BELGIUM GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report – Kimi Raikkonen came very close to a podium finish in the Belgian Grand Prix at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track. Having started eighth, the Finn did an excellent job of making the most of every opportunity that came his way in an action-packed race, in which he spent much of the time in third place. Fernando Alonso on the other hand, had a decidedly difficult time of it, eventually finishing eighth.

A problem on Alonso’s F14 T before the start meant the mechanics had to stay on the grid over the time allowed. He managed to get away before the last car passed him and so was able to take up his correct fourth place on the grid. However, because of the rule infringement, the Spaniard was given a 5 seconds stop-go penalty, which he took at the first pit stop.

The opening laps were action packed, as the two Mercedes collided, so that Hamilton had to pit with a puncture and Rosberg struggled with front wing damage. That meant it was all very close at the front, with both Scuderia Ferrari drivers in the mix, as the top six were all within 3 seconds of one another.

Raikkonen was always a front runner, even getting as high as second for a while, spending much of the race in third. However, in the closing stages, Kimi had to give best to the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and settle for fourth, which is nevertheless his best result of the season so far. Alonso paid a heavy price for that 5 second penalty, finding himself locked in battle with Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren who was still in front of Fernando after the second pit stop. That cost the Spaniard a lot of time and in the closing stages he was involved in a four way fight, but had to also give best to Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Jenson Button (McLaren) thus finishing eighth. Daniel Ricciardo took the third win of his career. The next round is at Monza in a fortnight’s time.

Magnussen handed 20-second penalty:

Revised Results:

                                          
Pos Driver                Team                    Time/Gap    
 1. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1h24m36.556s
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                +3.383s     
 3. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes       +28.032s    
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 +36.815s    
 5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        +52.196s    
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        +54.580s    
 7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 +1m01.162s  
 8. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    +1m04.293s  
 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m05.347s  
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    +1m05.697s  
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m11.920s  
12. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        +1m14.262s  
13. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       +1m15.975s  
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          +1m22.447s  
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          +1m30.825s  
16. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        -1 lap      
17. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        -1 lap      
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        -5 laps

Race Results:

Pos Driver                Team                    Time/Gap
 1. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1h24m36.556s
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                +3.383s
 3. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes       +28.032s
 4. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 +36.815s
 5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        +52.196s
 6. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        +54.262s
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        +54.580s
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 +1m01.162s
 9. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    +1m04.293s
10. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m05.347s
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    +1m05.697s
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m11.920s
13. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       +1m15.975s
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          +1m22.447s
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          +1m30.825s
16. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        -1 lap
17. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        -1 lap
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        -5 laps

Retirements

    Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 38 laps
    Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            332 lap
    Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1 lap
    Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault         1 lap


Drivers' championship              Constructors' champiuonship: 

 1. Nico Rosberg         220        1. Mercedes               411          
 2. Lewis Hamilton       191        2. Red Bull/Renault       254      
 3. Daniel Ricciardo     156        3. Ferrari                158
 4. Fernando Alonso      119        4. Williams/Mercedes      150
 5. Valtteri Bottas      110        5. McLaren/Mercedes       111
 6. Sebastian Vettel     98         6. Force India/Mercedes   100
 7. Nico Hülkenberg      69         7. Toro Rosso/Renault     18 
 8. Jenson Button        66         8. Lotus/Renault          8  
 9. Kevin Magnussen      45         9. Marussia/Ferrari       2  
10. Felipe Massa         40        10. Sauber/Ferrari         0  
11. Kimi Räikkönen       39        11. Caterham/Renault       0  
12. Sergio Pérez         31                                        
13. Jean-Éric Vergne     11                                        
14. Romain Grosjean      8       
15. Daniil Kvyat         7       
16. Jules Bianchi        2

QUOTES

Kimi: clean race all I needed – “The race was clean, no issues like in the past, we always had something happen. It was probably the first [clean] race of the year. That helps. We could do our own race, and the result was a bit better. At the last few races we had a better feeling, but a lot of things happened in qualifying and the races. We had some damage on the wings by getting hit by other cars, and it compromises your race because you can’t run your own speed. The main thing is we had a clean race with no issues. We could push. There was still difficulties with the car handling-wise, but we expect that. Sure there are things that we have to improve, but the feeling has been there for a while, it’s just been comprised by the mistakes or things happening to us. Hopefully we start getting more clean weekends. It would make life easier, and probably the results better.”

Raikkonen added that fourth was the best he could achieve today, and that he did not consider himself to be battling with Valtteri Bottas for third place, given the Williams’s superior straightline speed.

“Not much of a fight, really. In a straight line they are much faster. One lap he almost got me, but I could keep him behind, then on the next lap there was no chance. For me, it doesn’t count. We are a bit down on power. For sure we don’t have the horsepower or the engine that they have, and the recovering that they can achieve, and that’s the bigger problem right now. But we’ve improved that, for sure it is better than at the beginning at the year.”

Kimi: we didn’t deserve any better – “We had good races before and the feeling has been better in the last few races but we put ourselves in a very bad position in the last qualifying and the last race. Obviously when you start behind you’re f****d already at that point so there’s not much we can do. [This weekend] the qualifying wasn’t ideal but at least we were up there. We had no problems in the race and it’s probably the first race this year that is a clean race; we didn’t have damage on the car or any other issues so we could just do our own race. The speed wasn’t too bad but this is still not good enough. I don’t think we deserved any better, if we deserved it we would get it but today we missed by a few laps. They were a little bit too fast for us.”

Kimi: not much of a fight – “It was not much of a fight really, I mean in a straight line they are much faster. On one lap he almost caught me and I could keep him behind but the next lap there was no chance. For me it doesn’t count as a fight. This is what happens [when you are slower]. I think we ran the proper downforce we should have to do our maximum speed over the lap and in qualifying conditions, over one lap, it isn’t too bad. But over the race we are suffering more against those cars, they can charge more and have a bigger advantage than over one lap. We don’t have the horsepower in the engine they have but what they can recover compared to us is probably the bigger problem right now.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “We had decided to tackle this race more aggressively, making an early stop to get ahead of the cars that had yet to pit and that meant I was able to stay with the leaders for much of the race. When Bottas in the Williams began to close on me, I knew I didn’t have the speed to defend on the straight and with a few laps to go, he managed to pass me. In general, I’m happy with how this weekend ended. We knew it would not be easy on this circuit, but we did our utmost and for the first time, we managed to have a clean race without any problems. The car has improved and today the pace was good. Fourth place shows we are going in the right direction, but it doesn’t mean we can settle for that. Today, we scored a good number of points, but we are here to win and we will continue to work to reach the top.”

Marco Mattiacci: “At the end of a weekend in which the topic of young drivers was very much in the news, I want to start by congratulating Raffaele Marciello on his first GP2 win and Jules Bianchi for his strong showing in yesterday’s qualifying. As for the race, we are very pleased for Kimi: today, he came close to the podium and scored his best result of the season, a result which sees us maintain third place in the Constructors’ classification. Unfortunately, Fernando’s race was compromised by a problem at the start. Without that, I firmly believe the podium was within his reach. We know we have missed out on a great opportunity, but we will learn from this incident to pay obsessive attention to our procedures, as we strive to improve reliability. The next race will be complicated because top speed is a strong point of the Mercedes-powered teams. We will try and defend with every means available, because the efforts of the team in terms of improving the car are producing encouraging signs.”

Pat Fry: “Fourth and seventh places can’t be seen as satisfactory, especially given that circumstances today meant we could have delivered more as a team. Clearly, Fernando’s penalty, because of a problem with the charge from the external battery we use on the grid, cost him the chance of fighting for a place on the podium and from this incident we must learn to improve our procedures. From then on, his race was compromised and whatever strategy we went for would have seen him in traffic: that’s how it turned out and unfortunately, he suffered a lot behind Magnussen, who could count on better straight line speed. Despite this, Fernando pulled off several overtaking moves and drove a great race. It’s a shame about the contact with Vettel at La Source, which cost him places right at the end. Kimi ran a clean race and we are pleased his feeling with the car is improving. It was precise and he made no mistakes: we came close to a third place with him, which he maybe deserved. Now we will continue to develop the car to give both our drivers an ever more competitive package, even if we have to be realistic when it comes to the rest of the season. Monza will be a very tough race, but there too, we will try and get the maximum out of our available package.”

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6 responses

  1. Leonardo

    Two good things happened this weekend:

    1. Kimi’s overall form has improved yet again, and;
    2. He beat Alonso! Take that! Pow!

    August 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

    • Mohan Balaji

      Congrats kimi you beat Alonso first of many more to come keep it up

      August 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  2. rahim5077

    Woot Woot Woot!! So happy Kimi did well…not just happy because Kimi beat Alonso as i believe Kimi is as good as alonso if not better..but because he finally had a race where we cud see Ferrari giving importance to kimi’s race and also saw some confidence in Kimi’s driving..next is monza but i’m particularly excited about singapore…would be interesting to see how kimi performs there against Alonso as alonso has been strong over there..

    August 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  3. Gio

    I think its pretty clear now that “the car needs to be built around Kimi than the other way around”. It took half a season for Ferrari to realize this and it took kimi the same amount of time to adjust to it. Objectively speaking, I think Team and Driver should be equally blamed. All the resources and energy have gone to waste…Lets all admit that Fernando (even if he had some say in this 2014 design) he is better when adapting to challenging conditions….
    Btw, I know that this is a Kimi Forum but I think Hamilton should calm down, I put him having almost equal personalities to Alonso. When things don’t go to his liking he tends to blame others and puts out the “its never my fault” banner. Kimi should learn from this for next years, especially if he has a car more to his liking. Go KIMI!!

    August 27, 2014 at 2:26 am

  4. Jaykay

    Great result – I really enjoyed watching that race, and hopefully it will stop all the negative comments and speculation from some of the Sky commentary team. Also good to see that K-Mag doesn’t just knock lumps off Kimi’s car, too !!!
    Is is my imagination or was Kimi even less chatty than usual with that Sky reporter (Craig somebody)? I got the impression he REALLY didn’t want to be there !!!

    August 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm

  5. yuss590

    the points Kimi scored in the last 2 races is more than the the 1st 11 races!! Looking forward for more clean races for Kimi.

    August 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

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