The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel followed home the Mercedes duo in qualifying simulation runs at Silverstone circuit this morning. Temperatures had dropped to more usual levels for this time of year, thanks to the rain that fell overnight and a strong wind which affected the final hour of free practice. Kimi did a 1.33.692, beaten only by Lewis Hamilton (1.32.917) and Nico Rosberg (1.33.469.) In the other SF15-T, Sebastian Vettel was fourth with a 1.33.918 [via ferrarif1.com]
|5||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m34.147s||1.230s||20|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m34.282s||1.365s||23|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m34.545s||1.628s||16|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.886s||1.969s||21|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m34.896s||1.979s||15|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.121s||2.204s||22|
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Raikkonen’s contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2015, but the Italian team has an option on the Finn’s services for next season.
Recent reports in Italy suggest that Valtteri Bottas is being lined up as a possible replacement for Raikkonen, whilst Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo have also been linked with the seat.
Speaking to NBCSN at Silverstone, Raikkonen said that he was unfazed by questions about his motivation and claimed that they have been a recurring theme throughout his career.
“They’ve questioned it for I think 12, 13 years now, so keep doing it, I don’t mind,” Raikkonen said.
“They can write what they want. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be here, if I wouldn’t want to do well and do racing. I could stay home, I suppose.”
Raikkonen has already scored 17 more points in the first eight races of the 2015 season than he did in the entirety of 2014, but some of his performances have been brought into question.
The Finn has struggled to match teammate Sebastian Vettel for pace, but he feels that a few more things need to fall into place before he can unlock his full potential with the Ferrari SF15-T car.
“I choose to be here, I want to do well and obviously sometimes you have hard times,” Raikkonen said. “We’re in fourth place in the championship, second as a team.
“Obviously it hasn’t been exactly as we wanted so far this year, but we have all of the tools. We just have to put things together and clean up certain things and I’m sure we’ll get the result we deserve.”
| Source: nbcsports.com |
The Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were front runners this Friday at Silverstone, come the end of the first two free practice sessions, which marked the start of the ninth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Raikkonen was second this afternoon with a 1.34.502 on his qualifying simulation using the Medium tyres, just ahead of Vettel who did a 1.34.522, both men running the softer of the two compounds brought to England by Pirelli. Having been quickest this morning, Nico Rosberg was again fastest for Mercedes with a 1.34.155 [via ferrarif1.com]
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.009s||0.854s||25|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.153s||0.998s||22|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.300s||1.145s||36|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.387s||1.232s||34|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.866s||1.711s||37|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.351s||2.196s||29|
The Ferraris were fourth and sixth fastest in the first free practice session at Silverstone, the historic home of the British Grand Prix. The Finn posted a 1.35.588, to end up behind the lead trio of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg (1.34.274) his team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.34.344,) and Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso (1.35.530.) In the other SF15-T, Sebastian Vettel was sixth with a 1.35.739. Apart from the usual tyre programme, running two sets of Hard tyres each, the two Ferrari men shared the tasks of aerodynamic testing and set-up work [via ferrarif1.com]
|3||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.530s||1.256s||18|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.669s||1.395s||33|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.818s||1.544s||26|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.876s||1.602s||22|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.157s||1.883s||28|
|12||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.889s||2.615s||26|
From crash.net – Kimi: “It’s only practice. It looks good but who knows what happens over the weekend? It’s only Friday… We try to do the maximum in a practice as any Friday. Some days it goes a bit better and that depends on the circuit. It was not an easy day but I think we learned a bit. We still have to improve things and try to make it a bit more straightforward. On the hard tyre I had a hard time for whatever reason – if it’s just the one set or if it’s the hard tyre that is tricky here. But on the medium it seems to be pretty OK for one lap. We obviously we have work to do but it was a messy session because of the issues with the hard tyre.”
From f1i.com – Kimi: “I think we [Sebastian Vettel] are working well together and have a similar idea of things and what we want. Obviously that helps for the team and we can work in a normal way.”
From espn.co.uk – Raikkonen was then asked whether his strong finishes in both sessions was one for his critics, with his future at Ferrari still hanging in the balance, to which he replied: “No, it’s a normal Friday so I don’t know. I’ve answered your questions about next year maybe 20 times and it hasn’t yesterday or the day before.”
From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “Today we tried to do the maximum in the practice and it looks good, but it’s only Friday. It was not an easy day, anyway we learned something. We still have to improve and try to make it a bit more straightforward. We have no idea what the others were doing in the long run, we were focused on our session. The medium compound seems to be pretty ok, while the hard one is more difficult. For some reason I struggled a bit with that, but I don’t know if it was down to that set in particular or if the compound itself is more tricky here.”
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