Report – It was not the best of days for Scuderia Ferrari in the final Grand Prix of the season here in Abu Dhabi. Fernando Alonso finished ninth and Kimi Raikkonen came home tenth. Both drivers got away well, the two of them making up two places, coming round at the end of the opening lap in fifth and sixth places. Shortly after that, Fernando passed Kimi and made his first pit stop, followed next time round by the Finn. However, coming in early did not work out for them as they lost a lot of time in traffic, finding themselves just outside the points as the first run of stops ended. Not much changed in the middle stint and with 15 laps to go, Fernando was tenth, one place ahead of Kimi.
Towards the end, as Nico Rosberg slowed to finish 13th, it promoted Raikkonen into tenth place for 2 points. At the end of the race, both drivers thanks the team, Kimi looking ahead to next year and Fernando saying his farewells. “You are all special people, thanks to all of you, I will miss this team a lot.”
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes|
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault|
|-||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault|
FINAL DRIVERS’ STANDINGS:
FINAL CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS:
#Kimi7 on the team radio: “Tough year guys, but thanks a lot for all your support, we’ll get it back!”
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) November 23, 2014
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a very difficult race but we knew right from the beginning that this track would be tough for us. The start was good but then, at the first stop, I already lost a few places and from then on I couldn’t move up the order. The car handled well and I had no particular problem, but today we lacked the speed we needed to attack. All season we have faced a series of difficulties which we put a lot of effort into solving and we learned a lot from that. We know which direction we need to work in to be competitive as soon as possible and I have absolute faith in the team.”
Marco Mattiacci: “This race was the epilogue to a difficult season for the team at the track and for all the men and women of the Scuderia back home. It’s the last day of a season that saw the beginning of a technical revolution that required a different approach and work methodologies and it was a year that presented a steep learning curve for all of us. Unfortunately, the result here in Abu Dhabi reflects the performance level seen in recent races, even though Fernando and Kimi fought all the way as always, showing just what they are capable of. On behalf of the team, I want to congratulate Lewis Hamilton on his fantastic win and I also want to once again thank Fernando, while regretting that we never won the title together. Nevertheless, we had the pleasure of sharing unforgettable moments that are now part of Ferrari history. I also thank Kimi, who this year has patiently dealt with a car that was not easy to manage and I am sure we will soon see him able to express his great talent. Now we are continuing in a methodical and disciplined fashion with the work behind the scenes in Maranello, so as to give our drivers a competitive car with which we can return as soon as possible to the top level of this sport.”
Pat Fry: “First of all, we must congratulate Lewis Hamilton for a well-deserved second World Championship title. For us it was a complicated race from start to finish and our final result was a confirmation of our qualifying performance. Over all 55 laps, both Kimi and Fernando struggled with little reliability problems which affected their cars. Having gained two places at the start, we had to make the first stops very early because of tyre degradation. That put us back out in traffic and unfortunately, our management of the power units and the tyres meant it was difficult to make any overtaking moves. After such an intense last race now we turn all our attention to the work that awaits us, beginning with next week’s test, aimed at getting started on next season as soon as possible.”
Report – Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in sixth and seventh places respectively, after staging a great duel, which saw them swap positions with only a few laps to go.
Everything went smoothly for Fernando at the start, as he maintained eighth place, while Kimi emerged from the Senna Esses in 12th place. The first pit stop came very early, as the Soft tyres degraded very quickly, after track temperature had exceeded 50 degrees. All the drivers tackled the second stint on the Medium tyres, which were clearly more consistent, to the extent that Fernando and Kimi extended the stint, making up places before their second stops. Kimi had a really strong race pace at this point, which, while the pit stops were on, saw him run as high as third.
However, the Finn’s stop was slow because of a problem with the front jack, but Kimi didn’t give up, lapping quickly and consistently, so the team decided to run him to the flag without a third stop. Therefore, with Alonso having stopped three times, the two men found themselves running together and they put on one of the most thrilling duels of the day, fighting wheel to wheel but perfectly fairly. In the end, because his tyres were more worn, Kimi had to give best to Fernando, but finishing seventh, having completed one less stop than the rest.
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||51.420s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m03.934s|
|10||Valtteri Bottas||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||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||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|16||Adrian Sutil||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|17||Romain Grosjean||Lotus/Renault||8 Laps|
|-||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||Retirement|
Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall, this has been a positive weekend and even today in the race, I felt very good in the car. During the second stint, we realised that if we went for a two stop strategy, we could make up ground, but then, at my second pit stop, I lost valuable time and that cost me some places. In the final part of the race, I had to fight off Button for a few laps and when Fernando caught me, tyre degradation meant I couldn’t fend him off. We leave Interlagos with a good feeling and even if we still have a lot of work ahead of us, this continued progress makes me confident for the future.”
Marco Mattiacci: “I believe this weekend ended on a positive note for the team, with both our drivers finishing higher than their grid positions to bring home important points. With Kimi we decided to risk putting him to a two stop strategy and he was able to show that, if he feels comfortable with his car, he can get the most out of himself in terms of managing the tyres. We are disappointed to have lost a few seconds at his pit stop and we take away the lesson that we must improve in every area that can affect performance. As for Fernando, he produced an equally perfect race and in the late duel with his team-mate he was clear headed and precise in his driving. Clearly, fighting for the places we secured today is not our aim, but the team continues to improve day by day as we work on getting back to fighting at the front of the field.”
Pat Fry: “Like the majority of the grid, today we were planning to run a three stop strategy, as we knew that the increase in temperatures, the nature of the circuit and the abrasive track surface would impact heavily on tyre behaviour. Managing the two compounds was extremely complicated, with an early first stop to get rid of the Softs, because of graining, to take on the Mediums which degraded rapidly but in a more linear fashion. The decision to switch Kimi to a two stop paid off as, surprisingly, he was able to run consistently for no less than 36 laps. Fernando found himself fighting with Vettel in the Red Bull, who probably had a bit more pace today, but taking sixth place along with Kimi’s seventh, gives us a reasonable margin in the Constructors’ classification over McLaren. Overall, it was a positive weekend and, in future we must ensure we get on top of any reliability problems, like the ones we’ve had over the past few days.”
Alonso – Zero frustration over Raikkonen battle:When asked post-race if Raikkonen’s defending prevented him from finishing higher than sixth, Alonso said: “No, I’m very very happy – zero frustration.”The most important thing was not the battle with him, it was the battle with the other teams and we got some good points for Ferrari today.
“Even if I could have overtaken Kimi a little quicker I had to save a lot of fuel in the last couple of laps so a battle with Sebastian was never a possibility.”
Alonso said that he was pleased to come out on top in the battle with Raikkonen.
“Finishing in front of him always gives satisfaction,” he added.
“This weekend I managed to finish in front in qualifying and in the race after a weekend where I struggled a bit with some mechanical issues.
“It was definitely a good experience – I had one more stop so I had to recover 21 seconds.
“I had fresh tyres so I had the advantage in the last battle.”
Raikkonen described the dice as “normal racing” and said that he did not feel the battle had cost Ferrari anything overall.
“It’s the same points for the team, and at the end of this kind of season it makes no really big difference for myself or the team as we get the same points [whichever driver finishes ahead].”
Vettel on passing Raikkonen: I have good memories of T6. Passing is only possible if the other cooperates. With Kimi, I know what he’s doing
— Sebastian Vettel (@FansOfSebVettel) November 9, 2014
Jenson Button “My great fight with Kimi – you always push to the limit with him, but you never go over it – so I enjoyed that very much” #F1
— Connor (@cmckinleyF1) November 9, 2014
Button and his engineer full of praise for Raikkonen’s efforts in making the 2 stop strategy work #F1
— Connor (@cmckinleyF1) November 9, 2014
Kimi Raikkonen says he hates the situation he finds himself in with the handling of his Ferrari Formula 1 car at the moment, following a disappointing US Grand Prix.
The 2007 world champion came home 13th and one lap down on race winner Lewis Hamilton at Austin on Sunday, as his race was marred by front-end problems that plagued him all weekend.
“Here was again one of the most difficult weekends,” Raikkonen told reporters after the race.
“Japan was similar – we fight with understeer the whole weekend and whatever we do we can’t seem to get rid of it.
“Then you can expect in the race to destroy the front tyres.
“Obviously I hate the situation the way it is and the way things are going, and I cannot solve it by myself.”
Raikkonen added that the main frustration with his problems was that he and Ferrari have been unable to pinpoint what is causing them.
“To try to drive slowly in certain places didn’t make any difference [to the life of the front tyres] so I don’t understand it really,” he said.
“Wherever we finished it’s pretty disappointing. Not being able to solve certain issues is frustrating.
“Hopefully something comes up and we find what the issues are.
“I appreciate some help and obviously we try to help each other to fix these issues, but if we knew the issue it would be easier to solve.”
The Finn said that team-mate Fernando Alonso – who finished sixth – is not as sensitive to the front-end difficulties with the 2014 Ferrari.
“In certain places, yes, it’s the same issue, but I think he doesn’t mind too much when the front is sliding,” he said.
“So the effect is not so big then. It’s a bit of a different story.”
| Source: autosport.com |
Report – Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the Formula 1 world championship to a commanding 24 points by beating main rival Nico Rosberg to victory in the US Grand Prix.
Having taken a brilliant pole position on Saturday, Rosberg narrowly led Sunday’s F1 race at Austin through the first round of pitstops, as Hamilton nursed a set of soft Pirelli tyres that he flat-spotted during qualifying.
The German seemed less comfortable than Hamilton when they switched to the medium compound tyre though, and his Mercedes team-mate pounced to take the lead by using DRS and diving down the inside under braking for Turn 12 on lap 24 of 56.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo overcame a poor start to beat both Williams drivers and complete the podium. The Australian’s slow getaway from fifth on the grid cost him four places initially, but he climbed back up to sixth before the end of the opening lap, when the safety car was deployed after Sergio Perez’s Force India bounced off Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari and into Adrian Sutil’s Sauber.
Ricciardo dived past Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari to take fifth at the restart, before jumping both Williams at successive pitstops to climb to third. The Williams drivers finished fourth and fifth, Felipe Massa coming home ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas after jumping him at the start. Ricciardo’s Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel gambled on a pitlane start and low-downforce settings, after exceeding the five-engines-per-season limit at this race. The reigning world champion found it difficult to make progress initially, but climbed as high as sixth before being passed by Alonso’s Ferrari (on a much fresher and softer set of tyres) in the closing stages. Vettel then plummeted to 14th place after making a late stop for fresh rubber, but recovered back to seventh as the cars ahead battled to the end on much older rubber.
Kimi Raikkonen ran close behind Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso early on, but lost ground with a late first stop and never recovered.
The 2007 world champion finished a disappointing 13th, ahead of the Sauber of Estaban Gutierrez and the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat, last of the classified finishers.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||25.560s|
|7||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.734s|
|10||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m48.863s|
|11||Romain Grosjean||Lotus/Renault||1 Lap|
|12||Jenson Button||McLaren/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|13||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|-||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||Power Unit|
|-||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||Collision|
Kimi Raikkonen: “This weekend was very complicated and again today in the race, I wasn’t able to give my maximum. Up to the first stop, the car behaved well, but after fitting the Mediums the situation got tricky, with higher degradation than expected, so I lacked grip and after a few laps I began to have problems with the front end. I tried to save the tyres in any way possible, slowing in some parts of the track and turning into the corners, but even so I had to take on a set of Softs earlier than expected, which meant I had to make a third stop in the closing stages. Now we will continue to work to try and solve our problems. It won’t be easy, but we won’t give up all the way to the end of the last race.”
Marco Mattiacci: “After all the news this week, today, it was particularly pleasing to see that the grandstands were packed. The response of the American public was an encouraging sign, which shows how much the interest in our sport is growing in a country where we would like to strengthen its presence. It was a shame we could not give our fans a better result, with a Ferrari capable of fighting for the top places. Today, with Fernando, we were able to maintain his start position, while Kimi had some of those difficulties that we are working hard to solve as a team, to ensure he has a better car. On track, we continue to learn a lot and at home we are working tirelessly to reach our goals as soon as possible.”
Pat Fry: “Today, both drivers got away well at the start, even though they were on the dirty side of the track, making the most of one of our car’s strong points. When the Safety Car came out, we decided not to pit, aware that from then on we would have had to deal with the traffic of the group that was stopping. With Fernando we managed to maintain position, even if, unfortunately, we lacked the pace to keep up with those ahead of him. The collision with Perez might have damaged the left rear on Kimi’s car and unfortunately he then had traffic on his second stint and excessive degradation that meant he had to make an extra stop. When we get the car back, we will try and see if there’s something wrong with it, although an initial look at the telemetry data revealed nothing. For both Kimi and Fernando, the Mediums did not perform as expected and so it was after the first stop that we began to lose ground to the leaders. After another difficult race, we will now focus on Brazil where, in a few days’ time we tackle the penultimate race of the championship.”