Kimi Räikkönen Space Wallpaper –
This helmet shot was actually taken from the grid before the race today – enjoy!
>Raikkonen: qualifying decided race result
Raikkonen had started from third position but made a good start to move ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
"I had a very good car but at this stage in F1 is difficult to get
past," said Raikkonen, now in fourth place in the standings behind
"The race was really decided yesterday. I tried to do something at
the pitstops but when two teammates are fighting usually whoever is
first is going to stay there.
"The car was good but there was nothing I could do."
Raikkonen, 16 points behind McLaren’s Hamilton with five races remaining, set the fastest lap of the race with two laps to go. The Finn admitted he had done it out of boredom.
"It is boring driving behind other cars," he said. "In F1 these days
the races are pretty much decided after qualifying, but I just wanted
to push like the other cars. It gives you something to do."
^ Quote of the day there, Kimi’s comment on setting the fastest lap! (You can download the full press conference video futher below.) Look at the results below and there’s just one retirement in this
race – goes to show how reliable F1 cars are becoming each year!
Unfortunatly for Webber, his race ended early while teammate Coulthard
was struggling with a gearbox problem at first, however that seemed to
be taken care of.
Overall, the race itself was quite repetitive and lacklustre. The
only dramatics were by Trulli in the first lap into the first corner,
with the cars at the back end braking hard and hitting eachother which
left Trulli in his Toyota facing backwards (who later pulled off a
great move on Barrichello into turn one). The second was towards the
second pitstops where Massa was under pressure from Kimi as the gap was
closing down very quickly and Massa locked his wheel but then was saved
by backmarkers who held Kimi back a little until the next lap where
they both had their pitstops. Then the final piece was by Hamilton, who
suffered a front right wheel puncture and ran off onto the wide tarmac
area and just barely got back to the pits in one piece; his tyre was
damaging the front wing, but the McLaren boys done a good job and
Hamilton was back in the race but long away from his first ever non
podium finish this year.
Unfortunatly, Kimi didn’t win today. And I am quite bothered about
that. Granted his little error in qualifying yesterday cost him no more
than 1 tenth of a second, I was suprised to see he could do nothing
about Massa in the race. Kimi’s qualifying laps are still not 100%
right, however his wins in France and Silverstone suggested his race
pace would be enough to fight back. However, today it just wasn’t
working. First of all, he wasn’t a lap heavier than Massa, it was the
other way round. Okay, so one lap wasn’t really going to make a
difference anyway but Kimi set the fastest lap and was the faster
driver all weekend. Looking at Kimi’s face after the race said it all:
he is not happy at all with today’s race. Something went wrong, and it
was in qualifying. Better though, was that he started 3rd on the grid
rather than 2nd, as Lewis had trouble getting off the line and Kimi
simply flew past him infront. It looked good then, in hindsight, but it
just wasn’t enough for the lead at the end of the day.
He’s 4th in the championship, and although Massa is just one point
ahead of him, Kimi still is my favourite of the two to finish better in
this year’s world championship. I would be troubled to choose which
driver to back for the title if I were Ferrari, because there’s only 1
points’ difference between then. Kimi was supposed to win today, and
the fact that he didn’t worries me because I sincerely do not hope
Ferrari back Massa when there’s barely any difference in the standings.
The difference lies in the performance and when Kimi get’s qualifying
right, no one can stop him as he has showed in previous races. I have
not seen Massa win apart from when he’s starting on pole position, and
that’s something Ferrari should consider.
Kimi’s still the best! I love how he doesn’t allow the winner from
taking a triple (pole, win and fastest lap). Kimi always takes the
fastest lap for good measure, and this one was 0.5 seconds faster than
Massa’s! Kimi truly is the fastest driver on the grid. We’ll see what
he can do next time. Hopefully Kimi can do a better job in Monza, the
home of the Tifosi and win theirs and the team’s heart. Keep Flying
Q. (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, is starting from pole the only way to win at Monza also?
KR: Not really. It depends how much fuel you have against the
others but racing with teammates, you know exactly much fuel the other
guy has, so when you are in that situation, you pretty much know what
will happen in the race. If it’s someone else it’s a different story
but for sure, pole position makes your life easier, you have better
chances but it doesn’t really decide the race completely.
Q. (Juha Paatalo – Financial Times Germany) Kimi, you already
said that this is your second race in a row where you are following the
leading car and you said it’s a little bit boring being there, but
having said that, you did the fastest lap in both races. Is that just
to keep you awake or is it more to try and see how much you can get out
of the car?
KR: I think we can get more out of the car if we really push
but there’s no point in really wasting your second position to push
like crazy and maybe go off so… It was just that I wanted to try and
see how good the car was and maybe we can learn something. As I said,
it’s a bit boring because you quite often know, especially after the
pit stop, where the other cars will stop and that’s it. You know that
you cannot really do anything if you don’t get past the guys and it’s
very difficult to get past.
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Massa Ferrari (B) 1h26:42.161
2. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 2.275
3. Alonso McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 26.181
4. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 39.674
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 45.085
6. Kovalainen Renault (B) + 46.169
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 55.778
8. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 56.707
9. Fisichella Renault (B) + 59.491
10. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1:11.009
11. Wurz Williams-Toyota (B) + 1:19.628
12. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) + 1 lap
13. Button Honda (B) + 1 lap
14. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) + 1 lap
15. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
16. Trulli Toyota (B) + 1 lap
17. Barrichello Honda (B) + 1 lap
18. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) + 1 lap
19. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
20. Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari (B) + 2 laps
21. Sutil Spyker-Ferrari (B) + 4 laps
Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:27.295
Driver Team On lap
Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 10
Race Press Conference – Full
Saturday – Qualifying, Kimi 3rd
Kimi looked set for pole position throughout all of qualifying with a very strong car, however he made a little error in the second to last corner and failed to improve on his final time, but he’s 3rd and that’s not a disaster; he won the French GP from 3rd on the grid with Massa on pole and Hamilton in 2nd. So hopefully, he can pull it off again as it’s very possible.
Great lap by Felipe Massa though, you have to give credit to how he climbed up and took pole, he goes strong here in Turkey. Hamilton also did a great effort, as he was 4th before his last flying lap and made up nearly 4 tenths. Alonso strangely opted for going on the harder tyre in his final Q3 run while the others were on soft, which is probably why he is last of the top 4. This strategy may work well in the first stint of the race tomorrow, although it’ll be hard for him to keep up with the 3 drivers in front.
Until the race is over, Keep Flying Kimi!
"The first two qualifyings were good, but in the last one I had a
mistake in Turn 9," said Raikkonen, 20 points behind championship
leader Lewis Hamilton, who starts right ahead of him.
"In the last lap I made a mistake in the last corner, but we have a
good race pace so hopefully we can fight back," the Finn added.
Raikkonen was left lamenting his error in the slow Turn 9, but he still feels he has a good car for the car.
"They (corners) are slow but you lose much more time in the slow corners than in the fast corner," he said.
"They are important corners and tricky to get right, you easily
destroy the laptime. We are still in a good position for tomorrow and
see what we can do in the race."
Q. (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, yesterday you said you
would prefer P3 to P2 if you were not on pole. Do you still agree?
KR: I think so, if you look at past years the clean side of
the circuit seems to be the better place to start. I think it might
make a difference here but we will see what happens tomorrow.
Q. (Juha Paatalo – Financial Times Germany) You said you didn’t
have as good a car in Q3 as in Q1 and Q2, so can you just describe what
happened with the balance of the car?
KR: It was nothing specific, I just think that when you put
more fuel in the car it is always going to be different. You are always
guessing a bit how it is going to be and although it was still good I
could not quite put a lap together as well as I was hoping. But I think
for long runs in the race the car should be good. I am not too
disappointed although for sure it makes it easier if you start in first
place, so we will just have to see what happens.
Q. (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi, can you
describe how it felt when you made a mistake, I think between T12 and
T13? Did you analyse in that moment that you had lost pole position?
KR: I didn’t know. I knew that I lost time because I was a
bit off the line. I don’t know how much I lost but for sure it would
have been a lot closer. It just sometimes happens when you push to gain
time and you overdo it. It is part of the game.
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Last Minutes of Qualifying
Qualifying Press Conference – FULL!