Ferrari, Raikkonen saluta Vettel: “È stato bello lavorare con te amico!”
Il finlandese ha inoltre scambiato il casco con l’ormai ex compagno di squadra
Pochissime parole ma cariche di significato. Kimi Raikkonen, con un post pubblicato sul proprio profilo Instagram, ha voluto salutare Sebastian Vettel con il quale ha condiviso il box Ferrari nelle ultime quattro stagioni.
Il finlandese infatti dal prossimo campionato difenderà i colori dell’Alfa Romeo Sauber, dove ha preso il posto di Charles Leclerc che invece ha seguito il percorso inverso approdando a Maranello.
“È stato bello lavorare con te amico!”, ha scritto Raikkonen. Il messaggio è stato accompagnato da una foto, che ritrae i due dopo lo scambio dei rispettivi caschi.
Un gesto che rimarca l’amicizia venutasi a creare tra il finlandese e il tedesco fuori dalla pista.
Un pilota arriva e un altro se ne va. Dopo 5 stagioni passate insieme, 8 se si considera anche il primo approdo a Maranello tra il 2007 e il 2009, Kimi Raikkonen lascia la Ferrari per tornare in Sauber. Con la squadra italiana, Kimi Raikkonen ha conquistato il titolo mondiale nel 2007 ed il cuore di milioni di tifosi, che ancora oggi lo rende uno dei piloti più apprezzati ed amati nel paddock. La sua seconda parte di carriera in Rosso non è stata particolarmente semplice, ma è stato un crescendo, dalle difficoltà incontrate nel 2014 per una vettura che non si adattava al suo stile di guida, fino al ritorno alla vittoria ad Austin quest’anno. La stagione 2018 è stata probabilmente una delle migliori della sua carriera, dove seppur sia arrivato un solo successo, il finlandese si è dimostrato molto costante in termini di prestazioni e di risultati, conquistando ben 12 podi nonostante diversi ritiri a causa di problemi alla vettura o incidenti in cui non era responsabile. Prima di chiudere il capitolo Kimi in Rosso, però, Maurizio Arrivabene ha voluto ricordare ancora una volta il pilota finlandese e ringraziarlo per gli anni passati insieme: “È molto difficile descrivere Kimi Raikkonen per le persone che non lo conoscono. Mercoledì sera la squadra ha organizzato una festa ad Abu Dhabi per ringraziarlo. Io dovevo fare delle telefonate importanti e all’improvviso vicino a me vedo Kimi, non dice una parola, ma è il suo modo di dirti grazie, per dirti sono qui” – ha raccontato il manager bresciano”.
“Sono una persona fortunata ad aver conosciuto ed aver lavorato con un pilota e con uomo come Kimi, al dì là dei suoi meriti di pilota è una persona umanamente straordinaria, che non ha bisogno di parlar molto. Lui vede attraverso i muri, sa pesare le persone, sa dare il giusto valore alle situazioni e poi quando è il momento di parlare non sta zitto, dice le cose che deve dire. È una persona di un’umanità pazzesca, quindi oltre a ringraziarlo per avermi fatto l’onore di lavorare con lui, ma soprattutto di onorarmi della sua amicizia, devo dirgli davvero grazie Kimi, sei un grande” ha poi concluso il team principal della Ferrari.
Q: Kimi, after eight seasons, this is your final race with Ferrari. What does this team mean to you and what will you miss most about it?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: I don’t know. Obviously I had this leaving them once already so it’s not a new thing. I’m not sad because I don’t see why we need to be sad. We will stay as friends. We’re going to see a lot of us anyhow in the paddock so not an awful lot changes. We’ll both go for new things and I think it’s exciting but we’ve had good times with the team, great people. We’ve had some difficult times, but that’s part of business and I think that’s how it should go: sometimes it needs to be a bit hard. No, obviously I won the championship with them, as a driver. We twice won the team (championship) so I’m very happy to be part of it because there’s not many people who have done it. We will happily go different ways. We’re not that far away from each other and we will keep doing what we do.
Q: And just looking at this weekend, you’re in a tight battle with Bottas, just 14 points separating you in the championship. How important is that third place for you?
KR: I don’t think it’s changing my world any way. If I end up third, I think we need to go wherever the prize giving is so it’s a negative thing in the end, you know, more travelling but we’ll see.
Q: Can I just throw this to the Ferrari drivers? Sebastian and Kimi, what are your thoughts on what happened between these two drivers in Brazil?
SV: We can go? Now? I don’t know. I have an opinion. I’m not sure I should say what I think.
KR: Not really. I saw it afterwards. Boys and boys and that’s how it goes. I don’t think anything bad happened in the end it’s probably in many eyes, if you take the whole picture, maybe it’s not the greatest thing in many aspects but it’s not the end of the world. That’s how it goes.
Q: (Marco Privitera – LiveGP.it) Kimi, after your long experience with Ferrari, what will be the next target for next year and the rest of your career?
KR: I haven’t really thought (about it). We’ll see once we start driving the new cars next year where we are roughly, purely by feeling and then we go from there. Obviously it’s a different challenge but I enjoy also, that’s why I (inaudible). We’ll see. If you ask many people there are lots of different opinions how it’s going to go but we’ll find out next year and we’ll do our best. I think we have a good change to do some great things. Where that’s going to take us, who knows? We’ll find out but we’ll see what happens once we start next year and then after that, I haven’t even thought about it.
Q: Sebastian, can you name something that you will miss about Kimi next year?
KR: Short meetings from my side.
Q: (Abhishek Takle – Mid-Day) Kimi, just to follow up from what you said earlier: like you said, it will be a new challenge next year at Sauber. What do you think you will enjoy most about driving for Sauber next year?
KR: Obviously I don’t know yet because… I’m pretty sure it’s a much smaller team than where I’ve been now, at Ferrari, but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be different in many ways but the aim is still the same, do well in the races. I think it’s more pure racing and less the other stuff in there. Hopefully it will turn out to be good for both of us and that’s our aim. I think it’s what we can do, but obviously I might be completely wrong but we’ll find out. I have a good feeling about it and I’m excited to go there. But it’s close to my home which is obviously a bonus.
SV: Didn’t you tell me that you’re really looking forward to the simulator.
KR: Yeah, but I have it at home. I told them don’t spend the money on it because I have on at home.
MV: So you will do the set-up work for them for the Friday, for the first practice?
KR: Yeah. That’s easy. No worries. Do it once well and it should be fine.
Vettel sad to say goodbye to ‘zero bull****’ F1 team-mate Raikkonen
Sebastian Vettel says he will be sad not to have Kimi Raikkonen as his Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate next year, because they have a relationship based on "zero bull****".
Raikkonen has driven for Ferrari since 2014, racing alongside Vettel for the past four seasons, but will move to Sauber after Ferrari decided to promote protege Charles Leclerc to a race seat for 2019.
Vettel and Raikkonen were friends before they became team-mates at Ferrari, and frequently travel to races together.
"Yeah, absolutely," said Vettel, when asked if Raikkonen was the best team-mate he had worked with.
"Obviously one thing you can express in numbers and results and so on, but I think that’s not the most important thing.
"I think the most important thing if you are team-mates is the respect that you have for each other, or the degree of bullshit going on between each other, and with Kimi it has been zero from the start, and I don’t think it will change until the end.
"It’s a great chance for Charles, but also it’s sad to know that Kimi is not there anymore because I think we get along even though we are different.
"We have this mutual respect for each other."
Asked if the dynamic in the team will change, Vettel said he had not given the subject any thought.
"Obviously it’s always a change, but to be honest right now nothing changes," he said.
"I’m more focused on the next races rather than next year.
"It’s a great opportunity for him. He’s been in the junior programme of the team for a long time, so it’s good to see there’s progression.
"I’m not thinking about that at all, so I have no thoughts.
"Everybody is different, so for sure there will be a different dynamic and so on, but I think he’s a good kid and I hope he integrates well. I’m sure everybody is willing to help."
When asked if taking a youngster was the right decision for Ferrari, Vettel downplayed the importance of age.
"If you are fast and talented then the age doesn’t matter," said Vettel.
"You can be fast and talented also when you are old on paper. Kimi is probably the best example, so you have two good examples.
"He [Leclerc] deserves to be in F1, and as I said before it’s great that he gets the opportunity to race in a big team, and then we’ll see.
"We’ll do our best to work on him, we want to work together as a team. But for now it’s not that important, it’s more important for next year."
Vettel admitted he has had no contact with Leclerc since the announcement: "It’s correct. I don’t have his number, but in these days I’m sure he was very busy anyway.
"If I get to see him then I’m sure that I’ll find the right words. "By the sound of it we’ll have enough time to exchange our phone numbers in the future."
Sebastian Vettel: Image of Kimi Raikkonen’s F1 form is ‘distorted’
Sebastian Vettel believes the image of Kimi Raikkonen’s Formula 1 form in recent years is distorted and that their Ferrari team-mate battle is not as "one-sided as you might think".
Vettel has won 10 grands prix since joining Ferrari for the 2015 season but Raikkonen is still searching for his first victory since returning to the team the year before.
Raikkonen has started this season in brighter fashion, shadowing Vettel in the drivers’ championship and keeping Ferrari just ahead of Mercedes in the constructors’ battle.
Asked by Autosport if he had noticed a new level of performance from Raikkonen this year, Vettel said: "I think one thing is always to look at the result and the other is if you look a little bit deeper.
"It’s been incredibly close this year so far. To be honest, most of the Fridays I think he had the upper hand so far.
"Here and there I was struggling to understand the car and feel the car. Knowing him, knowing his strength, he’s incredibly talented and able to drive around problems.
"If you look at the previous years the image is a bit distorting. It wasn’t as one-sided as you might think if you look at the results."
Raikkonen is dominated by Vettel in every major statistical comparison of their time as team-mates.
But he was Ferrari’s strongest challenger in Australia before a mid-race virtual safety car handed Vettel the win, and would have four podiums from four races had Ferrari not botched a pitstop in Bahrain.
Asked by Autosport if he agreed that the picture of his form was distorted, Raikkonen said: "The end result matters. The rest doesn’t really count.
"The people that we work with know what’s happening and what’s not.
"I don’t really care if people think you are slow. I know what we are doing."
Raikkonen scored his best result of the season with second in last weekend’s dramatic Baku race despite pitting for a new front wing after a first-lap collision.
He said he did not consider it payback for the misfortune that compromised him in earlier races.
"I don’t count on luck," he said. "You get what you deserve in a way.
"I’m more happy that I have the speed. That’s the main thing.
"We just need to put it together and I’m sure that we can do even better."
Raikkonen’s improved form means another one-year extension is not out of the question for the 38-year-old.
Speculation has linked Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to the second Ferrari seat but pairing the Australian with Vettel again would present the team with a very different dynamic after their 2014 battle at Red Bull.
Vettel said of Raikkonen: "We’re a good pair, a good match. There’s no problem at all between us, ever.
"I think that’s a really big bonus for the team and for us to just enjoy our job."
Presentata a Maranello la nuova Ferrari SF71H
Con una presentazione online pubblicata sul proprio sito ufficiale e su tutti i canali social, Ferrari ha svelato il disegno della nuova SF71-H, vettura con cui Kimi Raikkonen e Sebastian Vettel andranno all’assalto del prossimo mondiale di Formula Uno. La Scuderia di Maranello, come da previsione, ha scelto di non portare avanti una rivoluzione, migliorando un pacchetto già di base ottimo come quel del 2017.
Mattia Binotto e lo staff di Simone Resta hanno confermato il toto la configurazione del muso, ripresentando il bulbo sull’anteriore della vettura. Tantissimo lavoro sulle pance (Ferrari ha ridotto gli ingombri della power unit, creando una linea molto “filante”.ndr) e sui deflettori laterali. Oltre alle novità sotto il cofano, infatti, la Scuderia di Maranello ha cercato di migliorare l’efficienza aerodinamica, spingendo soprattutto sulle aree poco performanti del 2017. Confermato il layout delle bocche d’aerazione e della pinna, anche se, come per tutte le vetture fin qui presentate, quest’ultima segue la corda del cofano e appare meno voluminosa.
Per quanto riguarda la livrea, invece, Ferrari ha scelto di abbandonare totalmente il bianco, riportando un rosso simil a quello del biennio 2007/2008. L’effetto cromatico rende la vettura davvero accattivante e la novità del grigio, presente in nella pinna posteriore, da un effetto gradevole all’occhio umano. Da notare che la Ferrari ha scelto di verniciare l’Halo, mettendolo il linea con l’intera grafica della vettura.
Confermato il sistema push rod all’anteriore e il pull rod al posteriore. Ricordiamo che Sebastian Vettel e Kimi Raikkonen avranno l’opportunità di provare in pista la vettura già giorno 25 febbraio per una sessione di filming day. La Scuderia preparerà l’auto in previsione della prima giornata di test pre-season a Barcellona.
Vettel: Raikkonen’s lack of politics makes him best team-mate
Sebastian Vettel says Kimi Raikkonen is the best team-mate he has ever had in Formula 1 because the Finn does not try to play political games.
Vettel has not always got on well with team-mates, having famously clashed several times with Mark Webber at Red Bull.
He and Raikkonen collided at the start of the Singapore GP earlier this season, but only because the German moved across to defend from Max Verstappen.
The four-time world champion has formed a strong working relationship with Raikkonen during their three years together at Maranello, where he has comfortably asserted himself as the lead driver.
They will remain team-mates for at least next season, with Vettel signing a new deal through to 2020 and Raikkonen extending his stay at Ferrari to the end of 2018.
Asked by Autosport in an exclusive interview what sort of team-mate he prefers, Vettel said: "It’s not your decision – and I don’t think it should be. So I don’t mind.
"Obviously it makes it a lot easier if you have somebody who you are working with that you feel the respect.
"You know, many times people tend to make things much more complicated than they are, especially in Formula 1, so it’s good if you can work with somebody where there are no politics or no confusions or anything.
"In this regard Kimi is probably the best team-mate that I had. He is pretty straightforward, but I also got along well with Daniel [Ricciardo].
"Then with Mark [Webber], obviously at times we had our differences.
"Also I have to say we were different generations, so we probably from the start were not that close, but that is how it is."
Having relished his switch to Ferrari since joining at the start of 2015, Vettel says that satisfaction for him these goes beyond pure results.
"I am very happy and honoured to race for Ferrari," he said. "But I want to win. Do I measure happiness in success? Probably not.
"But what makes me happy is if I can get out of the car and say that I’ve done everything I could and I’m happy with my own performance
"I think it makes me extremely happy to see that, to have the team behind me, to see that we are all together as one team.
"And apart from the racing side, obviously all the challenges that I have at home."
Sebastian Vettel: Kimi Raikkonen was ‘a lot faster’ in Hungarian GP
Hungarian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel has admitted Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was "a lot faster" than him as he struggled with steering problems.
Vettel realised on the grid that his car’s steering was not right, but he hung on ahead of Raikkonen and the Mercedes to take a win that rebuilt his F1 championship lead over fourth-placed finisher Lewis Hamilton to 14 points.
Though Raikkonen repeatedly told Ferrari over the team radio that he was faster, they maintained position throughout.
"Kimi had good pace and could go a lot faster than me for the majority of the race," Vettel acknowledged.
He said the steering problem had worsened through the grand prix.
"It was a tough one. I was hoping for a bit more of a quiet afternoon," said Vettel.
"I felt already there was something not right when we dropped the car on the grid.
"The steering wheel was not on straight. It didn’t feel right and then it got worse.
"I did try to adapt, I knew you could not change it, and then I tried to save the rears.
"We spoke a little bit on the radio about it, talking through the problem.
"They told me to avoid the kerbs but on a track where you use the kerbs, it compromises your performance.
"In the second stint I wanted to make sure I could use the tyres so I was holding back.
"In the end I was pretty well flat out and they were behind me queuing.
"It is good you cannot overtake around his track. I had no room for error."
Raikkonen had challenged Vettel at the start but was then stuck behind him for the rest of the race.
"Our starts were pretty similar and I got a tow effect and with a team mate I am not going to force the issue at the first corner," said Raikkonen.
"We’re going to fight but fight fair, but since that moment there is not an awful lot you can do.
"We were pretty safe stint on the first stint as we pulled away from Mercedes and then I caught up at the end of the stint.
"I had the whole race following Sebastian and hoping he goes as fast as he can and not saving tyres, as the Mercedes was catching me."
Hamilton closed on the two Ferraris in the closing stages, but Raikkonen said he never felt under real pressure.
"I was not too worried because car was handling well," he said.
"I could follow [Vettel] very well.
"But it wasn’t ideal because I felt I had the speed and I was stuck in the middle."
Q: Kimi, there’s huge Finnish support here, maybe a couple of words of Finnish for your fans before we got to English…
Kimi Raikkonen: Oh, I think they all understand English. Obviously great support, unfortunately I couldn’t give them the win. We had a one-two as a team, so I had a great car today, but obviously when you… I had a mistake yesterday in qualifying. I got a good start but I didn’t want to force the issue and obviously after that just kept following the 71 laps. Not ideal, obviously I want to win, but it’s great for the team.
Q: You have been very consistent on this race track, this is your eighth podium here. Sadly, six of those have been second place. Clearly you had the speed today; it’s just impossible to overtake on this circuit…
KR: Yeah, the other guy has to do quite a big mistake or have some issue. It’s not easy to overtake and especially with team-mates you take more care. But at least they are still happy – that’s the main thing.
Q: Kimi, how do you feel after that one? You’ve said that you had a very good car, do you think you had the pace to win this grand prix?
KR: Yeah, definitely. But obviously… I had a pretty decent start, our starts were pretty similar but obviously I get the tow effect and braked slightly later but obviously I’m not going to force the issue in the first corner. We’re going to fight, but we’re going to fight fair. Since that moment there is not an awful lot you can do. I had a very good car today, like it was yesterday, but obviously my mistake didn’t help. The biggest chance was in the start and then took it quite easily at the beginning and my car was handling well and I was closing up. We were pretty on the safe side in the first stint because we pull away from Mercedes and then I catch up with Sebastian again in the end of the first stint but once he went in I had very good speed, I could have stayed longer out. I guess there are reasons – maybe the Mercedes they stopped earlier and they fresh tyres so… Anyhow, the whole race, basically, following Sebastian and hoping that he goes as fast as he can but not saving tyres because then there was a Mercedes catching me. Once you are in the middle it’s a bit awkward place, because if you get a bad exit in the last corner or something the guy behind you with the DRS might get you with a good run but actually maybe once when I got a little bit sideways. I must say the car was great today. I was just, basically, following my own rear wing, same looking at least. Obviously I want to win but great for the team.
And Kimi, that pressure from Mercedes?
KR: I was really not too worried. Obviously I talk with the team in the radio but I was not too worried because my car was handling so well. Even though I was very close, the whole race, to Sebastian, my car was still very good and no issue with the tyres. I could follow very well through the last corners. I had only one… two times a small issue in the second-last corner and then in the last corner pushed a bit too much, really the only time my car snapped, even once. But it wasn’t ideal, obviously, because I felt I had speed and I was stuck in the middle because then it’s always… we know how fast they can be on the straights sometimes, Mercedes. I also felt pretty comfortable because my car was so good that I didn’t really… once there was traffic or something and I dropped a little bit back, I could just speed up and make the gap before the last few corners. So, that was just… to know what we were going to do because I could have slowed down in the first part and speed up in the last part. It helped me a bit. Not a big worry.
Q: (Péter Vámosi – Vas Népe) Question to both Finnish drivers. Are you interested in a day competing in the Race of Champions as Team Finland? Mostly the question is for Kimi as you had opportunities with testing Peugeot at World Endurance Racing, NASCAR, whatever, so you have really tried out many cars. And Valtteri, what are you interested in more; to compete in Race of Champions or Stars and Cars?
KR: I’ve been asked to be there many times but I always said that once they go back to how it started with rally cars and then the proper circuit with the two lines, with the gravel and asphalt, I’ll be in – but before that, forget it. It’s not… it’s a show, that’s it.
Q: (István Simon – Auto Magazin) Question to Kimi. Had President Marchionne not been here today, would you have tried a proper overtaking manoeuvre against Sebastian? Because you’re car has been obviously faster today…
KR: No, it makes no difference. Obviously we know as team-mates what we have to do and like I said, I had a pretty good run into the first corner on the first lap but being team-mates… we can fight but we probably leave a bit more space and not going to force the issue as maybe against somebody else. At the end it was obviously for a one-two and I can only look what I did yesterday and complain to myself I was not in a very good chance to win the race – but nevertheless my car was good and, as I said, we had a plan as a team and, y’know, it was a fair game. Seb was yesterday first and he got away first and obviously the aim was whichever way we finish we’re going to finish one-two. That’s the aim. No difference would the president be here or not. To be honest I haven’t seen him – apart from podium. Haven’t had time so far today…
Q: (Ysef Harding – Xiro Xone News) This is for Kimi and Valtteri: after speaking with a number of Finnish fans last night who were very passionate about you guys, and finding out that saunas are a thing in Finland, they asked me to ask you guys what you plan to do for the break and how will you celebrate being on the podium today?
KR: Obviously we have the test on Wednesday so from that point there’s not an awful lot of plans. The biggest plan is to be with the family; obviously we have some time and spend time with them. We have to travel an awful lot so it’s great to have some freedom now.
Q: (Luis Vasconcelos – Formula Press) We are in a unique situation in which the three podium finishers don’t have a contract for next year as far as we know. Is this going to be a priority for the next four weeks or are you happy to sort it out later in the season?
KR: No different than any year. It’s not really my decision. For the team knows what is my preferred option and then see what happens.
Q: Kimi, you have a great record at Spa; do you think Ferrari can challenge Mercedes there?
KR: For sure there are some circuits that fit us better because there are areas that we have to improve, probably especially for qualifying, the Mercedes has better horsepower but it depends on so many things. It’s not just purely that you look at the layout of the circuit – ah this is going to be good for us and this is going to be… The tyres… We can’t have it which conditions there are going to be and a lot of small things which will make a difference. Let’s have a holiday first and see what happens at Spa but obviously if you purely look now, you would say it’s not going to be as easy for us as here but obviously we try to improve and we are going to do our best.
Q: (Zsolt Godina – F1vilag) Kimi, do you feel that you could have done a better job with the strategy with the pit stop with a possible longer first stint to win this race?
KR: I wondered it but obviously I had no idea what was happening behind us when Mercedes stopped before us and then Valtteri went a lot faster with the fresh tyres so the team asked me to come in. I had good speed on the in lap so I wanted to stay longer but I have to trust what the team is telling me and obviously they see the big picture so… We got close but it’s OK.