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.
@barone. Credo che Kimi una volta lasciata la F1 non metterà più piede in autodromo. Nel 2017 di Gp ne avrebbe vinti due, a voler essere onesti. E lo sanno tutti, anche i detrattori.
@pompadour. Io il Raikkonen post carriera lo vedrei benissimo come barista in un locale zona Maranello.
@massimo alfani. Montezemolo voleva Alonso per il dopo Schumi ma Todt scelse Kimi e fece bene. La dinamica della Spy story determinò gli sviluppi post 2009. Fu un do ut des. Un signore, in tutti i sensi, allora, fine 2009, disse: questo non è sport ma solo business. Poi il tempo è stato galantuomo, per chi sa capire. (x)
@gian 79. Un libro su Kimi me lo chiedono in tanti ma sono ancora fermo alla prima parola. Indovinata? Bwoah… (x)
@gensimone. A scrivere un libro su Kimi mi divertirei come un pazzo quindi aspetto di andare in depressione per avviare l’opera e sollevarmi lo spirito!
@raik777. Kimi è un grande campione. Io non mi spiego (cioè, me lo spiego benissimo, ma fa niente) perché in Italia in tanti si affannino a reputarlo un babbeo sopravvalutato. Il sabato della pole di Montecarlo costoro erano tutti fuori di testa, idem quando Marchionne lo conferma per l’anno successivo (è già capitato spesso). Poi, se uno mi dice che nel 2007 Raikkonen aveva dieci anni in meno e si trovava meglio con le monoposto di allora, ci sto. Ma nell’ultimo mondiale è arrivato quarto con due trionfi virtuali (e lo sanno tutti, eh) e un secondo posto concessi al compagno capitano. Boh, come si fa a combattere il pregiudizio?
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[…] “Kimi è un grande. Dobbiamo trovare la vite da azionare che gli permetta di essere Kimi sempre e non solo ogni tanto. Con lui mi messaggio in continuazione con il cellulare, è una grandissima persona con un grandissimo talento. Non sono d’accordo con chi dice che era forte una volta, è ancora forte, dobbiamo solo trovare la vite! E’ ancora un piacere vederlo guidare, quando va…”
“Dopo Raikkonen prenderemo un giovane, vediamo come se la cava Leclerc al debutto in Formula Uno e non dispero che si apra uno spazio anche per Giovinazzi, se lo meriterebbe…” […]
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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
Raikkonen: ‘Boring’ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ‘like endurance racing’
Kimi Raikkonen says Formula 1’s fuel limits meant the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was "more like endurance racing" because he had to save so much fuel.
The Ferrari driver finished fourth, fending off Max Verstappen for the whole race and gaining a position when Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull retired ahead of him.
But Raikkonen said he did not enjoy the race, as the Yas Marina track requires significant fuel-saving.
"The car was most of the time pretty good, but to be honest it was not a lot to do with racing because the fuel saving was a lot," he said.
"I tried to keep the guys behind, but tried to be on the limits that you’re allowed to use so it was a kind of boring race.
"But this is what the rules are and some races it’s more and others not. It shouldn’t be like that. It’s more like endurance racing. But that’s how it is.
"It’s the rule and we have to respect it. But as racers, nobody’s happy because we want to race."
He said the whole field would have been in the same situation and it was not a case of Ferrari needing to improve its fuel economy.
"I don’t think it’s just us. For sure, it’s the other teams also," Raikkonen added.
"Maybe some teams have to do less than others and there are always a lot of things to do with how you run the cars and this and that, but I don’t think we are any worse than other teams."
Raikkonen said his battle with the Red Bulls was entirely governed by fuel-saving.
"You were thinking ‘should I go after him?’ because you knew at some point it was going to have to be painful to get back under the limit that we have," he said.
"It’s not a lot of fun. I think Max was more or less the same story.
"As we were close to each other it looks OK but if you look closely you were lifting off 200 metres before the corners."
Raikkonen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel said he had to save fuel at the beginning of the second stint, which meant he lost touch with the Mercedes drivers ahead, eventually finishing 19 seconds behind race winner Valtteri Bottas.
While it was a disappointing way for Ferrari’s season to end, Vettel said the team could be pleased with the way it took the fight to Mercedes this year.
"You saw today we weren’t quick enough," said Vettel, who finished 25s ahead of Raikkonen.
"I don’t think it’s a shame to come second [in the championship] in the way that we did, but it’s not what we want.
"Overall we had a very good run – I don’t think there was an awful lot more to grab."
Daniel Ricciardo: Kimi Raikkonen should’ve outscored me by miles
Daniel Ricciardo shrugged off losing fourth in the 2017 Formula 1 championship to Kimi Raikkonen at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he feels Raikkonen should have outscored him comfortably.
Ricciardo arrived at Yas Marina seven points ahead of Raikkonen in the F1 drivers’ standings and was on course to beat him to fourth place in the race too.
But a hydraulic failure on Ricciardo’s Red Bull and Raikkonen’s fourth place finish meant the Ferrari driver took fourth in the championship by five points.
When asked how disappointed he was to lose fourth in the standings, Ricciardo told NBC: "If I’m brutally honest, with that car he should have been a long way in front in the championship. So, yeah, I don’t think it’s a big deal." […]