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Test Pirelli a Le Castellet–25/01/2016


Pirelli F1 wet tyre test: Daniel Ricciardo sets pace for Red Bull

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set the quickest time on the first Formula 1 test day of the 2016 season as Pirelli tested wet tyres at Paul Ricard.

He was the fastest of the three 2015-spec cars taking part in the two-day session at the sometime French Grand Prix venue.

McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne was 0.4 seconds behind and second quickest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari at a cool and overcast Ricard.

Both Red Bull and Ferrari completed 10 sets of 10-lap runs on a full-wet prototype tyre.

In total 285 laps were covered across the three teams.

McLaren didn’t finish its programme from Pirelli as Vandoorne stopped out on track shortly before the close of play due to an engine problem. His McLaren returned to the pits on the back of a flat-bed truck.

The two-day test has been organised by Pirelli so it can test new full-wet tyres.

The track was artificially soaked by sprinklers and each car left the pits at 10-seconds intervals, circulating for roughly 10 laps before returning to the pits so the track could be soaked again.

Pirelli has been working on a combination of different compounds, different tread depths and configurations, but as the temperature at the south of France venue never rose about 10 degrees centigrade conditions were not ideal.

The second and final day commences at 9.30am local time on Tuesday.

Sebastian Vettel will take over driving duties from Raikkonen at Ferrari, while Daniil Kvyat replaces Ricciardo at Red Bull.

Vandoorne will complete the second day for McLaren.

MONDAY RESULTS:

Pos  Driver             Team      Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull  1m08.713s           99
 2.  Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren   1m09.131s  +0.418s  87
 3.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari   1m09.637s  +0.924s  99


15.45 – Bandiera a scacchi, pit-lane chiusa e sessione terminata con un’ora di anticipo rispetto a quanto comunicato inizialmente da Pirelli. Il miglior tempo di giornata va quindi alla Red Bull di Daniel Ricciardo, che ha siglato il crono di 1’08″713 pochi minuti prima delle ore 13.00. Seguono poi nell’ordine Stoffel Vandoorne con la McLaren, 1’09″131, e Kimi Raikkonen con la Ferrari che ha realizzato il suo best lap in 1’09″637. Completati in totale 285 giri. 99 il numero di passaggi completato da Ricciardo e Raikkonen, 87 quelli di Vandoorne, vittima di un guasto tecnico negli ultimi scampoli della sessione.

15.40 – Si è concluso anche il decimo stint, con Ricciardo che ha bloccato i cronometri sull’1’09″764, più lento Raikkonen fermatosi a 1’10″743.

15.36 – Nel frattempo vi mostriamo le foto della McLaren di Vandoorne, gelosamente celata sotto un telo nero al suo rientro ai box sul carro attrezzi. Per il belga un problema tecnico.

15.34 – I tempi realizzati dagli unici due piloti in pista sono lenti perché il tracciato, appena bagnato artificialmente, non consente di migliorare le prestazioni, che si abbasseranno con il passare dei giri. Ricciardo si attesta sul ritmo dell’1’10.

15.22 – Bandiera verde: ne approfitta subito Kimi Raikkonen che rientra in pista con la sua Ferrari.

15.15 – Le gomme che montano la vettura di Ricciardo e quella di Raikkonen immortalate nelle immagini sottostanti sono del tipo “prototipale” ovvero dotate di una nuova tipologia di costruzione rispetto a quelle standard che invece riportano sulla spalla la scritta azzurra Pirelli.

15.11 – Sempre per ingannare il tempo in attesa che la McLaren torni nel suo garage, vi proponiamo qualche scatto direttamente dalla pit-lane e da bordo pista ad opera del nostro inviato al Paul Ricard, Simone Valtieri.

15.05 – Nel frattempo, approfittando della pausa forzata, riepiloghiamo la situazione dei giri percorsi visto che quella dei tempi non ha subito cambiamenti. Ricciardo e Raikkonen sono a 89 passaggi compiuti. Fermo invece a 87 Vandoorne.

15.02 – Prima bandiera rossa della giornata. Ferma lungo la pista la McLaren – Honda di Vandoorne, che non è rientrata ai box.

14.59 – Concluso anche il nono stint, ma senza particolari acuti. Questi i tempi realizzati dai tre piloti in pista: 1’09″366 per Daniel Ricciardo, 1’09″827 per Kimi Raikkonen e 1’10″116 per Stoffel Vandoorne.

14.51 – Dopo la consueta “irrigazione” dell’asfalto è iniziato anche il decimo turno, con Raikkonen che sta girando sul piede dell’1’13, mentre Ricciardo è già sceso sull’1’12″4.

14.50 – La Red Bull ha invece cambiato leggermente la cromatica della sua livrea, con il ritorno della scritta istituzionale sulla fiancata in rosso, mentre sul cofano campeggia quella del partner tecnico Tag Heuer, che fornisce il suo nome per il propulsore Renault. Per vedere la nuova aggregazione di colori bisognerà invece attendere mercoledì 17 febbraio, quando a Londra cadranno i veli sulla livrea 2016 della monoposto di Milton Keynes.

14.46 – Temperatura che sfiora quasi i dieci gradi quando siamo a poco più di due ore dal termine della sessione odierna. Facendo un breve calcolo e sommando i migliori tempi di settore, con Raikkonen che detiene il best nel T1 con 27.181, mentre Ricciardo ha il più veloce nel secondo con 41.152, il miglior tempo ideale di giornata si dovrebbe attestare a 1’08″333.

14.35 – Al termine dell’ottavo turno non hanno invece migliorato né Raikkonen con la Ferrari né Vandoorne con la McLaren. Le velocità massime nel primo settore sono le seguenti: Raikkonen 300 km/h, Ricciardo e Vandoorne 296. Nel secondo settore: Ricciardo 258, Kimi 257 e Vandoorne 254. Ricordiamo che girando sul tracciato corto i settori percorsi sono due.

14.30 – Daniel Ricciardo ha ottenuto il tempo di 1’08″728 in occasione dell’ottavo turno di giri prestabilito, a pochissimo dal best lap odierno e con il miglior crono nel secondo settore.

14.20 – Ricordiamo che per questi test, Pirelli ha imposto delle condizioni standard per quanto riguarda il set-up delle monoposto, che essendo da bagnato prevede una configurazione dedicata. Sull’ala posteriore della Ferrari di Raikkonen è presente un vistoso “gurney flap” montato sul profilo superiore dell’ala posteriore.

14.00 – Tutto pronto per l’ottavo turno della giornata. Gli aggiornamenti tarderanno un attimo perché il nostro Simone Valtieri si è spostato a bordo pista per seguire da vicino il passaggio delle monoposto e portarci qualche notizia fresca ‘dal campo’.

13.55 – Curiosità: ecco come si possono seguire le prove dai monitor presenti in sala stampa al Paul Ricard. Niente super regia televisiva per questi test…

13.45 – Riepiloghiamo intanto il totale dei giri percorsi: 61 per tutti e tre i piloti impegnati, anche se continuano i problemi al transponder di Ricciardo che compare sul monitor con sole 44 tornate completate.

13.40 – Irrigatori in azione per preparare la pista all’ottavo turno della giornata.

13.35 – Scollinata la metà giornata, ecco una nuova gallery dal Paul Ricard:

13.30 – Terminato anche questo turno, senza miglioramenti cronometrici.

13.25 – Spinge di più Ricciardo che arriva fino a 1’09″168, dopo essersi fermato pochi decimi sopra nei due giri precedenti.

13.20 – In pista siamo su tempi ancora superiori all’1’10”, ma c’è da segnalare che Raikkonen ha ritoccato la top speed di giornata, raggiungendo i 300 km/h sul rettilineo dimezzato del Mistral.

13.15 – Intanto arriva in questa mattinata un’altra notizia importante: la nuova Ferrari, nome in codice 667, ha superato i crash test.

13.10 – Si torna in pista per il settimo turno di giornata!

2.56 – Piloti nuovamente ai box, concluso anche il sesto stint di giornata. Nota sulle prestazioni: le monoposto non aprono il DRS sui rettilinei e i piloti si mantengono anche a distanza di sicurezza dai cordoli. La velocità più elevata finora è stata raggiunta da Raikkonen con 299 km/h.

12.54 – Tornano i tempi di Ricciardo e subito scopriamo che c’è stato un nuovo botta e risposta con Vandoorne: il talento della McLaren passa in 1’09″131, ma il pilota della Red Bull abbatte il muro dell’1’09” e fa segnare il tempo di 1’08″713. Più lontano Raikkonen che comunque si migliora con 1’09″637.

12.50 – Scendono i tempi e Vandoorne ci smentisce: prima fa 1’09″489, poi con 1’09″409 abbassa ancora il suo best giornaliero, ancora di un soffio dietro a Ricciardo. A proposito, in questo turno i tempi dell’australiano non compaiono sul monitor dei tempi.

12.45 – Difficilmente vedremo miglioramenti cronometrici in questo turno: al terzo passaggio Vandoorne fa 1’10″3, Raikkonen 1’10″7, siamo a circa un secondo dai migliori tempi visti finora. I piloti stanno girando con pneumatici non marchiati, come avvenuto anche nei turni precedenti, ad esclusione del primo.

12.40 – Si torna in pista! Primi giri come di consueto su tempi elevati, anche maggiori rispetto ai precedenti, tra l’1’12” e l’1’13”.

12.35 – Mentre tornano in azione gli irrigatori, eccovi una gallery della mattinata:

12.30 – Riassunto dei migliori tempi visti finora (5 turni): 1- D.Ricciardo 1’09″378 2- S.Vandoorne 1’09″536 3- K.Raikkonen 1’09″787

12.25 – Ricordiamo che sono presenti gli ispettori della FIA a controllare l’attività dei team, i quali possono solo modificare i setup della monoposto.

12.20 – Terminato anche il quinto turno di giornata. La temperatura dell’aria sale a 10 gradi.

12.16 – Nuovo record nel secondo settore per l’australiano: 41″58, ma il crono finale di 1’09″412 lo lascia dietro al miglior tempo di giornata che comunque gli appartiene.

12.14 – Vandoorne passa in 1’09″9, Ricciardo in 1’10″3.

12.12 – In evidenza Raikkonen che in questo turno sta facendo i migliori tempi: 1’09″858 (27″3 nel primo settore) e poi 1’09″754, suo miglior tempo di giornata.

12.05 – Siamo al quinto stint di giornata, i piloti lo cominciano girando tutti sopra l’1’11”. Il tempo alto sembra dovuto più al tipo di pneumatico montato ora che alla pista bagnata.

12.00 – Irrigatori nuovamente spenti, si riaccendono i motori!

11.55 – In attesa che ricominci l’azione al Paul Ricard, la notizia della mattina è senz’altro il ritorno nel paddock di Pat Fry. Eccovi l’articolo promesso: Manor, Pat Fry ingaggiato come consulente tecnico

11.48 – Di nuovo tutti ai box: in ogni turno ogni pilota riesce a fare tre o al massimo quattro giri, poi la pista passa rapidamente a condizioni di asfalto troppo asciutte per questi pneumatici pensati per la pioggia battente. 11.44 – Altro giro su tempi simili per Red Bull e McLaren, ma senza migliorarsi. Chi si migliora ancora è Raikkonen, finalmente a livello degli altri: 1’09″787 con nuovo record nel primo settore (27″55) e ancora 4 decimi persi sempre nel secondo settore.

11.41 – Botta e risposta tra Vandoorne e Ricciardo: 1’09″536 il belga, 1’09″378 l’australiano. Si migliora nettamente Raikkonen che scende a 1’10″083 con un primo settore record da 27″6. 11.38 – I piloti continuano a girare e la pista migliora velocemente: Raikkonen fa il suo miglior giro di oggi con 1’10″528, mentre Ricciardo abbassa il limite di giornata a 1’09″666. 11.35 – Vandoorne e Ricciardo girano sull’1’10″7, mentre Raikkonen ancora una volta è più lento, in particolare nel secondo settore, e non va oltre l’1’11″298.

11.30 – Tutti nuovamente in pista, con asfalto ancora più bagnato rispetto ai tre precedenti turni.

11.15 – Di nuovo tutti ai box.

11.10 – Tempi più alti in questa uscita, solo Raikkonen riesce a migliorarsi rispetto ai tempi precedenti (che erano nettamente più alti di quelli degli altri piloti): 1’11″331 e poi 1’11″147 per Iceman. Vandoorne con 1’10″178 continua comunque a essere molto più veloce, mentre Ricciardo dopo un giro lento è rientrato ai box.

11.05 – Intanto arriva in redazione la notizia che la Manor ha ingaggiato, dopo Nick Tombazis, un altro ex ferrarista: Pat Fry. A breve su FormulaPassion.it l’articolo con tutte le informazioni.

11.00 – Ritornano in pista i piloti, sempre nell’ordine visto nei due precedenti turni: Raikkonen, Ricciardo e Vandoorne.

10.52 – Motori ancora spenti, gli irrigatori sono ancora all’opera per rendere l’asfalto ‘full wet‘.

10.48 – Un tweet, tre passaggi del turno di prove appena completato:

10.42 – Di nuovi tutti dentro ai box del Paul Ricard.

10.40 – A ogni passaggio i tempi continuano ad abbassarsi sensibilmente, tranne per Raikkonen che nel secondo settore alza il piede: 1’10″868 e 1’10″649 Ricciardo, 1’10″938 e 1’10″005 Vandoorne. Raikkonen non va oltre 1’11″796 perdendo sempre nel secondo settore.

10.35 – Completato il primo giro cronometrato, con tempi che avevamo già visto nel precedente turno: 1’11″302 Ricciardo, 1’11″331 Vandoorne, 1’11″925 Raikkonen.

10.30 – Si riaccendono i motori al Paul Ricard: nuovamente in pista, contemporaneamente, Raikkonen, Ricciardo e Vandoorne.

10.20 – La pausa tecnica prosegue: al momento c’è un camion dei pompieri che gira contromano e gli irrigatori sono aperti per allagare nuovamente la pista.

10.08 – Prima uscita terminata per tutti i piloti che sono rientrati ai box.

10.05 – Ad ogni tornata la pista si pulisce e i tempi si abbassano notevolmente. Raikkonen dopo aver fatto registrare il record nel primo settore commette un errore, il tempo di riferimento viene firmato da Ricciardo che ferma io cronometro sull’1’11″528, Vandoorne è vicino staccato di meno di un decimo, più lontano Raikkonen che non è ancora sceso sotto il limite dell’1’13”.

10.02 – Al terzo passaggio il più veloce è Stoffel Vandoorne, 1’13″306 per il campione in carica della GP2, seguono Ricciardo in 1’13″833 e Kimi in 1’14″578.

10.00 – Ecco i primi tempi sul giro, 1’17″189 per Ricciardo, 1’18″707 per Raikkonen.

9.58 – Anche Stoffel Vandoorne raggiunge i colleghi sul tracciato.

9.57 –Semaforo verde! Tornano in pista Kimi Raikkonen e Daniel Ricciardo.

9.55 – Gli irrigatori artificiali non hanno proprio nulla da invidiare a un temporale coi fiocchi, ecco le condizioni della pista. La prossima genialata di Bernie Ecclestone sarà l’utilizzo di questo sistema in gara?

9.52 – E quelli di Stoffel Vandoorne, tra poco i piloti scenderanno di nuovo in pista per i primi long run dopo aver tutti effettuato l’installation lap.

9.50 – Ecco i primi metri del 2016 di Kimi Raikkonen.

9.45 – Oggi è il compleanno di Luca Badoer, 45 candeline sulla torta per l’ex pilota Minardi e Ferrari.

9.39 – Pit lane di nuovo chiusa e camion dei pompieri in pista. Il tracciato ha ancora bisogno di essere bagnato.

9.34 – Semaforo verde in fondo alla pit lane! Finalmente si comincia, in pista per l’installation lap la Ferrari di Kimi Raikkonen, la Red Bull di Daniel Ricciardo e la McLaren di Stoffel Vandoorne.

9.32 – Se vi stavate chiedendo quale delle tante configurazioni del circuito di Paul Ricard sarà utilizzata oggi eccola in bianco dall’account Twitter del collega Cristobal Rosaleny. Secca curva a gomito dopo il traguardo a destra sfruttando tutto il rettifilo, poi si percorreranno due terzi del rettilineo del Mistral senza la esse a metà. Dopo la curva ‘Les Signes’ tornantino a destra tagliando la lunga curva ‘Beausset’.

9.30 – Azionati nuovamente gli irrigatori, evidentemente la prima innaffiata non è stata sufficiente.

9.25 – Intanto ecco le prime dichiarazioni di Roberto Boccafogli, responsabile dell’ufficio stampa Pirelli: “I team non sapranno quali gomme proveranno. Ci saranno a disposizione due tipi di gomme, alcune marcate con la banda blu e altre non marcate, di quelle non marcate ci sono tanti prototipi da far provare. Se i prototipi daranno indicazioni positive verranno utilizzati con l’arrivo del Circus in Europa, sicuramente non nelle prime quattro gare”.

9.23 – La Safety Car ha percorso una tornata e poi ha fatto rientro ai box.

9.10 – Le condizioni atmosferiche presentano cielo coperto e una temperatura di 8,2°.

9.05 – Il primo ‘ruggito’ è quello della power unit Honda che equipaggia la McLaren di Stoffel Vandoorne, ma il belga non ha lasciato il box.

9.00 – Il semaforo in fondo alla pit lane è ancora rosso, al momento tutto tace, i monitor dei tempi sono spenti.

8.58 – Aperti gli irrigatori per bagnare il tracciato e permettere ai piloti di mettere alla prova gli pneumatici full wet, motivo per cui la Pirelli ha deciso di organizzare questa sessione di test suggerita dall’esperienza di Austin nella passata stagione.

8.55 – Anche la Pirelli su Twitter ci dà il buongiorno, ecco uno scorcio del panorama sul circuito di Paul Ricard.

8.50 – Daniel Ricciardo è un po’ spaesato, al risveglio dichiara sul suo account ufficiale Twitter di non sapere esattamente dove si trova.

Da FormulaPassion.it

 


GP Belgio, commenti post libere venerdì–23/08/2013


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Kimi Raikkonen has no idea where he stands in Red Bull F1 talks

Kimi Raikkonen says Red Bull stopped responding in their 2014 Formula 1 contract negotiations and he has no idea where he stands with the world champion team now.

The Finn’s management team declared earlier this week that Red Bull was no longer an option for Raikkonen next year, leaving the way clear for Daniel Ricciardo to replace sportscar-bound Mark Webber as Sebastian Vettel’s team-mate.

Then at Spa on Friday Red Bull boss Christian Horner insisted the team had not ruled Raikkonen out.

Raikkonen said he was bemused by the situation.

"I had no answer from them," he told reporters in the paddock. "We will see what happens.

"You have to ask them what they will do. I don’t know any better than you guys."

"We never heard anything for a while, which is not the ideal situation, but that’s how it is."

While staying at Lotus is believed to be Raikkonen’s most likely option, he has also been linked to Ferrari.

But he refused to be drawn on his future on Friday and hit out at media coverage of his contract talks.

"There is no different answer I can give you," said Raikkonen.

"Until there is anything 100 per cent sure, I’ve nothing to tell.

"There is a lot of talk I’m supposed to go to McLaren, I read somewhere, then there’s Ferrari, and then there’s Lotus.

"I still don’t have a contract so what else can I say?

"Until I can tell you anything 100 per cent, you keep asking and I keep saying the same things.

"We will not get anywhere and then there is a lot of bullshit in the papers about the different options, that this will happen, that this guy said that.

"There must be much more interesting things to write about and tell people than the same things over and over again."

Da Autosport.com


Kimi Räikkönen Only Interested in Driving at Spa

After a summer break one day longer than most, Kimi returned to the cockpit – and the media glare – for the first day of running here in Belgium, where there seems to be quite a lot people want to know from the Iceman…

Have you recovered from yesterday?

I’m fine.

How was your day today?

The car was okay. It could have been a bit better, but it wasn’t a disaster either so for sure we can improve a bit more for tomorrow. The weather wasn’t great this morning and it’s certainly better for us when it’s dry. We had a little problem with the front wheel in the first session which meant we didn’t run as much as we wanted to. The afternoon was pretty normal. For sure it looks like it will be a difficult weekend to beat Red Bull but that’s what we must try to do if we want to catch them in the Championship.

What do you make of all the speculation surrounding where you might drive next year?

There must be much more interesting things to write about and tell people than the same things over and over again.

Da LotusF1.com


No answer from Red Bull – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says he has not had an answer from Red Bull over a potential seat with the team next season.

Red Bull is looking to replace Mark Webber in 2014 and Raikkoenn was one of the favourites for the seat until his manager said talks had ended "some time ago" earlier this week. However, Christian Horner yesterday refused to rule out any driver getting the vacancy and Raikkonen said the stall in talks had come from the Red Bull side.

"I’ve had no answer from them and I will see what happens," Raikkonen said. "You will have to really ask them what they will do; I don’t know any better than you guys … We haven’t heard anything for a while, so obviously that’s not the ideal situation but that’s how it is."

Asked about rumours he could join Ferrari, Raikkonen said: "There’s not much I can tell you other than that until there is anything 100% sure I don’t have anything to tell. There’s a lot of talk that I’m supposed to go to McLaren. I read somewhere that it’s Ferrari one day and it’s Lotus the next day so … I still don’t have a contract so what else can I say?"

Raikkonen confirmed he is still awaiting payment from Lotus, saying it was an area he wanted rectifying if he were to stay at the team.

"Not as it should, but hopefully those things get sorted quickly."

Raikkonen also hinted that he may not have been ill on Thursday when he was absent from Spa.

"Maybe I could, it wouldn’t change anything for me. You would ask me the same questions today that you would have asked yesterday. There’s always reasons for things but I don’t have to tell you all of those things."

Da espn.co.uk/


La telenovela infinita–22/08/2013


Kimi-Red Bull, non è ancora finita: assalto finale a Spa

MERCATO. Colpo di scena nella telenovela legata al futuro del finlandese, il cui manager incontrerà i vertici del team austriaco in occasione del Gp del Belgio. E tre indizi mettono in forte dubbio l’ipotesi di un ritorno di Raikkonen in Ferrari

Kimi-Red Bull, ultimo tentativo – Come ogni telenovela che si rispetti, anche quella legata al futuro di Raikkonen potrebbe avere un colpo di scena finale. La notizia è stata rilanciata da Tony Jardine, ex dirigente McLaren e oggi opinionista per Sky Sports: a Spa, la Red Bull incontrerà il manager del finlandese per sottoporgli una sontuosa offerta per il 2014.
Le dichiarazioni del manager di Raikkonen, Steve Robertson, che aveva escluso l’ipotesi di un passaggio al team austriaco, sarebbero state solo un mezzo per alzare la posta in gioco. Altri indizi in tal senso sono arrivati da tre protagonisti della vicenda.
Un campione per Vettel – Eric Bouiller, team principal della Lotus, ha affermato che non farà follie per trattenere l’ex iridato a Enstone: "Kimi è un grande pilota – ha detto ad Autosport -. Ma non possiamo permetterci di spendere una fortuna".
Un’altra dichiarazione che spinge Raikkonen in Red Bull è quella del grande capo, Dietrich Mateschitz, che ha puntualizzato come il team stia cercando un pilota competitivo sul "medio termine". Ricciardo, grande favorito per il sedile di Webber, sarebbe un investimento sul lungo periodo.
Infine lo stesso Helmut Marko, a capo del progetto giovani di Milton Keynes, ha smentito l’ipotesi che a Spa la scuderia campione del mondo possa annunciare l’ingaggio di Ricciardo: "Non ci sarà nessun comunicato in Belgio", ha detto all’agenzia Sid. In tutto questo, il manager di Raikkonen fa melina: "Abbiamo molte offerte. Stiamo valutando tutti i team del campionato. Credo che Kimi nel 2014 sarà ancora nel circus".
Jordan, Kimi andrà a Maranello – Nonostante le continue smentite (l’ultima alla Bbc), la Ferrari è realmente interessata a far rientrare in Emilia il figliol prodigo finlandese.
Secondo Globo Esporte, i vertici della Rossa spingerebbero per un ritorno di Kimi, ostacolato però dal Presidente, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, che non apprezzerebbe una minestra riscaldata.
Per Eddie Jordan, ex patron dell’omonima scuderia e attuale opinionista della Bbc, l’accordo tra Raikkonen e la Ferrari si farà. Detta dalla persona che lo scorso anno anticipò il clamoroso matrimonio tra Hamilton e la Mercedes, l’indiscrezione sembra essere più di una semplice voce. Red Bull permettendo, naturalmente
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Da sport.sky.it


Raikkonen admitted Ferrari move at Finnish party

Kimi Raikkonen, no fan of the spotlight, is the man of the moment as F1′s summer slumber ends this weekend in Belgium.

The Finn’s manager has ruled out a move to Red Bull, but some sources at Spa-Francorchamps think the fact the team has put off announcing Daniel Ricciardo’s 2014 deal is a sign Raikkonen might still be in the running.

At the same time, Lotus has made clear it wants to keep the 33-year-old on board, while reports continue to insist there is a real chance Raikkonen will return to Ferrari.

The German newspaper Die Welt even reports that Raikkonen recently admitted to friends during an alcohol-fuelled night out in Helsinki that he will be wearing red again in 2014.

Reporting about the Helsinki party, the German broadcaster RTL suggested Ferrari has put a EUR 11 million contract on the table, including bonuses and sponsorship of his motocross team.

As ever in the ‘silly season’, though, there are conflicting reports.

Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat is now quoting Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson as saying the driver actually wants to stay at Lotus in 2014.

“Kimi likes it at Lotus,” said Robertson. “But we are waiting for information on certain issues that are still outstanding.

“About Kimi’s future, the ball is in Lotus’ court.”

Da f1zone.net


Suggestione Ferrari, reazioni (2)–21/08/2013




Il caso Raikkonen

Da quando Steve Robertson, il manager di Raikkonen ha fatto sapere che “Kimi non andrà in Red Bull nel 2014″, le speculazioni su un arrivo di Raikkonen in Ferrari sono cresciute a dismisura. Ma è stato anche l’effetto-internet a ingigantirle. Sapete come funziona. Uno lo ipotizza (in questo caso il primo a rilanciarle è stato il giornale finlandese “Ilta Sanomat”), un altro lo riprende e la voce automaticamente s’ingrossa e si fa più “vera” non perché nel frattempo arrivino conferme, ma perché, a furia di ripeterlo, qualcun altro ci aggiunge ipotesi e speculazioni e man mano che rimbalza da un sito all’altro la notizia si fa più verosimile agli occhi dei lettori. E assume sempre più credibilità solo perché ormai lo dicono tutti. Ma cerchiamo di dividere i fatti dalle speculazioni per capire cosa c’è sotto.

Il fatto di partenza è che Kimi non ha accettato l’offerta Red Bull 2014 per affiancare Vettel. Siccome la proposta era vera e confermata, vuol dire solo due cose: primo, non c’era una sostanziosa offerta economica dietro (ricordiamo che Kimi da almeno cinque anni guadagna fra i 10 e i 20 milioni di euro a stagione e a parte Senna che nel 1992 si offrì gratis alla Williams pur di avere la macchina vincente, a nessuno piace svendersi). Oppure semplicemente che la bozza di contratto con Red Bull (di cui non conosciamo i dettagli) prevedeva un ruolo di subordinazione a Vettel.

Qualcosa, col senno di poi si era intuito, quando Raikkonen a fine luglio ammise più o meno che aveva già in cuor suo preso la sua decisione (senza svelare quale) e che qualcuno si sarebbe stupito perché poteva non sembrare la più logica. Ora sappiamo qual è parte della decisione.

Ma a questo punto l’attenzione si sposta sul rapporto Raikkonen-Maranello. Per prima cosa la proposta Ferrari è reale o no? Sicuramente sì perché il manager di Kimi ha ammesso che è una soluzione che stanno vagliando, e nessuno vaglia una proposta se la controparte (Maranello) non è interessata.

In tutto ciò si inserisce la freddezza di rapporti Alonso-Domenicali che è nata nelle ultime settimane, alimentata dalle critiche dello spagnolo verso la macchina e l’organizzazione ferrarista. Fino a ieri ad Alonso è stato concesso tutto, compreso il fatto di avere un secondo pilota ai suoi servizi che non lo ostacolasse e lavorasse per lui. Ma dopo aver fallito per tre anni di seguito (ahimè si teme anche per il quarto vista la difficile situazione in classifica) l’assalto al titolo mondiale sia Piloti che Costruttori la Ferrari deve aver riflettuto che una squadra con un solo pilota di punta non è produttiva. Le critiche di Alonso e il duro richiamo di Montezemolo sono un indicatore: in pratica il messaggio allo spagnolo dev’essere stato più o meno di questo tono: finora abbiamo fatto a modo tuo lasciandoti il controllo della squadra, ma visto che la strategia non ha funzionato e non possiamo mettere a rischio ogni anno anche il mondiale Costruttori, da domani faremo a modo nostro. Con due piloti vincenti a pari opportunità.

Montezemolo ha detto chiaramente nello sfogo di inizio agosto che vogliono “il meglio” che il mercato può offrire. La possibilità Raikkonen è reale a questo punto (anche se è stata blandamente smentita da Maranello per non ammosciare nelle ultime gare ancora di più Massa) ma non dimentichiamo che la Ferrari potrebbe anche ripiegare su un Hulkenberg senza però – questa è la novità – che sia sottomesso a fare il n.2 di Alonso.

Raikkonen però si lasciò in malo modo con la Ferrari a fine 2009, pagato per un anno sabbatico senza guidare pur di lasciar libero il posto per Alonso. Ci starebbe a tornare? Sicuramente sì perché per lui sarebbe una bella rivincita morale. Cercato e corteggiato dal team che ti aveva mandato via. Che volere di più per il proprio ego? Quante sono le probabilità che questo possa avvenire? Secondo noi molto alte perché non si capisce altrimenti perché uno come Raikkonen, a 33 anni, debba buttar via un’occasione come la Red Bull e restare in un team precario come la Lotus. Che oggi va forte ma domani (e senza Allison) non si sa. Anzi, a ben guardare proprio l’arrivo di Allison a Maranello può essere l’indizio ulteriore che il suo pilota degli ultimi due anni stia per raggiungerlo. Resta da vedere soltanto quale sarà l’impatto di tutta questa vicenda su Alonso che quando si sente non più al centro delle attenzioni del team (vedi Renault 2005 e McLaren 2007) è capace di reazioni imprevedibili.

Di certo c’è che la potenziale coppia Alonso-Raikkonen sarebbe sulla carta fortissima, degna della miglior formazione Senna-Prost dei tempi d’oro della McLaren.

Alberto Sabbatini

Da autosprint.corrieredellosport.it


Raikkonen e Ferrari: cosa c’è di vero

Che succederà, d’ora in avanti, con Kimi Raikkonen? Dopo che il manager del pilota ha confermato la rottura delle trattative con la Red Bull (ma gli indizi c’erano già al test di Ricciardo con la RB9 a Silverstone…) il mercato si riapre. E a quasi 34 anni – li compirà nell’ottobre prossimo – Kimi è ancora un “pezzo pregiato”. Anche se finora, sulla scacchiera, non si è mosso molto bene.

La domanda sulla bocca di tutti è: Raikkonen può tornare in Ferrari? La risposta: sì, ma è sempre più difficile. Smentite sistematicamente da Maranello, le trattative hanno invece trovato conferma presso lo stesso Robertson, manager del pilota, che ha confermato lo “stop” della Red Bull.

In Ferrari vorrebbero – non ancora tutti – liberarsi di Felipe Massa e negli ultimi mesi sono state valutate le alternative di mercato. Compreso Raikkonen, anche se ad avviare i colloqui è stato il management di Kimi e non la squadra italiana.

Il problema è che, a quanto risulta ad Autosprint, Raikkonen ha già fatto trascorrere un termine di scadenza senza dare una risposta precisa alla Ferrari. Dove, fra l’altro, il suo possibile ritorno non è visto con favore da tutti. Il motivo è semplice: per far posto a Fernando Alonso, a fine 2009, fu sacrificato proprio Kimi. E la Ferrari gli pagò un altro anno di contratto per… non farlo guidare. L’operazione-Alonso fu fortemente voluta da Stefano Domenicali, naturalmente con l’avallo di Montezemolo. Ora la coppia Alonso-Raikkonen viene vista con un certo sospetto.

In tutto questo gioco delle parti, la Ferrari non ha fretta, mentre Raikkonen deve cercare di tenere alto il suo valore di mercato. Se gli restasse la Lotus come unica possibilità, dovrebbe accettare un taglio di stipendio. La squadra di Enstone ha già fatto sapere che non intende “rapinare una banca” solo per pagare lo stipendio di Kimi.

La Lotus vorrebbe comunque allungare il contratto al finlandese. E intanto gli allunga… la macchina. Per il Gp Belgio, è in preparazione infatti una versione della E21 con passo allungato di ben 10 centimetri. Modifica realizzata – per motivi di aerodinamica e distribuzione dei pesi – spostando in avanti la sospensione anteriore e di conseguenza allungando anche il muso.

Da autosprint.corrieredellosport.it


Fuori uno, niente Red Bull–19/08/2013


Kimi Raikkonen’s Red Bull talks end, Daniel Ricciardo set for seat

Daniel Ricciardo is now set to secure the second Red Bull Formula 1 seat for 2014, with talks between the team and Kimi Raikkonen having come to an end.

Amid growing speculation that Red Bull had decided to pick Ricciardo, Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson told AUTOSPORT on Monday that the Finn was no longer a contender to line-up alongside Sebastian Vettel next year.

Robertson confirmed the news, which first appeared in Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, that the former world champion’s discussions with Red Bull had come to an end.

"It’s true," said Robertson. "Kimi will not be driving for Red Bull in 2014. We held some talks, but a deal will not be happening."

Red Bull had openly admitted that its choice for Mark Webber’s replacement was between Raikkonen and Ricciardo – despite being made aware in Hungary that Fernando Alonso could be available too.

Raikkonen had always been happy to stay at Lotus for 2014, but the prospect of racing for reigning champion Red Bull was given serious consideration.

The Finn’s representatives opened negotiations with Red Bull, as the team weighed up whether to opt for Raikkonen’s experience and guaranteed speed, or put its faith in a youngster like Ricciardo as a long term prospect.

Although Red Bull is insisting that it is not in a position yet to announce its 2014 drivers, Robertson’s revelation that Raikkonen is now out of the running points to a Ricciardo deal being a formality.

An announcement about Red Bull’s plans could be made as soon as this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, although the team may opt to wait for the following race in Italy.

Should Ricciardo be confirmed, he will move up to Red Bull’s main team after two full seasons with its junior Toro Rosso outfit. He also competed in 11 races for HRT in 2011.

RAIKKONEN HAS OTHER ‘OPTIONS’

The collapse of the Red Bull talks means that Raikkonen’s best option to remain in competitive machinery in 2014 is to finalise a fresh deal with Lotus.

But such a deal is not a formality, amid questions about the financial health of the team, with Raikkonen having been paid late on some occasions.

Robertson said that Lotus was just one possibility for Raikkonen as talks continued with a number of teams.

"We are pretty confident that Kimi will be in F1 next year," he explained. "There are options – and that is plural – out there and I will continue to talk to teams. I am hopeful we will sort something out in the not too distant future."

Da Autosport.com


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SkyF1 Mercato, il ritorno in Ferrari? – 20/08/2013 from InvisibleIceWandS on Vimeo.


Kimi Raikkonen ‘wants Ferrari return’ claims Eddie Jordan

A deal for the Finn to return to the team for whom he won the 2007 title may be announced as soon as next month’s Italian Grand Prix, Jordan said.

Ferrari said the claim was "not true" and that no decision had yet been made.

Jordan added that Ricciardo, 24, had already signed to partner Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull next season.

Ricciardo’s promotion from junior team Toro Rosso is to be announced at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Jordan said.

A Red Bull spokeswoman said: "We don’t have anything to announce at present but will advise when we do."

A Ferrari spokesman said the Italian team were concentrating on improving their car to boost Fernando Alonso’s title challenge.

He added: "This is the exact same scenario as last year – with not only Kimi but a long list of other drivers allegedly going to Ferrari.

"At the moment our priority is produce the car for Fernando and Felipe (Massa) and a decision on the 2014 line-up will be made at the appropriate moment, which is not right now."

On Monday, Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson told BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson that the 20-time grand prix winner, 33, would not be driving for Red Bull next year.

Robertson said: "Talks broke down. We haven’t spoken for a little while and it’s clear Kimi won’t be driving for Red Bull in 2014.

"Kimi’s a free agent. He still has options out there.

"There’s a lot of things happening behind the scenes and I’m pretty confident he will be in F1 next year."

Asked specifically whether Ferrari were an option, he said: "Until they confirm their seats, my job is to speak to all the teams and see what’s available."

Jordan said Raikkonen had made a return to Red Bull his first priority but when talks with the world champions broke down, he turned his attention to Ferrari.

He could also stay with current team Lotus for a third season.

Alonso is under contract until the end of 2016, but Ferrari are considering replacing Massa, who has had an inconsistent season.

BBC Sport understands that senior figures within the Ferrari team want Massa out and are keen for Raikkonen to return but that Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo is not keen on the idea.

Signing Raikkonen would be an admission they had made a mistake when they chose to end his contract a year early at the end of 2009 and pay him not to drive for them in 2010, when Alonso joined.

They preferred Massa as the Spaniard’s partner, despite the Brazilian at the time recovering from a fractured skull sustained in an accident at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Although Raikkonen won the title for Ferrari in 2007, Massa outscored him during the first of their two years together as team-mates, and was doing so again in 2009 at the time of his injury.

World champions Red Bull had made it clear they were choosing between Raikkonen and Ricciardo for the seat that has been made vacant for next season following Mark Webber’s decision to leave F1 to drive for Porsche in sportscar racing.

Raikkonen was a known quantity and would be a choice they could guarantee would at least match the contribution Webber made to three consecutive constructors’ world titles since 2010.

But Ricciardo’s promotion will be a vindication for the Red Bull young driver programme, from which so far only Vettel has graduated to the senior team.

The 24-year-old is also likely to be a malleable choice who will play a support role for Vettel without the friction that developed between the German and Webber and which may well have emerged had Raikkonen, a former world champion, joined the team.

It remains to be seen whether Ricciardo has the ability to cope with the step up to the highest level of F1, and the pressure that brings.

His best result for Toro Rosso is a seventh place, although he has three times qualified sixth.

Da bbc.co.uk


Il giallo dell’estate – 2° parte


Il risultato italiano prodotto da questo calderone ovviamente diventa…

(altro…)


Il giallo dell’estate – 1° parte


Ovvero come si evolve una notizia. Si parte dai presunti dettagli sull’offerta RedBull:

Red Bull is willing to support Kimi’s icehockey-business
The circus gets wilder day by day. Bild told on Wednesday that Ferrari has made an offer to Kimi Räikkönen.
In Bild’s article details of Red Bull’s offer were mentioned.
According to the paper the offer is 15 million dollars per year plus bonuses. In addition to the salary they have agreed that Red Bull will support Kimi’s ICE1RACING -motocross team and Kimi’s icehockey team.
They probably mean the Swiss EV Zug ice hockey team which Räikkönen bought a few years ago. Kimi follows every now and then the team’s grips, which is lead by Doug Shedden.
It takes about 10 minutes to go from Räikkönen’s luxurious villa to Zug areena in Baar.
Räikkönen has been connected a couple of times to icehockey-businesses in Finland. According to information Iltalehti has, Kimi was about to buy Ilves in 2000 but the scenario didn’t work out because Vincent Manngard was unwilling to sell his shares.
Räikkönen has often been spotted in Blues-team’s home arena, and when they were setting up the KHL-project in 2011 Räikkönen was asked to join. He refused however.
Räikkönen has in the latest rumor been connected to Lappeenranta’s SaiPa. Kimi has been spotted in Saimaa looking for estates, Etelä-Saimaa -paper tells. They are talking about a possible purchase worth almost one million euros.
– Kimi has not bought anything, nor is he buying, Riku Kuvaja denied to Iltalehti.
The ownership of SaiPa has been divided between seven different parties.
– We have no need to comment on this. SaiPa will be owned by current owners according to the current information, Jouni Okko, who owns 24,91 % of the league, told Iltalehti.

Da iltalehti.fi, traduzione Wolfie.

E si arriva alla bomba sul contratto Ferrari…

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Mercato in delirio, Lotus, RedBull, Ferrari–30/07/2013


Lotus’s hopes of keeping Kimi Raikkonen for F1 2014 set for boost

Lotus’s hopes of convincing Kimi Raikkonen to stay next year are set for a boost later this week, with the team hoping to finalise its investment deal with Infinity Racing.

The Enstone-based outfit announced recently that the group of investors were to buy a 35 per cent stake in the team to help provide a much more secure financial setup.

Such a deal would not only give the team the foundations it needed to shore up its technical progress, but would guarantee the stability that Raikkonen has been looking for.

Although there have been doubts about the Infinity Racing deal coming off after team owner Gerard Lopez revealed recently that things had not progressed as fast as he hoped, AUTOSPORT has learned that matters moved forward significantly last weekend.

Key figures from Infinity Racing held talks with Lotus chiefs, and their presence at the Hungarian GP was viewed as a positive signal that the deal was back on course.

Team principal Eric Boullier hopes that matters will be finalised in the next few days.

"I think by the end of this week everything should be clear," Boullier told AUTOSPORT.

"The deal gives us more than optimism for the future.

"It gives us the means to bring all the resources to go to the next step in terms of stability, size and, let’s say power."

When asked if the financial boost provided by the Infinity Racing was what Raikkonen was looking for to commit to Lotus, Boullier said: "It is not the main thing, but it is one of the things yes.

"We are not the biggest team after the big four, and clearly the strategy we had since the beginning is that you have build in cycles.

"We put everything all in to make the team better, and now we are better we can attract sponsors and investors. That is what we are doing now.

"It obviously takes more time than expected, but we are talking about a big deal.

"And once this deal is cleared, which it should be this week, we know for the next years, many years, the platform will be one step up."

Da Autosport.com


Red Bull: no pressure to pick F1 junior over Raikkonen or Alonso

Red Bull says it is under no pressure to take one of its young drivers as Sebastian Vettel’s team-mate next year, with Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso also in contention.

Amid an increased focus on Red Bull’s 2014 line-up, after it emerged in Hungary that Alonso’s management held talks with its team boss Christian Horner, the reigning champion team is still considering its options.

Daniel Ricciardo and Raikkonen are on the shortlist, and the team is considering Alonso a contender even though it is unclear if he is contractually available for next year.

Although Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz created the Toro Rosso team as a means of bringing on young talent, Horner says his outfit will not be pushed to take Ricciardo if it does not feel that is the best decision.

"The situation we are in is that we want to run the strongest team," explained Horner.

"We won the world championship the last three years and we want to make sure we are in the position to fight for the world championship in future years.

"There has never been any pressure that we must take a junior driver.

"Of course the junior drivers are under consideration but there is not a prerequisite that it has to be a junior driver next year.

"Obviously you want to put the strongest drivers in the cars that you possibly can – and Mark [Webber] leaves some big shoes to be filled."

Ricciardo impressed the team with his speed and attitude during a recent informal audition at the Silverstone young driver test.

However, Red Bull is equally aware that drivers of the calibre of Raikkonen and Alonso would bring a guaranteed level of competitiveness.

It was suggested several weeks ago that Red Bull would make a swift decision on the matter, but the state of negotiations with Raikkonen, as well as the tantalising prospect that Alonso could be available, means the team is willing to hold fire.

"We are going to take a bit of time to make sure we make the right decision," said Horner.

"We have some great options and we don’t need to be in a rush."

Da Autosport.com


Ultima follia: “Raikkonen in Ferrari”

È la stagione dei gavettoni e l’ultima “bomba d’acqua” viene dalla Germania: Raikkonen mollerebbe la Lotus ma non per la Red Bull, bensì per la Ferrari. A fare da compagno di squadra a Vettel, per il 2014, sarebbe proprio Fernando Alonso.

Pura follia? Proviamo a capire come nasce la voce. Tutto parte dal mare di speculazioni che sono sorte in Ungheria quando l’aiutante-manager, Luis Garcia Abad, è stato visto e fotografato nel motorhome Red Bull. In realtà Garcia Abad era lì per parlare di Sainz junior (che aveva provato la Red Bull a Silverstone la settimana prima) tanto che c’era anche Carlos Sainz con lui. Se Garcia Abad avesse voluto un colloquio con Horner per una fantomatica trattativa Alonso-Red Bull l’avrebbe sicuramente fatto in modo più discreto. Però l’occasione è stata ghiotta per certa stampa scandalistica straniera per ipotizzare trame segrete.

Le voci su Raikkonen, a questo punto, ci stanno tutte. Nell’ottica di un “gioco” a cui adesso giocano in due. Dopo il rimbrotto di Montezemolo al suo pilota di punta che aveva auspicato come regalo una… Red Bull, la Ferrari ha tutto l’interesse a ricordargli che Fernando non è insostituibile. La squadra viene prima di tutto, ha detto il Presidente.

Raikkonen, intanto, spera che la concretizzazione dell’accordo con la tedesca Infinity porti in Lotus quei soldi che serviranno a pagargli lo stipendio. Il gioco del mercato lo gestisce la Red Bull: ma se sei un pilota pagato zero nel tuo team, di forza contrattuale ne hai davvero poca…

Da Autosprint.it


Mercato piloti, una partita a scacchi–25/07/2013


Raikkonen says decision on F1 future will be based on gut feeling

Kimi Raikkonen says his 2014 Formula 1 team choice will be based on his own gut feeling and he fully expects critics to say he has made a "stupid" decision.

The 2007 world champion is vying with Daniel Ricciardo for the Red Bull seat left vacant by Mark Webber’s Porsche World Endurance Championship move, and also has the option to remain with current team Lotus.

Despite Red Bull’s recent domination of F1, Raikkonen says either decision could turn out to be wrong in the long term, so he would be choosing on instinct.

"There is going to be the overall package and whatever feels right for me," he said.

"Whatever the decision will be might feel stupid to somebody else, it might just feel right for me.

"I have no idea what will happen, we have to wait and see what will come, but hopefully whatever it will be it will be the right choice.

"Basically everything has to feel right. It the end it comes down to whatever I think is the right one.

"There will be no guarantee the choice will be a good one in the long run but I am fine with whatever the outcome will be.

"You live with your choices."

He also played down the importance of teams’ PR stipulations in his decision-making process.

"There are a lot of rumours about PR days, that we have 10 [at Lotus] and some other teams have hundreds…" said Raikkonen.

"I’ve been in most of the top teams and I know exactly how it goes.

"Everybody has a different way of counting the days and it’s not going to be a deciding factor."

Da Autosport.com


Kimi Raikkonen’s salary ‘not a factor’ in Red Bull 2014 driver call

Kimi Raikkonen’s potentially larger wage bill will not be a factor when Red Bull chooses between the Finn and Daniel Ricciardo, says team boss Christian Horner.

2007 Formula 1 world champion Raikkonen and Toro Rosso driver Ricciardo are going head to head for the Red Bull seat made available by Mark Webber’s 2014 sportscar move.

Although Ricciardo is likely to be a significantly cheaper signing, Horner said this was "not really an element in our-decision-making" when asked by AUTOSPORT if the financial aspect was important.

"Of course, finances are always a factor but you can also contrast that with the difference between first and second or second and third or fourth is a significant amount in the constructors’ world championship so the financial element of it, if you don’t make the right decision, it’s going to impact you anyway if you are not scoring points," he said.

Ricciardo was given the chance to audition for Red Bull at the recent Silverstone young driver test.

Company chief Dietrich Mateschitz said earlier this week that Ricciardo had made a strong impression, and Horner agreed that the long-time Red Bull protege had "strengthened his case".

"There is no substitute for looking at a driver in your own car," said Horner.

"Obviously the test last week was difficult circumstances because fundamentally they weren’t allowed to change anything once the test driver had stepped out of the car.

"Daniel acquitted himself very well. We had the ability to compare him against Sebastian who drove the car the following day and he acquitted himself well."

Asked by AUTOSPORT how Ricciardo’s pace compared to Vettel’s, Horner replied: "Daniel is certainly a very quick racing driver.

"Part of the challenge of being a driver at Red Bull is it’s not just about being quick, it’s about having ability feedback-wise to converse fully with the engineers, especially as we enter a new era of regulations where development is going to be crucial.

"For any driver to go up against Sebastian, there is inevitably a pressure that will come from being measured against him.

"You’ve got to be fairly broad-shouldered to deal with that so of course there is an expectation that there isn’t perhaps in Daniel’s current team. The scrutiny from you guys isn’t there.

"The pressure on any driver in frontrunning team is always that bit greater. But what Daniel has demonstrated so far has been very positive."
Horner also confirmed that a decision was not far away.
"We will take the summer break to reflect and then after the summer break [the announcement] will be at Spa or Monza but it’s certainly not going to be later than that," he said.

Da Autosport.com


Da SkyF1:


Dreamteam…–16/07/2013


Da Autosprint n.28 del 16/07/2013:

 

 


Al posto di Kimi… –11/07/2013


Se fossi al posto di Kimi

Come è giusto che sia, da qualche giorno tanti amici mi chiedono: beh, ma che cosa ci dobbiamo aspettare adesso dal Biondino, andrà davvero alla Red Bull o resterà in casa Lotus?
Premetto che non ho informazioni certe, mica sono Filippo Vettel!
Inoltre, non sono riuscito a consultare il mio Consigliori in materia finnica, il sempre equilibrato Mazgiorg.
Facciamo così: diamo per scontato, visto che nessuno lo nega, che ci sia una trattativa tra i Bibitari e il Santo Bevitore. E supponiamo anche che Raikkonen abbia la libertà di decidere tra le varie opzioni.
Cosa fareste voi, raikkoniani o meno, se foste al posto suo (oltre a scolarvi una vodka ghiacciata)?
Ecco come mi comporterei io.
Ci andrei, alla corte di Horner the Corner.
Per le seguenti ragioni:
1) Abbiamo tutti un orgoglio e se quattro anni dopo essere stato messo a piedi dalla Ferrari mi si presenta il team che dal 2010 domina la scena, insomma, è una soddisfazione da paura, non è che mi stiano facendo proposte la Sauber o la Force India, con tutto il rispetto.
2) Poi ci andrei perchè mi importa sega del quadriennio iridato di Vettel, sono un campione del mondo anche io, fammi vedere da vicino com’è questo Vettelino, in fin dei conti un partner tripalluto non lo ha mai avuto.
3) Ci andrei perché non mi sono spostato di un millimetro quando in McLaren mi dissero con un anno di anticipo che prendevano Montoya e ne ho fatto polpette in fretta. Ci andrei perchè nell’estate del 2005, quando Todt mi offrì la successione del Sommo Sacerdote di Kerpen, ecco, non ci ho pensato su manco un nanosecondo, ho firmato il contratto in una stanza d’hotel di Hockenheim e ti saluto e sono, mi scolai una bottiglia di vodka per la felicità, naturalmente quando il Pinguino aveva lasciato la camera, l’ometto ha il gravissimo difetto di essere astemio (almeno in una cosa, lui e il Dom si somigliano, toh).
4) Infine, un anno fa, di questi tempi, sono stato io ad offrirmi alla Ferrari per il grande ritorno, visto che in Lotus non mi pagavano, forse mi avevano preso per un fornitore della Pubblica Amministrazione in Italia, non so se mi spiego. E uno che non aveva timore a tornare a Maranello accanto all’Innominato Innominabile, su, può aver paura di un confronto con Vettel?
Esticazzi.

Da Blog.quotidiano.net


Hamilton: “Sarebbe bello vedere Raikkonen in Red Bull”

Lewis Hamilton pensa che Kimi Raikkonen dovrebbe prendere al volo l’occasione di andare in Red Bull nel 2014. Il pilota della Mercedes ha dichiarato che Raikkonen, il quale sta al momento valutando se affiancare Sebastian Vettel o restare alla Lotus, potrebbe essere un osso duro per il tedesco.
“Sarebbe davvero figo vedere Kimi in Red Bull. Per Seb sarebbe un momento difficile” ha dichiarato Hamilton al Sun.

“Kimi è un pilota incredibile, tutti lo sanno, quindi con una vettura ancora migliore sarebbe interessante vedere cosa potrebbe fare con essa”.

Hamilton d’altra parte ha spesso faticato a tenere il passo di Nico Rosberg quest’anno ma Fernando Alonso ha dichiarato di non essere sorpreso dalle prestazioni del tedesco della Mercedes: “L’abbiamo visto battere Michael (Schumacher, ndr) negli ultimi anni, e non perché Michael aveva dimenticato come guidare ma perchè Nco ha fatto un lavoro fantastico, e ora sta migliorando ancora” ha spiegato lo spagnolo a Sport Bild.

Da f1grandprix.motorionline.com

 


Tormentoni d’estate, Lotus o RedBull?


Lotus set for Raikkonen F1 contract talks amid Red Bull interest

Lotus chiefs are set to meet Kimi Raikkonen’s management this week in a bid to convince them that the Finn should remain on board for 2014.

With Red Bull having openly targeted Raikkonen as a potential replacement for the departing Mark Webber, Lotus is now upping its efforts to ensure its star driver stays put.

The team’s strong performance in the German Grand Prix, where Raikkonen challenged Sebastian Vettel for victory, was a timely boost to show that Lotus has the potential to fight for wins.

Lotus owner Gerard Lopez is aware it is not a foregone conclusion that Raikkonen will commit to a fresh deal, but he thinks the Enstone-based outfit has elements that are far more attractive than Red Bull.

"We know him well, we know he likes it here," explained Lopez.

"It is up to us to prove that he can get the package that he wants as a driver, and I think he will stay."

Insiders suggest that Raikkonen is eager to remain at Lotus as long as he can be assured that the team has the money and technical structure in place to keep up its current form.

Although Red Bull would appear to offer him the prospect of a more competitive package from the off, there are a lot of aspects of life at Lotus – especially on a personal level – that he knows no other team can give him.

"There is a certain culture about this team that does things right," Lopez said. "And it is the same culture that Kimi likes.

"If we had huge time constraints on him, I don’t think he would enjoy it. He hasn’t enjoyed other teams before.

"He knows he has been treated well here, as we would treat every other driver.

"I think that is a big difference, if he is here or somewhere else.

"This team has a culture that is quite human. Somebody told me that for Kimi the human being, this is the best team.

"And for the racer, he has to decide."

Lopez also dismissed suggestions that Lotus cannot keep up in the F1 development race, and that the team is held back by a lack of funding.

"We developed the car to the point last year that the delta between us and Red Bull was the same in the second race as it was in the last two races," he said. "So I don’t think that is much of an issue.

"People also keep talking about budgets. Although we have a lower budget than some other teams we do quite well with that budget."

Da Autosport.com


Kimi Raikkonen: Lotus move to convince driver not to join Red Bull

Lotus are trying to convince Kimi Raikkonen he should stay on next season rather than move to Red Bull.

Raikkonen, along with Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo, is a candidate for the Red Bull seat being vacated by Mark Webber, who is leaving Formula 1.

Team boss Eric Boullier told BBC Sport: "Two years in a row we have closed the gap with Red Bull. He wants to know if we will keep going like that.

"We are in discussions about the technical package we’ll have."

Boullier said he expected a decision "before August".

"He is mature enough to decide for himself what is the right thing to do," Boullier said. "There are some upsides to going to Red Bull and some downsides as well."

After nine of this season’s 19 races, the Finn is third in the championship, 41 points behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and seven adrift of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Moreover, Boullier has to convince Raikkonen that the loss of highly rated technical director James Allison will not harm the team’s prospects. Allison is expected to join Ferrari.

Boullier also confirmed that the team had been late in paying Raikkonen his salary, which insiders say had not been paid since the beginning of the year.

"It was paid late, yes," Boullier said. "But it has been paid. We have to if we want to keep him."

Asked if Raikkonen’s salary was now up to date, Boullier replied: "Yes."

Red Bull have said they will decide by the end of August whether Raikkonen or Ricciardo would be a better choice to partner world champion Sebastian Vettel.

The other Red Bull junior driver at Toro Rosso, Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, is out of contention.

Both choices have pros and cons for the teams.

Raikkonen, as world champion and winner of 20 grands prix, is a known quantity, who is fast and consistent but may not be as engaged technically as Red Bull would like.

Ricciardo has shown promise, with some impressive qualifying performances, but there are questions over his race-craft, consistency and ability to handle the pressure that comes with partnering Vettel and being expected to perform consistently at the front of the field.

Raikkonen has to weigh up the benefits of a potentially faster car against the prospect of taking on Vettel in the same team.

While Lotus want to keep Raikkonen, there are doubts about the future of his team-mate, Franco-Swiss Romain Grosjean, who finished a strong third in Germany but has been inconsistent this year after a crash-strewn debut full season in 2012.

Grosjean’s presence brings a guaranteed sponsorship from French oil company Total, reputedly worth around £5m.

German Nico Hulkenberg, whose relationship with his Sauber team has deteriorated since he joined them for this season, is keen to move to Lotus.

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado has also been linked with the team, but Williams sources say there is no way out of his contract.

Maldonado is linked to the team’s sponsorship deal with Venezuelan oil giant PDVSA, which is worth £30m a year and runs until the end of 2015.

Japanese former Sauber driver Kamui Kobabayashi, who is racing for Ferrari in sportscars this season after his failure to find an F1 seat, has also been mentioned in connection with Lotus.

McLaren are likely to retain both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.

Ferrari have to decide whether to retain Felipe Massa, which is the preferred option of president Luca Di Montezemolo.

Massa’s prospects have not been improved by four difficult weekends in a row. He crashed in practice at the Monaco, Canadian and British Grands Prix and then spun out of the race in Germany on Sunday during lap four.

Ferrari’s list of alternatives includes Hulkenberg, Force India’s Paul Di Resta and Marussia’s Jules Bianchi.

The reports they are getting from Sauber about Hulkenberg have not been positive, despite the obvious promise he has shown in some races, particularly in leading last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix for Force India.

Di Resta is considered an outside bet and while Bianchi, a member of Ferrari’s driver academy, has impressed in his debut season, it is hard to judge his ultimate potential.

It would be a risk to throw him in alongside Alonso, who is a commanding figure both in and out of the car.

Da BBC.co.uk


Tempo al tempo… parla Kimi–06/07/2013


Exclusive Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: No deadline for 2014 decision

With his contract at Lotus expiring at the end of this season and a vacancy at Red Bull opening up following Mark Webber’s confirmation he will leave at the end of the year, Kimi Raikkonen has been the talk of the paddock over the last week. We caught up with Raikkonen to find out his thoughts…
Q: Kimi, in 2009 Ferrari seemed like they couldn’t wait to get you out of their cockpit but three and a half years down the road you are now the hottest thing in an overall in the paddock. Are you surprised about your huge increase in popularity?
Kimi Raikkonen: No, actually I’m not. Last year when I came back was not too bad and this year has been pretty okay. Things change quickly in Formula One. There have been many reasons for what happened in the past – but it is the past. Now let’s see what happens in the future.

Q: But it seems there’s something like a Kimi-mania at some teams at the moment…
KR: …no, I am just doing my own stuff and obviously there are some people who like it. (laughs) I am only trying to do the best for myself and the team.

Q: When will you make a decision about where you will race next year?
KR: I have no idea. I will obviously decide at a certain point but there are still a lot of things that have to be right and good things always take time. I have no deadline.

Q: You have frequently said that you feel comfortable at Lotus. What does ‘comfortable’ mean to you?
KR: I want to do what I want. That’s it.

Q: Do you think you will have that luxury if you move somewhere else?
KR: I have no idea. I have only been at some teams. Each team is different and you always have good things and sometimes there are bitter pills attached to it. There is no perfect world…

Q: But personal freedom seems very dear to you…
KR: …yes, and I have always looked to get the maximum in that respect. But yes, at some teams you have a little more to do than at others. It largely depends on the sponsors. The important thing for me is that I can do my stuff and that has not been different in the past and will not change in the future.

Q: People dismiss lightly that money could be a decisive factor for you but, on the other hand, it is no secret that money makes the cars go round. What role could a well-stocked piggybank play in the decision process?
KR: The money is one part of it but there is also another side to the coin. Whatever the decision will be, it will be very similar to what the situation is now in terms of the ‘piggybank’.

Q: Do you still dream of another title?
KR: That’s why we are here. If it doesn’t happen this year we will try again in the future. It is always the aim to win races and championships. If it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen, but at least we keep trying.

Q: Hand on your heart. Is the title still on your agenda after all these years you’ve been in Formula One racing?
KR:
Of course. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here.

Q: You seem to have a good time here so why break your back?
KR: Ha, I would have an even better time not racing! (laughs)

Q: What factor could play to Red Bulls advantage? Adrian Newey?
KR: There is not just that one thing. I think there are things that matter with regards to racing and also some that are outside of racing. And it is never one thing that makes me make a decision. It’s the overall package. As surprising as this might sound, I look at the details! (laughs)

Q: Some teams would kill to get Adrian Newey on their payroll and you could be given the chance to drive his car…
KR: …I’ve raced cars that he has designed! At Red Bull they want me but I have other choices – so time will tell.

Q: It wouldn’t be a surprise if those teams that develop engines and chassis have an advantage over the others in 2014. But obviously the two teams that do – Ferrari and Mercedes – are probably not an option for you. Could you therefore deduce that Red Bull might be closer to Renault than Lotus and would that be a factor in your considerations?
KR: Stop, stop! I have no idea what they are doing at Red Bull. The only thing that I know is that Lotus is very close with Renault and they are working fantastically together. I don’t think that there is any difference between how the teams work together with Renault. They are very fair, so these considerations are not affecting my decision.

Q: How much will the friendship between you and Sebastian Vettel play a role?
KR: It plays no role in the decision.

Q: What is relevant to your decision?
KR: The decision has to be made in light of a bigger picture and not on single things. There are so many aspects that have to be considered. But one thing I can say is that right now I don’t know myself how the die is cast.

Q: Will you sit down with advisors and management to make the decision? Or wake up one morning and know which contract you will sign?
KR: I will make the decision. And if it is good or bad I will be the one to blame. I can live with it, as it has been my choice.

Q: What do Sebastian and you both find so exciting in badminton?
KR: It is a nice sport for practice. And I have to do something…

Q: Niki Lauda is quoted as saying that if you don’t move to Red Bull you are a mouse not a man. Does his viewpoint surprise you?
KR: No, because it is normal for him to talk. (laughs) He can talk what he wants and I know him a little to know what he thinks.

Q: Will you make a return to the podium this weekend?
KR: Obviously it hasn’t been too bad today, if you compare it to the previous three races. Hopefully we can challenge for a podium tomorrow.

Q: Have you been worried about the performance of the E21 in the last three races?
KR: No. We just had some issues at the last races but we should have been on the podium in Silverstone. So the speed is definitely there.

Q: So you aren’t worried about a development slowdown?
KR: No. Never.

Da Formula1.com


Non ti curar…–05/07/2013


Raikkonen unfazed by Lauda’s wimp jibe

Kimi Raikkonen declined to hit back at Niki Lauda on Friday, despite the F1 legend calling him a "wimp".

Told that triple world champion and Mercedes chairman Lauda has been talking about him, Raikkonen said at the Nurburgring: "Huh? To me? He (Lauda) hasn’t spoken to me."

The 2007 world champion was then told by the interviewer for Tagesspiegel newspaper that Lauda had said ignoring Red Bull’s offer of a 2014 seat would make him a "wimp".

"I don’t care what he says," said the Finn. "He likes to talk a lot and that doesn’t concern me.

"He’s not being nasty, I know him well enough to know what he’s thinking," added Raikkonen.

The 33-year-old insisted he only returned to F1 in 2012 to win again, so the interviewer is curious as to why he would apparently hesitate to join Red Bull — the dominant team of the past few seasons.

"There are many reasons," answered Raikkonen. "Nothing is as clear as it seems.

"At the moment I have nothing for next year. If there is a decision, I will tell everyone," he added.

Asked if a great car, lots of money, or lots of free time are most important to him, Raikkonen admitted: "Everything. The whole package.

"I’ve been in a lot of teams and so I know what I want.

"I’ll make the best choice for myself, and if it’s wrong and I regret it, at least I made the decision for myself."

Asked if the likely friendly pairing with Sebastian Vettel next year could sway things in Red Bull’s favour, Raikkonen insisted: "That doesn’t matter.

"I know what you mean, but having jokes and laughs with friends is not why I’m here."

Da Grandprix.com


GP Germania, commenti giovedì–04/07/2013


Kimi Raikkonen sure changes to Pirelli’s F1 tyres won’t hurt Lotus

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Kimi Raikkonen says he has no concerns that Pirelli’s new Formula 1 tyres will hurt his Lotus team’s form from the German Grand Prix.

Pirelli is introducing revised tyres featuring a Kevlar belt in order to avoid the problems seen in the British Grand Prix last weekend.

Lotus was among the teams that lobbied against tyre changes for the Canadian GP as it felt the move could hurt its form.

Raikkonen feels there is no reason to worry, as he says the tyres he tested in Canada felt fine.

"They have to do some changes and that is what has been decided," said Raikkonen in Germany. "If they are similar tyres to those we tried in Canada it actually felt better.

"So, I don’t know if it is going to be the same but I have no concerns.

"I think we had one run, but it was OK."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean welcomed the move on safety grounds after his scare at Silverstone, where Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso suffered a blow-out right in front of him.

"I am pretty pleased about how we changed things from Silverstone, when the safety issue was needed," he said.

"It was a little bit too much. When we were behind the Toro Rosso on Hangar Straight and we had the tyre blowing in front of us, it was a bit scary if you imagine at 300 km/h you can have a massive piece of rubber flying to your head."

Da Autosport.com


Raikkonen unfazed by Red Bull interest
Kimi Raikkonen says interest from Red Bull will not affect his chances in the world championship battle.
With Sebastian Vettel failing to finish at Silverstone, fifth place saw Raikkonen close the gap to the top of the standings to 34 points. However, more interest has surrounded Raikkonen’s chances of moving to Red Bull since Mark Webber announced he would leave the team, but having already fielded questions about his future Raikkonen said he won’t be affected by the extra media interest.
"It’s been like that for ten years so it’s not going to change now!" Raikkonen said. "I do my things and you guys do your stuff but I’ve never had to worry about those things. I’ve got good people to look after me and they always make good choices for me, so I’ve got no doubt that they will do so again."
Having lost out on a podium finish at Silverstone by not pitting under the final safety car, Raikkonen is aware that his championship hopes mean Lotus needs to raise its game.
"We cannot make the mistakes that we made in the last race. Obviously we could have scored much more points and we need to put two cars in the points to change the situation. It’s easy to say but it’s not easy to do."
With Mercedes showing itself to be a threat to Red Bull in recent races, Raikkonen said it would help him if it kept taking points off Vettel but that he’s wary of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton passing him in the championship.
"Sometimes [it will help] yes, but at a certain point [Rosberg and Hamilton] will overtake us and it’s not going to help us then. So we have to improve and try to get more strong results ourselves."

Da Espn.com


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Situazione mercato, parla il manager–29/06/2013


Raikkonen will be in F1 in 2014 says manager

While admitting talks with teams are already taking place, Kimi Raikkonen’s manager said he believes the 2007 world champion will be on the grid in 2014.

Hinting that staying at Lotus or moving to Red Bull are possibilities, the inimitable Finn has also insisted leaving formula one altogether can’t be ruled out.

Manager Steve Robertson, however, doesn’t think so.

"Frankly, it is my firm belief that Kimi will be in F1 next year," he told Turun Sanomat newspaper.

"At the moment I think that’s the most important news for everyone.

"With Kimi driving the way he has been, there is demand, and when Kimi enjoys his driving and wants to continue, there’s supply and demand," Robertson smiled.

While moving to world champions Red Bull might seem the obvious choice for the former Ferrari and McLaren driver, however, Raikkonen enjoys the freedoms that Lotus permits him — like very minimal sponsor and other ‘non-racing’ duties.

"I think yes," team boss Eric Boullier said at Silverstone, "Red Bull is chasing Kimi and we want to keep Kimi.

"I think so far he is happy with what he has," the Frenchman added.

Da Grandprix.com


Braccio di ferro per Kimi –28/06/2013


Lotus thinks its atmosphere can tempt Kimi Raikkonen to stay

Lotus boss Eric Boullier believes that Kimi Raikkonen’s final decision on whether to stay with his current team or move to Red Bull will not just be based on the speed of the car.

With Raikkonen emerging as one of the leading contenders to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull in 2014, Boullier accepts that there is no guarantee he will keep hold of his star driver for next year.

But although Red Bull currently has the better track record and faster car, Boullier thinks the quality of the machinery is not the only factor that matters to his Finnish driver.

"Red Bull is chasing Kimi and we want to keep Kimi," explained Boullier. "Kimi will decide what he wants to do, and he will decide what is best for him.

"He knows what he has with us; he can guess what he has with Red Bull. Now we are talking with him and he is seeking some understanding of where we are going, in terms of building with the new ownership. He is happy with what he has, so we will see."

He added: "The environment must suit him. We will keep improving the team performance and we will keep going this way to match Red Bull’s team performance as much as possible.

"Being part of the environment to build it around yourself is the nicest challenge for a driver."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes, however, that Raikkonen’s decision will come down simply to which team offers him the best chance of victory.

"At the end of the day it will be equipment at their disposal," he explained. "Any drivers will want the most competitive environment at their disposal, but we are not just looking at Kimi Raikkonen.

"We have Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, who are true contenders for the seat. We need to take a bit of time to look at all the options that are available."

Da Autosport.com


Red Bull: Kimi Raikkonen not certainty as Mark Webber’s replacement

Red Bull’s priority is to find the fastest driver it can as replacement for Mark Webber, as it denied that Kimi Raikkonen is an automatic choice.

Although Lotus driver Raikkonen has been widely touted as the leading contender to line up alongside Sebastian Vettel, team principal Christian Horner said that Red Bull was open-minded and ready to bide its time on a decision.

He says his outfit needs time to judge whether Raikkonen is a better prospect than Toro Rosso duo Jean-Eric Verge and Daniel Ricciardo.

"We want a fast driver. We want to fill the best two cars that we can next year," said Horner when asked what Red Bull was looking for.

"We are in a fortunate position where there are quite a few drivers who would like to drive a Red Bull car, and we have also got two very talented young drivers that we have been developing at Toro Rosso that we have a lot of information on. So we don’t need to rush into a decision."

Raikkonen said earlier on Thursday that it would be tough for him to decide whether to stay at Lotus or join Red Bull if an offer was made, while Horner admitted that there were some risks attached to signing a superstar like the 2007 world champion.

"There are risks whoever you sign," he said. "You just try to make the most informed decision you can, and we are in a fortunate position that we have got two very exciting young prospects, and we are attractive to other drivers as well.

"Our decision will be based on merit and wanting to field the most competitive team that we can."

VETTEL OPINION WILL BE CONSIDERED

Horner also made it clear that Vettel would be consulted on a decision, even if he would not have the final say on who his team-mate will be.

"For sure Sebastian will be kept in the loop in terms of what our choices of driver are, and his opinion has a value as well," he said.

"He is out there racing some of these guys; and sometimes he sees things we don’t."

Da Autosport.com

 


Un posto libero in RedBull…–27/06/2013


Kimi Raikkonen says 2014 a tough call now Red Bull seat available

Kimi Raikkonen admits he will face a difficult decision if he has to choose between Red Bull and Lotus for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

AUTOSPORT understands that Raikkonen was on Red Bull’s shortlist as a new team-mate for Sebastian Vettel even before Mark Webber announced he will leave Formula 1 at the end of 2013 to join Porsche’s new LMP1 programme.

Raikkonen’s contract with Lotus expires at the end of the year, and he insisted he is yet to decide on his plans, but hinted it will be a tough call.

"Whatever the decision, it will not be easy, but it is never easy," said Raikkonen at Silverstone. "It is not the first time that there are different options on the table, and then you take the one that you think is right at that moment.

"So it is hard to say if it is the right or wrong decision and you have to live with it. Only you can make the decision yourself."

Raikkonen said Webber’s announcement changed nothing for him.

"I still don’t have an answer for what will happen next year, it hasn’t changed in the last two races," he said.

"Obviously people will be talking about the chances more but it doesn’t really change what I will do next year or what my decisions are – even if there is an open place."

He added: "I have no contract, which is normal in F1. I have nothing to inform people until there is something certain on paper and I will tell immediately because then everyone stops asking the same question. But until I have something done I cannot answer."

LOTUS ‘PERFECT’

The 2007 world champion returned to F1 with Lotus last year after a two-year hiatus, and he finished the championship in third place. This season, Raikkonen has already won a race and is third in the standings.

The 33-year-old said the atmosphere at Lotus has been exactly what he wanted.

"It has been perfect. Without them I wouldn’t be back in F1," he said. "For sure they also got some good things out of it, so I have no complaints.

"Obviously there are certain things that have to improve but I have had a great time with the team so far. That is why whatever the decision will be will be difficult."

Raikkonen admitted that his freedom at Lotus is an important consideration.

"It is one of the key points," he said. "Obviously you want to have a good car and certain things have to be right, but there are a lot of small things that have to be right for yourself.

"I’ve been around the business long enough to know what I want and if those things are not right then the decision might be different."

Autosport.com


Da Sky:


Il futuro di Kimi secondo Turrini–15/06/2013


Quello che so del futuro di Kimi

Sollecitato da alcuni avventori di questo pub virtuale, ecco dunque quello che so sul futuro di Raikkonen.
Partendo dal passato.
1) A fine 2009 Kimi è stato congedato dalla Ferrari. Per togliere il disturbo ha incassato una somma complessivamente non lontana dai venti milioni di dollari. Ammettiamolo: non male, come liquidazione.
2) Quando il mio idolo biondino ha manifestato l’intenzione di dedicarsi ai rally, ha subito trovato nella Red Bull uno sponsor compiacente e compiaciuto.
3) All’epoca (dello sbarco rally) non stava scritto da nessuna parte che il Santo Bevitore si sarebbe ripresentato ai box della Formula Uno.
4) Quando ciò è accaduto, Raikkonen ha scelto la Lotus per una serie di ragioni troppo lunghe da spiegare, ma è ragionevole supporre che in quel momento non ci fossero top team disposti ad ingaggiarlo a scatola chiusa, tenuto conto dell’effetto non positivo che tre anni di stop avevano avuto sul vecchio zio di Kerpen.
5) Poi, con buona pace dei detrattori, Kimi ha confermato da subito di essere un gran manico.
6) Nell’estate 2012 il biondino ha parlato con la Ferrari. C’era un interesse reciproco, non contrastato da Alonso. Ma non se n’è fatto niente.
7) Raikkonen ha rinnovato con Lotus per un anno solo, il 2013.
8) Nel frattempo in Red Bull è scoppiato il casino Vettel-Webber. Difficile immaginare un prolungamento del contratto del Canguro oltre la scadenza.
9) E’ vero che Vettel e Kimi hanno un buon rapporto personale, ma i piloti di solito dimenticano i buoni rapporti quando guidano la stessa macchina.
10) La Red Bull, forte della relazione instaurata all’epoca del rally, ha fatto una offerta a Raikkonen. Penso che la discussione riguardi la durata dell’accordo. I Bibitari potrebbero anche optare per la soluzione young driver, coerente con l’investimento pluriennale su Toro Rosso. Però, non so quanto gli convenga.

Da blog.quotidiano.net


Kimi al Kimi FullGas in Austria–01/05/2013


 

 


Ci vorrebbe un amico…–25/04/2013


Intro: ”The man of few words talks. The reason why he is taking Vettel in his private jet, why he doesn’t extend his contract with Lotus at the moment and why a second world championship title wouldn’t make him happier.”
INTERVIEW
SB: Mr. Räikkönen, the drummer of Guns Roses told us, that you had been drinking together. Is there a little rocker inside of you?
KR: ”In general, I like music, but not such music. The guys of guns ‘n’ roses are just cool. I don’t care if they’re famous musicians or not. I just like being together with such guys.”
SB: You were flying home from China together with Sebastian Vettel. From Munich on, in your private jet. Would you do so for every driver colleague?
KR: ”No, but not everyone lives near Zurich.”
SB: It says, Vettel has no more friends in the paddock. Is that true?
KR: ”It is basically difficult to have friends inside the Formula One, but we two are. We aren’t seeing each other as often as before because Seb moved a bit wider away, but I still would call him my friend in Formula One. I know him best of all.”
SB: He (Seb) is still being critized for ignoring team-orders in Malaysia. How would you have acted if the team told you to stay behind your slower teammate?
KR:”Always you journalists with your would-if-questions! Team-orders are a part of Formula One. Sometimes you stick to it, sometimes it doesn’t make sense. Team-orders can be that your engineer tells you to do this or that, but you wanted to do it the other way round. Then I won’t listen to my engineer and do what I want.”
SB: Just like Vettel. Afterwards he told honestly what he’s thinking about his teammate. How did you like that?
KR:
”Seb has his opinion and he told it. He is honest and open. That’s a good thing, I like that.”
SB: How did Seb change because of his three titles?
KR:”He didn’t change. Sure thing: He’s getting older and gets to know more about the sport. But apart from that, his personality didn’t change at all. He’s still a normal, funny and nice guy.”
SB: Now you two are fighting each other for race victories and the championship. Will you remain friends?
KR: ”Yes. We trust each other, that neither of us will do something stupid in a in fight. We’re honest and open. If it comes to a crash between us, we probably will be complaining about each other (laughs). But that should be it then. Everyone has an argument sometimes, it’s just normal.”
SB: In Bahrain, he beat you. Are you still winning against Seb in Badminton?
KR:”We haven’t played for a long time. But the last time we did, approximately three years ago, Seb lost, that’s right.”

SB: Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez is assuming that you are staying with Lotus.
KR:”It can be that he wants me to stay. In fact, I haven’t got a contract for next season yet. But things in Formula one can turn around fast. Honestly: I just don’t know what I will be doing next year yet. Ask me again in six months.”
SB: You told the Bild newspaper that you want to return to a top team. At RedBull Racing, Mark Webber’s spot will likely be available. And Dietrich Mateschitz wants you.
KR:”I don’t know what you want from me! Here at Lotus, we are winning races. That’s enough. It doesn’t matter that we are spending less money than the other top teams here at Lotus as long as I am winning. But once again: I don’t know what happens next year. For now, I am trying to get the maximum out of the season. Then I will make the right decision for me. I am not wasting my thoughts on the future. And I’m not worried about finding a seat. I can live without Formula One, too.”
SB:Then why are you sitting here with us and doing an interview?
KR:”Because Formula One is motorsport on the highest level. And according to that, there will always be days like this, when I have to do a lot of boring interviews.”
SB: Currently, you’re 2nd in the championship. Are you able to win the title against Sebastian Vettel?
KR:”It’s true: At the moment we’re doing pretty well pretty often. But that doesn’t guarantee the championship. The second place in Bahrain was good, but it doesn’t help when Seb keeps winning all of the time. We have to find something else.”
SB: What would a second World Championship title mean to you?
KR:
”A second title would be nice, but it wouldn’t make me happier. The most important thing is to be satisfied with yourself.”
SB: What is so special about your right foot that your tires last longer?
KR: ”It isn’t just my foot. It’s a combination of the driver and the car. My Lotus is gentle with the tyres and that makes it easier for me.”

SB: It seems that you’re happier at Lotus than that Ferrari or Mclaren.
KR: ”No you can’t say that. A team from Italy is complete different to one from England. I had a good time everywhere.”
SB: You aren’t showing that at all. Are you going to laugh in the basement? (German proverb, I don’t know how to translate it properly. It means, that you won’t show your humoristic side to all people)
KR: ”I don’t show the real me in Formula One. Most of the people are behaving differently at work and in private.”
SB: While listening to your team radio, one could get the opinion that you aren’t getting along well with your engineer…..
KR:”Yes, but you can only listen to a small piece of it. Of course, we have different opinions at some times. It seems that i’m yelling at him all the time, but that comes with the loudness. Inside the car it’s terribly loud.”
SB: You are a big James Hunt Fan. Are you going to watch the new movie about him and Niki Lauda?
KR:‘ ‘Yes, I will. In these times, Formula One was just pure racing. Motorsport how it should be. Not so much talking about it. I like that.”

Da Sportbild.de, traduzione KimiFanPage


intervista dalla NBC pre GP Bahrain:


Vettel: “Sarei felice di avere Raikkonen come compagno alla Red Bull”

Sebastian Vettel ha commentato le voci del possibile arrivo di Kimi Raikkonen alla Red Bull Racing come sostituto di Mark Webber.
Il tedesco ha dichiarato di essere favorevole all’idea: “Non mi importa chi è il mio compagno di squadra” ha commentato a Sport Bild. “Se vuoi vincere, devi battere chiunque. Ma sarebbe positivo avere Kimi come compagno di squadra! Non abbiamo problemi l’un l’altro e siamo abbastanza maturi da gestire la cosa anche in situazioni difficili. E’ molto onesto. Non ci sono problemi tra noi”.

Parole di stima per Vettel anche dallo stesso Raikkonen: “In ogni duello tra noi c’è fiducia reciproca, non facciamo cose stupide. Siamo entrambi aperti ed onesti. In caso di incidente, probabilmente ci lamenteremmo a vicenda dell’altro, ma è normale”.

DaF1Grandprix.it


Mercato, Lopez smorza le voci–14/04/2013


Lotus not worried Red bull can lure Kimi Raikkonen away

Lotus insists it is not worried that Red Bull may try to lure Kimi Raikkonen away next year.

Amid the fallout from the Red Bull ‘Multi 21’ team orders controversy, there has been increased speculation that the outfit may need a new team-mate for Sebastian Vettel in 2014.

With question marks still surrounding the potential of Toro Rosso juniors Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz recently admitted that Raikkonen was an obvious candidate if the outfit elects to make a change.

Lotus owner Gerard Lopez says he is not unduly concerned about Red Bull’s expression of interest, and he thinks that Raikkonen has enough reasons to stay at Lotus for another year.

When asked by AUTOSPORT if he believed Lotus would have a fight on its hands with Red Bull for Raikkonen’s services, Lopez said: "Kimi’s position is going to be based on a bunch of things and not on what Red Bull say – I think they have their hands full right now.

"As far as we are concerned, the relationship with Kimi is excellent.

"We are where we want to be, he is where he wants to be, and I can guarantee you that Kimi is not the sort of guy who is going to sign any sort of pre-contract. Not with anybody.

"If we keep giving him what he wants then I don’t see there is any reason for him to go anywhere.

"We are happy, so we don’t see any reason to replace him."

Lopez suspects that Red Bull’s mentioning of Raikkonen may have been a political move to try to calm the situation down at its own team following the Malaysia controversy.

"I think it [future drivers] is far off the whole game right now," he said. "They have their own issues and maybe saying something like that, they are thinking it may be able to help them but I don’t see how.

"We are well where we are and I think Kimi will stay."

Da Autosport.com


Mercato, prime speculazioni–02/04/2013


Mateschitz: “Raikkonen candidato per un posto in Red Bull”

Kimi Raikkonen è uno dei candidati a sostituire Mark Webber alla Red Bull. Lo ha ammesso il patron dell’azienda di drink energetici, Dietrich Mateschitz.
Alla luce della polemica sul team order “Multi-21″, la Red Bull ha smentito l’ipotesi di un Webber in partenza a fine stagione.

Ma anche Mateschitz, da sempre un sostenitore dell’australiano, ha ammesso che Webber potrebbe lasciare il team alla scadenza del suo contratto a fine 2013.

“Sceglierà lui se ritirarsi” ha dichiarato Mateschitz a Speed Week. “Mark è un candidato per il 2014. E’ sempre il benvenuto con noi. Così come un giovane veloce come Vergne o Ricciardo dalla Toro Rosso. Mi spiace, lo so che è una risposta diplomatica che lascia tutto aperto, ma è così. Tutto il resto sono solo voci”.

Mateschitz ha anche menzionato Raikkonen, amico di Vettel, come possibile compagno di squadra per il tedesco al 2014.

“Kimi è freddo, veloce ed è sempre un candidato” ha dichiarato Mateschitz.

Secondo il giornale tedesco Bild, Webber sarebbe già stato contattato dai vertici Porsche, in vista di un ingaggio per correre con la nuova vettura 2014 della casa tedesca per Le Mans.

Da f1grandprix.motorionline.com


Gara di motoslitta per Kimi–10/12/2011


Räikkönen Going Snowmobile Racing in Austria

New Lotus Renault driver Kimi Raikkonen is to go snowmobile racing this weekend in the fifth edition of the Swatch Snow Mobile. Raikkonen will race with the Red Bull Mobile Team in the event held in the Alps, Austria.
Last year Formula 1 drivers Adrian Sutil, Nico Hülkenberg, Sakon Yamamoto, Alex Wurz and Christian Klien entered the event with none of them making it into the top three. This year Raikkonen is joined with former Lotus Renault stand in driver Nick Heidfeld with Hulkenberg, Yamamoto and Klien coming back again.

Da f1revs.com e snow-mobile.at


Nonostante gli ottimi tempi fatti segnare da Kimi http://www.snow-mobile.at/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/09-Free-Practice-2-Group-1-laptimes-per-driver1.pdf, il suo è team si è ritirato perché uno dei membri non ha terminato un giro.

http://www.snow-mobile.at/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/18-First-Heat-Group-1.pdf

E ha anche rimediato un piccolo infortunio alla mano: http://sport10.at/home/formel1/715671/SnowMobileRace_Raeikkoenen-verletzt

Räikkönen si rovescia allo Swatch Snow Mobile

Il finlandese nella gara di Saalbach si sarebbe fatto un taglio alla mano sinistra

La partecipazione di Kimi Raikkonen alla quinta edizione dello Swatch Snow Mobile, la gara riservata alle motoslitte che si disputa a Saalbach, non è stata molto fortunata.
Il pilota 2012 della Lotus Renault di ritorno in Formula 1 dal mondiale Rally ha aderito al Red Bull Mobile Team che era composto anche da altri piloti da Gran Premio come Nick Heidfeld, Nico Hulkenberg, Sakon Yamamoto e Christian Klien.
Il finlandese è stato protagonista di un incidente nel quale si sarebbe infortunato in modo non troppo serio alla mano sinistra: "Ice Man" sarebbe entrato in una curva ad una velocità esagerata con la sua motoslitta da 75 Cv e si sarebbe rovesciato finendo sotto il suo mezzo con la mano che sarebbe rimasta schiacciata sul ghiaccio.
Andy Werning, organizzatore dell’evento, tranquillizza i tifosi del finlandese: "Un nostro medico ha avuto modo di visitare Kimi e c’è un profondo taglio alla mano sinistra. Per precauzione è meglio che non il pilota finlandese non prosegua lo Swatch Snow Mobile".
Insomma Kimi, abituato alle ormai proverbiali uscite di strada nelle speciali del WRC con la Citroen DS3, non avrebbe perso l’attitudine agli incidenti anche sul ghiaccio con le motoslitte. Chissà cosa penseranno Gerard Lopez ed Eric Boullier del loro fresco pilota…

Da Omnicorse.it


Da Lotus Twitter

We just spoke to Kimi. There’s nothing to worry about, he only has a sore wrist. He might have it checked again on Monday, but that’s all.

Video (Raisport): http://www.mediafire.com/?fdci5s3rdrjuh0u