Yesterday’s mistake in qualifying did not put ourselves in a good position for the race. Overtaking was very difficult here; I tried to get ahead of Hamilton after my pit stop, but it did not work out. Then It was even difficult to get close enough to him to open the DRS. It was a surprise, because on this track you would expect to see overtaking and fights, instead it was a similar story to two weeks ago in Monaco. The race was boring and not much happened. We decided to stay out a little bit longer on our first set of tyres and I don’t think that cost us any position: it was our only option to try something different.
Canadian GrandPrix – “We didn’t get all the answers”
“This track is not the easiest to get things where you want them,” added Kimi. “It’s not straightforward and we expected that. It’s very bumpy, not just with all the bumps, but also with the kerbs to ride over. The combination of low downforce and low grip can make it very difficult. As for the Hypersoft tyres, at least we have a better idea of how they work. They’re good on one lap and then last quite a few more. We’ve been improving during the day and that proves that we’re going in the right direction. For sure we have some work ahead of us, but I was a bit happier at the end of the session”.
Raikkonen: “Nulla da dire sul caso molestie”
Gli ultimi sviluppi del caso della donna di Montreal che accusa il pilota della Ferrari di molestie sessuali, vedono gli inquirenti non interessati ad interrogare Raikkonen in questo weekend, in cui il finlandese disputerà il Gran Premio del Canada. Nel paddock del circuito intitolato a Gilles Villeneuve, i media hanno chiesto al campione del mondo 2007 un commento sulla vicenda: “Che sorpresa questa domanda… Non ho nulla da dire al riguardo“, ha amaramente commentato con una risata il portacolori di Maranello.
Raikkonen ha dunque preferito parlare del fine settimana ormai alle porte: “Si tratta di una pista particolare, c’è bisogno di una buona velocità di punta e di una frenata efficiente. Ma anche di usare i cordoli senza scompensi. Inoltre è facile andare a sbattere contro un muro, e perdere la possibilità di girare. Perciò si cerca di spingere al 100% solo quando si arriva in qualifica. Qui è difficile da trovare un equilibrio senza correre dei rischi“.
A Montreal torneranno le Hypersoft: “Non sono proprio delle gomme da qualifica, perché le utilizziamo anche in gara. È la gomma più veloce che abbiamo, ma possiamo anche pensare di optare per una mescola differente in Q2, per evitarne l’uso in gara. In generale sono molto favorevole alle gomme da qualifica, si va più veloci, c’è più grip e dunque più performance“.
In Canada Raikkonen ha vinto nel 2005, ai tempi della McLaren, ma non trova posto sul podio del circuito costruito sull’isola artificiale di Notre-Dame dal lontano 2006. Dal ritorno in Ferrari Kimi si è infatti dovuto accontentare di un decimo, un quarto, un sesto e un settimo posto: un bottino decisamente poco esaltante.
Parla Marchionne: “Difenderemo Raikkonen dalle accuse di molestie sessuali”
Ormai la notizia è vecchia di qualche giorno ed è sempre più sulla bocca di tutti: Kimi Raikkonen è accusato di molestie sessuali da parte di una donna canadese. I fatti risalirebbero al weekend del Gran Premio del Canada del 2016, quando, secondo quanto dichiarato dalla ragazza, Raikkonen le avrebbe palpeggiato il seno durante una festa dopo la gara. La donna quindi ha contattato Raikkonen tramite i social network chiedendo un risarcimento in denari… molto cospicuo!
A prendere le difese del pilota finlandese la stessa Ferrari, nelle parole del presidente Sergio Marchionne, che ha rilasciato delle dichiarazioni importanti al Capital Markets Day svoltosi a Balocco: “Abbiamo risposto con un comunicato, dall’analisi sappiamo che non è coinvolto dunque possiamo solo appoggiare la difesa. Sono due cose perfettamente scollegate. Abbiamo fatto le nostre verifiche interne e sappiamo che Kimi non è coinvolto. Lo appoggiamo e siamo pronti a difenderlo”, ha commentato.
Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen files extortion complaint in Canada
A complaint has been made to police in Canada on behalf of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen alleging he is the victim of extortion by a woman in Montreal.
The complaint, filed by a Montreal legal firm working for Raikkonen, claims he has been threatened with public accusations of sexual misconduct unless he provided financial compensation.
In 2016 the woman alleged online that she was involved in an incident with an unnamed F1 driver and his friend while she was working at a bar after that year’s Canadian GP.
She claimed the intoxicated driver touched her breast while she was working as a waitress and that an anonymous friend put his hand down the front of her underwear.
Earlier this year she published a follow-up stating that she had protected the driver too long and would now act.
A representative of Raikkonen’s legal team in Montreal told Autosport that the woman informed them of the initial accusations.
They then received a letter last week, on May 23, stating she would go public with the accusations without recompense, which the representative told Autosport was a "huge" amount of money.
He said Raikkonen denies the allegations completely and the only course of action to "protect the driver’s reputation" was to file an extortion complaint.
This was done on behalf of the 2007 world champion on Monday.
A resolution is not expected for several months, especially if it involves court action, but Autosport understands the woman has already met with police to give her version of events.
Legal Logik, the firm representing the resident, told Autosport that the extortion complaint "misconstrues what we wanted" when it first approached Raikkonen’s camp.
The firm’s founder Jamie Benizri said they had "a very short discussion that seemed to be going in the right direction" before the complaint was filed "abruptly".
Asked about the financial settlement raised by Raikkonen’s side, Benizri said: "The idea of settling this, either with an opportunity to hear his version, sitting down in person or via video conference, meeting his camp, even money on the table – these are all things that we would have discussed."
He stressed that "this is not gangsterism, where you have to feel threatened that there’s going to be this disproportionate negotiating table".
Benizri said: "It was not a question of cashing out and running to the bank. It was a question of trying to understand what happened in 2016."
He said the response of lodging a complaint to police was like "trying to kill an ant with a bazooka".
The complaint from Raikkonen, which was first revealed by Finnish news outlet MTV Uutiset, comes one week before he is due in Montreal for this year’s Canadian GP.
Raikkonen is fifth in the world championship and has scored three podiums from six races.
Toyota quashes suggestions F1 driver Raikkonen could return to WRC
Toyota has moved to quash suggestions that Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen could return to the World Rally Championship with the squad next year.
Raikkonen competed in the WRC for two years in 2010 and ’11 after he was dropped by Ferrari at the end of the ’09 F1 season.
The Finn contested the full 2010 season with Citroen’s Junior Team before he tackled a select programme with his own Ice 1 Racing outfit a year later.
He then returned to F1 with Lotus, and is now in his fifth year of a second spell at Ferrari, but previously admitted he would be interested in returning to rallying.
When asked by F1 Racing earlier this year if he would return to the WRC in the future, Raikkonen told Autosport’s sister publication: "Maybe some races. For fun. I hope so anyway."
Finnish media reports on Friday quoted Mia Miettinen – the executive vice-president of Tommi Makinen Racing, which runs Toyota’s WRC programme – as saying the manufacturer would be interested in running Raikkonen should he end his spell in F1.
"Kimi could be a good option for Toyota, but he has to decide whether he continues his career with Ferrari," said Miettinen.
But Toyota sporting director Kaj Lindstrom – who was Raikkonen’s co-driver in the WRC in 2010 and ’11 – told Autosport no discussions about Raikkonen joining the outfit had taken place.
"This is the first I’ve heard of it," said Lindstrom.
"Clearly if anything like this was going to happen I would have been the first to hear about it from Tommi or him [Raikkonen].
"For me, this is pure speculation."
Toyota’s WRC team is headed by four-time world champion Makinen and based out of central Finland.
It currently runs Finnish drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi in two of its cars, with Estonian Ott Tanak in a third factory Yaris.
Raikkonen’s best result in the WRC was a fifth place on Rally Turkey in 2010.
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.
“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”.