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Hirvonen ricorda l’esperienza di Kimi nel WRC–16/01/2012

Da Motorsport.nextgen-auto.com

Räikkönen avrebbe dovuto proseguire nel WRC

Mikko Hirvonen pensa che Kimi Räikkönen avrebbe potuto avere successo nel campionato del mondo rally se avesse perseverato. Il finlandese crede che il suo compatriota avrebbe potuto anche diventare campione del mondo col tempo.

“Nel giro di qualche anno, forse sì”, ha dichiarato Hirvonen al canale finlandese MTV3 durante la preparazione del rally di Montecarlo con Citroen, l’ex squadra di Räikkönen. “Ho parlato con gli ingegneri che si occupavano di Kimi e mi hanno detto che lui era veloce quanto i migliori piloti. Il suo punto debole non era il talento al volante ma piuttosto la stesura delle note. Avrebbe dovuto proseguire”.

Si sa poi cos’è accaduto: Räikkönen ha finalmente scelto di tornare in F1 con la Lotus Renault GP.

Mikko non ha potuto poi risparmiare una battuta quando gli hanno chiesto se userà una vecchia DS3 WRC guidata da Räikkönen nel 2011. “Ah sì? Credete ne sia rimasta qualcuna che non abbia distrutto?” ha scherzato il pilota finlandese.

Saluti dagli amici del WRC–21/11/2011

Hirvonen hopes Kimi stays in WRC

World Rally Championship runner-up Mikko Hirvonen wants Kimi Raikkonen to continue in the WRC in 2012 rather than returning to Formula One.

Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One world champion, has been linked to a drive with the Williams team next season having spent two years competing in the WRC, finishing 10th overall in 2010 and 2011.

Hirvonen, who will switch to the factory Citroen team for next year’s WRC, said of his fellow Finn during an interview with World Rally Radio: “I hope he continues. Two years is not enough to get the experience from the recce and for the pace notes. He’s made progress, okay the last few rallies [of the season] were not so good but I hope he continues. It would be good for rallying.”

What could have been Raikkonen’s final appearance in the WRC ended in disappointment when he retired after rolling his ICE 1 Racing Citroen DS3 WRC on the opening stage of Wales Rally GB’s third day. He and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom were sixth overall at the time of the incident.

Prior to the event Raikkonen told his official website: “I just focus on this rally. That’s all that matters. What happens in the future is still an open question.”

Da WRC.com

Kimi ancora nel WRC, Autosprint – 18/01/2011

Da Autosprint n.3 del 18/01/2011

Sempre da Autosprint, due commenti di Hanninen e Hirvonen:


[…]Questo è importante: accumulare l’esperienza sufficiente per poter poi lottare ad armi pari con i migliori.”

– Un po’ il problema che ha avuto Räikkönen…

”So che non tutti hanno capito quello che ha fatto: per me è stato bravissimo se consideriamo che la sua esperienza era di poco superiore allo zero. In Finlandia, nel 2009 è andato forte con la Grande Punto, ha mostrato di poter diventare un rallista. E, vedrete, quest’anno migliorerà tantissimo.”




– E del bis iridato di Räikkönen cosa pensa?

“E’ importante che Kimi sia rimasto. Dà immagine alla nostra specialità e quest’anno, con l’esperienza maturata, andrà più forte. Ora sa come fare le note, andrà decisamente meglio del 2010. Secondo me può anche finire qualche gara vicino al podio.”

Rally di Finlandia, seconda giornata – 30/07/2010

Hirvonen rompe il parabrezza ma resta davanti

Prosegue la cavalcata di Hirvonen in testa al Rally di Finlandia: il pilota della Ford Focus ha vinto anche la speciale n.3 Jukojärvi di 22,29 km, ma non è stato indenne da problemi: nella parte finale della speciale si è rotto il parabrezza e la visibilità non era proprio il massimo.
Petter Solberg sale al secondo posto con Citroen C4, davanti a Sebastian Loeb, perché scivola in quarta posizione Latvala: "Non ho fatto un grosso errore, semplicemente non ho mai preso il ritmo giusto, lasciando oltre cinque secondi".
Fa fatica a prendere il passo anche Ogier sesto dietro a Sordo, mentre Kankkunen al rientro dopo anni con una Ford Focus è undicesimo dietro a Kimi Raikkonen e commenta: "Queste Wrc sono completamente diverse rispetto alle vetture del mondiale rally che ho lasciato io: come dal giorno alla notte!".

Da Omnicorse.it

Kimi Raikkonen’s co-driver Kaj Lindstrom on WRC radio. "It was okay, we didn’t go flat out. I think that was the good choice after seeing what happened to Mikko. Kimi is making progress. After last night’s storm we have heard there could be some down trees along the roads this afternoon, which means you can’t cut the corners like usual. It should be interesting."

RAIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "First time for us. It was good. Bit slippy, nothing to report."


RAIKKÖNEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. "Much nicer second time. Nice stage. But still places where you can go much faster if you know."

Kimi Räikkönen/Kaj Lindström  "This is not an easy one. The whole day has been a bit difficult. We changed the car a bit and now it feels a bit better. Perhaps it will be better for tomorrow."

"It is not very easy to be fast here when you have done only the recce. The gap between my performance on the first and second loop shows I can do better when I know more. Tomorrow´s stages are more familiar to me."

Kimi Räikkönen flies high in Finland

Rally Finland used to be known as the ‘Rally of the 1000 Lakes’ but this is actually a lie because there are more than 260,000 lakes in Finland. The city of Jyvaskyla, rally headquarters, is home to the second-largest and deepest of them: Lake Paijanne.

Impressive as that all sounds, this is nothing compared to the number of saunas that there are in Finland: estimated to be nearly two million. The traditional Finnish sauna is a unique experience, where temperatures regularly exceed 80 degrees centigrade. It’s a central part of life in Finland – there is a Finnish saying that goes: "If alcohol or the sauna won’t cure it, then the disease is probably fatal."

At the moment, Finland is enjoying its hottest summer since 1934, so for once the sauna is probably unnecessary. But despite temperatures that have recently exceeded 35 degrees, some rain even fell on the opening day of Rally Finland today. It’s the sort of event where anything can happen.

For Red Bull driver Kimi Raikkonen, tackling his first Rally Finland at the wheel of a World Rally Car, today was all about learning. Having used a less powerful Super 2000 machine on Rally Finland last year, the 2007 Formula One World Champion was determined to capitalise on the experience. Above all his mission was to stay out of trouble and work on his pace notes, which need pinpoint accuracy because the stages are so fast. As quite a few drivers have found out over the years, there is no such thing as a small accident in Finland.

"Going off here certainly isn’t a great idea," agrees Kimi. "That’s why we really didn’t want to take any risks all day. It’s been very good fun to compete at home, but this is an event that requires a lot of concentration: particularly with the pace notes. It takes a little time to settle into this rally and there’s really no room for mistakes. But I think we made progress throughout the day and I’m feeling more and more comfortable with the car, especially during the second run through the stages. Experience definitely helps, and I don’t have much of that in a rally car for now. Tomorrow we’ll see how we feel and what we can do, but so far we’re on target to achieve our goal of a solid finish in the points."

Kimi has a tough job, but the task of the man sitting next to him is maybe even harder. Co-driver Kaj Lindstrom calls out the pace notes: a non-stop job over the flat-out crests of Finland.

"I’m talking all the time here," says Kaj, who is competing on his 10th Rally Finland but has still somehow managed not to lose his voice. "One of the best things about today has been how me and Kimi have worked with the pace notes. This is one of the hardest rallies of the year in terms of understanding pace notes: there is a huge amount of information for a driver to take in during a very short space of time. Given Kimi’s lack of experience, what he has done today has been very impressive. Tomorrow the plan is for more of the same."

Tomorrow is also the very last day of the Rally Finland, with the event switching to a two-day format for the first time in its 60-year history. About a fifth of the country’s five million population turn up to watch the rally, so expect the stages tomorrow to be crowded with exuberant fans.

For Kimi, it’s just a question of getting to the end of the rally and scoring some well-deserved points. Then, like every good Finn, he’ll probably go for a nice long sauna.

Da Rallybuzz.com

Rally di Finlandia, shakedown – 29/07/2010

Hirvonen fastest at Finland Shakedown

Finn Mikko Hirvonen got his quest for a second victory on his home rally off to a perfect start earlier today by setting the fastest time at the pre-event shakedown for Neste Oil Rally Finland.

The four hour test – a prelude to this weekend’s rally – took place on a 4.46km gravel road in Muurame, 10km from the Jyvasykla Servce Park. The stage is a new choice for Shakedown and replaces Laajavuori, which will be used as part of this year’s competitive route. Conditions were dry, sunny and humid throughout the test, with the temperature peaking at a sweltering 34 degrees Celsius.

"The car feels great" said Mikko after completing his third run in a session-winning time of 2m 02.2s. "At our pre-event test we tried so many things, but I didn’t have enough time to get confident with the set-up we’re going to use. Now I feel ready.”

“The shakedown road is definitely better than the one we’ve used for the last four years. It’s really nice, fast and there are big jumps – so a really good stage. Can I win again? Well, let’s just say I think we have a chance to fight for it,” added the Ford Focus RS WRC driver.

Citroen C4 WRC driver Sebastien Loeb and Hirvonen’s team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala were joint closest to the wining time, both stopping the clock just one-tenth shy.

Sebastien Ogier and Dani Sordo were fourth and fifth fastest respectively.

After his podium finish on the most recent rally in Bulgaria, Petter Solberg ended the session with the sixth-fastest time – eight-tenths off Hirvonen’s – and brimming with confidence. “I didn’t change anything and we were fastest on the early runs, I’m really happy, no problems at all,” he said. “We did a proper test, we did absolutely the right things and I feel I’m back fighting with the best in the world. I feel this more since Bulgaria. We will be on the top on every rally from here!”

Nest Oil Rally Finland gets underway on Thursday (29 July) at 1800hrs when crews leave the Service Park bound for the opening Laajavuori stage. Follow this link to find out how to follow the rally LIVE and FREE here on wrc.com.

Here are the Shakedown times of the leading WRC drivers:

1. HIRVONEN. Ford Focus RS WRC 09. 2:02.2

=2. LATVALA. Ford Focus RS WRC 09. 2:02.3

=2. LOEB. Citroen C4 WRC. 2:02.3

4. OGIER. Citroen C4 WRC. 2:02.4

5. SORDO. Citroen C4 WRC. 2:02.6

6. P. SOLBERG. Citroen C4 WRC. 2:03.0

7. WILSON. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 2:04.0

8. H. SOLBERG. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 2:04.6

=9. OSTBERG. Subaru Impreza WRC06. 2:05.2

=9. RAIKKONEN. Citroen C4 WRC. 2:05.2

10. Al QASSIMI. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 2:06.6

11. KANKKUNEN. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 2:08.4

Da WRC.com

I consigli di Hirvonen a Kimi – 25/11/2009

Hirvonen: "Räikkönen? Non sarei sorpreso"
Le voci sull’anno sabbatico di Kimi Raikkonen si susseguono, e tra le tante, giunge il parere autorevole di un connazionale del campione del Mondo 2007, l’avversario più diretto di re Sebastien Loeb nel Mondiale rally, Mikko Hirvonen, che non esclude l’arrivo di Iceman nel suo Mondiale.
“Kimi è veloce e non ha assolutamente problemi di guida – ha detto il vice-campione del mondo rally al sito Sportii.com -. Ma trovare il giusto ritmo con le note non è una cosa facile”.
Certo un impegno di alto livello per l’ex ferrarista, la cui passione  per i rally, è stata appagata solo da brevi apparizioni con una Punto Abarth S200, ma le Wrc sono su un altro livello.
"I piloti del WRC hanno molta più esperienza, inoltre per lui ogni rally sarebbe nuovo – ha continuato il finnico della Ford -. Quindi è dura immaginare Kimi in grado di competere per il successo, soprattutto nella sua prima stagione".
Un certezza che deriva anche dal fatto che contro qualsiasi pilota su asfalto o sterrato, bisogna fare i conti con l’esperienza accumulata nelle competizioni, e poche apparizioni non hanno certo dato al finlandese il giusto mix di conoscenza e velocità pura contro avversari di livello mondiale che militano da anni della categoria, poi contro il cannibale Sebastian Loeb bisogna fare dei miracoli, come accaduto a lui in questa stagione.
Ma Hirvonen non chiude le porta al proprio connazionale, e non esclude che possa vederlo il prossimo anno, sfrecciare sui tratti fangosi e polverosi di mezzo mondo: "Non sarei per niente sorpreso se Kimi sfruttasse l’anno di pausa per disputare almeno cinque gare nel Mondiale, o addirittura la stagione intera".
Una considerazione anche alla luce della manovre di mercato in Formula Uno, che vedono l’ex campione della Rossa, restare ulteriormente fuori dai giochi. Le possibilità che lo vedevano in McLaren, sono svanite con al firma di Button, mentre in Mercedes ormai hanno altri obiettivi.
Oltre alla favola Schumi, su cui Lauda ha dichiarato di avere seri dubbi, anzi quasi una certezza sul fatto che Schumacher non torni alla guida di una Formula 1, ormai nella neonata scuderia di Stoccarda c’è solo un posto disponibile. E oltre all’indiziato Nick Heidfeld, la casa di Stoccarda sta dando la possibilità ai giovani Mike Conway, impegnato al momento in Indycar dopo due stagioni in GP2, oltre ad essere stato un tester della Honda; e Marcus Ericsson, vincitore della F.3 nipponica e poleman a Macao. I due proveranno a Jerez, e forse si potrebbero aprire le porte della massima serie, mentre potrebbero chiudersi per qualcun altro.

Hirvonen: Räikkönen would need time
World Rally Championship runner-up Mikko Hirvonen doubts that Kimi Raikkonen would be an immediate success if he switched to the WRC next year.
Raikkonen is planning to take a sabbatical from Formula 1 for at least one season following the end of his negotiations with McLaren over a 2010 seat.
The Finn has long been interested in rallying and has hinted it would be his next step after F1. He contested this year’s Rally Finland in a Super 2000 car and set an impressive pace before crashing.
But Raikkonen’s compatriot Hirvonen thinks the regular WRC drivers’ years of practice on the stages and with driving to pace notes gives them a huge advantage.
"Kimi is fast and with driving he doesn’t have problems," Hirvonen told Finnish website Sportti.com. "But preparing to drive with pace notes is a difficult case for him.
"We WRC drivers have so much more experience, and almost all the rallies will be unknown to Kimi in advance. It’s difficult to imagine that Kimi could succeed, at least in his first season."
Hirvonen’s manager Timo Jouhki, who also brought Juha Kankkunen, Tommi Makinen, Toni Gardemeister and Jari-Matti Latvala to rallying’s top level, agreed that Raikkonen would need time to get up to speed.
"Kimi is a really talented driver. No other F1 driver has been driving a rally at that level," said Jouhki. "Rallying, however, requires so much experience that I basically cannot see him having any chance in the first year. Rallying is such a difficult sport and experience counts."
Despite suspecting he might struggle initially, Hirvonen reckons the chances of Raikkonen appearing in next season’s WRC are high.
"That man does not surprise me in anything," said Hirvonen. "I would not be surprised if Kimi took a year off, and did for example five World Championship rallies, or pushed for the whole season."
While Hirvonen’s arch-rival Sebastien Loeb has tested Formula 1 and GP2 cars, and raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Ford driver has no intention of trying circuit racing for himself.
"There is no track series interest with me," said Hirvonen. "The historic rallies series I would like to maybe drive or I could drive a long rally – for example, the London-Mexico. They would be interesting. Maybe I could do rallycross.
"But the track series, such as the DTM or WTCC, do not inspire me."

Da Autosport.com

Rally di Finlandia, commenti sulla prestazione di Kimi – 03/08/2009

Sébastien Loeb, cinque volte campione del mondo rally, ha trascorso una parte dello scorso weekend con Sebastian Vettel, pilota Red Bull di F1, e ha giudicato favorevolmente la prestazione in Finlandia del campione del mondo di F1 Kimi Raikkonen. […]
Kimi Raikkonen ha debuttato nel mondiale rally in Finlandia riuscendo a salire fino al terzo posto del Gruppo N e al quindicesimo generale, ma la sua gara è finita sabato nell’ultima speciale del giorno con due tonneau della sua Fiat Abarth il cui motore stava già cedendo.
Loeb ha dato la sua opinione sulla prestazione del pilota Ferrari. "Penso sia stato davvero in gamba perché era solo ad un secondo al km da Juho Hanninen e dai migliori piloti della sua categoria. Riuscirci in Finlandia alla prima partecipazione è davvero ottimo, dimostra che era in fiducia."
"Per fare questo tipo di rally servono delle buone note. Andava davvero forte, sono rimasto sorpreso ed è riuscito a rimanere in strada fino a sabato. Quello che gli è successo, può accadere a chiunque," ha concluso Sébastien Loeb.

Da Eurosport.Yahoo.com

[…] Rally winner Mikko Hirvonen added: "I have the same thoughts as Sebastien; I think he did really well, considering he has only ever done two rallies with pace notes. He was setting really good times.

Hirvonen’s Ford teammate Jari-Matti Latvala finished Rally Finland third and said of Raikkonen: "I agree, he did really well considering his lack of experience. Okay, he went off the road, but even I had a little moment in the same place. It is not an easy corner, and these things can happen."

Da F1-Live.com

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