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Articoli con tag “Rally Svezia

Rally di Svezia, RallySprint–1°/3/2011


Da RallySprint n.3 / Autosprint n.9 del 1°/3/2011.


Analisi tempi Rally di Svezia, Autosprint–22/02/2011


Da Autosprint n.8 del 22/2/2011:


Kimi’s Column post Rally di Svezia–18/02/2011


Closer to the front runners

It was great fun to get back racing, again and it was nice to get grips with the new car as well. The weekend was quite okay. We didn’t have any major problems, actually it was pretty much an easy-going rally for  us in very tricky circumstances.

We seem to get closer to the front runners. Still they go very quick, but comparing the stage times we are not that much behind anymore. Obviously, it’s still a learning curve for me and we have still a lot of things to do.

We finished the rally and the result is ok. We got some good points for me and Kaj and we got some good points to our ICE1 RACING team too. The team did good joh. We are still learning from the car, but it’s nice to drive. That’s the main thing for now.

Before the first rally we had only one day for testing. While the car felt good, still the race is the race and when then you got a very challenging and changeable weather, you have use some time to train in the first place.

I can tell you, it was quite difficult. We spun and then we had a puncture, which cost us some time. But after that everything went well. I felt relaxed, the driving itself felt easy and we got some good stage times without pushing too much.

It’s nice feeling while you don’t have to wipe off the sweat from your forehead and sigh huh-huh, we managed to get the special stage through. I’m quite satisfied how we went the whole rally. It felt very normal driving all the time.

Obviously, there is much to learn. Still have to focus more on the pace notes. There were not that many places we had it wrong, but there were some, we had to change before going there for the second time. If you get it wrong, it’s always very tricky task to keep the car on the road. It’s challenging to work with place notes. That’s for sure.

Every time, after the rally, you feel you could have gone faster. But most important feeling was this time I have learned more and improved from last year. Let’s wait and see, how we go in the next few rallies.

Sweden was a good start for the season. The next rally for us is Portugal. Before that we have a test. Now it’s time to start working to go well on gravel, too.


Rally di Svezia, commenti finali–13/02/2011


“Una delle migliori prestazioni di Räikkönen”

Secondo l’esperto co-pilota di Kimi Räikkönen Kaj Lindström l’ex pilota di F1 ha fatto passi avanti come pilota di rally.

Il secondo rally di Svezia nella carriera di Räikkönen gli è valso un ottavo posto e buoni tempi in diverse speciali.

– “E’ una gran cosa essere riusciti a migliorare, e d’ora in avanti dovremo migliorare partendo da qui, ma è stata una delle migliori prestazioni di Kimi”, racconta Lindström.

Secondo Lindström Räikkönen ancora sta studiando come essere più preciso nella stesura delle note. Si vede nella guida, quando le speciali vengono affrontate per la prima volta.

– “Quando una nota è fatta, capita che ci siano alcuni punti che non sono così dettagliati, così quando scopri un punto di quelli proprio nel primo run, inizi a cercare altri punti imprecisi che potrebbero esserci nelle note”, dice Lindström.

– “Nel secondo passaggio, quando le note sono più affidabili, la guida viene naturalmente meglio”.

Räikkönen ha raggiunto una volta la quarta posizione e in diverse occasioni è stato tra i primi sei.

– “Non abbiamo avuto nessun grosso problema in particolare. Ciononostante, avrei sempre potuto essere più veloce”, commenta Räikkönen.

– “C’è sempre qualche contrattempo. Una volta finisci in testacoda, una volta hai una foratura, e all’inizio la gara è stata piuttosto difficile, ma è andata migliorando nel finale. E’ bello aver imparato qualcosa.”

La stagione di Räikkönen continuerà alla fine di marzo, con il Rally del Portogallo.

Da MTV3.fi


Da Autosprint n. 7 del 15/2/2011:


Rally di Svezia, seconda giornata–12/02/2011


Video: Rally Svezia 2011, seconda giornata – Studio  Sport

Un ritmo migliore per Kimi

Il cielo limpido e l’aria fredda hanno aiutato Kimi Räikkönen e Kaj Lindström a trovare maggior velocità sabato mattina. Kimi si è classificato 8° in tutte e 4 le prove. La sua miglior prestazione è stata nella Sagen dove Kimi è arrivato a 22° secondi dal primo quando aveva un distacco di 30,4 secondi nella tappa precedente.

Räikkönen è ora in 9° posizione, posizione che gli varrebbe 2 punti.

– “Il meteo è ora normale rispetto alla tempesta di neve di venerdì ed è stato molto meglio da guidare”, racconta Kaj.

– “Stiamo andando con una sola gomma di scorta, per cui il bilanciamento della macchina è un po’ diverso. Ma è ancora abbastanza buono.”

Quant’è la differenza rispetto all’anno scorso quando Kimi debuttò su queste strade?

– “Visto che Kimi ha già guidato qui, ovviamente ricorda le strade. All’inizio non ricordava l’ultima tappa, ma una volta cominciata l’ha ricordata immediatamente.”

Il cambiamento di meteo ha ovviamente cambiato anche la superficie delle strade.

– “Non fa un gran differenza. La superficie non usura o distrugge le gomme così tanto”, conclude Kaj.

Räikkönen deve tenersi ben sveglio perchè il rally inizia molto presto.

– “Si fa sempre tardi la sera qui per cui non abbiamo molto tempo per dormire. Ma è andata bene. Non c’è più tanta neve come venerdì. E’ molto più bello da guidare. Le strade sono fantastiche”, ha detto Kimi.

Da TS.fi


 

Commento dopo la SS15: RÄIKKONEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. RL wheel puncture "It’s been OK, better. Quite tricky stages. Big improvement today."

Intervista audio dopo la SS15: http://www.mediafire.com/?886bvp7259fbotc



Rally di Svezia, commenti dopo la prima giornata


Raikkonen happy with progress so far

Kimi Raikkonen says he is pleased with the progress he is making aboard his Citroen DS3 WRC – despite driving the car in untested conditions yesterday.

The Finn drove a World Rally Car on a WRC event for the first time in Sweden last season and the ex-Formula One world champion admits he has come a long way in the last 12 months.

“My aim is the same as last year, we driving in the same way and we’re trying to achieve the same thing,” said Raikkonen. “I want to get to know the car more. Still, at the moment, the car is capable of going faster than I am driving it, but we only had one day to test it and this will take more time. I tested for a day, but not in the conditions which we had yesterday morning, with the deeper snow – we tested in icier roads.”

Raikkonen is lying in ninth place, more than four minutes off the leader as the event closes on its halfway point.

His only problems so far have been a spin on SS2 and a puncture on the penultimate stage of day one.

“I touched the snowbank and the car turned around,” said the ICE 1 Racing driver. “But it was nice not to be digging this year like I was when I went off last year!”

Raikkonen’s co-driver Kaj Lindstrom admitted he has been impressed with what he has seen on their first return to a WRC round in a World Rally Car.

“It’s been a year, or almost a year, that he has been driving and the improvements have come, he’s driving very well.”

Da WRC.com


Kimi a proposito degli sponsor: “Niente di cui dobbiate preoccuparvi”

– “Venerdì abbiamo colpito un po’ uno snowbank nella prima SS e abbiamo dovuto fare un’inversione ad U. Altrimenti andavamo abbastanza bene, ma è insidioso. Devi abituartici. Il meteo non è dei migliori. L’ultima SS è stata una tale pozzanghera che si scivolava ovunque”, ha raccontato Kimi.

Räikkönen ha ottenuto un buon tempo nella terza SS della mattina.

– “Devi andare piuttosto cauto perchè ci sono solchi e neve sciolta. Devi seguire i solchi.”

Kimi ha già avuto una buona impressione della macchina.

-“Va bene. Certo devo ancora testarla parecchio.”

Räikkönen non ha voluto parlare con la stampa degli sponsor dell’Ice 1 Racing Team.

– “Sono sicuro che non sia una vostra preoccupazione.”

Ha ammesso comunque la collaborazione con la RedBull – facilmente intuibile dal suo berretto.

Da iltalehti.fi


Rally di Svezia, prima giornata–11/02/2011


Commenti dopo la SS2: RÄIKKONEN K. / LINDSTRÖM K. ("We spun in one place, hit the bank and stuck, had reverse."). Raikkonen is through the stage over one minute slower than Hirvonen. "It was fun in some places, but I had a spin.”

Commenti dopo la SS4: "It was quite tricky, I didn’t think we were doing very well, but it looks like it wasn’t too bad. The snow is tricky and I just tried to follow the line."

Kimi Raikkonen’s co-driver Kaj Lindstrom on WRC Radio. "It was okay this morning, the weather conditions were quite interesting. We had one spin and lost 20 seconds, but it wasn’t too bad. This afternoon we will try to do what we did this morning and that is keep it on the road!"


Co-driver hails Raikkonen’s progress

Kimi Raikkonen has made massive progress as he returns to a World Rally Championship event for the first time in a World Rally Car, according to his co-driver Kaj Lindtsrom.

Raikkonen finished last year’s Rally Sweden in 29th position after going off the road early in the event. At the mid-point on the opening day today, the former Formula 1 champion is 10th and ahead of factory Ford driver Khalid al Qassimi.

"We had one spin this morning, but otherwise this morning was good," said Lindstrom. "We have done almost a full season since last time we were here, so, of course there has been a lot of progress – it’s good. We only had one day of testing, but we’re getting there."

Lindstrom admitted that, like the rest of the field, Raikkonen had found the lack of grip on offer from the Michelin tyres tough to handle.

"This tyre is new," said the Finn. "It works on the icy surface but it doesn’t work as well as last year’s [Pirelli] tyre did in the loose snow.

"It’s difficult for everybody. This afternoon we are looking for a clean run without even one spin."

Da Autosport.com


 

Commenti dopo la SS7: "Now it was OK, unfortunatelly we had puncture earlier and lost some time. We have not experience."