kimi-bahgp-180415-krs22The SF15-Ts of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from second and fourth spots on the grid respectively. At the end of today’s qualifying at the Sakhir circuit, where the temperature was around the 25 degree mark, pole position went to Lewis Hamilton who posted a 1.32.571 in his Mercedes. To claim his front row slot, Vettel did a 1.32.982, beating Nico Rosberg (1.33.129) in the other Mercedes. Raikkonen was fourth fastest with a 1.33.227 and therefore starts from the second row. []

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.571s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m32.982s 0.411s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.129s 0.558s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.227s 0.656s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m33.381s 0.810s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.744s 1.173s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.832s 1.261s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.450s 1.879s
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.462s 1.891s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.484s 1.913s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.704s
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.737s
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.034s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.039s
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.103s
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.677s
17 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m35.800s
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.713s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.722s
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda


From Kimi: “I think there was more grip than I expected. Afterwards it’s easy to say I could have pushed a bit harder in certain places but I wasn’t sure. But the car was OK, the lap wasn’t too bad, maybe I just ran a little bit wide in one corner but that wouldn’t have cost a lot of laptime. I could have pushed more in certain places because there was surprisingly good grip. It gives you a better chance or a more easy life for tomorrow as long as we make a good start out of it. Obviously then the race can turn out to be different because of that, so that helps. We know that we still have some work to do and things to improve but I’d take this rather than fifth or sixth place – I’m kind of happy.”

From ferrari.comKimi: “It was a positive day even if it’s a bit disappointing to finish fourth, because our aim is to be at the front. My last lap was quite good, I made a small mistake and ran wide a little bit in one corner, but it was nearly nothing, it did not cost me a lot of time. It was very close with everybody. On the track there was more grip than I expected and probably I could have pushed a little bit more, but I was not sure I could. My car was working well today, the position on the grid is not ideal but it’s a good starting point for the race. Tomorrow we’ll try to make a good start, and move on from there with a good first lap. To get ahead of Rosberg would help a lot, and then we’ll see what we can do. We’ll do our maximum”.


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The Ferraris finished the final free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix in second and fourth places. Fastest was Lewis Hamilton, who posted a 1.34.599 in the Mercedes. Just a whisker slower was Sebastian Vettel in the SF15-T (1.34.668,) with the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg next in 1.34.968, while Kimi Raikkonen was fourth with a 1.35.141.

During this final 60 minute session, the work centred on qualifying trim at the Sakhir circuit, with the Ferrari men alternating between the Medium and then Soft Pirelli compounds being used at this race. []

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.599s 13
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.668s 0.069s 14
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.968s 0.369s 16
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.141s 0.542s 13
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.393s 0.794s 18
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m35.471s 0.872s 15
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m36.307s 1.708s 14
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m36.335s 1.736s 8
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.421s 1.822s 13
10 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.429s 1.830s 18
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m36.488s 1.889s 14
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m36.548s 1.949s 7
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.612s 2.013s 17
14 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.684s 2.085s 11
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.727s 2.128s 14
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.899s 2.300s 11
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.979s 2.380s 14
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m37.151s 2.552s 17
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.745s 5.146s 12
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m40.541s 5.942s 14


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Robertson: Kimi has made it very clear he wants to stay

kimi-bahgp-170415-krs19Kimi Raikkonen’s manager says everything is moving in the right direction for the Finn to extend his Ferrari contract beyond this year.

Raikkonen, who last year hinted that 2015 might be his last season in Formula 1, is now committed to a longer term future with the team, and just has to wait for the Maranello outfit to take up its option.

Lewis Hamilton has been linked with Raikkonen’s Ferrari seat, but the Briton’s Mercerdes team has ruled out a move.

“Everybody’s positive,” his manager Steve Robertson told “Kimi wants to carry on and he’s made that very, very clear.

“The team is happy with his input and his consistency. It’s all positive talk, but there’s a difference between positive talk and pen to paper and all that sort of stuff.

“But at the end of the day it’s all heading in the right direction. He wants to be part of it, 100 per cent.”

Raikkonen has been upbeat since his first run in the SF15-T hinted at the potential of the package, and he works well with friend Sebastian Vettel.

Robertson agrees that the key is Raikkonen is having fun again.

“As soon as he had the first test he said, ‘The car’s a good car, there’s a lot more potential there, they took a big step in the chassis and a big step in the engine.

“He’s enjoying driving. At the end of the day for Kimi it’s very important that he enjoys it, he doesn’t need to be here for any other reason.

“He wants to be competitive, he wants to be challenging for races wins and championships, and now he’s in the position to do that.

“It’s a completely different team, it’s a completely different package. Everything is positive. Last year it was difficult to find something positive. He enjoys the car, it suits his driving style more, he’s in a team that’s on the upward trend. Everybody is pushing.

“Just look around at all the smiling faces, and Kimi’s one of those smiling faces.

“He loves F1 when it’s like this – of course he doesn’t love F1 when everything’s a shit fight and the car’s not good. He loves the environment like it is, and the package, and he can only see it getting stronger.”

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Arrivabene on Kimi contract: Depends on performance

Maurizio Arrivabene has told Kimi Raikkonen he must perform if he is to stay at Ferrari next year.

Raikkonen is in the second season of a two year deal, but has a contract option to remain at Maranello for a third year in 2016. On Thursday Raikkonen said it was up to Ferrari to decide if it wants to keep him only for Arrivabene to respond on Friday saying Raikkonen must prove he is worthy of the drive.

“You want to know what I said to Kimi?” Arrivabene said. “He was telling me about the contract and I said to him, it depends on your performance. And Kimi, he’s the kind of person that he appreciates when you’re talking with him in a very transparent way and straight to his face.

“Kimi knows, now it’s early to talk about this at the moment. I’m happy about the performance of Kimi but he needs to push and he knows that.”

Meanwhile, Arrivabene is very happy with Sebastian Vettel in the other Ferrari.

“It’s the enthusiasm and the passion, like all the other guys. A driver that is so committed to Ferrari is making our job easy, I have to say. And on top, he’s said many, many times that since he was a kid, he was dreaming about Ferrari and he always liked it.

“Of course, last year it was impossible for him to say so, but now he’s liberated and he’s telling the truth. And then, as a driver, it’s very, very strong, very precise. Many, many journalists, they were asking about him and Michael.

“I said the things they have in common is the culture but then they are two different drivers with two different characters. But somehow, when you recognise that, there is something in common. I think this is based… this is a cultural base. It has nothing to do with the personality of the two.”

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Nico Rosberg was fastest in the second free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Once the sun had set, the floodlights turned the Sakhir track from night to day, as the Mercedes driver did a 1.34.647 to beat his team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.34.762.) Third was the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who posted a 1.35.174, followed by Sebastian Vettel, who did a 1.35.277 in the other SF15-T. The German’s session came to a premature end after his front wing was damaged in a coming-together with the Force India of Sergio Perez. The Friday programme was thus completed, the second session providing valuable data, taking place as it did at the same time of day as qualifying and the race. []

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.647s 31
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.762s 0.115s 33
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.174s 0.527s 30
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.277s 0.630s 26
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.280s 0.633s 36
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.449s 0.802s 27
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.474s 0.827s 34
8 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.793s 1.146s 27
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m35.883s 1.236s 23
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m35.884s 1.237s 35
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.148s 1.501s 34
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.191s 1.544s 22
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m36.334s 1.687s 31
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.471s 1.824s 32
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.805s 2.158s 30
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m36.917s 2.270s 26
17 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.062s 2.415s 33
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.131s 4.484s 21
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.209s 4.562s 15
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m40.592s 5.945s 26


From – Kimi: “I still haven’t had a look at the lap times of the session, but I think we are not as good as we want to be. In the second session it was a bit tricky with the set-up, we had some problems with the handling and we struggled in a few places. This evening we’ll analyse all the data in order to improve and do a better job tomorrow. Having a clear qualifying makes life easier in the race. I don’t know if we can challenge Mercedes, tomorrow is another day, conditions can change and this plays a big part, so let’s wait and see.”



The fourth round of the Formula 1 World Championship got underway with the two Ferraris topping the first time sheet at the Sakhir circuit. Just a few days after the Chinese Grand Prix, the SF15-Ts of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were first and second in the first free practice. The two Ferrari men concentrated on the usual task of working on set-up, with Kimi quickest in 1.37.827 and Sebastian second with a 1.38.029. Third was Valtteri Bottas with a 1.38.390 in the Williams. Just a handful of laps for the Ferrari duo – 13 for Kimi and 12 for Sebastian- as they sat out much of the session in the pits, because the track is still very dusty. Vettel also had a sensor problem that had to be sorted out. []

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.827s 13
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.029s 0.202s 12
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.390s 0.563s 23
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.447s 0.620s 14
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.455s 0.628s 17
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.504s 0.677s 22
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.598s 0.771s 18
8 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.628s 0.801s 17
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m38.661s 0.834s 17
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m38.790s 0.963s 21
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.793s 0.966s 15
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m38.842s 1.015s 23
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.187s 1.360s 20
14 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m39.283s 1.456s 31
15 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.293s 1.466s 23
16 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.532s 1.705s 22
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.534s 1.707s 21
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m42.973s 5.146s 12
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m44.265s 6.438s 15
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2



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