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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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
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.”
Kimi Raikkonen “At my first stop, my tyres were completely worn and on my in-lap I lost 2 places. We should definitely have stopped sooner”
— Connor (@cmckinleyF1) June 22, 2014
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
Raikkonen: “My front left is very worn down, I’m struggling to get the car in the corners.” Lloyd: “OK box this lap.” #F1
— F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
Raikkonen chastises Lloyd for talking to him on the radio in slow corners. They’re getting on just fine… #F1
— AUTOSPORT Live (@autosportlive) June 20, 2014
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Kimi Raikkonen FW14
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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.”
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
Post-race interview with Kimi
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.”
From somewhere Kimi Raikkonen set second fastest lap right at the end, despite not having particularly fresh tyres
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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.
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
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.
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
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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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
Some days the press get “talkative Kimi” and other times it’s “laconic Kimi” and today it was a case of the latter, as the Scuderia Ferrari driver was not interested in commenting about feuds between other teams’ drivers, nor seeing much significance in the fact that this Sunday he takes part in his 200th Grand Prix.
However, he was more forthcoming on the topic of the updates brought to Canada for the F14 T. “We have to see how practice goes tomorrow, before getting an idea of what they might bring,” said the Finn. “The weather forecast promised for Friday is not so good and we must hope it’s dry, so we can really get an idea of how things are. Any small improvements are always welcome. We know what we are doing and we are making progress. However, it’s a long process and it won’t happen in just a few weeks.”
As for the rest of the season, Kimi did not foresee a major change to the current hierarchy down pit lane. “I think it would be very hard to challenge Mercedes for the championship,” he maintained. “But within Ferrari we still want to do the best that we can at every race, we want to get stronger for the future and aim for the podium. But I am not prepared to start guessing about whether I can win a race soon.” As for this weekend – “usually, we have quite exciting races here because of the layout of the circuit and also the weather can play a part.”
Speaking to media (via adamcooperf1.com): “I guess it can only get better, what happened lately on my side,” said the Finn today. “Sometimes it’s your fault, sometime not, but that’s how it goes in racing. Obviously I think we are going in the right direction, but the results haven’t really shown that. But we know what we’re doing, so step-by-step we’re going to go where we want to be.”
Regarding the prospects of anyone beating Mercedes he said: “It’s very hard for anybody to challenge them for the championship. I might be wrong, but I doubt that. That’s how it goes. We’ve seen the past some years how it can change when one team is winning and it’s hard to beat. Our aim is to fix the things that we think are the issue and get better all the time, and obviously do the best that we can every race, and hopefully win races or be on the podium. We have to get stronger and sort out things for the future and upcoming races.”
Raikkonen says that the team can still tailor the car for him.
“The things people say are not always the true things. We have issues and we’re not as fast as we want to be. We just have to fix those, and obviously if we would be happy we should be winning races, and we’re not, so obviously there are things that we have to fix. It’s just many small things, and hopefully once we’ve fixed those we’ll be where we want to be. It’s a long process, it’s not going to happen in a few weeks.”
Max Chilton reckons he could have added to the Marussia Formula 1 team’s points tally at the Monaco Grand Prix if not for the clash with Kimi Raikkonen.
Chilton broke his front wing after colliding with Raikkonen’s rear wheel as he tried to unlap himself during the first safety car phase in Monaco.
Although the incident was not caught on television, Chilton said there was little he could have done to avoid the incident because he felt the Finn had seen him.
Explaining what happened, Chilton said: “You pass the safety car line twice and normally Charlie [Whiting] gives the message that the cars can now overtake the cars in front.
“I came in to Turn 1 and asked my engineer, ‘when are we going to be allowed to overtake the cars in front?
“By the time I got to Casino my engineer said ‘okay, now overtake’. So I came out of Casino, following Kimi and I stayed to the right, the whole way down into Mirabeau.
“He was on the left. I didn’t lunge him – I just showed my nose. And to me he turned in late. I thought he had seen me and let me go.”
The race stewards believed the clash was a normal racing incident, but Chilton reckons that there was little he could have done more to stop the collision once Raikkonen turned in.
“I would do it again [like that],” he said. “I thought it was an open move but Kimi didn’t see me. It was slightly frustrating.
“It wasn’t a lunge. I saw his onboard, he did his belts up, did a dial change, turned in and then looked in his mirror.
“I have never been in a top team and I don’t know if they get a message, but I would have thought they would get a message saying, ‘watch out there will be cars’. I would look in my mirror and then turn.
“It was annoying as he was on for a good race and I think we could have been in the top ten.”
Formula 1 rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen say they have not spoken to each other following the various on-track incidents between them this season.
Raikkonen blamed McLaren rookie Magnussen for “destroying” his Malaysian Grand Prix earlier this season, after a hit from behind, and also criticised the Dane for damaging his Ferrari in the next race in Bahrain.
They made contact again in Monaco last time out, when Raikkonen misjudged a pass on Magnussen at Lowes in the closing stages.
Magnussen questioned his rival’s judgement of the move after the race, and joked with Danish TV that maybe Raikkonen had been drinking.
But Magnussen told reporters ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix that he had not spoken to his rival about any of the incidents.
“There’s not much to talk about really,” Magnussen said.
“I’m pretty sure we both understand what happened in those different incidents, so we learn and move on from that.
“It’s not something we do on purpose, it’s something that is an accident.”
Raikkonen reiterated that he only hit Magnussen in Monaco after running out of steering lock and needing to reverse to rejoin the track, and said he wasn’t bothered by criticism from his rival.
“He can say what we wants in the news, that is his choice,” Raikkonen said.
“Sometimes it goes like that.
“I tried [to pass him] in Monaco, but I didn’t hit him – I just couldn’t turn around any more.
“I hit him when I reversed because he was behind me, I had to push him backwards a little bit, but he can say what he wants. It is up to him.”
Kimi Raikkonen claims that Ferrari will not be able to improve their performance enough to challenge for the World Championship title this year.
The Finn’s best results in 2014 are two seventh places in Australia and Spain.
“It hasn’t been the best year so far but I’m sure we can turn it around and get where we want, not this year but in the future,” Raikkonen said.
It is the first official admission that Ferrari are unlikely to catch Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, Rosberg is four points clear at the top of the drivers’ title, with team-mate Hamilton his nearest rival.
The German team are also running away with the constructors’ title having won all six races this year, with Hamilton taking four and Rosberg two.
Ferrari have managed one podium finish with Fernando Alonso so far this season.
And the Spaniard is already 61 points adrift of leader Rosberg in the championship.
Raikkonen’s team-mate Alonso said after the last race in Monaco that he believed Ferrari would “be more and more competitive every race” and insisted: “So many things can be improved on the car.
“If we do improve those things we could still have some good races and results.”
Raikkonen has been out-qualified by Alonso four times in six races and is 44 points behind him in the championship.
Raikkonen said he had no regrets about re-joining Ferrari, for whom he won the title in his first spell with the team in 2007, saying: “I thought it was the best for me and I’m still thinking the same way.”
But he admitted he was struggling with certain aspects of the car’s performance.
“It hasn’t been easy for me this year, but I have been going through the same problems in the past,” added Raikkonen, who is taking part in his 200th grand prix in Canada.
“It is to do with how you drive and you can change your driving style a bit, but certain things might still not work for you.
“The thing that can make the biggest difference for the drivers is the tyres. The tyres unfortunately make such a big difference.
“If they change tyres and the front end (of the car) is not strong any more, there are so many small details that have to come together to make things work for you.
“I am quite sensitive on certain areas and seem to struggle when it’s hard to get the tyres working.”
Raikkonen said his 200th grand prix, of which he has won 20, meant little to him.
“I don’t count it and for me it’s just another race this year,” he added.
Milestones and benchmarks
If something, it’s nice to remember that my 200th Grand Prix was raced in Montreal. Obviously, it is always nice to visit this city – with or without any celebrational race number. For me this weekend means business as usual. I would love to finish the race entering the podium, but to achieve that, we would need more luck than we have had during this first part of the season. Just before the season started, I found out, I’m to be the oldest driver in the grid. Now I will then go to my 200th Grand Prix. I was asked what this kind of milestone means for me. Obviously it shows, how time really flies. While racing flat out like always, I must say, it doesn’t change anything really. For sure, it¹s a milestone and I am sure, it is something I’ll look back with pride in years to come.
You don’t think about it until it happens. But time passes by very quickly and now I’m one of the more experienced drivers in F1 with 200 races under my belt. I’m here not just to make numbers, so getting a result with this race would give much more reason to celebrate.
Canada is one the most challenging places to go during the season. I have always liked the track, while it is so different compared to others. It’s one of those circuits, you really have to get it right with all the compromises in the set-up. We have some upgrades for Canada. So let’s see, if they improve things compared to the other F1 teams, who we know will not be standing still.
I feel the order will be pretty much same. Hopefully we will close the gap to the teams at the front.
It was an interesting afternoon in Montreal for Kimi Raikkonen who made a special three-dimensional journey thanks to Scuderia Ferrari sponsor Shell. With the help of a special pair of glasses he was transported to the inside of a road car’s six-cylinder engine.
The 3D glasses allowed Kimi to immerse himself in a drop of V-Power fuel and to see how far petrol technology has evolved in recent years thanks to motor sport. After all Formula 1 has always been the home of the most advanced research and it has often been considered the final test bench before top products are put into the marketplace.
Kimi, who enjoyed this new experience, admitted that fuel technology was still an area that was not easy for him to understand: ‘But I realise that this is a field that requires a very high level of professionalism, just as with the engineers and drivers in Formula 1. I have a great admiration for the work that Shell carries out both for and alongside Ferrari and I have the utmost faith in the people who work on developing the fuels and oils that we use.”
Raikkonen finished with a word on the Canadian Grand Prix: ‘The Montreal track is easy only in appearance. I believe the preparation for Sunday’s results will start on Friday and I hope the evolutions we have brought will confirm they work on the track. Obviously our target for the race is a good result after a start to the season that has been hard, especially for me. But we will have to see how our improvements compare to those of our opponents who certainly haven’t stopped work over the last few days. From Friday we will know more.”
At the start of the year, Kimi Raikkonen was surprised to learn that he is currently the oldest driver on the Formula 1 grid. The Finn will turn 35 in October. And now, another statistic has caught his attention. “I’ve been told this weekend’s Canadian GP will be my 200th Grand Prix, which shows how time flies”, says the Scuderia Ferrari driver. “I’ll still be racing flat out and the numbers don’t really change anything, but I’m sure it’s a milestone I will look back on with pride in years to come”.
Hitting the 200 puts Raikkonen fourteenth in the all-time table, which is headed by Rubens Barrichello on 323 Formula 1 race starts. In a career that dates back to 2001, with a two year “sabbatical” in 2010 and ’11, Kimi won the Canadian Grand Prix back in 2005. “Apart from this being my 200th race, I’m not here just to make up the numbers and getting a good result in Montreal would give us a better reason to celebrate” – continues Kimi – “The Canadian race is one of the most challenging of the season and a track where you have to get everything just right in terms of the car set-up.
We have some upgrades for this weekend, but of course the other teams have not been standing still, so the order should not have changed much. Hopefully we can close the gap a bit and get the best result of the season so far for my 200th race, which would be great for the whole team”.
Monaco was Kimi’s 200th Grand Prix weekend and he drove an amazing race till bad luck striked once again. Tweet your support with the hashtag #Kimi200 throughout this weekend during the Canadian GP for hope of a better result for our Iceman!
Kimi Raikkonen feels collisions during his 2014 Formula 1 campaign have masked how well he has driven so far on his Ferrari return.
The Finn driver lies well adrift of third-placed team-mate Fernando Alonso in the drivers’ championship after six races, but he was on course to beat the Spaniard for the first time this year in the Monaco Grand Prix until a collision with Max Chilton’s Marussia spoiled his race. (Er, no Monaco wasn’t the first time, Kimi beat Alonso at Spain but the team screwed him over remember?)
Raikkonen was also compromised by contact in Malaysia and Bahrain earlier this year, and he reckons incidents like this have made his personal performances look worse than they actually have been.
“I have driven well many times, but there’s always been something going wrong in the races – like punctures from other people hitting me – and it’s just never come together really,” Raikkonen said.
“It’s a shame. Again we had a good position [in Monaco] but got a puncture so it’s just bad luck.
“Small things go wrong and make a massive difference in the end.”
The 2007 F1 world champion is still not fully comfortable with the handling of the F14 T, but he reckons more work and a bit more luck will turn his difficult season around.
“Once we get a good feeling with things I’m sure it’s going to be a lot better,” Raikkonen added.
“But until we get the results and things fixed we have to keep fighting and hopefully be a bit more lucky in the future.”
Kimi Raikkonen spent today in Scandinavia. The Finnish driver was indeed the star of an event organised by Scuderia Ferrari sponsor Santander, which saw him competing against some journalists in a two-legged kart race on the Rudskogen track. Kimi obviously won both races despite agreeing to start at the back of the grid. After lunch the driver from Espoo presented the prizes to his companions on the podium and met the Managing Director of Santander Nordics Customer Bank, Michael Hvidsten, who introduced him to other guests with whom he talked about his time in Ferrari and well over a decade of Formula 1 experience.
Before he took them on and beat them on the track, the Scuderia driver met the journalists to answer some questions. Kimi was extremely realistic when they asked how he saw the 2014 drivers’ championship. “I think it is very difficult for anyone to battle with the Mercedes drivers but you never know. I would like it to be us even if that will be hard, especially for me personally, given the position in the championship. But I have always been used to fighting and together with the team, which is still hard at work on the development of the F14 T, I hope to be able to get some good results. As I’ve said, we are doing an incredible amount of work and I think we will sort out our problems, but you need time. If we manage it before the end of the season the results will come because my motivation is intact.”
Kimi also confirmed that he doesn’t think he has changed in comparison with his championship year in 2007: “I have more experience compared to when I won the title and I am a few years older but I don’t feel it and I still have a great desire to race. As for rallying? Certainly I would like to do more of it but for now I’m completely focused on Formula 1.”
Q: Kimi, did you see any talents? KR: “I came second so..” (via rbnett.no)
VIDEO & GALLERY
The kart race
Kimi chatting with Henning Solberg