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BRITISH GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

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Report – Fernando Alonso was third in 1.35.244 while Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for ninth with a 1.36.554. The Spaniard completed 32 laps this afternoon, while the Finn did 29.

Both Ferrari men fitted the Medium tyre, the softer of the two brought to the English track by Pirelli. Fernando immediately seemed comfortable with this compound and made the most of the track rubbering-in more than in the morning.

The Spaniard ended the session doing good times on a long run. Kimi didn’t manage to get the right feel for the car and will have to work on finding the right balance so that he can push to the maximum. Once again Mercedes was fastest, with Lewis Hamilton posting a 1.34.508 ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg. Behind Alonso came the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                   Time     Gap       Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m34.508s            14
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m34.736s  +0.228s   35
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m35.244s  +0.736s   32
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m35.511s  +1.003s   11
 5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m35.627s  +1.119s   27
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m36.016s  +1.508s   33
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m36.228s  +1.720s   34
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m36.299s  +1.791s   35
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m36.554s  +2.046s   29
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m36.583s  +2.075s   26
11. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m36.671s  +2.163s   29
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m36.778s  +2.270s   31
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m36.951s  +2.443s   35
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m37.064s  +2.556s   35
15. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m37.097s  +2.589s   33
16. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m37.236s  +2.728s   37
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m37.449s  +2.941s   27
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m37.520s  +3.012s   25
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m38.658s  +4.150s   11
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m39.068s  +4.560s   31
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m39.224s  +4.716s   28
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m39.762s  +5.254s   21

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “This morning in the first session things went reasonably well. We followed the standard programme, including analysing car behaviour on the Hard tyres and we just had a few problems with traction at some points on the track and a bit of understeer in the high speed corners. In the second session, we made some small changes which did not work and the handling of the car was not the same. Putting a good lap together was really difficult and so we went back to the morning settings, but unfortunately we had the same problems. Now we must find out what happened between the two sessions, even if I think it’s partly down to the track conditions and the gusts of wind, which were very strong today. I’m sure that studying the data will give us the information we need to prepare as well as possible for tomorrow.”

Pat Fry: “At Silverstone, the weather is often unsettled and that can have a strong influence on the outcome of practice and the race. Therefore, it’s vital for the drivers to do a lot of laps to get as confident as possible with the car. Today, despite a strong and inconsistent wind, we were able to work through our programme without encountering any particular problems. On both cars, we tried some new aerodynamic components and various electronic settings, while on the power unit front we continued to acquire data useful for our development programme. At the same time, we went through the usual set-up tests to find the most suitable one for this track, as well as paying attention to tyre behaviour over short and long runs. It wasn’t easy to find the ideal balance as well as managing the degradation and while Fernando managed to complete a long run, with Kimi, we continued working on set-up to try and resolve some problems that cropped up on his car. Now we must find the best compromise to help both drivers to get the right stability for the rest of the weekend, taking into account that the weather is meant to get worse for tomorrow with a chance of rain.”


PRACTICE ONE

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Report – A hard to read first free practice session for the British Grand Prix, with track conditions featuring a strong and gusty wind, as well as a red flag about half an hour into the 90 minute session after Massa went off, thankfully without injury. There was also a long yellow flag period when Ericsson parked his car with 30 minutes to go. For Scuderia Ferrari, Fernando Alonso was third quickest in 1.36.263, completing 23 laps, as did Kimi Raikkonen with a best time of 1.36.703.

This morning, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers tested some new components and then carried out the usual set-up work, as well as evaluating the behaviour of the Pirelli tyres.

Fastest overall was Nico Rosberg, the only driver to break the 1m 36 seconds barrier with a 1.35.424. Second was his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with a 1.36.155. Splitting the two Ferrari men was Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m35.424s           25
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m36.155s  +0.731s  22
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m36.263s  +0.839s  23
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m36.623s  +1.199s  21
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m36.703s  +1.279s  23
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m36.921s  +1.497s  20
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m36.963s  +1.539s  25
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m37.175s  +1.751s  29
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m37.227s  +1.803s  25
10. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m37.231s  +1.807s  30
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m37.720s  +2.296s  22
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m37.910s  +2.486s  21
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.056s  +2.632s  18
14. Daniel Juncadella     Force India-Mercedes  1m38.083s  +2.659s  23
15. Giedo van der Garde   Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.328s  +2.904s  19
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m38.917s  +3.493s  12
17. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m39.461s  +4.037s   7
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m39.814s  +4.390s  24
19. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m40.597s  +5.173s  19
20. Robin Frijns          Caterham-Renault      1m42.261s  +6.837s  11
21. Susie Wolff           Williams-Mercedes     1m44.212s  +8.788s   4
22. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         no time              2
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Thursday in Silverstone

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It’s been well documented that Kimi Raikkonen has had some issues getting the F14 T to handle to his liking and this was the first topic on the agenda at his usual Thursday media session on a warm and windy day at the English track. “I am sure we are learning a lot and at least we now know where the issues are,” confirmed the Ferrari man. “The team will definitely do some things differently for next year and some of those changes we can also try this year. But it’s not a quick fix and once we get some more new parts to try, then hopefully it will go in the direction that we want.”

Therefore when it came to assessing his chances around the high speed corners of this weekend’s high speed track, the Finn felt there would be few surprises. “I think we are probably going to be in the same situation as at many of the races so far this year,” he maintained. “At the last race, we tried some new things that might not have worked well, but I wanted to try them anyway to see what effect they had. This weekend, we will carry on trying different things and gaining experience from that.”

Last weekend, Raikkonen was also in England, but in the very different surroundings of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where he drove his title winning 2007 Ferrari, spending time in company with the legendary John Surtees. What did he know of racing in those bygone days? “I’ve seen films on TV and the internet, it looked like a different sport back then, certainly much more dangerous and in a way, more fun and more open,” he said. From the past, to the future, with a question about how long he might stay with Scuderia Ferrari. The answer was typical Kimi, short and to the point: “Until my contract is finished and then I will probably stop.”

As a Ferrari driver, the press wanted Kimi’s views on suggestions that the Italian GP at Monza might not be on the calendar much longer. “I can’t see how they would stop Monza,” he replied. “It would be very stupid in my view for everyone and for Formula 1. Hopefully it will never happen but we are not the guys who decide. Obviously for Ferrari, it’s an amazing place. I’ve never won there, but hopefully in the future it will happen.”

(Source: ferrari.com)


Raikkonen ‘probably’ to stop F1 after 2015

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Kimi Raikkonen says he expects to retire from F1 at the end of his current Ferrari contract which expires after the 2015 season.

Following two years away from the sport in 2010 and 2011, Raikkonen returned with Lotus before joining Ferrari on a two-year contract at the start of this season. Having endured a difficult return to the team with which he won the 2007 world championship, Raikkonen said he doesn’t see himself signing a new contract at the end of next year.

“No, [I will race] until to my contract is finished and then I probably will stop,” Raikkonen said. “That’s what I think is going to happen.”

Raikkonen admitted that he wished drivers were allowed to race in other categories alongside F1 but wasn’t sure that’s what he would do after retiring from the sport.

“I don’t know yet. I have tried many things and I think there’s no harm in it and it doesn’t take anything away from me doing Formula One at the same time. For me it can only help for sure. You always learn when you try different things but the problem is the teams are scared that we will get hurt so there’s a big conflict on that.

“In the past when I was at Ferrari I was allowed to do some rallies and it was a good help. I was doing well at the same time in Formula One, but everything is different. I think it would be nice, not just for us but also for the spectators and the fans and everybody to see us doing many things.”

However, when asked if he would consider continuing racing in F1 if he was able to compete in other categories simultaneously, Raikkonen said that would not be the case.

“No I don’t think so. When I feel it’s time to finish Formula One it’s time to finish. Even doing something else at the same time makes no difference because the decision is about F1 and if it’s the right time or not to stop.”

(Sources: crash.net, autosport.com )


Steve Robertson denies Raikkonen exit

Steve Robertson: “He didn’t say he’s going to retire after 2015, I’ve spoken with other journalists and all asked me the same question. He didn’t give a specific deadline, he has simply said that after F1 he’s going to do something else, because he’s a driver. But he didn’t mention a particular year. Now he’s focused on F1. Kimi loves F1, never say never, it’s too early to speak about this, we still are in 2014. If he wants to continue and he feels that there is an opportunity with Ferrari or someone else, we’ll never know.”

(Updated on 5th July 2014)


Ferrari F1 drivers support #TurnBackCrime

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Two of the world’s best known Formula 1 racing drivers – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – are adding their voices to the Turn Back Crime campaign.

Their video message, filmed with Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci, at Ferrari’s private Fiorano test track in Maranello, Italy, keeps the Turn Back Crime campaign at full throttle.

Alonso and Raikkonen are the latest high-profile figures to support the campaign, joining film star Jackie Chan, international footballer Lionel Messi, and Ducati Team, whose rider Andrea Dovizioso recently gained a podium place in the Moto Grand Prix.

These ambassadors want to inspire their millions of fans to play their role in protecting the things in life that we treasure the most. The Turn Back Crime campaign is about breaking down barriers between police and public; creating a dialogue to build a relationship of trust; an inclusive approach to help people feel safe and to help reduce the fear of any form of crime.

As part of this, it is crucial for people to understand better the crime issues of today and how they can better protect themselves and their families.

For example, buying fake goods, illicit medicines and counterfeited items isn’t about a cheaper option, it feeds organized crime and terrorism.

Turn Back Crime is gathering speed, thanks to support from Alonso, Raikkonen and others. Join them, join us, and keep the momentum going.

#TogetherWeCan #TurnBackCrime

(Source: turnbackcrime.com)


Kimi working with engineers at Maranello today

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After the excitement of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, today was a working day for Kimi Raikkonen, in Maranello for some engineering meetings, working with the team on the development of the F14 T, not just for the upcoming races, but also to help make the team ever more united in its working methods. This morning, the Finn spoke with President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Marco Mattiacci before having meetings with his race engineer Antonio Spagnolo and Technical Director James Allison.

There were many items on the agenda, including a look at the development programme to be continued race by race for the rest of the season and Raikkonen was able to supply additional information of use to the engineers, while there was also time for Kimi to acquaint himself with the 2015 car. Work on this project goes on in parallel, while also learning from this year’s programme, given that the stability of the technical regulations for next year means that any technical shortcomings can be spotted in time, from looking at this year’s car data.

Before heading off for Silverstone, Kimi spoke of his expectations for the coming weekend. “It’s been useful coming here to Maranello to talk with my engineers. We know how much we need to improve and now we are looking ahead to the next race. Silverstone is a track with a great tradition and on top of that, the fans are very knowledgeable and they are happy to support you whatever team you drive for,” reckoned the Finn. “The track has changed a bit in recent years, but I like it a lot, as all the very fast corners make it very challenging. It often rains, which means it can all become a lottery, but it’s the same for everyone. All I can say is that, as usual, we will be trying our best.”

(Source: ferrari.com)


Raikkonen keen to try Rallycross

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Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen says he would like to try World Rallycross at some point in the future.

The 2007 F1 world champion previously dabbled in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR when he took a sabbatical from grand prix racing in 2010-11.

 – Kimi Raikkonen off-track

Rallycross has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, attracting the likes of 1997 F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve and Audi DTM ace Mattias Ekstrom to the ranks of the new FIA world championship.

Speaking to reporters during the recent Austrian Grand Prix, Raikkonen said he would be open to sampling this branch of the sport.

“Rallycross would be very nice to try, it looks good fun – similar to rally but against each other,” said the Finn.

“Obviously I enjoyed rallying a lot, it’s a very difficult sport and a good challenge.

“I think it’s good to do different things because you always learn something and it’s good fun also.”

Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso said during the Austrian GP that he plans to race at Le Mans after his F1 career is finished, while Raikkonen, who tested a Peugeot 908 LMP1 car in 2011, said Le Mans would be “on top of the list” of other races for him to do besides F1.

“Obviously I enjoy racing and Le Mans is one of the things that would be on top of the list, because it’s a very famous race,” Raikkonen added.

“We have to see what happens in the future, but for sure there is some interest to do that race.”

(Source: autosport.com)


Raikkonen & Surtees, Ferrari F1 Champions at FOS

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How’s this for a spectacle? Two championship-winning Ferraris – separated by four decades – in convoy on the Goodwood hill. What’s more, each driven by the man who drove it to its respective championship win. #OnlyAtGoodwood? Quite possibly…

John Surtees’ 1964 158 looks delightfully delicate and spindly next to Kimi Raikkonen’s F2007 tech-fest as they make their way up the hill together in this fantastic edit from our live broadcast today. We’ll say no more – except ‘enjoy’!

(And a big Goodwood ‘thank you’ to Kimi and John, and our friends at Shell and Ferrari who helped to make this moment happen.)

 

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(Source: goodwood.com)


Kimi Raikkonen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

VIDEO: The Ferrari Formula One driver made his debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014. He talks about how he got into motorsport, his love of motocross and why he’s attracted to rallying. Click to watch.

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Kimi Räikkönen, the 2007 F1 World Champion, made his first appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Sunday June 29th.

The Finn, who is generally renowned as a difficult interviewee, talks openly about his formative years in motorsport and what motivates him away from the high pressure world of F1.

Räikkönen drove his title-winning Ferrari F2007 car up the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb and was mobbed by fans wherever he went.

His appearance was a coup for the Festival of Speed – most Formula One champions of the more recent era, with the notable exception of Michael Schumacher, have attended the event.

The F2007 helped Räikkönen to his first, so far only, F1 title and gave Ferrari its first Constructor’s title since Schumacher helped it win both in 2004. In it, the Finn won six races on the way to the title.

John Surtees and Räikkönen drove their championship-winning cars up the hill, Honda and Ferrari respectively. Surtees was celebrating 50 years since his title, which came after multiple championships on motorcycles. To this day, he remains the only man to have won world championships on two and four wheels.

Räikkönen said: “It was great to have the chance to join John in celebrating his incredible career. This is my first time at Goodwood and it’s been amazing to see so many motoring fans come together to share their passion for cars with one another.”

(Source: telegraph.co.uk)


Meeting of Legends at Goodwood

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Today at Goodwood Festival of Speed was one to remember with Scuderia Ferrari and Shell very much centre stage. During the first two days of the event, the Maranello marque was represented by test driver Pedro de la Rosa at the wheel of the 2010 F10, while today, it fielded two world champions at pretty much the same time.

In the early afternoon, 1964 World Champion John Surtees settled into the Formula 1 car he drove 50 years ago to win the world title. Current Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen then got in the car that took him to the championship crown, after which, starting a minute apart they set off for a demonstration run up the famous Goodwood hill.

Before and after their run Raikkonen and Surtees chatted about the huge crowd that had turned up for the festival and also discussed the differences and similarities of their respective cars, the 1964 158 and the 2007 F2007. They both shared having Shell as a partner supplying fuel and lubricants, a fundamental asset for Scuderia Ferrari for most of its Formula 1 history. This was Kimi’s first time at the Festival of Speed. “I think this is an incredible event, with thousands of very knowledgeable spectators turning up. Only in England is there such a passion for motorsport and it’s the only place that could organise something like this.” John Surtees, Shell’s guest of honour at the Festival of Speed, in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of his world title on four wheels, echoed the Finn’s sentiments. “Meetings such as these are the lifeblood of motor sport as much as the races. It was exciting to sit once again in my 1964 car and go up the Goodwood hill through two rows of crowds. This day will stay etched on my memory for a very long time.”

(Source: ferrari.com)

 


Kimi to drive F2007 at Goodwood this weekend

This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed gets underway tomorrow, one of the most important gatherings in the world of racing and sports cars of every time. This year, the main theme of the event held in Sussex, England, is the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of John Surtees taking the Formula 1 World Championship crown. To this day, Surtees is the only driver to have been world champion on two wheels (in 1956, ’58, ’59 and ’60) and four, in 1964.

A lot of current drivers are taking part, including, from the world of Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton, former Ferrari man Felipe Massa and current Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen. In fact, the Finn will share centre stage at the key moment of the weekend, as he will tackle the Goodwood hill at the wheel of the Ferrari F2007, which he drove to the world championship title, while alongside him will be Surtees himself, driving the Ferrari 158 F1 with which he took the title 50 years ago. It was one of the closest championship battles, as he only took the win in the very last race, the thrilling Mexican Grand Prix, when he beat off two quality drivers in the shape of Graham Hill and Jim Clark.

The two cars are very different of course, but surprisingly they have several points in common. First of, they are both Ferraris, both winners and, at the time they were both revolutionary, while last but not least, they were supported by the same partner, Shell, the petroleum company that has always used Formula 1 to develop its excellent products and which has supported Ferrari for so many years in Formula 1.

The run up the hill for these cars takes place on Sunday, but be warned, tickets for Saturday and Sunday sold out ages ago, although there are a few left for Friday, which are expected to go fast. Tomorrow and Saturday, Scuderia Ferrari will once again be centre stage, when its test driver Pedro de la Rosa will tackle the hill in a 2009 F60.

(Source: ferrari.com)


Raikkonen hurt by tyre & traction issues

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Kimi Raikkonen says the corner entry problems that have hurt his 2014 Formula 1 campaign are being compounded by a perfect storm of harder tyres and traction issues.

The Finn has faced difficulties since the start of the season in getting comfortable with his car under braking and on the turn-in to bends.

It was initially suspected that the key to overcoming this was in sorting out the new brake-by-wire systems that have changed the way that cars behave under braking this year.

But despite a huge effort by Ferrari to help Raikkonen, the Finn has been unable to turn things around and is still struggling to regularly get on the pace of team-mate Fernando Alonso.

After another difficult weekend in Austria, Raikkonen said that dealing with his problems was particularly complicated because of many factors coming together.

When asked by AUTOSPORT if the technical complexity of the 2014 cars explained why progress had been so slow, Raikkonen said: “Not really, the issues are not there.

“It’s really about how the car handles, what I prefer, and the way the tyres work. It’s a combination of that.

“We have a lot of work to do with the car now, and we are missing traction and we are missing a bit of grip on the mechanical side.

“We try somehow to balance it out and try to have a front end on the car, but it is very, very difficult. I hate it when there is no front end on the car.

“And right now, if we sort out the front end we lose the rear and it is trying to balance it out – and somehow get it working. We have a lot of work to do before we have good things, but for sure we will get there.”

Raikkonen said that the team had experimented with a new approach in Austria to try to improve things, but it had not delivered what was expected.

“We tried something different since Saturday onwards and I don’t think it made an awful lot of difference in the end,” he said.

“In certain areas [in the race] it was totally missing, and it was a similar thing in qualifying – but once we decided to go way we had to stick with it.”

(Source: autosport.com)


Kimi: Ferrari slowed me down after two laps

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Kimi Raikkonen says it is unacceptable that Ferrari asked him to slow down and cool his brakes after just two laps of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen endured another frustrating race behind the wheel of the F14 T, recording just a single point. When told he needed to make two tenths behind Jenson Button in the middle stint Raikkonen replied “give me more power then”, but he says the problems with his Ferrari had started far earlier than that.

“Yes we had [power] go down but also after two laps I had some brake issues, I was meant to cool the brakes,” Raikkonen said. “I tried to fight against the guys in front of me as well as behind me so it’s quite difficult after two laps when you’ve been asked to slow down.

“Those two things should not be happening and we they to fix them. We cannot go into a race and start slowing down after two laps because of issues like that. We are not fast enough to give up any times anyhow so hopefully there is a lot more work to be done.”

Raikkonen is also confused as to why Ferrari kept him out for so long during his first stint when he had clearly lost the performance from his tyres. Running third, Raikkonen started struggling on his worn supersoft tyres and dropped behind Sergio Perez – who was yet to pit – and Nico Rosberg.

“For me it was very bad timing for the pit stop. My tyres were not good and I lost two places on my in lap. I needed to really stop earlier but I don’t know the reasons why we stopped at that point but it obviously cost us some places. With the speed that I had there was no way to get anything back. Obviously that was not very good.”

(Source: espn.co.uk)


AUSTRIAN GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report – Scuderia Ferrari finished fifth and tenth in the Austrian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso started fourth but was passed by Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes after the start, finishing in the wake of Felipe Massa’s Williams, part of a quartet of Stuttgart engined cars at the front of the field. Nico Rosberg took his third win of the season, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Finland’s Valtteri Bottas was third in the other Williams.

The Spaniard ran a consistent race, making no mistakes and he was often the fastest driver on track, but it was not enough to get to the podium. Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for tenth place, overtaken by Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg, who had started behind him on the grid.

Rosberg has extended his lead over Hamilton to 29 points in the championship, while Alonso has closed the gap to four points off Ricciardo (eighth today) in their fight for third. Raikkonen is twelfth on 19, while Ferrari is third in the Constructors.’ The next round is the British GP at Silverstone in a fortnight’s time.

Final Results:

Pos Driver                Team                   Time/Gap
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1h27m54.967s
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               +1.932s
 3. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      +8.172s
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      +17.358s
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                +18.553s
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   +28.546s
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       +32.031s
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       +43.522s
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   +44.137s
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                +47.777s
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       +50.966s
12. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         -1 lap
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
16. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         -2 laps

Retirements

    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      59 laps
    Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        34 laps
    Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      24 laps
Drivers' championship            Constructors' championship   
 1. Nico Rosberg       165       1. Mercedes                 301     
 2. Lewis Hamilton     136       2. Red Bull/Renault         143
 3. Daniel Ricciardo   83        3. Ferrari                   98 
 4. Fernando Alonso    79        4. Force India/Mercedes      87 
 5. Sebastian Vettel   60        5. Williams/Mercedes         85 
 6. Nico Hulkenberg    59        6. McLaren/Mercedes          72 
 7. Valtteri Bottas    55        7. Toro Rosso/Renault        12 
 8. Jenson Button      43        8. Lotus/Renault              8  
 9. Felipe Massa       30        9. Marussia/Ferrari           2  
10. Kevin Magnussen    29        10. Sauber/Ferrari            0  
11. Sergio Perez       28        11. Caterham/Renault          0  
12. Kimi Raikkonen     19        
13. Romain Grosjean    8         
14. Jean-Eric Vergne   8         
15. Daniil Kvyat       4         
16. Jules Bianchi      2         

QUOTES

Raikkonen confused by bad pit stop timing: “For me it was really bad timing for the pit stop,” he said. “My tyres were not good. I lost two places on my in lap, but obviously I don’t know the reason. It cost some places and with the speed that I had, there was no way I could get it back. It was not very good.”

He struggled under braking on Friday and Saturday but the Maranello-based team made changes to the car. However, he does not believe the tweaks worked.

“We tried something different since Saturday onwards and I don’t think it made an awful lot of difference. Once you have decided to go one way you have to stick with it. That is what we did but it was not really different today.”

Kimi Raikkonen“This was another very difficult race for me, despite having gone in a different direction yesterday to try and improve the performance. Unfortunately, it did not bring the improvements I’d hoped for and again here I found myself fighting the handling of the car. At the start I made up one place, but already on the second lap I began to have a problem with the brakes overheating and this meant I had to slow down. At the time of my first pit stop, my tyres were completely worn and on my in-lap alone I lost two places. We should definitely have stopped sooner. Compared to the start of the season, progress has been made, even if there’s still a lot to do as our speed still doesn’t allow us to fight for the top places.”

Marco Mattiacci (Team principal) – “The way this season is going becomes particularly evident when one races at a track where what counts the most is the power of the car. Today, we tried to get the most out of what we have and we believe we have taken another small step in the right direction. Unfortunately, we were unable to demonstrate that with Kimi, who did not have an easy time on this circuit, but we are sure that with the progressive improvement of the car he too will be able to show what he’s capable of. Fernando could not have done any better today. He managed to maintain a great pace for the whole race, at times even quicker than the leaders and this must serve as an incentive to continue developing the F14 T. Overall the gaps are coming down and the number of teams fighting it out behind the frontrunners is increasing. So our aim is to exploit all our potential to be at the front of the pursuing group.”


AUSTRIA GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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XPB_7f198ed57c687aa7f80abd16dc8702d9-4Felipe Massa led a shock Williams one-two in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Brazilian’s last-gasp effort knocked team-mate Valtteri Bottas off top spot in the final seconds of qualifying, giving him pole by just under a tenth of a second.

It was Massa’s first pole since the 2008 Brazilian GP and the first for Williams since Nico Hulkenberg at the same race four years ago.

World championship leader Nico Rosberg was third fastest after failing to improve on his final attempt, but while he missed out on top spot he will be happy to see title rival Lewis Hamilton down in ninth.

Hamilton’s first run in Q3, which would have been good enough for fifth on the grid, was disallowed for exceeding track limits at the exit of Turn 8 after the rear stepped out. His second attempt was ruined by a spin at Turn 2, meaning that he did not set a time, putting him ahead of only the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix produced a surprising front row, while the Scuderia Ferrari drivers will be starting from the second and fourth rows. Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest in 1.09.285, equaling his best result of the season in Malaysia. Kimi Raikkonen will start from eighth, with a time of 1.10.795.

Both men had a relatively smooth passage into Q2, but from then on life got harder. Fernando was on a perfect lap but made a mistake at the end of the final corner, going off on the grass, which meant he had to try again. Kimi pushed hard all the way to squeeze through in last place for the top ten shoot-out.

The final stages were action packed. Fernando posted a strong 1.09.285. Kimi never got a clean lap and could do no better than eighth.

Numerous drivers had lap times automatically disallowed during the session for running wide beyond track limits at the exit of Turn 8.

Final Times:

Pos Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m08.759s
 2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m08.846s  +0.087
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m08.944s  +0.185
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m09.285s  +0.526
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.466s  +0.707
 6. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.515s  +0.756
 7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m09.619s  +0.860
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m10.795s  +2.036
 9. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes
Q2 cut-off time: 1m09.657s                                   Gap **
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m09.754s  +0.780s
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.780s  +0.806s
13. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.801s  +0.827s
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m09.939s  +0.965s
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m10.073s  +1.099s
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m10.642s  +1.668s
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17. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m10.825s  +1.311s
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m11.349s  +1.835s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.412s  +1.898s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m11.673s  +2.159s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.775s  +2.261s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m12.673s  +3.159s

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “In these two days I have found it more difficult to put together a good lap and again today in qualifying things did not go well. In Q3, I went out for just a single run on the Supersofts, but the mistakes made at the first corner affected my lap times. On my last run I locked the wheels, damaging the left front tyre, but at that point, I decided to keep on trying to improve. Even if eighth place is not a disaster, I am disappointed because we were quicker than that today, but I was never able to be consistent in the three sectors. Race pace is good and even if I am finding it a bit hard to get the tyres up to temperature, I will try my best tomorrow.”

Pat Fry: “If you look at the results of qualifying since the start of the year, today’s is definitely unusual, but putting all other considerations aside, all my congratulations go to Felipe, because I think he really deserved pole position. Here in Spielberg, your overall power counts for a lot and so starting from the second row must be seen as a good result. It’s very easy to make mistakes here, especially in the first corner and the last two and, as it’s a very short track, traffic can also create problems. Fernando got the most out of the car and tomorrow with him we will work in two directions, attacking those in front while defending from those behind such as Hamilton. Unfortunately, Kimi didn’t get a clean lap, because of a mistake at the first corner and now we will work on improving his package so he can have greater confidence in the car, because his qualities are out of question. The race pace we had on Friday is encouraging, equal to that of the Williams and Red Bull and so we can expect the race to be as tight as qualifying.”

Raikkonen caught out by first corner: “I was struggling with the first corner a lot [and] I couldn’t get it right,” he said. “I knew I had three laps so I tried to do it again but on the last lap I just locked an outside wheel for some reason and flat-spotted the front left. It was pretty much done at that point. So it was at the first corner and after that I lost a lot of time there with a lot of vibrations in a straight line and I just did the lap to get a time. It was disappointing and difficult to get a single lap together the whole weekend. The speed wasn’t too bad if I’d put a lap together but it’s just been a big struggle to do that. In the end it wasn’t a complete disaster but not where I want to be. It’s better in the race to get the tyres working. That seems to be difficult for me [in qualifying] and it’s not just this weekend, but it seems to get a bit more easy in the race.”


AUSTRIA GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report – The Scuderia Ferrari drivers ended the third free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix in sixth and ninth places. Looking at the times, it seems qualifying positions will be decided by hundredths rather than tenths of a second. Twelve cars all lapped within a second this morning, while even more startling the top six are all within two tenths. Fernando Alonso did a 1.10.054 and Kimi Raikkonen lapped in 1.10.488. Quickest was Valtteri Bottas, who did a 1.09.848 in the Williams.

The two Ferrari men again did a lot of laps, bringing in more data which will be particularly useful for tomorrow’s race. Kimi did 22 laps and Fernando 17. The battle for pole gets underway at 14h00.

FP3 Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m09.848s           22
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m09.898s  +0.050s  25
 3.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m09.901s  +0.053s  21
 4.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m09.927s  +0.079s  25
 5.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m09.999s  +0.151s  31
 6.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m10.054s  +0.206s  17
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m10.392s  +0.544s  19
 8.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m10.449s  +0.601s  23
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m10.488s  +0.640s  22
10.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m10.562s  +0.714s  21
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m10.683s  +0.835s  22
12.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m10.776s  +0.928s  26
13.  Jean-Rric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m11.043s  +1.195s  22
14.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m11.103s  +1.255s  22
15.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m11.235s  +1.387s  18
16.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m11.294s  +1.446s  24
17.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m11.558s  +1.710s  23
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m11.848s  +2.000s  21
19.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m12.320s  +2.472s  23
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m12.892s  +3.044s  27
21.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m12.915s  +3.067s  14
22.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m14.237s  +4.389s  4

AUSTRIA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – It was a productive second practice session for Scuderia Ferrari as the two drivers completed 85 laps between them, acquiring valuable data for the engineers to now analyse, to prepare for tomorrow’s qualifying and Sunday’s race. The extensive running was also a good thing for the drivers, returning to Spielberg after an eleven year break and thus letting them get to know the track again.

Fernando Alonso did 40 laps, with a best time of 1.10.470, which put him third fastest. Kimi Raikkonen did 45 laps, stopping the clocks in 1.10.974, which put him in eleventh place, although the Finn never got a proper clean lap. Once again, a Mercedes driver topped the time sheet, this time Lewis Hamilton in 1.09.542.

As usual, in the final third of the session, the focus switched to running in race configuration, with Alonso and Raikkonen, as well as the other drivers doing some long runs on both the Soft and Supersoft tyres. Front tyre graining was a feature of the session for many. Free practice 3 takes place tomorrow at 11h00.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                   Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m09.542s           37  
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m09.919s  +0.377s  50 
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m10.470s  +0.928s  40 
 4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m10.519s  +0.977s  44 
 5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m10.521s  +0.979s  39 
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m10.807s  +1.265s  39 
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m10.813s  +1.271s  44 
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m10.920s  +1.378s  36 
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m10.936s  +1.394s  45 
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m10.972s  +1.430s  39 
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m10.974s  +1.432s  45 
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m11.261s  +1.719s  45 
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m11.296s  +1.754s  36 
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m11.491s  +1.949s  42 
15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m11.765s  +2.223s  30 
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m11.806s  +2.264s  42 
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m11.935s  +2.393s  39 
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m12.229s  +2.687s  43 
19. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m12.262s  +2.720s  46 
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m12.279s  +2.737s  36 
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m12.937s  +3.395s  24 
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m13.596s  +4.054s  48

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today was particularly busy, which is normal when you go back to a track for the first time in many years. Despite the changeable weather reducing the amount of track time in the first session, we still managed to complete our programme, which today centred on analysing new aerodynamic parts brought for this race. Along with Fernando, we concentrated on different set-up tests, me on the front end and him on the rear, so as to compare the data from the second session. In the afternoon, I had a better feeling from the car, but for various reasons, including a lack of grip, traffic and the wind, I didn’t manage to put together a good lap, or to improve in the final sector.”

Pat Fry: “Coming back here after eleven years made for a bit more work on this first day on track. Kimi and Fernando did a total of 129 laps and even if this is one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, Spielberg presents a demanding series of drops and climbs and luckily, both our drivers are among the few to have driven here before. The cold track in the morning complicated the task of getting the Soft tyres up to temperature, but things went better on the Supersoft in the afternoon. Over the two sessions, we made various set-up changes to meet the demands of the different driving styles of our drivers and we did see a slight improvement. Of course, we can’t say we’re pleased with that, because we still need to find the perfect balance and therefore we will need to make the most of today’s data to work on the handling of the car. Qualifying will be very close, especially because on such a short track, just a tenth of a second can win or lose you several places on the grid, so we will need to get a clean lap without traffic. As far as race pace is concerned, behind the Mercedes there’s a group of cars all quite close together, doing very similar lap times, so a good grid position would mean not having to chase after the others.”


PRACTICE ONE

Report – There was some rain during the first free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix and that affected plans for Scuderia Ferrari and the other teams in the final half hour on this new venue, where acquiring as much data as possible was on the agenda. In the first hour, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen worked on set-up and tyres, but the track provided very little grip and there were plenty of off-track excursions.

Fernando Alonso did 23 laps on his way to third fastest time in 1.11.606, while Kimi Raikkonen’s best was a 1.12.365. The Finn’s second quick lap never happened, as he was affected by traffic and the rain. In the final part of the session, the rain got heavier and so no one was able to improve.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                   Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m11.295s           19
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m11.435s  +0.140s  32
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m11.606s  +0.311s  23
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m11.756s  +0.461s  27
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m11.839s  +0.544s  33
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m12.009s  +0.714s  33
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m12.072s  +0.777s  20
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m12.114s  +0.819s  21
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m12.313s  +1.018s  36
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m12.364s  +1.069s  30
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m12.365s  +1.070s  21
12. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m12.372s  +1.077s  35
13. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m12.570s  +1.275s  28
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m12.984s  +1.689s  19
15. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m12.988s  +1.693s  25
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m13.168s  +1.873s  28
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          1m13.642s  +2.347s  27
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m13.738s  +2.443s  26
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m13.857s  +2.562s  28
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       1m14.611s  +3.316s  24
21. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m14.691s  +3.396s  9
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m17.501s  +6.206s  8

KIMI’S COLUMN – AUSTRIA GP PREVIEW

Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring 19-22 June 2014

Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring 19-22 June 2014

Next step forward

Obviously, it means a lot to get things right in the top level of the motor racing. Sometimes it is not that tricky task, but sometimes it really is.

And it is never a case of just wishful thinking, that everything would go nicely to it’s place. Every step forward needs a lot of team work.

Well, we have been working very hard to improve our car. The team has taken a special approach to fix things, but we still have many issues to deal with.

The positive thing is, that we have improved a lot compared to the starting point we had before the season. The negative thing is, that it does not show in our performance and results. In this business it is a fact, that the rest of the grid does not never stands still. They always develop further ahead, so our target to get closer to the front always moves ahead, as well.

I have had some good moments during the race weekends, but every time something has happened and we have not been able get a single clean three days from Friday’s FP1 to the chequered flag on Sunday.

We keep pushing hard. Our day will come, that is our common feeling inside the team. Obviously, we know it is still a long way to go and there are many good things to achieve along the season.

Now it’s time to return to Austria. I have always liked that circuit. We went there three times in the beginning of my Formula Career. It was the time of V10 engines and it was good fun to go flat out on the long straights of that circuit.

For sure those old races back there do not help at all for this weekend. It is different times, different cars, different tyres, different power units. Only the challenge to find a best possible set-up is the same.

Zeltweg is the closest place to go racing from my home. It’s a different circuit again compapred to the others. Back then the layout was offering a good racing, good opportunities to overtake and a nice environment for a good atmosphere.

Let’s wait and see, how we get the weekend going.

(Source: kimiraikkonen.com)


Thursday in Austria

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As one of only four drivers on this year’s grid who has raced at this track before, Kimi Raikkonen seemed delighted to be here when he spoke to the media this afternoon. “First of all I have to say I like racing in Europe!” began the Scuderia Ferrari driver. “This is a nice place to come and they seem to have built a lot of new facilities. I have good memories of this circuit and I think the track makes for pretty good racing. The layout means you can overtake and so I am very happy to be here. I think this circuit should suit us better than Canada, which, along with Bahrain, was the most difficult for us. But at the moment, I am just guessing. We must wait and see what happens tomorrow.”

Last weekend, a Ferrari won its class in the Le Mans 24 Hours race and Raikkonen was asked if that’s a race he would like to tackle. “I enjoy racing and Le Mans is one of the things that would be on the top of my list, as a very famous race,” replied the Finn. “I would have to see what happens in the future, but for sure there is some interest in doing that race, but at the moment, it’s too early to say. Rallycross would also be nice to try as it looks good fun. I enjoy Rallying a lot, it’s a difficult sport with a good challenge, but Le Mans is probably closest to Formula 1. It’s good to try different things because it’s good fun and you always learn something.”

Kimi also had words of praise for the Scuderia’s new Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci. “Everybody has their own way of doing things and it’s early days for Marco,” said Kimi. “He is a very nice guy who really wants to make a difference. These are good signs and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes. I think sometimes it can be a good thing when someone comes in from outside Formula 1 with a different view of things. I expect he can do a very good job.”

(Source: ferrari.com)


Raikkonen Canadian spins related to engine

The spins that Kimi Raikkonen suffered during the Canadian GP weekend were the result of issues related to the engine settings on his Ferrari Formula 1 car, AUTOSPORT has learned.

The Finn suffered two spins exiting the hairpin during the event, once in the second free practice session on Friday and again in the later stages of Sunday’s race.

The 2007 world champion said after the race that he had received a “sudden kick” from the engine at that corner, and Ferrari confirmed to AUTOSPORT in the build-up to this weekend’s Austrian GP that “issues related to engine settings” were to blame for Raikkonen’s rotations.

The Finn said the team had probably not worked hard enough after the first spin to rectify the issue, but is confident of no repeat issues at the Red Bull Ring.

“The same happened in practice exactly and I spun exactly the same way,” Raikkonen said when asked by AUTOSPORT to explain why he spun in Canada.

“It’s just many things came together and it can happen.

“We know now that now and we probably knew after practice, but really didn’t put enough thoughts into it to make sure it will not happen again.

“I’m sure now we’ve made a lot of changes that it should not happen anymore.”

Raikkonen is also hopeful the layout of the Red Bull Ring, which returns to the F1 calendar after a 10-year absence, will better suit the F14 T than Montreal.

“I think this should be better than Canada,” Raikkonen added.

“[But] it’s not an awful lot different to Canada, which has long straights and chicanes; here is long straights [too], three high-speed corners and that’s about it.

“Bahrain and Canada are the most difficult places for us right now.

“Hopefully we find out it’s pretty good here, but it’s just guessing.

“We’ll see how it goes tomorrow and get the first idea.”


 

Raikkonen, Rosberg to test sparks in F1

Ferrari and Mercedes are to conduct tests with titanium skid blocks in Austrian Grand Prix Friday practice, with teams now set on bringing back sparking cars to Formula 1.

AUTOSPORT revealed earlier this year that F1 teams were looking at ways to make cars more spectacular, considering ideas including sparking cars, glowing brake discs and vapour trails.

Discussions about the ideas have moved forward, and AUTOSPORT has learned that teams and other representatives on the F1 Commission have given provisional approval for the sparks plan to come into force for 2015.

The current idea is for the sparks to be created by mandating titanium skid blocks within the planks of the cars.

Work is now ongoing among the teams to work out where to locate the skid blocks to produce the best sparks.

As part of those efforts, Ferrari will fit Kimi Raikkonen’s car with two skid blocks for the opening day of running at the Red Bull Ring, with Mercedes fitting some in a different position on Nico Rosberg’s car.

It is understood that Mercedes and Ferrari are unlikely to make any other changes to the cars, such as lowering the ride height, to enhance the chances of sparks being produced.

The work in Austria will likely be just the first step in a number of tests that will take place over the remainder of the season to ensure that the rule is successful when it comes into force for 2015.

The introduction of mandatory skid blocks still needs to be ratified by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council, which is meeting in Munich next week.


‘Wrangler… As chosen by Kimi Raikkonen’

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Kimi Raikkonen FW14

Finnish F1 icon Kimi Raikkonen remains Wrangler’s Denim Performance ambassador. We capture the on & off track petrol head doing what he likes best: messing around on bikes in the wild alpine outdoors away from the fuss and glare of the Formula 1 world. Helping keep him occupied & engaged plus persuading him this wasn’t a fashion shoot ,was Will Cooper on camera and Lauren Grant on wardrobe.

 

(Source: jjmmarshallassociates.com)


Kimi: everything seems to be against us

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Kimi Raikkonen says everything seems to be going against him at the moment after another lacklustre performance at the Canadian Grand Prix.

On a track that exposed the Ferrari’s weaknesses, Raikkonen finished tenth after an unusual spin at the Turn 10 hairpin. He said his car suffered a number of issues during the race and after scoring just 18 points in the first seven races is hoping things will start to click into place soon.

“We had some new small problems during the race with the brakes,” he said after the Canadian Grand Prix. “There just seems to be always something happening and my spin didn’t help, but I wasn’t expecting to get so much power. We have to check why it happened and sometimes it’s not clear.

“Everything seems to be against us right now, but there are times when it feels okay and we have to find a way to keep that feeling all the time and make sure that’s how it stays. I think this race was difficult for us, but we knew that before with the layout and we are a bit weaker than we want to be, so hopefully at the next circuits we will be a bit better.”

Raikkonen appears to be struggling with this year’s Pirelli tyres, but is confident the Ferrari has the potential to score good results.

“At the beginning of the race it felt okay but then the tyres go away. We changed the tyres and it feels okay for one lap and gets a bit tricky, but it’s hard to say when you have to follow other cars which doesn’t help. Then suddenly you feel like the tyres are almost going away and then the next lap is a different story. So it’s very difficult to understand what is really going on. For sure there is some potential in the car and package and we just have to find out somehow how we can find it every lap.”

(Source: espn.co.uk)


CANADA GP – RACE RESULTS

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Daniel Ricciardo ended Mercedes’ domination of Formula 1 this season by claiming his maiden victory in a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver jumped the ailing Mercedes of championship leader Nico Rosberg with just two of the 70 laps remaining to claim an unlikely win.

Rosberg nevertheless extended his championship lead by finishing second, as team-mate Lewis Hamilton retired with brake failure.

World champion Sebastian Vettel took third as the race finished under the safety car when Sergio Perez (Force India) and Felipe Massa (Williams) collided spectacularly on the approach to Turn 1 on the penultimate lap as they battled for fourth.

That allowed Jenson Button to rise to an unlikely fourth-placed finish, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

A poor race for Ferrari: It was not an easy afternoon for Scuderia Ferrari. Fernando dropped a place to eighth at the start, while Kimi moved up one to ninth. After that the two F14Ts ran one behind the other for a while until the first pit stops. Alonso then closed on the leading group but struggled to make any passing moves because of a lack of top speed, while Raikkonen dropped down to 15th after spinning at the hairpin.

The move into the points for the Ferrari duo came on the final lap when Massa and Perez collided and went out, promoting both men up the order by two places. The next Grand Prix is in Austria in a fortnight.

Final Results:
Pos Driver                Team                    Time/Gap
 1. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1h39m12.830s	
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault
 4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari
 7. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes
 8. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes
12. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari

Retirements

    Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            58 laps
    Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       47 laps
    Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 45 laps
    Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         22 laps
    Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            21 laps
    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         6 laps
    Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         0 laps
    Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         0 laps


Drivers' championship                  Constructors' championship

 1. Nico Rosberg            140        1. Mercedes               258 
 2. Lewis Hamilton          118        2. Red Bull-Renault       139
 3. Daniel Ricciardo        79         3. Ferrari                87 
 4. Fernando Alonso         69         4. Force India-Mercedes   77 
 5. Sebastian Vettel        60         5. McLaren-Mercedes       66 
 6. Nico Hulkenberg         57         6. Williams-Mercedes      58 
 7. Jenson Button           43         7. Toro Rosso-Renault     12 
 8. Valtteri Bottas         40         8. Lotus-Renault          8  
 9. Kevin Magnussen         23         9. Marussia-Ferrari       2  
10. Sergio Perez            20        10. Sauber-Ferrari         0  
11. Felipe Massa            18        11. Caterham-Renault       0  
12. Kimi Raikkonen          18 
13. Romain Grosjean         8  
14. Jean-Eric Vergne        8  
15. Daniil Kvyat            4  
16. Jules Bianchi           2  

VIDEO

Post-race interview with Kimi

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “We knew this would not be an easy race, because on this track, we were not fast enough down the straights and we had some problems in the slow corners. On top of that, today I never had a clear track ahead of me, for one reason or another I was always stuck behind other cars. In the beginning I had some problems with the brakes and the handling of my car wasn’t consistent. Then after a few laps, the tyres behaved better, but still with highs and lows. For a lot of laps, I was stuck behind Kvyat’s Toro Rosso and this cost me precious time. Even if at the moment, nothing seems to be going right for us, the new development package has given us more potential and now we must just try and find more consistency.”

Pat Fry: “Tyre degradation had a significant effect on today’s race as did, in more general terms, everything linked to parameters affected by temperature, as today it was, as expected, very hot. The start wasn’t easy, because we were starting from far back and here, it’s almost impossible to overtake. The Safety Car coming out on the opening lap reduced the effect of fuel consumption and then in the second stint, on a clean track, the pace improved, but even so, it was difficult to make up places. Fernando’s first stop saw him get ahead of Vergne in the Toro Rosso, while Kimi lost time behind Kvyat, but in the end, he managed to get past. In the final stint, the group ahead closed up and our pace was very good with Fernando, but it was almost impossible to overtake. We brought some improvements to the F14 T and even though this track did not produce the results we expected, we will continue to work on the development of the car and on this front our approach will not change for the coming races.”

Ferrari lucky to score points – Alonso: “We got some lucky extra points with the DNFs at the end,” Alonso said, when asked by AUTOSPORT if he felt lucky to come away with a top-six finish. “Without the DNFs our positions were probably ninth and 14th. In the first part of the race I was uncomfortable with the balance and we were too slow. In the second part it improved and I was more competitive and I managed to reach the group of front cars, but we were too slow on the straights – that was a little frustrating – I couldn’t pass.”

Alonso came into the weekend hoping to fight Red Bull and said he encountered no real issues with his car in the race, but reckoned it was just too slow to have finished any higher.

“Today I had no problems, everything was perfectly OK in the race,” Alonso added. “We had some issues with the battery and the KERS – we had to turn it up and down again – but this was just something we will need to fix. It only happened in this race, never before, so I don’t think we should be too worried. Even when we turned it up, everything worked OK, but we’re just too slow in the straights.”

“It was a difficult race,” Raikkonen admitted.

“We were stuck behind people and had some brake issues in the beginning.

“Then I spun. The same happened in practice one. For some reason we seemed to get a kick suddenly [from the engine] and I spun.

“Every time I came out of a pitstop there always seemed to be people in front of me.

“In the end the car felt a bit better and was fast. But it was just difficult.”


CANADA GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Report – Not the best of qualifying sessions for Scuderia Ferrari in Canada. Fernando Alonso will start tomorrow’s race from seventh on the grid, while Kimi Raikkonen is in tenth place. Having made it to Q2 without any bother, the two F14 Ts then had a harder time. Fernando excelled himself, with a great 1.16.131 which put him through to Q3, using two sets of new tyres. Kimi had to make an additional run, which meant that when he got to the final part, he only had one set of new tyres left. On his second flying lap in Q3, Alonso did a 1.15.814, while Kimi’s single run netted him a 1.16.214.

Final Times:

Pos Driver                Team                 Time           Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m14.874s         
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m14.953s  +0.079s 
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m15.548s  +0.674s 
 4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m15.550s  +0.676s 
 5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m15.578s  +0.704s 
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m15.589s  +0.715s 
 7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m15.814s  +0.940s 
 8. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m16.162s  +1.288s 
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m16.182s  +1.308s 
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m16.214s  +1.340s 
Q2 cut-off time: 1m16.255s                                   Gap **
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m16.300s  +1.246s
12. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m16.310s  +1.256s
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m16.472s  +1.418s
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m16.687s  +1.633s
15. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m16.713s  +1.659s
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m17.314s  +2.260s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m18.235s                                Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m18.328s  +2.578s
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m18.348s  +2.598s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m18.359s  +2.609s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m19.278s  +3.528s
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m19.820s  +4.070s
22. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       no time

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “All weekend, I haven’t been completely satisfied with the handling of my car and again today in qualifying I found it difficult. On my only run in Q3, I went out on a new set of Supersofts, but my F14 T was sliding a lot and I couldn’t put together a good lap. Maybe I could have been one or two places higher up, but I don’t think it would have changed much. Even if the updates we tried yesterday worked, we knew it wouldn’t be easy: probably this is one of the tracks that least suits the characteristics of our car. I expect a very long race tomorrow, in which anything could happen. We will try and get a good start and then give it our all.”

Pat Fry: “Today we knew we’d be facing a difficult qualifying, but to be honest, we were hoping for something a bit better. We also knew that at this track, we wouldn’t just be fighting Red Bull, but other teams as well who, thanks to the few corners and long straights here, would give us a hard time and that proved to be the case. The session began in particularly high temperatures, almost 20 degrees hotter than yesterday and we struggled more than our rivals to find enough grip with both cars. From a technical point of view Red Bull, thanks to their higher level of downforce and Williams, with the better driveability of the Mercedes engine, were able to get more out of the tyres, which meant they were more competitive than us. Tomorrow, we will try and do all we can to get a good start, although this year it has not been so easy to make the most of the straights for overtaking. We will definitely have to keep an eye on tyre degradation, which has a bigger effect here, especially with the rears.”

Raikkonen bemoans edgy Ferrari: “It wasn’t a very good lap in the end, but obviously I only had one chance,” he said. “We could have improved the speed a bit if I could have another go, but then that doesn’t change an awful lot our position.

“It’s difficult to know, it’s sliding around and it’s very difficult to make one good lap. If you hit a little bit of kerb in a different way then it changes. It’s right on the edge and sliding around.”

Raikkonen said the traffic was a distraction, but that he would only have gained one or two positions on the grid with a completely clean lap.

“It didn’t help. You know they are going to move out of the way, but they are still there so it doesn’t help. I locked a wheel on one corner, but that’s how it goes. If we had a second run maybe we could go faster but it would just be by one or two places, it’s not like it would have changed the whole picture. It’s more or less where I have been the whole weekend.”


CANADA GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Lewis Hamilton marked himself out as one of the favourites for pole position as he set the pace in the final practice session for Formula 1’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The Briton was just under half a second quicker than Felipe Massa as the Brazilian raised the hopes of a strong weekend for the Williams team.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was third quickest at the end of the final one-hour practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying.

The Mercedes both set their best times on the soft tyre and were unable to improve on super-softs, unlike the majority of the field.

The top three were trailed by the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and sixth placed Kimi Raikkonen, as the Italian team maintained its impressive practice pace at a hot and sunny Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

They were split by Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull in fifth, while his world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10.

FP3 Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m15.610s           18
 2.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m16.086s  +0.476s  16
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m16.120s  +0.510s  20
 4.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m16.488s  +0.878s  15
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m16.504s  +0.894s  15
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m16.528s  +0.918s  22
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m16.684s  +1.074s  20
 8.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m16.820s  +1.210s  21
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m16.824s  +1.214s  19
10.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m16.884s  +1.274s  15
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m16.944s  +1.334s  17
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m16.993s  +1.383s  19
13.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m17.121s  +1.511s  21
14.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m17.188s  +1.578s  19
15.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m17.224s  +1.614s  21
16.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.360s  +1.750s  23
17.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m17.900s  +2.290s  23
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m18.518s  +2.908s  25
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m18.525s  +2.915s  19
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m19.865s  +4.255s  23
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m20.227s  +4.617s  14
22.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m22.388s  +6.778s  6

CANADA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

In the second free practice session for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari continued a busy programme of evaluation of the latest updates fitted to the F14 T, which got underway this morning. In the second 90 minutes of the day, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen split the work, the Finn trying parts the Spaniard had used in the morning and vice versa.

Having solved the problems that had slowed him in the morning, Kimi set the fourth fastest time of 1.16.648 on the Supersofts, 53 thousandths quicker than Fernando who was fifth. Raikkonen completed 31 laps, Alonso 27. The Mercedes duo were quickest, with Lewis Hamilton posting a 1.16.118 and Nico Rosberg doing a 1.16.293. Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull in 1.16.573. Behind the Prancing Horse duo came Massa, Bottas and Magnussen.

Like most teams, Scuderia Ferrari spent the final thirty minutes of the session working on a long run test, in preparation for the race. Here again, the two men split the workload, with Alonso starting off on the Supersoft tyres, while Raikkonen opted for the Soft, before switching to the softer compound at the end. As usual, Saturday’s programme features the third free practice session in the morning, with qualifying taking place in the afternoon.

The Finn also suffered a spin after losing his Ferrari on the power at the exit of the hairpin while on super-softs, although this was after he had posted his quickest time.

FP2 Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m16.118s            42
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m16.293s  +0.175s   39
 3.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m16.573s  +0.455s   26
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m16.648s  +0.530s   31
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m16.701s  +0.583s   27
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m16.774s  +0.656s   37
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m16.893s  +0.775s   37
 8.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.052s  +0.934s   42
 9.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.059s  +0.941s   38
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m17.180s  +1.062s   40
11.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m17.626s  +1.508s   28
12.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m17.644s  +1.526s   36
13.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m17.712s  +1.594s   35
14.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m17.819s  +1.701s   33
15.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m17.868s  +1.750s   27
16.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m17.964s  +1.846s   47
17.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.340s  +2.222s   43
18.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m18.693s  +2.575s   34
19.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.732s  +2.614s   9
20.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m20.244s  +4.126s   38
21.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m22.418s  +6.300s   13
22.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m32.127s  +16.009s  3

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “Like every Friday, today’s programme centred on looking at different set-ups in the first session and a race simulation with both compounds in the second one. This morning, because of a problem on my car, I was unable to run as much as planned and that’s never a good thing, because getting in plenty of laps is very important. Thanks to speedy work from the team, in the afternoon, we managed to make up for the run lost in the morning and even if it’s too early to make predictions, overall, it didn’t go badly and by the end of the day my feeling with the car had improved. I am still not 100% happy with the handling of the F14 T, but I am sure that an analysis of the data we gathered will point us in the right direction for qualifying and the race.”

Pat Fry: “We had a particularly busy day in our garage today. What might have looked like two normal practice sessions were actually particularly demanding for the engineers and mechanics, because of several problems, albeit small ones, that affected the running of our programme. However, the number of laps completed by both drivers was enough to get the necessary information to carry out the job of fine tuning the cars. There were two sides to the programme, evaluating the updates introduced for this race and comparing the two compounds, the Soft and Supersoft, brought here by Pirelli. As usual here in Canada, the track is very dirty and that affects grip levels. On this front, we can expect a significant improvement over the course of the weekend. We have to keep that in mind when working on set-up and also when assessing tyre degradation. This latter factor, along with managing fuel consumption, will play an important part in qualifying and in the race, given that temperatures are expected to rise over Saturday and again on Sunday. It’s always difficult to make predictions on Friday because the relative performance level of the teams has yet to be assessed. We will try and give Kimi and Fernando the best possible package and then we will see what results that can deliver.”


PRACTICE ONE

The first free practice session this Friday of the Canadian Grand Prix was a busy one for Scuderia Ferrari. There were various new parts to evaluate on the F14 Ts. Fernando Alonso was fastest in 1.17.238, while Kimi Raikkonen was ninth with a 1.18.578.

Fernando had a trouble free session, covering 21 laps in his F14 T. Kimi Raikkonen had a glitch to deal with, unable to use the power unit to its full extent at the start of the session. The Finn completed 15 laps.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                  Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m17.238s           21
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m17.254s  +0.016s  25
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m17.384s  +0.146s  32
 4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m18.131s  +0.893s  28
 5. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1m18.361s  +1.123s  20
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m18.435s  +1.197s  26
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m18.446s  +1.208s  33
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m18.514s  +1.276s  31
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m18.578s  +1.340s  15
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.643s  +1.405s  14
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m18.733s  +1.495s  30
12. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m18.959s  +1.721s  22
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m19.108s  +1.870s  24
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m19.142s  +1.904s  32
15. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m19.177s  +1.939s  21
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m19.340s  +2.102s  37
17. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m19.575s  +2.337s  7
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m19.804s  +2.566s  15
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m20.200s  +2.962s  15
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m20.844s  +3.606s  26
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m21.404s  +4.166s  33
22. Alexander Rossi       Caterham-Renault      1m21.757s  +4.519s  27

David Lloyd added to Raikkonen engineering team

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Formula 1 Testing SakhirFerrari has bolstered Kimi Raikkonen’s engineering team in a bid to help the Finn move up the Formula 1 grid this year.

The 2007 F1 world champion has had a challenging start to the 2014 campaign, having struggled more than team-mate Fernando Alonso in getting comfortable with the feel of Ferrari’s F14 T under braking and corner entry.

With more work to do to overcome Raikkonen’s issues, Ferrari has decided to bring back its test team engineer David Lloyd to a racing role to help Raikkonen from this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Lloyd will help support Raikkonen’s race engineer Antonio Spagnolo and other staff in trying to improve the lines of communication between the Finn and the team so as to get a better understanding of what is needed.

Raikkonen has worked well with British engineers in the past, having had a long partnership with Mark Slade at previous teams McLaren and Lotus.

It is undecided yet if the change will be permanent, or will last only a few races until enough progress has been made.

Lloyd originally joined Ferrari from BAR in 2003 as a test engineer, before becoming race operations manager in 2007 after the departure of Nigel Stepney.

He then returned to a role as a test engineer for the Maranello outfit.

(Source: autosport.com)


Raikkonen to attend 2014 Festival Of Speed

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Formula One World Champion and current Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen will be at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed for the very first time on Sunday 29th June.

We’re delighted that Kimi will be attending FoS at the invitation of new event partner Shell, who will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of legendary British racer John Surtees’ Formula One World Championship victory with Scuderia Ferrari. Shell partnered Surtees and Scuderia Ferrari to championship glory in 1964 and was Technical Partner of the Formula One team in 2007 during Räikkönen’s victorious campaign.

10441439_750273631661882_2421519275069163555_n“Every year petrol heads and motoring enthusiasts from around the world gather at the Festival of Speed to celebrate all things automotive. This year we are proud to partner with this illustrious festival to pay tribute to our own motoring history, our heritage in fuels innovation and celebrate 50 years since John Surtees’ championship success with our long-term Technical Partner, Scuderia Ferrari,” says Richard Bracewell, Shell Global Sponsorships Manager.

To highlight continued commitment to motoring innovation, Shell will also showcase the work done by the Shell Eco-marathon – a global competition that encourages aspiring engineers and students to develop and create the some of most energy efficient vehicles in the world.

The announcement comes as Shell is confirmed as a Main Partner of the event, while the company’s premium performance fuel, Shell V-Power Nitro+, is named as the event’s official fuel.

“Shell has a long and distinguished history in motorsport and has provided technology behind world championship successes for more than 60 years. We are delighted to welcome Shell on board as a partner of the Festival of Speed and look forward to celebrating the Formula One World Championship achievements of Kimi Räikkönen and John Surtees at Goodwood,” says Lord March.

(Source: goodwood.com)