Archive for August 4, 2007

2007 Hungarian Grand Prix

http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/9210/hunflaguc2.gif Sunday – Race Day – Kimi 2nd!
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Congratulations to Kimi for his 2nd place finish at Hungary, after showing competitive pace in the race towards Lewis Hamilton. Kimi moves up to 3rd in the championship and is now 20 points adrift of leader Hamilton. Kimi took the fastest lap of this race and he also passes the 400 points mark in total F1 career points with 406! Well done Kimi, and all the best for Turkey.

McLaren did not truly show the great pace ahead of Ferrari as most expected this weekend, as Kimi was more or less on Hamilton’s tail throughout the race. And the fact that Kimi made the fastest lap is especially great because it looks as if it was a glimpse of what’s to come at Turkey. Kimi will be back!

Anyway, today’s race was rather…bland in terms of racing and entertainment, and Kimi’s comments, from the Press conference which I will post shortly, summed it up for me! -

Kimi quotes –
A boring race, says Raikkonen

"It was a kind of boring race, just driving behind and waiting for something to happen," said the Finn.
"Nothing really happened so we finished where we started. Our car is maybe not exactly suited for this circuit," said
Raikkonen, a winner at the Hungaroring with Mercedes-powered McLaren in
2005.
img524/3296/hun1amp7.jpgHungary Sunday quotes: Ferrari
Kimi :
"My main aim today was to
make up points on my three closest rivals for the title. I didn’t
manage it and so I cannot be completely happy. We knew we could count
on a very good car in terms of race pace and so it was, as was clear to
see on the few occasions when I could drive with a clear track ahead of
me, but it was not enough to win.

"When you find yourself very close to a car with similar speed,
unless it makes a mistake, it is very difficult to overtake, especially
on a track like this one. I fought to the very end to try and win but I
never had a real chance to pass Hamilton. We came in together for our
first pit stop and at that point, the choice of fuel levels determined
the final outcome.

"But bit by bit as the track rubbered in and got more grip, my
performance improved. Clearly, on some tracks, we suffer a lot in
qualifying and we have to understand why. I think that in the coming
races the situation should definitely be better, starting in Istanbul."

Full Post-race press conference – Hungary
Q. How difficult was it following in his wake and his turbulence in terms of tyre and aerodynamic performance?

KR: For sure, it makes it a bit trickier, especially in one
of the fast corners, maybe not as bad as some other circuits. I think
the downforce and the grip here seems to help a bit but for sure, I had
a very good car today. If I could have been in the free air, we could
have had very good pace but we couldn’t really use it, so…

Q. As you’ve said, an encouraging day in some ways, given that
Ferrari were concerned about these high downforce circuits and
particularly this track, and you were right there.

KR: Yeah, but that shows that in qualifying we could not
really use our car as we want, we are not quick enough in qualifying in
this sort of circuit but in race pace I think we were on the pace.

For sure, when we go back to normal circuits like Turkey, our car
should be pretty good there, so we try to do the best we can there, get
some points back. It’s going to be hard but there are many races to go.
One bad race and things can change quickly. We’ve seen that this year
already.

 

In this video, Finnish TV asked Kimi "About your former team and it’s chief, whose name I’d
rather not mention because those others are talking about him, too, how
do you think the feeling was there after what’s happened?", Kimi
answered "Probably damn good". And at the end they ask Kimi if he’ll wear his gorilla costume during the 3 week break and Kimi replies "Maybe, we’ll see."

Want this video? download here!

Other quotes -
Hamilton relieved after ‘hardest’ race – "It was probably one of the hardest races I’ve had to do and even more
satisfying that I had to push that bit extra to keep him (Raikkonen)
behind me."  
Dennis ‘drained’ after emotional weekend – "In the end we are still leading both championships. We have taken a
difficult emotional blow, but we just have to dig deep and move
forward."
Alonso blames traffic for missing podium -  "We knew it’s very hard to overtake at this circuit."

http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/9210/hunflaguc2.gifResults:

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1h35:52.991
2. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 0.715
3. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 43.129
4. Alonso McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 44.858
5. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 47.616
6. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) + 50.669
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 59.139
8. Kovalainen Renault (B) + 1:08.104
9. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1:16.331
10. Trulli Toyota (B) + 1 lap
11. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1 lap
12. Fisichella Renault (B) + 1 lap
13. Massa Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
14. Wurz Williams-Toyota (B) + 1 lap
15. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) + 1 lap
16. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
17. Sutil Spyker-Ferrari (B) + 2 laps
18. Barrichello Honda (B) + 2 laps

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:20.047




Now, what you’re about to read is NOT an illusion, I repeat, it is NOT an illusion:
Alonso demoted to sixth in Hungary
McLaren stripped of potential points
McLaren appeal stewards’ decision
This ‘no points’ punishment is definatly put in just to spice up the
championship (it’s happened before a la 2006), but I can’t believe this is happening at McLaren! It’s kind of overwhelming, but it’s not suprising the the amount of competition and pride between the players at McLaren have imploded and left a rather sudden ‘blurst’ sound.


If the tension between Alonso, Lewis and Ron is true, then bye bye happy days and perfect team. Just read this –
article from TimesOnline.co.uk. It says - The 22-year-old from Stevenage exchanged angry words with Dennis as he
returned to the pits, reportedly saying: “Don’t ever f****** do that to
me again!” Dennis replied: “Don’t ever f****** speak to me like that
again!” Hamilton delivered a final riposte: “Go f****** swivel!”
. Now the Times is a very respected newspaper and source in the U.K and if this is most likely true and McLaren’s appeal doesn’t save them, then this may be the moment Kimi’s title chances look bright.

Please, dear Kimi fans, I urge you not to boast and be proud of these sorts of games even if they can help Kimi. Why should his achievements be tainted and ‘handed on a plate’ when he’s been a fair and decent driver all his life? Remember what Kimi said in the Autosport  interview further down this page - "The driving – it’s the one thing I love about F1". So, whatever happens outside his control means nothing to him. Let’s hope that he stays safe wherever he is and that no foul play ever reaches him directly.


http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/9210/hunflaguc2.gifSaturday – Qualifying: Kimi 4th

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Hungary Saturday quotes: Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen – 4th:
"To be honest, we were not
quick enough today to think about beating our closest rivals, but I
think we have a good race pace, which means we can be more competitive
than we looked in qualifying. The car is very good over a long run, so
I am still confident.

"Starting from the dirty side of the track is definitely not an
advantage, even if usually we make good starts. On both my runs in Q3 I
did a good lap, but I had too much understeer in the final two or three
turns, where I lost valuable time. It’s a problem we have had all
weekend and we have not managed to solve it over the first timed lap."

Raikkonen: McLaren will be hard to beat
"The car was pretty good in the last run but it was just not quick enough," said Raikkonen. "Maybe we have much more fuel than the others, but it looks like the
McLaren is definitely very strong here. I’m not too worried about the
BMW, I think with the race pace we should be stronger than them.

"I know from past experience with McLaren that they are always fast
in Monaco and here, so I knew that they would be difficult to beat
here. I think in the race that we should be in better shape than in
qualifying, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. But it was not really a
surprise. Well, I really need more points than them [the McLaren drivers], so
I will do everything I can to try to beat them. But like I said, it’s
going to be difficult," he added.

"I expect that we are going to have a stronger race car than we had
in qualifying; I had quite a good feeling with the car in the longer
runs, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. It’s a long race, so we will
keep pushing.

"I would rather start from third place, but the BMW got in front of
us, so that’s probably going to hurt a little bit. Here it is usually
quite slippery off the racing line. But lately our starts have been
really good, so hopefully that will recover something."

Controversial pole from Alonso? Obviously it was. However, I almost sympathise with Fernando because he has the total mindset of a ruthless world champion, and since Nurburgring he can smell the WDC very close and he’ll do anything to get it. Why McLaren held him up twice in the pitstops is still unclear but it seems they wanted a clean track ahead of him. It was clear that Alonso was eager to get moving and didn’t like being held up and therefore he played the ‘do it me and I’ll do it to him’ game. Maybe McLaren are too controlling for Alonso. And we all know Alonso makes everything his way, even if it’s through an unsporting manner.
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Moving on, Kimi was on the limit. I can say I’m truly pleased with his performance today, his pace seemed strongest on the softer of the tyres. His cornering coordination was pretty spot on, but there’s plenty of work to do in the race. He’ll face a battle of Alonso VS Hamilton in front aswell as BMW’s Nick Heidfeld ahead in 3rd position. If Kimi has a better start reaction then the rest, then he may pass Heidfeld up to the first corner. He also may be on 2 stop strategy, whereas the McLaren’s could be sharing a 3 stop strategy as they are quite a bit ahead in terms of lap times.

Unfortunatly for Ferrari, they are one driver less strong in their assault for tomorrows race, as Massa had a problem in Q2 and only qualified 14th. He see
med to be struggling on the apexs’ and lacked general grip, then coming into the pits his car just went ‘off’ and had to be rolled back. The car, however, got back running and he was able to go for one more lap in his attempt to get through to Q3, but he simply didn’t have a fast and stable package.

So, let’s wait for the race tomorrow but don’t stop cheering on the Iceman! Keep Flying Kimi!
http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/9210/hunflaguc2.gif Qualifying Results -
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