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BELGIUM GP – RACE RESULTS

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kimi-raikkonen-belgp-230815-krs9Sebastian’s podium vanishes, Kimi seventh – The Spa race didn’t disappoint those hoping for plenty of action. Both drivers made a good start, immediately moving up a few places. A lot of overtaking and different strategies conditioned the outcome of the race: Kimi Raikkonen pitted twice, while Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to try for a one stop. With two laps to go, the German was third, but his right rear tyre suddenly let go, robbing him of a place on the podium. Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh, after a great climb up the order. The win went to Lewis Hamilton, who finished ahead of his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean in the Lotus. [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h23m40.387s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2.058s
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 37.988s
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 45.692s
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 53.997s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 55.283s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 55.703s
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 56.076s
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m01.040s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.234s
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.311s
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Tyre
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1 Lap
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1 Lap
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault Retirement
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes Not started

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 227
2 Nico Rosberg 199
3 Sebastian Vettel 160
4 Kimi Raikkonen 82
5 Felipe Massa 82
6 Valtteri Bottas 79
7 Daniil Kvyat 57
8 Daniel Ricciardo 51
9 Romain Grosjean 38
10 Max Verstappen 26
11 Sergio Perez 25
12 Nico Hulkenberg 24
13 Felipe Nasr 16
14 Pastor Maldonado 12
15 Fernando Alonso 11
16 Carlos Sainz 9
17 Marcus Ericsson 7
18 Jenson Button 6
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 426
2 Ferrari 242
3 Williams/Mercedes 161
4 Red Bull/Renault 108
5 Lotus/Mercedes 50
6 Force India/Mercedes 49
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 35
8 Sauber/Ferrari 23
9 McLaren/Honda 17
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

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QUOTES

From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “Obviously we cannot be very happy with where we finished, but it’s much better than from where we started. Yesterday we had some issues but today we wanted to get a better end result. My start was pretty bad, I had a lot of wheelspin and then obviously the first corner was not ideal, but I was able to recover quite well. My car was handling pretty well through all the race, only towards the end I ran out of the front tyres. Today we kept doing our best and tried to improve our position, but coming from so far back it was not easy. We keep trying and hopefully we have some more luck on our side in the future, we are doing the right things as a team but all the times something happens and we cannot get the result we expect. Now we go to Monza, our home race: it would be very nice to have a strong weekend there in front of all our fans. Again the track has a lot of straightlines and is not going to be easy against all those cars but we’ll bring some new stuff that hopefully will help us to be in fight.”

From f1i.com – Kimi: “I haven’t seen it [Vettel’s tyre blowout]. I was only told that he had a tyre issue and I saw him on the circuit when I got past him but I don’t know anything else apart from the tyre went; so I’m not the right person to answer, you’ll have to talk to the team. I don’t want to get involved in the whole thing. Obviously it was bad for him, it’s bad for our team to have this issue but I don’t want to get involved in the whole thing. Obviously it’s disappointing, not just for me but for the team. We had two issues this weekend and it hurt on both cars quite badly. Like I said, we are doing the right things as a team, it just seems we’re not really getting the results. We’ll keep working and improving things and hopefully we’ll get the results at some point. We have to be realistic with where we started today after yesterday’s issue. We did our best and obviously its not where we want to finish in seventh place but that was our maximum today.”


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HUNGARY GP – RACE RESULTS

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This Is For You Jules – A 69 lap charge around the Hungaroring ended in a win for Sebastian Vettel. The German took the lead right after the start, with a forceful move on the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Vettel saw his 30 second advantage wiped out when the Safety Car came out on lap 42. Seb kept his concentration, doing a good job of managing the final third of the race, to take the chequered flag in first place for his second win with Ferrari, his first ever in Hungary.

Kimi Raikkonen was very unlucky today. The Finn was lying second for much of the race, thanks to a great start and a determined overtaking move on Rosberg under braking for Turn 2. Kimi was right behind his team-mate for two thirds of the race, but his chance of a podium evaporated on lap 56 when a problem with his energy recovery system meant he had to retire.

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 69
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 69
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 69
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 69
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 69
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 69
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 69
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 69
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 69
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 69
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 69
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 69
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 69
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 69
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 67
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 65
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 60
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 55
Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 53
Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 41

QUOTES

From formulaspy.com – Kimi: “It would’ve been good for the team to be one and two because we had the speed but we had the problem with the car, we hit the maximum that we could today. I could hear some things change, but for me it was just a sudden loss of power. It was surprisingly okay after the safety car, in the straight lines we were slow but no losing so much. But because we had one problem, there came another, we tried to sort it out but we couldn’t do the whole race like that. I think I have had so many disappointments and bad races, that this is just one more.”

From autosport.com – Kimi:  “We’ve had bad races, that is one more. Obviously it would have been much greater for the team to have a one-two, but as a team we still won with Seb so it is good for the team. It was a pain for us not to be one and two because we easily had the speed and everything was there, we just got done by a problem with the car. Unfortunately that’s part of the luck for us and part of the business and part of the racing and there is nothing we could do. The car went wrong but we did the maximum level we could at the end of the day. When you look at the end result it’s not such a great thing but it looks far away from the disaster of last year. We’ve had all the issues and problems and now we keep pushing and hopefully we get a little bit of luck. We showed that we can do a great result, great races, but we just have to make sure we don’t have any issues in part of the weekend.”

From autosport.com – Kimi: “We had good speed and we pulled away from them, not easily, but we were consistently faster than them. I don’t know what would have happened if we were behind them, probably we couldn’t have used our own speed because it is hard to overtake. There have been many times this year when we feel we had more speed than we have been able to show because we were stuck behind another car and not been able to overtake. So the benefit of making good starts made a big difference and it was nice to have a good start with both cars because it hasn’t been our strongest point this year. It shows that we are doing things right and that the car is not too bad.”

From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It’s a shame what happened today in the race, but when you have no luck you have no luck, we did our best today. The start was really good for both of us, probably the best since the beginning of the season; we had good speed and were able to pull away and stay in front. The speed was always there today and I was expecting to push right to the end, but at one point I heard something strange in the car, the sound was getting different and then got worse and worse. We tried to fix it but it was not possible so I decided to retire. As a team we had a pretty good day with Sebastian’s win, but I think that we deserved a better result today, more than just a win. Without my problem we could have got a one-two finish very easily but things seem to always go in the worst possible way. Overall in the first part of the season we had the speed but it has been a bit unlucky. There was always something dictating the final result of the race quite badly. The most important thing now is to get rid of all the problems, we’ll keep pushing and hopefully luck will turn on our side and we’ll get what we deserve.”

From motorsport.com – Kimi: When asked if it was fair that he lost a result that could have swung his future, through no fault of his own, Raikkonen said: “It is not a question of being fair or not. It is not my decision, it is up to them. They do what they want. Obviously it is disappointing. I have had disappointments last year and this year, and I am sure this year we have had pretty good speed all the time. We just keep having issues here and there, and mistakes here and there, and we have struggled to show the real results because of those. But if I did not have the speed I would not be here. I would stop if I didn’t feel I had the speed or the passion. I would not come here, I would stay home.” Although Raikkonen has not been able to deliver the results he believes he is capable of, he thinks the team appreciates how different the situation is to 12 months ago when he was struggling. “When you only see the end result it does not look like a great thing but we have been far away from disaster like last year – even with problems and mistakes. We will keep pushing and hopefully we can put our bad luck behind us. I am sure we can get great results and great races, but we have to make sure that we don’t have many issues and any problems with it. It is a big key point for us, we know we have to improve – but things go wrong sometimes. When it goes wrong with us, with the car or with me, it is just the end result is not good. It is part of the game, an unfortunate thing, and not a nice thing to have, but what can you do? You just have to keep trying and pushing and I am sure we can have good results this year. Who knows what happens next year? It is not in my hands really. It is in the team’s and that is it.”

Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne – “We dedicate this victory to the memory of Jules Bianchi, a fantastic guy whom we all miss terribly. Unfortunately, today in the end, we were unable to celebrate a one-two finish which was within our grasp because of a problem with Kimi’s car. That’s a clear sign we must never drop our guard. We will continue to work on closing the gap to those ahead of us, but without ever ignoring the reliability factor. We will soon be pausing for the summer break, after which I’m sure everyone in the Scuderia will return even more ready and determined than ever.”

Maurizio Arrivabene -“A fantastic win! Over the past few weeks, we had had comments from people who said we were in a slump, people who obviously can’t or don’t want to read the numbers. As a matter of fact, we had anticipated long time ago that there could be ups and down in the course of the season, but that does not mean that we were stepping back. This weekend started with a horrible Friday for us, so we knew we only had P3 on Saturday to properly set the car up. We calmed down and managed to recover, but still we didn’t know we could win the race. We were only confident that we could fight at the front. Then both Seb and Kimi had a tremendous start and being able to drive in clean air surely made a difference in terms of tyre management, as we knew the first two sets of Options would perform very well. I am very disappointed, though, that Kimi din not make it to the end, because he was having a great day. Congrats to him. This is Formula One and we must accept the lack of reliability as another challenge for the future. We won today, but still keep our feet on the ground and remain humble and committed”.

Sebastian Vettel – “I think it looked pretty promising off the line. Obviously it was a great move from Kimi. Obviously he started another row back and we managed to be one-two after the first couple of corners. So I guess he did a hell of a job to get these Mercedes in the first two corners. Yeah, then I was told during the safety car phase that he has a problem with the car. He lost the [MGU]-K and obviously then you’re pretty chanceless, you lose a lot of power and then all the systems start to misbehave, so in the end he didn’t finish. It’s a shame – because I think it could have been, first of all, a very, very strong team result and second, a one-two. A great day for Ferrari but not as great as it could have been. Obviously a bit of a shame for Kimi – it’s not my job but all the bullshit that’s been going around recently, I think both of us were driving a very consistent race and deserved a one-two.”


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BRITISH GP – RACE RESULTS

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kimi-britishgp-050715-2015-krs15The British Grand Prix started under summer skies, but eventually delivered a typical English day, with rain arriving unexpectedly for the final third of the race. When the rain came, Raikkonen had been lying fifth and switched to Intermediate tyres on lap 38, while Vettel came in four laps later. It was enough to make the difference when it came to tyre management, given that the rain intensified just as Sebastian made his stop. Thanks to a great strategy, Vettel managed to jump the two cars ahead to go from sixth to third place, thus returning to the podium after a two race absence. Raikkonen was forced to make a further stop because his tyres were degrading and he ended up eighth. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h31m27.729s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 10.956s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 25.443s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 36.839s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m03.194s
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m03.955s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.744s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
13 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault Retirement
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault Spun off
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Collision
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari Not started

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 194
2 Nico Rosberg 177
3 Sebastian Vettel 135
4 Valtteri Bottas 77
5 Kimi Raikkonen 76
6 Felipe Massa 74
7 Daniel Ricciardo 36
8 Daniil Kvyat 27
9 Nico Hulkenberg 24
10 Romain Grosjean 17
11 Felipe Nasr 16
12 Sergio Perez 15
13 Pastor Maldonado 12
14 Max Verstappen 10
15 Carlos Sainz 9
16 Marcus Ericsson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 1
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 371
2 Ferrari 211
3 Williams/Mercedes 151
4 Red Bull/Renault 63
5 Force India/Mercedes 39
6 Lotus/Mercedes 29
7 Sauber/Ferrari 21
8 Toro Rosso/Renault 19
9 McLaren/Honda 5
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

QUOTES

Kimi – Dave Greenwood – Team Radio:

From crash.netKimi: “It changed quite a lot from lap to lap. Then turn 6/7, it got quite slippery and it was raining more and more and I decided to come in as I thought it would rain more, but it was four laps too early. It was the wrong choice, but we tried. We were faster [than Hulkenberg] but we couldn’t get past, then we stopped and it was fine. I was saving the tyres and when I started pushing the car was actually fine. The lap time was a bit missing for whatever reason, but the handling was as good as it could have been.”

From espn.co.ukKimi: “For me it got quite slippery and it looked like it was raining more and more. Obviously I decided to come in; I thought it would keep raining. Four laps too early, so it was the wrong choice but at least we tried. Raikkonen had been passed by Vettel – who ended up on the podium after a perfectly-timed pit stop on lap 43 – just before his decision to dive into the pit lane on lap 39, which followed a wide moment at Luffield. The Finn says his decision to come in was not down to his hard compounds starting to go off at that point but rather his experiences from the earlier part of the lap. “No, tyres were OK. I had a moment at [Turn] seven/eight on that lap and then it’s very difficult to know where it’s slippery, I got a bit of rain on the visor. I lost of speed on the back straight and he got past me but I decided to come in and pit anyhow on that lap. In the end result the pit stop was too early, but we tried so…”

From f1i.comKimi: “It depends a lot on other circuits and conditions over the weekend, but I expect it to be a different story in the next race and then we go to different circuits again. This was not ideal for us, this kind of conditions, but we have to improve. We have to try and get better, whatever circuit it is, conditions, tyres… they were quite good, even in the race, but we will keep working and try to improve.”

From ferrarif1.comKimi: “In the early part of the race we were stuck behind Hulkenberg’s Force India, they were too fast on the straight and in the places you could pass, while we lacked some speed. It’s a pity because the handling of the car was good through the whole race and the behavior was definitely better than yesterday. When it started raining heavily, the track became very slippery, especially in Turns 7 and 8; so I took the decision to come in the pits for Intermediate, but then the rain stopped. Probably I made the call three or four laps too early. But in general, this kind of track is not ideal for us, and this is something we have to work on.”

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AUSTRIAN GP – RACE RESULTS

Formula One World Championship 2015, Round 8, Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Austria, Sunday 21 June 2015 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF15-T passes the damaged Ferrari SF15-T of team mate Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.

This afternoon’s Austrian Grand Prix was a difficult race for Scuderia Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a frightening accident with Fernando Alonso on the opening lap, luckily with neither driver sustaining any injury. Sebastian Vettel was also out of luck: a problem with the left rear wheel nut at his pit stop complicated his race, as his stop was inevitably too long and he rejoined in fourth place. From then on the German chased down Felipe Massa, but despite gradually closing on the Brazilian, the bottom step of the podium eluded him and he had to settle for fourth [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Results and Standings:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h30m16.930s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8.800s
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 17.573s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 18.181s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 53.604s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m04.075s
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
14 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement
Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari Retirement
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Collision
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Collision

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 169
2 Nico Rosberg 159
3 Sebastian Vettel 120
4 Kimi Raikkonen 72
5 Valtteri Bottas 67
6 Felipe Massa 62
7 Daniel Ricciardo 36
8 Daniil Kvyat 19
9 Nico Hulkenberg 18
10 Romain Grosjean 17
11 Felipe Nasr 16
12 Sergio Perez 13
13 Pastor Maldonado 12
14 Max Verstappen 10
15 Carlos Sainz 9
16 Marcus Ericsson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 0
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 328
2 Ferrari 192
3 Williams/Mercedes 129
4 Red Bull/Renault 55
5 Force India/Mercedes 31
6 Lotus/Mercedes 29
7 Sauber/Ferrari 21
8 Toro Rosso/Renault 19
9 McLaren/Honda 4
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

QUOTES

From crash.netKimi: “I had wheelspin and suddenly went left. That’s about it really. The wheels spun really aggressively there and I don’t know what caused it, but the result is always the same. It’s not normal but it happened, that’s the way it is. The car didn’t have any grip. It’s dangerous, but racing is dangerous always. It must have been worse for the guy that was standing there and we must have come close to hit him.”

From espn.co.ukKimi: “It’s not ideal, but it happens. Obviously it’s not normal and I was surprised when it happened, but it is what is. We didn’t expect it to happen, we were expecting to race into the top ten, but something obviously happened.”

From @miezicat1 – Q: Can you remember a similar incident in your career? Kimi: “No, that was very strange. I was in the 3rd or 4th gear and never I would have expected such a reaction from the car. Something happened there. Now we have to find out what was there.”

From ferrarif1.comKimi: “I don’t know exactly what happened before the crash, I had some wheelspin in an unusual place. I was at a quite high speed, suddenly went left and end up there. I did not see anything coming, everything happened very quickly. Unfortunately at that time my race was over, it has been a poor weekend, now we have to think about next one.”

Kimi interview after crash:

Fernando Alonso on the incident

From motorsport.com – Alonso: “He was sliding a lot out of Turn 2. I think there was a big difference between the soft and supersoft tyres. He started sliding, going left and right, left and right, and I was on the left and at one point he lost the car and I was there. It was a bit weird, because if someone hits you on a corner that can happen, but that the cars are sliding so much in fourth and fifth gear was a bit strange. This time it happened to him and I was in the wrong place. I saw I had a Ferrari below me in the mirrors, but I didn’t know where he was. I thought I was alone. I tried to get out as quickly as possible to see if he was okay. I saw him removing the steering wheel so I was relieved.

From crash.net – Alonso: “I’m OK. I just went to the medical centre because it is mandatory under certain G-force. We had 34Gs on the impact, I think. It was a very unfortunate accident. I started well today and made a lot of places in turn one and two, then Kimi was with the prime tyre so his exit had a lot of wheelspin and we were all overtaking him left and right, then he lost the car to the left and I was on the left. We went both on the wall and I was lucky not to hit him in the head, because looking at the replay I was braking but my wheels were in the air, so I was close with him. Luckily we are both fine. It was strange – wrong place, wrong time. A strange incident, he lost the car in fifth gear, very low grip.”

From espn.co.uk – Alonso: “Me and Kimi are both OK and that’s the important thing.”


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No action warranted – both Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are innocent as far as the accident is concerned, according to FIA.

Kimi’s onboard start from Canal+ tv:

The crash onboard Kimi:

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