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HUNGARY GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

FP2 Times:

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

 


PRACTICE ONE

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.

FP1 Times:

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
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Thursday in Hungary

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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 ]

Raikkonen: issues not down to regulations

“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.”


 

Alonso: Raikkonen having same difficulties as me

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.”


Mattiacci: Ferrari ‘needs’ Raikkonen for 2015

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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 ]

Kimi happier with car feeling

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“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 ]

GERMAN GP – RACE RESULTS

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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.

Final Results & Standings:

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

QUOTES

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.”

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Interview translation:

  • 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.”

GERMAN GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Report – Fernando Alonso will start from seventh on row 4, while Kimi Raikkonen will be in twelfth place on row 6. There was drama in Q1, with the session being red flagged, after a technical problem resulted in Lewis Hamilton crashing heavily into the barriers. The session resumed for a seven minute mini-session in which both Scuderia men made it to the next part.

Alonso dealt with Q2 quite comfortably, but Kimi, after a good first timed lap, was unable to follow the majority in improving on his second, so he failed to make the cut to Q3 by a tenth.

Final Times:

Pos Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m16.540s            
 2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m16.759s  +0.219s   
 3. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m17.078s  +0.538s   
 4. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m17.214s  +0.674s   
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m17.273s  +0.733s   
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m17.577s  +1.037s   
 7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m17.649s  +1.109s   
 8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m17.965s  +1.425s   
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m18.014s  +1.474s   
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m18.035s  +1.495s   
Q2 cut-off time: 1m18.161s                                   Gap **
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m18.193s  +1.084s
12. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m18.273s  +1.164s
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m18.285s  +1.176s
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m18.787s  +1.678s
15. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m18.983s  +1.874s
16. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             no time
Q1 cut-off time: 1m18.927s                                     Gap *
17. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m19.142s  +1.511s
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m19.676s  +2.045s
19. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m20.195s  +2.564s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m20.408s  +2.777s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m20.489s  +2.858s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     no time

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “This weekend, a few technical problems meant I spent more time in the garage than usual, but already, as from yesterday afternoon, my feeling with the car had improved. Today, in Q1 things went reasonably well, but then in Q2, when I fitted the second set of new Supersofts, my car was sliding all over the place and I lost the back end in turn 2. After that, it was impossible to put a good lap together.

I’m not happy with my grid position, but I hope things can go better in tomorrow’s race. It’s likely the weather could be different tomorrow and the temperatures will be lower. We will try and make the most of any opportunity because we want to have a nice race and bring home a good number of points.”

Ferrari pins hopes on cooler race

Raikkonen rues Q2 errors: “On the second run, for some reason I lost the rear in corner two, lost a lot of time and it was difficult to gain back the time after that,” he conceded, “I also lost time in the last sector, so I couldn’t put the lap together. It had felt pretty okay up to that point. We had a problem yesterday morning and a problem this morning, which doesn’t help, but the car was feeling pretty good yesterday morning and this morning, so it was an unfortunate thing. But it happens.”

It has happened perhaps more than most to Raikkonen since his return to Maranello, but the Finn is refusing to let things get him down.

“It’s just different things [affecting qualifying],” he admitted, “In the races, it hasn’t been that good either, so it’s just things going wrong or I’m making mistakes and haven’t been able to put a proper lap together for a long time. But it’s been feeling much better here, more like it should. It’s not exactly as I want, as it feels good for one run then, on the next, you lose the rear for no reason, but I’m not trying anything stupid. It’s so on edge that it’s difficult to predict what it’s going to do and one slip, like I had on corner two, and you lose all the speed on the straight. When it happens in moments like that, it makes a big difference.”

Shrugging off the lost of FRICS – ‘I don’t feel any difference’ – and the brake failure suffered by fellow Brembo user Lewis Hamilton – ‘they have happened to me and I know, out of 100 or 200 discs, there can be some odd issues’ – Raikkonen also played down the potential significance of having an extra set of tyres for qualifying outside the top ten.

“I’d much rather be more up in the front [rather than having an extra set of tyres], but I’ll have to see how the weather is tomorrow,” he reasoned, “It’s supposed to be a bit cooler, but who knows… I’d just like to make a good race and score good points.”


GERMAN GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

After briefly topping the timesheet, Raikkonen had only set 8 laps when he was called in to pits due to a fuel pump issue.

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.

FP3 Times:

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

GERMAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

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.

FP2 Times:

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

PRACTICE ONE

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.

FP1 Times:

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

QUOTES

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.”


Raikkonen brushes off Silverstone crash criticism

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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


KIMI’S COLUMN – GERMAN GP PREVIEW

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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 ]

Thursday in Germany, FIA Press Conference

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| Source: fia.com | German GP Gallery |

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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?

KR: Yeah.

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.

VIDEO


Kimi ‘all fine’ for this weekend’s German GP

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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.

(Source: crash.net, ferrari.com)


No penalty for Raikkonen crash

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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.

(Source: autosport.com)

 


Kimi to miss Silverstone test

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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.

(Source: ferrari.com)


BRITISH GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report – Mixed fortunes for Ferrari

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.

Raikkonen escapes serious injury

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.

Final Results:

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    

QUOTES

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.”

VIDEO

Raikkonen & Massa Crash on Lap 1

 

Sky Sports pre-race build-up, Lawn Mower Grand Prix with Kimi


BRITISH GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Kimi walks in the paddock after being eliminated in qualifying

Report – The English rain delivered a bitter blow to Ferrari’s qualifying aspirations, with both drivers going out at the end of the first session, because the rain intensified just as Alonso and Raikkonen were hoping to improve their times.

At the start of qualifying the track was damp but drying. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers took to the track using Intermediates, as did everyone, and set reasonable times. Five minutes from the end, after a quick lap from Jenson Button in the McLaren, it was clear that it was now time for slicks. Both Fernando and Kimi duly fitted them, but as they started their flying laps, the rain intensified and there was no way of going quicker. Fernando might have made the cut to Q2 but he spun off the track, destroying his chances. Fernando and Kimi therefore qualified 19th and 20th respectively.

Q3 was also affected by rain and pole went to Nico Rosberg for Mercedes in 1.35.766 ahead of Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull,) Jenson Button (McLaren) and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India.) The Ferrari duo will face an uphill struggle in tomorrow’s race which starts at 13h00 local time.

Final Times:

Pos Driver                Team                 Time           Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m35.766s  
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m37.386s  +1.620s
 3. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.200s  +2.434s
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m38.329s  +2.563s
 5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.417s  +2.651s
 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m39.232s  +3.466s
 7. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m40.457s  +4.691s
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m40.606s  +4.840s
 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.707s  +4.941s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.855s  +5.089s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.166s                                Gap **
11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m38.496s  +3.626s
12. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m38.709s  +3.839s
13. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m39.800s  +4.930s
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m40.912s  +6.042s
15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m44.018s  +9.148s
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       no time
Q1 cut-off time: 1m45.086s                                    Gap *
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m45.318s  +4.938s
18. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m45.695s  +5.315s
19. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m45.935s  +5.555s
20. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m46.684s  +6.304s
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m49.421s  +9.041s
22. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m49.625s  +9.245s

Revised grid standings for the race (due to penalties)

Pos Driver                Team
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault
 3. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes
 5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes
 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes
 7. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault
 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault
11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault
12. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari
14. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes
15. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes
16. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari**
18. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari*
20. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault***
21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault****
22. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault****

*10-place grid penalty
**5-place grid penalty
***Excluded from qualifying
****Allowed to start after failing to make 107 per cent cutoff

 

QUOTES

Raikkonen says Ferrari just got it wrong – “We tried to look at what the others did and try to make the right choice, but when I said in the end to put on the mediums we did it as quickly as we could but it had started to rain already. Obviously the timing was wrong, but the reason for that was … it was just wrong and we couldn’t get out early enough. Obviously we put on the slicks, went out, it started to rain and halfway after the first sector it was too wet already. That’s about it.”

However, Raikkonen said he is confident the car is not as bad as it felt during Friday practice, when he was ninth fastest, and would allow him to fight back in the race.

“Yesterday we just tried some things because obviously we don’t have much testing, so I’m happy to try thing son Friday to see what’s good and what’s not. We knew it was not very good overall, but if we found something on certain parts of the circuit then we can learn, and we put the car back today to how it was normally and I’m sure it’s okay. Yesterday’s times are nothing to do with today and unfortunately we got that wet session this morning. It will be hard tomorrow but there’s no reason why we won’t have a good race.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “We knew the changeable weather would make this qualifying very unpredictable, but I definitely didn’t expect this sort of result. On my first run, I did four laps on Intermediate tyres because the track was still wet, but then when it stopped raining we decided to switch to slicks. On the first part of the track, the conditions were acceptable, but in the second sector, it began raining again and this prevented us from setting a good enough time to get into Q2. Tomorrow, it won’t be easy moving up the order, but we will do our best to make up ground, also because today I had a better feeling than yesterday and I see no reason why I shouldn’t try and have a good race.”

Pat Fry: “Today’s qualifying result is bitterly disappointing and it means we will have an uphill struggle tomorrow, with a plan to attack right from the first to the last lap. In the opening minutes of Q1 the track conditions were mixed, which is the worst thing possible, because at some points there was a lot of water while other parts of the circuit were drying and some were even completely dry. It was impossible to improve on the Intermediates because of graining and the switch to slicks definitely complicated matters for the drivers as there was so little grip. When the lap times fell as the track began to dry, we fitted the Mediums, as in fact did everyone else, but the rain returned and that meant we were unable to make it through to the next part of qualifying. Now, our aim in tomorrow’s race is to finish in the points, trying to make the most of the new sets of tyres we have.”

VIDEO

BBC Kimi Raikkonen interview post-qualifying


BRITISH GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report – Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets for Red Bull during a damp third Formula 1 practice session for the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Vettel, who had a moment at Becketts shortly after setting his session-topping 1m52.522s, edged his team-mate by 0.109s. Both drivers completed just six laps.

Running conditions were very different after overnight rain, and the only consistent factor was the gusting nature of the wind, now blowing from the northwest rather than the south.

The track briefly began to dry during the opening minutes of the session before a fresh bank of rain blew in, and most teams therefore took a conservative approach.

Kimi Raikkonen was the only Ferrari driver to set a time, though he completed just five laps, with Fernando Alonso and both Mercedes at the foot of the timing screens without a flying lap to their names.

FP3 Times:

Pos  Driver               Team              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel  Red Bull-Renault     1m52.522s              6
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull-Renault     1m52.631s  +0.109s     6
 3.  Pastor Maldonado  Lotus-Renault        1m53.044s  +0.522s    10
 4.  Romain Grosjean   Lotus-Renault        1m53.566s  +1.044s     6
 5.  Adrian Sutil      Sauber-Ferrari       1m53.585s  +1.063s    12
 6.  Daniil Kvyat      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m53.654s  +1.132s    15
 7.  Kevin Magnussen   McLaren-Mercedes     1m53.911s  +1.389s     5
 8.  Jenson Button     McLaren-Mercedes     1m54.041s  +1.519s     6
 9.  Valtteri Bottas   Williams-Mercedes    1m54.217s  +1.695s     4
10.  Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari              1m54.558s  +2.036s     5
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne  Toro Rosso-Renault   1m54.602s  +2.080s     6
12.  Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari       1m54.761s  +2.239s    13
13.  Felipe Massa      Williams-Mercedes    1m55.003s  +2.481s     4
14.  Nico Hulkenberg   Force India-Mercedes 1m55.688s  +3.166s     6
15.  Sergio Perez      Force India-Mercedes 1m56.918s  +4.396s     7
16.  Marcus Ericsson   Caterham-Renault     1m57.091s  +4.569s    10
17.  Jules Bianchi     Marussia-Ferrari     1m57.566s  +5.044s     6
18.  Kamui Kobayashi   Caterham-Renault     1m57.914s  +5.392s    10
19.  Max Chilton       Marussia-Ferrari                            1
20.  Fernando Alonso   Ferrari                                     4
21.  Nico Rosberg      Mercedes                                    4
22.  Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes                                    5

Mattiacci: Kimi will be great again

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New team boss Marco Mattiacci insists he is not afraid of making changes to put Ferrari back on the path to victory.

His predecessor Stefano Domenicali has already gone, and the latest paddock rumour is that engine chief Luca Marmorini could be the next to pay the price for the fabled Italian marque’s poor start to the new V6 era.

“I will not name names,” Mattiacci was quoted by Autosprint at Silverstone, as he refused to rule out personnel changes.

He insisted, however, that the struggling Kimi Raikkonen is safe.

“Kimi is a great champion,” said Mattiacci, who already has the Finn under contract for 2015.

“It makes no sense to talk about a problem of the individual, it is a problem of the team as a whole.  He will return to being a great,” he added.

In other areas, however, Mattiacci said Ferrari needs to “change the mentality” and “take more risks”.

Leading that charge, he said, will be technical boss James Allison, who made his name by producing innovative Lotus cars on a much smaller budget.

“He’s my right arm,” smiled Mattiacci.  Siding so strongly with Allison appears to have marginalised Ferrari’s other technical chief, Pat Fry.

But he said Ferrari’s current problems date back to choices made in “past years” — including the once troubled wind tunnel, and not focusing strongly enough on computer simulation.

The biggest issue is the turbo V6.

“If Williams is so strong today,” said Mattiacci, “the predominant factor is the engine.  And I do not think Red Bull is in a crisis.

“Give me time to work,” he insisted.

(Source: f1zone.net)


BRITISH GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

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

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

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

FP2 Times:

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

QUOTES

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

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


PRACTICE ONE

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

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

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

FP1 Times:

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

Thursday in Silverstone

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

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

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

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

(Source: ferrari.com)


Raikkonen ‘probably’ to stop F1 after 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Sources: crash.net, autosport.com )


Steve Robertson denies Raikkonen exit

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

(Updated on 5th July 2014)


Ferrari F1 drivers support #TurnBackCrime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#TogetherWeCan #TurnBackCrime

(Source: turnbackcrime.com)


Kimi working with engineers at Maranello today

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

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

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

(Source: ferrari.com)


Raikkonen hurt by tyre & traction issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Source: autosport.com)