I sudori freddi dei tedeschi Le scelte Rosse
L a Mercedes suda. Non soltanto causa temperature del Bahrain. Alcune gocce di sudore sono infatti comparse sulle splendide carrozzerie argentate, sulle fronti di Niki Lauda e di Toto Wolff, tutta gente abituata al fresco. La ragione è evidente: Ferrari. Sempre lì, pronta ad approfittare di ogni errore, protagonista di una continua progressione. Uno scenario per molti versi inatteso, preoccupazioni tedesche attenuate dal solo Hamilton, alla larga da ogni contrattempo. Il bello accade, accadrà alle sue spalle. La gara araba ha sollevato qualche tema torrido. Dal podio è mancato il solo Vettel. Che ha subito tre sorpassi da Rosberg, dato per ragazzo in crisi psicomotoria eppure vispo, anche se battuto. Sul podio, dopo 25 gare, è salito Raikkonen, autorizzato ora a montarsi la testa. Il risultato è che Vettel ha perso il 2° posto nel Mondiale al termine di una domenica storta. Capita. Ma ora Kimi potrebbe insistere, gratificando i suoi tifosi ma creando un primo, inatteso imbarazzo a Maranello, soprattutto considerando quanto suggerito dai primi 4 Gp: sognare in grande si può. Lo dimostrano i risultati, il cronometro e l?andamento di una stagione che potrebbe riservare sorprese enormi. Dunque, se l?ipotesi conquista del Mondiale, pur segretamente, regge, toccherà lanciare uno sfidante. Vettel è a meno 28 da Ginetto. Raikkonen a meno 51. In teoria la discussione muore qui. A meno che la Ferrari consideri Hamilton già campione, a meno che consideri Rosberg già un gregario. Lasciando così libertà ai propri piloti, destinati a vincere al massimo, qualche tappa.
Da Autosprint n.16 del 21/04/2015
Da Autosprint n.7 del 17/02/2015
Da Autosprint n.25 del 24/06/2014:
Da Autosprint n.16 del 22/04/2014:
Da La Gazzetta dello Sport del 23/04/2014:
Da SportWeek (La Gazzetta dello Sport) del 12/04/2014 (e riescono pure a far resuscitare i cani…)
La cronaca degli eventi…
Kimi "Today was a pretty busy day, because even if we were able to complete the planned schedule, we had some issues".
"During Fp1 we lost a bit of time, but that doesn”t prevented us from collecting enough data to a evaluation on the car behavior".
"This evening it will be a lot of work, especially to understand what went wrong and to try to improve ahead of qualify and the race."
“Front tires appear to be as weak as the autumn, the last, and it does not feel good at all.”
Kimi Raikkonen “Accident is my fault"
Kimi, can you describe what exactly happened during the accident please? And summarize the weekend especially since we have the impression that you’re currently struggeling more than Fernando.
The Friday did not go as desired, that is true. Today, Saturday morning it was better. We are with the car not where we would have liked. But it will come. In qualifying I first went with the harder compound on the track and when I went to get the soft it began to rain. But the car felt okay. In the rain this track is always tricky, so I went off. At the exit of the curve I turned at a number of buttons, the wheels spun a little too much so I lost the car and collided into the wall. The nose is broken, but otherwise the car is okay.
Seconds before you Perez came off in the same place. Did that play a role in the accident?
No, it was completely my fault. The mad thing is that I wasn’t attacking, I would have gone to the box in this lap anyway. In the previous lap in turn 5 there was a McLaren going slowly which was the reason that my time has not been better.
But again, we have the impression that you struggle with the Ferrari more than Alonso particularly with regard to the response of the engine and its power delivery.
No, it’s not like that. With the accident that has nothing to do and as for the handling, I have more trouble with the setup which I already noticed in winter testing. It ‘s not about the engine response. But as I said – it is slowly getting better. If you were to ask me however whether I feel comfortable in the car I would answer: no, not yet.
What role the weather will play tomorrow?
A street circuit like Melbourne is always tricky so it doesn’t matter if we drive in the wet or dry. But it ‘s strange, when the Formula 1 comes to Melbourne then the good weather always seems to say goodbye.
What can you do in the race?
This first Grand Prix is for all a step into the unknown. For myself it can’t actually go worse than in practice so we should be okay for the race. At which place it will end is impossible to say.
Have you practiced many starts?
Some. But if you’re doing a practice start here from the pit lane then that is also not the same on the grid.
How satisfied are you with the car in long run?
The long runs are characterized primarily by fuel saving. We should be there in good shape. We know about what we are capable. But we don’t really know what we should think of the competition.
What is Ferrari missing to drive on the level of Mercedes?
Hard to say. Let’s wait a few races to assess the balance of power properly. Whether we must adopt at the power unit or the chassis, now I can not judge. I would answer – we need to be better everywhere. But this sentence I would have said last year too.
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with brake by wire?
That’s not my problem, even if I had locked wheels a few times. It actually works quite well. Again, the problems have more to do with the setup and in dealing with the tires. We know where we want to go there. But that will not happen overnight.
Da Speedweek.com traduzione Miezicat
"I already knew prior to the weekend that there are certain problems with the setup of my car. We have ideas on what to do with the car and the tyre but it will take a couple of races before we can get everything better."
"We did manage to improve it even during this weekend. The car felt ok at the start of the race but then the tyre started to degrade heavily and the behavior of the car changed."
"We’re going into the right direction but there are certain small things that we need to look at more thoroughly because they have a huge impact."
E quello che diventa per la stampa…
Da Autosprint n.11 del 18/03/2014
Da Raisport N.1
Dalla Gazzetta dello Sport del 17/03/2014:
Dalla Gazzetta dello Sport del 12/02/2014
Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen returns a more mature and open F1 driver
Kimi Raikkonen has returned to Ferrari a more mature driver and more willing to ‘integrate’, reckons team boss Stefano Domenicali.
Relations between Raikkonen and Ferrari declined towards the end of his first stint with the Formula 1 squad from 2007-09.
But he is rejoining for 2014 after a four-year absence spent first pursuing options outside F1 and then re-establishing himself as a grand prix force with Lotus.
Although Raikkonen has a reputation for remaining distant from his teams, Domenicali said a change was already evident.
"I’ve found him more mature, like all of us, more experienced, very close to the team," Domenicali told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"He has come [to the factory] often already, and will come back to Maranello practically every week."
The Italian believes the challenge of joining a team where Fernando Alonso is already well-integrated is spurring Raikkonen to work harder.
"He is conscious of his capabilities," said Domenicali.
"Kimi knows what team he’s in, he knows this is a very important challenge for him, he knows he has to deal with an ace like Fernando, with whom he’ll have to work in an integrated way."
He added that Raikkonen’s mental strength was one of the elements that encouraged Ferrari to pursue him again.
"Our decisions are taken in a rational way, not emotionally," Domenicali said.
"We have considered the need to pair Fernando with a driver with extra strong motivation and an experience that allows him to manage such a difficult season as this year.
"A driver that knows how to manage the pressure of teaming up with Alonso and racing with Ferrari, which is always under the spotlight and if it ends up second it’s a tragedy.
"Not many drivers have these credentials. The track will tell us if we’ve made the right decision."