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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.”
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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


Kimi: Ferrari slowed me down after two laps

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Kimi Raikkonen says it is unacceptable that Ferrari asked him to slow down and cool his brakes after just two laps of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen endured another frustrating race behind the wheel of the F14 T, recording just a single point. When told he needed to make two tenths behind Jenson Button in the middle stint Raikkonen replied “give me more power then”, but he says the problems with his Ferrari had started far earlier than that.

“Yes we had [power] go down but also after two laps I had some brake issues, I was meant to cool the brakes,” Raikkonen said. “I tried to fight against the guys in front of me as well as behind me so it’s quite difficult after two laps when you’ve been asked to slow down.

“Those two things should not be happening and we they to fix them. We cannot go into a race and start slowing down after two laps because of issues like that. We are not fast enough to give up any times anyhow so hopefully there is a lot more work to be done.”

Raikkonen is also confused as to why Ferrari kept him out for so long during his first stint when he had clearly lost the performance from his tyres. Running third, Raikkonen started struggling on his worn supersoft tyres and dropped behind Sergio Perez – who was yet to pit – and Nico Rosberg.

“For me it was very bad timing for the pit stop. My tyres were not good and I lost two places on my in lap. I needed to really stop earlier but I don’t know the reasons why we stopped at that point but it obviously cost us some places. With the speed that I had there was no way to get anything back. Obviously that was not very good.”

(Source: espn.co.uk)


AUSTRIAN GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report – Scuderia Ferrari finished fifth and tenth in the Austrian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso started fourth but was passed by Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes after the start, finishing in the wake of Felipe Massa’s Williams, part of a quartet of Stuttgart engined cars at the front of the field. Nico Rosberg took his third win of the season, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Finland’s Valtteri Bottas was third in the other Williams.

The Spaniard ran a consistent race, making no mistakes and he was often the fastest driver on track, but it was not enough to get to the podium. Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for tenth place, overtaken by Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg, who had started behind him on the grid.

Rosberg has extended his lead over Hamilton to 29 points in the championship, while Alonso has closed the gap to four points off Ricciardo (eighth today) in their fight for third. Raikkonen is twelfth on 19, while Ferrari is third in the Constructors.’ The next round is the British GP at Silverstone in a fortnight’s time.

Final Results:

Pos Driver                Team                   Time/Gap
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1h27m54.967s
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               +1.932s
 3. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      +8.172s
 4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      +17.358s
 5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                +18.553s
 6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   +28.546s
 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       +32.031s
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       +43.522s
 9. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   +44.137s
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                +47.777s
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       +50.966s
12. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         -1 lap
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
16. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         -2 laps

Retirements

    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      59 laps
    Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        34 laps
    Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      24 laps
Drivers' championship            Constructors' championship   
 1. Nico Rosberg       165       1. Mercedes                 301     
 2. Lewis Hamilton     136       2. Red Bull/Renault         143
 3. Daniel Ricciardo   83        3. Ferrari                   98 
 4. Fernando Alonso    79        4. Force India/Mercedes      87 
 5. Sebastian Vettel   60        5. Williams/Mercedes         85 
 6. Nico Hulkenberg    59        6. McLaren/Mercedes          72 
 7. Valtteri Bottas    55        7. Toro Rosso/Renault        12 
 8. Jenson Button      43        8. Lotus/Renault              8  
 9. Felipe Massa       30        9. Marussia/Ferrari           2  
10. Kevin Magnussen    29        10. Sauber/Ferrari            0  
11. Sergio Perez       28        11. Caterham/Renault          0  
12. Kimi Raikkonen     19        
13. Romain Grosjean    8         
14. Jean-Eric Vergne   8         
15. Daniil Kvyat       4         
16. Jules Bianchi      2         

QUOTES

Raikkonen confused by bad pit stop timing: “For me it was really bad timing for the pit stop,” he said. “My tyres were not good. I lost two places on my in lap, but obviously I don’t know the reason. It cost some places and with the speed that I had, there was no way I could get it back. It was not very good.”

He struggled under braking on Friday and Saturday but the Maranello-based team made changes to the car. However, he does not believe the tweaks worked.

“We tried something different since Saturday onwards and I don’t think it made an awful lot of difference. Once you have decided to go one way you have to stick with it. That is what we did but it was not really different today.”

Kimi Raikkonen“This was another very difficult race for me, despite having gone in a different direction yesterday to try and improve the performance. Unfortunately, it did not bring the improvements I’d hoped for and again here I found myself fighting the handling of the car. At the start I made up one place, but already on the second lap I began to have a problem with the brakes overheating and this meant I had to slow down. At the time of my first pit stop, my tyres were completely worn and on my in-lap alone I lost two places. We should definitely have stopped sooner. Compared to the start of the season, progress has been made, even if there’s still a lot to do as our speed still doesn’t allow us to fight for the top places.”

Marco Mattiacci (Team principal) – “The way this season is going becomes particularly evident when one races at a track where what counts the most is the power of the car. Today, we tried to get the most out of what we have and we believe we have taken another small step in the right direction. Unfortunately, we were unable to demonstrate that with Kimi, who did not have an easy time on this circuit, but we are sure that with the progressive improvement of the car he too will be able to show what he’s capable of. Fernando could not have done any better today. He managed to maintain a great pace for the whole race, at times even quicker than the leaders and this must serve as an incentive to continue developing the F14 T. Overall the gaps are coming down and the number of teams fighting it out behind the frontrunners is increasing. So our aim is to exploit all our potential to be at the front of the pursuing group.”


CANADA GP – RACE RESULTS

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Daniel Ricciardo ended Mercedes’ domination of Formula 1 this season by claiming his maiden victory in a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver jumped the ailing Mercedes of championship leader Nico Rosberg with just two of the 70 laps remaining to claim an unlikely win.

Rosberg nevertheless extended his championship lead by finishing second, as team-mate Lewis Hamilton retired with brake failure.

World champion Sebastian Vettel took third as the race finished under the safety car when Sergio Perez (Force India) and Felipe Massa (Williams) collided spectacularly on the approach to Turn 1 on the penultimate lap as they battled for fourth.

That allowed Jenson Button to rise to an unlikely fourth-placed finish, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

A poor race for Ferrari: It was not an easy afternoon for Scuderia Ferrari. Fernando dropped a place to eighth at the start, while Kimi moved up one to ninth. After that the two F14Ts ran one behind the other for a while until the first pit stops. Alonso then closed on the leading group but struggled to make any passing moves because of a lack of top speed, while Raikkonen dropped down to 15th after spinning at the hairpin.

The move into the points for the Ferrari duo came on the final lap when Massa and Perez collided and went out, promoting both men up the order by two places. The next Grand Prix is in Austria in a fortnight.

Final Results:
Pos Driver                Team                    Time/Gap
 1. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1h39m12.830s	
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault
 4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari
 7. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes
 8. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes
12. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari

Retirements

    Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            58 laps
    Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       47 laps
    Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 45 laps
    Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         22 laps
    Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            21 laps
    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         6 laps
    Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         0 laps
    Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         0 laps


Drivers' championship                  Constructors' championship

 1. Nico Rosberg            140        1. Mercedes               258 
 2. Lewis Hamilton          118        2. Red Bull-Renault       139
 3. Daniel Ricciardo        79         3. Ferrari                87 
 4. Fernando Alonso         69         4. Force India-Mercedes   77 
 5. Sebastian Vettel        60         5. McLaren-Mercedes       66 
 6. Nico Hulkenberg         57         6. Williams-Mercedes      58 
 7. Jenson Button           43         7. Toro Rosso-Renault     12 
 8. Valtteri Bottas         40         8. Lotus-Renault          8  
 9. Kevin Magnussen         23         9. Marussia-Ferrari       2  
10. Sergio Perez            20        10. Sauber-Ferrari         0  
11. Felipe Massa            18        11. Caterham-Renault       0  
12. Kimi Raikkonen          18 
13. Romain Grosjean         8  
14. Jean-Eric Vergne        8  
15. Daniil Kvyat            4  
16. Jules Bianchi           2  

VIDEO

Post-race interview with Kimi

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “We knew this would not be an easy race, because on this track, we were not fast enough down the straights and we had some problems in the slow corners. On top of that, today I never had a clear track ahead of me, for one reason or another I was always stuck behind other cars. In the beginning I had some problems with the brakes and the handling of my car wasn’t consistent. Then after a few laps, the tyres behaved better, but still with highs and lows. For a lot of laps, I was stuck behind Kvyat’s Toro Rosso and this cost me precious time. Even if at the moment, nothing seems to be going right for us, the new development package has given us more potential and now we must just try and find more consistency.”

Pat Fry: “Tyre degradation had a significant effect on today’s race as did, in more general terms, everything linked to parameters affected by temperature, as today it was, as expected, very hot. The start wasn’t easy, because we were starting from far back and here, it’s almost impossible to overtake. The Safety Car coming out on the opening lap reduced the effect of fuel consumption and then in the second stint, on a clean track, the pace improved, but even so, it was difficult to make up places. Fernando’s first stop saw him get ahead of Vergne in the Toro Rosso, while Kimi lost time behind Kvyat, but in the end, he managed to get past. In the final stint, the group ahead closed up and our pace was very good with Fernando, but it was almost impossible to overtake. We brought some improvements to the F14 T and even though this track did not produce the results we expected, we will continue to work on the development of the car and on this front our approach will not change for the coming races.”

Ferrari lucky to score points – Alonso: “We got some lucky extra points with the DNFs at the end,” Alonso said, when asked by AUTOSPORT if he felt lucky to come away with a top-six finish. “Without the DNFs our positions were probably ninth and 14th. In the first part of the race I was uncomfortable with the balance and we were too slow. In the second part it improved and I was more competitive and I managed to reach the group of front cars, but we were too slow on the straights – that was a little frustrating – I couldn’t pass.”

Alonso came into the weekend hoping to fight Red Bull and said he encountered no real issues with his car in the race, but reckoned it was just too slow to have finished any higher.

“Today I had no problems, everything was perfectly OK in the race,” Alonso added. “We had some issues with the battery and the KERS – we had to turn it up and down again – but this was just something we will need to fix. It only happened in this race, never before, so I don’t think we should be too worried. Even when we turned it up, everything worked OK, but we’re just too slow in the straights.”

“It was a difficult race,” Raikkonen admitted.

“We were stuck behind people and had some brake issues in the beginning.

“Then I spun. The same happened in practice one. For some reason we seemed to get a kick suddenly [from the engine] and I spun.

“Every time I came out of a pitstop there always seemed to be people in front of me.

“In the end the car felt a bit better and was fast. But it was just difficult.”


MONACO GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report – Nico Rosberg reclaimed the lead of the Formula 1 world championship from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by beating him to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo smelled blood and closed Hamilton down, but fell short of beating the Brit to second place by just 0.4 seconds. The Australian thus had to be content with his second consecutive third placed finish. He had earlier made a slow start from third on the grid, but regained the lost ground thanks to problems for his team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

World champion Vettel ran third initially after a strong start from the second row, but reported a loss of power shortly after the first restart. Red Bull replaced parts of his Energy Recovery System unit before the race, following the ERS issue that hampered Vettel in qualifying, and the German complained of a loss of boost pressure from his Renault engine in the race. A frustrated Vettel rejoined the action after some adjustments in the pits, but was told by the team to retire his car.

Raikkonen thus looked as though he might claim his first podium since returning to Ferrari, having got up to fourth by passing his team-mate Fernando Alonso at the start and driving around the outside of Ricciardo’s Red Bull on the first run through Ste Devote. But the Finn’s race was undone by contact with Max Chilton’s Marussia during the second safety car period. Chilton was trying to un-lap himself, and the resulting collision forced Raikkonen into a second stop to repair some minor damage to his F14 T.

This condemned the 2007 world champion to a recovery drive through the field, while Alonso maintained his third position in the world championship by finishing a lonely fourth. Raikkonen ultimately ended up pointless after a botched pass on Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren at Lowes with a handful of laps remaining.

Magnussen had just been passed by team-mate Jenson Button as Hamilton and Ricciardo lapped a battle for fifth between Hulkenberg’s Force India, the two McLarens, and Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Raikkonen spotted a chance to dive down the inside at the hairpin, but ran out of road, meaning both drivers lost ground.

Final Standings:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1h49m27.661s
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                   +9.210s
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault           +9.614s
 4.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                   +32.452s
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes        -1 lap
 6.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes            -1 lap
 7.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes           -1 lap
 8.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault               -1 lap
 9.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari            -1 lap
10.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes            -1 lap
11.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault            -1 lap
12.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                     -1 lap
13.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault           -3 laps
14.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari           -3 laps

Retirements:

     Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari             59 laps
     Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes          55 laps
     Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault         50 laps
     Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari             23 laps
     Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault         10 laps
     Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault            5 laps
     Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes        0 laps
     Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault               0 laps

Drivers' championship:

Pos  Driver            Points
 1.  Nico Rosberg      122
 2.  Lewis Hamilton    118
 3.  Fernando Alonso   61
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo  54
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg   47
 6.  Sebastian Vettel  45
 7.  Valtteri Bottas   34
 8.  Jenson Button     31
 9.  Kevin Magnussen   21
10.  Sergio Perez      20
11.  Felipe Massa      18
12.  Kimi Raikkonen    17
13.  Romain Grosjean   8
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne  4
15.  Daniil Kvyat      4
16.  Jules Bianchi     2

Constructors' championship:

Pos  Team                  Points
 1.  Mercedes              240
 2.  Red Bull-Renault      99
 3.  Ferrari               78
 4.  Force India-Mercedes  67
 5.  McLaren-Mercedes      52
 6.  Williams-Mercedes     52
 7.  Lotus-Renault         8
 8.  Toro Rosso-Renault    8
 9.  Marussia-Ferrari      2
10.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “This was a very unlucky day for me, a real shame after getting a good start and managing to move up to third place. The car was handling well and had a good pace. Unfortunately, in a Safety Car period, my car was hit by Chilton’s Marussia and I had to make an unscheduled stop as my right rear tyre was damaged and that meant the end of any chance of getting a good result. I am sorry I still haven’t managed to get a good result because we are working very hard. We know there is a lot to do as our rivals are still a long way ahead, but I am sure that if we continue down this path the results will come, maybe with a bit more luck.”

Pat Fry: “Today in Monaco, luck was not on our side, especially in Kimi’s case. Mercedes and Red Bull showed they have a greater potential than we do, but thanks to a really good start, I think that Kimi, who was third at the first corner, could have finished on the podium. Unfortunately, during the Safety Car period, his F14 T was hit by a Marussia and that meant he had to make two stops in the space of two laps, effectively ruining his race. Fernando also got away well, but a few moments later and for all of the first sector, his car suffered a temporary drop in power. Fortunately, he managed not to lose too many places and after that, he ran a rather solitary race. We start work again tomorrow in Maranello, looking at our weak points: we are sure we can improve and now we must prove those words with facts.”

Raikkonen reprimanded for Magnussen clash: Raikkonen had been running third until hit by Max Chilton’s Marussia during the second safety car period. He had to pit for repairs and fell to 14th. He admitted that after that delay he had been willing to make very aggressive moves.

“I tried to overtake on the inside kerb and couldn’t make the corner,” Raikkonen said of the Magnussen incident. “He moved a little bit to the left and I went over the kerb and was pretty close to the turn, but the wall was too close and I had to reverse. I never hit him until I reversed, because obviously he was behind me. But I didn’t really care at that point – a few points for eighth place, or 10th place or 11th place, it makes no difference for me.”

NEWS

VIDEO

Onboard race start with Kimi

 

Post-race interview with MTV3 (Translation in subtitles)


SPAIN GP – RACE RESULTS

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Lewis Hamilton recorded his fourth straight Formula 1 victory of 2014, after narrowly defeating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a thrilling conclusion to the Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish home hero Fernando Alonso used a three-stop strategy to beat Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to sixth.

Raikkonen delivered his strongest performance of the season relative to his team-mate, but was powerless to prevent Alonso passing on fresher tyres in the late stages of the race, despite making it as difficult as he reasonably could. (Read report at ferrari.com)

  • Autosport Live: Kimi Raikkonen isn’t happy with being jumped by Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. After the race he quizzes his engineer about “who is making the calls? We seem to get second choice.”

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a complicated race for me, with the main problem being a lack of grip and in general, it was very difficult to find the right balance on the car. Going for a two stop strategy proved to be the wrong choice because tyre degradation meant I couldn’t push all the way to the end. Overall here, we went better than in the last race, maybe because the characteristics of this track are very different to those we have raced on so far, but we cannot be happy with sixth and seventh places, because we are a long way off where we want to be. It will take time, but we will do our utmost, because we know where we must keep pushing if we want to improve.”

Pat Fry: “This weekend, which was difficult for the team and the drivers ended with a less than spectacular race in which we unfortunately lacked the pace to make up places from our grid positions. Considering how difficult it is to overtake at this track, the start could have made the difference, but the positions remained more or less the same throughout the order. If fuel consumption wasn’t much of a problem, tyre degradation affected the race from start to finish. Apart from the two Mercedes, the lap times of the various teams were very similar, which meant the chances of being able to carry out or be subjected to an undercut, along with managing the traffic, took priority over the strategy choices. The gap to the leaders is certainly not a surprise and will not discourage us as we tackle the work we must do to improve our car. Now we will try and make the most of the two test days this coming week here in Montmelò to move forward on the development of the F14 T. The aim is to give our drivers a more competitive package.”

Final Results:

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

Retirements:

     Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault
     Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault
Drivers' championship:

Pos  Driver            Points
 1.  Lewis Hamilton    100
 2.  Nico Rosberg      97
 3.  Fernando Alonso   49
 4.  Sebastian Vettel  45
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo  39
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg   37
 7.  Valtteri Bottas   34
 8.  Jenson Button     23
 9.  Kevin Magnussen   20
10.  Sergio Perez      20
11.  Kimi Raikkonen    17
12.  Felipe Massa      12
13.  Romain Grosjean   4
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne  4
15.  Daniil Kvyat      4

Constructors' championship:

Pos  Team                  Points
 1.  Mercedes              197
 2.  Red Bull-Renault      84
 3.  Ferrari               66
 4.  Force India-Mercedes  57
 5.  Williams-Mercedes     46
 6.  McLaren-Mercedes      43
 7.  Toro Rosso-Renault    8
 8.  Lotus-Renault         4
 9.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
10.  Marussia-Ferrari      0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0

VIDEO


CHINA GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report: First podium of the season for Scuderia Ferrari which comes as a great relief after the very difficult race in Bahrain. Fernando Alonso took third place after attacking all the way from the start. It was at this point that he had his most worrying moment, colliding with the Williams of former team-mate Felipe Massa, but the F14 T proved to be strongly put together.

Kimi Raikkonen had a more difficult time, as he is still not feeling totally comfortable at the wheel. The Finn got away well making up a place to sit in the points positions right from the opening lap, but in the end, he could do no better than eighth.

For Scuderia Ferrari there is still plenty of work to do to close the gap to the best, but this podium is some small reward for all the hard work everyone in Maranello has contributed to improving the F14 T.

The race was won by Lewis Hamilton taking his 25 win, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

FINAL RESULTS

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1h36m52.810s
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                  +18.686s
 3.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                   +25.765s
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault          +26.978s
 5.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault          +51.012s
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes      +57.581s
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes         +58.145s
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                 +1m23.990s
 9.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes    +1m26.489s
10.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault          +1 lap
11.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes            +1 lap
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault          +1 lap
13.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes            +1 lap
14.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault               +1 lap
15.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes           +1 lap
16.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap
17.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault            +1 lap
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari            +1 lap
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari           +2 laps
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault           +2 laps

Retirements:

     Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault              27 laps
     Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari              4 laps

Drivers' standings:

Pos  Driver            Points
 1.  Nico Rosberg      79
 2.  Lewis Hamilton    75
 3.  Fernando Alonso   41
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg   36
 5.  Sebastian Vettel  33
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo  24
 7.  Valtteri Bottas   24
 8.  Jenson Button     23
 9.  Kevin Magnussen   20
10.  Sergio Perez      18
11.  Felipe Massa      12
12.  Kimi Raikkonen    11
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne  4
14.  Daniil Kvyat      4

Pos  Team                  Points
 1.  Mercedes              154
 2.  Red Bull-Renault      57
 3.  Force India-Mercedes  54
 4.  Ferrari               52
 5.  McLaren-Mercedes      43
 6.  Williams-Mercedes     36
 7.  Toro Rosso-Renault    8
 8.  Lotus-Renault         0
 9.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
10.  Marussia-Ferrari      0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0

TEAM RADIO

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “This has been a really difficult weekend. Right from Friday morning, I suffered with problems that we didn’t manage to solve completely and today in the race, I couldn’t get the result I wanted. The start was good, I made up two places but then I couldn’t make up any more ground, as I just didn’t have the pace, nor much grip at the front or the back. In the final stint on new tyres, the car handled better, but then, as the tyres degraded the situation got complicated again. I think the difficulties I encountered here stem from a combination of various factors, from my driving style combined with the low temperatures and the characteristics of the track. Today, we brought home valuable points thanks to the intense efforts of the whole team and now we will continue to work ceaselessly to improve. Fernando’s result is very encouraging and proves we are moving in the right direction.”

Driving style, not motivation, the issue: “My view is that it’s probably more to do with driving style, plus the weather with the cold conditions and not getting the tyres working,” he said. “Obviously if there was some issue then we would not be fast or happy with the new tyres, so I think it’s a combination of cold conditions, the circuit layout and my driving style. I don’t think I work the tyres very hard, so when there are cool conditions and wet conditions … for many years it has been hard to get the tyres working. Today it feels that when you have a new tyre it works well until the grip from the new tyres goes away and then you struggle and you have to go slower and the tyres cool down more – everything goes round and round and you cannot fix that. It’s a thing that everybody hates, but there is not a magic thing and I cannot necessarily change everything with my driving. At the last race I could have done two stops [and gained an advantage] but the safety car changed [the race], so it works for you at some places and then against you at some. We just have to work and find some solutions when we have this and hopefully not end up with similar issues. Once you end up with that it’s hard to get out of it, especially in the race.”

Asked if his lack of results affected his motivation, Raikkonen said: “I don’t know why you always come up with motivation. If I didn’t have motivation I wouldn’t be here answering these kinds of questions. It’s fuck all to do with that. We have bad races and it’s an unfortunate thing, but the aim is to improve and get where we want to be.”

Pat Fry: “Today’s result is a reward for the effort that all the team is putting into every area. Both drivers got away well, managing to make up two places immediately and, luckily the collision between Fernando and Felipe Massa’s Williams left the F14 T undamaged. In the first stint, with Kimi we lost a bit of time behind Grosjean and that prevented him from making up ground on his rivals, in a race where tyre degradation and graining played an important role. The choice made at Fernando’s first stop saw him take second place: from then on, we concentrated on managing the gap to the Red Bull and tried to keep Rosberg behind us for as long as possible. This weekend we made some progress and in general, the speed of the car has increased, both in the corners and on the straights, but we have to be realistic about our current potential and continue working, because the gap to Mercedes is still big and no one within our team has any intention of giving up.”

VIDEO

 

 


BAHRAIN GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report: It always looked like being a difficult race and so it proved for Ferrari in Bahrain. Fernando Alonso brought his F14 T home in ninth place, with Kimi Raikkonen right behind him. This circuit was expected to be the least suitable for the Maranello car in its current state of development. Lewis Hamilton won, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, with third place going to the Force India of Sergio Perez.

Alonso and Raikkonen had to fight tooth and nail to stay in the points zone, which was the best they could do.

Scuderia Ferrari is fifth in the Constructors’ championship with, Alonso fourth in the Drivers’ and Kimi twelfth. The next round is in China in two weeks time, by when Ferrari will be looking to move forward in terms of performance as it strives for better results.

Final Standings:

Pos Driver                Team                      Time/Gap
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1h38m42.743
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  +1.085s
 3. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      +24.067s
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          +24.489s
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      +28.654s
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          +29.879s
 7. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes
09. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault
13. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault
15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari
17. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes

Retirements

    Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        40 laps
    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          39 laps
    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        33 laps
    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      18 laps
    Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          17 laps

Drivers' standings:

 1. Nico Rosberg       61  
 2. Lewis Hamilton     50  
 3. Nico Hulkenberg    28  
 4. Fernando Alonso    26  
 5. Jenson Button      23  
 6. Sebastian Vettel   23  
 7. Kevin Magnussen    20  
 8. Valtteri Bottas    18  
 9. Sergio Perez       16  
10. Daniel Ricciardo   12  
11. Felipe Massa       12  
12. Kimi Raikkonen     7  
13. Jean-Eric Vergne   4  
14. Daniil Kvyat       3  
                     
Constructors' standings

 1. Mercedes               111  
 2. Force India-Mercedes   44  
 3. McLaren-Mercedes       43  
 4. Red Bull-Renault       35  
 5. Ferrari                33  
 6. Williams-Mercedes      30  
 7. Toro Rosso-Renault     7

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “I am very disappointed with today’s result, because after how qualifying went, I expected to do better. I didn’t get a good start and immediately lost some places. On the first lap, I was hit by Magnussen, luckily without it doing any damage, but trying to move up the order at this point was very difficult, because the lack of aero downforce and speed on the straight meant overtaking was complicated. We knew this track was less suited to the characteristics of our car than the first two and that the Mercedes would be very quick. Overall, the handling of our car has generally improved compared to the first races and this makes me confident for the upcoming ones. We can expect a lot of work to do and we will make the most of the test days to try and improve already in time for the next race in China.”

Pat Fry: “Today, we could not have asked more of our car and drivers, because here, our most limiting factor was a lack of top speed. That meant we had to run a defensive race and even if in the middle sector, the one with the most corners, the F14 T was competitive, it was not enough to allow Fernando and Kimi to attack our rivals. In Maranello, we are working on solutions to ensure better power delivery and better driveability. We are also trying to improve the efficiency of the car on the aerodynamic front. The data we acquired in today’s race will provide a baseline for the major checking programme we have planned for the test, right here at Sakhir on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Raikkonen – rivals in different class: “The Mercedes cars seemed to be able to pass us very easily on the straightlines. One Force India got me on the exit of corner eight and it was like a different class. I was surprised. He came out of the pitlane but I had only done a few laps on the tyres. I went OK out of the corner and he just came inside of me and went past; I had no answer. And the next corner he had massive traction also, so it’s not just the horsepower.”

VIDEO

Post-race interview with Kimi, SkySportsF1


 

Bahrain GP Team Radio Transcript

  • Kimi Raikkonen: Magnussen hit me again!
  • Antonio Spagnolo: How are the tyres?
  • Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah my left-front is flat-spotted and it’s vibrating quite heavily. And I get some understeer in the right-hand corners.
  • Antonio Spagnolo: To go to the end we need 20 gram less every lap. Twenty less every lap.

The above message wasn’t played on the main world feed broadcast or on the pit radio channel, which is where the messages above are from. It was played on the official F1 app.


Raikkonen: very disappointed with race

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“I am very disappointed with how this race turned out, because I got a good start, but then the collision with Magnussen damaged my right rear tyre, which meant I had to make an extra stop. That wiped out any chance I had of fighting for a good finish.”

“After the accident, the car’s handling was not the same, as the tyre had caused damage to the floor, which led to a loss of downforce. On my first set of tyres, I had some difficulties and it was only after the final stop, when I fitted the Mediums that it went better, but by then it was too late.”

“Hard to say how things might have gone without that problem, because our rivals were very quick, but maybe I could have finished close to Fernando. It was a really unlucky day, but overall we managed to improve our performance and now we must concentrate on the positive aspects of this weekend and work to improve starting already next week in Bahrain.”

(Source: ferrari.com)


MALAYSIAN GP – RACE RESULTS

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Alonso fourth, Raikkonen out of luck – Not the luckiest of races for Ferrari. Fernando Alonso brought home the points for fourth place, thanks to a gritty second half performance that saw him close on those ahead, taking fourth place off Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India just 4 laps from the flag.

Kimi Raikkonen was very unlucky, as he was clipped at turn 1 in the opening laps by Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren, suffering a right rear puncture. The Finn had to do a whole lap at snail’s pace to get back to the pits, before rejoining in penultimate place. He fought hard, dueling with Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean for a points finish, but it was not to be as he finished twelfth.

It was a one-two finish for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton taking his 33rd win from Nico Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel third for Red Bull.

Thanks to the 12 points for fourth, Alonso has the consolation of being third in the drivers’ championship, one point behind Hamilton and not too far off leader Rosberg. Just one week to go before round three in Bahrain (full report.)

FINAL STANDINGS

Pos Driver                Team                    Time/Gap
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m40m25.974s
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                +17.313s
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        +24.534s
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 +35.992s
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    +47.199s
 6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        +1m23.691s
 7. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       +1m25.076s
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes       +1m25.537s
 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        +1 lap
10. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      +1 lap
11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           +1 lap
12. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 +1 lap
13. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault        +1 lap
14. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        +2 laps
15. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        +2 laps

Retirements:

    Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        49 laps
    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          35 laps
    Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          32 laps
    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      18 laps
    Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        8 laps
    Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault           7 laps
    Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    0 laps

Drivers' championship:
 
 1. Nico Rosberg       43
 2. Lewis Hamilton     25   
 3. Fernando Alonso    24   
 4. Jenson Button      23   
 5. Kevin Magnussen    20   
 6. Nico Hulkenberg    18   
 7. Sebastian Vettel   15   
 8. Valtteri Bottas    14   
 9. Kimi Raikkonen     6    
10. Felipe Massa       6   
11. Jean-Eric Vergne   4   
12. Daniil Kvyat       3   
13. Sergio Perez       1   

Constructors' championship:

 1. Mercedes                 68 
 2. McLaren-Mercedes         43 
 3. Ferrari                  30 
 4. Williams-Mercedes        20 
 5. Force India-Mercedes     19 
 6. Red Bull-Renault         15 
 7. Toro Rosso-Renault       7  
 8. Sauber-Ferrari           0  
 9. Lotus-Renault            0  
10. Caterham-Renault         0  
11. Marussia-Ferrari         0

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen – Magnussen destroyed race: “I don’t know much about it. All I know his front wing hit me on my wheel but I didn’t feel anything, so I have no idea when it was. Obviously it destroyed our race, not very good for us but I can’t say much as I have not seen it. On Friday and Saturday we have been pretty ok until qualifying, which wasn’t ideal and we weren’t as happy with. We were still in an ok position for the race. I got a pretty good start but then got that issue with the rear tyre. I think how we started was good and for sure we could have been up there with Fernando. It all went down when I got hit so that was that. It is a shame because without it we could have had a pretty ok race. It’s not where we want to be with the guys at the front. They are too fast right now but it is good for what we expected.”

“Hopefully next race we will have some new parts for the car I’ve been asking for and hopefully it makes a change in a nice way. Hopefully the front end will feel nicer. We will have to wait and see how we do on Friday there. I know on the test there was a some difficulties with handling but hopefully the new parts can sort that out. The new updates should make us a bit happier with the front end. It’s a new part and we don’t know if it will do what we expect. We have a good understanding of where we want to go and what to do. I expect if we make that happen we can go much faster, but how quickly we can do that we will see. All the good things we did a lot better here so we are going in the right direction.”

NEWS


 

VIDEO

Onboard with Raikkonen


 

Malaysia GP Team Radio Transcript

  • Kimi Raikkonen: I have a flat rear tyre.
  • Antonio Spagnolo: OK, we see. Box, box.
  • Kimi Raikkonen: I don’t know what happened to the tyre, because I didn’t touch anybody.
  • Antonio Spagnolo: From the data, it went off immediately. Like debris, or something like this. We pit for medium, new medium.
  • Kimi Raikkonen: Very slippery overall.
  • Antonio Spagnolo: Lap times are in line with the front people.
  • Kimi Raikkonen: It’s raining a little bit on the back of the circuit.
  • Antonio Spagnolo: OK, so we stay out. We see how it develops, the weather.
  • Antonio Spagnolo: Raikkonen is behind Kobayashi in the Caterham. Use DRS.

Melbourne: Kimi settles for points after tough weekend

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Kimi Raikkonen said his disappointing performance at the Australian Grand Prix was down to a combination of small issues that resulted in front tyre graining.

Raikkonen finished seventh (due to Ricciardo’s exclusion, all drivers behind 2nd place move up one position) after a race-long struggle with the handling of his Ferrari, which saw him lock up and run wide on a number of occasions. He said it was not a specific problem with the braking system on his car, but instead a combination of issues that resulted in the surface of his front tyres graining and losing grip.

“The brakes are fine,” he said. “We had a little issue with it at the beginning of the race and then we grained the front tyre, and when you do that you don’t have the grip at the front and you lock very easily and it understeers. It’s not the brakes [alone], it’s a combination of things so sometimes it gets a bit tricky.

“Right now it’s not the easiest thing but I’m sure we will find a solution for it at some point. It’s not the first time I’ve been in a situation that’s not easy, and we will work until we fix it. If it takes a week or month I don’t know, I don’t care. It’s not the first time and that’s how it goes sometimes.

“We know more or less what we want to do, but some things cannot happen overnight and it takes time to produce certain parts or certain ways of putting the things [together]. We cannot promise that it is going to fix the issues once we get something that we want, but we can hope that it will work.

“But like I said, I’ve been in these situations before and sometimes it takes a while and fortunately it’s not the easiest position right now. Looking how difficult everything was, we still got something even though it was not what we wanted to achieve, but it could have been worse.”

Raikkonen is confident he has the potential to be much quicker if he and Ferrari iron out the issues.

“There were quite a few issues on small things but many of those and that hurts a lot. We get a bit of a clearer picture now, but if we can run the weekend without any issues then I’m sure we can be much stronger. This is how it was here and hopefully we can sort out most of the things for the next race.”

VIDEO

Pre-Race – Raikkonen: “It doesn’t work, ask them to change!”

Sky Italia interview


AUSTRALIA GP – RACE RESULTS

Close call at the race start

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REPORT

Ferrari had a difficult time of it today in Albert Park, with Fernando Alonso coming home fifth, three places ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. The race was won by Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes, the German’s fourth career victory. Daniel Ricciardo was second for Red Bull, while Kevin Magnussen was third on his Formula 1 debut with McLaren. Button was fourth in the other McLaren, finishing 6.2 seconds ahead of Alonso. The rest of the points went to Bottas, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Vergne and Kvyat.

The Scuderia leaves the Antipodes with 14 valuable points and plenty of data to analyse, as it strives to sort out a few teething troubles it encountered during this the first race for the highly complex 2014 cars.

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “That wasn’t a straightforward race. At the start, I managed to get away well and even though I was hit from behind by another car at the first corner, my car was undamaged. The speed was good, but at one point I was suffering with graining on the front tyres, I had very little grip and a lot of understeer. From then on, the car’s handling was not the same. When it was time for the first stop, we had to do a double stop and that cost me a place.”

“It’s definitely too early to make any definite judgement, because even if at the moment we don’t seem to be in great shape, we still managed to finish the race, scoring valuable points. We can’t be pleased with this result and we know there are many areas where we need to improve. But I’m sure that analysing the data from this first race will give us a clearer idea of the direction to work in.”

“The brakes are fine, we grained the front tyre and then you have no grip on the front. That is the main issue, [but] it is a combination of things. It is not the easiest thing but I’m sure we will find a solution for it at some point. We work until we fix it. If it takes a week or a month, I don’t care. This is how it goes sometimes.” (Source)

Pat Fry: “Going into this race, getting both cars to the finish seemed like the most difficult task, but in the end, we managed it. Today we saw how reliability can never be taken for granted: it caught some people out and it also affected our performance at some stages of the race. On both the F14 Ts, we had some electrical problems, especially on Kimi’s car, which meant he couldn’t use all the car’s potential. Fernando found himself behind Hulkenberg for many laps and he was only able to show what the car was capable of once he got ahead thanks to a spot on pit stop strategy. Kimi got a great start, but then for much of the race he suffered with graining on the front tyres and thus found himself having to defend, without being able to attack. There is much work ahead if we are to improve the car’s performance. We are up against several very strong opponents, but we have all the right tools to get the job done of closing the gap between us.”

Stefano Domenicali: “The first race of the championship has provided a clear picture of the hierarchy at the start of season. It’s also shown which teams appear to have done the best job of dealing with these new regulations. Today, we achieved our objective in terms of reliability, but the gap we need to make up, especially to Mercedes, was clear to see. The information we have gathered this weekend clearly points to the direction we must take and what areas need the most work. It will be important to catch up as quickly as possible and react in the way this team has always proved capable of doing. Our engineers know what the priorities are and which areas need the most immediate attention.”

RACE RESULTS

Original Result - 57 laps:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1h32m58.710s
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault          +24.525s
 3.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes          +26.777s
 4.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes          +30.027s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                   +35.284s
 6.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes         +47.639s
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes      +50.718s
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                   +57.675s
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m00.441s
10.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m03.585s
11.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes    +1m25.916s
12.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap
13.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap
14.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari           +2 laps
15.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari           +8 laps*

Revised result - 57 laps:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1h32m58.710s
 2.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes          +26.777s 
 3.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes          +30.027s 
 4.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                   +35.284s 
 5.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes         +47.639s 
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes      +50.718s 
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                   +57.675s 
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m00.441s 
 9.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m03.585s 
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes    +1m25.916s 
11.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap 
12.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap 
13.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari           +2 laps 
14.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari           +8 laps*  

* Not classified

Retirements:

     Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault               DSQ
     Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault              43 laps
     Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault              29 laps
     Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault           27 laps
     Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault            3 laps
     Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                    2 laps
     Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault            0 laps
     Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes           0 laps

Drivers' championship:

 1.  Nico Rosberg      25
 2.  Kevin Magnussen   18
 3.  Jenson Button     15
 4.  Fernando Alonso   12
 5.  Valtteri Bottas   10
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg   8
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen    6
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne  4
 9.  Daniil Kvyat      2
10.  Sergio Perez      1

Constructors' championship:

 1.  McLaren/Mercedes      33
 2.  Mercedes              25
 3.  Ferrari               18
 4.  Williams/Mercedes     10
 5.  Force India/Mercedes  9 
 6.  Toro Rosso/Renault    6

VIDEO

Post-race interview with Kimi, SkySports


Australia GP Team Radio Transcript

  • Kimi: At the moment we have an issue with the radio, because I cannot hear you.
  • Engineer: OK, we look into that.
  • Kimi: I need a little bit more front wing, I have front graining.
  • Engineer: We will remove the lip from the rear and the equivalent will be half a degree.

 

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Kimi’s Column – Abu Dhabi Review

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The Judgement Day

I have experienced a lot during my days in Formula One. But the surprise we got in Abu Dhabi after the good qualifying session was a very new happening to me.

We had the car to go well in one lap, as well as to have a good race speed. I was not able to get a 100% lap in qualifying, but it was good enough to put us in P5 on the grid.

I was pretty happy with it ­ until we found out, there is going to be a penalty for us. There was a heavy shunt to the floor while we went over the kerb in the first run. There was no way to avoid the crash, but we never ever expected it to cause the misery for the race, as well.

The stewards ruled us out of the results. Then we had to start from the back of the grid. In a place like Abu Dhabi, it means it was a very, very tricky race to try to come back in a points winning position. We had to start from the grid, as it was the supposed to be the quickest way to recover some positions.

Obviously, it didn’t work out. After the start I went for the inside line, then we touched with the Caterham. It was just a light touch, but hard to enough to break the steering column.

That’s about it from the last two races. We have had some luck many times during these two seasons, but in Abu Dhabi I felt like all the luck had gone and everything went against us.

But this is motor racing. You have to be prepared to accept everything is possible!


Sunday in Abu Dhabi: “It’s just bad luck”

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Disqualified from qualifying then eliminated on the opening lap; it’s not been an easy twenty-four hours for Kimi here at the Yas Marina. In typical style, the Iceman tells it how it is…

Q: AN ABRUPT END TO YOUR ABU DHABI WEEKEND; TALK US THROUGH IT
KR: There was some contact in front of me through the first corner so I stuck to the inside, but unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod. It wasn’t a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse and i had to retire from the race.

Q: SOME WERE SUGGESTING A PIT LANE START MAY HAVE BEEN WISE; WOULD THIS HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE?
KR: It’s never easy starting so far back on the grid, but after the penalty it was a better choice to help our chances in the race rather than starting from the pit lane. After a difficult start to the weekend we did well yesterday so it was a shame we couldn’t start where we qualified, but these things happen sometimes; it’s just back luck.

Q: ANY THOUGHTS HEADING TO AUSTIN?
KR: It wasn’t the best weekend here in terms of results, but the car has been much more to my liking so hopefully it will be the same again at the next races. If we can keep it how I like it then we’ll be able to push for some better results, so we’ll see how it is in Austin.

Quantum confirms deal done with Lotus & apologises to Raikkonen

Lotus’s long-term Formula 1 future received a major boost on Sunday night when investment group Quantum Motorsports said its deal to buy into the team was complete.

After a weekend when questions about Lotus’s financial state emerged following Kimi Raikkonen’s threat to not race because he had not been paid, major progress was made in the much heralded agreement.

Mansoor Ijaz, who is the head of the Quantum Motorsports consortium that includes Middle East investors, said that his company had now completed its side of the contract and just needed final approval from team owner Genii Capital.

“There is no question that the deal is definitely happening,” he said, when asked by AUTOSPORT about the latest situation.

“I will even go out as far as to say that it has now been completed from our side in terms of what has to be done.”

Quantum plans to buy a 35 per cent stake in the team through new shares issued by majority owner Genii.

There are also options for it to potentially take over the entire running of the team in the future, should Genii wish to scale down its involvement.

“We have options – I won’t go into the details of those options – but the options do allow us in a fixed amount of time to take control of the team later on,” Ijaz added. “We will do that in a way that is very co-ordinated with our partners at Genii.”

APOLOGY TO RAIKKONEN

Ijaz revealed that the major investment deal will allow Lotus to pay off its debts, pay off suppliers – and also settle its pay dispute with Raikkonen.

As AUTOSPORT revealed earlier, Raikkonen has now reached a deal with Lotus to sort out his issues and will now race in the final two grands prix of the 2013 season.

Ijaz said he was sorry for allowing the matter to get so out of hand after meeting with Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson on Saturday night.

“We have apologised to Kimi,” he said. “We intend to not only make sure that they are made whole, and then some, but we are intending also to compensate our employees and management team for having taken it on the chin from you guys [the media] in recent weeks.”

Lotus has not yet officially confirmed the completion of the Quantum deal, but team principal Eric Boullier said on Sunday that he hoped an announcement could be made in the next 48 hours.

“I will not comment on this yet,” he said. “I can’t say anything yet. I think by Tuesday. I certainly hope so.”


Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race Results

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Sebastian Vettel took his seventh consecutive win with one of the most dominant victories in recent Formula 1 history in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Poleman Mark Webber did not make the best start and was overtaken on either side by his Red Bull team-mate Vettel and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.

Kimi Raikkonen insisted he had no regrets about starting from the back of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid rather than the pitlane, despite crashing out at the first corner.

After Raikkonen’s exclusion from qualifying, Lotus had the option to start him either from 22nd on the grid, giving him the chance to make up ground off the line, or from the pits to avoid any first-corner trouble.

Raikkonen took the start from the grid, but tangled with Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham at Turn 1 and immediately retired.

Asked afterwards if he now felt he should have started from the pits, Raikkonen replied: “no”.

He believes he was unlucky that the van der Garde incident did as much damage as it did.

“I went to the inside and then somehow managed to touch with a Caterham,” said Raikkonen.

“We didn’t touch hard but I think the angle was very unlucky and it broke the steering.”

Classified:

Pos  Driver         Team                 
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault    
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault    
 3.  Rosberg        Mercedes            
 4.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault       
 5.  Alonso         Ferrari             
 6.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes
 7.  Hamilton       Mercedes            
 8.  Massa          Ferrari             
 9.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes    
10.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes
11.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault    
12.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes    
13.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari      
14.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari      
15.  Bottas         Williams-Renault    
16.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari  
17.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari  
18.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault    
19.  Pic            Caterham-Renault    
20.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth   
21.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth   

Fastest lap: Alonso 1m43.434s.

Not classified/retirements:

     Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault

World Championship standings, round 17:

Drivers:                Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel      347    1.  Red Bull-Renault      513
 2.  Alonso      217    2.  Mercedes              324
 3.  Raikkonen   183    3.  Ferrari               323
 4.  Webber      166    4.  Lotus-Renault         297
 5.  Hamilton    165    5.  McLaren-Mercedes       95
 6.  Rosberg     159    6.  Force India-Mercedes   77
 7.  Grosjean    114    7.  Sauber-Ferrari         55
 8.  Massa       106    8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari     32
 9.  Button       60    9.  Williams-Renault        1
10.  Hulkenberg   49   
11.  Di Resta     48   
12.  Perez        35   
13.  Sutil        29   
14.  Ricciardo    19   
15.  Vergne       13   
16.  Gutierrez     6   
17.  Maldonado     1

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – DNF: “There was some contact in front of me through the first corner so I stuck to the inside, but unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod. It wasn’t a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse. It’s never easy starting so far back on the grid, but after the penalty it was a better choice to help our chances in the race rather than starting from the pit lane. After a difficult start to the weekend we did well yesterday so it was a shame we couldn’t start where we qualified, but these things happen sometimes; it’s just back luck.”

Romain Grosjean – 4th: “That was a pretty long race. I got a good start and made up two places in the first few corners, but after that I lost a lot of time behind the Force India. I could overtake him with the DRS, but he had much better top speed and could just drive straight back past at the next straight. That middle stint cost us the chance of a podium in the end, and on pace we could maybe even have pushed Mark [Webber] for second place, but that’s how it goes sometimes. It’s a shame we couldn’t make it four podiums in a row, but to come away with fourth place after a difficult couple of days is a decent result.”

Eric Boullier – team principal: “It’s been a difficult weekend for the team, but we can be pleased with the fact our car has once again shown strong pace at another different circuit. After the misfortune of his qualifying penalty it was always going to be a tough race for Kimi. Starting at the back with a faster car always puts you in a tricky position, and in the end it was bad luck once again that saw his race end on the first lap; for the first time since 2006 I believe. Romain drove a very mature race to narrowly miss out on his fourth consecutive podium, which on another day and without his issues in qualifying would certainly have been within reach. We have some work to do if we are to achieve our target of third place in the constructors’ championship, so our focus must now be on returning to the podium in Austin.”

Alan Permane – trackside operations director: “We came into this weekend anticipating another podium challenge, but unfortunately circumstances have ultimately conspired against that happening. Having already been stripped of his best qualifying performance since Germany, Kimi’s race was cut short on the first lap after a tangle with one of the Caterhams, bringing a disappointing end to a weekend where his pace had been much improved. It was a trouble free race for Romain by contrast, who drove well to take fourth place. His progress was quite heavily hindered by traffic midway through the race and we didn’t quite have the pace to challenge [Nico] Rosberg in the closing stages, so realistically he achieved the best possible result on the day. What’s especially pleasing is that he’s gone from being labelled a ‘first lap nutcase’ to consistently gaining positions away from the line and through the opening sequence of corners at each race. We now head to Austin where we’ll be working hard to make a return to the podium.”

Video: Kimi damages car on Lap 1

 


Kimi has early Abu Dhabi GP exit | Will compete in USA and Brazil

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Kimi Raikkonen insisted he had no regrets about starting from the back of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid rather than the pitlane, despite crashing out at the first corner.

After Raikkonen’s exclusion from qualifying, Lotus had the option to start him either from 22nd on the grid, giving him the chance to make up ground off the line, or from the pits to avoid any first-corner trouble.

Raikkonen took the start from the grid, but tangled with Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham at Turn 1 and immediately retired.

Asked afterwards if he now felt he should have started from the pits, Raikkonen replied: “no”.

He believes he was unlucky that the van der Garde incident did as much damage as it did.

“I went to the inside and then somehow managed to touch with a Caterham,” said Raikkonen.

“We didn’t touch hard but I think the angle was very unlucky and it broke the steering.”

Raikkonen to see out season with Lotus

Following a weekend of intense negotiations between the Finn’s management and Lotus owner Gerard Lopez, sources have confirmed that a skeleton deal has been put in place that resolves their issues.

Although Raikkonen had been persuaded to race in Abu Dhabi after threatening to not do so, he and his management team made it emphatically clear that he would not continue for the United States and Brazil races if matters were not sorted.

Speaking on Friday, when he revealed he had not been paid at all during 2013, Raikkonen has said: “I enjoy racing, I enjoy driving – but a big part of it is business. Sometimes when that is not dealt with like it should we end up in an unfortunate situation.

“You have to put the line somewhere, and if it goes over that… it is not really my fault any more.”

That threat, and the possibility of there even being court action if Lotus was not willing to concede some ground, proved a catalyst for the situation to be sorted.

AUTOSPORT understands that on Sunday morning, following more than two days of talks, Lopez and Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson laid out a framework for moving forward that both parties are happy with.

As long as the deal is formally signed off by lawyers, and Lotus sticks to the points of the agreement laid out, then Raikkonen will compete in the final two races of the campaign.

Raikkonen’s presence will be valuable to the team as it is locked in a big battle with Mercedes and Ferrari for second place in the constructors’ championship.


Sunday in India: “Pretty disappointing day”

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A tough afternoon for our Iceman saw him stuck in traffic, battling brake issues and foiled at the last by a strategy call falling just short of success. A sterling effort from the Finn to take P7; here’s his view of events…

Q: HOW WAS YOUR RACE?
KR: We ran maybe the first twenty laps with no brakes as they had overheated, so every time I got close to somebody I lost braking. At the end of the race I ran out of tyre performance too so it’s been a pretty disappointing day.

Q: WHAT WAS THE STRATEGY?
KR: We started the race knowing that a one stop strategy could be possible if you did a longer first stint on the soft tyres. Ours wasn’t so long, but when I got stuck behind [Nico] Hulkenberg later in the race we decided to try and make it a one stop. Unfortunately It didn’t work.

Q: HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO BATTLE WHEN YOUR TYRE PERFORMANCE WAS DROPPING AWAY?
KR: I knew the tyres would drop off quite quickly, but you still try to race. Once I had lost the places I could make an extra stop without losing any more which meant I finished where I would have done anyway, so it was worth the risk. We tried to get on the podium with a one stop strategy, but in the end it didn’t work.


India Grand Prix – Race Results

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Sebastian Vettel sealed his fourth consecutive Formula 1 World Championship crown with a dominant Indian Grand Prix victory.

Webber’s misfortune promoted Kimi Raikkonen to second, the Lotus driver attempting to make it to the finish with a 52-lap stint on medium Pirellis.

But the Finn could not hold off the two-stopping Rosberg, who used his DRS to ease into second with eight laps remaining. He finished 29s behind Vettel as Red Bull clinched the constructors’ title.

Raikkonen’s pace during the final few laps was over a second slower than those chasing him, including team-mate Grosjean, whose rubber was 46 laps old by the finish.

The Frenchman, who started 17th, pulled onto Raikkonen’s tail with four laps to go and passed the Finn for third at the exit of Turn 4, only to cede back the place immediately to avoid a penalty.

Raikkonen let Grosjean by further around the lap to allow the Frenchman to to finish on the podium for a third straight race. He was then passed by Massa for fourth as they crossed the start/finish line seconds later.

The battling Hamilton and Perez were with Raikkonen a lap-and-a-half later, Perez using his DRS and KERS to pass both down the back straight and take fifth

Raikkonen, who lost sixth to Hamilton during the same move, pitted for fresh rubber with just two laps to go, but was able to remain ahead of Paul di Resta and set the race’s fastest lap right at the death.

Raikkonen hampered by overheating brakes:

“I did the first 20 laps with hardly any brakes on the car,” he said.

“They overheated massively and every time I got close to somebody I lost the brakes.

“In the end we lost the tyres too. It’s very disappointing.”

Raikkonen and his Lotus team had a blunt radio exchange as his team-mate Romain Grosjean closed in on him late on.

After resisting Grosjean’s first passing attempt, Raikkonen eased off and let him pass.

“It’s normal to move out of the way, but you can’t do it in a fast corner,” he said when quizzed about the argument.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           1h31:12.187
 2.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   +    29.823
 3.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +    39.892
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                    +    41.692
 5.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +    43.829
 6.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +    52.400
 7.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +  1:07.900
 8.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes       +  1:12.800
 9.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +  1:14.700
10.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:16.200
11.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +  1:18.200
12.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +  1:18.900
13.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
14.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +     1 lap
15.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
16.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +     1 lap
17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
18.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
19.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +    6 laps

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:27.679

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Webber         Red Bull-Renault             40
Pic            Caterham-Renault             36
van der Garde  Caterham-Renault             2

World Championship standings, round 16:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        322        1.  Red Bull-Renault          470
 2.  Alonso        207        2.  Mercedes                  313
 3.  Raikkonen     183        3.  Ferrari                   309
 4.  Hamilton      169        4.  Lotus-Renault             285
 5.  Webber        148        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           93
 6.  Rosberg       144        6.  Force India-Mercedes       68
 7.  Massa         102        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             45
 8.  Grosjean      102        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         32
 9.  Button         60        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Di Resta       40       
11.  Huleknberg     39       
12.  Perez          33       
13.  Sutil          28       
14.  Ricciardo      19       
15.  Vergne         13       
16.  Gutierrez       6       
17.  Maldonado       1

 

BBC Post-race interview:

Lotus Quotes:

Lotus to discuss intra-team battle

Eric Boullier: “They are free to race each other. It’s true that we maybe expected a little bit of an easier manoeuvre, let’s say. You are never happy when you see both cars fighting and one car going off so you just make sure everything is going in the team interest. I’m going to speak to both of them in Abu Dhabi. We are working for these guys to deliver, but there is a team behind them and you always have to think about the team. If Kimi’s tyres would not have dropped off he would have been on the podium. We let them race, which is normal, but the tyres dropped off and we tried to save the maximum number of points for Kimi. We had the fear of the tyres dropping off for Romain. We had an engine issue as well when we had to switch off everything to make sure the engine would last to the end. There was a lot of stress behind which is not always easy to manage. Kimi is a competitor. He is racing everybody and I can understand this. But when you are racing in certain conditions, you are racing and I am fine with that. When the tyres are dropping off and you are two seconds off the pace against your team-mate you try not to make a drama of this.”

Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 7th: “We ran maybe the first twenty laps with no brakes as they had overheated massively, so every time I got close to somebody I lost braking. At the end of the race I ran out of tyre performance too so it’s been a pretty disappointing day. I knew the tyres would drop off quite quickly, but there wasn’t much to lose between trying to get to the end and making an extra pit stop in terms of time lost. In the end it didn’t work.”

Romain Grosjean – 3rd: “If you had told me yesterday that I’d be on the podium here I would have said you were crazy! Straight from the beginning of the race I felt very comfortable on the option tyres and we looked in pretty good shape, then we fitted the mediums and the car was really quick. I lost quite a lot of time behind [Esteban] Gutierrez which maybe cost us the fight for second, but we managed to come back from that well. When I saw that I was fourth in front of [Felipe] Massa with 27 laps to go I knew it was going to be close with him as we had to take care of the tyres, plus we had an engine issue at the end of the race which made things quite tricky. In the final laps Kimi was really struggling with his tyres so I managed to pass him and luckily had enough pace to keep Felipe behind. Before the race our best prediction was fourth if we had a strong start and a perfect race, so it was an amazing result and a great performance from the team.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “It’s been an eventful weekend. In the end it was a brilliant job from the team and a great performance from Romain, who had a very strong drive and managed to conserve his tyre performance right to the end. He was fast today despite having to nurse his engine, and being on the podium is a good reward for the whole team. Obviously it’s disappointing that the tyres couldn’t last long enough for Kimi as being third and fourth would have been an amazing result for the team and very useful in the Constructors’ Championship, but we’ll keep fighting hard until the end of the season and we’ll give some headaches to the other teams. We give our congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull for their Championship victory today, and also our promise that we’re working hard to give them a tougher battle in 2014.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “It was a fantastic race from both drivers, even though the strategy didn’t quite work out for Kimi. We started with a plan of two stops for him but made the call to go for one after losing time stuck behind Nico [Hulkenberg]. Unfortunately the tyres didn’t quite last as long as he needed and he was forced into making a late stop for fresh rubber. It was a fantastic drive from Romain again and a great call from our strategy team to move him from seventeenth to third; that was just brilliant. Romain’s engine pneumatic system’s air consumption was a big worry and we had to use every trick in the book to avoid him retiring as per Singapore. Overall, a great team performance today.”

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Sunday in Japan: “We did what we could”

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With plenty of work to do after a tough Saturday – compounded by a tricky start to the race – our Iceman found himself fighting all the way to claim an impressive fifth place at Suzuka. Here’s his view on proceedings…

Q: HOW WAS YOUR RACE?
KR: I had a very poor start where I left the line with a lot of wheelspin and lost a few places. This wasn’t ideal and it meant I got stuck in traffic, but I managed to gain some places back later on. It was a pretty normal race I would say and it’s good that we got some points.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR FEELING LIKE WITH THE CAR?
KR: It was ok – a big improvement from Friday for sure – but it was hard to show our real pace at the beginning as I was stuck behind slower cars for quite a long time. After the final pit stop when I got a bit of free air the car was working much better. It ran well in the last half of the race and I was very happy with it.

Q: YOU PULLED OFF SOME PRETTY IMPRESSIVE PASSES; PARTICULARLY ON THE SAUBER AT THE END THERE…
KR: Unfortunately when you don’t have an ideal qualifying it makes life a bit harder on Sunday. It’s not easy to overtake here and we weren’t so fast in a straight line which made it more tricky, but I got past a few people which was important after the slow start. With Nico [Hulkenberg] I managed to get a good run on him leading up to the chicane which is what made the difference. We did what we could.


Japan Grand Prix – Race Results

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Sebastian Vettel clinched his fifth consecutive Formula 1 victory as differing strategies produced a thrilling climax to the Japanese Grand Prix.

Polesitter Mark Webber passed Romain Grosjean late on to secure a Red Bull one-two, but fell seven seconds short of denying Vettel and securing what would have been a first victory of his farewell F1 campaign.

Classified:                                                     

Pos  Driver        Team                          Time  
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1h37.410s           
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault            +7.1s           
 3.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault               +9.9s           
 4.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +45.6s           
 5.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +47.3s           
 6.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +51.6s           
 7.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari           +1m11.6s           
 8.  Rosberg        Mercedes                 +1m12.0s           
 9.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes         +1m20.8s           
10.  Massa          Ferrari                  +1m29.2s           
11.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes     +1m38.5s           
12.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +1 lap           
13.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +1 lap           
14.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +1 lap           
15.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +1 lap           
16.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +1 lap           
17.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +1 lap           
18.  Pic            Caterham-Renault           +1 lap           
19.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +1 lap           

Fastest lap: Mark Webber, 1m34.587s            

Not classified/retirements:                             

Driver        Team                         On lap      
Hamilton       Mercedes                         9               
van der Garde  Caterham-Renault                 0               
Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth                0               

World Championship standings, round 15:                 

Drivers:                    Constructors:              
 1.  Vettel        297        1.  Red Bull-Renault          445 
 2.  Alonso        207        2.  Ferrari                   297 
 3.  Raikkonen     177        3.  Mercedes                  277 
 4.  Hamilton      151        4.  Lotus-Renault             264 
 5.  Webber        148        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           83 
 6.  Rosberg       126        6.  Force India-Mercedes       62 
 7.  Massa          90        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             55 
 8.  Grosjean       87        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         31 
 9.  Button         60        9.  Williams-Renault            1 
10.  Hulkenberg     49                                          
11.  Di Resta       36                                          
12.  Sutil          26                                          
13.  Perez          23                                          
14.  Ricciardo      18                                          
15.  Vergne         13                                          
16.  Gutierrez       6                                          
17.  Maldonado       1

Lotus Team Quotes:

Romain Grosjean – 3rd: “Today was just a very, very good race. What a start! It was superb to go past both the Red Bulls like that and it’ll be one of my best memories of the year. The car was fantastic on the first set of tyres and we managed to pull away, but then the Red Bulls were able to reel us in later on. Ultimately, we were the only car to almost catch the bull. It’s been a great home race for my engineer; it’s always good to come to Japan and it’s really good to be back on the podium again.”

Kimi Raikkonen – 5th: “I had a very poor start. I left the line with wheelspin and lost a few places which wasn’t ideal, but I managed to gain places back later on in the race. After the final pit stop the car was working much better. It ran well in the last half of the race and I was very happy with it. It was a pretty normal race I would say. It’s difficult to overtake here so it’s good that we got some points. We did what we could.”

Eric Boullier – team principal: “It’s great to see such a good fight in the race and both our cars show so strongly. Once again, both drivers, our strategists and the pit crew performed brilliantly and we did the very best we could on track. We don’t have the pace to beat Red Bull, but today we showed them that we are nevertheless quite formidable whilst also underlining to Mercedes and Ferrari that we are a strong contender for the final four races of the season. We must say a big thanks to everyone at Enstone for the fantastic car we have in the E21. To see Romain leading the race was very satisfying and we hope to see that again very soon.”

Alan Permane – trackside operations director: “It was a great race for us and superb to see Romain leading for so much of it. We were the only team to take the fight to Red Bull; ultimately they were too quick for us but we took a strong and well deserved third place with Romain and a fighting fifth with Kimi. Romain made a fantastic start and we had enough in hand in the first stint to be able to pit a lap later than Mark, but they started to catch us on the medium tyres and Sebastian was able to catch and pass reasonably easily with their superior pace. It’s a great feeling to show so strongly at Suzuka.”


Sunday in Korea: “Second place is ok…”

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P13 to P3 in Singapore, P9 to P2 in Korea… is there anything our Iceman can’t do? Catch up with Kimi as he talks us through safety car shenanigans, intra-team tussles, and what it’ll take to catch that pesky Bull…

Q: ANOTHER FANTASTIC P2 PERFORMANCE; ARE YOU PLEASED – OR EVEN SURPRISED – WITH THE RESULT FROM WHERE YOU STARTED ON THE GRID?
KR: We did it in Singapore and also a couple of times before that so I wasn’t really surprised. Second place is ok and a good result for the team, but we’re here to win and having to fight your way to the front from a bad starting position is not ideal.

Q: WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE KEY TO YOUR RISE THROUGH THE FIELD?
KR: My start was not too bad. Even if we lost out a little in the first corner I made the places back and then another one too at Turn 3. We made good use of the safety car to push hard in the free air which made up some places and put us third, so that helped for sure. People might say it was good luck, but sometimes these things go with you and others they go against you. We made up some places even before that happened, and if we hadn’t had the speed then we wouldn’t have been in a position to take advantage. You could see at the end that we had more than enough pace to keep the others behind, so I think it’s deserved.

Q: SPEAKING OF THE SAFETY CAR, IT GOT A LITTLE CLOSE BETWEEN YOU AND ROMAIN WHEN RACING RESUMED…
KR: It was quite close I guess but we both came out of it ok. He basically gave me the place with a small mistake at the end of the lap and I already knew there were yellow flags into Turn 3, so I knew if I overtook him into Turn 1 he wouldn’t be able to pass me back. It wasn’t too difficult; he defended pretty hard but I managed to get through.

Q: YOU CERTAINLY SEEMED MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE CAR THAN AT ANY OTHER POINT IN THE WEEKEND; WHY DO YOU THINK THIS WAS?
KR: The issues we had in qualifying weren’t so bad today, but it always seems to be the case that we perform better in the race than on Saturdays. I think I understand the reasons why we’ve been struggling a little on single lap pace now; it’s a combination of small things that maybe we need to do differently early in the weekend, but it’s not like we’ve suddenly lost over a second in qualifying that we can’t get back. It’s making my life more difficult, but it is how it is and we’ll keep working to improve it for the last few races.

Q: HAD YOU QUALIFIED BETTER, WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BEAT SEBASTIAN [VETTEL] TODAY?
KR: Qualifying was pretty awful for me, but it’s difficult to say whether a better grid position would have made the difference. Sebastian was faster than us at the end; not massively, but a little bit for sure and his tyres were fresher too so I think it would have been tough to catch him in any case. We were closer to the Red Bull today than we have been in some races, but not close enough…

Q: DO YOU THINK THERE’S THE POTENTIAL TO ADD TO YOUR WIN TALLY BEFORE THE END OF THE SEASON?
KR: If we can improve our performance on Saturdays then there’s always a chance, so we’ll keep trying for sure and see what we can do.


Korea GP: Post-race press conference

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Podium Interview (conducted by Johnny Herbert)

Q: Kimi, finishing second, well done buddy. You had to start a little bit further back in ninth place. How was the drive to get yourself back into a chance of getting on the podium?

Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN: It was OK. I mean from the beginning I lost I think one place on the first lap, no, on the first straight, but then there was an accident so get it back. The car was just understeering too much, the whole weekend, even today, so I have to try to look after the front tyre and that was really the limitation on how much I could push and obviously we were stuck behind the traffic after the pitstops and then we decided to stop earlier and it was a good move and obviously the safety car helped a little bit but we had the speed and we could run until the end. So even without the safety car we could have maybe run until the end and still have a podium position. So it was good – but not ideal.

Q: Tell us about the pass on Romain going into Turn One. It looked rather close.

KR: I think he moved a few times on the left. I got a good run, he made a mistake in I think the second-last corner and I got the good run and I heard that there will be yellow flags at the end of the straight so I knew he’s not going to pass me back with the DRS because it’s not open with the yellow flags. So I thought I would try to overtake and it was not too difficult.

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: Kimi, eighth in the early stages, could you imagine being second at the end?

KR: We have done that before, so obviously… it’s not ideal to start so behind and not having maybe the best weekend. Bit similar to the last race really but the car was a bit better in the race. Still not ideal, a little bit too much understeer and I lost one place or two places at the start and then got them back in corner three. And then I was able to pass people and then sat behind them again after the pitstop. I had more speed but I couldn’t get past and then we decided to stop a bit earlier and when the safety car came for whatever it was, five laps or something, obviously it helped a little bit for us to close the gap in the front but we managed to pass all the cars apart from these two guys already, before the safety car. So it maybe helped a bit in the end because my front tyre was in quite a bad way, it kind of ran out of the rubber in the end. So I couldn’t go much longer any more – but obviously that’s the part of racing. Sometimes it helps you a bit.

Q: I’m sure you were pushing hard right at the end but just nothing you could do about Sebastian?

KR: No, I mean. Let’s put it this way: even it we would have started behind him, we still don’t have the speed of him. Not far off from him in the race with a little bit from all the tyres but I mean it’s so difficult to overtake if you’re not massively faster. So, I think that was pretty OK what we did today.

Q: And a pretty good result for the team.

KR: Yeah. I think that’s the more important. For them to get their… not the maximum points but not far off. I think we scored quite a bit more than the guys in front of us in the championship so it’s good for them.

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Trent Price – Richland F1) Question for both Lotus drivers: you said after the first initial graining phase that the times were improving but that safety car… was there anything on your Friday data to suggest that you might have actually made it to the end, without the safety car?

KR: We would probably have tried it, or looked at some point at how the tyres… without the safety car we gained a lot of time and lap places if we’d stopped earlier in the last pit stops, so who knows? In the end we didn’t stop again now. You can always say that if but it makes no difference. You have to react and do what you think is the right thing and sometimes certain things help you. My front tyre was pretty done in the end but we finished the race in a pretty good position. We would probably try to run until then anyhow.

RG: Well, I think we hold the long runs on Friday to see how it goes and we choose which tyre we preferred. I think everybody did, it was the medium tyres and now we know after one stage it would balance the car a little bit. The question is how much to push at the beginning because the first few laps are the most critical from the front tyres. Yeah, it more or less looked as it was on the plan and then once you fit the prime tyres and you do your second stint, you know how much you can extend the last one and they can try to calculate the degradation and so on to give you the best chance to have the longest stint possible.

Q: (Luigi Perna – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi, you had some action moments in this race, coming from the back, first with Fernando Alonso, then with Romain. From the start of the race to the finish of the race, can you describe it and did you enjoy it?

KR: Yeah, it was nice, I think we had pretty OK speed and then we made the most of it after yesterday. The car still wasn’t ideal today but we managed to be a bit faster on used tyres than some others. At the beginning I managed to overtake a few cars and then I got stuck on the second… after the pit stop I got stuck with the same cars again and then decided to stop earlier. I was pretty OK after the restart. Romain made a mistake and I managed to pass him and just didn’t have enough speed at the end and not enough tyres were left compared to them, because they stopped later. It was good fun but I would rather start in the front and finish in the front. It would have made our life a bit easier.


Korea Grand Prix – Race Results

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Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth straight Formula 1 victory in a Korean Grand Prix enlivened by spectacular racing and bizarre incidents in his wake.

The Red Bull driver was joined on the podium by Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen – charging forward from 10th on the grid – and Romain Grosjean.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           1h43:13.701
 2.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              +     4.200
 3.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +     4.900
 4.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari             +    24.100
 5.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +    25.200
 6.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +    26.100
 7.  Rosberg        Mercedes                   +    26.600
 8.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +    32.200
 9.  Massa          Ferrari                    +    34.300
10.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +    35.100
11.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +    35.900
12.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +    47.000
13.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault           +    50.000
14.  Pic            Caterham-Renault           +  1:03.500
15.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault           +  1:04.500
16.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:07.900
17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:12.900
18.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    2 laps
19.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    3 laps
20.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +    5 laps

Fastest lap: Vettel, 1:41.380

Not classified/retirements:

Driver         Team                       On lap
Webber         Red Bull-Renault             41
Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes         29

World Championship standings, round 15:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        272        1.  Red Bull-Renault          402
 2.  Alonso        195        2.  Ferrari                   284
 3.  Raikkonen     167        3.  Mercedes                  283
 4.  Hamilton      161        4.  Lotus-Renault             239
 5.  Webber        130        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           81
 6.  Rosberg       122        6.  Force India-Mercedes       62
 7.  Massa          89        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             31
 8.  Grosjean       72        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         31
 9.  Button         58        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Hulkenberg     31       
11.  Di Resta       36       
12.  Sutil          26       
13.  Perez          23       
14.  Ricciardo      18       
15.  Vergne         13       
16.  Maldonado       1

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 2nd: “Second place is ok and a good result for the team, but we’re here to win and having to fight your way to the front from a bad starting position is not ideal. Qualifying was pretty awful for me, but it’s difficult to say whether a better grid position would have made the difference. Sebastian was faster than us at the end; not massively, but a little bit for sure and his tyres were fresher too so I think it would have been tough to catch him in any case. We were closer to the Red Bull today than we have been in some races, but not close enough. People might say it was good luck with the safety car, but sometimes these things go with you and others they go against you. We made up some places even before that happened, and if we hadn’t had the speed then we wouldn’t have been in a position to take advantage. You could see at the end that we had more than enough pace to keep the others behind, so I think it’s deserved.”

Romain Grosjean – 3rd: “It’s a fantastic result for the team. Of course, one step higher on the podium would have been better for me and two steps better would have been superb, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Our battle with Lewis [Hamilton] was good and our pace was great, but the two safety car periods hurt our attempts to battle for the win. After the restart I should have been in front of Kimi on the road, but it was my mistake which let him past. I went a bit wide in Turn 15 and got on the Astroturf – which is very slippery – and that let him get a run on me. Then there were yellow flags into Turn 3 so I couldn’t take the place back straight away. Of course, I was asking the team to let me past Kimi as I was on fresher tyres, but they left us to race which is our philosophy of fair play. You lose so much downforce in sectors two and three and obviously our cars are pretty close on performance so it’s pretty hard to pass, but we have to be very happy with a double podium.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “Another double podium for the team is a fantastic result and it tastes like a race win this late in the season. Credit to everyone back at Enstone for delivering us extra performance from the long wheelbase car, as any gain towards the end of the year is especially beneficial as we fight for position in both Championships. The race team delivered a great strategy and pit stops, whilst both drivers drove exceptionally well. We have a lot of promise for the remaining races and podiums are certainly on our agenda.”