Report – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen ended the second free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix setting the second and fourth fastest times respectively. The Spaniard completed 28 laps, the best in 1.47.623, while the Finn did 29, stopping the clocks in 1.48.031.
In the second session, as in the first, the drivers continued to work on set-up and tyre work, this time running the Pirelli Supersofts, comparing them with the Softs. In the final part of the session, the Scuderia drivers, like almost all the others, did some long runs to simulate various stages of the race.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m47.790s||0.300s||28|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m48.041s||0.551s||5|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.653s||1.163s||30|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.751s||1.261s||30|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m48.770s||1.280s||31|
|11||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m48.800s||1.310s||33|
Report – The Scuderia Ferrari drivers ended the first free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix in first and seventh positions. Fernando Alonso set the benchmark time in 1.49.056, while Kimi Raikkonen’s best time was a 1.50.783.
The Spaniard and the Finn completed 16 and 19 laps respectively, working on set-up and beginning the evaluation of the Pirelli Soft tyre, a task that will be completed in the second session when they will also run the Supersofts.
The track is quite dirty and appears to be as bumpy as ever, especially in the first sector,while its temperature ran at 37 degrees.
|4||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m49.874s||0.818s||27|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m50.122s||1.066s||21|
|6||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m50.539s||1.483s||11|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m50.990s||1.934s||26|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m51.131s||2.075s||23|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m51.604s||2.548s||23|
Kimi Raikkonen feels Ferrari will have to improve the Energy Recovery System on its car if it is to close the gap to its quicker Formula 1 rivals.
The Scuderia has struggled for straightline speed all season and suffered a disastrous home grand prix in Italy recently, where it failed to qualify inside the top six and recorded a best result of ninth with Raikkonen.
Fernando Alonso’s ERS failed at Monza, causing his first mechanical retirement as a Ferrari driver since 2010, while Raikkonen struggled to make progress from 11th place on the grid.
The Finn also found wheel-to-wheel battle difficult during the previous race in Belgium, and said energy recovery and deployment was a particular weakness of the F14 T compared to the Mercedes-engined cars and the Red Bull-Renaults.
“I think in the race conditions it’s one point that we have to look at,” said Raikkonen, when asked by AUTOSPORT if a weak ERS was why Ferrari struggled for straightline speed in races.
“But during the season it’s not so easy [because of the engine freeze].
“I’m sure we can make a 100 per cent improvement over the winter.
“We have made some improvements already and I think if you look at certain engine manufacturers [compared to us] over one lap it’s not too bad, but then in a race distance we seem to be struggling a bit in certain places.”
Raikkonen said he expected upcoming races on more twisty circuits than Spa and Monza to suit Ferrari’s F14 T better.
When asked whether he expected stronger form from Ferrari during the next race in Singapore, Raikkonen said: “It’s hard to say as it’s a different year and different car [fore me].
“We expected this here [Monza] to be difficult, but I think the next few circuits will suit us as they’re not so long or so fast.
“We have to go there and see how the car is, but I expect to be in a stronger position.”
[ Source: autosport.com ]
There’s a reason they call Kimi Raikkonen the ‘Iceman’ so it’s no surprise the Ferrari driver isn’t allowing rumors surrounding his retirement to get him hot and bothered.
Raikkonen’s future has been the subject of much speculation with talk of him leaving the sport sweeping through the paddock over the past few weeks.
But the 34-year-old Finn, who sits 10th in the drivers’ championship, says he is only concentrating on finishing his career with Ferrari.
“I’m not a young guy anymore so obviously I want to do something more in my life than just Formula One,” Raikkonen, who is set to become a father early next year, told CNN’s The Circuit.
“But I have no plans, I will finish my career at Ferrari, we’ll see in the future.”
Ferrari is enduring a difficult time with the team having failed to win a drivers’ title since Raikkonen triumphed in 2007, while it currently trails Mercedes by 292 points in the constructors’ championship.
On Wednesday the Scuderia announced changes to its management structure, with Luca di Montezemolo, the man who presided over two decades of great success since taking up the role of chairman in 1991, to step down on October 13.
Two years after becoming world champion, Raikkonen quit the sport after being pushed out of the team following Fernando Alonso’s arrival.
He spent two years trying his hand at rallying before returning to the sport with Lotus in 2011.
It was during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July that rumors of Raikkonen’s impending retirement began to surface.
But Raikkonen, who began his F1 career with Sauber in 2001, says suggestions he is planning to leave the sport before his deal expires in 2015 are wide of the mark.
“No I never said that,” responded Raikkonen after being asked if he had said he was ready to quit the sport.
“The only thing that I said was that I will finish my career in Ferrari, F1 career in Ferrari, then people came up with ‘it’s end of this year, it’s now, it’s then’.
“With newspapers they just try to make rumors, wanting to be the guy that writes something up, it’s just rumors.”
[ Source: cnn.com ]
F1 Racing October 2014 issue includes a good chat with Kimi about his season, car troubles and future plans: