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BELGIUM GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Report – At 2pm tomorrow, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will start the Belgian Grand Prix from the second and fourth rows, after the Spaniard was fourth fastest in qualifying, 69 thousandths off third placed Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull,) with the Finn in eighth spot on the grid.

Rain affected qualifying, having fallen before the start and then intermittently during the session. Neither Ferrari man had any trouble in Q1, getting through with Kimi sixth and Alonso ninth. Q2 also went smoothly, with Fernando making the cut to Q3 in third place, with Kimi fifth. In the top-ten shoot-out, the sun reappeared and the track gradually dried out.

Final Times:

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap   
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              2m05.591s            
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              2m05.819s  +0.228s   
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      2m07.717s  +2.126s   
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               2m07.786s  +2.195s   
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      2m07.911s  +2.320s   
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     2m08.049s  +2.458s   
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      2m08.679s  +3.088s   
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               2m08.780s  +3.189s   
 9. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     2m09.178s  +3.587s   
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      2m09.776s  +4.185s   
Q2 cut-off time: 2m09.272s                                 Gap **
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    2m09.377s  +2.768s
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    2m09.805s  +3.196s
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  2m10.084s  +3.475s
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        2m10.238s  +3.629s
15. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         2m11.087s  +4.478s
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      2m12.470s  +5.861s
Q1 cut-off time: 2m11.081s                                 Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         2m11.261s  +4.131s
18. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  2m11.267s  +4.137s
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      2m12.566s  +5.436s
20. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        2m13.414s  +6.284s
21. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault      2m13.469s  +6.339s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      2m14.438s  +7.308s

QUOTES

Kimi admits mistakes made difference: “They were quite difficult conditions and I made quite a few mistakes on the last lap. I was held up on the out-lap by a few cars, which affected the way I wanted to start the whole lap and get the tyres ready, but I just made some mistakes and didn’t get a good lap on that last run. In the wet conditions, it’s a bit more tricky to say. They were difficult conditions and I was sliding a lot, so it was quite tricky. In the dry yesterday, I had so many problems that we couldn’t really do much. This morning, [in FP3], it didn’t feel too bad – the lap probably wasn’t anything good, but the car felt quite good, so everything seems to be okay. Obviously, the wet is always wet and bit tricky, but it was not a disaster. Running [on Friday] was a bit limited by the issues on my side and, this morning, there were just two or three laps [in the dry], so not many, but I think we should be okay knowing what we should do. The weather can change a lot here – and quickly, as we have seen – so we’ll try to make the right decisions at the right time and hopefully get a good result. Obviously, the weather will be the same for everyone, and sometimes it works for you and sometimes not. Hopefully, whatever the conditions are, we’ll make the right call and get a good race. It’ll be a long race and different conditions from start to finish, so let’s see how it is.”

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BELGIUM GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report – The track was damp at the start after earlier rainfall and hardly anyone went out on track therefore for the first 30 minutes. With 25 minutes left, the track was dry enough for slicks and the track finally got busy. Raikkonen and Alonso did 9 laps each, first on the Medium tyres and then simulated qualifying on the Softs. Kimi’s best time was a 1.49.817, while Fernando stopped the clocks in 1.49.890. The fight for pole gets underway at 2pm when rain might well be on the agenda again.

FP3 Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m49.465s           12
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m49.733s  +0.268s  9
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m49.739s  +0.274s  13
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m49.817s  +0.352s  9
 5.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m49.817s  +0.352s  13
 6.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m49.890s  +0.425s  9
 7.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m49.893s  +0.428s  11
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m50.203s  +0.738s  11
 9.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m50.423s  +0.958s  11
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m50.535s  +1.070s  10
11.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m50.592s  +1.127s  12
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m50.748s  +1.283s  11
13.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m50.814s  +1.349s  10
14.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m50.866s  +1.401s  11
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m50.962s  +1.497s  12
16.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m51.509s  +2.044s  9
17.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m51.610s  +2.145s  10
18.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.898s  +2.433s  15
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m52.457s  +2.992s  14
20.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m52.984s  +3.519s  14
21.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m54.294s  +3.829s  11
22.  Andre Lotterer     Caterham-Renault      1m55.008s  +5.543s  13

BELGIUM GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

Belgian Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps 21 - 24 August 2014

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – Mixed fortunes for Scuderia Ferrari in the second Friday session. Fernando Alonso was again third, while Kimi Raikkonen had an electrical problem, which did not stop him running, but meant he could not push to the maximum, thus affecting his lap times, so that he ended up fifteenth fastest.

Alonso did 19 laps this afternoon, his best being a 1.49.930, one more than Raikkonen, whose fastest lap was a 1.52.234.

Both drivers continued to work on set-up and completed tyre evaluation work, this time also running the Soft Option brought here by Pirelli.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                   Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m49.189s           26
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m49.793s  +0.604s  28
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m49.930s  +0.741s  19
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      1m50.327s  +1.138s  24
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m50.659s  +1.470s  31
 6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      1m50.677s  +1.488s  26
 7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     1m50.725s  +1.536s  25
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       1m50.977s  +1.788s  16
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       1m51.074s  +1.885s  31
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m51.077s  +1.888s  26
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     1m51.383s  +2.194s  26
12. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         1m51.450s  +2.261s  29
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   1m51.573s  +2.384s  28
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m52.196s  +3.007s  25
15. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                1m52.234s  +3.045s  18
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       1m52.776s  +3.587s  23
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m53.955s  +4.766s   7
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       1m54.040s  +4.851s  18
19. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       1m54.050s  +4.861s  30
20. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault       1m54.093s  +4.904s  24
21. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          no time              2
22. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       no time

PRACTICE ONE

Report – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen ended the first free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix in third and fifth places respectively. On a sun-kissed Spa track, the Spaniard completed 16 laps and the Finn 17.

Alonso’s best time was a 1.51.805 while Raikkonen stopped the clocks in 1.52.818. In the morning, both Scuderia Ferrari drivers worked on set-up as usual and concentrated on assessing the Pirelli Medium tyres, which are being run this weekend along with the Soft compound.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver               Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m51.577s           25 
 2. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m51.674s  +0.097s  24 
 3. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m51.805s  +0.228s  16 
 4. Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m52.404s  +0.827s  21 
 5. Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari               1m52.818s  +1.241s  17 
 6. Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes  1m52.903s  +1.326s  24 
 7. Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes      1m52.922s  +1.345s  23 
 8. Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes  1m52.937s  +1.360s  22 
 9. Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault      1m52.972s  +1.395s  19 
10. Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Mercedes     1m53.172s  +1.595s  20 
11. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m53.369s  +1.792s  11 
12. Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault    1m53.594s  +2.017s  21 
13. Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m53.597s  +2.020s  20 
14. Adrian Sutil         Sauber-Ferrari        1m53.703s  +2.126s  14 
15. Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes     1m53.968s  +2.391s  20 
16. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault    1m54.189s  +2.612s  20 
17. Giedo van der Garde  Sauber-Ferrari        1m54.335s  +2.758s  16 
18. Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault         1m55.336s  +3.759s  21 
19. Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari      1m55.782s  +4.205s  19 
20. Alexander Rossi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m57.232s  +5.655s  20 
21. Andre Lotterer       Caterham-Renault      1m57.886s  +6.309s  24 
22. Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault      1m57.977s  +6.400s  24

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “A difficult day, complicated by a series of setbacks which cost us valuable track time. In the morning, I had a brake problem, but once it was sorted, we were able to get through our planned programme for the first session. The new components we brought for this race seem to be working, but only after we have cross-referenced all the data will we be able to work out what is the best package to use for the rest of the weekend. In the afternoon, an electrical problem complicated our work, preventing us from carrying out the race simulation. Tomorrow, we can expect a busy free practice session, in which we will do our best to prepare the car for qualifying and the race.”

Pat Fry: “The Spa circuit is a very enjoyable one for the drivers and at the same time it presents a great challenge for we engineers, especially this year because of the parameters linked to the new Power Unit. In order to gather as much data as possible, we chose to run different programmes with our drivers. Unfortunately, in the second session, Kimi’s work was affected by an electrical problem, which although it didn’t prevent him running, did mean he couldn’t make the most of all the systems. In the first and third sectors, top speed counts the most, while in the middle one, driveability and aerodynamic downforce come into play more and that makes finding the right set-up especially demanding, even more so when looking to the race, because while extra downforce can be an advantage in the second sector, it slows the cars on the straights, making it harder to attack and defend in the race. We are working hard on the efficiency of the car in general and on the thermal energy side of the Power Unit, but I think that at tracks like this one and Monza, which highlights these characteristics on our rivals’ cars, we will have to try and defend with all means available and attack where and when possible.”


Thursday in Spa

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Kimi on current F1, racing at Spa + F1 kid Max Verstappen

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The Spa circuit is famous for its high speed challenge and, at his usual Thursday meeting with the media in the Belgian paddock, Kimi Raikkonen was asked if he regretted the fact the current cars are a bit slower than in the past. “In a way yes, if you think of F1, you’d think we would have everything possible in the car to make them go faster, as it was in the past,” began the Scuderia Ferrari driver. “But obviously, now the rules have changed aimed at making the cars slower, while improving the show. I think the cars looked nicer in the past and were much more challenging to drive and it was more fun in some ways. On the other side, maybe we have more overtaking now, but sometimes I think it would be nice to go back and race with the cars from the past.”

When Kimi made his F1 debut there were concerns voiced about his lack of experience, so he is ideally placed to comment on the story of the day, next year’s arrival of the currently 16 year old Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso. “I did one full year, 23 races in a car before coming to F1,” recalled the Finn. “He has probably done more. I did well; time will tell how he will do. The sport is more straightforward now than in the past, the points are given out to more finishers. So I don’t think he will have problems and I hope he does well.”

Kimi’s last win at Spa came at the wheel of a Ferrari in 2009, which at the time he described as “a miracle.” He was asked what a victory would represent on Sunday. “It would be a similar story!” he said. “That year, we were one of the few teams running KERS and that was a good help for us here. Hopefully we can have a good weekend overall and a good race, so that we start improving. But here and Monza are probably not the easiest places for us as we are missing some straightline speed, which is very important at this circuit and the next one. I think that the final part of the season can only be better for us, especially as I’ve had a much better feeling from the car at the last two races.”

[ Source: ferrari.com ]

Kimi Raikkonen does not think the summer break will have changed the fact he felt better in the Ferrari F14 T than he has done all season in Hungary.

Raikkonen’s struggles since his return to Ferrari have been well-documented, especially as he has been out-performed by Fernando Alonso at every race this season. At the beginning of the year Raikkonen was struggling to find the right setting for his car but he thinks the signs from the last few races suggest he is ready to turn a corner.

“I think overall the second half can only get better,” Raikkonen said. “If it gets worse, obviously it’s pretty bad. These two circuits [Spa and Monza] on paper are not the strongest for us but there’s been a better feeling in the car overall in the last few races. I don’t think that’s suddenly disappeared somewhere, we’ve had some new things, small things, which have improved.

“There’s a much better feeling now than there was in the first races of the year because I knew those issues and couldn’t do anything about it at that moment. We are making the right steps and hopefully it’s going to be a bit easier in the second half.”

When asked whether he can pull off another miracle result in Belgium as he did in 2009, when he won his first race of a frustrating season, Raikkonen said he is not too optimistic. “I think it is a similar story but that year we were one of the only ones to run with the KERS and in this kind of place it was a good help for us. Now it’s a bit different, though it’s a difficult year again. Hopefully we can have a good weekend weekend overall and start improving things.

“I expect here and Monza will not be the easiest places for us with the speed we are missing on a straight line, a very important part of those circuits. We will do our best and see where we end up.”

[ Sourceespn.co.uk ]

Winners of Shell’s Meet Kimi competition at Spa

Kimi Raikkonen at a Shell event this year

Kimi Raikkonen at a Shell event this year

In April this year, Kimi and Ferrari sponsor Shell put out this awesome competition to meet the Iceman at the Belgian Grand Prix with a VIP experience. Participants simply had to tag a picture of their car. Here are those lucky winners who will no doubt be thrilled to meet their hero next week! Congratulations guys, don’t forget to share with us your experience! Tweet your pictures to @EvenstarSaima or send us a message on Facebook.


2014 F1 Driver Salaries Revealed

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The annual list of F1 salaries has again been published, and while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso remains top, he has now been joined by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

The information – complied by Business Book GP2014 and reported on TomorrowNewsF1.com – reckons all three are now on around €22 million, with Kimi Raikkonen gaining considerably after moving from Lotus to the Scuderia. Vettel’s income has also increased substantially in the wake of his fourth F1 Drivers’ title in a row.

Lewis Hamilton meanwhile has now dropped to fourth in the rankings, although he remains on a reputed €20 million retainer with Mercedes, one spot in front of Jenson Button, taking home €16 million with McLaren.

Current Championship leader Nico Rosberg saw his pay increased by Mercedes from €11 million to €12 million, while Felipe Massa drops to €4 million after losing his seat at Ferrari and then moving to Williams.

Further back, Nico Hulkenberg is now apparently earning four times as much as he did in 2013, with Force India paying him €4 million, while his team-mate, Sergio Perez has seen his salary doubled to €3 million – despite being dumped by McLaren. Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado also earn €3 million, it is claimed.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo both look a real bargain at €1 million and €750,000 respectively, while F1 2014 rookie Kevin Magnussen gets €1 million with McLaren. Fellow F1 newbie Daniil Kvyat is on €250,000 with Toro Rosso.

Drivers:

1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari €22m
= Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari €22m
=Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing €22m
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes €20m
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes €16m
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes €12m
7. Felipe Massa Williams €4m
= Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1 €4m
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team €3m
= Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team €3m
= Sergio Perez Force India F1 €3m
12. Adrian Sutil Sauber €2m
13. Kevin Magnuseen McLaren-Mercedes €1m
= Valtteri Bottas Williams €1m
15. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing €750,000
= Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso €750,000
17. Jules Bianchi Marussia €500,000
18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber €400,000
19. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso €250,000
20. Max Chilton Marussia €200,000
21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 €150,000
= Kamui Kobayshi Caterham F1 €150,000

What the F1 teams spent on drivers in 2014:

1. Ferrari €44m
2. Mercedes €32m
3. Red Bull Racing €22.75m
4. McLaren-Mercedes €17m
5. Force India €7m
6. Lotus F1 team €6m
7. Williams €5m
8. Sauber €2.4m
9. Scuderia Toro Rosso €1m
10. Marussia €700,000
11. Caterham €300,000

2013 Drivers’ salaries here.

[ Source: crash.net ]

 


Hakkinen backs Kimi to recover

Mika Häkkinen has backed Kimi Räikkönen to recover from his troubled first half of the 2014 season.

Since returning to Ferrari, Räikkönen has been overshadowed by team-mate Fernando Alonso; while Alonso holds fourth after the first 11 races with two podiums to his name, Räikkönen sits 12th with a best finish of sixth.

But Häkkinen says he has seen enough progress from Räikkönen, who has struggled to find a comfortable balance with the F14 T chassis, to suggest that his fellow Finn will soon get on terms with Alonso.

“It’s just a matter of time. Kimi is just as quick as Alonso when he manages to get his car set up properly,” said Häkkinen, a two-time World Champion, during his post-Hungarian Grand Prix column for Hermes.

Räikkönen’s aforementioned sixth place came directly before the summer break in Budapest, but he could have achieved more had it not been for a backfiring tyre gamble that saw him eliminated from the opening phase.

Häkkinen admitted to shock over the outcome, questioning Ferrari’s decision-making on the pit wall.

“That was an obvious mistake, one that shouldn’t be made by a team at the level of Ferrari,” he explained.

“Maybe their thoughts were already on the four week break. I struggle to believe that such a serious error was made under [Engineering Director] Pat Fry. I know Fry very well; he was an engineer at McLaren when I was there. The alarm bells should have gone off for a person like him. One should never take anything for granted.”

[ Source: gpupdate.net ]

HUNGARY GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report – Scuderia Ferrari recorded its best result of the season today. Fernando Alonso finished second, having led for a while until three laps from the end, while Kimi Raikkonen staged a great charge up the order to go from 16th on the grid to sixth at the flag.
It was a spectacular race, in part because it started on a wet track with everyone running Intermediate tyres. After a few laps, the Safety Car was required when Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily in the Caterham. The SC came out after the top four, including Fernando, had passed the pits, which jumbled the order, promoting Ricciardo to the lead.

The Safety Car came out again when Sergio Perez crashed the Force India on the pit straight, with Ricciardo changing tyres and mixing up the strategies. When the race was on again, Alonso therefore found himself leading, although Ricciardo, on a different strategy, retook the position, handing it back to the Spaniard with 15 laps remaining. Raikkonen meanwhile had his best race of the year, making the most of the run of pit stops to get as high up as third at one point.

Final Results:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                     Time/Gap
 1.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault         1h53m05.058s
 2.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                       +5.225s
 3.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                      +5.857s
 4.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                      +6.361s
 5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes            +29.841s
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                      +31.491s
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault             +40.964s
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes            +41.344s
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault           +58.527s
10.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes           +1m07.280s
11.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari             +1m08.169s
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes           +1m18.465s
13.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault              +1m24.024s
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault             -1 lap
15.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari               -1 lap
16.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari               -1 lap
                                                             
Retirements:                                          
                                                             
     Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari                33 laps
     Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault              25 laps
     Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes          23 laps
     Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes          15 laps
     Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                 11 laps
     Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault               8 laps
Drivers' championship:
 1.  Nico Rosberg       202
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     191
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo   131
 4.  Fernando Alonso    115
 5.  Valtteri Bottas    95
 6.  Sebastian Vettel   88
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    69
 8.  Jenson Button      60
 9.  Felipe Massa       40
10.  Kevin Magnussen    37
11.  Sergio Perez       29
12.  Kimi Raikkonen     27
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   11
14.  Romain Grosjean    8
15.  Daniil Kvyat       6
16.  Jules Bianchi      2
17.  Adrian Sutil       0
18.  Marcus Ericsson    0
19.  Pastor Maldonado   0
20.  Esteban Gutierrez  0
21.  Max Chilton        0
22.  Kamui Kobayashi    0

Constructors' championship:
 1.  Mercedes              393
 2.  Red Bull-Renault      219
 3.  Ferrari               142
 4.  Williams-Mercedes     135
 5.  Force India-Mercedes  98
 6.  McLaren-Mercedes      97
 7.  Toro Rosso-Renault    17
 8.  Lotus-Renault         8
 9.  Marussia-Ferrari      2
10.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0

QUOTES

Raikkonen not expecting big improvement over break“Yeah, after yesterday’s mistakes, this kind of place it is hard to place and we were lacking straight-line speed, I had difficulties passing the Sauber in the middle of the race with the DRS so obviously it was a bit tricky but we managed to gain place. We were faster than Williams but I just couldn’t get past. I hope that the second part of the season can be much better than the first one, but obviously one little bit better day doesn’t change an awful lot. It doesn’t take away the mistakes and the things we have to really improve, make it work as a team much better. That doesn’t change from this moment to this afternoon; there are an awful lot of things left to be done to make sure we can be where we should be. I believe in the team, that we can put ourselves where we should be. There are some signs, today we had good speed but obviously starting where we started, it was hard to make any better place. I don’t think there is going to be a big difference in three or four weeks, but for sure next year. So we try to work more improving things and improve in the second half, make sure things are how we want and should be.”

Kimi: We deserved more“Sixth doesn’t really give me anything. I think we deserved a bit more, but not after yesterday. I’m here to try and win races, OK it’s some good points but it’s nowhere near where we want. The car has been feeling pretty OK all weekend but it was a hard race to make any better result from where we started. It was more fun, for sure. The car was also feeling a bit better so it makes life a bit easier and means you can enjoy it more. It was a fun race. Difficult, but fun. However the big picture does not change from one result. It’s welcome to get some points and a bit better result but it doesn’t change the fact that we could have scored much better points in some of our races, but always something happens. I’m happy for it but its disappointing overall how things went and we have to make sure we don’t make those things [happen again]. There were some signs of improvements and the car is a lot better than at the start of the year but that’s normal. After yesterday’s mistakes, problems, at this kind of place it is still hard to pass and we are lacking straight-line speed a bit. I had difficulties getting past a Sauber at the start of the race even with DRS. It was a bit tricky but we managed to gain places. It’s hard, we were faster than the Williams but we couldn’t get past it and following it for so many laps takes a lot out of the tyres. I had a few times where I got close but it was impossible.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today’s race was difficult, but much more fun than the others, as I had a good feeling with the car, the pace was good and I felt I could push. After the way qualifying went yesterday, sixth was the most we could hope for. At the start, I got away well but then I lost vital time behind a Sauber and when I caught Massa’s Williams, I couldn’t get past: here in general, overtaking is not easy and we lack speed down the straights. Sure, this is a good team result, but we must not get too excited, because even if there are signs of improvement, we still have much work to do in a lot of areas to get to where we want to be. We’ve had a very complicated start to the season, but I hope the second part of the championship will go better. I have great faith in the team and I feel we are going in the right direction. Even if it’s going to take some time, I’m sure the results will come.”

Pat Fry: “After mixed fortunes in qualifying yesterday, today the team showed it could react extremely well and keep a cool head when faced with the variable situations that arose during the race. It’s never easy in cases like this, with rain at the start, the Safety Car, having to avoid traffic and especially with having to keep faster cars behind us, but the team performed very competently. The F14 T demonstrated the good race pace it had already shown on Friday and that has helped us re-take third place in the Constructors’ classification. After the summer break, we come to two races that will be difficult for us, on two tracks where it will be important to make the most of any opportunity, just as we did today. On behalf of the team, I wish to congratulate Fernando and Kimi. We had promised them redemption and we were true to our word. We know that there is still a long way to go, but we will spare nothing in our efforts, continuing to work hard to improve, day by day.”

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HUNGARY GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Report – When the lights go out at 2pm tomorrow, Fernando Alonso will start from fifth on the grid, while Kimi could do no better than 17th, after taking a strategic gamble that didn’t pay off.

The sky looked threatening at the start of Q1, with the forecast claiming a 30% chance of rain. There was drama right away, as Pastor Maldonado stopped his Lotus at the side of the track and Lewis Hamilton had to park his Mercedes at the entrance to pit lane with a fire at the rear, not even having set a time.

Midway through Q1, Fernando was comfortably in a Q2 position, with Kimi 14th. The team then decided to keep the Finn in the garage, confident that the Caterhams and Marussias would not manage to beat his 1.26.792, which would have seen Kimi no lower than 16th. However, Jules Bianchi put in a great lap which meant that, by just a handful of hundredths, Raikkonen failed to make the cut to Q2. Now, the Finn has nothing to lose and will be attacking all the way in tomorrow’s race.

Final Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m22.715s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m23.201s  +0.486s
 3.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m23.354s  +0.639s
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m23.391s  +0.676s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m23.909s  +1.194s
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m24.223s  +1.508s
 7.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.294s  +1.579s
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m24.720s  +2.005s
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m24.775s  +2.060s
10.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes
Q3 cut-off time:                       1m24.647s
11.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m24.706s  +1.396s**
12.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.136s  +1.826s
13.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m25.211s  +1.901s
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.260s  +1.950s
15.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m25.337s  +2.027s
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m27.419s  +4.109s
Q2 cut-off time:                       1m26.728s
17.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m26.792s  +1.851s***
18.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m27.139s  +2.198s
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m27.819s  +2.878s
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m28.643s  +3.702s
21.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault

QUOTES

Raikkonen questioned Ferrari Q1 strategy – “The plan was to go out but the team said we are fine, I questioned it a few times to be 100% sure. The end result is what we can see. Yesterday afternoon [and] this morning it was a bit difficult with the hard to get grip, the soft [has] been quicker all weekend.”

“I don’t really see the point in shouting around. I’ve done mistakes in the past and will make more in the future.” (via autosport.com)

 

When asked if he could have over-ruled Ferrari’s decision due to his objections, Raikkonen replied: “You can, but I trust in the team, believe in the people. The plan was to go out, but the team said ‘no, you are fine, you do not need to go out’. I questioned it a few times, but they said no need and we can see the end result.

“I cannot always go against advice. We are here as a team, we make decision as a team, and today the outcome was this. As a team in Formula One, as Ferrari, we should not be doing these kind of things. None of us are in our first year. It’s not good for me or the team.”

Despite the error in judgement Raikkonen says he will not be labouring over Ferrari’s decision for too long.

“A mistake has been made. It’s already been a difficult year, so I don’t see the point to shout. The mistake is done. I’ve made mistakes in the past, I will make them in the future. People make mistakes, but there are things we have to change to improve. These are not easy times.”

Raikkonen insists qualifying does not change anything about his future.

“I have a contract, I fully believe in Ferrari, I’ve enjoyed a lot of wins and success with them. It’s been a difficult year, which is life. It’s not fun when you have hard times, it’s happened before and that’s how it goes.” (via espn.co.uk)

“As a team in Formula One, as Ferrari, we should not be doing these kind of things. None of us are in our first year. Obviously we have to improve, to do things differently because we can see there are weaknesses in the system. I have not suddenly over the winter lost a few seconds laptime. So it’s the case of putting things in the right places for me.” (via motorsport.com)

Kimi Raikkonen: “I am very disappointed with the outcome of qualifying, especially because this weekend I was going well and had a good feeling from the car. After the first run on the Medium tyres the team told me that my time should be good enough to get me through to the next part and so we decided to take a risk and not go out for a second run on the softer compound. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off and I couldn’t get past Q1.

It’s going to be difficult, because there’s not much chance of overtaking here at the Hungaroring. We definitely made a mistake, but now I only want to look ahead. Tomorrow, even if it will be tough, we will do our best to try and move up the order.”

Pat Fry: “Mixed fortunes for our team in today’s qualifying, with our drivers ending up no less than twelve places apart. In the first part, the fact that Maldonado and Hamilton were out led us to keep both cars in the garage, banking on the times set with the Medium tyres. With Fernando this worked, but unfortunately, with Kimi we were caught out by the evolution of the track. It’s very disappointing not to have got through with him because he’s been going better this weekend. Clearly tomorrow he will be on the attack: on this track, it’s not easy to move up the order because of the traffic, but our race pace is good and we will do all we can to turn things around. In the second part of qualifying, the track continued to improve and Fernando got into Q3 easily enough.

In the end, when the rain came, we decided to go out immediately, but then it was impossible to finish the lap. The hot track dried out very quickly but, concerned it might rain again, we decided to go out on track earlier than planned and Fernando ended up fifth. Rain is forecast for tomorrow which means it is even harder to make predictions, but whatever the weather we must try and get Kimi back up into the points and to get a good haul with Fernando.”


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

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first free practice session, we managed to do a good job, testing various solutions on the programme and I was feeling reasonably pleased with the handling of the car. Then, in the afternoon, I went out for a second run on the Medium tyres, because the behaviour of this compound seemed worse as the temperature went up and that affected the handling of the car, while on the Soft I had no problems.

In the second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the Mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn’t show any problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days.”

Pat Fry: “The Hungaroring always presents a major challenge for drivers and also engineers, especially during free practice. All the teams know this track lacks grip and, especially on Friday, one has to adapt to the gradually improving conditions, as the rubber gets put down on the surface. Today, because of instability that seemed to affect other cars as well as ours, we had to pay particular attention to set-up, trying to improve the balance at the entry and exit to the corners. This track is very demanding on the aerodynamic front and today’s high temperatures had a significant effect on tyre behaviour, although it’s due to get cooler for the rest of the weekend.

The lap is particularly short and will make managing the ERS system very interesting during the race and this is an area where we are learning a lot race after race. The performance level over short and long runs are similar to those seen in recent races and it looks like being a very tough weekend. Overtaking opportunities are strictly limited and so, more than elsewhere, you need to get the best possible result in qualifying.”

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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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Raikkonen & Mattiacci

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.

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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