Report – The track was damp at the start after earlier rainfall and hardly anyone went out on track therefore for the first 30 minutes. With 25 minutes left, the track was dry enough for slicks and the track finally got busy. Raikkonen and Alonso did 9 laps each, first on the Medium tyres and then simulated qualifying on the Softs. Kimi’s best time was a 1.49.817, while Fernando stopped the clocks in 1.49.890. The fight for pole gets underway at 2pm when rain might well be on the agenda again.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m49.465s 12 2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m49.733s +0.268s 9 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m49.739s +0.274s 13 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m49.817s +0.352s 9 5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m49.817s +0.352s 13 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m49.890s +0.425s 9 7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m49.893s +0.428s 11 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m50.203s +0.738s 11 9. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m50.423s +0.958s 11 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m50.535s +1.070s 10 11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m50.592s +1.127s 12 12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m50.748s +1.283s 11 13. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m50.814s +1.349s 10 14. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m50.866s +1.401s 11 15. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m50.962s +1.497s 12 16. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m51.509s +2.044s 9 17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m51.610s +2.145s 10 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m51.898s +2.433s 15 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m52.457s +2.992s 14 20. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m52.984s +3.519s 14 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m54.294s +3.829s 11 22. Andre Lotterer Caterham-Renault 1m55.008s +5.543s 13
Report – Mixed fortunes for Scuderia Ferrari in the second Friday session. Fernando Alonso was again third, while Kimi Raikkonen had an electrical problem, which did not stop him running, but meant he could not push to the maximum, thus affecting his lap times, so that he ended up fifteenth fastest.
Alonso did 19 laps this afternoon, his best being a 1.49.930, one more than Raikkonen, whose fastest lap was a 1.52.234.
Both drivers continued to work on set-up and completed tyre evaluation work, this time also running the Soft Option brought here by Pirelli.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m49.189s 26 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m49.793s +0.604s 28 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m49.930s +0.741s 19 4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m50.327s +1.138s 24 5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m50.659s +1.470s 31 6. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m50.677s +1.488s 26 7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m50.725s +1.536s 25 8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m50.977s +1.788s 16 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m51.074s +1.885s 31 10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m51.077s +1.888s 26 11. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m51.383s +2.194s 26 12. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m51.450s +2.261s 29 13. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m51.573s +2.384s 28 14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m52.196s +3.007s 25 15. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m52.234s +3.045s 18 16. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m52.776s +3.587s 23 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m53.955s +4.766s 7 18. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m54.040s +4.851s 18 19. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m54.050s +4.861s 30 20. Andre Lotterer Caterham-Renault 1m54.093s +4.904s 24 21. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault no time 2 22. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault no time
Report – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen ended the first free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix in third and fifth places respectively. On a sun-kissed Spa track, the Spaniard completed 16 laps and the Finn 17.
Alonso’s best time was a 1.51.805 while Raikkonen stopped the clocks in 1.52.818. In the morning, both Scuderia Ferrari drivers worked on set-up as usual and concentrated on assessing the Pirelli Medium tyres, which are being run this weekend along with the Soft compound.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m51.577s 25 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m51.674s +0.097s 24 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m51.805s +0.228s 16 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m52.404s +0.827s 21 5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m52.818s +1.241s 17 6. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m52.903s +1.326s 24 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m52.922s +1.345s 23 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m52.937s +1.360s 22 9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m52.972s +1.395s 19 10. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m53.172s +1.595s 20 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m53.369s +1.792s 11 12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m53.594s +2.017s 21 13. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m53.597s +2.020s 20 14. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m53.703s +2.126s 14 15. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m53.968s +2.391s 20 16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m54.189s +2.612s 20 17. Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1m54.335s +2.758s 16 18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m55.336s +3.759s 21 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m55.782s +4.205s 19 20. Alexander Rossi Marussia-Ferrari 1m57.232s +5.655s 20 21. Andre Lotterer Caterham-Renault 1m57.886s +6.309s 24 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m57.977s +6.400s 24
Kimi Raikkonen: “A difficult day, complicated by a series of setbacks which cost us valuable track time. In the morning, I had a brake problem, but once it was sorted, we were able to get through our planned programme for the first session. The new components we brought for this race seem to be working, but only after we have cross-referenced all the data will we be able to work out what is the best package to use for the rest of the weekend. In the afternoon, an electrical problem complicated our work, preventing us from carrying out the race simulation. Tomorrow, we can expect a busy free practice session, in which we will do our best to prepare the car for qualifying and the race.”
Pat Fry: “The Spa circuit is a very enjoyable one for the drivers and at the same time it presents a great challenge for we engineers, especially this year because of the parameters linked to the new Power Unit. In order to gather as much data as possible, we chose to run different programmes with our drivers. Unfortunately, in the second session, Kimi’s work was affected by an electrical problem, which although it didn’t prevent him running, did mean he couldn’t make the most of all the systems. In the first and third sectors, top speed counts the most, while in the middle one, driveability and aerodynamic downforce come into play more and that makes finding the right set-up especially demanding, even more so when looking to the race, because while extra downforce can be an advantage in the second sector, it slows the cars on the straights, making it harder to attack and defend in the race. We are working hard on the efficiency of the car in general and on the thermal energy side of the Power Unit, but I think that at tracks like this one and Monza, which highlights these characteristics on our rivals’ cars, we will have to try and defend with all means available and attack where and when possible.”
Kimi on current F1, racing at Spa + F1 kid Max Verstappen
The Spa circuit is famous for its high speed challenge and, at his usual Thursday meeting with the media in the Belgian paddock, Kimi Raikkonen was asked if he regretted the fact the current cars are a bit slower than in the past. “In a way yes, if you think of F1, you’d think we would have everything possible in the car to make them go faster, as it was in the past,” began the Scuderia Ferrari driver. “But obviously, now the rules have changed aimed at making the cars slower, while improving the show. I think the cars looked nicer in the past and were much more challenging to drive and it was more fun in some ways. On the other side, maybe we have more overtaking now, but sometimes I think it would be nice to go back and race with the cars from the past.”
When Kimi made his F1 debut there were concerns voiced about his lack of experience, so he is ideally placed to comment on the story of the day, next year’s arrival of the currently 16 year old Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso. “I did one full year, 23 races in a car before coming to F1,” recalled the Finn. “He has probably done more. I did well; time will tell how he will do. The sport is more straightforward now than in the past, the points are given out to more finishers. So I don’t think he will have problems and I hope he does well.”
Kimi’s last win at Spa came at the wheel of a Ferrari in 2009, which at the time he described as “a miracle.” He was asked what a victory would represent on Sunday. “It would be a similar story!” he said. “That year, we were one of the few teams running KERS and that was a good help for us here. Hopefully we can have a good weekend overall and a good race, so that we start improving. But here and Monza are probably not the easiest places for us as we are missing some straightline speed, which is very important at this circuit and the next one. I think that the final part of the season can only be better for us, especially as I’ve had a much better feeling from the car at the last two races.”
[ Source: ferrari.com ]
Kimi Raikkonen does not think the summer break will have changed the fact he felt better in the Ferrari F14 T than he has done all season in Hungary.
Raikkonen’s struggles since his return to Ferrari have been well-documented, especially as he has been out-performed by Fernando Alonso at every race this season. At the beginning of the year Raikkonen was struggling to find the right setting for his car but he thinks the signs from the last few races suggest he is ready to turn a corner.
“I think overall the second half can only get better,” Raikkonen said. “If it gets worse, obviously it’s pretty bad. These two circuits [Spa and Monza] on paper are not the strongest for us but there’s been a better feeling in the car overall in the last few races. I don’t think that’s suddenly disappeared somewhere, we’ve had some new things, small things, which have improved.
“There’s a much better feeling now than there was in the first races of the year because I knew those issues and couldn’t do anything about it at that moment. We are making the right steps and hopefully it’s going to be a bit easier in the second half.”
When asked whether he can pull off another miracle result in Belgium as he did in 2009, when he won his first race of a frustrating season, Raikkonen said he is not too optimistic. “I think it is a similar story but that year we were one of the only ones to run with the KERS and in this kind of place it was a good help for us. Now it’s a bit different, though it’s a difficult year again. Hopefully we can have a good weekend weekend overall and start improving things.
“I expect here and Monza will not be the easiest places for us with the speed we are missing on a straight line, a very important part of those circuits. We will do our best and see where we end up.”
[ Source: espn.co.uk ]
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The annual list of F1 salaries has again been published, and while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso remains top, he has now been joined by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
The information – complied by Business Book GP2014 and reported on TomorrowNewsF1.com – reckons all three are now on around €22 million, with Kimi Raikkonen gaining considerably after moving from Lotus to the Scuderia. Vettel’s income has also increased substantially in the wake of his fourth F1 Drivers’ title in a row.
Lewis Hamilton meanwhile has now dropped to fourth in the rankings, although he remains on a reputed €20 million retainer with Mercedes, one spot in front of Jenson Button, taking home €16 million with McLaren.
Current Championship leader Nico Rosberg saw his pay increased by Mercedes from €11 million to €12 million, while Felipe Massa drops to €4 million after losing his seat at Ferrari and then moving to Williams.
Further back, Nico Hulkenberg is now apparently earning four times as much as he did in 2013, with Force India paying him €4 million, while his team-mate, Sergio Perez has seen his salary doubled to €3 million – despite being dumped by McLaren. Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado also earn €3 million, it is claimed.
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo both look a real bargain at €1 million and €750,000 respectively, while F1 2014 rookie Kevin Magnussen gets €1 million with McLaren. Fellow F1 newbie Daniil Kvyat is on €250,000 with Toro Rosso.
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari €22m
= Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari €22m
=Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing €22m
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes €20m
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes €16m
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes €12m
7. Felipe Massa Williams €4m
= Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1 €4m
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team €3m
= Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team €3m
= Sergio Perez Force India F1 €3m
12. Adrian Sutil Sauber €2m
13. Kevin Magnuseen McLaren-Mercedes €1m
= Valtteri Bottas Williams €1m
15. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing €750,000
= Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso €750,000
17. Jules Bianchi Marussia €500,000
18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber €400,000
19. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso €250,000
20. Max Chilton Marussia €200,000
21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 €150,000
= Kamui Kobayshi Caterham F1 €150,000
What the F1 teams spent on drivers in 2014:
1. Ferrari €44m
2. Mercedes €32m
3. Red Bull Racing €22.75m
4. McLaren-Mercedes €17m
5. Force India €7m
6. Lotus F1 team €6m
7. Williams €5m
8. Sauber €2.4m
9. Scuderia Toro Rosso €1m
10. Marussia €700,000
11. Caterham €300,000
2013 Drivers’ salaries here.
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Mika Häkkinen has backed Kimi Räikkönen to recover from his troubled first half of the 2014 season.
Since returning to Ferrari, Räikkönen has been overshadowed by team-mate Fernando Alonso; while Alonso holds fourth after the first 11 races with two podiums to his name, Räikkönen sits 12th with a best finish of sixth.
But Häkkinen says he has seen enough progress from Räikkönen, who has struggled to find a comfortable balance with the F14 T chassis, to suggest that his fellow Finn will soon get on terms with Alonso.
“It’s just a matter of time. Kimi is just as quick as Alonso when he manages to get his car set up properly,” said Häkkinen, a two-time World Champion, during his post-Hungarian Grand Prix column for Hermes.
Räikkönen’s aforementioned sixth place came directly before the summer break in Budapest, but he could have achieved more had it not been for a backfiring tyre gamble that saw him eliminated from the opening phase.
Häkkinen admitted to shock over the outcome, questioning Ferrari’s decision-making on the pit wall.
“That was an obvious mistake, one that shouldn’t be made by a team at the level of Ferrari,” he explained.
“Maybe their thoughts were already on the four week break. I struggle to believe that such a serious error was made under [Engineering Director] Pat Fry. I know Fry very well; he was an engineer at McLaren when I was there. The alarm bells should have gone off for a person like him. One should never take anything for granted.”
[ Source: gpupdate.net ]
Report – Scuderia Ferrari recorded its best result of the season today. Fernando Alonso finished second, having led for a while until three laps from the end, while Kimi Raikkonen staged a great charge up the order to go from 16th on the grid to sixth at the flag.
It was a spectacular race, in part because it started on a wet track with everyone running Intermediate tyres. After a few laps, the Safety Car was required when Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily in the Caterham. The SC came out after the top four, including Fernando, had passed the pits, which jumbled the order, promoting Ricciardo to the lead.
The Safety Car came out again when Sergio Perez crashed the Force India on the pit straight, with Ricciardo changing tyres and mixing up the strategies. When the race was on again, Alonso therefore found himself leading, although Ricciardo, on a different strategy, retook the position, handing it back to the Spaniard with 15 laps remaining. Raikkonen meanwhile had his best race of the year, making the most of the run of pit stops to get as high up as third at one point.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1h53m05.058s 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +5.225s 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +5.857s 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +6.361s 5. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +29.841s 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +31.491s 7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +40.964s 8. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +41.344s 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault +58.527s 10. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1m07.280s 11. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1m08.169s 12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1m18.465s 13. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault +1m24.024s 14. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault -1 lap 15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap 16. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap Retirements: Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 33 laps Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 25 laps Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 23 laps Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 15 laps Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 11 laps Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 8 laps
Drivers' championship: 1. Nico Rosberg 202 2. Lewis Hamilton 191 3. Daniel Ricciardo 131 4. Fernando Alonso 115 5. Valtteri Bottas 95 6. Sebastian Vettel 88 7. Nico Hulkenberg 69 8. Jenson Button 60 9. Felipe Massa 40 10. Kevin Magnussen 37 11. Sergio Perez 29 12. Kimi Raikkonen 27 13. Jean-Eric Vergne 11 14. Romain Grosjean 8 15. Daniil Kvyat 6 16. Jules Bianchi 2 17. Adrian Sutil 0 18. Marcus Ericsson 0 19. Pastor Maldonado 0 20. Esteban Gutierrez 0 21. Max Chilton 0 22. Kamui Kobayashi 0 Constructors' championship: 1. Mercedes 393 2. Red Bull-Renault 219 3. Ferrari 142 4. Williams-Mercedes 135 5. Force India-Mercedes 98 6. McLaren-Mercedes 97 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 17 8. Lotus-Renault 8 9. Marussia-Ferrari 2 10. Sauber-Ferrari 0 11. Caterham-Renault 0
Raikkonen not expecting big improvement over break – “Yeah, after yesterday’s mistakes, this kind of place it is hard to place and we were lacking straight-line speed, I had difficulties passing the Sauber in the middle of the race with the DRS so obviously it was a bit tricky but we managed to gain place. We were faster than Williams but I just couldn’t get past. I hope that the second part of the season can be much better than the first one, but obviously one little bit better day doesn’t change an awful lot. It doesn’t take away the mistakes and the things we have to really improve, make it work as a team much better. That doesn’t change from this moment to this afternoon; there are an awful lot of things left to be done to make sure we can be where we should be. I believe in the team, that we can put ourselves where we should be. There are some signs, today we had good speed but obviously starting where we started, it was hard to make any better place. I don’t think there is going to be a big difference in three or four weeks, but for sure next year. So we try to work more improving things and improve in the second half, make sure things are how we want and should be.”
Kimi: We deserved more – “Sixth doesn’t really give me anything. I think we deserved a bit more, but not after yesterday. I’m here to try and win races, OK it’s some good points but it’s nowhere near where we want. The car has been feeling pretty OK all weekend but it was a hard race to make any better result from where we started. It was more fun, for sure. The car was also feeling a bit better so it makes life a bit easier and means you can enjoy it more. It was a fun race. Difficult, but fun. However the big picture does not change from one result. It’s welcome to get some points and a bit better result but it doesn’t change the fact that we could have scored much better points in some of our races, but always something happens. I’m happy for it but its disappointing overall how things went and we have to make sure we don’t make those things [happen again]. There were some signs of improvements and the car is a lot better than at the start of the year but that’s normal. After yesterday’s mistakes, problems, at this kind of place it is still hard to pass and we are lacking straight-line speed a bit. I had difficulties getting past a Sauber at the start of the race even with DRS. It was a bit tricky but we managed to gain places. It’s hard, we were faster than the Williams but we couldn’t get past it and following it for so many laps takes a lot out of the tyres. I had a few times where I got close but it was impossible.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today’s race was difficult, but much more fun than the others, as I had a good feeling with the car, the pace was good and I felt I could push. After the way qualifying went yesterday, sixth was the most we could hope for. At the start, I got away well but then I lost vital time behind a Sauber and when I caught Massa’s Williams, I couldn’t get past: here in general, overtaking is not easy and we lack speed down the straights. Sure, this is a good team result, but we must not get too excited, because even if there are signs of improvement, we still have much work to do in a lot of areas to get to where we want to be. We’ve had a very complicated start to the season, but I hope the second part of the championship will go better. I have great faith in the team and I feel we are going in the right direction. Even if it’s going to take some time, I’m sure the results will come.”
Pat Fry: “After mixed fortunes in qualifying yesterday, today the team showed it could react extremely well and keep a cool head when faced with the variable situations that arose during the race. It’s never easy in cases like this, with rain at the start, the Safety Car, having to avoid traffic and especially with having to keep faster cars behind us, but the team performed very competently. The F14 T demonstrated the good race pace it had already shown on Friday and that has helped us re-take third place in the Constructors’ classification. After the summer break, we come to two races that will be difficult for us, on two tracks where it will be important to make the most of any opportunity, just as we did today. On behalf of the team, I wish to congratulate Fernando and Kimi. We had promised them redemption and we were true to our word. We know that there is still a long way to go, but we will spare nothing in our efforts, continuing to work hard to improve, day by day.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.482s 38 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.720s +0.238s 38 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m25.111s +0.629s 33 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.437s +0.955s 26 5. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.580s +1.098s 34 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.730s +1.248s 30 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m25.983s +1.501s 29 8. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.999s +1.517s 37 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.234s +1.752s 33 10. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m26.402s +1.920s 18 11. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m26.689s +2.207s 42 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m26.703s +2.221s 37 13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.789s +2.307s 39 14. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.919s +2.437s 41 15. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m27.013s +2.531s 39 16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m27.019s +2.537s 40 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m27.021s +2.539s 14 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.480s +2.998s 32 19. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m28.370s +3.888s 35 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m28.469s +3.987s 26 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m28.586s +4.104s 35 22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m29.036s +4.554s 34
Report – Kimi Raikkonen completed 29 laps, with a best time of 1.26.421, while Fernando did 23 on his way to a 1.26.872. It was a trouble-free session for both drivers.
The track was still very dirty during the 90 minutes of the session, while temperatures were not too high. The team worked on set-up and on evaluating the Medium tyre supplied by Pirelli this weekend, along with the Soft.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.814s 27 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.997s +0.183s 31 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.421s +0.607s 29 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m26.872s +1.058s 23 5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m27.220s +1.406s 28 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m27.357s +1.543s 28 7. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m27.683s +1.869s 30 8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m27.782s +1.968s 16 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m27.804s +1.990s 27 10. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m27.960s +2.146s 24 11. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.967s +2.153s 25 12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m28.101s +2.287s 28 13. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m28.208s +2.394s 32 14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m28.266s +2.452s 28 15. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m28.330s +2.516s 21 16. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m28.376s +2.562s 24 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m28.593s +2.779s 24 18. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m29.025s +3.211s 23 19. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m30.363s +4.549s 30 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m30.892s +5.078s 24 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m31.004s +5.190s 5 22. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m31.248s +5.434s 20
Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first free practice session, we managed to do a good job, testing various solutions on the programme and I was feeling reasonably pleased with the handling of the car. Then, in the afternoon, I went out for a second run on the Medium tyres, because the behaviour of this compound seemed worse as the temperature went up and that affected the handling of the car, while on the Soft I had no problems.
In the second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the Mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn’t show any problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days.”
Pat Fry: “The Hungaroring always presents a major challenge for drivers and also engineers, especially during free practice. All the teams know this track lacks grip and, especially on Friday, one has to adapt to the gradually improving conditions, as the rubber gets put down on the surface. Today, because of instability that seemed to affect other cars as well as ours, we had to pay particular attention to set-up, trying to improve the balance at the entry and exit to the corners. This track is very demanding on the aerodynamic front and today’s high temperatures had a significant effect on tyre behaviour, although it’s due to get cooler for the rest of the weekend.
The lap is particularly short and will make managing the ERS system very interesting during the race and this is an area where we are learning a lot race after race. The performance level over short and long runs are similar to those seen in recent races and it looks like being a very tough weekend. Overtaking opportunities are strictly limited and so, more than elsewhere, you need to get the best possible result in qualifying.”
Kimi Raikkonen had his usual meeting with the media this afternoon, in the hot conditions that are likely to typify this Hungarian weekend. As to how the Scuderia Ferrari man expects to perform at the Hungaroring, it’s the usual Thursday guessing game. “Hopefully, we’ll get that good feeling and get the car where we want and just have a clean weekend without any issues in any practices and can try things where we want,” he began. “Even though it’s twisty and people say you can’t overtake here, we’ve seen in the past that it can change a lot in the race after qualifying so we’ll see how it goes.”
On the much discussed topic that the Finn has found it hard to get a good feeling form his F14 T, the Ferrari man felt progress was being made. “There’s sometimes a good feeling and unfortunately it doesn’t last long, but last weekend was a better feeling again, we changed something in the car so hopefully that will put us in the right direction and we can get to where we should be.”
Kimi has spent a lot of time in Maranello and what he saw in the factory has put him in a positive frame of mind when it comes to next year. “I have 100% belief in the people in the factory and I know that we have the tools and the people to do the job we’re supposed to do. I’m sure we can be where we should be, hopefully already next year. With Marco (Mattiacci,) he didn’t have much knowledge of F1 when he came in but he has a smart head. I think he’s doing good work, making good decisions, but it takes time to get involved and get people’s trust but I think he’s the guy we need.”
[ Source: ferrari.com ]
“I don’t think it’s the regulations,” Raikkonen said. “In my view I don’t think it is that much different to the way you drive than last year’s car. Obviously it’s a different team, different car design and certain things are slightly different to how it was in the past. The biggest difference is that it’s not to my liking, and unfortunately these are not easy things to change.
“I’m sure we can turn it around and sometimes there is a good feeling but it doesn’t last long. Last weekend was a better feeling again and we changed something and got something new in the car so hopefully that will start putting us in the right direction and we will get to where we should be.”
“Overall it was a bit better and a lot more to my liking over the weekend. But I did qualifying and we were a bit out of position compared to where I think we should have been. Then you end up between the cars fighting and we got damaged twice on the front wing and I think that compromised our race a lot.
“Probably we should have done different things on the tactics, but that’s how it went. There were some good times and hopefully that’s happening more and we can keep it all the time.”
And Raikkonen believes Hungary could be a better circuit for Ferrari than recent tracks.
“It’s a different circuit more close to Monaco than the other place. We were having quite a good race there but obviously we have to see if we get that good feeling and get the car where we want and have that good feeling without any issues in practice to try things however we want.
“We will have to see tomorrow, but usually it is a good race and even this twisty track where people say you can’t overtake, we have seen in the past that it can change a lot in the race after qualifying. We’ll see how it goes.”
While Alonso has scored points at every single race, Raikkonen has struggled, recording a best finish of seventh. Nevertheless, the Spaniard is unconcerned about his teammate.
“I don’t really have an opinion on that,” he said when asked about Raikkonen’s struggles. “Obviously, the car is not great, we lack some downforce, some traction. We had some difficulties under braking in the first half of the races, brake-by-wire and all the systems that are new this year. Probably he was not feeling confident with the car, or he was not totally happy with the balance.
“At the moment, we are not super happy with the performance, either him or me, and we try to keep improving and score more points, especially with the constructors’ championship. We’re going backwards a little bit and we need to put both cars in the points as many times as possible.”
Alonso confirmed that he is constantly sharing feedback and information with Raikkonen, despite the Finn having a reputation for a less co-operative approach from his time at Lotus.
“Definitely we work a lot together,” Alonso confirmed. “The meetings are quite long this year, because we have quite a lot of things to sort out after the races, and we’ve been constantly making our suggestions and our comments on what we see on the track, and try to help the engineers to transfer that to Maranello and translate those comments into ideas to help the car.
“It’s not a big change from the work that I have done with Felipe [Massa]; it’s a working relationship trying to help the team all the time.”
Marco Mattiacci has hit back at suggestions Ferrari could or should plan its revival for the 2015 season without Kimi Raikkonen.
Lamenting the Maranello team’s slip behind Williams for third in the constructors’ chase, Fernando Alonso said at Hockenheim that Ferrari has “only been able to count on one car again and we have to improve on that”.
It might be concluded that Spaniard Alonso wants a more competitive teammate for 2015, but new Ferrari boss Mattiacci has moved swiftly to end those sorts of rumours.
When told by the Spanish sports daily Marca that the mid-season scorecard between Alonso and Raikkonen reads “10:0″, Mattiacci insisted: “This is not football.
“In F1 we don’t speak in those terms.
“Yes, I want better results, but Kimi is the driver that Ferrari needs for next year.”
And La Gazzetta dello Sport also quotes the Italian as saying: “We believe in him, he is a world champion, he is part of our present and our future.”
But that doesn’t mean Ferrari is not planning big changes for 2015, including significant improvements to the turbo V6 and the first car designed fully under the technical directorship of James Allison.
“He (Allison) is working very hard on the car for next year,” a team source told the Spanish sports daily AS.
“It will be his first car for us and we have very high hopes.”
[ Source: onestopstrategy.com ]
“It continues to feel more like it should even if the results are not where we should be,” Raikkonen said.
“The car felt much better here – more to my liking – I could drive it more as I wanted and it started to feel nice.
“We had a bad second run in Q2, [but] in the race the car felt good on new tyres, but the front left didn’t last because of the damage on the front wing.
“On another weekend, when I get more parts, it should help and we can start turning it around and get more points in the race.
“It’s not easy. Things are not going to plan. Something always goes wrong. Hopefully it will stop at some point.
“Having difficult weekends is not fun but it’s part of racing. I would obviously rather have good weekends than bad results all the time, but I’m sure it’s going to change.
“It’s not like we’ve lost it, it’s just a difficult moment.”
[ Source: autosport.com ]
Report – Mixed fortunes for Scuderia Ferrari in the German Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso fought tooth and nail all race long, to finish a strong fifth. Kimi Raikkonen went well in the first stint, but then slipped down the order in the second to finish outside the points.
The Safety Car came out immediately after the start after Magnussen and Massa collided, with the Brazilian’s car tipping over. Alonso therefore moved up to fourth on the opening lap, while Kimi also got away well to go eighth.
The first pit stops mixed up the order: while the top ten had to start on Supersofts, Kimi was on the Soft and thus running longer, so when Fernando and Vettel found themselves behind the Finn and, as they went either side of him, they bounced off one another, Kimi sustaining front wing damage.
Alonso and Vettel kept close company up to two thirds distance. Vettel then made an early final stop to get the edge over the Ferrari man, who then had a thrilling 3 lap duel with Ricciardo in the other Red Bull, the Australian twice passing the Spaniard, but Fernando eventually made it stick. After a difficult middle stint, Kimi was unable to climb back into the points.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h33m42.914s 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +20.789s 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +22.530s 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +44.014s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +52.467s 6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +52.549s 7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1m04.178s 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1m24.711s 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes -1 lap 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes -1 lap 11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari -1 lap 12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault -1 lap 13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault -1 lap 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari -1 lap 15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap 16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -2 laps 17. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps 18. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault -2 laps Retirements Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 47 laps Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 44 laps Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26 laps Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 0 laps Drivers' championship Constructors' championship 1. Nico Rosberg 190 1. Mercedes 366 2. Lewis Hamilton 176 2. Red Bull-Renault 188 3. Daniel Ricciardo 106 3. Williams-Mercedes 121 4. Fernando Alonso 97 4. Ferrari 116 5. Valtteri Bottas 91 5. Force India-Mercedes 98 6. Sebastian Vettel 82 6. McLaren-Mercedes 96 7. Nico Hülkenberg 69 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 15 8. Jenson Button 59 8. Lotus-Renault 8 9. Kevin Magnussen 37 9. Marussia-Ferrari 2 10. Felipe Massa 30 10. Sauber-Ferrari 0 11. Sergio Pérez 29 11. Caterham-Renault 0 12. Kimi Räikkönen 19 13. Jean-Éric Vergne 9 14. Romain Grosjean 8 15. Daniil Kvyat 6 16. Jules Bianchi 2
Kimi Raikkonen – “It’s a real shame the way my race went, because this weekend, I felt more comfortable and today, on fresh tyres, I was going well. Unfortunately, twice I found myself squeezed between two cars and on both occasions my front wing got damaged and that compromised my race. Tyre performance dropped more than expected and I had graining on the front left and was losing aerodynamic downforce. On the positive side, I was able to drive the way I like today. I am sure that, but for these problems, things would have worked out differently and I would have been able to finish in the points.”
Marco Mattiacci – “He (Raikkonen) is the driver that we need. I think he knows what he can do better, it’s not up to me, he is a professional driver and a world champion with Ferrari. He’s motivated, he knows there is areas of improvement… we are all together on this. He has the utmost confidence and support from Ferrari.”
Raikkonen: damage caused poor result – “We thought it was the right [strategy] choice but I got hit twice, ended up in the middle of two cars and damaged my front wing. The endplate came off. That didn’t help. I killed the front left – the tyres were always OK except the front left. So I couldn’t run as long as we wanted on the super-softs and just lost performance because of the damage to the car. It was OK [battle with Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton], but when I’m in the middle I can’t go anywhere. I ended up squeezed a little bit. It wasn’t much but it was enough to damage the wing. I couldn’t go more to the left because there were cars.”
- Kimi: “I was hit two times by other cars, I was blocked between them, I didn’t know where to go, the first time there were some parts flying out from the car and the second time the front wing has broken. The car was good with the tyres but the front wing was broken so it gave me some problems on the front. And all these problems damaged us, but this apart, the car gave me some good feelings.”
- Q: “We heard you complaining at the radio for the strategy. Would you have made something different?”
- Kimi: “Well, I don’t think there’s anything to speak about, we lost the front wing, we couldn’t do anything much different. I was blocked among cars, there were some contacts and I think this damaged us most, there was nothing wrong with the strategy, having a “complete” car would have helped me.”
After briefly topping the timesheet, Raikkonen had only set 8 laps when he was called in to pits due to a fuel pump issue.
— Jennie Gow (@JennieGow) July 19, 2014
Report – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished the final free practice session for the German Grand Prix in third and eighth places respectively. It was already very hot this morning during the hour in which the Spaniard completed eleven laps and the Finn did eight.
They began the session in race trim on Soft tyres, the harder of the two Pirelli compounds available. In the second half the focus shifted to qualifying, with all drivers running the Supersoft.
Fernando’s best laps was a 1.18.384, while Kimi stopped the clocks in 1.18.842. The Finn’s session came to a premature end when a problem was identified with the fuel pump on his F14 T and so the part has been changed for qualifying.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m17.779s 24 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.380s +0.601s 20 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m18.384s +0.605s 11 4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m18.575s +0.796s 18 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m18.611s +0.832s 19 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.756s +0.977s 16 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.769s +0.990s 13 8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.842s +1.063s 8 9. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m18.890s +1.111s 17 10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m19.127s +1.348s 19 11. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.131s +1.352s 19 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.470s +1.691s 20 13. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.489s +1.710s 15 14. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m19.505s +1.726s 21 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.601s +1.822s 23 16. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m20.078s +2.299s 23 17. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m20.198s +2.419s 21 18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.466s +2.687s 19 19. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.844s +3.065s 6 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m21.018s +3.239s 21 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m23.077s +5.298s 14 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m23.449s +5.670s 7
Report – Raikkonen seems to have found a better feeling for the car when compared to this morning, doing a respectable 1.18.887, completing 38 laps. Fernando Alonso did 32, the best in 1.19.329.
This afternoon, the Scuderia concentrated on set-up work and on evaluating the Pirelli tyres, especially the Supersofts as track temperatures almost reached the 60 degree mark.
In the final half hour, both drivers worked on race simulation, trying both compounds.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.341s 38 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m18.365s +0.024s 39 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.443s +0.102s 35 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.887s +0.546s 38 5. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.960s +0.619s 40 6. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m19.024s +0.683s 36 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.221s +0.880s 40 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m19.248s +0.907s 35 9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m19.329s +0.988s 32 10. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m19.385s +1.044s 34 11. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.417s +1.076s 41 12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.452s +1.111s 27 13. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m19.581s +1.240s 28 14. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m19.593s +1.252s 32 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.760s +1.419s 32 16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.158s +1.817s 35 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m20.358s +2.017s 35 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.504s +2.163s 40 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.328s +2.987s 31 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m21.870s +3.529s 21 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.898s +3.557s 28 22. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m23.728s +5.387s 12
Report – Fernando set a best time of 1.19.423 during a trouble free session with no special problems. However, Kimi, who stopped the clocks in 1.20.210, had to contend with a water pump problem after just four laps. However, the Ferrari mechanics did a fantastic job to fix the problem and send the Finn on his way in double quick time.
It’s very hot today with track temperatures running at over 40 degrees, while there was little grip on what was a still dirty track, so quite a few cars went off.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.131s 29 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.196s +0.065s 25 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m19.423s +0.292s 21 4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m19.697s +0.566s 27 5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.833s +0.702s 24 6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m20.097s +0.966s 28 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.105s +0.974s 32 8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.210s +1.079s 21 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.337s +1.206s 28 10. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.505s +1.374s 18 11. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m20.542s +1.411s 19 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.586s +1.455s 23 13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m20.592s +1.461s 22 14. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m20.598s +1.467s 24 15. Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1m20.769s +1.638s 22 16. Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.782s +1.651s 23 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m21.603s +2.472s 20 18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m21.854s +2.723s 30 19. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m22.572s +3.441s 31 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m22.982s +3.851s 24 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m23.256s +4.125s 35 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m23.299s +4.168s 22
Kimi Raikkonen: “Like every Friday, our programme covered set-up work in the first session, then evaluating the tyres and doing a race simulation in the afternoon. Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the Soft tyres, but thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track. In the afternoon, we made up for lost time and managed to improve on all fronts. Overall, it’s been a reasonably positive day, but it’s still to early to make any predictions. We will have to wait until tomorrow to know more.”
Pat Fry: “This was a very busy day of testing, affected by the particularly high temperatures and the new element of FRIC being banned. The absence of this system did not change our programmes, only requiring a bit of time for our drivers to adapt. Fernando had a trouble free morning, while on Kimi’s car there was a problem with the water pump, which cost him a run. However, the team sorted the problem quickly, so that Kimi was back on track in a short space of time. In the afternoon, we continued to work on set-up, also trying the Supersofts. As emerged on the long runs also, if the air and track temperatures stay this high, managing the tyre degradation, on the two softest compounds in the range, will become of even greater importance for the race.”
Kimi Raikkonen has hit back after critics called on him to be banned for his British Grand Prix crash.
The Finn has recovered from a bruised ankle, knee and ribs after the 47G crash at Silverstone, in which Felipe Massa was also involved and Max Chilton’s head narrowly avoided a flying tyre.
“Why does he come in balls out like that and crash?” F1 legend Niki Lauda had said at Silverstone, referring to the way in which Raikkonen rejoined the circuit after running wide.
Jo Ramirez, the former McLaren team manager, said Raikkonen’s driving was “ludicrous”.
“He could have seriously hurt himself,” the Mexican told motorline.cc, “or worse, he could have hurt Massa as well. And yet he gets away without any punishment.
“I thought Derek Warwick was the steward so I wrote to him, but it was Nigel Mansell. But Warwick replied to me ‘You’re right! Raikkonen should have been punished!'” Ramirez revealed.
“If it would have been Maldonado or Grosjean, they would have sat out Germany, for sure,” he charged.
At Hockenheim, however, Raikkonen dismissed his critics, telling the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 that punishments are not necessary “every time a driver goes off the track”.
“Of course, everyone can have their opinion,” said the Finn, “but usually it’s people who have never driven who are the first to say someone should be punished.”
(Source: MTV3, via motorsport.com)
Kimi: Penalty for crashing on your own…? A joke
Resting and recouping
There has been some talk about my accident in Silverstone. Well, obviously it was one of the worst crashes I have ever had in Formula One.
Going so straight to the barrier from high speed there is no time to do too much. The cockpit is built very tight, there is no room to move your legs. And yes, it did hurt. I got bruises everywhere, and I had to rest some time and recoup my strengths.
Now everything is OK and I am looking forward to jump back to car and start working again to get things going better and better to the direction where we all want to the car to be.
As I have always said, there are certain risks in this business. You cannot make any motorsport 100% safe. Sometimes it just happens. But now it is in the past and I am just looking ahead for the new challenges to beat.
My history with German Grands Prix is nothing to remember. I have always liked both Hockenheim and Nurburgring, but from one reason or another we have never got the weekend perfectly right.
Actually my last visits to Germany have not been too bad. We got a podium both times. So at least, I can say, it has been going in better direction.
[ Source: kimiraikkonen.com ]
Kimi, the first question has to be how are you feeling after your accident at Silverstone, any after-effects and what happened?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: Well, I crashed, I guess you saw it. No, I had some pain but it’s all fine.
Just in your leg?
KR: No actually it was in my ribs the most, that’s why I didn’t do the test, but it’s all gone away now.
You’re 100 per cent now?
Many things have not gone the way you expected them to this season in your rejoining Ferrari, but can you tell us what has gone the way you’ve expected it and what positives you’ve drawn so far?
KR: We’ve been in every race at least. That’s what you expect at least. It’s been a difficult year, hopefully it will turn around at some point – it must, it cannot go much longer like this, it’s not fun. But this kind of thing has happened to me before and we always managed to turn it around, so I have a strong belief it will turn around. We have to just fix issues and get things as I want and I’m sure we can be back where we should be.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi there has been a lot of criticism around you in the past few months. Do you feel that your position in Ferrari could be threatened next year or do you feel confident that you will sort your problems and that everything is going to be OK for the future?
KR: Like I said, I’m sure we can fix them. How fast? I hope quickly but it depends on many things. I have a contract so I’m not worried about that for the future.
Kimi, your thoughts on the FRIC suspension?
KR: Yeah, I mean it’s the rule and obviously that decides if we can use it or not. It’s not in our car, I don’t expect it’s going to be a completely different world but until we run it, the cars, and see what the other teams do, it’s hard to say. I guess we’ll know a bit more after this weekend.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, do you remember having any heavier shunt than you had in Silverstone?
KR: Yeah, probably I have had. Hopefully not too many more but it’s just part of the thing. It hurt a little bit but quite often you can have a quite slow accident and get badly hurt, so it’s not about that really, it was just an unfortunate thing. Nothing serious happened. It’s part of the sport.
Kimi Raikkonen says he is feeling fine for the German Grand Prix this weekend and that he is not nursing any problems following his heavy crash last time out at Silverstone.
Raikkonen collided with the wall on the Wellington Straight on the opening lap and as a result he sat out the post-British Grand Prix test. The impact was measured at 47 G.
Speaking on Thursday ahead of practice at Hockenheim tomorrow, he told reporters he was now feeling 100 per cent.
So, what happened he was asked? “I crashed, I guess you saw it!” he joked. “I had some pain but it is all fine. It was on my ribs [that hurt] the most and that was why I didn’t do the test. But it has all gone away now.”
Asked if he remembers having any bigger shunts than that which he suffered earlier this month at the British GP, he added: “I probably have had [bigger crashes] – and hopefully not too many more. It is just part of the thing. It hurt a little bit.
“But quite often it can be a very slow accident and you get badly hurt. It was just an unfortunate thing. Nothing serious happened.
“It is just part of the sport.”
Raikkonen and Ferrari have had a tough season so date, but despite that, he remains optimistic the men at Maranello will get it right.
“Obviously it has been a difficult year. Hopefully it will turn around at some point – it must and it cannot go much longer like this. It is not fun. But these kinds of things have happened to me before and we always managed to turn it around. I really have a strong belief that we will turn it around,” he continued.
“But we just have to fix the issues and just get things as I want. I am sure we can be back where we should be.”
Raikonen has come under criticism for his own performances – he has scored only 19 points, compared to the 87 of his team-mate, Fernando Alonso. However he doesn’t feel under pressure or that he will be dropped and reiterated his belief that Ferrari can improve.
“Like I said, I am sure we can fix them [the problems]. How fast? I hope quickly but it depends on many things. [As for me] I have a contract and I am not worried on that for the future,” he insisted.
The FIA has rejected claims that Kimi Raikkonen should have been punished for his crash in the British Grand Prix, and that the red flag delay was too long.
The Ferrari Formula 1 driver crashed heavily on the opening lap after he lost control of his car as he rejoined the track on the Wellington Straight.
Article 20.2 of F1’s Sporting Regulations states that: “Should a car leave the track the driver may rejoin, however, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage.”
There have been suggestions that the fact Raikkonen crashed after rejoining the circuit means he should have been punished for what happened.
AUTOSPORT understands that while the FIA did look in to the incident, it decided that Raikkonen had not rejoined in an unsafe manner.
Telemetry data shows that, after leaving the track at 230 km/h, Raikkonen did scrub off some speed as he returned to the circuit, before his car was unsettled by a bump as it ran through a patch of grass.
Although the FIA accepted that Raikkonen would not have crashed if he had slowed down dramatically, it is understood the governing body believed that any other driver would have rejoined the track in the same manner.
Raikkonen’s impact with the crash barriers was registered at 160km/h, with a peak of 47G.
— Tobias Grüner F1 (@tgruener) July 8, 2014
Kimi Raikkonen is recovering from the frightening accident on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix. The Scuderia Ferrari driver still has pain and some bruising in his left ankle and knee after his car hit the barriers. Therefore Scuderia Ferrari has decided to rest the Finn so that he can be fully fit for the German Grand Prix on 20th July at Hockenheim.
Therefore the driver line-up for the Silverstone test has been changed: tomorrow for the first day, test driver Pedro de la Rosa will be at the wheel of the F14 T and on Wednesday, Jules Bianchi will stand in for Raikkonen. The Frenchman has been on the books at the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2010 and currently races in Formula 1 for Marussia.
Pedro de la Rosa finally gets to drive the F14 T for real, having done many kilometres in its virtual cockpit on the simulator, where he shares the work with Davide Rigon and Andrea Bertolini. Pedro will therefore be able to make a comparison and give the engineers some useful feedback. During his day on track, a comparative test will take place at the same time back in Maranello and in a reverse of the usual situation, it will be Pedro de la Rosa on track and Fernando Alonso in the simulator.
Jules Bianchi will have his first run on the F14 T, back at the wheel of a Ferrari for the first time since the Pirelli tyre test in December 2013. The Frenchman is having a great season, securing his and Marussia’s first ever points when he finished ninth in Monaco.
There were mixed fortunes for Scuderia Ferrari today, with Kimi Raikkonen going out on the opening lap but Fernando Alonso fighting his way up from 16th on the grid to sixth at the flag.
Fernando lined up on the grid with his car too far forward and that would later cost him a 5 second penalty. Coming onto the Wellington Straight for the first time, Kimi ran wide while fighting Gutierrez and as he tried to rejoin the track a bump spun him round into the barriers. The car came back across the track and he was hit by Felipe Massa before ending in the tyres on the other side. The man from Espoo took a hard knock on the ankle and also has pain in a knee. He will now have to rest but he will be back in time for the next round in Germany.
At the restart, Alonso put on a show flying up from eleventh to fifth, before being chased down by Vettel who had just come back on track after his tyre change. In the end, the German made the most of his fresher rubber to pass the Ferrari man whose Mediums were worn.
Lewis Hamilton won after initial leader and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg retired and is just four points behind the German in the classification. Second was Valtteri Bottas for Williams, with Daniel Ricciardo third for Red Bull.
Kimi Raikkonen has escaped serious injury in a high-speed crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix that stopped the Formula 1 race.
The Finn, who had qualified in 18th place after a difficult qualifying, was battling to recover positions when he went wide at Aintree corner after running side-by-side with Esteban Gutierrez before the run down the Wellington Straight.
As Raikkonen tried to return to the circuit, his car hit a bump in the grass and he lost control after it bounced back onto the ground.
His Ferrari speared headfirst into the crash barriers on the right-hand side of the track before spinning back across the circuit.
Kamui Kobayashi had to take to the grass to avoid him, while Felipe Massa was forced to spin in avoidance, with his left rear wheel clouting Raikkonen’s car.
Raikkonen was able to get out of the car by himself, but after limping away it was decided that he needed to be taken to the medical centre for checks.
A Ferrari spokesman confirmed that Raikkonen had suffered no serious injuries, but was complaining of bruising to his knee and ankle.
The race was red-flagged and delayed while the barrier was fixed.
#F1 Ferrari measured Kimi Raikkonen’s accident at 47G! The medical light comes on at 25G. Insane force
— Formula 1 News (@Formula1_com) July 6, 2014
First thing Raikkonen said over the radio after crash… “Is Felipe alright?” What a gent. #F1
— The F1 Times (@F1Times) July 6, 2014
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2h26m52.094s 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +30.135s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +46.495s 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +47.390s 5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +53.864s 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +59.946s 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1m02.563s 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1m28.692s 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1m29.340s 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault -1 lap 11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes -1 lap 12. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault -1 lap 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari -1 lap 14. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap 15. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -2 laps 16. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps 17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault -3 laps Retirements: Nico Rosberg Mercedes 28 laps Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 11 laps Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 9 laps Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1 laps Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0 laps
Drivers' championship Constructors' championship 1. Nico Rosberg 165 1. Mercedes 326 2. Lewis Hamilton 161 2. Red Bull-Renault 168 3. Daniel Ricciardo 98 3. Ferrari 106 4. Fernando Alonso 87 4. Williams-Mercedes 103 5. Valtteri Bottas 73 5. Force India-Mercedes 91 6. Sebastian Vettel 70 6. McLaren-Mercedes 90 7. Nico Hulkenberg 63 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 15 8. Jenson Button 55 8. Lotus-Renault 8 9. Kevin Magnussen 35 9. Marussia-Ferrari 2 10. Felipe Massa 30 10. Sauber-Ferrari 0 11. Sergio Perez 28 11. Caterham-Renault 0 12. Kimi Raikkonen 19 13. Jean-Eric Vergne 9 14. Romain Grosjean 8 15. Daniil Kvyat 6 16. Jules Bianchi 2
Kimi Raikkonen: “Unfortunately, my race today ended on the first lap, after I had managed to get away well, making up enough ground to be fighting for eleventh place. At turn 5, I went off the track and while trying to get back on, I must have hit a kerb.
I then lost control of the car and ended in the barriers. It’s a real shame because yesterday, the feeling I had on track had improved and I was determined to do my utmost to bring home some points. I am really very disappointed with how things went today, but now I want to put this incident behind me and just concentrate on the next race in Germany.”
Pat Fry: “As we were starting from sixteenth and eighteenth places, we opted to start on the Hard compound and go for a more aggressive strategy. The aim was to have a short first stint before switching to the softer and faster tyre for the rest of the race. Kimi got a great start, making up several places in just a few corners but unfortunately his accident put an end to it all. Fortunately, he is okay, with no serious injuries and that’s the most important thing.
After the race was stopped, we discussed things with Fernando and decided to fit the Mediums to the end of the race, with a one-stop strategy. Despite the difficulties he had to deal with, Fernando once again displayed his great talent, both on the offensive and the defensive. At some points in the race, there was clearly some frustration, which is completely understandable, because the entire team wants to give him and Kimi a more competitive car and for that reason, we will continue trying our hardest.”
Ferrari unsure on Raikkonen fitness – The Ferrari Formula 1 team is unsure if Kimi Raikkonen will be fit to test at Silverstone this week following his British Grand Prix accident. Raikkonen suffered bruises to his knee and ankle following a high-speed crash into the barriers on the Wellington Straight on the opening lap of the race.
After checks at Silverstone’s medical centre showed that there was no serious injury to the Finn, who hobbled away from his wrecked Ferrari, his bosses are waiting to see if he will be fit enough to drive again this week.
When asked by AUTOSPORT about whether or not Raikkonen will be well enough to take part in the test, Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci said: “Kimi is OK.
“We checked several times and we will take a decision about the test, and what to do with the test, so we see after today.
“I want to be 100 per cent sure that he will be fine before [he does it]. But there is no major issue at the moment.”
Raikkonen had been due to drive on one of the two days of Silverstone test, with development driver Pedro de la Rosa taking part on the other.
If Raikkonen cannot drive then it is possible that de la Rosa does both days, or Fernando Alonso could be drafted in instead.
Mattiacci ruled out any kind of mechanical failure for Raikkonen’s accident, which appeared to be caused by him losing control of his car as he hit a bump while rejoining the track.
“I think that there was some kind of issue getting off the track, coming back and finding some bump,” he said. “That was the issue.”
Raikkonen & Massa Crash on Lap 1
Sky Sports pre-race build-up, Lawn Mower Grand Prix with Kimi