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GP Malesya, commenti post gara–29/03/2015

Malaysian GP: Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen declares weekend ‘poor’

Kimi Raikkonen says he had a "poor" Malaysian Grand Prix, despite finishing fourth for the Ferrari Formula 1 team at Sepang.

The Finn’s weekend took a turn for a worse in qualifying when he was bundled out of Q2 after being caught out by the rain.

Then, the race itself started in the worse possible way; a first-lap puncture leaving him at the back of the field.

Despite a strong recovery drive, that ended with him fourth behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel and the two Mercedes drivers, Raikkonen described the weekend as a poor one.

"We’ve had a very poor weekend in the sense of things going wrong," he said.

"After the puncture we had damage to the floor, and that was really the maximum I could do.

"Obviously we had a lot of bad luck on a few occasions this weekend. There’s not much that I can do when I get touched from behind. It is what it is."

Raikkonen added that it was the early safety car period and decent car speed that rescued his race.

"I got a very bad start, wheelspin off the line and then the first corner I didn’t get a very good positions and lost some places," he explained.

"Then I gained some positions and was catching people, but then I got a puncture at the last corner so I had to do the whole lap. Luckily we had a safety car so that helped.

"But then I don’t know what the guys in front of me were doing because they were not going full speed to catch up so we were like one straight behind.

"I was asking if I could pass them but there was some confusion with the Sauber in front of me. That didn’t help either.

"Obviously for the team it’s a pretty good result. It could have been better but I think we did the maximum with what we had today."

Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, gara–29/03/2015

F1 Malaysian GP: Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari defeat Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel ended his and Ferrari’s Formula 1 win droughts as he beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to victory in a thrilling Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

The German chose to stay out during an early safety car period and assumed the lead.

Vettel then made a two-stop strategy work while Mercedes did three stops with Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

It proved to be the wrong call for the world champion team as neither Hamilton nor Rosberg had the pace, tyre longevity or enough laps to catch and pass Vettel in the final stint.

It was Ferrari’s first victory since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, and Vettel’s first since that year’s season finale in Brazil.

Hamilton retained the championship lead on 43 points, with Vettel three points adrift and Rosberg, who finished third, seven further back.

After a dominant performance from Mercedes in Australia, F1 received a massive boost as Ferrari provided a sterner challenge to the reigning world champion team.

Vettel held onto second at the start, behind Hamilton, and chose to stay out when the safety car was called into action following Marcus Ericsson’s spin into the Turn 1 gravel on lap four, while Hamilton and Rosberg, in third, pitted for hards.

Vettel pitted at the end of lap 17 and fitted the medium tyres before chasing down and passing both Rosberg and Hamilton on their older rubber.

The Mercedes had needed to fight back through traffic as several midfield cars followed Vettel’s strategy and Rosberg was delayed in the pits queuing behind Hamilton.

Mercedes then split strategies when it pitted Hamilton and Rosberg for the second time, with Hamilton taking the mediums and Rosberg the hards.

Vettel only made his final pitstops with 14 laps to go after a long middle stint, taking on the hards and crucially rejoining ahead of Rosberg in second.

The Ferrari driver then regained the lead when Hamilton pitted and had hard tyres fitted a lap later.

The world champion was unhappy with the choice, with the Briton saying on team radio: "This is the wrong tyre, man," but being told Mercedes only had used mediums as an alternative.

While Mercedes assured him that he would be in a position to catch and pass Vettel for the win, it soon became clear that that wasn’t the case, with Hamilton unable to close on Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen recovered to a strong fourth in the second Ferrari having dropped to the back of the field following a puncture sustained in contact with Felipe Nasr’s Sauber on the first lap.

Valtteri Bottas passed Williams team-mate Felipe Massa with a brilliant late move around the outside at Turn 5 to finish fifth, with the duo followed by Max Verstappen, who passed Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz late on.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, who recovered from a spin having made contact with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, completed the top 10.

Romain Grosjean had an eventful race, the Frenchman trying an ambitious move around the outside of Sergio Perez at the fast Turn 12, only to clip the Force India and spin.

Though he rejoined, he finished outside the points in 11th, with Perez receiving a 10-second time penalty for causing the incident and ultimately finishing 13th. They sandwiched Nasr.

Hulkenberg was 14th in the Force India, having been given a 10-second time penalty for hitting Kvyat at Turn 2, with Manor’s Roberto Merhi the last driver to see the chequered flag in 15th.

Pastor Maldonado retired the Lotus, having run well down the field after picking up a puncture on the first lap, while the McLarens showed improved pace but had nothing to show for it as Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button retired with mechanical problems.

Will Stevens did not start the race – his Manor team was unable to cure the fuel system issue that stopped his car running in qualifying.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1h41m05.793s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8.569s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 12.310s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53.822s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m10.409s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m13.586s
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m37.762s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
- Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
- Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement
- Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Retirement
- Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari Retirement
- Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari Withdrawn


Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 43
2 Sebastian Vettel 40
3 Nico Rosberg 33
4 Felipe Massa 20
5 Kimi Raikkonen 12
6 Felipe Nasr 10
7 Valtteri Bottas 10
8 Daniel Ricciardo 9
9 Nico Hulkenberg 6
10 Max Verstappen 6
11 Carlos Sainz 6
12 Marcus Ericsson 4
13 Daniil Kvyat 2
14 Sergio Perez 1
15 Romain Grosjean 0
15 Jenson Button 0
17 Roberto Merhi 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 76
2 Ferrari 52
3 Williams/Mercedes 30
4 Sauber/Ferrari 14
5 Toro Rosso/Renault 12
6 Red Bull/Renault 11
7 Force India/Mercedes 7
8 Lotus/Mercedes 0
8 McLaren/Honda 0
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, commenti post qualifiche–28/03/2015

Malaysian GP: Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen cites bad timing for Q2 exit

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen blamed his failure to reach the third Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying session on bad timing.

While his team-mate Sebastian Vettel headed the queue of cars out of the pitlane at the start of Q2 at Sepang as teams tried to pre-empt the expected heavy rain, Raikkonen was the fifth car out.

He took to the track behind Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson.

"I tried to overtake Ericsson because he was in front of me," said Raikkonen, who had been Mercedes’ closest rival in all three practice sessions.

"But at the last corner I couldn’t slow down because there were other people pushing me forward.

"We just got the timing wrong. That’s how it ended up."

With heavy rain preventing anybody from improving after their first laps, Raikkonen ended up qualifying in 11th position.

But he refused to blame his team for the traffic problem, although Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene had suggested the Finn could have cleared Ericsson sooner.

"I don’t know if it helps to blame anyone," Raikkonen said.

"It’s easy to say afterwards that I should have been waiting behind Sebastian but the end result is this and whatever we will do now will not change it."

Vettel reached Q3 and went on to qualify second between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes.

Raikkonen added that the Ferrari was fast even though his feeling with it was not perfect.

"It’s not often that a car is completely perfect so there are always things we want to improve.

"It’s not the ideal feeling with the car, sliding a bit, but it’s part of being here in Malaysia.

"It’s very hot and I think you can see everybody has had issues.

"The lap time is good but the feeling could be better."

Da Autosport.com

GP Malesya, commenti post libere–27/03/2015

Sepang, 27th March 2015 – Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we did all we were supposed to do. In the morning the feeling with the car was better, in the afternoon was a bit more tricky, we had some handling issues and some problems with the wind and the heat, but the laptime were not so bad. Unluckily we had red flag when we went out with new softer tyres.The car is still not perfect, but I’m sure we can improve for tomorrow. We have some work to do on the set up to make everything easier, but we’ll do our best and we’ll see where we end up in qualifying”.

Da Ferrari.com

Raikkonen incontentabile: “Vettura non perfetta, possiamo migliorare”

27 marzo 2015 – Kimi Raikkonen gran protagonista nella prima giornata del Gran Premio di Malesia. Iceman tallona la Mercedes, soprattutto nel passo gara, ma nelle dichiarazioni non si fa prendere dall’entusiasmo.

Un venerdì così, Kimi Raikkonen l’anno scorso non l’aveva mai vissuto. Consistente nel passo gara, competitivo sul giro secco, nessun problema tecnico a rallentarne il programma di lavoro. Il tribolato 2014 sembra già lontano e la SF15-T forma con il finlandese una coppia davvero temibile anche per le velocissime Mercedes, oggi alle prese con qualche guaio di troppo che ne ha ostacolato le prove libere.

Iceman si è fermato a soli tre decimi da Hamilton nella simulazione di qualifica, ma ottenendo il suo tempo con gomma già rodata dopo aver trovato bandiera rossa durante la prima uscita. Nel passo gara è stato invece un metronomo, girando costantemente sul piede dell’1’45″ con le medie, un passo che solo Hamilton è parso in grado di riuscire a battere, seppur di poco.

Nonostante il quadro incoraggiante e il caldo torrido, il finlandese tiene fede al soprannome di Iceman e nelle dichiarazioni non si lascia andare a facile entusiasmi: “Oggi abbiamo completato tutto il lavoro previsto dal programma. Al mattino ho avuto un buon feeling con la vettura, mentre nel pomeriggio è stato un po’ più difficile, abbiamo avuto qualche problema di guidabilità ed altri, causati dal vento e dal caldo, ma il tempo sul giro non era male. Purtroppo quando siamo usciti con la mescola più morbida abbiamo avuto bandiera rossa. La vettura non è ancora perfetta, ma sono certo che per domani possiamo migliorare. Dobbiamo lavorare sul set up per cercare di rendere tutto più semplice, ma faremo del nostro meglio. Vedremo dove saremo in qualifica”.

Raikkonen ha completato in tutto 46 giri, di cui ben 29 nella sessione pomeridiana.

Da formulapassion.it

Vecchie ruggini–19/03/2015

Terruzzi racconta: Kimi Räikkönen

Kimi Raikkonen divide. Amori senza mezze misure contro perplessità in circolazione da anni.

L’argomento è attuale e (sempre) scottante. Perché Kimi Raikkonen divide. Amori senza mezze misure contro perplessità in circolazione da anni. Lo dico subito, onde evitare inutili polemiche: penso si tratti di un talento eccelso. E, forse, qualche critica arriva proprio da questo assunto. Un ragazzo straordinariamente dotato, anche a detta di chi ha lavorato e lavora con lui. Il che ha prodotto e produce attese alte ma anche qualche delusione. Intanto stiamo parlando di un ragazzo sensibilissimo, altro che “Iceman”. Patisce e si emoziona, Kimi. Non mostra i propri sentimenti ma chi lo conosce non ha dubbi. La notazione è importante per leggere acuti e difficoltà, basti pensare al rapporto con la sua prima Ferrari, con Jean Todt molto portato a mettere sullo stesso piano Kimi e Massa; alla straordinaria reazione che ebbe dopo l’incidente proprio di Felipe in Ungheria nel 2009, quando l’intera squadra si strinse attorno a lui; al rendimento offerto con la Lotus in una condizione di bassa pressione e di massima attenzione da parte del team. Al contrario, la stagione scorsa, ad esempio, ha mostrato un pilota in imbarazzo, martellato sul piano psicologico da Alonso e quindi incapace di esprimersi liberamente in pista.
Sa entusiasmare. Ma arrivano anche giornate storte e buie. Il che, pensando proprio al talento di cui dispone, determina critiche più marcate.

Penso che Raikkonen possa essere quest’anno più veloce di Vettel. Ma deve applicare al suo fare un rendimento mentale, in primo luogo, costantemente smaltato. Per questo era importante il debutto australiano. Dove Kimi – trattandosi di un grande pilota e di un campione del mondo – ha girato forte in condizioni di “libertà” ma ha pagato subito nel rapporto con Sebastian. Quando poteva e forse doveva dare un immediato segno felice.
Conosco Kimi da molti anni. So benissimo quanto tolleri poco o niente noi tutti, giornalisti. Quanto sia allergico ai contatti fisici di ogni genere. Quanto poco gli importi dei tifosi, dell’autografo da firmare, eccetera eccetera. Credo piaccia a molti anche per questo. Anni fa, durante una intervista per Grand Prix gli domandai quale fosse il momento peggiore della stagione. Ero sicuro – matematicamente sicuro – che avrebbe risposto come rispose: “Questo”. Invece di tagliare domanda e risposta dall’intervista, mandai in onda il tutto, proprio per dare maggiore realismo e verità alla conversazione. Un gesto che si è rivelato un boomerang per me. Ogni volta che muovo un appunto, sembra che voglia vendicarmi di quella frase. E’ vero il contrario. Anche perché una intervista a Raikkonen produce ben poco altro. Non ha alcuna voglia di farle, le interviste, e risponde ai minimi termini. Il che lo rende simpatico persino a me – sinceramente – visto che evita di perdere e farci perdere tempo con banalità solite e trite.

Piuttosto mi pare più sereno oggi, lontano da quei momenti di “bambola” conseguenti a serate non proprio in linea con la vita di un atleta (fatti suoi anche questi, lo dico da bevitore gaudente), anche se tutto ciò non mi impedisce di considerare Raikkonen spesso deludente. Non in quanto personaggio. In quanto pilota di prima classe. Se trattiamo Kimi da fenomeno, come talvolta ha dimostrato di essere, allora il bilancio non quadra. Perché sono molti gli elementi che possono incidere sulla prestazione. Carattere, come detto, condizioni psicologiche, condizioni tecniche. Raikkonen non si adatta a qualunque macchina. E quando non si adatta il suo rendimento ne risente in maniera persino eccessiva.

Quindi, sempre considerando Kimi come un grande pilota, mi pare giusto segnalare quando da grande pilota non si comporta. Capisco il tifo. Non la difesa a oltranza, qualunque cosa accada o venga detta. Raikkonen è un originale, è sincero, è fortissimo. Ma è anche discontinuo, appare perduto talvolta. Il che abbassa la media, per così dire. Rispetto a chi riesce ad andar forte sempre e comunque. In questo senso, proprio ora, ha una occasione decisiva. Perché Vettel, che gli somiglia nei difetti – piccoli o grandi che siano – può essere battuto. A patto che non lo lasci scappare subito, che non gli lasci tutto il campo libero. Nelle relazioni personali, nelle zone centrali della scena. Altrimenti potrebbero arrivare altri patimenti. Troppi, considerando il bilancio del 2014. E questo costituisce (dovrebbe costituire) un timore e una ammissione soprattutto per chi lo ama.


Rassegna stampa, Autosprint n.11–17/03/2015





Un passo migliore–17/03/2015

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari F1 team closer to Mercedes in race trim

Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari has closed the gap to world champions Mercedes in terms of race pace and is now capable of fighting at the front in Formula 1.

The Scuderia was the fourth best team in 2014, trailing Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams, but it showed a step forward in winter testing and converted that form in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel finished third, while Kimi Raikkonen was set to come home at least fifth before a problem caused by damage from a cross-threaded wheel nut sent him into retirement.

In qualifying, Vettel and Raikkonen were fourth and fifth behind Felipe Massa’s Williams but both felt the car was capable of third, behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

"I believe in the race, we are not far from Mercedes," said Raikkonen. "I’m sure we can be up there and fight at the front.

"Obviously it depends on the race and what they do, but we had too many things not going our way in the race.

"Even with the damage on the floor at the rear and also the end plate got damaged in the second pit stop, the car was still fast.

"I strongly believe we have a good race car, a good car over one lap.

"It is obviously not fast enough yet but I think the gap in the race is much smaller than qualifying.

"We have to improve in qualifying as Mercedes is ahead of us by some margin."

Da Autosport.com


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