as teams get their final chance to evaluate Pirelli’s 2019 compounds and compare them with the ’18 versions.
No information is held back at this test, unlike blind tyre comparisons that take place at tests during the compound development phase, and set-up changes are open.
On Wednesday Charles Leclerc will drive for Ferrari for the first time since being confirmed as a 2019 race driver, as will Pierre Gasly for Red Bull and Carlos Sainz Jr for McLaren.
Daniil Kvyat will also make his Toro Rosso track return on the second day.
Tuesday test times
|3||Lance Stroll||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.415s||0.603s||56|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.947s||1.135s||133|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.976s||1.164s||67|
|12||Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m40.435s||3.623s||150|
Expected Wednesday test line-up
Mercedes: Valtteri Bottas
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc
Red Bull: Pierre Gasly
Renault: Artem Markelov
Haas: Louis Deletraz
Force India: Lance Stroll
McLaren: Carlos Sainz Jr
Sauber: Antonio Giovinazzi
Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat
Williams: Robert Kubica/George Russell
Kimi Raikkonen has first Sauber F1 run since 2001 in Pirelli test
Kimi Raikkonen has returned to the wheel of a Sauber Formula 1 car for the first time in 17 years.
The Finn will race for the Swiss team in 2019 after ending his second spell with Ferrari this season.
Raikkonen, reunited with the team he made his F1 debut with in 2001, is getting his first experience of Sauber’s current set-up in this week’s Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi.
He is driving Sauber’s C37 on Tuesday and completed a first installation lap as soon as the test started at 9am local time.
Raikkonen, who is not wearing Sauber team gear, quickly returned to the track and completed 10 laps by the end of the first hour.
He has an unbranded race suit and a black-and-white, simplified crash helmet design like he used at Lotus in 2012.
After three hours of running Raikkonen was ninth-fastest of the 10 drivers who appeared on the first morning of the test and had covered 30 laps.
He had improved to a 1m41.371s shortly before the end of the third hour to lift himself above 10th-placed Pietro Fittipaldi, who caused a red flag when his Haas stopped on track with a suspected engine problem.
The 2007 world champion is not the only driver getting experience of his 2019 team early.
Formula 2 champion George Russell has appeared with Williams for the first time ahead of his graduation with the team next year.
Russell’s F2 rival Lando Norris is at the wheel of the McLaren again.
Fittipaldi is making his F1 testing debut with Haas. The grandson of two-time world champion Emerson has landed a development role with the American team for 2019.
Also driving in the test on Tuesday are Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Sergio Perez (Force India), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Sean Gelael (Toro Rosso).
Other drivers set to appear on Wednesday include Pierre Gasly (Red Bull), Antonio Giovinazzi (Sauber) and Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren).
New Toro Rosso 2019 recruit Alexander Albon is not scheduled to drive at all.
Lewis Hamilton wins 2018 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton ended his title-winning Formula 1 season by dominating the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which featured a dramatic first-lap crash for Nico Hulkenberg.
Hamilton ran the longest second stint of any driver after pitting under an early virtual safety car period, but he remained comfortably clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to the end.
Max Verstappen overcame an early engine scare and resisted his charging Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and deny the Australian a podium on his final race for the team before switching to Renault next season.
Hamilton held his advantage from pole but the race was neutralised after only half a lap thanks to Hulkenberg’s accident.
The Renault driver attacked Romain Grosjean into Turn 9, the left-hander at the end of the first long back straight, but Grosjean hung on around the outside as he was forced to the edge of the track.
Hulkenberg turned in to the apex of the right-hander that immediately follows and was hit Grosjean’s front-left, which pitched the Renault into a barrel roll.
It came to a rest upside down against the outside barrier, briefly caught fire, and the unhurt Hulkenberg had to wait for trackside staff to arrive and reposition the car before he could extract himself.
Hamilton nailed the restart at the end of the fourth lap to lead team-mate Valtteri Bottas by more than a second over the line.
The leader stopped early, on lap seven of 55, when Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari switched off exiting the final corner and stopped on the start-finish line, sparking a virtual safety car.
Bottas and Vettel stayed out, with only Charles Leclerc – running a stunning fourth after jumping both Red Bulls on the opening lap and passing Raikkonen’s ailing Ferrari – and seventh-place man Romain Grosjean following Hamilton into the pits.
Bottas, Vettel and Ricciardo extended their stint on ultrasofts and Verstappen tried to make his hypersofts last as long as possible.
Ricciardo and Verstappen were given engine warnings early on by Red Bull but these passed and were traced to "unexpected power unit protection", suggesting a failsafe had briefly been erroneously activated.
Bottas pitted nine laps after Hamilton and rejoined nine seconds adrift, and although Hamilton complained about his tyres the Briton maintained a relatively comfortable gap.
Hamilton was still six seconds or so clear of Bottas when his team-mate lost his grip on second place thanks to some problems under braking.
A lock up at Turn 5 and then the end of the first long back straight allowed Vettel to steal second on lap 35, and then three laps later a smaller mistake at the same place let Verstappen get a run on Bottas down the second back straight and pass him – with a bit of wheel bumping – through the little chicane that follows.
One lap later Bottas lost another place to Ricciardo, who had led for a while thanks to extending his first stint to lap 33, and Mercedes decided to pit Bottas for fresh tyres after spotting a possible problem after the Verstappen contact.
Though Bottas’s troubles freed up Vettel to attack Hamilton, and hack the gap down to 2.5s at the flag, he never got close enough to trouble the leader.
Victory was Hamilton’s 11th of the season, matching his best-ever haul from a single campaign.
By keeping Ricciardo at bay for third, Verstappen was able to nick ahead of Bottas for fourth in the drivers’ championship.
Bottas finished his winless season with a distant fifth, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr.
Sainz ended his time with Renault with a best-of-the-rest victory earned by virtue of a long first stint, that allowed him to overhaul Leclerc’s Sauber.
Leclerc had to survive pressure from Racing Point Force India driver Sergio Perez to hold onto seventh, while Haas duo Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10.
Fernando Alonso finished just outside the top 10 on his likely final F1 appearance, despite picking up two five-second penalties late on for a track limits offence when he cut the chicane at the end of the first backstraight.
Three drivers joined Hulkenberg and Raikkonen in not making it to the finish.
Marcus Ericsson’s stint with Sauber ended in retirement after running in the points early on, before Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly retired within two laps of each other with smoke coming from their respective cars.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||55||12.706s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||55||15.379s|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||55||1m31.275s|
|9||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||54||1 Lap|
|10||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||54||1 Lap|
|11||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Renault||54||1 Lap|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||54||1 Lap|
|13||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||54||1 Lap|
|14||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Renault||54||1 Lap|
|15||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams/Mercedes||54||1 Lap|
|–||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||46||Oil leak|
|–||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||44||Oil leak|
E’ chiaro che sono un po’ deluso, non è così che avrei voluto che finisse la nostra ultima gara insieme. Volevamo un buon risultato e penso che avessimo la macchina giusta per farlo. Purtroppo abbiamo avuto un problema elettrico: nel rettilineo opposto ai box ho sentito che mancava potenza e poi si è spento tutto. E’ un peccato, ma è così che vanno le corse a volte. E’ stata una stagione più che discreta, ma i quattro ritiri non erano previsti e non hanno certo aiutato; volevamo di più, questo è certo. Vorrei ringraziare tutti i tifosi della Ferrari che mi hanno sempre dato un grande sostegno. Assieme abbiamo vissuto momenti belli e brutti, e questo rende le cose anche più interessanti. Avremmo voluto finire meglio ma anche questo fa parte dello sport. Conserveremo per sempre il ricordo del mondiale Piloti e dei due titoli Costruttori vinti assieme.
Lewis Hamilton takes Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 pole position
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Formula 1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was fastest on both runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout to take pole by 0.162s from team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Although Bottas had a slight advantage in the middle sector and was up on his team-mate at the start of the final part of the lap, Hamilton was quicker in the first and third sectors to take his 11th pole of the year.
Sebastian Vettel couldn’t improve by enough on his last run thanks to losing time in the final sector and admitted there was maybe half-a-tenth missing, which would not have been enough to get onto the front row.
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen – who picked up a reprimand in FP3 for returning to the track after committing to the pit entry – jumped Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo for fourth place on the final runs despite the Australian setting a stunning pace in the final sector – fastest of anyone.
Max Verstappen was sixth fastest after abandoning his final run having complained about the tyres being too hot when he left the pits.
Five of the top six will start on ultrasofts having used that compound to set their times in Q2, the exception being Verstappen.
The Red Bull driver wasn’t quick enough on his ultrasoft run in Q2 and reported struggling for grip on turn-in, meaning he had to use hypersofts for his second run to ensure he reached Q3.
Romain Grosjean was best of the rest in seventh place, 0.045s faster than the Sauber of Charles Leclerc.
Racing Point Force India driver Esteban Ocon beat the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg to 10th, with the German failing to improve on his second run and slipping down from eighth place.
Carlos Sainz Jr failed to make Q3 after being relegated to 11th by Verstappen’s late improvement on hypersofts in Q2.
He was a tenth-and-a-half faster than Marcus Ericsson, who beat Haas driver Kevin Magnussen to 12th place.
Force India driver Sergio Perez was 14th fastest, two-tenths ahead of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso – who is making, for now, his swansong F1 appearance.
Toro Rosso pairing Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly were fastest of those eliminated in Q1 in 16th and 17th place.
They were shuffled back by improvements by Magnussen, Ericsson and Perez despite both improving on their final laps.
Hartley complained of a lack of entry stability compared, while Gasly suffered an engine problem at the end of his fastest qualifying lap and was ordered to stop on track after reporting smoke from the rear of the car.
Stoffel Vandoorne ended his final F1 qualifying session before heading to Formula E in 18th place, just ahead of Williams pairing Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll – the duo separated by less than half-a-tenth.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.401s||0.607s|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.589s||0.795s|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.540s||1.746s|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.541s||–|
|16||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m37.994s||–|
|17||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m38.166s||–|
Lewis Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi GP final F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Saturday’s practice session ahead of the final Formula 1 qualifying of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Mercedes driver Hamilton enjoyed a comfortable three-tenths of a second advantage over the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, with Sebastian Vettel third.
Ferrari had control of FP3 for most of the session as Raikkonen and then Vettel hit the top of the pile early on.
Vettel’s initial benchmark of 1m38.668s stood until the final 20 minutes of the session, when he lowered it significantly to 1m37.587s on new hypersoft tyres.
Hamilton then blitzed that with a 1m37.176s, before Raikkonen also edged ahead of Vettel by clocking a 1m37.464s.
Raikkonen has been summoned to the stewards for a bizarre pitlane entry incident in which he slowed almost to a stop and then crawled back across onto the track at the last minute.
The Ferrari driver had run wide at the penultimate corner, meaning he failed to get across to the pit entry line in time, and he eventually chose to bail out of trying to head down the pit lane.
Red Bull slipped back after showing strongly on Friday, although Max Verstappen outpaced the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.
Verstappen was just over half a second slower than Hamilton but he was ahead of Bottas by two tenths to take fourth.
Daniel Ricciardo completed the top six in the second Red Bull, which was the last car to lap within a second of Hamilton’s benchmark.
Ricciardo did not complete the session as he was forced to pull over at the exit of Turn 9, just at the beginning of the second of the two long back straights, with a few minutes to go.
A flurry of late flying laps mixed up the rest of the top 10.
Nico Hulkenberg rose to seventh-fastest with five minutes left, but neither Haas nor the Sauber of Charles Leclerc had completed their final qualifying simulation by that stage.
Romain Grosjean jumped to seventh with his effort, a 1m38.304s, but Leclerc – who spun early in the session and broke his rear wing backing his Sauber into the wall on the exit of Turn 19 – could only manage 11th and Magnussen 13th.
That allowed Carlos Sainz Jr and Esteban Ocon to complete the top 10.
Ocon spent most of the session in the garage after identifying a possible engine problem early on.
At the end of the session Grosjean and the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly were involved in a peculiar clash at Turn 17.
Gasly pulled alongside the Haas on the entry to the corner and gesticulated at his fellow Frenchman – who was not notified by his team that he needed to get out of the way of the Toro Rosso – just before the two cars made light contact.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.747s||0.571s||15|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.090s||0.914s||11|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.011s||1.835s||7|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m39.053s||1.877s||15|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m39.074s||1.898s||18|
|15||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m39.740s||2.564s||12|
Kimi Raikkonen gets green light for early test with Sauber F1 team
Sauber’s new Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen will drive the team’s 2018 car in post-season Pirelli testing in Abu Dhabi.
Raikkonen, who signed a two-year deal with Sauber earlier this year, had a seat fitting with the team in September.
Team principal Frederic Vasseur has now confirmed that the 2007 world champion will be permitted by his current Ferrari team to drive for Sauber during the November 27-28 test.
Sauber is yet to reveal its exact programme for the test, which will mark Raikkonen’s first laps back with the team he was a race driver for when he made his F1 debut in 2001.
Raikkonen’s 2019 team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi drove for Sauber again in Friday practice at Yas Marina and is expected to also be involved in the test.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will mark 39-year-old Raikkonen’s 151st and final start for Ferrari, for which he has competed across two different multi-year stints.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Raikkonen insisted he saw no reason to feel down ahead of his last outing with the Scuderia.
"Obviously I had practice leaving them once already so it’s not a new thing," he joked.
"I’m not sad because I don’t see why we need to be sad. We will stay as friends.
"We’re going to see a lot of us anyhow in the paddock so not an awful lot changes.
"We’ll both go for new things and I think it’s exciting, but we’ve had good times with the team, great people.
"We’ve had some difficult times, but that’s part of business and I think that’s how it should go: sometimes it needs to be a bit hard.
"Obviously I won the championship with them as a driver and we won twice [the teams’ championship] so I’m very happy to be part of it because there’s not many people who have done it.
"We will happily go different ways. We’re not that far away from each other and we will keep doing what we do."
Raikkonen, who was seventh in first practice on Friday, is 14 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas and 17 ahead of Max Verstappen in the fight for third place in the 2018 standings, but said he was not fussed where he finished the year.
"I don’t think it changes my world any way," he said.
"If I end up third, I think I need to go wherever the prizegiving is, so it is a negative thing in the end, more travelling."
Abu Dhabi GP practice two: Valtteri Bottas fastest for Mercedes
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas topped the second free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Finn hit top spot in the early running with a lap of 1m38.600s using ultrasoft Pirellis, which put him a quarter of a second ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen’s time on the same compound.
Ferrari was the first frontrunning team to send its drivers out on the hypersofts, with Kimi Raikkonen going fastest just after the 30-minute mark with a lap of 1m37.461s.
Sebastian Vettel then slotted into second place, just over a tenth of a second slower, before the Mercedes drivers completed their performance runs.
Bottas improved his best time to a 1m37.236s to reclaim top spot.
Hamilton was behind him on track and on a quick one but was only able to set a time good enough for second after losing time in the final sector and ended up 0.207s behind his team-mate.
This allowed Verstappen to grab second place with a lap of 1m37.288s despite complaining of running out of battery power for the final two corners. He subsequently improved by 0.008s on his second flier.
Verstappen did have a concerning moment earlier in the session when he ran wide at the exit of the penultimate corner and ground the floor of his car along the sausage kerb, but was sent back out again after checks.
Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo also managed to get two fast laps out of the hypersofts, jumping from the back of the top six up to third with his final attempt.
This shuffled Hamilton down to fourth, ahead of Raikkonen and Vettel.
Haas driver Romain Grosjean emerged as the midfield leader in seventh place with a lap half a second off Vettel.
That put him 0.170s ahead of Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg, with the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen in ninth.
Racing Point Force India’s Esteban Ocon completed the top 10, 1.166s off the outright pace.
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly showed strong pace on the ultrasofts earlier in the session, but slipped down to 11th place ahead of the second Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr after his run on hypersofts.
Fernando Alonso ended his final Friday in F1 – for now, at least – in 13th place.
Running a special livery on the engine cover of his McLaren that replicates his helmet colours, Alonso set a best lap of 1m38.725s to beat the second Force India of Sergio Perez.
Sauber driver Charles Leclerc was 15th, also complaining of possible floor damage after a wide moment into the complex that leads onto the long back straight, with Brendon Hartley 16th in the second Toro Rosso and admitting to a couple of errors on his fast lap.
Marcus Ericsson took 17th ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, who had an extended stay in the pits mid-session but went out on hypersofts late on.
Williams pairing Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin brought up the rear in 19th and 20th place respectively.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.280s||0.044s||32|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.428s||0.192s||31|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.402s||1.166s||33|
|11||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m38.506s||1.270s||32|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.806s||1.570s||31|
|16||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m38.957s||1.721s||35|
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice: Max Verstappen tops Red Bull one-two
Max Verstappen used hypersoft tyres to lead a Red Bull one-two in opening practice for the Formula 1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Verstappen enjoyed a comfortable advantage over team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to top the practice one times by almost half a second.
The Dutchman burst clear in the second half of the session on a 1m38.491s that left him 0.454s clear of Ricciardo, while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was the only other driver to lap within a second of Verstappen.
Red Bull’s one-two was earned as the team completed two sets of fresh hypersoft runs, while Mercedes and Ferrari switched from the softest-available compound to the hardest for the second half of the session.
Bottas used supersofts to lap 0.961s slower than Verstappen, but outpaced world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton by under a tenth.
Hamilton made a modest improvement on ultrasofts, having led the running early on using hypersofts.
While the Mercedes drivers were able to make gains on the hardest of the three Pirelli compounds in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari did not improve.
That allowed Esteban Ocon to steal into fifth place for Racing Point Force India and Kevin Magnussen to take sixth for Haas.
Ocon was 1.6s off the pace, just over a tenth quicker than Magnussen, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel relegated to seventh and eighth.
Their early hypersoft efforts stood as their best times despite the Ferraris conducting laps on supersofts that were not part of a long run.
Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr and the second Haas of Romain Grosjean completed the top 10.
The 90-minute session passed with minimal drama, although Marcus Ericsson caused yellow flags with a half-spin in his Sauber exiting Turn 1 early on and slid nose-first into the inside barrier.
Newly-confirmed 2019 Williams race driver and F1 returnee Robert Kubica completed the 20 runners, standing in for the driver he will replace full-time next year Sergey Sirotkin.
Kubica lapped 4.5s off the pace, 1.5s slower than Lance Stroll, but had already made clear on Thursday he would not be pursuing lap times in practice and would instead complete evaluation work for next season.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.491s||–||27|
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.945s||0.454s||19|
|5||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m40.102s||1.611s||26|
|11||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m40.671s||2.180s||17|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m41.075s||2.584s||23|
|14||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m41.137s||2.646s||26|
Lo so, lo so.
Abu Dhabi 2018.
L’ultimo Gran Premio in Rosso di KR7.
All things must pass.
Let it be.
The long and winding road.
La mia opinione sul conto di Kimi Raikkonen è stranota.
Non starò qui a ripeterla.
Conosco alla perfezione anche il parere dei detrattori in servizio permanente effettivo.
A ciascuno il suo, ci mancherebbe.
Semplicemente, io sono felice di averlo conosciuto ed ammirato. Ripensando ad una carriera che ancora non è conclusa, non riesco a rammentare nemmeno un episodio all’insegna della slealtà.
E questo, insieme al suo splendido attaccamento alla Ferrari, spiega la stupefacente popolarità che lo circonda ovunque.
Come dicono gli argentini (anche se Interlagos 2007 era in Brasile) “nessuno ci toglierà quello che abbiamo ballato”.
Sapete, nel mestiere che faccio io mi sono accorto che la cosa più bella è narrare storie che ti piacciono. Succede di rado.
Beh, è stato un privilegio raccontare l’avventura Ferrari (in due…rate) di Kimi Raikkonen.
Me la ricorderò.
E per quello che ho potuto intuire in tempi vagamente recenti, sarò in buona compagnia.
Da Blog Turrini
Q: All the best. Kimi, late pressure from Daniel coming in, but a good race from you?
Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah, it was good. Not easy, but there was some battling, so it was fun. Obviously we hoped for better but not the easiest.
Q: Ferrari’s tyres choice didn’t look like it worked out in the end, these guys looked very strong at the beginning, certainly Max on the supersoft. Do you think that was wrong?
KR: I don’t know. My tyre was good, but it was difficult to pass and it took too long to pass. You cannot replay on other tyres, so we don’t know.
KR: Nothing to add, really. Formula E looks nice but…