Monaco Grand Prix – ‘Difficult weekend with a bad end’
But Kimi already looks forward to next race
Today it was very difficult to get any grip in wet conditions, I was trying to drive as fast as I could but I was very slow. At one point, trying to downshift, I locked the rear a little bit, went straight and then I just couldn’t turn around at the hairpin. Unfortunately I touched the wall, took the front wing out and it got stuck underneath the car. After that I struggled to go forward and in the end I managed to get the car moving. When the team told me to park the car I was in the middle of the tunnel and couldn’t stop there, so I went through very slowly and then I parked the car. It has been a difficult weekend with a bad end result for me, now we keep working and improving, certainly we can do better next race.
Kimi Raikkonen escapes penalty for Monaco GP crash incident
Kimi Raikkonen has escaped a penalty for continuing to drive with his Ferrari in a dangerous condition after his crash in Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver hit the barriers at the hairpin in wet conditions, breaking his front wing and getting it stuck under his front wheels.
As well as leaving debris on the track as he continued, Raikkonen’s ailing car almost put Romain Grosjean into the barriers, and he then drove slowly through the tunnel before stopping at the chicane to retire.
A statement from the race stewards said "with the wing under the front wheel the driver did not have full control of the car".
However, the panel, including ex-F1 racer and Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro, accepted Raikkonen’s and Ferrari’s explanation for why he did not retire the car sooner.
"The driver, in evidence, stated that he thought initially he could safely proceed to the pits to replace the nose," the stewards added. "Radio messages confirm this.
"The team advised the driver that he needed to stop the car as soon as possible.
"The driver stated that he wanted to stop the car in a safe place and the first available place was the run-off area [after the tunnel]."
Raikkonen added: "The team told me I had to stop but I was in the tunnel at that point already.
"I couldn’t stop in the middle of the tunnel so I had to go slowly and park the car wherever I could."
When asked if he saw Grosjean before they almost collided, he said: "Obviously not, that’s why I tried to go around the corner but I couldn’t because [the wing] got stuck."
Monaco GP qualifying: Daniel Ricciardo takes maiden Formula 1 pole
Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden Formula 1 pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, winning a close qualifying fight with the Mercedes drivers for Red Bull.
A stunning 1m13.622s lap on Ricciardo’s first run in Q3 proved enough to get the job done, as Red Bull claimed its first pole since the last V8-engined season of F1 in 2013 and the Australian took his first in F1.
Nico Rosberg was second fastest for Mercedes, 0.169 seconds slower than Ricciardo, who drove the lone Red Bull in Q3 after team-mate Max Verstappen crashed out at the first stage of the session.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton suffered a fuel pressure problem at the start of Q3, so only completed a single run at the end of the session.
Hamilton did several preparation laps before going for a time at the end. He was fastest of all in the first sector, but dropped nearly a tenth to Ricciardo in sector two and just over four tenths in the final part of the lap, so wound up third fastest.
Ricciardo is set to take a different strategy into the race than all those around him, having used super-soft tyres to set his best time in Q2 – committing him to starting on them while his main rivals will be on ultra-softs.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth quickest, while Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg denied Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fifth spot by 0.006s.
Raikkonen rounded out the top six, but will drop to 11th on the grid thanks to a penalty for a gearbox change ahead of the session.
The Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz was only 0.017s slower than Raikkonen in seventh, while the second Force India of Sergio Perez, Sainz’s Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda rounded out the top 10.
Valtteri Bottas missed out on a place in Q3 by 0.166s as Williams elected to send its drivers out for a single run each in Q2.
Team-mate Felipe Massa was only 0.112s slower but that was enough to leave him 14th, behind an impressive effort from Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez and the second McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button.
Gutierrez’s Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean was a strong eighth fastest in Q1, but failed to find any time in Q2, ending up over a tenth slower than his earlier best and down in 15th.
Kevin Magnussen’s Renault completed the top 16, nearly half a second further back, but he is under investigation for jumping a red light at the end of the pitlane in Q1, so may well face sanction.
Marcus Ericsson missed out on a place in Q2 by just 0.046s after losing a late battle with Magnussen’s Renault in Q1.
The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer, which suffered rear wing damage from an off in final practice, was nearly three tenths further back in 18th.
Rio Haryanto got the better of Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein by 0.147s to qualify 19th.
Wehrlein failed to improve (by 0.030s) on his second Q1 run so wound up 20th.
Verstappen will start from the penultimate row of the grid after breaking his right-front suspension by clipping the inside barrier at the Swimming Pool chicane, then crashing heavily into the barriers.
He at least set a time before doing so. Felipe Nasr’s Sauber failed to even complete a flying lap after its Ferrari engine blew up on his out-lap.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.622s||–|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.726s||1.104s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m14.749s||1.127s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.902s||1.280s|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.273s||1.651s|
|21||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m22.467s||–|
Sebastian Vettel leads ultra-close final Monaco Grand Prix practice
Sebastian Vettel set the pace in final Formula 1 practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, edging out Lewis Hamilton by just 0.018 seconds.
Ferrari driver Vettel clocked a 1m14.650s on the ultra-soft tyre to head a top four covered by only 0.157s.
Hamilton was on course to go quickest, having set the fastest first and second sector times, but he encountered traffic in the final few corners.
It was an improved showing from Mercedes, which conceded it had homework to do after being outpaced by Red Bull on Thursday.
Nico Rosberg was third fastest, 0.122s off the pace, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and his team-mate Max Verstappen fifth.
Verstappen hit the barrier at Massenet late on, understeering wide as he came over the crest and locking up before sliding into the barrier.
He recovered to the pits with suspension damage and his Red Bull team did an impressive job to get him back out for a run at the end of the session.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was a promising seventh, edging his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr by 0.065s.
Kimi Raikkonen had a poor first sector on his qualifying-simulation and ended up ninth, 0.905s adrift of his pacesetting Ferrari team-mate Vettel.
Sergio Perez was eighth with his Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.
Williams continued its struggles in Monte Carlo. Felipe Massa was a low-key 11th and team-mate Valtteri Bottas 14th.
Fernando Alonso was the leading McLaren in 12th, 0.041s quicker than team-mate Jenson Button.
Renault faced repair work for the third successive session as Jolyon Palmer glanced the barrier when he spun in the first part of the Swimming Pool complex in the opening minutes.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.807s||0.157s||22|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m15.081s||0.431s||17|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.259s||0.609s||23|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.324s||0.674s||26|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.368s||0.718s||21|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.666s||1.016s||20|
Monaco Grand Prix – “An improvement in the afternoon”
Kimi feels the car handled better in FP2
It was not an ideal day, but it is still the first day of practice. In the morning I was not very happy with the car but in the afternoon we were able to improve the behavior. There’s a lot of work to do but of course this is not the easiest place when things are not running exactly as you want. It’s the first time we use the Ultrasoft compound in the race weekend, the feeling is that it’s the best fitting tire of all of those we have here, but we still need to find a way to make them work slightly better.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo dominates Monaco Grand Prix practice
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set an impressive pace as he topped the timesheets in second practice for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix, finishing comfortably ahead of Mercedes.
The Australian clocked a 1m14.607s on the ultra-soft tyres and followed that up with another lap that was just 0.1 seconds slower.
Lewis Hamilton was the closest challenger but he was 0.606s slower with team-mate Nico Rosberg three tenths further back.
Hamilton set the early pace on the super-softs, but when Ricciardo, running the upgraded Renault engine, bolted on the ultra-softs he went top with a 1m15.015s.
Hamilton closed to within 0.198s of Ricciardo when he tried the ultra-softs, but the Australian improved again and the time remained unchallenged as attention turned to long runs.
Ricciardo’s pacesetting lap was just over four tenths quicker than last year’s pole position and just over a second slower than the qualifying lap record of 1m13.556s set by Sebastian Vettel in 2011.
Max Verstappen was fourth quickest, just under a second off the pace, ahead of the Toro Rosso duo of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr, who managed just over 100 laps between them.
Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest Ferrari in seventh, with his team-mate Vettel having had a messy session.
The German spun at Mirabeau, tapping the barrier with the rear wing, and then clipped the wall at Ste Devote before continuing with only wheel rim damage.
When he finally got a clean lap together, the German clocked the ninth quickest time, two tenths off his team-mate and 1.662s slower than Ricciardo.
There were several other mistakes in Monte Carlo with Romain Grosjean bringing out the virtual safety car when he lost control on the exit of the tunnel and clouted the outside barrier.
The VSC was called into action again when Rio Haryanto got out of shape exiting the tunnel and clipped the inside barrier.
Kevin Magnussen then crashed at the final corner, causing another VSC, but there was better news for Renault as it managed to get Jolyon Palmer back out for the final 30 minutes following his crash in first practice.
Sergio Perez was eighth with Jenson Button completing the top 10.
It was a disappointing session for Williams with Valtteri Bottas 14th, 2.242s off the pace, with Felipe Massa 16th.
PRACTICE TWO RESULTS
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.607s||–||40|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m15.571s||0.964s||42|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.815s||1.208s||53|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.981s||1.374s||54|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.120s||1.513s||48|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.487s||1.880s||49|
Monaco GP: Hamilton shades Mercedes F1 team-mate Rosberg in FP1
Lewis Hamilton emerged quickest in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix as he resumed his duel with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg.
With Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyre making its race debut, Hamilton set the pace with a lap of 1m15.537s, just half-a-second slower than last year’s pole position time.
The session was red-flagged with three minutes to go as it emerged a drain cover had worked loose near Ste Devote, causing punctures to the left-rear of Rosberg’s car and the front-right of Jenson Button’s McLaren after hitting debris.
Early running on the ultra-softs from the Mercedes duo had Hamilton setting the early benchmark at 1m16.588s, two seconds better off than the corresponding session last year.
Just 24 minutes in, Felipe Massa lost control of his Williams coming out of Ste Devote, severely damaging the left front and rear of his car as he clouted the barrier, resulting in a virtual safety car period.
Midway through the session Hamilton and Rosberg again traded quickest laps, with the former again taking the honours, conjuring a time that would remain unbeaten.
It is anticipated that in dry conditions the pole time will be two seconds faster than in 2015, around the 1m13s mark.
Shortly after, though, Hamilton had his own moment at Ste Devote, carrying too much speed into the first corner and locking up into the escape road, albeit comfortably short of the barrier.
Hamilton was not the only driver to make a mistake at that turn as numerous others followed suit.
Hamilton ultimately finished a tenth of a second quicker than Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel next up and 0.419 seconds adrift.
The leading trio were then followed by Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, with Ricciardo enjoying the benefit of the new Renault engine, along with Kevin Magnussen.
The laptime gain for Monaco is anticipated to be 0.2s, with Ricciardo’s time on this occasion, though, just 0.063s better off than Verstappen.
Sixth-placed Daniil Kvyat in his Toro Rosso was the only other driver to finish within a second of Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen was only ninth quickest in his Ferrari, with the Finn 1.375s off the pace.
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer also brought up the virtual safety car just after the hour mark, crashing into the barriers at Tabac, finishing 20th and over three seconds down, ahead of only Manor pair Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein.
FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.308s||0.771s||29|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.371s||0.834s||30|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m16.426s||0.889s||37|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.560s||1.023s||34|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.697s||1.160s||28|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m17.130s||1.593s||39|
Kimi: we can be “very close” to rivals
“Monaco is a special place: it’s a bit more tricky here because it’s very tight, narrow and you have more chances to hit traffic. The qualifying position is very important for the race, but our approach to this race is the same like in any other circuit. Here it’s more important to get a lot of laps, the track will change a lot during the weekend, you just have to follow where it goes. We want to make the car work well, put a good lap together and be as high up as we can. Our rivals have been very strong so far, we need to get stronger, if we can always take out the maximum from every qualifying and race we can be very close to them. I’m sure we improved a lot this year, we have a stronger package but we still have not achieved what we want for various reasons. There’s work to be done, but that’s why we are here. As a team our aim is to win all the time and I think we can do it, it takes time and is not going to happen in one night. We try to maximize the result every race, but we want to be first and second and will be always there fighting.”
Ferrari’s last corner weakness cost Raikkonen Spanish GP win – team
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene blamed the car’s performance in the Barcelona circuit’s final complex for Kimi Raikkonen’s failure to beat Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Raikkonen spent the final third of the 66-lap race in the slipstream of Verstappen’s Red Bull, but was unable to get close enough coming out of the final corner to make an attempt to pass the 18-year-old down the main straight.
He was forced to settle for second behind the youngest race winner in F1 history.
The lead duo had two-stopped compared to the three pit visits of team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third and fourth.
Arrivabene said strategy was not the reason for Ferrari’s defeat.
"If we had reversed the strategy most probably Sebastian would have been in the same position as Kimi," he explained.
"The problem was not the strategy, the problem was – as happened in qualifying – we were not good enough in the last part of the track, in the slow corner.
"It was in the last part of the track the Red Bull was going big time, and Kimi was unable to catch him again until the end of the straight.
"So it wasn’t a question of strategy. The question is, like in qualifying, why were we very, very slow in the last part of the track?"
Raikkonen’s result brought him up to second in the drivers’ standings, 39 points behind Nico Rosberg.
"Kimi had a fantastic race in my opinion," added Arrivabene.
"It’s a pity we weren’t good enough in certain parts of the track to give him the possibility of winning the race."
Arrivabene also reserved praise for Verstappen, while recognising his team’s poor display in qualifying played its part in helping the teenager claim his page in the record books.
"Congratulations to Max because he had a very, very good race," said Arrivabene.
"But due to our poor qualifying we found ourselves in a quite difficult situation and we lost an occasion to win the race.
"So I’m not looking at Red Bull – and congratulations again to Max, I’m happy for him – I’m looking at the reality.
"If Mercedes had not crashed out then we were in trouble."
Ferrari F1 rumours on Maurizio Arrivabene made ‘to create tension’
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene feels the recent rumours regarding his Formula 1 future were designed to create tension within the team.
Speculation surfaced in the build up to the Spanish Grand Prix that Arrivabene was set to be replaced, potentially by technical director James Allison.
However, on the Sunday ahead of the race Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who was also recently confirmed as CEO, declared he had total confidence in Arrivabene.
Arrivabene, who has only been in the role 18 months after replacing Marco Mattiacci at the end of the 2014 season, was left frustrated by the gossip.
"I’m not listening to all these rumours," said Arrivabene.
"The only objective of these rumours is to create tension inside the team, and this is not helping.
"We need to focus our talent on what we are doing without listening to all of this."
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel last week slated the rumours, insisting Arrivabene was doing "a very good job".
Arrivabene himself further ridiculed the scaremongering by claiming a character from acclaimed television series Game of Thrones was amongst those not mentioned as a potential candidate for his role.
"This rumour was also talking about somebody from Mercedes blah blah blah," added Arrivabene.
"Who’s taking advantage of this? No one.
"I said the other day that the only name they forgot to put into the list, because the list was full of names, was Tyrion Lannister.
"He’s maybe the best candidate, but they forgot to put his name on."
Parla tantissimo via radio Raikkonen, che fa un’analisi completa appena tagliato il traguardo, con tono da commentatore sportivo, quasi fosse in poltrona e non dopo 300 km a tutta: «Mi dispiace ragazzi, ci ho provato ma quando mi avvicinavo era così difficile seguire la macchina uscendo dall’ultima curva. Grazie per la buona strategia, abbiamo recuperato dopo una partenza piuttosto brutta. Grazie».
Altrettanto lunga l’analisi di Vettel: «Ci abbiamo provato, ma ovviamente con le gomme non siamo andati tanto lunghi come ci aspettavamo. Con le morbide la macchina era davvero buona, agevolmente mezzo secondo più veloci delle medie e oltre. Non capiamo perché eravamo lenti con le medie, fondamentalmente il posteriore era molto nervoso». Arrivabene, replica: «Grazie Sebastian, ben fatto, non preoccuparti».
Vettel-2: «E’ un po’ un peccato, pensavo ce l’avremmo potuta fare e vincere, ma era molto difficile sorpassare, la Red Bull era più veloce di noi nell’ultimo settore, faticavo con le posteriori, erano più veloci su curva 12 e nell’ultima chicane, ecco dov’era la differenza e perché non potevamo passare. Ho provato di tutto, grazie (in italiano)».
This is amazing. Just to change from the Toro Rosso to the Red Bull in this week and to win and oh my God, just having behind you someone who is known to be really persistent, like Mr Raikkonen? [Kimi] How do you feel having just a young pilot, like you were at the beginning of your career?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: No, obviously I’m happy for Max but disappointed for myself, but that’s racing. We have our best today after quite a difficult day yesterday and then a pretty poor start. We tried and tried. I was fast but once I got close I could not follow close enough through the last corners and losing downforce behind. I tried and tried but it wasn’t enough today. I think after yesterday we would have been happy to take second and third but obviously we got so close today that it’s even more disappointing, but that’s part of racing and at least we scored good points for the team.
Coming to you Kimi, second today and second in the championship. Swings and roundabouts for you: the start cost you but then the strategy came towards you. Youngest driver in the field against the oldest, what were you thinking in the final laps?
KR: yeah, I had a poor start. When I released the clutch I got wheelspin and it’s impossible to recover from the first part of wheelpsin when that happens. Luckily, I managed to go around the people in Turn Three and I didn’t lose too badly. It could have been an awful lot more worse. I think speed-wise it was pretty OK. I was able to catch the three guys in front of me. But in the end when I got to Max, I got close but I could not follow close enough or get a good enough exit in the last corner because I was close and obviously I gave quite a hard time to my tyres to following him for so many laps. It’s disappointing not to win but after yesterday and after a bad start I take what we got today and especially for Ferrari as we quite a good points today with two cars. It’s going forward, not what we want, but I’m happy for him [Max]. We all know he is a good driver and he’s in a good team now. When it comes to youngest and oldest, it happens to be like that. I raced against his father. That actually sounds even more scary. In F1! That’s how it goes.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, is this the closest to winning in your last 59 races without victory? How does it feel to be second in the Championship after three years?
KR: I think first of all it’s always disappointing when you don’t win. But when you get close, this close, and still don’t win, it’s more hard to accept. The others did a better job, we had quite a difficult weekend. Like I said earlier, after yesterday if it had been offered, second and third, we’d happily take it – but whatever happened in the first lap with Mercedes and all the rest, getting there, having the speed but not being able to really challenge or try to pass, it was not ideal but I’ll take the points and we go for the next race and try again. At least as a team, as Ferrari, we got some points back on Mercedes and as drivers we got some points back. So we have to be happy, even though we always want more and we want to put the Ferrari where it belongs on the top step.
Q: (Barna Zsoldos – Nemzeti Sports) Max, now at your first Formula One Grand Prix victory, Sebastian and Kimi are sharing the podium with you, but can you remember what you were doing and where were you when they won their first F1 Grands Prix?
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Sebastian…
SV: Are you sure it’s not for Kimi? I just said to Max earlier that there’s a 99.9 percent chance that the question will always go to Kimi, so I feel quite honoured actually. Thank you.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – Globoesporte.com) Sebastian and Kimi, when you did your pit stops did you expect that maybe Max could make another pit stop or did you think he was going to the end, to the chequered flag?
KR: It was for both of us. I knew that he was going to the end so basically it was the same for me. Not much to really say.
“We must be happy somehow”
Kimi reckons win was close but is pleased after a ‘difficult’ weekend
I had a poor start, with massive wheel spin when I released the clutch. I managed to recover some places in the first few corners and then I caught up with Max pretty easily. The car was ok and the speed was good, but once you are following another car for many laps this doesn’t help the tires and I was missing a bit of grip and downforce. It was a struggle to follow him close, I never really had a good run on him out of the last corner because he was really fast there. It’s a bit disappointing when you get that close and you don’t win, but after a difficult weekend we have to be somehow happy for this result. As a team we keep working as hard as we can and try to get the wins, we keep fighting and when we have difficult weekends likes this one, we have to keep the fight alive and be up there to score points. Max really deserves this win, for me he’s not a surprise. He was doing a very good job already last year and today in a better car he was able to win.