Raikkonen-Ferrari: il team radio della discordia
17 maggio 2014 – Il team radio di Kimi Raikkonen al termine del Gran Premio di Spagna testimonia tutto il nervosismo di Iceman verso una strategia che non lo ha affatto convinto.
Sulla differente strategia seguita dalla Ferrari per i suoi due piloti nel Gran Premio di Spagna si è largamente parlato per tutta la settimana. Sono passati ormai diversi giorni dall’episodio e, complici i test di questa settimana, Kimi Raikkonen è già salito nuovamente a bordo della F14 T, lavorando a stretto contatto con la squadra.
Sicuramente il finlandese e il muretto del Cavallino hanno dunque già abbondantemente chiarito gli aspetti di questa vicenda, che per il bene della Ferrari si spera non lasci strascichi. Sì perché Raikkonen, subito dopo la bandiera a scacchi, era piuttosto contrariato da quanto successo a Barcellona.
Con la pubblicazione di tutti i filmati onboard della gara e dei relativi team radio, è infatti divenuto di dominio pubblico anche il duro confronto tra Kimi e il suo ingegnere di pista Antonio Spagnolo. Ve ne avevamo accennato nell’articolo con le dichiarazioni a caldo del pilota, dove vi riportavamo anche la reazione di Raikkonen alle domande sull’episodio postegli da Natalie Pinkman di ‘Sky Sports F1 GB’ (qui).
Ecco dunque la registrazione del team radio in questione e relativa trascrizione:
Antonio Spagnolo: “It went bad just at the very end, sorry about that/È andata male proprio alla fine: mi dispiace.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “Yes, but who is making the calls? In one of those, I mean it seems to me at least we are not…. We seem to be getting second choice every time! So, [incomprensibile] I wanna know what the hell is going on/Sì, ma chi fa le chiamate? In una di quelle, voglio dire, mi è sembrato quasi che noi non siamo… sembra che ci siamo beccati la seconda scelta! Quindi, [incomprensibile] voglio sapere che diavolo sta succedendo!”
Antonio Spagnolo: “Understood. Anyway, we’ll speak later/Afferrato. Ad ogni modo, ne parleremo più tardi.”
Il momento di tensione vissuto è dunque innegabile. Montecarlo, con le sue strette strade su cui si formano sovente trenini di monoposto, potrebbe subito mettere alla prova la stabilità del rapporto tra Raikkonen e la Ferrari: cosa succederà in caso di situazione analoga?
Da Autosprint n.19 del 13 maggio 2014
13:59 Kimi Raikkonen isn’t happy with being jumped by Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. After the race he quizzes his engineer about "who is making the calls? We seem to get second choice."
Spanish GP: Kimi Raikkonen wanted to ‘clear up’ Ferrari strategy
Kimi Raikkonen says he wanted to clarify the thinking behind Ferrari’s strategy after losing out to team-mate Fernando Alonso in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Alonso overtook Raikkonen for sixth place in the closing stages, having caught the Finn on fresher tyres by virtue of stopping three times compared to his team-mate’s two pitstops.
Earlier in the race Alonso had been able to make the first pitstop of the pair despite running behind Raikkonen on the road. Teams often give pitstop choice priority to the driver who is ahead on track.
On team radio messages from the slowing-down lap broadcast to television audiences, Raikkonen asked "who made these calls?" as he felt he was getting "second choice".
Asked by AUTOSPORT to explain the messages and whether he felt Alonso was getting priority, Raikkonen replied: "I just wanted to clear up some things."
The Finn played down the significance of the differing strategy choices and being beaten to sixth.
"Obviously there was not much between it," Raikkonen said. "We still finished far away from the others. It did not make much difference to the result."
ALONSO ‘ONLY THINKING ABOUT VETTEL’
Alonso insisted that his strategic priority had been to beat Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull, not to try to win an intra-team war. Vettel managed to jump Alonso at the final stops and pulled away to take fourth.
"I don’t know how the tyres were for Kimi, but for me after two or three laps I had a very difficult rear end so was asking when we could stop," said Alonso.
"When it was time, we stopped. Then I had traffic and because of that I didn’t pass Kimi.
"In the second stint I finished the tyres again and asked when we could stop. They said we could keep going or do two stops, or we stop and do three.
"They said Vettel was on three so if we stopped now, we covered him. And I said ‘we do it’.
"I tried to protect the position from Vettel and it was not possible. The intention was just to keep Vettel behind once we’d changed strategy. We didn’t manage it and it was a shame."
Although Raikkonen was closer to Alonso in Spain after being outperformed by some margin at the preceding race in China, the Finn said he was more concerned with Ferrari’s poor overall position.
"It’s just a different race. We’re trying many things and it was a bit better, but we are still sixth and seventh," he said.
"We had some chances to fight but we are still far away from where we want to be. Overall we were the fourth-quickest team, so it’s disappointing.
"But there were some good points over the weekend compared to the last race."
Kimi Raikkonen: “A long way off our goal” Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a complicated race for me, with the main problem being a lack of grip and in general, it was very difficult to find the right balance on the car. Going for a two stop strategy proved to be the wrong choice because tyre degradation meant I couldn’t push all the way to the end. Overall here, we went better than in the last race, maybe because the characteristics of this track are very different to those we have raced on so far, but we cannot be happy with sixth and seventh places, because we are a long way off where we want to be. It will take time, but we will do our utmost, because we know where we must keep pushing if we want to improve.”
Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton denies Nico Rosberg in F1 thriller
Lewis Hamilton recorded his fourth straight Formula 1 victory of 2014, after narrowly defeating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a thrilling conclusion to the Spanish Grand Prix.
The silver cars had more than a second per lap in hand over their rivals, so this was only ever going to be a proverbial two-horse race.
Hamilton nailed the start from pole position and held a slender lead through the early stages.
Erstwhile championship leader Rosberg attempted to outwit his team-mate with an alternative strategy, running three laps longer than Hamilton in the first stint and switching to Pirelli’s hard tyre rather than taking another set of the mediums on which they both started.
The race appeared to hinge on whether Rosberg could stay within a couple of seconds of Hamilton through his stint on the slower tyre, in order to jump him with an earlier final stop.
But Hamilton stayed out of reach and was four seconds up the road when Mercedes decided to pit him for the final time on lap 43 of 66.
That gave him track position for the final stint, but the penalty of 23 laps on the slower tyre, while Rosberg faced the prospect of trying to catch and pass his team-mate on-track with his final set of the quicker tyres.
Rosberg homed in as the leaders reeled off the laps, but fell short by just 0.6 seconds, which allowed Hamilton to leapfrog him in the title race and lead the championship table for the first time since he won the Canadian GP of 2012.
Behind the dominant Mercedes cars, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden podium finish in F1 by taking third.
The Williams of Valtteri Bottas held that place initially, after an excellent start from fourth on the grid, but was jumped at the first round of pitstops and was powerless to prevent the Red Bull of reigning champion Sebastian Vettel jumping him for fourth at Turn 10 in the closing stages.
The four-time world title winner produced a swashbuckling performance to climb from 15th on the grid to finish only one place behind his team-mate.
Red Bull pitted Vettel early to get him out of sequence with the rest, and the German made full use of an aggressive three-stop strategy to climb the order, producing some bolshy overtaking moves when required.
Spanish home hero Fernando Alonso used a similar three-stop strategy to beat Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to sixth.
Raikkonen delivered his strongest performance of the season relative to his team-mate, but was powerless to prevent Alonso passing on fresher tyres in the late stages of the race, despite making it as difficult as he reasonably could.
Romain Grosjean delivered the first points of the season to the Lotus team by bringing the twin-tusk E22 home in eighth.
The Franco-Swiss driver started fifth and held that place early on, but gradually fell back as faster cars asserted their authority over the race distance.
The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg claimed the final points on offer by jumping the sluggish McLaren of Jenson Button at the start and rounding out the top 10.
A three-stop strategy did not pay off for Felipe Massa, who started ninth but trailed home 13th behind the McLarens of Button and Kevin Magnussen.
Results - 66 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h41m05.155s 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.636s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +49.014s 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +1m16.702s 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +1m19.293s 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +1m27.743s 7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1 lap 8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +1 lap 9. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1 lap10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1 lap11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap13. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +1 lap14. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault +1 lap16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault +2 lapsRetirements: Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 34 laps Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 24 laps
Drivers' championship: Pos Driver Points 1. Lewis Hamilton 100 2. Nico Rosberg 97 3. Fernando Alonso 49 4. Sebastian Vettel 45 5. Daniel Ricciardo 39 6. Nico Hulkenberg 37 7. Valtteri Bottas 34 8. Jenson Button 23 9. Kevin Magnussen 20 10. Sergio Perez 20 11. Kimi Raikkonen 17 12. Felipe Massa 12 13. Romain Grosjean 4 14. Jean-Eric Vergne 4 15. Daniil Kvyat 4 Constructors' championship: Pos Team Points 1. Mercedes 197 2. Red Bull-Renault 84 3. Ferrari 66 4. Force India-Mercedes 57 5. Williams-Mercedes 46 6. McLaren-Mercedes 43 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 8 8. Lotus-Renault 4 9. Sauber-Ferrari 0 10. Marussia-Ferrari 0 11. Caterham-Renault 0
Swap of champions
Montmelò, 10 May – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen met up with two time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, who was visiting the Catalunya circuit today. The meeting ended with an exchange of helmets, as the Majorcan Team Movistar Yamaha rider wanted to pay tribute to Kimi and Fernando, with two specially designed helmets bearing the Alfa Romeo logo and in return the Ferrari duo handed over one each of their own. “It was great spending the day with the Ferrari family,” said Lorenzo. “I was in the garage and was able to watch from close up the work of the mechanics and they showed me lots of interesting things relating to the car and the telemetry. I support Fernando, but I think Kimi is also a great champion and I am really happy to have been given their helmets, as they are two incredibly talented guys.”
Spanish GP: Kimi Raikkonen reckons every flying lap is a fight
Kimi Raikkonen says every qualifying lap is a battle at the moment as he continues to try to get to grips with Ferrari’s 2014 Formula 1 car.
The Finn outpaced team-mate Fernando Alonso in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying, taking sixth place – one spot ahead of the sister car.
But asked if that was a sign of progress, Raikkonen replied: "No, the morning was a disaster and we changed the car quite a bit.
"It was still very difficult, I had to fight a lot to get the one lap out. There are small things all the time and it’s tricky to get the one lap.
"You have to stay on line and try not to make a mistake, it’s always a fight to get the lap out, and obviously it’s still disappointing to be six or seventh.
"We still want to be at the front so we cannot be happy but that’s how it goes.
"It was better this afternoon, but still not where we should be."
Raikkonen shrugged off the significance of outqualifying Alonso.
"Obviously people are interested on that side but for me it’s about being at the front," he said.
"It doesn’t give me much satisfaction to be only six or seventh, that’s not where we want to be.
"There’s a much bigger picture that we have to look at and right now it’s nice, but [outqualifying Alonso] isn’t going to change my life.
He also played down the chances of Ferrari fighting for a podium on Sunday.
"That’s the aim but is it going to happen? Hard to say," Raikkonen responded when asked if he expected a podium bid.
"This year there has always been something that has happened to make it difficult so hopefully it’s just a normal race.".