kimi-raikkonen-itagp-060915-krs6Scuderia Ferrari’s home race was very exciting right from the start. Kimi Raikkonen had a difficult getaway and dropped down to the back, after which he fought his way up the order to fifth place at the flag. Sebastian Vettel moved into second at the start and managed to stay there right to the finish, behind the winner, Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. Third was Felipe Massa for Williams. [via ferrarif1.com]

Final classification:

Pos Driver Car Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 53
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 53
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 53
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 52
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 52
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 52
10 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 52
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 52
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 52
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 52
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 52
15 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 51
16 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 51
17 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 50
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 47
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1


Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 252
2 Nico Rosberg 199
3 Sebastian Vettel 178
4 Felipe Massa 97
5 Kimi Raikkonen 92
6 Valtteri Bottas 91
7 Daniil Kvyat 58
8 Daniel Ricciardo 55
9 Romain Grosjean 38
10 Sergio Perez 33
11 Nico Hulkenberg 30
12 Max Verstappen 26
13 Felipe Nasr 16
14 Pastor Maldonado 12
15 Fernando Alonso 11
16 Carlos Sainz 9
17 Marcus Ericsson 9
18 Jenson Button 6
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 451
2 Ferrari 270
3 Williams/Mercedes 188
4 Red Bull/Renault 113
5 Force India/Mercedes 63
6 Lotus/Mercedes 50
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 35
8 Sauber/Ferrari 25
9 McLaren/Honda 17
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0



From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “I don’t know exactly what happened at the start. As far as I know I did everything correctly, but the car went into the antistall and did not move at all. I still don’t have the right explanation about what happened, but it’s a really bad thing that cost us a lot today. If you start from second place and after a few seconds you’re in last position it’s not easy to see the positive side of the race: we wasted a big opportunity to fight at the front. The car has been working well all weekend and also in the race the behavior was good. We made the best out of it and in the end I managed to come up fifth. Obviously I’m a bit disappointed, as we were hoping for a better result in our home race in front of all our fans, but if we think that after the first hundred metres we were last it was still a good result. Overall we had a pretty good speed all weekend so in a way we have to be happy for what we have done because here we were expecting more difficulties. Today I was positively surprised that we could get through some cars that are very fast on the straights, this shows that we are doing the right things, pushing the car in the right direction and improving in all areas”.

From crash.net – Kimi: “It went into anti-stall when I let the first clutch go. As far as I understood, I did the correct thing but, obviously, we can see there was a problem with the second clutch in the way that it was not in the correct place. I’m pretty sure I put everything correct as always, but I don’t know exactly. Whatever it was, it triggered the anti-stall and, obviously, after a few seconds, I was in last place. As far as what I do always, I did the same thing, so I cannot explain why. There are only a few small chances as to why it could be but, whatever the reason is, we have to make sure that we understand it correctly 100 per cent and make sure, if we have to make changes, that we do the right things. We did the best that we could. I’m obviously quite disappointed, but the race was okay. I finished fifth but, when you start in second place and you end up in last place at the first corner, it’s not ideal. It’s a bit disappointing but you have to learn on those [things] and hopefully make a better result. I think the car has been pretty good all weekend. In hindsight, it was a bit tricky in the end on the first set [of tyres]. Obviously, I had to take care of them a bit in the beginning and it didn’t help having to fight with people but, once we changed to the second set, the car was very good and I was able to catch up and pass people. In a way, I think we had a good car but, unfortunately, we compromised our race a lot on the start. We did the best we could after that – it’s a bit disappointing, but not the first time unfortunately that this has happened on a race weekend. I’m sure we’re doing the right things, but we keep having issues and compromising our race big time. We’ll keep trying and I’m sure things will get better soon.”  

From ferrarif1.com – Maurizio Arrivabene: “This time I see the glass half full. Sebastian’s race to second place was unbelievable. His contribution to the team so far has been outstanding. As for Kimi, he had a great qualifying yesterday, then maybe he messed up a bit at the start of the race. But afterwards he was able to pass a lot of cars on the track with a fantastic race. Ideally, we would have hoped for two good starts, but we’re happy anyway with this weekend. We came here investing a few tokens on our Power Unit and we’re satisfied with our gain, also in terms of reliability. In the forthcoming races, the gap to our main competitors will depend much on the kind of track. We will keep on working with humility and determination to the end of the season, trying to jump on every opportunity”.


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kimi-raikkonen-itagp-050915-krs88Kimi, fantastic second in qualifying and quite a turnaround, it has to be said, from 12 months ago for you and Ferrari, very close to Mercedes, as Lewis said. You’ve got to be pleased with your own performance and that of your team?

Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN: Yeah, I think if we look now we probably surprised ourselves a little bit. We expected a strong weekend but we knew that this place is not our strongest probably, so in the end the car turned out to be pretty good in qualifying conditions; we had many good laps. It’s been a while, so it’s nice to be here, especially [at] the home race for us. It’s probably our best qualifying this year as a team. We try to give [it] another good go tomorrow and give a good result, not just for ourselves but for our fans and all the Ferrari people behind us.

And you and Kimi both got through Q1 without using a set of soft tyres as well didn’t you. Kimi, just touching on what Lewis just said there. It is a long run down to turn one, this is the second grand prix with the new rules on starts, so presumably any loss off the line is going to be really amplified by the time you get to turn one, so you’re obviously eyeing that as a key opportunity to challenge for the lead straight away.

KR: Obviously, but I think in every circuit is more or less different length of straights to the first corner but any small issue you are always going to lose place, even if it’s long or short run. But I think it helps here. Hopefully we make let’s say a normal start and at least stay where we are but it’s going to help us at least during the first corners; it can easily be a mess when you are in the mid-pack and you almost have to stop sometimes. Hopefully we make a normal start and go from there and you know see what we can do. I expect it to not be an easy race but usually we’re more confident for the race than for qualifying, so hopefully it’s the same thing for tomorrow, so see what happens, to do our best and hopefully get a good result.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, as a Ferrari driver in Monza you are the first time in the front row. How much that means personally to you?

KR: I think it’s a while that I’ve been in the front row – eight, ten years probably! But I think, what does it mean, I’m very happy for it obviously, and I’m happy for all the people who are supporting us and our team but, you know, the biggest thing is that much less troubles in the first corner if you make, let’s say, a normal start. It gives us a good chance for the race and obvious we have to do a good job in the race but it gives us a better chance for having a good result. It’s nice to get it right once in a while. It’s been a while so, especially here in the home grand prix of Ferrari, so let’s hope it brings us also a good result tomorrow.

Q: (Peter Farkas – Auto Motor) Again, Seb and Kimi. Did you expect to be so close to the quickest Mercedes today – especially after yesterday when the different was quite big? And could you please explain what you did since yesterday to turn the situation around? How confident were you that it would be possible?

KR: Like I said earlier, in a way is a bit surprised that we were this strong comparing to the Mercedes but, y’know, we made some small improvements and obviously people always talk so much about Fridays. It’s a Friday: you do whatever you want. It’s not about the laptimes. And worse, you don’t know what the others are doing. So, it’s pointless to say, ‘oh, we were bad yesterday’. We just did our stuff what we normally do. In the end, if you end up first or tenth, makes no difference if you know what you’ve been doing. So, we’ve been just… improve a bit the car and drove a bit better than yesterday. Yesterday I didn’t feel I was driving very well and then it turned out to be in qualifying it all worked out well for us. Obviously we’re still not happy, we’re second and third but I think it’s a place where we expected it to be a bit more difficult because the circuit layout. So it was a bit surprise but a nice one and I think things have been working well.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – GloboEsporte) To both Ferrari drivers, considering the analysis of the long runs you did yesterday with both kinds of tyres and also this morning, and comparing with what we saw from Mercedes, what is a realistic prediction for the race?

KR: Like I’ve said already, we will try to do our best and see where we end up. Obviously we want to at least keep the places that we have right now but the main aim is to try to win races and that’s why we are here. But it’s pointless to start guessing where we’re going to end up.

Q: (Nicolangelo Cioppi – Il Cittadino Canadase) Sebastian and Kimi, do you think it’s possible from third place and second place for Kimi to win the race tomorrow here in Monza like in 2008. I was here in 2008 and I enjoyed it with you, even if it was raining like crazy.

SV: Well, I think there’s always a chance. Obviously in 2008 I was on pole, didn’t manage that today but I think since it’s dry tomorrow, I think we have much better chances this year than I would have had in dry conditions in 2008. So the bottom line is I think it’s always possible, it’s always possible to have a surprise. I think we had some surprises this year so we like surprises and if we can surprise tomorrow then it would be a nice surprise.

KR: Who knows? Like I said, we try our best and hopefully achieve a great result and try to win if possible. It would be great to have a good result for the team.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, you managed to beat Sebastian by five hundredths of a second. Where did you take that?

KR: I don’t know. I haven’t seen the data so somewhere, doesn’t matter where it was. I gained on my previous best in the last corner. It doesn’t matter to me where it happens.

| Source: fia.com |



kimi-raikkonen-itagp-050915-krs31Kimi finally makes it on the front row!

Qualifying for Scuderia Ferrari’s home race, the Italian Grand Prix took place in sunny conditions after this morning’s rain, so that weather conditions more or less replicated what’s expected for tomorrow. Kimi Raikkonen will start from second on the grid with a time of 1.23.631, while Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start from third in 1.23.685 in front of the big crowd here in Monza. Lewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes in 1.23.397. [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.397s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.234s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.288s
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.306s
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 0.543s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 0.730s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.229s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1.657s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.920s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.817s
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1.128s
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1.501s
13 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 4.334s
14 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 4.515s
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 2.221s
16 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 2.399s
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.661s
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.757s
19 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault
20 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault

*engine-change penalties for Sainz, Kvyat, Button, Alonso, Verstappen, Ricciardo


Read the full post-qualifying FIA press conference here.

From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It was the best qualifying of the year, I’m happy for all the team and the people who support us. This was the perfect time for us: obviously we’d like to get such a good result at every race, but if I have to choose one it’s here. Today was a good day, it gives us a good chance for the race, but this doesn’t mean that tomorrow we can beat everybody. We need to do a good job. I’m a bit surprised because we knew our weaknesses and the layout of this track, but everything worked well and we were closer to Mercedes than we what we expected. It’s impossible to say what’s going to happen tomorrow, obviously our aim is to make a good start then go safely into the first corner, do the maximum and hopefully we’ll be able to challenge. We’ll try to do our best and see how it ends up.”

From autosport.com – Kimi: “In a way it’s a big surprise that we are this strong compared to Mercedes. People always talk so much about Friday, but it’s just Friday – you do whatever you want and it’s not about the laptimes. It’s pointless to say we were bad yesterday, we just did our stuff we normally do and if you end up first or 10th it makes no difference. It turned out in qualifying that it all worked out well for us. We’re still not happy with second or third, but this was a place where we expected it to be a bit more difficult because of the circuit layout, so it’s a big surprise. The first corner can easily be a mess in the middle of the pack. The biggest thing [about qualifying second] is we’ll have much less trouble in the first corner and that gives us a good chance for the race.”

From motorsport.com – Kimi: “I think if we look now, we probably surprised ourselves a little bit. We expected a strong weekend but we didn’t expect this place to be our strongest. In the end the car turned out to be pretty good in qualifying conditions. We had many good laps, so it’s nice to be here, especially the home race for us and being the best qualifying for us as a team. I don’t expect an easy race but usually we are more confident for the race and not qualifying.”



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kimi-raikkonen-itagp-050915-krs1PRACTICE THREE

Rain fell overnight and up to the morning at the Monza circuit, but it didn’t get in the way of work in the recently concluded third free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel was second fastest for Ferrari with a 1.24.808, splitting the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.24.544) and Nico Rosberg (1.24.843.) In the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen was seventh in 1.25.244. After setting out on the Medium tyres on a still damp track, the two Ferrari men, who were evaluating different set-ups, ended the session on the soft compound, once the sun appeared and the track gradually dried out. [via ferrarif1.com]

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.544s 18
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.264s 12
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.299s 19
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 0.402s 14
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 0.621s 14
6 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 0.698s 11
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.700s 13
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 0.971s 14
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1.148s 17
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1.203s 8
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1.368s 17
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.597s 13
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.088s 9
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.206s 14
15 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 3.579s 13
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 3.671s 25
17 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 4.047s 10
18 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 4.084s 23
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 4.573s 11
20 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 5.356s 7



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