Alfa Romeo, una Monte Carlo da dimenticare
Domenica nerissima in casa Alfa Romeo. Tra contatti e penalizzazioni, il GP Monaco di Kimi Raikkonen e Antonio Giovinazzi è stato un incubo, con i due piloti che hanno chiuso addirittura 17° e 19°, ossia terz’ultimo e ultimo tra i piloti giunti alla bandiera a scacchi.
Il finlandese, protagonista di un contatto nel primo giro al Loews e poi di un altro scontro con Lance Stroll sempre nella stessa zona, prende il risultato di oggi con filosofia: “Anche se ho avuto un danno all’ala anteriore, alcuni problemi prima e dopo la sosta e anche se sono stato colpito da Stroll, nessuna di queste cose ha avuto impatto sulla nostra posizione finale. Una volta che sei dietro a una macchina sei bloccato lì, a meno che non abbia un grosso problema. Abbiamo provato qualcosa di diverso con la strategia, non aveva senso copiare gli altri, ma alla fine non ha funzionato. Solo la pioggia avrebbe potuto darci una possibilità, ma non è arrivata”.
Riguardo ai problemi accusati oggi, Raikkonen ha aggiunto: “Non sappiamo quale fosse il problema con il differenziale, ma sono quasi andato a muro alcune volte perché in uscita di curva girava solo una ruota. Era una cosa un po’ pazza, non siamo riusciti a vedere quale fosse il problema ma era un po’ strano“.
Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton escapes contact with Verstappen to win
Lewis Hamilton survived late contact with Max Verstappen to win Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix, as an incident in the pitlane with Valtteri Bottas ultimately cost Verstappen second place.
Hamilton resisted more than 60 laps of pressure from Verstappen to hold on to victory despite having to manage softer tyres than his pursuers.
As Verstappen was not able to get past the Mercedes and edge clear – despite a late dive at the chicane two laps from the end – he fell from second to fourth at the flag because of a five-second time penalty.
Verstappen picked that up for an unsafe release in the pits that had got him ahead of the second Mercedes of Bottas, who he made light contact with and forced into the wall.
Verstappen therefore fell behind both Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and Bottas, who completed the podium despite needing to make a second pitstop under the safety car after his brush with the wall caused a puncture.
Poleman Hamilton retained his advantage at the start ahead of Bottas, despite Verstappen having a look inside Bottas at Ste Devote on the first lap.
The leaders held station for the opening stint, which was cut short by a safety car after Charles Leclerc – who started 15th following Ferrari’s qualifying blunder – littered the track with debris from a dramatic puncture.
Leclerc hit the inside wall at Rascasse and half-spun after trying to pass Nico Hulkenberg for 11th.
He tried to continue but picked up a puncture and scattered a large amount of debris as the rubber fell apart around the rest of the lap.
Mercedes opted to pit both its cars under the caution and Bottas dropped back behind Hamilton under the safety car to try to create enough of a gap to avoid losing time.
When they stopped Verstappen was released just as Bottas was coming past, and though Verstappen was a nose ahead a small amount of contact forced Bottas to kiss the wall on the right-hand side.
The incident damaged Bottas’s wheel rim and caused a slow puncture, but with the safety car still deployed he only dropped behind Vettel to fourth – and eventually Verstappen was awarded a five-second penalty for the unsafe release.
Once the race resumed, Verstappen hounded Hamilton constantly, but only got close enough to really start attacking the five-time world champion in the final 10 laps.
He had a brief look to the outside of the hairpin with eight laps left but was not close enough on the exit of Portier to get a proper run at Hamilton into the chicane.
On lap 76 of 78 he lunged Hamilton into the chicane, but Hamilton moved across. Verstappen locked up and they made minor wheel-to-wheel contact – Verstappen’s right-front to Hamilton’s left-rear – and Hamilton took to the escape road, but both continued without damage.
Hamilton’s win extended his championship lead over Bottas to 17 points.
Vettel and Bottas were slightly adrift of the leaders across the line but within five seconds, crucially enough to consign Verstappen to fourth.
Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly finished in fifth, his best result since his move to the senior team, and earned fastest lap after building enough of a gap to make a late, free pitstop for fresh soft tyres.
Behind, Carlos Sainz Jr earned his best result for McLaren in sixth place after opting not to pit under the early safety car.
That strategy was replicated by Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon, who used it to great effect to finish seventh and eighth for Toro Rosso.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth, the lead midfield runner who did pit under the safety car.
Romain Grosjean, who opted for the same strategy as Sainz/Kvyat/Albon, completed the points scorers for Haas.
Leclerc was the only retirement from the grand prix after initially endeavouring to continue following his early setback but soon parking his battered Ferrari in the pits.
There was a separate Rascasse incident shortly after the safety car, when Antonio Giovinazzi hit Robert Kubica and spun the Williams.
The track was briefly blocked, holding up a few cars, but Kubica was able to reverse and get out of the way quickly – preventing anything worse than localised yellow flags.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||78||5.537s|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||78||9.946s|
|6||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||78||53.454s|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||78||54.574s|
|8||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||78||55.200s|
|12||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||77||1 Lap|
|14||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||77||1 Lap|
|15||George Russell||Williams/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|16||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||77||1 Lap|
|18||Robert Kubica||Williams/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|19||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||76||2 Laps|
|–||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||16||Accident damage|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||18|
Kimi Raikkonen wouldn’t still be in F1 if he hadn’t had WRC break
Kimi Raikkonen is certain he would not still be racing in Formula 1 had he not taken two years out to compete in rallying.
The Alfa Romeo driver is contesting his 300th grand prix weekend in Monaco, although it will only be his 297th start.
He did not take the start of the 2001 Belgian GP, the infamous 2005 United States GP or the 2017 Malaysian GP.
At the end of the 2009 season, he switched to the World Rally Championship with Citroen for what turned out to be a two-year stint before he was brought back onto the F1 grid by Lotus in 2012.
Asked by Autosport if he feels proud to still be in F1 18 years after his debut, Raikkonen said: "It doesn’t feel that long honestly, after two years out.
"To be sure without that I wouldn’t be here today.
"Somehow maybe that made it not feel as long having a bit more of a normal time [in F1].
"I think afterwards, whenever I stop and look back, then maybe it makes a bit more sense and feels different.
"But for now it doesn’t really feel that it’s been that long. It’s just racing."
After losing his Ferrari seat for 2019, Raikkonen signed a two-year deal to return to Sauber (now Alfa).
That takes him to the end of the current F1 rules cycle, but the 2007 world champion says he has not thought about whether he wants to stick around for the championship’s major 2021 rules overhaul.
"I have no idea," he said. "I have a contract for next year, but after that who knows.
"We will have to see how things go and if I am interested."
Asked if the nature of the 2021 rules would affect his decision, Raikkonen said: "No, because in the end when you make a big rule change you never know.
"Generally the big teams are still there because they had the resources to try lots of different things and figure out the best way to do it.
"It would be nicer if everyone got a lot closer, for the sport and the drivers, because it is very unknown."
If he completes the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Raikkonen will hold the record for most number of grand prix starts.
He says that will give him "zero pleasure" because "I am not here to say I have the most grands prix".
He joked that ahead of his 300th grand prix he has "already told the team it’s purely a number" and did not want any celebrations.
"I tried to force them to cancel everything," said Raikkonen. "But [to] not very good success!"
Monaco GP qualifying: Hamilton pips Bottas, Leclerc out in Q1
Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the final seconds of qualifying, while Charles Leclerc went out in Q1.
Bottas had an advantage of 0.231 seconds over Hamilton after the first runs in Q3 but was unable to improve on his second set of Pirelli softs.
Hamilton then put in a lap of 1m10.166s to outpace Bottas by 0.086s, with the championship leader’s stunning pace through the first sector crucial to his advantage.
Bottas held on to second place as Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was also unable to improve and stayed in third place, 0.475s down.
Ferrari ended up fourth with Sebastian Vettel and Leclerc in 16th after a torrid session.
Leclerc completed just one Q1 run and ultimately failed to make the top 15 by 0.052s despite being only 0.715s off the pace in the session.
He was not sent back out at the end even though he had picked up a flatspot on his soft Pirellis during his first run as Ferrari felt he was safe.
Leclerc also initially missed the weighbridge when he returned after his run, although he was pushed back by the Ferrari team before entering the garage.
He confirmed he had enough fuel and time to have completed a second run even after this delay.
While Leclerc sat in the garage, a string of drivers made late improvements and shuffled him down the order – culminating in one Ferrari being effectively knocked out by the other.
Vettel had not set a strong enough time on his first run having abandoned the final quick lap on his first run after kissing the wall at the exit of the first left/right at Swimming Pool.
This meant he was among those at risk of elimination before improving on the only fast lap he had time for on his second set of tyres. That lap put Vettel to first in Q1, but sealed Leclerc’s elimination.
In Q3, Vettel made a promising start to his last lap and looked set to improve, but kissed the wall at the exit of the Tabac right-hander and had to settle for fourth based on his first-run time.
Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly was fifth, 0.875s off the pace, but faces a post-session investigation for impeding Haas driver Romain Grosjean during Q2.
Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest in sixth place and was the only driver outside the top three teams to still have enough tyres for two runs using fresh Pirelli softs in Q3.
Having taken sixth place on his first run, he then briefly lost it to Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo, before reclaiming it on the second run.
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was eighth fastest, behind last year’s winner Ricciardo and a tenth and a half quicker than McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr.
Kvyat’s team-mate Alex Albon made Q3 for the first time in his F1 career, but had to settle for 10th and 1.487s off the pace.
Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg was bumped out of the top 10 in the final moments of Q2 when Magnussen, who had struggled on his first run after locking up and clipping the inside wall at Mirabeau, improved.
Lando Norris was half a tenth behind Hulkenberg in 12th place and 0.3s quicker than Grosjean – who complained about traffic over the radio at the end of the session when impeded by Gasly.
Alfa Romeo pairing Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were 14th and 15th respectively, with just 0.070s separating them.
Behind Leclerc, Racing Point duo Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were 17th and 18th but were six tenths of a second apart.
George Russell prevailed in the battle of the Williams drivers to take 19th place, with Robert Kubica bringing up the rear after lapping 0.274s slower.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m10.641s||0.475s|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m11.271s||1.105s|
|8||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.041s||0.875s|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m11.417s||1.251s|
|10||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m11.653s||1.487s|
|14||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.115s||–|
|16||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m12.233s||–|
|17||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m12.846s||–|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.185s||–|
Monaco Grand Prix practice: Leclerc fastest as Vettel crashes
Charles Leclerc edged out the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas to top third practice for the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel crashed out early on.
Leclerc ended the session 0.053 seconds faster than Bottas, with Lewis Hamilton a fraction behind, as circumstances conspired to prevent the rapid Red Bull of Max Verstappen from setting a more representative time. Verstappen ended the session fourth ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly.
The Mercedes W10s carried red halos for the first time this weekend in deference to the passing of Niki Lauda, but both drivers ultimately failed to prevent the timesheet wearing red up top.
Bottas set the pace in the early running with a 1m12.238s, just a few tenths up on Vettel and Leclerc, but since Thursday’s practice yielded times in the 1m11s bracket there remained plenty of room for improvement as the track evolved.
Hamilton’s arrival on track was marginally delayed by last-minute adjustments to his W10 and when he did get going, just 10 minutes into the session, he complained of vibrations from the front axle. Nevertheless he soon got up to speed and had just demoted Vettel when the Ferrari departed the scene.
Vettel locked his front-right wheel and went off into the outside barrier at Ste Devote after completing just seven timed laps.
As Vettel’s car was craned off the track and the lap times began to tumble, Verstappen rose to become the principal challenger to the two Mercedes.
By the end of the first runs Bottas was fastest of all with a 1m11.835s he clocked up towards the close of a 13-lap stint, while Hamilton was just 0.199s in arrears.
Verstappen was a further tenth off but running a shorter 10-lap stint, and seemingly unable to keep the tyres alive over a single lap – either being slow in the first sector but in the Mercedes ballpark in the final third, or vice versa.
Having failed to string together a properly quick lap in his opening run, Leclerc responded with a sizzling 1m11.265s lap at the beginning of his next stint, topping the timesheet by 0.053s as Bottas improved to 1m11.318s and Hamilton to 1m11.478s.
Verstappen’s push laps during his second stint were frustrated by traffic and a brush with the barrier at Rascasse; had he been able to connect all the dots, his theoretical best at this point was 1m11.270s rather than the 1m11.539s he registered when crossing the line.
Hamilton was the first of the frontrunners to leave the pits for a qualifying simulation with three minutes of the session to run, followed in short order by Leclerc and Bottas, but traffic militated against any of them improving their times.
Antonio Giovinazzi was ‘best of the rest’ in sixth for Alfa Romeo behind Gasly, albeit half a second off the Red Bull’s pace, with a 1m12.170s set late in the session.
The midfield margins were wafer thin: four tenths separated Giovinazzi from Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Alexander Albon, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean.
Vettel was classified 14th as neither the McLarens, the Racing Points nor the Williams were able to surpass his early time.
Practice three times
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.539s||0.274s||24|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.738s||0.473s||27|
|6||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.170s||0.905s||23|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.194s||0.929s||27|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.308s||1.043s||27|
|10||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.338s||1.073s||32|
|15||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m12.862s||1.597s||29|
|17||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m13.232s||1.967s||23|
|18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m13.622s||2.357s||21|
Monaco Grand Prix practice: Lewis Hamilton pips Valtteri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton prevailed in a battle with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas to top the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The duo had set the pace early in the session when on medium-compound Pirellis, but Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel took top spot on his performance run on what was his second set of softs by 45 thousandths of a second.
Mercedes was one of the last teams to send its drivers out for quick runs on softs, with Bottas the first to reclaim first position with a lap of 1m11.597s.
The Finn then improved again to a 1m11.275s, before Hamilton jumped ahead with a time of 1m11.245s.
Bottas put in a 1m11.199s to move back ahead, while Hamilton paid a visit to the Ste Devote escape road after a lock-up.
But Hamilton, on his 10th lap on softs, was able to put in a time 0.081s quicker than Bottas’s best, which proved to be good enough to top the session.
Vettel, who locked up at Ste Devote with 17 minutes to go and, after just stopping short of the barrier, had to reverse to recover, held on to third place – 0.763s down.
Pierre Gasly was fourth fastest for Red Bull, less than a tenth behind Vettel, with Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon fifth on his debut Monaco F1 weekend with a lap of 1m12.031s set with 54 minutes of the session to go.
Max Verstappen looked quick, but sat out a large amount of the session after suffering a suspected water leak on his Red Bull – ending up 0.934s with his pace on a first set of softs.
He returned to the track in the closing stages and completed a further seven laps, but did not improve on his earlier time.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest in seventh fastest, 1.056s off the pace, which put him just ahead of the Alfa Romeos of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.
Charles Leclerc, in the second Ferrari, was 10th and 1.232s down having complained about braking problems during the session.
Haas driver Romain Grosjean was 11th ahead of the McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Daniil Kvyat lost time in the final sector on his best lap and ended up 14th, 1.459s down and just ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez.
After a promising first practice session, the Renaults were down in 16th and 17th place, with Nico Hulkenberg the quicker by 0.016s.
That put them ahead of Lance Stroll, who was 3.440s down, and Williams pairing George Russell – who was another to visit the Ste Devote escape road – and Robert Kubica.
Practice two times
|4||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.938s||0.820s||39|
|5||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.031s||0.913s||51|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m12.052s||0.934s||17|
|8||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.239s||1.121s||51|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.342s||1.224s||51|
|13||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m12.419s||1.301s||47|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.577s||1.459s||39|
|15||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m12.752s||1.634s||44|
|18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m14.558s||3.440s||40|
Monaco Grand Prix practice: Hamilton fastest, Verstappen second
Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton led the way in the opening Thursday practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix, beating Max Verstappen by 0.059 seconds.
Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas spent much of morning practice maintaining a familiar Mercedes one-two, before Verstappen slotted in between the pair in his Red Bull in the latter half of the session.
Times were tumbling down quickly in the opening half-hour as drivers got acclimatised to the street circuit, but Mercedes cars swiftly assumed the lead to sit first and second after their opening run.
While Hamilton and Bottas were closely matched at that point, with the top Ferrari of Charles Leclerc just a tenth behind, the reigning champion emerged from the pits again on the same set of softs and stretched out his lead as he fired in a 1m12.932s.
Bottas, Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel all surpassed Hamilton’s earlier benchmark as they switched to fresh softs, but Hamilton responded swiftly and was back in the lead, trading a couple of fastest laps with Bottas before ending up on a 1m12.106s.
As Mercedes and Ferrari soon switched focus to long runs, this lap time kept Hamilton top until the chequered flag flew.
But Bottas, despite being just 0.072s slower than his team-mate, was shuffled down to third by Verstappen.
The Red Bull driver went down the escape road at Mirabeau after commencing his run on fresh softs, and required help from the marshals to reverse and get going again, yet ramped up his pace after that to take an eventual second place.
Local hero Leclerc wound up as the fastest Ferrari in fourth, 0.361s off the pace but over three and a half tenths up on Vettel.
Pierre Gasly, who had narrowly avoided a crash by catching a big slide in the Swimming Pool section, moved up to sixth place with 10 minutes left on the clock yet ended up a second off Red Bull team-mate Verstappen’s pace.
Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest behind the top three teams in seventh place, while Renault team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished 11th.
Haas had its session compromised by a telemetry and radio issue, which forced it to request the FIA to black-flag both of its drivers on the opening run as it could not communicate with them.
Both drivers returned to the track in the final 20 minutes, with Kevin Magnussen finishing just 0.005s behind Hulkenberg in eighth, while Romain Grosjean followed Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo in 10th.
Toro Rosso was alone in running the medium tyre in the second half of the session, and had Daniil Kvyat as its leading driver in 13th. Racing Point worked on the hard tyre late on, with Sergio Perez heading its efforts in 16th.
George Russell was the leading Williams entry in 17th, four tenths up on Robert Kubica – whose session ended with an off with just over 30 minutes to go.
Kubica spun his FW42 exiting Casino Square, and tapped the front wing against the inside barrier, subsequently returning to the pits but not reappearing after that.
McLaren was down to just one car for most of the session, with Carlos Sainz Jr sidelined with a reported electronics issue and unable to record a timed lap.
Practice one times
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m12.165s||0.059s||35|
|6||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m13.170s||1.064s||41|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m13.363s||1.257s||39|
|12||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m13.437s||1.331s||39|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.731s||1.625s||40|
|14||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.827s||1.721s||45|
|16||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m14.566s||2.460s||40|
|19||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m16.135s||4.029s||37|
|20||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||2m00.670s||48.564s||4|
Today nothing really happened in the race; to be honest, it was a pretty boring one. We know that on this track, once everybody has stopped, whoever is in the front dictates the speed and no matter if he goes four second slower on a lap, there’s no way to pass unless somebody makes a big mistake or runs out of tires. We end up following each other through the whole race. I had no problem managing my tires, in fact they were pretty good. I only had some graining with the first set, but apart from that they were ok. I was never worried about Bottas behind me, we had the speed and I could easily close up with the car in front, but there was no way to pass him. We were all the time doing our best, but couldn’t use our pace. Obviously we cannot be happy with fourth position, but as always, we try to learn from every race.
Monaco Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo wins despite car problem
Daniel Ricciardo survived a reliability scare to hold off Sebastian Vettel and take his second win of the 2018 Formula 1 season in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Ricciardo was comfortably in charge early on before an apparent energy recovery systems problem took hold for the majority of the race.
He managed that loss of power to the end to clinch his seventh GP victory, with Vettel dropping back in second late on and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes a distant third.
Ricciardo covered Vettel into the first corner and had built a lead of 3.6 seconds before the leaders pitted to shed their used hypersofts from qualifying.
Vettel stopped on lap 16 of 78 with Ricciardo staying out a lap later and rejoining with a lead still above three seconds.
Ricciardo then started to report a loss of power and Vettel closed in.
Red Bull indicated the problem would not get worse and Ricciardo was able to maintain the lead, albeit at a reduced pace.
That allowed Vettel to run just over a second behind him, with Hamilton gradually closing in and putting the top three within three seconds of each other.
Hamilton was complaining more about the state of his tyres and gradually slipped back to a lonely third.
Ricciardo’s loss of pace meant Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas threatened to stop privately duelling over fourth and join the lead train, but never quite managed to do so.
Bottas had briefly threatened to be a dark horse after taking supersofts at his only pitstop while the top four went on ultrasofts, and was considerably faster in clean air.
His charge ended as soon as he caught Raikkonen and found himself stuck behind the Ferrari, and although they closed right up on Hamilton at the end they held position.
Esteban Ocon just held on to finish best-of-the-rest for Force India.
Ocon pitted later than most frontrunners but not as late as Pierre Gasly and Nico Hulkenberg, who ran exceptionally long opening stints and had fierce pace in the second half of the race.
Toro Rosso driver Gasly had supersofts to the hypersofts on Hulkenberg’s Renault, but just about managed to keep seventh place as Ocon kept the pair at bay.
Max Verstappen scored points after his crash on Saturday condemned him to a back-of-the-grid start.
The Red Bull drove gradually rose up the order and finished ninth after wresting the place from Carlos Sainz Jr with a forceful move at the Nouvelle chicane.
Sainz survived one attack there by cutting the chicane, but a lap later Verstappen made it stick on the outside – he ran slightly deep into the corner and half-cut it, half-clobbered the kerb on the first right-hand apex, but kept the place.
A tame conclusion was interrupted by Charles Leclerc rear-ending Brendon Hartley under braking for the Nouvelle chicane with seven laps to go.
Hartley was running 11th with Leclerc just behind when the Sauber rookie smashed into the rear of the Toro Rosso shortly after exiting the tunnel.
Leclerc, who reported "no brakes" immediately afterwards, skated down the escape road with the front of his car deranged, while Hartley limped back to retire in the pits with a broken rear wing.
That triggered a virtual safety car, but with so little time remaining the frontrunners did not risk pitting and the order remained the same, albeit with Vettel falling further back from Ricciardo.
Fernando Alonso was the race’s other retiree. The Spaniard was on course to finish seventh until he was forced to retire his McLaren, which was smoking at the rear as he came to a halt on the exit of Ste Devote with 25 laps left.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||78||1h42m54.807s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||78||23.667s|
|7||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||78||24.331s|
|9||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||78||25.317s|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||78||1m10.461s|
|14||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Renault||77||1 Lap|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||77||1 Lap|
|16||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|17||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||76||2 Laps|
|19||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||70||Collision|
“Today we struggled a bit to make the tires work straightaway in the first two corners, get them into the correct temperature window and get the car to turn where we wanted. During the lap they seemed to improve, but here at Monaco, if you are not 100 per cent sure of how it’s going to be in Turn 1, then you lack a bit of confidence. Obviously, we cannot be totally happy with this result, we wanted to be higher up the time sheet, but this what we have got today. The race is a different story. Usually it’s very tricky to overtake here, but in the past a lot of things happened. We’ll try to stay out of any trouble, make the right decisions and do the right things at the right moment”.
Monaco Grand Prix qualifying: Daniel Ricciardo on pole for Red Bull
Daniel Ricciardo claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix after Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen missed qualifying thanks to his practice crash.
Ricciardo topped the first two stages of qualifying, with Verstappen unable even to take to the track thanks to damage sustained in a morning accident at the second part of Swimming Pool that forced a gearbox change, before banging in a 1m10.810s on his first run in Q3 to take top spot.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton briefly threatened Ricciardo’s position with the fastest first sector time of qualifying on his final flier, but lost pace later in the lap and ended up third behind Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
Ricciardo, meanwhile, looked set to improve, but dropped time in the final sector and ended up posting a lap 0.036 seconds slower than his first attempt.
This is only Ricciardo’s second pole position in F1, coming two years after his first at the same venue.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest, just 0.034s slower than Hamilton, with the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in fifth place.
Of the Q3 runners, only the Mercedes drivers attempted an alternative strategy by using ultrasofts for their first runs in Q2.
But neither Hamilton nor Bottas was quick enough and had to run again on hypersofts, meaning all of the top 10 will start on the softest Pirelli compound.
Esteban Ocon won the battle for best of the rest in sixth place, with just 0.160s covering the bottom five in Q3.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr, Force India’s Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly completed the top 10.
Nico Hulkenberg’s final lap in Q2 was not good enough to get him into the top 10, falling a tenth short of Gasly’s time.
McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne was shuffled down to 12th, having been sixth based on his time on the first runs, thanks to failing to improve on his second set of tyres – potentially as a result of a minor problem with the car.
Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc were eighth and ninth respectively in Q1, but ended up 13th and 14th overall despite both making slight improvements in the second stage of qualifying.
Romain Grosjean was 15th for Haas, just 0.014s slower than Leclerc, as the team continued to struggle. He is also carrying a three-place grid penalty from his Spanish GP accident.
Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley was fastest of those to be eliminated in Q1 in 16th place.
His first run was not quick enough to avoid the dropzone, and he was only able to make an improvement of 0.224s on his second set of hypersofts.
A yellow flag at Ste Devote because Leclerc briefly went off meant he could not make a final attempt to get into the top 15.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was 17th ahead of the Williams of Lance Stroll, with Kevin Magnussen’s difficult weekend continuing as he ended up in 19th and last place of the runners ahead only of Verstappen.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m10.810s||–|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.061s||1.251s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.154s||1.344s|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.221s||1.411s|
|15||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.179s||–|
|20||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||–|
Monaco GP F1 practice: Ricciardo fastest as Verstappen crashes in FP3
Daniel Ricciardo completed a clean sweep of Monaco Grand Prix practice sessions as his Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen crashed heavily late in FP3 on Saturday.
After enjoying a one-two in FP1 and FP2 on Thursday Red Bull continued its fine form on the streets of Monte Carlo with Verstappen initially turning the tables on Ricciardo.
Verstappen set two times good enough for top spot as Thursday pacesetter Ricciardo lapped just over a tenth slower than the Dutchman.
However, when Verstappen emerged for a late run on fresh hypersofts he crashed exiting the Swimming Pool section on his first flying lap.
Verstappen had a small wobble after clearing the Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr approaching the right-left chicane, then clipped the inside wall as he turned in.
That broke the right front steering and sent Verstappen across the chicane’s run-off and into the wall heavily on the right-hand side.
It was an almost identical crash to one Verstappen suffered two years ago, and gives Red Bull significant work to do to get the car ready for qualifying.
The session was red-flagged before resuming with three minutes remaining, and Ricciardo took full advantage to improve to a 1m11.786s, just one-thousandth of a second faster than Verstappen.
Sebastian Vettel headed Ferrari’s charge two tenths back in third, with Lewis Hamilton best of the Mercedes drivers in fifth.
Raikkonen slipped in between the title rivals, a tenth back from his team-mate after a lap that looked very strong before fading in the final sequence of corners.
Valtteri Bottas struggled initially in the second Mercedes, which required a rear wing change after the Finn clobbered the barrier in the Ste Devote run-off after attempting a quick U-turn having run straight on.
He did jump up the order with 20 minutes remaining by getting ahead of Hamilton into fifth on a 1m12.356s.
Hamilton then hit back with a time less than a tenth faster despite encountering a Williams just as he approached the final corner.
Brendon Hartley took best-of-the-rest honours in seventh behind the big three teams for Toro Rosso ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly.
Sainz, who also took to the Turn 1 escape road during the session but rejoined without damaging his car, and Williams rookie Sergey Sirotkin completed the top 10.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.786s||–||23|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.787s||0.001s||14|
|7||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.752s||0.966s||25|
|8||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.761s||0.975s||23|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.940s||1.154s||23|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.025s||1.239s||22|
Monaco Grand Prix practice: Daniel Ricciardo leads Red Bull one-two
Daniel Ricciardo completed a clean sweep of Thursday practice for the Monaco Grand Prix by topping the second session of the day in another Red Bull one-two
Ricciardo had set the pace in the morning, but it was team-mate Max Verstappen that took top spot 19 minutes into the afternoon session with a lap of 1m12.468s using hypersoft Pirellis.
Verstappen eventually worked down to a 1m12.071s on his first set of tyres and was set to improve again when the session was red-flagged after 25 minutes.
This was to allow repairs to the track on the run from Casino Square to Mirabeau, with race director Charlie Whiting visiting the scene and some welding work done on what appeared to be a drain cover in the middle of the track.
When the session restarted after a 15-minute interruption, Verstappen went out on a fresh set of hypersofts and, like many, struggled with traffic.
He improved his time by a slightly to a 1m12.035s, although that run came to an end when he clipped the rear of Romain Grosjean’s Haas at the hairpin while letting past Ricciardo and subsequently returned to the pits.
Ricciardo opted to complete his qualifying simulation run later than most, eventually hitting the front with a lap of 1m11.841s with 22 minutes remaining.
This put him 0.194 seconds ahead of Verstappen, although the Dutchman would have posted a lap of 1m11.765s had he strung his three best sector times together.
Sebastian Vettel was third fastest for Ferrari with a time 0.378s off the pace set on his eighth lap using a set of hypersofts.
That put him just over a tenth ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who shaded the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen by 0.009s despite a big slide coming through the second part of Swimming Pool.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was sixth, 0.099s slower than Raikkonen, although he was set to post an improved time when he aborted a lap on his performance run and headed into the pits.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest in seventh place, his best time set on hypersofts being 1.206s off the pace and just three hundredths faster than McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.
McLaren left its qualifying simulation runs later than most and both Vandoorne and Alonso gradually climbed the timesheets to end up eighth and ninth respectively.
Carlos Sainz Jr, in the second Renault that features upgraded bargeboards, rounded out the top 10 – 1.398s off the pace and just 0.022s quicker than the lead Toro Rosso-Honda of Brendon Hartley.
Sainz escaped a brush with the wall with his right rear towards the end of the 90-minute session.
Hartley’s time was set on his first set of hypersofts, as on his second he glanced the wall exiting Sainte Devote on his first flier and did not subsequently improve.
Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were 12th and 13th ahead of the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly, who set his best time on his first set of hypersofts.
Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin rounded out the top 15, followed by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.
Every driver set their fastest lap using hypersoft Pirellis.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.841s||–||33|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.035s||0.194s||41|
|11||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.222s||1.381s||47|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.370s||1.529s||39|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.382s||1.541s||47|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.410s||1.569s||32|
Monaco GP F1 practice: Daniel Ricciardo leads Red Bull 1-2 in FP1 – F1
Daniel Ricciardo led a Red Bull one-two in the opening practice session for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Ricciardo jumped to the top of the times in the final third of FP1 to displace team-mate Max Verstappen, who is under investigation for reversing back onto the track after an off at Ste Devote.
Lewis Hamilton was Red Bull’s closest challenger in third, almost three tenths back for Mercedes, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel fourth but 0.9s in arrears.
Red Bull first moved to the top in the opening half hour by using the hypersoft tyres to displace the ultrasoft-shod Mercedes.
Valtteri Bottas had settled at the head of the field on a 1m14.347s after exchanging the place with team-mate Hamilton before Ricciardo beat him by more than two-tenths of a second.
Ricciardo and Verstappen then whittled the benchmark down, with Verstappen becoming the first to break the 1m13s barrier on a 1m12.941s.
That gave Red Bull a huge 1.2s gap over the Ferrari of Vettel, who moved into third on hypersofts, as the bulk of the track action stopped approaching the midpoint of the session.
Sergey Sirotkin was one of few outliers because the Williams driver had interrupted his earlier running when he clouted the pit wall earlier on entering the start-finish straight and deflated the right-rear tyre.
He jumped into the top 10 and stayed there as others improved to give Williams some early-weekend cheer.
At the head of the order Hamilton put Mercedes briefly back on top with his second lap on hypersofts, a 1m12.480s, but Verstappen beat that by a tenth soon after.
The Dutchman improved further to a 1m12.280s, before suffering a huge front-left lock-up into Ste Devote that put him down the escape road.
He was placed under investigation for failing to rejoin safely when he reversed on track with a Ferrari approaching the corner.
Ricciardo took a couple of attempts to take advantage after traffic in the final sector initially kept the Australian 0.056s adrift, but eventually beat him by 0.154s on a 1m12.126s.
That shuffled Hamilton to third and Vettel fourth in a Ferrari that is running pre-Spanish GP rear suspension configuration and has also come under intense scrutiny for its battery arrangement within the engine’s energy recovery system.
Vettel finished just 0.025s ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, while Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr jumped to sixth with 20 minutes to go.
Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes was dumped to seventh as the Finn, wearing a Mika Hakkinen tribute helmet, struggled to post a truly competitive time on hypersofts.
McLaren had a tricky season, with Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso ending up 15th and 17th respectively.
Alonso missed most of the session as McLaren had to change the floor after a brake-by-wire problem, before appearing late on and improving to 17th.
Spanish GP star Kevin Magnussen was slowest as he and Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean completed just 16 laps between them.
A late flier from Grosjean launched him into the top 10 behind Sergio Perez’s Force India and ahead of Sirotkin.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.126s||–||36|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.280s||0.154s||25|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.717s||1.591s||39|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.000s||1.874s||39|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m14.034s||1.908s||46|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m14.240s||2.114s||38|
“Restare in Ferrari anche l’anno prossimo? La decisione non dipende da me”
In un’intervista rilasciata alla Gazzetta dello Sport, Kimi Raikkonen ha parlato del possibile ritiro al termine di questo campionato, sottolineando come la voglia di correre sia ancora abbastanza viva all’interno della propria mente. Dalle parole emerse nell’intervista di oggi, infatti, Ice Man sembra sempre meno intenzionato ad appendere il casco al chiodo, sia per la ritrovata competitività della Ferrari e sia perchè, soprattutto durante questo campionato, sta dimostrando di poter essere della partita, mettendo in mostra prestazioni da top driver e certamente non inferiori a molti dei suoi colleghi. Kimi ha precisato di come la decisione spetterà solamente al team, ma che da parte propria, nonostante la carta d’identità riporti un’età di 38 anni, ci sia l’intenzione di continuare a divertirsi al volante di una vettura di Formula Uno.
Ecco le parole di Kimi Raikkonen: “E’ una domanda che mi pongono spesso: resti o no? Il problema è che la gente non capisce che la decisione non dipende da me, ma dal team. Loro sanno cosa voglio e ci tengo a precisare che non sarei qui se non mi divertissi”.
“Dopo la mia carriera, onestamente, non sento di dover dimostrare nulla”, ha aggiunto il finlandese. “Il piacere di sedersi in vettura è l’unica cosa che mi trattiene all’interno di questo mondo e l’impegno che ci metto è lo stesso del mio primo anno. Farei volentieri a meno di tutto il contorno, ma alla fine fa parte del gioco. Sulla decisione di proseguire influiscono tanti fattori, ma una cosa è abbastanza certa: la mia voglia di correre non sparirà da qui alla fine del campionato”.
Monaco – Come di consueto, l’attività inizia un giorno prima al Gran Premio di Monaco. I piloti della Scuderia Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen e Sebastian Vettel, insieme a tutta la squadra, si preparano ad una sfida che non può essere paragonata a nessun altro weekend del calendario F1.
“Tutto il weekend qui a Monaco è una grande sfida” conferma Kimi. “E’ una pista difficile, che non ti garantisce la vittoria anche se sei il più veloce; tante cose possono accadere e potresti non avere il tempo di reagire. Tutti questi fattori possono rendere le cose più difficili. Questo è un weekend speciale e bisogna mettere un po’ di più di impegno rispetto ad un circuito normale. Domani inizieremo le prove libere e poi adatteremo la macchina alle nostre esigenze. La pista cambia molto tra le prove, le qualifiche e la gara. Dobbiamo seguire questi cambiamenti, accertandoci di avere il giusto assetto per poter spingere quando sarà il momento di farlo. Bisogna aver fiducia nella propria macchina e avere un buon feeling. Durante i test abbiamo provato già le gomme Hypersoft, ma ovviamente le condizioni a Barcellona erano del tutto diverse. Di certo danno più aderenza. E’ impossibile sapere dove saremo, ma inizieremo domani e procederemo con il nostro solito programma, cercando di fare tutto bene”.
Il viso di Kimi Raikkonen sul podio di Monte Carlo valeva più di qualsiasi parola. Il finlandese è stato annichilito dalla vittoria del ‘cannibale’ Sebastian Vettel, e ora dovrà cercare di non subire il contraccolpo psicologico di una sconfitta che potrebbe lasciargli pesanti strascichi.
La differenza tra un campione e un campionissimo sta nel canino. Vettel ha sentito l’odore del sangue e ha azzannato, senza pietà, come un moderno vampiro di rosso vestito. Raikkonen, d’altronde, ha il profilo perfetto del ‘buono’, l’ingenua preda designata del cannibale. Un’esitazione di troppo nell’avvicinarsi ai doppiati Button e Wehrlein ha fatto brillare gli occhi a Seb, che come un avvoltoio ha iniziato a braccarlo, prima di affondare il colpo grazie a una strategia rivelatasi perfetta. Per lui.
Il campionissimo, il cannibale, accentra su di sé tutte le attenzioni della propria squadra, come una primadonna carica di fascino. E volente o nolente, è sempre al posto giusto nel momento giusto. Le gomme son sempre quelle giuste, le strategie sempre le migliori a disposizione. A Monaco per Vettel tutti i tasselli del puzzle sono andati al posto giusto, per Kimi dal giro 34 si è invece frantumato tutto in mille pezzi. Sin dal rientro in pista, nuovamente dietro a Button e Wehrlein.
E l’Iceman si è sciolto, vagando lentamente e svogliatamente per tutta la seconda parte di gara. Scendendo dalla vettura non ha tradito mezzo sorriso, picconato nell’animo dalla vittoria del suo compagno di box. Sebastian non ha avuto pietà, come non la ebbe in passato con Webber, come Alonso con Massa, e ancor prima di lui Schumacher con i vari Barrichello e Irvine.
Il cannibale sorride, ti fa i complimenti pubblici, non lesina le pacche sulle spalle. Ma poi abbassa la visiera e ti azzanna, avversario tra gli avversari, appena tenti di rubargli la vittoria. Fanno tenerezza i ‘buoni’: i Kimi, i Massa, i Barrichello. Ma sono i ‘cattivi’ che si prendono le copertine, le coppe, che autografano l’albo d’oro.
Sabato la pole di Raikkonen profumava di romanticismo e di eroismo. Domenica sera il rischio è quello di vedere il finlandese trascinarsi stancamente verso fine stagione, verso il ritiro. Il mondo alla rovescia in ventiquattro ore. La psicologia di un pilota va trattata con cura. Il viso allucinato di Kimi sul podio potrebbe essere il punto di non ritorno di una carriera, come già accaduto a Rubens in Austria nel 2002, a Massa ad Hockenheim nel 2010, a Webber nel ‘Multi 21’ a Sepang nel 2013.
Nel ‘caso Raikkonen’ a Monaco 2017 non c’è però un ordine di scuderia. Ma un cannibale che ha messo a segno il delitto perfetto. Da solo?
Kimi Raikkonen says his second place in Monaco doesn’t count a lot
Kimi Raikkonen says his second place in the Monaco Grand Prix "doesn’t count a lot" after he lost out to Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
The Finn led the opening stint of the race after taking his first pole position since 2008, but he fell behind Vettel during the pitstops, with the German coming in five laps later and rejoining just ahead.
From there, Vettel drove away from Raikkonen with ease, taking Ferrari’s first win in the principality since Michael Schumacher’s triumph in 2001.
When asked how he felt about the race after looking downbeat on the podium, Raikkonen said: "I don’t know. Obviously it didn’t work out very well for me.
"Other than that…not much I can say about it.
"It’s still second place, but it doesn’t count a lot in my books at least.
"It doesn’t feel awfully good – that is how it goes sometimes. One of those days we should have had a bit more."
Amid suggestions his race strategy was chosen in a way that would benefit Vettel’s title hopes, when asked why he pitted when he did, Raikkonen added: "I was called in. That is about it.
"Obviously they had reasons for it, but it is not up to me to answer.
"I can stop the car if I like [in the pits] as I am driving it, but we work as a team and if you don’t believe what you have been told or how it works it will get very complicated.
"Today as a team we wanted a one-two, it happened, but for myself, I could have done a bit better.
"I haven’t seen the big picture, I only know that we came second.
"The team got a one-two, which is great for the team, but the rest – until we have meetings and we can see all the graphs I don’t know."
Vettel, who now leads Lewis Hamilton by 25 points in the championship, said the different strategies for the Ferrari drivers was not part of a pre-race plan.
"We couldn’t plan much – the plan was to pull away but Valtteri [Bottas, in third] had good pace," he said.
"I saw Valtteri pitted and Kimi responded, I still had a bit of a gap and nothing to lose so I pushed as hard as possible and in two laps I surprised myself to pull a gap and come out in front.
"The car was really good and I pushed everything I could, so I knew if there was a chance [to jump Raikkonen] that was it."
Q: Congrats. Kimi, I think it’s fair to say the whole F1 community would have been very happy as well to see you get that win today. What are your thoughts? You lost it during the pit stops of course, what are you thoughts on that?
Kimi Raikkonen: It’s hard to say really. Obviously it’s still second place, but it doesn’t feel awful good but this is how it goes sometimes and we go for the next race and try to do better but it’s one of those days that you wish you get a bit more.
Q: I know how it feels. It is not a good feeling. But great result anyways.
Q: Kimi, coming to you, obviously you lost the race in the pit stops. The normal wisdom in Monaco is that when you’re leading you’re not the first one to make a move. But just before you made your stop we heard a radio message exchange with your engineer in which you were asking about pitting. So to be clear, were you asking for the stop or did they call it?
KR: No, I was called in and that’s about it.
Q: How do you feel about the first one to move?
KR: I don’t know, obviously it didn’t work out very well for me. But apart from that, I have no idea. I mean… that’s about as much as I can say about it right now. I got the bad end of the story today. I mean it’s still second place but obviously it doesn’t count a lot in my books at least.
Q: (Viktor Bognar – Magyarszo) Kimi, do you think it would have been possible to cover Sebastian if you are stopping later?
KR: I don’t know. Obviously, this is what we got today. The end results. And obviously for the team it’s a great result. Who knows? This is really the end, we can say ‘if’ as much as we want but it doesn’t change anything.
Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC Sport) Kimi, when you pitted you came out behind some traffic and Bottas was also behind Sainz at the time. Have you had an explanation as to why they pitted you at that point?
KR: I don’t know. Obviously, I have just finished the race. I have no idea. Obviously they have reasons for whatever we did do. It doesn’t matter here or any other race. It’s not up to me to answer that.
Q: (Ben Anderson – Autosport) Kimi, in the first stint, you seemed to have really strong pace in the early part and then from about lap 20 your pace dropped off quite substantially. Was there an explanation for that? Were you struggling with something in the car?
KR: Not really. I think the worst place was when we had lapped cars and got stuck behind them on quite a few laps but apart from that the car was behaving well. Not really having any issues. I think we had to take it a little bit easier here and there but nothing to complain really. The most lap time we lost behind the lapped traffic but that’s about it.
Q: (Peter Farkas – Auto Motor) To Kimi and Sebastian, obviously now it seems that Mercedes is sometimes very quick but at other tracks they have serious problems. Of course it’s early in the championship but do you think this consistency of the Ferrari car can really win you the championship this year?
SV: I don’t know.
KR: It’s quite an early part of the year so we’ll see. It’s very hard to know what happens in the future but we will keep trying and try to make the best out of every weekend and just do what we can do. We cannot control what the others will do but no, I’m sure everybody will have some difficult weekends during the year. We will try to minimise those. When you have a hard time, try to make the best out of it.
Q: (Silvia Arias – Parabrisas) Kimi, talking about lapping cars, do you think the blue flag for Button came out a little bit too… not at the right moment? The blue flag which signals to let you past immediately?
KR: I don’t know. There are obviously rules and I’m pretty sure I was – I don’t know if it was one second or one and a half seconds but I was pretty close in the hairpin and I was told that I have to be longer inside their time, so it was not enough to be once, it was something that I’d never hard before but anyhow that’s what happened and it cost a bit but that’s how it is.
Q: (Stuart Codling – F1 Racing) Kimi, given that your team will have known that when you pitted you would emerge in the vicinity of traffic, with those two slower cars ahead, do you feel that you could have gone quicker in those laps, before your pit stop, had you known this?
KR: I don’t know. We tried to figure out something that is impossible to know right now, at least from my side. No, obviously it wasn’t ideal to end up behind a lapped car and obviously it is something that definitely doesn’t help but the end result is what it is but we have to see. We just finished the race and I only know what happened and that’s it. Obviously I got second place but yeah, for the team good but not for myself, not so great.
Q: (Marco Giachi – Paddock) Kimi, as a driver, could you reject the instructions? From a technical point of view, did you have enough information to decide by yourself or are you 100 percent in the hands of the engineers?
KR: Obviously I can stop the car if I want! I’m driving it. We have a team, we work as a team and if you start… if you don’t believe what you’ve been told or how we work then it will get very complicated sometimes because we always try to work as best as we can and today, as a team, we won it one-two, that happened, but as for myself it could have been better, but like I said, we just finished the race and who knows? We will talk about it and I guess there are some reasons for everything that happens in life but we will see. As a driver, I can obviously do what I want but that’s not how we work as a team. Simple as that.
Q: (Ben Anderson – Autosport) Kimi, when you look back at a race, do you feel that you were just unlucky with traffic and the way things fell or do you think Ferrari’s strategy just cost you the victory?
KR: I don’t know. Like I said, I haven’t seen… I only know what happened when I was in the car but I haven’t seen the bigger picture. I only know that we came second, Seb won, the team got one-two, obviously great for the team, but the rest… Until we have our meeting then obviously you can see all the graphs, I don’t know.
Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel clinched victory in the Monaco Grand Prix as Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton finished down in seventh.
Pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen led the opening part of the race, but Vettel stayed out five laps longer before his pitstop, and rejoined ahead of his team-mate.
Raikkonen could not respond with Vettel stretching his lead before the safety car was called into action when Jenson Button collided with Pascal Wehrlein at Portier, pitching the Sauber onto its side against the barrier.
But once the race got back under way, Vettel was able to build a gap and crossed the line 3.1 seconds clear of his team-mate to secure Ferrari’s first win in Monaco since 2001.
Daniel Ricciardo, who survived hitting the wall at Sainte Devote after the race restart, also ran a long first stint, enabling him to jump the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and the other Red Bull of Max Verstappen to take third.
Hamilton, who started 14th, was the last driver to pit, switching from ultra-softs to super-softs and rejoining seventh.
The three-time world champion pressured Carlos Sainz Jr in the closing stages, but could not find a way past, which means he leaves Monaco 25 points adrift of Vettel in the drivers’ standings.
Raikkonen made a brilliant getaway to lead away from pole, with Vettel fending off a half-hearted attack from Bottas to retain second.
The Finn built a gap of around 2.1s, but Vettel began closing that down and was within a second before Raikkonen was called into the pits.
Vettel pumped in a series of quick laps ahead of his stop and rejoined around a second clear of his team-mate, with Raikkonen seemingly giving up on the win from there.
Verstappen was furious when he found out Ricciardo had jumped him, labelling the situation a disaster, and though he pressured Bottas for much of the second stint, he couldn’t find a way past.
With 18 laps to go, Button, who was filling in at McLaren while Fernando Alonso competes at the Indianapolis 500, tried an ambitious pass on Wehrlein into Portier.
The two, who had run nose-to-tail for the entire race, made contact, with Wehlein’s Sauber pitched onto its side against the barrier, while Button pulled over at the exit of the tunnel with the front-left corner of the car heavily-damaged.
Wehrlein climbed out of the car, once it was righted onto its wheels, and was able to walk away unaided but went to the medical centre for precautionary checks.
It was a frustrating day for Sauber, with Marcus Ericsson carrying too much speed into Sainte Devote and hitting the wall when trying to pass the safety car to unlap himself.
Romain Grosjean finished eighth in the leading Haas, ahead of Felipe Massa with Kevin Magnussen completing the top 10.
Stoffel Vandoorne was set to finish 10th and score McLaren’s first point of the season but he slid off at Sainte Devote when Sergio Perez attacked down the inside.
Perez, who had his race compromised when he was forced to pit early with a damaged front wing, then tried a bold pass on Daniil Kvyat at Rascasse for ninth.
The pair made contact, with Kvyat retiring and Perez pitting for another front wing, bringing to an end his 15-race point-scoring streak.
Jolyon Palmer was the sole finishing Renault in 11th with his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg retiring with a gearbox problem when running 10th.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||78||3.745s|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||78||6.199s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||78||12.038s|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||78||23.725s|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||78||49.089s|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||71||Collision|
|–||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||66||Spun off|
|–||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||63||Spun off|
La pole di Kimi e il silenzio degli innocenti
Forse è meglio lo scriva tre volte di seguito.
Kimi in pole a Montecarlo.
Kimi in pole a Montecarlo.
Kimi in pole a Montecarlo.
Giusto ieri, venerdì, battibeccavo affettuosamente su Radio 24 con Ivan Capelli, pronto a sostenere che la Ferrari ha bisogno accanto a Vettel di un partner più competitivo di Raikkonen.
Ah, sì? E comunque Ivan è un amico, vale come simbolo di un esercito (spero in rotta) di detrattori in servizio permanente effettivo del Santo Bevitore.
Ma poi mi fermo qui, perchè diceva il Poeta che del doman non v’è certezza e in certe occasioni conviene godere muti.
Il silenzio degli innocenti.
Quindi, parlerò d’altro.
Ferrari stellare. Bravo Arrivabene, bravo Binotto, brava l’intera squadra.
Del resto, era dal 2008 che non c’era una prima fila tutta Rossa a Monaco.
Finì a schifio la domenica.
I punti si prendono la domenica (Schumi dixit).
Hamilton è stato sfortunato causa Vandoorne ma la pole mai l’avrebbe fatta e in fondo era giusto, non poteva eguagliare le 65 partenze al palo di Ayrton proprio nel Principato. Vediamo cosa riesce a combinare in rimonta.
Gara tutta da definire, Mi ricordo sgradevolmente di Sochi, eh. Bottas non va piano, sgrattaando sgrattando abbiamo da ferraristi una grande attenzione, ma chi se ne frega.
Vettel sa cosa fare.
Io so che volti guardare questo sabato e che parole ascoltare o andare a leggere.
Il tempo è galantuomo, per chi è in buona fede.
FIA post-qualifying press conference – Monaco
Drivers: 1 – Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), 2 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 3 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).
Q: Kimi, what a fantastic job, your second pole here in Monaco but perhaps more importantly, you first pole since France 2008, which is 128 races ago – it established a new record for the gap between pole position. Clearly there’s plenty of life still within you yet. How excited are you to be starting on pole in Monaco, and where did it come from today, this performance?
Kimi Raikkonen: Obviously it’s the best place to start for tomorrow, but it doesn’t guarantee anything for tomorrow. Nevertheless I’ll happily take it. It’s been all weekend quite OK. We’ve been struggling a little bit in certain places and we’ve been working and trying to figure it out and in qualifying it was better, by no means perfect, but it’s never going to be perfect. It was good enough and I was very happy with the car in there. If you look you can always go a bit faster here and there but that’s normal, it’s a never-ending story like that. We had a good timing when we went out. I felt good, so I was able to push and it was quite a nice straightforward qualifying. So happy for myself, happy for the team. Obviously we have two cars in the front tomorrow so let’s try to make the best out of it.
Q: (Pete Farkas – Auto Motor) It was quite interesting to see that during free practices Sebastian seemed to be a bit more confident on track than Kimi, but throughout qualifying it was the other way round. Has something changed – maybe it was because of the conditions, maybe the very high track temperatures – or maybe it was nothing in particular?
KR: No, I don’t think so. I think it’s the very fine details that make a difference here. If you have just a little bit of an off feeling with the tyres or something like that in one place, it limits you to go fast and obviously in those low-speed corners you can lose a lot of time for basically nothing. It’s tricky to put the good laps together. You try to kind of, in the practice, take it a bit easier, not to destroy the car, because then you are going to lose a lot. Then you push and hopefully you get it right. But I think it’s such small differences. It’s nothing to do with conditions or anything else, it’s just whoever gets the best feeling and being able to push.
Q: (Louis Dekker – nos.nl) For all the drivers, can you say if the circuit, with these new cars, is easier or more difficult?
KR: I don’t think it’s any easier. We end up going faster but then the same difficulties are there to go fast. It’s always tricky here, like it is in any place, especially here because you have to get very close to the kerbs and the walls and everything and there’s no chance to make mistakes. I think the resurface has improved a lot the circuit. It’s less bumpy, so it makes it a bit more nicer – but I don’t feel it’s any easier because the cars are faster and how more downforce. Everything happens a bit faster.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – GloboEsporte.com) To Kimi. Kimi in spite of being the sixth round of the Championship there is an important difference in points between you and Sebastian. In the case you and Sebastian are fighting the first bend after the start, how will you react?
KR: No different to any other point this year, last year. We know what we are doing, we are racing for the team and y’know, we have certain rules and respect against each other. We are allowed to fight but obviously, we have to do it as clean as we can and not take each other out.
Q: (Ottavio Daviddi – Tuttosport) To the Ferrari drivers. You are in the first row, I think that the first corner will be very important. I would like to know if it is necessary to discuss about Ste. Devote between you with doors closed tonight, or not?
I think Kimi’s half-answered this already…
Q: And Kimi, you will presumably have a briefing before the race in which it will…
KR:… I don’t know why people expect that it is something different tomorrow than it’s been the last two years. Nothing has changed. Just try to make a stupid story out of nothing.
Q: (Luigi Perna – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi, this pole position, during the last nine years, it’s important for you to have done it in such a selective track as Monte Carlo?
KR: No, I would have happily taken any other place also but it just happens. We’ve been close a few times lately but it’s something we haven’t really got in the last race. But if you take any circuit, here it’s the most important to be in front but it doesn’t automatically give you a win or a good result. There are so many things that can happen in a race that are nothing to do with you. You might be doing and the team might be doing a perfect job but actually there are absolutely other things which might destroy the whole race so it’s going to be a long difficult race but we have two cars in the best possible positions so that’s the main thing.
Raikkonen happy, but pole ‘guarantees nothing’
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen says he will be taking nothing for granted in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, despite admitting his delight at being on pole for the first time in almost a decade.
Raikkonen looked imperious throughout Saturday’s Monte Carlo qualifying, finishing less than a tenth of a second ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel who will join him on the front row.
“Obviously it’s the best place to start for tomorrow but it doesn’t guarantee anything for tomorrow,” said the Finn, who won the famous street race for McLaren back in 2005.
“Nevertheless I’ll happily take it, and it’s been quite okay all weekend. We’ve been struggling a little bit in certain places and have been working to try and figure it out.
“Qualifying was better – it wasn’t perfect, but it’s never going to be perfect. It was good enough and I was very happy with the car.
“You can always go a bit faster here and there – it’s normally a never-ending story like that – but things went well. We had good timing with when we went out and I felt good, so I was able to push and it was a quite nice, straightforward qualifying.”
Team boss Maurizio Arrivabene was quick to praise the efforts of Raikkonen, who took the title with Ferrari in 2007 – but who has not won a race for them since Belgium 2009.
“I’m really happy for him because he deserves it – the champion is coming out sometimes,” said Arrivabene. “It’s a pity for Sebastian that he made a little mistake in Turn 5, but having two cars up there is good.”
The qualifying result means Ferrari’s second front-row lockout of the year, the last one being in Russia where they were then beaten to victory by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.
“I’m happy we find the pace now, but we have to remember the last one in Sochi, be careful and think about tomorrow,” added Arrivabene.
With the prospect of a 21st career victory firmly on the cards, Raikkonen concluded: “Happy for myself, happy for the team and obviously we have two cars on the front tomorrow so we’ll try to make the best of it.”
Raikkonen takes Monaco Grand Prix F1 pole, Hamilton goes out in Q2
Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first Formula 1 pole position since 2008 in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton failed to make the top-10 shootout.
Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel had set the pace in Thursday practice, and in final practice on Saturday morning in Monte Carlo, but Raikkonen moved ahead in Q2 and stayed there, eventually claiming the top spot by just 0.043 seconds as Vettel just fell short in Q3.
Valtteri Bottas was third in the best of the Mercedes, just 0.002s behind Vettel, while team-mate Hamilton was forced to watch from the sidelines.
Hamilton struggled for speed throughout Q1 and Q2, and almost crashed twice after losing the rear end of his Mercedes at Massenet and Casino Square.
The triple world champion was down in 14th place in Q2, as Ferrari set the pace, but looked on a lap good enough to make Q3 before Stoffel Vandoorne crashed his McLaren-Honda at the Swimming Pool.
That forced Hamilton to abandon his lap and means he will start the Monaco street race mired in the midfield.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fourth in Hamilton’s absence, well clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo behind.
A late improvement from Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr in Q3 lifted him to a season’s best sixth, ahead of Sergio Perez’s Force India and Romain Grosjean’s Haas.
Jenson Button qualified ninth on his return to F1 in place of Fernando Alonso, but Button’s McLaren-Honda will drop to the back of the grid thanks to a 15-place penalty for engine component changes ahead of final practice.
Button’s team-mate Vandoorne rounded out the top 10, though he failed to participate in Q3 after that Q2 crash.
He will drop three places on account of a penalty for clashing with Felipe Massa at the previous race in Spain.
Vandoorne’s shunt also prevented the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat from improving at the end of Q2, so one of the stars of Thursday practice wound up only 11th fastest in qualifying.
Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault was 12th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas (which wasn’t affected by the yellow flags), Hamilton and the Williams of Massa, who also hadn’t set a representative time before having to abort his final flying lap thanks to the Vandoorne incident.
A last gasp effort from Grosjean knocked Esteban Ocon out in Q1.
Grosjean spun at Mirabeau in the early stages of that session, but ultimately did enough to progress.
Force India repaired Ocon’s car following his morning practice crash in time to complete the final 10 minutes of Q1, and Ocon looked safely through to Q2 until Grosjean’s late show.
Ocon missed the cut by 0.202s but was well clear of the second Renault of Jolyon Palmer, who complained of too much understeer as he struggled to the 17th fastest time.
Lance Stroll’s Williams was almost two tenths slower in 18th, the Canadian having to cut short his run thanks to a hydraulic leak.
He ended up ahead of only Sauber pairing Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, who clouted the barrier at the Nouvelle chicane on his final Q1 lap and had to pull off into the escape road with a broken left-rear wheel.
PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.496s||0.318s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.998s||0.820s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.162s||0.984s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.329s||1.151s|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.516s||1.338s|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.101s||–|
Monaco Grand Prix: Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in final practice
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel was quickest again in the Saturday morning practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
The four-time F1 champion ended the hour-long session 0.345 seconds clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari one-two.
Just like both of Thursday’s practice sessions, the ultra-soft-dominated practice three provided another fastest-ever lap of the Monte Carlo track, Vettel’s 1m12.395s a three-tenth improvement on his own previous record.
After an initial flood of installation laps in the opening minutes, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was first of the frontrunners to kick off a proper run, the Finn quickly establishing himself at the top of the timesheets.
But compatriot Raikkonen’s first effort dethroned Bottas immediately, the Ferrari man posting a 1m13.568s as Bottas himself then came up 0.053s short.
Despite causing a brief yellow flag as he stopped just short of the barriers at Antony Noghes, Raikkonen lowered the session benchmark further with his next proper effort – a 1m13.379s.
Lewis Hamilton briefly returned Mercedes to the top spot, but was relegated behind the two Ferraris in no time, Vettel now edging ahead of Raikkonen via a 1m12.890s lap.
The other Mercedes of Bottas was shuffled down even further at the conclusion of his first run, with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat splitting the two Silver Arrows.
As the session passed its halfway point, Verstappen broke up Ferrari’s one-two at the top of the timing screens, lapping 0.050s off Vettel 12 laps into his ultra-soft stint.
But Ferrari was soon back in formation at the front, Vettel finally beating Thursday’s best lap with a 1m12.558s effort a few seconds after Raikkonen had overtaken him and Verstappen.
Vettel then went even quicker, stringing together three purple sectors for a 1m12.395s – and going just 0.003s slower with his next flying lap.
By that point, Mercedes now had its first sub-1m13s lap of Monaco courtesy of Bottas, who emerged as best of the rest behind the Ferraris heading into the final few minutes.
But the running in what had been a largely incident-free session was then disrupted when Esteban Ocon hit the guardrail on the entry to the Swimming Pool section, damaging his Force India’s right-front suspension and going nose-first into the barriers.
This triggered a virtual safety car as the Force India was removed from the track, leaving less than four minutes for those seeking to do a last-gasp qualifying run.
Improvements were few and far between in the hectic final minutes, leaving Ferrari with a comfortable one-two out front.
Bottas took third ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton, with Daniel Ricciardo in sixth after a suspected brake failure at the chequered flag left him stranded at the escape road at Sainte Devote.
Toro Rosso maintained its strong form from Thursday, Carlos Sainz Jr leading team-mate Kvyat in seventh.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who had drawn the ire of Ocon for holding him up in the final sector, was ninth, while McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne made up the top 10.
PRACTICE THREE RESULTS:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.940s||0.545s||27|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.392s||0.997s||24|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.400s||1.005s||27|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.563s||1.168s||23|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.936s||1.541s||23|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.072s||1.677s||21|
[…] Raikkonen was encouraged by his pace on Thursday, particularly on longer runs.
"It was getting better and better," said the Finn.
"In the long runs, the car was feeling good, so I have a good feeling.
"In the shorter runs, we have to improve a little bit.
"We did some changes and it always got better – so that’s the main thing.
"We had two smooth sessions, doing our normal work."
Vettel echoed Raikkonen’s confidence on Ferrari’s race pace but believed there was a lot to do between now and final practice and qualifying on Saturday.
"It’s always tricky to judge because you don’t get so many clear laps with a lot of traffic, but it seemed OK," he said.
"I think we can still do, and have to do, something to the car to be more competitive overall and in the race.
"But I think Kimi and I were quite happy with the long run."
Sebastian Vettel leads second Monaco GP practice for Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel set the pace for Ferrari in second practice for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Vettel clocked the fastest ever lap in Monte Carlo with a 1m12.720s to finish 0.487 seconds clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas could not replicate the pace shown in first practice and ended the session eighth and 10th respectively.
They started the session on super-softs, but failed to trouble the top of the timesheets when they bolted on the ultra-softs.
Practice was red-flagged with 36 minutes to go when Lance Stroll crashed at Casino Square.
The Williams driver, who was 16th fastest, lost the rear at the top of the hill before sliding into the barrier.
Second practice was a scrappier session than the morning overall, with Esteban Ocon hitting the barrier at the downhill right-hander before Portier.
Marcus Ericsson, who failed to complete a lap time in first practice because of a gearbox problem, nudged the barrier at Casino Square, forcing him to pit.
It was the Toro Rossos that set the early pace, Daniil Kvyat using the ultra-soft for the first time on Thursday to clock a 1m14.031s.
Ricciardo then went quickest on the ultra-softs before Vettel usurped him with his first qualifying-simulation run.
Kimi Raikkonen ended up third fastest, just over half-a-second off the pace with Kvyat just over half a tenth further back.
The other Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr was fifth to underline the team’s pace on the streets of Monte Carlo, ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen and Bottas completed the top 10.
McLaren returnee Jenson Button had another solid session, the Briton clocking the 12th quickest time to finish just 0.035s adrift of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.
There was more frustration for Renault, with Nico Hulkenberg ending the session 17th quickest, having failed to set a time at all due to mechanical problems in the morning.
His team-mate Jolyon Palmer pulled off track at Portier early in the session with smoke pouring from the rear of his Renault. He completed just eight laps.
SECOND PRACTICE TIMES:
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.207s||0.487s||35|
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.331s||0.611s||41|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.400s||0.680s||43|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.486s||0.766s||36|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.799s||1.079s||45|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.093s||1.373s||47|
F1 Monaco GP: Mercedes’ Hamilton leads Vettel in first practice
Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time in opening practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m13.425s on Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyres to finish 0.196 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Vettel on the streets of Monte Carlo.
Max Verstappen, whose Red Bull team was running a T-wing for the first time, set the fastest first sector overall, but lost time in the middle part of the lap and ended up third quickest, the top three split by just 0.346s.
Verstappen spent a lot of the time in the garage after Red Bull spotted a "potential right rear puncture" and called him into the pits, and he did his best time in the latter part of the session.
Drivers wasted little time in the 90 minutes, Ferrari and Red Bull running the ultra-softs straight away, while Mercedes focused its early running on the super-softs.
Vettel was the early pacesetter, but he was deposed when Mercedes swapped to the ultra-softs with just over 50 minutes to go.
Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton traded fastest laps, with the latter clocking the fastest time on the fourth lap of his run.
Bottas ended up fourth, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kyvat, who was the best-placed driver on the super-softs.
Kimi Raikkonen kissed the barrier at the Swimming Pool but escaped without damage and was seventh, more than half-a-second slower than team-mate Vettel.
Sergio Perez finished eighth, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr, who like his team-mate Kvyat was on the super-softs, and Esteban Ocon.
Felipe Massa wound up 11th for Williams, 1.192s off the pace, with Kevin Magnussen 12th in the new-look Haas.
Standing in for Fernando Alonso who is competing in the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, McLaren returnee Jenson Button focused his early running on the soft tyre.
The 2009 world champion then switched to the ultra-soft to go 14th quickest, a tenth-and-a-half slower than team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.
Romain Grosjean, who spun at Sainte Devote but continued, was 15th.
Nico Hulkenberg failed to complete a flying lap, as Renault spent most of the session investigating a problem with the energy store.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson also failed to get a time on the board after encountering a gearbox problem.
PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.771s||0.346s||32|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.854s||0.429s||45|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m14.111s||0.686s||42|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.201s||0.776s||32|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m14.333s||0.908s||39|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.425s||1.000s||39|
Raikkonen doubts wider cars will change much at Monaco
Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t think the wider 2017 Formula 1 cars will make Monaco a more challenging grand prix, saying he hasn’t noticed too much difference so far this season.
As part of an overhaul of F1’s technical regulations for 2017, the cars were made 20 cm wider and bulked up to offer drivers more downforce.
Monaco is the tightest circuit on the calendar, leading to concerns for many that racing will be even more difficult than usual due to the wider cars.
Raikkonen does not see it this way, though, saying he has not noticed any issues with car placement through the first five races of this current formula so far.
“I don’t know. I might be wrong but I don’t think we’re going to feel an awful lot," Raikkonen said. "If you purely take the circuits that we’ve been so far, the first time we run it feels different but we haven’t seen an awful lot of problems that people are accidentally off the road because the car is that much wider or something.
"It might be different here but usually you go off how the front tire looks and then I don’t think it has changed an awful lot between the front and rear from the past.
"I don’t think it’s going to be an awful lot of a problem, but I might be wrong. We will see tomorrow."
Ferrari puts Raikkonen’s poor Monaco GP down to dislike of track
Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene says Kimi Raikkonen’s Monaco Grand Prix struggle can be shrugged off as Monte Carlo just being a weak circuit for the Finn.
Raikkonen was sixth fastest in qualifying, two tenths off team-mate Sebastian Vettel, but started 11th after a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
He then hit the barriers at the hairpin in wet conditions in the race, breaking his front wing and getting it stuck under his front wheels before eventually retiring.
It was his second retirement of the season but Arrivabene believes Monaco was just a blip.
"Every driver that I have known in the past has a track that he doesn’t like and Kimi doesn’t like Monaco, even if he won once here," said Arrivabene.
"We need not to complain about Kimi but to accept that his race was over early.
"He is pushing to always do his best for the rest of the season."
Raikkonen has scored three podiums in six races this season, compared to just one at this point in 2015.
His points tally, however, is only one better after six races, though he leads Vettel by a point compared to trailing him by 38 after Monaco last year.
Raikkonen believes Ferrari has a quicker car than last year and remains hopeful it can better exploit the package in the upcoming races.
"This weekend was a very bad end result, but we go for the next race," he said.
"People will say that we’re not doing as well as last year and if you look at wins then no [we’re not], but that doesn’t tell you the full picture.
"I’m sure we have a lot better package than we had last year.
"We are not happy with where we are, that’s certain, but we are here to improve and we try to keep working.
"Until we are one-two every weekend we cannot be happy – that’s our goal, hopefully we get there."
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 Grand Prix – “Many things happen here”
Kimi looking forward to ‘right calls’ in the race
The whole weekend has been quite tricky, but this morning the car felt a bit better and for qualifying we improved even more. For sure we did the right things, but we struggled to make the tires work as we wanted; they were too much on the edge of the grip, the rear was slipping or the front was sliding and in a track like this when you don’t have a consistent good grip you lose a lot of time because of that. Obviously we are not happy of where we end up and the penalty due to the gearbox change for sure doesn’t help, but we’ll try to make the best out of it. We cannot predict what will happen tomorrow, for sure the race it’s not going to be easy, but usually many things happen here, we’ll try to get the most, to do the right calls in case of Safety Car and to take the right decisions.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen gets grid penalty for Monaco Grand Prix
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is to receive a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Formula 1 grand prix in Monaco.
The team has confirmed Raikkonen was handed a new gearbox prior to qualifying around the streets of the principality, so incurring the five-place demotion.
Raikkonen was considerably off the pace in final practice, finishing nine tenths of a second slower than team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who led the way with a lap of 1m14.650s.
It was later discovered Raikkonen’s gearbox had sustained damage during the 60-minute session, resulting in the change.
At a circuit where grid position is paramount, the change is a severe blow to the Finn’s chances of a podium place on Sunday.
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|