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First picture: Daddy Kimi with his family

Here is the first ‘public’ photograph of Kimi Raikkonen with his son Robin, which Minttu revealed via her blog today. Isn’t it adorable?! Robin is just over 2 months old now.

From minttuvirtanen.com

“We are getting used to this grey Finnish winter, which surprised us all after a few lovely spring days. I think it is great to be here except the weather could be better.  It is wonderful to see all the lovely people whom I miss so much when living abroad. 

Robin’s first flight went great! I was so excited that I could not sleep the night before at all. He was smiling all the time before he fell asleep in his daddy’s arms.” – Minttu.

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“Daddy you so cool!”

Arrivabene: Kimi has shown he’s a fabulous driver

MALAYSIA FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX

After two races in 2015, Ferrari is happy with its driver lineup.

Having struggled alongside Fernando Alonso last year, Kimi Raikkonen went into the last year of his current contract in 2015 admitting he is not sure if he will still be wearing red next season.

But so far, although Alonso’s successor Sebastian Vettel has the upper hand after two podium appearances including a win, Raikkonen seems much happier with his new Ferrari.

The Finn was quick in Melbourne but ran into trouble in the race, and he had a similarly troubled Sunday in Malaysia but ultimately finished fourth.

Understandably, Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene focused on the importance of Vettel’s breakthrough victory after the Malaysian grand prix.

But after speaking to reporters late on Sunday, the Italian remembered: “One more thing, and it’s important to me that you write it.

“Kimi has shown with his great comeback what a fabulous driver he is,” Arrivabene is quoted by Speed Week.

“I cannot imagine a finer driving pairing.” [Source: grandprix.com]

MALAYSIA GP – RACE RESULTS

kimi-malgp-290315-krs003 Sebastian Vettel ended his and Ferrari’s Formula 1 win droughts as he beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to victory in a thrilling Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

The German chose to stay out during an early safety car period and assumed the lead. Vettel then made a two-stop strategy work while Mercedes did three stops with Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It proved to be the wrong call for the world champion team as neither Hamilton nor Rosberg had the pace, tyre longevity or enough laps to catch and pass Vettel in the final stint.

It was Ferrari’s first victory since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, and Vettel’s first since that year’s season finale in Brazil.

Kimi Raikkonen recovered to a strong fourth in the second Ferrari having dropped to the back of the field following a puncture sustained in contact with Felipe Nasr’s Sauber on the first lap.

Scuderia Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix for Ferrari at the wheel of his SF-15T. Having started from second on the grid, the German managed to finish ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, after having to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 2, because of a puncture. He then fought his way back up the order to finish just off the podium. The Formula 1 circus will be back in action after a two week break, at the Shanghai circuit in China.

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1h41m05.793s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8.569s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 12.310s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53.822s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m10.409s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m13.586s
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m39.085s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
- Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
- Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement
- Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Retirement
- Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari Retirement
- Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari Withdrawn

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DRIVERS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 43
2 Sebastian Vettel 40
3 Nico Rosberg 33
4 Felipe Massa 20
5 Kimi Raikkonen 12
6 Felipe Nasr 10
7 Valtteri Bottas 10
8 Daniel Ricciardo 9
9 Nico Hulkenberg 6
10 Max Verstappen 6
11 Carlos Sainz 6
12 Marcus Ericsson 4
13 Daniil Kvyat 2
14 Sergio Perez 1
15 Romain Grosjean 0
15 Jenson Button 0
17 Roberto Merhi 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 76
2 Ferrari 52
3 Williams/Mercedes 30
4 Sauber/Ferrari 14
5 Toro Rosso/Renault 12
6 Red Bull/Renault 11
7 Force India/Mercedes 7
8 Lotus/Mercedes 0
8 McLaren/Honda 0
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

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QUOTES

From motorsport.com – Kimi: “I think it might be the conditions,” said Raikkonen of Ferrari’s form. “It was very hot and that’s good for us, but I think even in Melbourne if we could have got behind them [Mercedes] at the beginning I don’t think they would have pulled away a lot. We know that we are not exactly as fast as them over one lap, but we are working on that. But comparing where we finished last year and where we are this year it’s a big step. I think we did the maximum we could after that [being hit and punctured by Nasr]. There’s not much that I can do when I get touched from behind. It is what it is. Luckily there was a safety car and we had pretty okay speed although we had had damage from the car flapping around. Like I said, we did the maximum that we we could. It’s a very good result for the team with the win.”

From autosport.com – Kimi: “We’ve had a very poor weekend in the sense of things going wrong. I got a very bad start, wheelspin off the line and then the first corner I didn’t get a very good positions and lost some places. Then I gained some positions and was catching people, but then I got a puncture at the last corner so I had to do the whole lap. Luckily we had a safety car so that helped. But then I don’t know what the guys in front of me were doing because they were not going full speed to catch up so we were like one straight behind. I was asking if I could pass them but there was some confusion with the Sauber in front of me. That didn’t help either. Obviously for the team it’s a pretty good result. It could have been better but I think we did the maximum with what we had today.”

From ferrari.com – Kimi: “We had a pretty poor weekend in terms of things going wrong. I had a good speed but in qualify it didn’t go well and then today, after a poor start where I had too much wheelspin right off the line, I found myself fighting with all the other drivers and I had a puncture on the rear left tyre while battling Nasr at the last corner, which means I had to go one full lap before coming back to pits with no tyre. At that point my floor had got a little bit damaged, I had to do a full lap with no tyre and then, even if the safety car helped us, I had to start from way back behind. We did our best and the forth position was the maximum we could achieve. The win of Sebastian is a very good thing for him and for the whole team , knowing how difficult the last year has been; it’s a very good job what the team has done. We knew from winter testing that we have a good car, so it did not come as a total surprise, and probably the track with these high temperatures suited us. I don’t know how it will be in other circuits, but the car has been strong so far, not yet as we want but we have a good package, and we are getting stronger”.

From espn.co.uk – Arrivabene: “I have to say the discipline of the guys was amazing and the job of Seb was unbelievable. I have to congratulate also Kimi because he caught bad luck but still, from last position, was able to do a good job. During the race I was thinking about the briefing of this morning and I was looking at the discipline of the guys, drivers, engineers, and how they were working like a Swiss watch. But in this case it was a perfect Italian watch!”


Onboard Raikkonen – Start

Onboard Raikkonen – Puncture

MALAYSIA GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari to pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix by less than a tenth of a second in a rain-affected Formula 1 qualifying session.

Hamilton’s first flying lap on intermediate tyres in Q3 proved enough to secure top spot, as Vettel split the reigning F1 world champion from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by qualifying second.

The highest-profile casualty of the scramble for track position to get one dry lap in before the rain came was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

The 2007 world champion was delayed at the final corner trying to pass Ericsson’s Sauber (the last car to make the cut in 10th) and by being passed by Hamilton’s Mercedes at Turn 1, and wound up only 11th fastest.

Scuderia Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari will line up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix, after qualifying second in a session hit by a massive storm. The rain arrived at the Malaysian track towards the end of the second part of the session and that meant Kimi Raikkonen, eleventh at the time in 1.42.173, was unable to make the cut into the top ten. In the delayed final part, the German steered his SF15-T to second, running two sets of intermediate tyres, with a best lap of 1.49.908, splitting the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who took pole in 1.49.834 and Nico Rosberg third in 1.50.299.

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m49.834s -
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m49.908s 0.074s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m50.299s 0.465s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m51.541s 1.707s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m51.950s 2.116s
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m51.980s 2.146s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m52.473s 2.639s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m52.980s 3.146s
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m53.179s 3.345s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m53.260s 3.426s
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.173s -
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m42.197s -
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m43.022s -
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.468s -
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.700s -
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.308s -
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m41.635s -
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m41.745s -
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.677s -
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari - -

QUOTES

From motorsport.com – Kimi: “Obviously we got it wrong and should have been out earlier. That’s how it is. I’ve been pretty happy with the car, yesterday and this morning, and the laptime is thereabouts. I expected to be strong in qualifying, but this kind of thing is wasted. It’s part of the game, but it’s disappointing. To be quite good speed-wise, then this happens.”

From autosport.com – Kimi: “I tried to overtake Ericsson because he was in front of me. But at the last corner I couldn’t slow down because there were other people pushing me forward. We just got the timing wrong. That’s how it ended up. I don’t know if it helps to blame anyone. It’s easy to say afterwards that I should have been waiting behind Sebastian but the end result is this and whatever we will do now will not change it. It’s not often that a car is completely perfect so there are always things we want to improve. It’s not the ideal feeling with the car, sliding a bit, but it’s part of being here in Malaysia. It’s very hot and I think you can see everybody has had issues. The lap time is good but the feeling could be better.”

Scuderia Ferrari – Kimi: “Today it was simply a bad time to go out, we should have been out earlier. I did try to pass Ericsson but he was there trying to do his job; it’s not an unlucky situation but it was a mistake. Tomorrow we’ll try to climb some positions, for sure we have the speed but we are quite far from the front and when you start in this position is not going to be an easy race. Obviously there is going to be more risk in the first corner, but we’ll try to make the best out of it tomorrow.”


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