kimi-britishgp-040715-2015-krs17A large crowd was treated to a very exciting qualifying session for the British Grand Prix this Saturday afternoon. In front of around 100,000 spectators, the Scuderia ended up with Kimi Raikkonen fifth in 1.33.379 and sixth with Sebastian Vettel, who did a 1.33.547. On their last set of Medium tyres, neither Ferrari man managed to improve on the times posted on their first set of new tyres, but it was enough to lock down the third row of the grid for tomorrow’s race. Pole went to Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes with a 1.32.248 [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.248s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.361s 0.113s
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.085s 0.837s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m33.149s 0.901s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.379s 1.131s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.547s 1.299s
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m33.636s 1.388s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m33.649s 1.401s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m33.673s 1.425s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.943s 1.695s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.268s 2.020s
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.430s 2.182s
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.502s 2.254s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.511s 2.263s
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.868s 2.620s
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.888s 2.640s
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m34.959s 2.711s
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.207s 2.959s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m37.364s 5.116s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.377s 7.129s


From crash.netKimi: “Obviously, we expected to be behind the Mercedes but, today, we ended up behind the Williams with a small difference between us and them. I don’t see it as sliding back, but we maybe didn’t get exactly what we wanted today. This kind of layout and in windy conditions, we know that it’s not very good for us, but it’s not like a disaster, it’s just that we are not happy to be fifth and sixth. There is no point to start talking about sliding back – I’m sure we are improving, but maybe the times didn’t show today. I think it’s down to the conditions, circuit layout and which tyres are at which race. There wasn’t the second difference in the last race, so you see how quickly things change. It wasn’t an ideal day for us, but I don’t expect this to be suddenly the true story. It’s one of the places where we seem to have a bit of struggle [and] we are not being worried about this going on all year. I think we could have done it better in the way we ran the whole thing, but the main thing is that we went through in Q2 after we got a bit close. It’s been quite tricky to get the laps together and I think it’s the windy conditions that seems to affect us quite a lot. One lap is fine and the next lap is a bit different, so it’s hard to get it right. On the last two new tyres in Q3, if I could have managed to put the sectors together, we probably could have been third or something, but we did our best. Obviously it’s a bit disappointing to be where we are, in fifth, and it doesn’t make me any more happy [to be ahead of Vettel] when we are fifth and sixth. I don’t care if he is in front of me when we are in this position. It makes a difference when we are going for P1 and P2, but it doesn’t make me happy to be in front of him when we are in the position we are in. Maybe other people look differently, but for me it is just a number.”

From autosport.com – When asked if Saturday’s performance showed Ferrari is losing ground, Raikkonen said: “I don’t think so – I don’t see that we are sliding back. Every race is different. We didn’t get exactly what we wanted today, but in these windy conditions we know it’s not easy for us. But it’s not like a disaster. There’s no point to talk about if we are sliding back.”

From ferrarif1.comKimi“It was not an easy qualifying, with the strong wind the handling was not ideal and it was very tricky for everybody, because the conditions kept changing from run to run and from corner to corner. We know that when is windy it’s not very easy for us, we improved our car on that side but here it was still difficult to get the lap right, putting all the sectors together. Obviously we can’t be happy for fifth and sixth position, it’s a bit disappointing, but we tried our best and hopefully tomorrow we’ll do better. I don’t think we’re slipping back, it’s just the different conditions we had today. In the race we’ll see what is going to happen, we’ll push to gain some positions”.

Q+A from f1.comQ: Kimi, would you say that it was good weekend so far? At least from the outside it has looked pretty smooth…

Kimi Raikkonen: No, not really. There were many things that we were running through and today, for example, there was one lap that was super and then the next lap was cr*p. So we had to get our game together at some point. In Q3 finally I was able to put all the sectors together – and it was okay. We did our best.

Q: Were there higher expectations after Q1 when you were quickest?

KR: No, because we ended up on the grid pretty much where we thought that we are. We keep our expectations realistic. And Q1 is never decisive, as we are all know, so to think that this could be the grid position would have been pretty blue eyed. And we are very down to earth with our expectations.

Q: You got one lap in Q2 deleted. Was there a misunderstanding on your side as to what was allowed in terms of track limits?

KR: No, not at all. We have to analyse what happened and see that we do not run into the same issues again. But it was no big drama.

Q: From what we’ve seen lately – including today – would you say that Ferrari are moving backwards in terms of relative performance?

KR: No, I definitely don’t think so. But every track produces different racing conditions – it is nothing more than that. Our car likes certain conditions and if these conditions are not there – just like the relatively windy conditions here – then we are struggling probably a bit more. Maybe you could say that we haven’t been too happy today, but tomorrow is the race and things can change pretty rapidly.

Q: What do you expect in terms of race pace compared to the Williams? They’ve shown that they will be a factor to consider this weekend…

KR: I have not looked at what they’ve done in qualifying. I was basically focusing on myself. But from my position I think it should be possible to gain some positions. But that is something that will – if at all – happen tomorrow! (laughs)

Q: It is the first time that you have outperformed Sebastian Vettel in qualifying in a situation where he didn’t have a problem. Are you dealing better with the fast corners – or what do you put it down to?

KR: Well, starting one position better than Seb doesn’t make my any happier. I don’t care whether it is fifth or sixth, this doesn’t have any impact on me. Yes, if it were first or second – that is something different. But fifth or sixth – no. That just shows that we have to work on the gap!

Q: The gap to the Mercedes is still somewhat significant for a team that wants to fight for wins. Are there any updates in the pipeline that will help you get closer?

KR: There are always bits and pieces that are new on the car at every race. Other than that I will not go into detail. We know that we have things to improve – and Ferrari was never a team that ‘forgets’ to develop. We have a clear goal and that is to fight for the championship. We know that it will not be this year, but everything that we learn and do this season will help us be more competitive in 2016. I have no worries that we will get there and improve to the point where we can challenge them.



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kimi-britishgp-040715-2015-krs5PRACTICE THREE

The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel followed home the Mercedes duo in qualifying simulation runs at Silverstone circuit this morning. Temperatures had dropped to more usual levels for this time of year, thanks to the rain that fell overnight and a strong wind which affected the final hour of free practice. Kimi did a 1.33.692, beaten only by Lewis Hamilton (1.32.917) and Nico Rosberg (1.33.469.) In the other SF15-T, Sebastian Vettel was fourth with a 1.33.918 [via ferrarif1.com]

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.917s 18
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.469s 0.552s 14
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.692s 0.775s 20
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.918s 1.001s 17
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.147s 1.230s 20
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.282s 1.365s 23
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.501s 1.584s 19
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.538s 1.621s 19
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m34.545s 1.628s 16
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.708s 1.791s 25
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.886s 1.969s 21
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.896s 1.979s 15
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m35.121s 2.204s 22
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.246s 2.329s 22
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.587s 2.670s 19
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m35.695s 2.778s 19
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.919s 3.002s 20
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.101s 3.184s 6
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m37.989s 5.072s 19
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.285s 5.368s 18



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For the hundredth time… Kimi: I chose to be here

02.07.2015 - Press conference, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - British Grand Prix - Practice Day - Silverstone, EnglandKimi Raikkonen hit back at questions about his motivation ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, saying that he would not be racing in Formula 1 if he didn’t want to be.

Raikkonen’s contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2015, but the Italian team has an option on the Finn’s services for next season.

Recent reports in Italy suggest that Valtteri Bottas is being lined up as a possible replacement for Raikkonen, whilst Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo have also been linked with the seat.

Speaking to NBCSN at Silverstone, Raikkonen said that he was unfazed by questions about his motivation and claimed that they have been a recurring theme throughout his career.

“They’ve questioned it for I think 12, 13 years now, so keep doing it, I don’t mind,” Raikkonen said.

“They can write what they want. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be here, if I wouldn’t want to do well and do racing. I could stay home, I suppose.”

Raikkonen has already scored 17 more points in the first eight races of the 2015 season than he did in the entirety of 2014, but some of his performances have been brought into question.

The Finn has struggled to match teammate Sebastian Vettel for pace, but he feels that a few more things need to fall into place before he can unlock his full potential with the Ferrari SF15-T car.

“I choose to be here, I want to do well and obviously sometimes you have hard times,” Raikkonen said. “We’re in fourth place in the championship, second as a team.

“Obviously it hasn’t been exactly as we wanted so far this year, but we have all of the tools. We just have to put things together and clean up certain things and I’m sure we’ll get the result we deserve.”

| Source: nbcsports.com |




The Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were front runners this Friday at Silverstone, come the end of the first two free practice sessions, which marked the start of the ninth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Raikkonen was second this afternoon with a 1.34.502 on his qualifying simulation using the Medium tyres, just ahead of Vettel who did a 1.34.522, both men running the softer of the two compounds brought to England by Pirelli. Having been quickest this morning, Nico Rosberg was again fastest for Mercedes with a 1.34.155 [via ferrarif1.com]

FP2 Times:

1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.155s 34
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.502s 0.347s 29
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.522s 0.367s 27
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.621s 0.466s 23
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m35.009s 0.854s 25
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.153s 0.998s 22
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.300s 1.145s 36
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m35.387s 1.232s 34
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.866s 1.711s 37
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m36.147s 1.992s 33
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m36.164s 2.009s 32
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m36.183s 2.028s 33
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.351s 2.196s 29
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m36.728s 2.573s 21
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.731s 2.576s 19
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.822s 2.667s 23
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m37.196s 3.041s 16
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.327s 3.172s 37
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.279s 4.124s 21
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.878s 5.723s 21


The Ferraris were fourth and sixth fastest in the first free practice session at Silverstone, the historic home of the British Grand Prix. The Finn posted a 1.35.588, to end up behind the lead trio of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg (1.34.274) his team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.34.344,) and Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso (1.35.530.) In the other SF15-T, Sebastian Vettel was sixth with a 1.35.739. Apart from the usual tyre programme, running two sets of Hard tyres each, the two Ferrari men shared the tasks of aerodynamic testing and set-up work [via ferrarif1.com]

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.274s 12
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.344s 0.070s 26
3 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.530s 1.256s 18
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.588s 1.314s 21
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.669s 1.395s 33
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.739s 1.465s 17
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.818s 1.544s 26
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m35.876s 1.602s 22
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.157s 1.883s 28
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m36.469s 2.195s 23
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.855s 2.581s 20
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.889s 2.615s 26
13 Susie Wolff Williams/Mercedes 1m37.242s 2.968s 19
14 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m37.262s 2.988s 26
15 Raffaele Marciello Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.372s 3.098s 17
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m38.080s 3.806s 8
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.222s 3.948s 12
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.860s 4.586s 10
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.981s 4.707s 23
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m40.477s 6.203s 23


From crash.netKimi: “It’s only practice. It looks good but who knows what happens over the weekend? It’s only Friday… We try to do the maximum in a practice as any Friday. Some days it goes a bit better and that depends on the circuit. It was not an easy day but I think we learned a bit. We still have to improve things and try to make it a bit more straightforward. On the hard tyre I had a hard time for whatever reason – if it’s just the one set or if it’s the hard tyre that is tricky here. But on the medium it seems to be pretty OK for one lap. We obviously we have work to do but it was a messy session because of the issues with the hard tyre.”

From f1i.comKimi: “I think we [Sebastian Vettel] are working well together and have a similar idea of things and what we want. Obviously that helps for the team and we can work in a normal way.”

From espn.co.uk – Raikkonen was then asked whether his strong finishes in both sessions was one for his critics, with his future at Ferrari still hanging in the balance, to which he replied: “No, it’s a normal Friday so I don’t know. I’ve answered your questions about next year maybe 20 times and it hasn’t yesterday or the day before.”

From ferrarif1.comKimi: “Today we tried to do the maximum in the practice and it looks good, but it’s only Friday. It was not an easy day, anyway we learned something. We still have to improve and try to make it a bit more straightforward. We have no idea what the others were doing in the long run, we were focused on our session. The medium compound seems to be pretty ok, while the hard one is more difficult. For some reason I struggled a bit with that, but I don’t know if it was down to that set in particular or if the compound itself is more tricky here.”



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