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GP Spagna, commenti post gara–14/05/2017

Raikkonen and Verstappen blame Bottas for Spanish GP crash

Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen believe Valtteri Bottas caused their first-corner exits from the Spanish Grand Prix, but Bottas insists that he did not cause the incident "on purpose".

Bottas’s Mercedes made an excellent initially getaway, but he braked earlier for Turn 1 than his rivals – allowing Raikkonen and Verstappen to draw alongside to his outside.

Bottas then clipped Raikkonen’s right-rear wheel, sending his fellow Finn into Verstappen, which led to suspension failures on both the Ferrari and Red Bull.

"It all started when I got hit on my right-rear corner," said Raikkonen.

"It jumped a little bit and then obviously you cannot control a lot after that.

"Then we came together with Max, but it all started from the first touch. What can you do?

"I made a good start, got blocked by Bottas on the straight once, I had to lift already, and then we touched and my race ended there."

Verstappen added: "You can clearly see what happened – Valtteri hitting Kimi and then of course it was difficult for Kimi to control the car, so he then slammed into me.

"Normally three cars [into Turn 1] is doable, it’s always very tight.

"It was unfortunate. When you’re on the outside you know it’s a bit tricky, I was just giving a bit of space, but then I got a Ferrari slamming into me. It’s a part of racing.

Bottas said of the incident: "It was not on purpose, it’s shame we collided, it was just a small touch really."

The collision was investigated by the stewards, who decided to take no action.

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, gara–14/05/2017

Lewis Hamilton defeats Sebastian Vettel in thrilling Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling battle with Sebastian Vettel to triumph in the Spanish Grand Prix and close the gap to his rival in the Formula 1 drivers’ standings.

Hamilton recovered from losing the lead to Vettel at the start by reclaiming first place on track in a final-stint battle that included the pair banging wheels.

Mercedes driver Hamilton crossed the line 3.4 seconds clear of Vettel’s Ferrari, to reduce the deficit to six points, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completing the podium.

Valtteri Bottas, who won the last race in Russia, was on course to finish third, but retired when his Mercedes engine expired with a third of the race to go.

He had earlier triggered the exits of last year’s Spanish GP lead combatants Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen, when he tagged Raikkonen into the first corner of the race and sent the Ferrari sideways into Verstappen’s Red Bull.

While Bottas continued, Raikkonen and Verstappen were out.

Ahead of that incident, Vettel had made a sensational getaway from second on the grid to move ahead of Hamilton into Turn 1.

Vettel went about gradually increasing his lead before pitting for another set of softs at the end of lap 14 of 66 and suffering a minor delay on the front left.

Mercedes decided to keep Hamilton out, and he immediately pumped in the fastest lap of the race and stretched his stint by an extra five laps.

When he did come in, Hamilton took on the medium tyres – and he was helped by Bottas staying out even longer and holding Vettel up for a spell until a bold pass in which Ferrari jinked from one side of the pits straight to the other and brushed the grass before completing the move.

The race swung back to Hamilton when Mercedes pitted him just as a virtual safety car – caused when Stoffel Vandoorne ended up in the gravel at Turn 1 after banging wheels with Felipe Massa – ended.

Hamilton rejoined on soft tyres, 24s behind Vettel.

Ferrari immediately pitted Vettel for mediums on the next lap, but Hamilton was alongside as he rejoined.

Hamilton kept his foot in and tried to go around the outside but Vettel squeezed him and they touched, with Hamilton taking to the run-off.

He regrouped, got back on the attack and five laps later, the move was done with DRS help around the outside into Turn 1.

Hamilton then controlled the gap to Vettel behind to take his second victory of the season.

Behind the lonely Ricciardo, Force India continued its impressive start to the season with Sergio Perez fourth and Esteban Ocon a career-best fifth.

Nico Hulkenberg secured his best result for Renault with sixth.

A stunning drive on a unique one-stop strategy brought Pascal Wehrlein up to seventh on the road for Sauber.

Although a five-second time penalty for failing to stay to the correct side of the pit entry bollard meant he lost that position to Carlos Sainz Jr, Wehrlein’s late burst of pace meant he still secured eighth rather than falling right out of the points as initially seemed likely.

Sainz spent most of the race in a spectacular dice with Kevin Magnussen, who lost a likely point when contact with Daniil Kvyat left him with a puncture.

Kvyat and Romain Grosjean completed the top 10.

After his heroic qualifying performance, Fernando Alonso immediately fell back from his seventh place having made contact with Felipe Massa at the first corner.

While Massa had to pit with a puncture, Alonso continued in 11th but his pace faded later on before a late third stop for fresh softs allowed him to charge back to 12th – his first race finish of 2017.


Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h35m56.497s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 3.490s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m15.820s
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
5 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 Lap
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
8 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2 Laps
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2 Laps
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 2 Laps
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 2 Laps
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 2 Laps
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Power Unit
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda Collision
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Collision
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Collision

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, commenti post gara–13/05/2017

Raikkonen must ‘drive better’ after Spanish F1 qualifying ‘mess’

imi Raikkonen says he needs to "drive better" after making "a mess" of his Spanish Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying session.

The Finn outpaced team-mate Sebastian Vettel in all three practice sessions in Spain, topping the third one, but made a series of "small mistakes" when it counted in qualifying.

Raikkonen felt pole position was possible but ended up fourth quickest, 0.290s off the pace of Lewis Hamilton, who pipped Vettel by just 0.051s.

"[I need to] drive better – don’t make those mistakes," said Raikkonen.

"I struggled for whatever reason to put a decent lap, all the corners together in qualifying.

"I thought I had a lot of speed but I never really managed to make a good lap out of it.

"I ran wide already in Turn 1, but I managed to get out of it and I was still fast.

"Then in Turn 4 and 5 I just ran really wide and lost quite a bit of lap time there.

"Without those [mistakes] there was, for sure, enough lap time to challenge for the first place.

"It’s a bit disappointing to make a mess out of it but we’ll try tomorrow."

Despite missing out on his first pole since the 2008 French Grand Prix, Raikkonen is encouraged by Ferrari’s pace and the performance of its Barcelona upgrade.

"Definitely we are close," said Raikkonen. "The car has been good.

"We have done our own stuff [update] – we have no control over what the others are doing.

"We have a solid package that we try to improve and bring small things here and there.

"Sometimes when it looks a lot different it doesn’t mean you are one second faster.

"We’ve been quite happy with where we’ve been, especially with these conditions – usually it’s not our strongest point so it was a good result today."

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, prove del sabato–13/05/2017

Spanish GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to F1 pole by 0.051 seconds

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix by less than one tenth of a second after a thrilling qualifying battle.

Ferrari had set the pace in final practice at Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit, but Hamilton’s Mercedes held the advantage in qualifying after the first runs in Q3, setting a 1m19.149s time that would eventually stand for pole when Hamilton failed to improve on his second run.

Vettel suffered from a de-rating of his Ferrari’s energy recovery system during his first Q3 run, and was a distant fourth quickest as a result, but he was lapping comfortably faster than Hamilton’s pole time on his final run before locking up at the final chicane.

Vettel eventually cut the timing beam in 1m19.200s, half a tenth down on Hamilton, apologising to his team for the mistake.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third fastest, recovering from a wild slide exiting the chicane on his first Q3 run to ultimately lap 0.173s slower than Vettel with a small improvement on his second run.

Bottas described his performance as "not good enough", but it was enough to confine the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen to fourth.

Raikkonen suffered an oversteer moment at Turn 12 on his first Q3 run and lost time in sector two on his final effort.

Max Verstappen was well clear of Daniel Ricciardo in the private battle between Red Bulls to be fifth, while Fernando Alonso produced a superb performance to haul McLaren-Honda into Q3 for the first time this season and qualify seventh fastest.

Force India got both its cars into the top 10 again, sandwiching Felipe Massa’s ninth placed Williams.

Sergio Perez was eighth and Esteban Ocon 10th, Ocon feeling he lost two tenths after failing to engage DRS at a crucial moment.

Kevin Magnussen missed out on making the top 10 by less than a tenth, while Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean wound up down in 14th after losing the rear end of his car and going off at Turn 13 and the chicane on his final Q2 lap.

Carlos Sainz Jr looked in excellent shape through Q1 and the initial runs in Q2, where he was always inside the top 10, but he only found 0.015s on his final Q2 run so ended up 12th.

The Spaniard felt he extracted the maximum from the heavily updated Toro Rosso, finishing just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, which failed to make Q3 for the first time since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, provoking an angry response from Hulkenberg on team radio.

Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber was 15th fastest, having done very well to win a tight scrap to escape Q1.

Less than a second covered 14 cars in that fight, with Perez’s Force India the only car outside the top six not required to make a second run.

Wehrlein edged out Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson by just 0.005s to make the cut, while Jolyon Palmer’s Renault, Lance Stroll’s Williams, Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren and Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso all missed out.

Hulkenberg and Massa also scraped through in this segment, but Kvyat and Vandoorne qualified well adrift of their team-mates, with Sainz’s Toro Rosso ninth fastest in Q1 and Alonso’s McLaren 12th.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.149s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.200s 0.051s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.373s 0.224s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m19.439s 0.290s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m19.706s 0.557s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m20.175s 1.026s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m21.048s 1.899s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m21.070s 1.921s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m21.232s 2.083s
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m21.272s 2.123s
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m21.329s 2.180s
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m21.371s 2.222s
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.397s 2.248s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.517s 2.368s
15 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.803s 2.654s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.332s 3.183s
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m22.401s 3.252s
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m22.411s 3.262s
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m22.532s 3.383s
20 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m22.746s 3.597s

Da Autosport.com

Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in final practice for F1 Spanish GP

Kimi Raikkonen led a Ferrari one-two in final Formula 1 free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

After a subdued Friday dominated by Mercedes, Raikkonen posted a 1m20.214s on soft tyres to outpace Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.242s.

But Vettel’s day was not without trouble, as his session came to an early end after stopping in the pitlane with 10 minutes remaining.

Lewis Hamilton, who had topped both of Friday’s sessions, had to settle for third place ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who managed just seven laps.

Bottas’s day got off to a difficult start as Mercedes worked on his car following an electrical issue that made the team break the curfew.

As a result, the Russian GP winner was then forced to revert to an older-spec engine for the rest of the weekend after a water leak was found. He spent the majority of the session in the garage.

Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth and sixth as the usual order was restored at the front of the field.

Nico Hulkenberg continued to shine in the Renault with the seventh fastest time, ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams and local heroes Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren).

Alonso, aiming to make up for the lost time on Friday, was the first driver to register a time early on, but was soon demoted by Esteban Ocon in the Force India fitted with medium tyres.

Raikkonen was the first of the frontrunners to complete a timed lap, the Finn posting a 1m22.494s using mediums at the 15-minute mark. Vettel slotted into second a few seconds later.

With 36 minutes to go, Hamilton moved to second with his first run on medium tyres, the Briton over three tenths slower than Raikkonen despite setting the fastest time in the middle sector.

Verstappen only set his first time of the day at the halfway point after a slow start, jumping to third in the medium-shod Red Bull.

He improved his time, but not his position, on the second lap of his run, but was still over six tenths of Raikkonen’s pace.

With 22 minutes left on the clock, Raikkonen improved to a 1m20.214s as he ran with Pirelli’s soft tyres, opening a gap of over 2.5 seconds to his closest rival before Vettel used the yellow-marked rubber to jump up to second, 0.242s off the pace.

The German had to return to the pits without completing the planned second flyer, however, as Ferrari detected a problem with his car and called him in.

Hamilton’s first run on softs with 17 minutes remaining produced the third quickest time, 0.381s behind Raikkonen.

Vettel attempted to return to the track for a final run with 10 minutes remaining when he stopped while driving up the pitlane. After he was dragged back to the garage, the team began working on the car but it did not return to the track.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.214s 20
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m20.456s 0.242s 7
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.595s 0.381s 12
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m20.868s 0.654s 7
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m21.025s 0.811s 14
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m21.249s 1.035s 15
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.670s 1.456s 13
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m21.746s 1.532s 19
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m21.835s 1.621s 19
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m22.093s 1.879s 16
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m22.128s 1.914s 21
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m22.214s 2.000s 12
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m22.237s 2.023s 19
14 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m22.297s 2.083s 22
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m22.391s 2.177s 15
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.513s 2.299s 20
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m22.574s 2.360s 19
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m22.755s 2.541s 13
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m22.853s 2.639s 15
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.974s 2.760s 19

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, prove libere venerdì–12/05/2017

Spanish GP: Mercedes’ Hamilton stays on top in second practice

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton completed a Friday practice sweep for the Spanish Grand Prix, leading team-mate Valtteri Bottas in second practice.

Hamilton, who topped Friday morning’s session at Barcelona by 0.029 seconds from Bottas, was almost a tenth up on the Finn this time, ending the day with a best lap of 1m20.802s.

Mercedes’ main rival Ferrari was again adrift, albeit closer than it had been in the morning session, Kimi Raikkonen leading its effort with a time three tenths off the pace.

There was a pace disparity between the Mercedes pair early, with Bottas needing just one flying lap on medium to move into top spot with a 1m23.062s lap.

Hamilton slotted in behind the Ferraris after a big slide at the chicane during his first proper effort and then improved but still ended the run more than half-a-second off.

Ferrari was the first team onto soft tyres with an hour left, championship leader Sebastian Vettel and then Raikkonen lowering the benchmark.

However the Mercedes drivers moved back to the top, with Hamilton leading Bottas by 0.090s.

None of the top four frontrunners improved with their second push, Raikkonen finishing 0.310s adrift and Vettel 0.418s behind.

Raikkonen’s long-run programme was interrupted briefly when he was called into the pits with a suspected engine problem, after being instructed to use part throttle, but driving through and straight back out on track.

While he did not encounter any further engine problems, Raikkonen did have a run-in with the Force India of Sergio Perez at Turn 5.

Trying to pass Perez around the outside, Raikkonen was forced to back out and subsequently radioed Ferrari saying he had been "pushed off".

For his part, Vettel also had a late moment at Turn 4, a snap forcing him to drive out of the gravel.

Like Ferrari, Red Bull was closer to the pace in the afternoon session.

Last year’s Spanish GP winner Max Verstappen was again ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, by one tenth and finishing 0.636s off Hamilton’s best despite a scrappy session.

Verstappen’s biggest incident of the afternoon was a slide and trip through the gravel at Turn 9 early on, which the team attributed to a gust of wind.

Renault was close behind the Red Bulls, seventh-placed Nico Hulkenberg ending the session as the last driver within a second of Hamilton, while Jolyon Palmer was eighth, after stepping aside for Sergey Sirotkin for the morning.

Felipe Massa was ninth for Williams, while Carlos Sainz Jr completed the top 10, having caused a brief red flag an hour in when his Toro Rosso shed debris after running over the exit kerbs at Turn 9.

McLaren’s fortunes were mixed again, with Stoffel Vandoorne enjoying a reasonable session in 13th while Fernando Alonso wound up 20th and last.

Alonso, who missed FP1 due to a Honda engine failure, only emerged half an hour into the session after an engine change, and had to wait longer to complete proper runs.

Having turned a session-low 21 laps, Alonso ranted on the radio at one stage that: "The engine feels good. Much slower than before. Amazing."


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.802s 39
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m20.892s 0.090s 38
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.112s 0.310s 34
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.220s 0.418s 36
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m21.438s 0.636s 29
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m21.585s 0.783s 35
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.687s 0.885s 40
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m21.992s 1.190s 43
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m22.015s 1.213s 38
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m22.265s 1.463s 34
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m22.371s 1.569s 36
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m22.520s 1.718s 37
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m22.693s 1.891s 36
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m22.722s 1.920s 32
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m23.007s 2.205s 32
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.082s 2.280s 37
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m23.221s 2.419s 35
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m23.236s 2.434s 27
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.599s 2.797s 31
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m24.077s 3.275s 21

Da Autosport.com

Spanish GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes F1 team-mate Bottas in FP1

Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes one-two in the opening Formula 1 practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, as McLaren-Honda suffered more engine woe.

Hamilton clocked a 1m21.521s on the medium tyre, finishing just 0.029 seconds quicker than team-mate Valtteri Bottas at Barcelona.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was the closest challenger to Mercedes, which is running radical scoop vanes on the nose, but he was nearly a second adrift.

The Mercedes drivers were evenly matched throughout the session, with Hamilton holding the edge by 0.089s on the early runs on the hard tyre.

After their first flying laps on the mediums, Hamilton and Bottas did a cool down lap before going again, but both failed to improve their times.

The duo clocked 58 laps between them in a smooth session for the world champion outfit, but it was not so positive for rival Ferrari and McLaren.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel stopped at the exit of the pitlane, reporting an issue with the gearbox with just over an hour to go.

After a short spell in the garage, the German rejoined the fray and ended up fourth quickest, just over a tenth adrift of his team-mate.

Fernando Alonso’s session lasted just a handful of corners, his car snapping approaching Turn 3 with smoke and fluid pouring from his Honda power unit.

Honda said it was an oil leak and in a bid to ensure he gets out for second practice, chose to change the engine while it investigated the problem.

Alonso’s team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne had a more fruitful session, recording 24 laps and the 12th quickest time.

Max Verstappen was the best of the Red Bulls in fifth, 1.185s off the pace and four tenths clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Kevin Magnussen beat Romain Grosjean to seventh, but his session ended a few minutes early when he parked the Haas at the edge of the track at Turn 4.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr completed the top 10.

Sergey Sirotkin, who took over Jolyon Palmer’s Renault for this session, managed 10 laps and the 19th quickest time before his outing was curtailed by a water leak.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.521s 28
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m21.550s 0.029s 30
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.456s 0.935s 24
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m22.600s 1.079s 23
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m22.706s 1.185s 22
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m23.084s 1.563s 17
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m23.670s 2.149s 22
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m23.758s 2.237s 23
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m23.993s 2.472s 24
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.004s 2.483s 21
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.188s 2.667s 23
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m24.324s 2.803s 22
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m24.400s 2.879s 24
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.618s 3.097s 34
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.642s 3.121s 18
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.966s 3.445s 23
17 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.182s 3.661s 24
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m25.919s 4.398s 34
19 Sergey Sirotkin Renault 1m26.293s 4.772s 10
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1

Da Autosport.com

GP Spagna, anteprima–11/05/2017

Ferrari success the result of 2016 gains – Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen insists it was the gains made in 2016 that has ultimately led to Ferrari’s strong start to the 2017 F1 season.
Kimi Räikkönen says the development put into last year’s Ferrari has ultimately laid the foundation for its race-winning SF70H effort despite the difference in performance.
Ferrari enjoyed a strong start to the 2016 season, regularly appearing on the podium and at times challenging for race wins but slid back in the development race as Red Bull came to the fore.
However, Raikkonen insists Ferrari never stopped learning with last year’s and says the progress made up to the end 2016 has led to this year’s success.
“I don’t think an awful lot has changed since last year,” says Raikkonen. “I was saying last year we were doing good things but people were purely looking at the end results on the Sundays. We are doing the same things and before, the guys have built a good car over the winter so when the results are better, people think you’re doing completely different things to last year.
“Obviously, Mercedes were better than us and Red Bull in the second half. A lot hasn’t changed since last year but there’s a lot of things we should do better and find some stuff but a lot of things are the same way, there’s just a much better car to produce much better results.
“It’s a never-ending thing to work and work more closely, I felt last year people were pushing in the same direction which has been a big key to this year.”
Given the increased performance this season and the ability to successfully challenge Mercedes for race wins, the next step for Räikkönen is to get a long-awaited win on the board and join teammate Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in the championship hunt.
“The only thing we are missing is better results. The last race weekend I was very happy but there’s always things to improve, always which could have gone better and to go faster. Even if you have happened to win races, there’s always things which could have gone better or I have done better.
“There’s always going to be things which aren’t perfect, it’s not often you can say that, you always change something. Things can always be better.”

Da Crash.net

GP Spagna, bilancio –16/05/2016

Ferrari’s last corner weakness cost Raikkonen Spanish GP win – team

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene blamed the car’s performance in the Barcelona circuit’s final complex for Kimi Raikkonen’s failure to beat Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen spent the final third of the 66-lap race in the slipstream of Verstappen’s Red Bull, but was unable to get close enough coming out of the final corner to make an attempt to pass the 18-year-old down the main straight.

He was forced to settle for second behind the youngest race winner in F1 history.

The lead duo had two-stopped compared to the three pit visits of team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third and fourth.

Arrivabene said strategy was not the reason for Ferrari’s defeat.

"If we had reversed the strategy most probably Sebastian would have been in the same position as Kimi," he explained.

"The problem was not the strategy, the problem was – as happened in qualifying – we were not good enough in the last part of the track, in the slow corner.

"It was in the last part of the track the Red Bull was going big time, and Kimi was unable to catch him again until the end of the straight.

"So it wasn’t a question of strategy. The question is, like in qualifying, why were we very, very slow in the last part of the track?"

Raikkonen’s result brought him up to second in the drivers’ standings, 39 points behind Nico Rosberg.

"Kimi had a fantastic race in my opinion," added Arrivabene.

"It’s a pity we weren’t good enough in certain parts of the track to give him the possibility of winning the race."

Arrivabene also reserved praise for Verstappen, while recognising his team’s poor display in qualifying played its part in helping the teenager claim his page in the record books.

"Congratulations to Max because he had a very, very good race," said Arrivabene.

"But due to our poor qualifying we found ourselves in a quite difficult situation and we lost an occasion to win the race.

"So I’m not looking at Red Bull – and congratulations again to Max, I’m happy for him – I’m looking at the reality.

"If Mercedes had not crashed out then we were in trouble."

Da Autosport.com

Ferrari F1 rumours on Maurizio Arrivabene made ‘to create tension’

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene feels the recent rumours regarding his Formula 1 future were designed to create tension within the team.

Speculation surfaced in the build up to the Spanish Grand Prix that Arrivabene was set to be replaced, potentially by technical director James Allison.

However, on the Sunday ahead of the race Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who was also recently confirmed as CEO, declared he had total confidence in Arrivabene.

Arrivabene, who has only been in the role 18 months after replacing Marco Mattiacci at the end of the 2014 season, was left frustrated by the gossip.

"I’m not listening to all these rumours," said Arrivabene.

"The only objective of these rumours is to create tension inside the team, and this is not helping.

"We need to focus our talent on what we are doing without listening to all of this."

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel last week slated the rumours, insisting Arrivabene was doing "a very good job".

Arrivabene himself further ridiculed the scaremongering by claiming a character from acclaimed television series Game of Thrones was amongst those not mentioned as a potential candidate for his role.

"This rumour was also talking about somebody from Mercedes blah blah blah," added Arrivabene.

"Who’s taking advantage of this? No one.

"I said the other day that the only name they forgot to put into the list, because the list was full of names, was Tyrion Lannister.

"He’s maybe the best candidate, but they forgot to put his name on."

Da Autosport.com

Parla tantissimo via radio Raikkonen, che fa un’analisi completa appena tagliato il traguardo, con tono da commentatore sportivo, quasi fosse in poltrona e non dopo 300 km a tutta: «Mi dispiace ragazzi, ci ho provato ma quando mi avvicinavo era così difficile seguire la macchina uscendo dall’ultima curva. Grazie per la buona strategia, abbiamo recuperato dopo una partenza piuttosto brutta. Grazie».

Altrettanto lunga l’analisi di Vettel: «Ci abbiamo provato, ma ovviamente con le gomme non siamo andati tanto lunghi come ci aspettavamo. Con le morbide la macchina era davvero buona, agevolmente mezzo secondo più veloci delle medie e oltre. Non capiamo perché eravamo lenti con le medie, fondamentalmente il posteriore era molto nervoso». Arrivabene, replica: «Grazie Sebastian, ben fatto, non preoccuparti».

Vettel-2: «E’ un po’ un peccato, pensavo ce l’avremmo potuta fare e vincere, ma era molto difficile sorpassare, la Red Bull era più veloce di noi nell’ultimo settore, faticavo con le posteriori, erano più veloci su curva 12 e nell’ultima chicane, ecco dov’era la differenza e perché non potevamo passare. Ho provato di tutto, grazie (in italiano)».

Da Autosprint.it