Ferrari settles on new race engineer for Raikkonen
errari is poised to confirm that Carlo Santi will become Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer in Formula 1 this year, following the departure of Dave Greenwood from the team.
With Greenwood leaving the Maranello-based outfit to join Manor in the World Endurance Championship, Ferrari has spent the last few weeks working out how best to restructure things.
Although there has been no official confirmation of its plans yet, Motorsport.com has learned that Santi will be promoted from his previous position as Raikkonen’s data engineer.
The move confirms the continuation of Ferrari’s policy under technical chief Mattia Binotto of developing its own talent to strengthen the team, rather than chase individuals from elsewhere.
The change of Raikkonen’s engineer is likely to be one of several tweaks to the team operations in 2018 as the outfit chases the F1 world championship.
It is understood that head of track operations Diego Ioverno will be moved to another role, with his previous responsibilities taken by engineering chief Jock Clear and Claudio Albertini, who had previously been in charge of liaison on the customer engine front with Haas and Sauber.
The role of chief mechanic is expected to be handed to Christian Corradini, who has worked at Ferrari for several years.
Ferrari’s young driver programme is also set to be boosted by the arrival of former Toro Rosso engineer Marco Matassa to work alongside Massimo Rivola.
Carlos Sainz’s former race engineer left Toro Rosso at the end of last year and has chosen to help work bringing on the next generation of young drivers at Maranello.
Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer leaves Ferrari Formula 1 team
Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer David Greenwood has left Ferrari ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 season.
Greenwood joined Ferrari for 2015, having held the role of chief engineer at Marussia, and has spent the last three seasons working with Raikkonen.
He has left the team for personal reasons and will return to the UK, where it is understood he will take up a role on Manor’s World Endurance Championship project.
The British team will step up to the privateer LMP1 ranks for the WEC’s 2018/19 ‘superseason’ using Ginetta’s new prototype.
Ferrari has yet to make a decision on who will replace Greenwood, but one is expected in the coming weeks.
As part of the minor reshuffle, its former pitwall-based operations chief Diego Ioverno will no longer travel to races and will instead work from the factory.
It remains unclear as to whether he will be directly replaced or if his duties will be split between engineering staff at the track.
One option is that Jock Clear takes on some of those duties as part of his role as head of race activities.
Kimi Raikkonen sbarca su Instagram
A sorpresa arriva la svolta social per Kimi Raikkonen, che quest’oggi ha aperto un profilo personale su Instagram, annunciato tramite un video a suo modo esilarante.
Nell’attuale panorama della Formula 1, la coppia di piloti della Ferrari è chiaramente la meno ‘social’ di tutte. A differenza dei colleghi, tutti abbastanza attivi, sia Sebastian Vettel sia Kimi Raikkonen non si sono mai dichiarati dei fan di Facebook, Instagram o Twitter e non hanno mai aperto un loro profilo personale. Questo, almeno, fino ad oggi. Sì perché, forse complice il clima natalizio, in data 28 dicembre 2017 Iceman è sbarcato su Instagram.
Una vera mossa a sorpresa quella di Raikkonen, forse stufo di apparire costantemente su questo social network per ‘colpa’ della moglie Minttu, lei sì attivissima a postare foto e video in cui spesso sono presenti il marito e i figlioletti. E così il finlandese ha inaugurato questa nuova esperienza con un video dove ammette, per fare il verso a uno dei suoi team radio entrati nella leggenda, che “questa volta non so quello che sto facendo“.
L’iniziativa ha sorpreso la stessa Minttu che in una storia sul popolare social ha ammesso di non aver visto in precedenza cosa stava per arrivare, ossia lo sbarco del marito su Instagram. Chissà quali altre sorprese ci riserverà Raikkonen nei prossimi mesi: forse dalla celebre richiesta di “gloves and steering wheel” (guanti e volante, ndr) urlata a Baku passerà a “smartphone and Instragram story“?
Ferrari F1 driver Raikkonen still has hunger to win races
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says he still has the hunger to win again in Formula 1 as he starts to prepare for his 16th season.
The 2007 F1 world champion has not won a race since the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, but scored his best points haul since the ’12 season with 205 this year.
Raikkonen, whose contract expires at the end of 2018, will line up alongside Sebastian Vettel next season with Ferrari aiming to produce a title-contending car for a second successive year.
In a clip from Motorsport.tv’s weekly programme The Flying Lap, Raikkonen said: "I wouldn’t be here or next year on the circuit [if] I didn’t have the hunger to win.
"I enjoy racing. I wouldn’t be shy to say it’s the only reason. I want to be in F1. So long as that [hunger] is there, it’s the reason why I’ll give my best."
Raikkonen said a fast start next season will be key to Ferrari mounting a serious challenge to Mercedes, which has won every F1 title since 2014.
"We started the year a bit slowly," said Raikkonen. "We had some good moments, but far from what we wanted if you take the whole year.
"We just need to put things correct for the first race.
"If you don’t get things perfectly, it will cost you a lot of points."
Raikkonen ‘steering wheel rant’ voted Team Radio moment of 2017
Valtteri Bottas resists Lewis Hamilton to win Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Valtteri Bottas held off Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina.
Bottas retained the lead from pole at the start and though he lost it briefly when he pitted first, he absorbed pressure from Hamilton to secure his third win of the season.
World champion Hamilton crossed the line 3.8 seconds adrift, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel completing the podium in third.
Once Bottas got through Turn 1 in the lead, he quickly opened up a one-second lead over Hamilton before gradually building it up to two seconds before the stops.
He was the first of the Mercedes drivers to pit, swapping the ultra-softs for super-softs and rejoining in second place.
Hamilton stayed out for three further laps, clocking the fastest lap in the process, but couldn’t make up enough ground and rejoined behind Bottas.
The world champion attacked his team-mate, briefly getting within DRS range, but locked up at Turn 17, running off track before rejoining.
Hamilton kept up the pressure and even got within 0.5s after Bottas had a lock-up of his own, but his team-mate responded by putting the hammer down and pulling away.
The result was Mercedes’ third one-two of the season.
Vettel had a quiet race in a lonely third place ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was on course to finish fourth, but pulled off track and retired the car with a hydraulic problem shortly before the halfway point.
His team-mate Max Verstappen finished fifth, just 0.8s behind Raikkonen with Nico Hulkenberg sixth to secure sixth place in the constructors’ championship for Renault.
Hulkenberg escaped with a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage when battling Sergio Perez on the first lap.
By the time Hulkenberg took the penalty at his pitstop, he had comfortably built enough of an advantage to negate it.
His team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr retired for the fourth time in six races after the team did not attach the front-left tyre properly at his pitstop.
But for the incident, Sainz had been on course to leapfrog Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa into ninth place by running long before pitting.
Perez finished seventh, 6.8s clear of Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon.
Alonso signed off the McLaren-Honda partnership with ninth place, securing the team’s third consecutive points finish.
Massa completed his 269th and final grand prix in the points in 10th and celebrated with a few doughnuts after the chequered flag.
He had been ahead of Alonso in the first stint but the McLaren passed the later-stopping Williams on its out-lap.
Romain Grosjean was involved in the race’s most entertaining battle, squabbling with Lance Stroll over 13th in the first stint and eventually coming out on top after multiple passes and repasses.
The Haas driver finished 11th, ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, with Kevin Magnussen recovering from a first lap spin that dropped him to the back of the field to finish 13th.
Stroll ended up making three pitstops on a day everyone else stopped once and fell to last.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||55||46.269s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||55||1m32.062s|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||55||1m38.911s|
|9||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||54||1 Lap|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||54||1 Lap|
|11||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||54||1 Lap|
|12||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||54||1 Lap|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||54||1 Lap|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||54||1 Lap|
|15||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||54||1 Lap|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Renault||54||1 Lap|
|17||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||54||1 Lap|
|18||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||54||1 Lap|
|–||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||20||Hydraulics|
Kimi Raikkonen: Abu Dhabi F1 GP qualifying problems due to tyres
Kimi Raikkonen says he could not use the full performance of his Ferrari Formula 1 car in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying due to inconsistent tyre behaviour.
Raikkonen will start the F1 season finale only fifth, having qualified seven tenths of a second away from polesitter Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes.
The sister Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel was over half a second off the pace in third, with Daniel Ricciardo getting ahead of Raikkonen for fourth in the final moments of qualifying.
"I think the car was very good but it was tricky to make the tyres work consistently," said Raikkonen.
"It was a good feeling with the car but the tyres were some corners very good and then a bit too snappy and hard to make them work well."
Asked where in particular the tyres had been a problem, Raikkonen replied: "It gave good grip but it just snapped a little bit and there was oversteer on the last lap and oversteer in [Turn] 11 on the exit that compromised the next few corners.
"I felt there was a lot of speed but I couldn’t really use it."
Vettel said he had struggled with the complex leading onto the back straight, but believes Ferrari will be quicker in the race.
"I was fighting a bit in qualifying with the sequence of [Turns] 5/6/7, but overall we are happy with the car around the lap," he said.
"A bit of a shame to be that far back.
"Tomorrow we have good pace so should be closer. It should be a good race, overtaking is not straightforward but it’s not impossible. Let’s see."
[…] Kimi lost fourth place to Daniel Ricciardo in the very last moments of the session: “It was not an easy qualifying and fifth position is far from ideal. The car felt good all day, I had good feelings. In Q1 we did few laps and it was very easy, but then it got tricky with the tires. For whatever reason, I struggled to make them work and trust them on a flying lap. In some runs, they were ok, then in another one it was more difficult. It was a bit of a guessing game. I’m sure that tomorrow the race is not going to be easy. The start is the easiest place to overtake, but even after that the race is far from over”.