kimi-raikkonen-itagp-050915-krs88Kimi, fantastic second in qualifying and quite a turnaround, it has to be said, from 12 months ago for you and Ferrari, very close to Mercedes, as Lewis said. You’ve got to be pleased with your own performance and that of your team?

Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN: Yeah, I think if we look now we probably surprised ourselves a little bit. We expected a strong weekend but we knew that this place is not our strongest probably, so in the end the car turned out to be pretty good in qualifying conditions; we had many good laps. It’s been a while, so it’s nice to be here, especially [at] the home race for us. It’s probably our best qualifying this year as a team. We try to give [it] another good go tomorrow and give a good result, not just for ourselves but for our fans and all the Ferrari people behind us.

And you and Kimi both got through Q1 without using a set of soft tyres as well didn’t you. Kimi, just touching on what Lewis just said there. It is a long run down to turn one, this is the second grand prix with the new rules on starts, so presumably any loss off the line is going to be really amplified by the time you get to turn one, so you’re obviously eyeing that as a key opportunity to challenge for the lead straight away.

KR: Obviously, but I think in every circuit is more or less different length of straights to the first corner but any small issue you are always going to lose place, even if it’s long or short run. But I think it helps here. Hopefully we make let’s say a normal start and at least stay where we are but it’s going to help us at least during the first corners; it can easily be a mess when you are in the mid-pack and you almost have to stop sometimes. Hopefully we make a normal start and go from there and you know see what we can do. I expect it to not be an easy race but usually we’re more confident for the race than for qualifying, so hopefully it’s the same thing for tomorrow, so see what happens, to do our best and hopefully get a good result.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, as a Ferrari driver in Monza you are the first time in the front row. How much that means personally to you?

KR: I think it’s a while that I’ve been in the front row – eight, ten years probably! But I think, what does it mean, I’m very happy for it obviously, and I’m happy for all the people who are supporting us and our team but, you know, the biggest thing is that much less troubles in the first corner if you make, let’s say, a normal start. It gives us a good chance for the race and obvious we have to do a good job in the race but it gives us a better chance for having a good result. It’s nice to get it right once in a while. It’s been a while so, especially here in the home grand prix of Ferrari, so let’s hope it brings us also a good result tomorrow.

Q: (Peter Farkas – Auto Motor) Again, Seb and Kimi. Did you expect to be so close to the quickest Mercedes today – especially after yesterday when the different was quite big? And could you please explain what you did since yesterday to turn the situation around? How confident were you that it would be possible?

KR: Like I said earlier, in a way is a bit surprised that we were this strong comparing to the Mercedes but, y’know, we made some small improvements and obviously people always talk so much about Fridays. It’s a Friday: you do whatever you want. It’s not about the laptimes. And worse, you don’t know what the others are doing. So, it’s pointless to say, ‘oh, we were bad yesterday’. We just did our stuff what we normally do. In the end, if you end up first or tenth, makes no difference if you know what you’ve been doing. So, we’ve been just… improve a bit the car and drove a bit better than yesterday. Yesterday I didn’t feel I was driving very well and then it turned out to be in qualifying it all worked out well for us. Obviously we’re still not happy, we’re second and third but I think it’s a place where we expected it to be a bit more difficult because the circuit layout. So it was a bit surprise but a nice one and I think things have been working well.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – GloboEsporte) To both Ferrari drivers, considering the analysis of the long runs you did yesterday with both kinds of tyres and also this morning, and comparing with what we saw from Mercedes, what is a realistic prediction for the race?

KR: Like I’ve said already, we will try to do our best and see where we end up. Obviously we want to at least keep the places that we have right now but the main aim is to try to win races and that’s why we are here. But it’s pointless to start guessing where we’re going to end up.

Q: (Nicolangelo Cioppi – Il Cittadino Canadase) Sebastian and Kimi, do you think it’s possible from third place and second place for Kimi to win the race tomorrow here in Monza like in 2008. I was here in 2008 and I enjoyed it with you, even if it was raining like crazy.

SV: Well, I think there’s always a chance. Obviously in 2008 I was on pole, didn’t manage that today but I think since it’s dry tomorrow, I think we have much better chances this year than I would have had in dry conditions in 2008. So the bottom line is I think it’s always possible, it’s always possible to have a surprise. I think we had some surprises this year so we like surprises and if we can surprise tomorrow then it would be a nice surprise.

KR: Who knows? Like I said, we try our best and hopefully achieve a great result and try to win if possible. It would be great to have a good result for the team.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, you managed to beat Sebastian by five hundredths of a second. Where did you take that?

KR: I don’t know. I haven’t seen the data so somewhere, doesn’t matter where it was. I gained on my previous best in the last corner. It doesn’t matter to me where it happens.

| Source: fia.com |



kimi-raikkonen-itagp-050915-krs31Kimi finally makes it on the front row!

Qualifying for Scuderia Ferrari’s home race, the Italian Grand Prix took place in sunny conditions after this morning’s rain, so that weather conditions more or less replicated what’s expected for tomorrow. Kimi Raikkonen will start from second on the grid with a time of 1.23.631, while Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start from third in 1.23.685 in front of the big crowd here in Monza. Lewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes in 1.23.397. [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.397s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.234s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.288s
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.306s
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 0.543s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 0.730s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.229s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1.657s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.920s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.817s
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1.128s
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1.501s
13 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 4.334s
14 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 4.515s
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 2.221s
16 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 2.399s
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.661s
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.757s
19 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault
20 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault

*engine-change penalties for Sainz, Kvyat, Button, Alonso, Verstappen, Ricciardo


Read the full post-qualifying FIA press conference here.

From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It was the best qualifying of the year, I’m happy for all the team and the people who support us. This was the perfect time for us: obviously we’d like to get such a good result at every race, but if I have to choose one it’s here. Today was a good day, it gives us a good chance for the race, but this doesn’t mean that tomorrow we can beat everybody. We need to do a good job. I’m a bit surprised because we knew our weaknesses and the layout of this track, but everything worked well and we were closer to Mercedes than we what we expected. It’s impossible to say what’s going to happen tomorrow, obviously our aim is to make a good start then go safely into the first corner, do the maximum and hopefully we’ll be able to challenge. We’ll try to do our best and see how it ends up.”

From autosport.com – Kimi: “In a way it’s a big surprise that we are this strong compared to Mercedes. People always talk so much about Friday, but it’s just Friday – you do whatever you want and it’s not about the laptimes. It’s pointless to say we were bad yesterday, we just did our stuff we normally do and if you end up first or 10th it makes no difference. It turned out in qualifying that it all worked out well for us. We’re still not happy with second or third, but this was a place where we expected it to be a bit more difficult because of the circuit layout, so it’s a big surprise. The first corner can easily be a mess in the middle of the pack. The biggest thing [about qualifying second] is we’ll have much less trouble in the first corner and that gives us a good chance for the race.”

From motorsport.com – Kimi: “I think if we look now, we probably surprised ourselves a little bit. We expected a strong weekend but we didn’t expect this place to be our strongest. In the end the car turned out to be pretty good in qualifying conditions. We had many good laps, so it’s nice to be here, especially the home race for us and being the best qualifying for us as a team. I don’t expect an easy race but usually we are more confident for the race and not qualifying.”



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kimi-raikkonen-belgp-220815-krs13A complicated qualifying – Kimi Raikkonen endured a complicated qualifying session, having to park the car a few minutes before the end of Q2, when his car lost oil pressure. The Finn was ninth fastest at the time, but dropped to fourteenth because of the failure. In the other Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel was ninth fastest, making a mistake at the final corner, but will probably start from eighth because of a penalty for Romain Grosjean. The first row was locked out by Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton (1:47.197) on pole and Nico Rosberg (1:47.895) second. [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m47.197s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m47.655s 0.458s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m48.537s 1.340s
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m48.561s 1.364s
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m48.599s 1.402s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m48.639s 1.442s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m48.685s 1.488s
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m48.754s 1.557s
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m48.825s 1.628s
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m49.771s 2.574s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m49.121s
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m49.228s
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.586s
14 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.952s
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m52.948s
17 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m53.099s
18 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m50.978s
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m51.420s


From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “I don’t know exactly what happened, I lost some drive and had to stop. It’s too early to say what the problem was, we have to wait to know more about the issue. Our car has been handling pretty nice all weekend, unfortunately the issue has come at the bad time, my position could have been a bit better. Yesterday we had been trying few different things and I think we had made the right choices for today. Obviously we know we have to improve in all areas. My starting position will make my race very tricky but I hope that the race condition will turn in our favour. It’s important to go through the first corner: even if it won’t be easy to get past Mercedes-engined cars, we’ll keep fighting and doing our best.”

From f1i.com – Kimi: “The Mercedes-engined cars are pretty strong here but our car is handling pretty nicely all weekend so it was bad timing for the issue, but it is what it is.”



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In torrid conditions at the Hungaroring, where the air temperature hit 33 degrees, the track on 55, qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix went well for Scuderia Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel was third fastest with a 1.22.739. Kimi Raikkonen was always a front runner, ending up fifth in 1.23.020. Pole position went to Lewis Hamilton who did a 1.22.020 in his Mercedes to finish just ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.22.595.) [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.020s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.575s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.719s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.754s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.000s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.202s
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1.312s
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.517s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.659s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2.161s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.806s
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.849s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 2.441s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.589s
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.719s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.823s
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.977s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.396s
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.929s


From motorsport.com – Kimi:  “It’s not ideal but we missed the morning with the soft tyres with the issue. We didn’t really know how it would be. It was not too bad, there were a few issues here and there, small things, which cost a bit of time. But at least we are on the clean side, and hopefully can make a good start and go from there and see what happens during the race.” Expanding on his FP3 problems he added: “It didn’t help, like I said, because we didn’t have the run on the soft tyres this morning. Things happen sometimes. It was a bit unknown for qualifying, but we keep improving, still it wasn’t ideal in the end. It wasn’t too bad, but obviously you always want to be higher up. We’ll try to do our best. Obviously Mercedes will be strong, but we’ll try to be second best after that, if we cannot challenge them. It’s going to be a long race. We’ll have to see how it pans out, just keep pushing and see where we are. We had some issues obviously yesterday, so we probably didn’t get exactly what we wanted done, there was red flags and stuff. I think it wasn’t too bad. Like I said hopefully make a good start, and go from there, and see where we get. It should be pretty OK.”

From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It was a pretty normal qualifying, but we did not get the ideal result. We had some difficulties here and there and did not manage to put a very good lap together. This morning we had some issues and could not run with the soft tyres: for sure this did not help and it was a bit of unknown for qualifying, but it was not too bad and the behavior of the car was pretty good. Tomorrow I’ll be on the clean side of the starting grid, we’ll try to make a good start and see what happens in the first few corners. The race will be very long and obviously the Mercedes will be very strong, but if we cannot challenge them we’ll try to be second best. We’ll keep pushing and do our best.”


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