Qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix left Scuderia Ferrari with mixed feelings. The variable track conditions in Q1 left Kimi Raikkonen unable to post a good timed lap and so the Ferrari man had to settle for the eighteenth fastest time. Sebastian Vettel will start from third on the grid having lapped in 1.08.810, beaten only by the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.08.455) and Nico Rosberg (1.08.655.) [via ferrarif1.com]
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.278s||0.823s|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m09.612s||1.157s|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m10.465s||–|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.522s||–|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m09.694s||–|
|18||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m10.482s||–|
Note: Kvyat, Ricciardo, Alonso and Button all have penalties
From espn.co.uk – Kimi: “[I was told] that we have three timed laps and obviously they noticed at some point that we went out too late and I was not going to have three timed laps, but I was never told. I was doing a normal plan and obviously it made a big difference. It was wrong. I was doing the same thing that I was doing when I went out and I never got the information that it was not possible to do what was the original plan and obviously we missed the one lap completely. I was thinking that I was doing the normal thing and I was not told that the plan had changed suddenly. They sent me out too late, we missed one lap and it obviously cost a lot. Obviously it was not ideal. We should be much higher up and I’m sure we could have fought at the front, but we tried to do our best and obviously it’s not an ideal starting place. Yes, there are long straights but also there are very tricky corners to be in the middle of the pack, so we have much bigger chances to have that happening in the first few corners, so you try to stay clear of all the s*** in the first lap and then I guess we should have speed, but you never know what will happen in the race. We will do our best and see where we end up.”
From autosport.com – Kimi: “More or less until this point, it has been a pretty good weekend. The car is handling well. I’m sure we can do a good job.”
From crash.net – Kimi: “It is what it is tomorrow. Obviously we should have the speed [as I mentioned] but it’s not a very ideal position to start because there are so many things that can go wrong in the first few corners. I’m sure if we get clear through those then we try to maximise our result, but there is no point guessing what is going to happen. We will push as hard as we can and hopefully make the right decisions when they come and gain many positions.”
From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It has been a very bad Saturday and this result will not help us tomorrow. When I went out for my last run in Q1, the team informed me that I could do three timed laps, but then the plan was changed and I did not get the information. Therefore we missed one lap completely and I was knocked out. The point is that I was sent out too late and that cost us a lot. Obviously my starting position is not ideal; we should have been much higher up, I’m sure we could have fought at the front. Tomorrow we should have the speed we need, but you never know what happens in the race. In the first lap it will be better to stay away of problems because there is a much bigger chance of something happening in the first few corners. There is a long straight, but also two corners which can be tricky if you happen to be in the middle of the pack. Then we’ll try to maximize our result. Until now it has been a pretty good weekend, the car is handling well: we’ll try to do our best and see what we can do”.
— FansOfKimiRäikkönen (@FansOfKR) June 20, 2015
Kimi: “It’s a shit saturday. We will do our best tomorrow” pic.twitter.com/oFmC3rkgh5
— Gianlu D’Alessandro (@Gianlu_DAle) June 20, 2015
Qualifying produced mixed fortunes for Scuderia Ferrari today in Montreal. Kimi Raikkonen secured third place with a lap in 1.15.014 at the end of a very closely contested session held under sunny skies at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit. Pole went to Lewis Hamilton, who produced a 1.14.393 in his Mercedes.
Sebastian Vettel was out of luck this afternoon in Canada. The German was stopped with an electrical problem at the start of Q1. The engineers managed to get him out on track with a few minutes remaining, but Seb encountered further issues with the electrical system, which meant he could do no better than 16th place with a time of 1.17.344. [via ferrari.com]
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.614s||1.221s|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.079s||1.686s|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.114s||1.721s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.338s||1.945s|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m16.042s||–|
|19||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m16.245s||–|
From crash.net – Kimi: “Obviously, we try to do our best and see what happens but it’s too early to start [talking about a victory]. Friday is Friday and the race is the race so, while it was a bit better in qualifying, we’re still only third. We’re usually a bit better off in the race, so at least we should be in a better position to go for it, but let’s see what happens. Overall, the weekend has been very good – as smooth as it can be with the conditions we’ve had here. It was a bit disappointing for the team that one car had some issue, but tomorrow is the race and usually we are a bit stronger there. We have to make a good start and go from there and see what comes out, but so far it has been pretty okay. Obviously, it’s not ideal as we want to be in front, but at least it’s better.”
From ferrari.com – Kimi: “The car has been feeling good all weekend. We had no problems, apart from the one Sebastian had in qualifying, and everything ran smoothly. We have been making sure that all the small details were correct, we have learned from the past difficult races how small things can make a big change and enable you to get the result you want .We still have some work ahead, obviously we are not happy to finish third in the grid but in the race we’lll try to do better. It’s hard to say what will happen tomorrow but at least we did a better qualifying than normal and we’ll be in a better position for the race. So far it has been ok but tomorrow is the big day. I expect that we can be stronger and challenge for a competitive race . The weather has been tricky these days, so it will be a bit of uncertain tomorrow. Tonight we are going to analyse a lot of data and will try to make the right decisions”.
Q: (Nicolangelo Cioppi – Il Cittadino Canadese) Kimi, what chance do you have to win tomorrow? Do you think you can win here in Montreal with your car now?
KR: Obviously we’ve made our lives much easier being this close to the front after qualifying so we just have to make a good start and see how it pans out but obviously nobody has done very long runs this weekend so it’s very difficult to know what will happen. I think we’re usually a bit stronger in the race so hopefully it’s the same story tomorrow but time will tell. We will do our best and see where we end up.
Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Kimi, you’re squeezed between all the Mercedes engines so are you worried, during the race, that even the other Mercedes-powered cars can fight with you or do you think from your pace that you’ve shown, especially yesterday, that you could even be a big challenge for the two in front of you?
KR: It’s more or the less the same answer that I just gave. We can only do our best and we will see in the race, obviously, what will happen but we were pretty Ok in the long runs so I feel fine with it. But obviously the race is a different story and yes, we have all the Mercedes cars in front of us but it shows something, that we are doing something right to get there. But there’s still work to be done. Who knows? We will try to beat all of them and see what happens.
— Gianlu D’Alessandro (@Gianlu_DAle) June 7, 2015
— Ky (@FiftyBuckss) June 6, 2015
Oversteery Kimi Poopy Time 😎💩❄️#CanadianGP pic.twitter.com/JxY2fMlU1I
— Ky (@FiftyBuckss) June 6, 2015
Raikkonen radio “Box this lap” “You should tell me straight away before i push an extra half a lap on the race tyres, be a bit more awake” — Connor (@cmckinleyF1) June 6, 2015
Sebastian Vettel will start the Monaco Grand Prix from third on the grid, while in the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen lines up sixth. Qualifying was run here in Monaco under cloudy skies with a high of 18 degrees and Lewis Hamilton waited until the very last moment to take pole in the Mercedes with a time of 1.15.098. Vettel secured his spot on the second row with a 1.15.849, with Nico Rosberg second in the other Mercedes in 1.15.440. Raikkonen set the sixth fastest time of 1.16.427 and will start from Row 3.[ferrari.com]
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.041s||0.943s|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.182s||1.084s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.808s||1.710s|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m16.931s||1.833s|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m16.957s||1.859s|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.193s||–|
From autosport.com – Kimi: “It was a bad result in the end as it’s difficult to overtake here. It’s not a very happy day. It’s going to be a long race if I’m stuck behind some cars, but I’ll try to get the maximum out of it. We had no grip on the first set [for the first run]. The second run felt normal but I had traffic. It was a disaster. The car felt OK but it was difficult to get heat in the tyres. We seem to manage to get it wrong every race. We have to work on something to try and improve it. We don’t put ourselves in very good position for Sunday. It makes our races difficult when you start behind because you spend time trying to get past cars and then you drop out the fight in front.”
From ferrari.com – Kimi: “I don’t think that the accident of this morning affected my qualifying. My car has been working pretty well so far, apart from the fact that it was hard to get the tires working . You need few good laps to make a time and today in my last run I was too slow behind a Toro Rosso and decided to come in. Today we had the speed but not the chance of doing a clean lap. It was not a very good day and obviously tomorrow we are going to pay a big price. Tomorrow we’ll see what we can do, we’ll try to make a good start and go from there, even if it won’t be easy. Here there is a big chance to remain stuck behind other cars for the whole race and overtaking is really difficult: that’s why the result of today is very disappointing.”
From espn.co.uk – Kimi: “It’s obviously a very bad result in the end and obviously it’s difficult to overtake here, so it’s not a very happy day. But it is what it is right now and we try to make a good start and go from there tomorrow, but obviously it is going to be a long race if we are stuck behind some cars. We will try to make the maximum out of it whatever happens tomorrow. We seem to manage to get it wrong every race, so we need to work on something to try to improve it. We don’t put ourselves in very good positions for Sundays and obviously it makes our races difficult. Obviously when you are stuck behind you spend time trying to get past cars and then you miss out on the fight at the front. But it’s part of the game.”
Raikkonen said the tyres were working better on his second attempt but when he came up behind a Toro Rosso he knew any chance of a good result was effectively over.
“It makes no difference right now, does it? I mean, I had a pretty okay first lap and I had one more lap and then there was a Toro Rosso so I had traffic on the second lap. I came in because I was too slow already and obviously it was pretty disastrous. The car felt okay but it was hard to get heat in the tyres. The end result is what it is and we will try to do a good race tomorrow. [It was sliding] more on the front, but obviously on the rear it was a bit hard to push because the front does not grip well. Obviously then you don’t go as fast as the tyres really need and you it’s a circle. It’s crucial to get clean outlaps to get the tyres working as well as possible, but it didn’t happen today and we paid the price.”
Come the end of qualifying to decide the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel (1.25.458) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.26.414) finished in third and seventh places respectively. Track conditions were still difficult this afternoon and it was in the final sector of the track that the two Mercedes carved out their advantage, on their way to locking out the front row. Nico Rosberg is on pole with a 1.24.681 ahead of Lewis Hamilton (1.24.948). [ferrari.com]
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.136s||1.455s|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.249s||1.568s|
|8||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m26.629s||1.948s|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m26.770s||2.089s|
|17||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.365s||3.684s|
|18||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.442s||3.761s|
QUOTES + STUFF
From ferrari.com – Kimi: “So far the weekend has been more difficult than I wanted and today I was still struggling, for some reason my car was sliding around. After a difficult Friday I decided together with the team to go back to the old package because I wanted to make sure it was fine. We knew it would be a risk and it might be difficult but I don’t think that the result would have been as bad as it was today. In Q2 the feeling was pretty ok but then in Q3 it was difficult again, I had not much grip and did a bad lap. It’s one of those weekends in which things keep going a little wrong here and there, and today we also lost one set of Medium tyres because of a burning of a blanket. Tomorrow is another day and the race is a different story, obviously we start in a position that is not ideal , but we have a good package. If we have a good start we can go from there, I’m sure we have the speed to have a good race”.
From autosport.com – Kimi: “We had one new set of tyres we could have used in last qualifying but for some freak reason it got burnt in a blanket and destroyed. But that is part of the game. It’s been a difficult few days but tomorrow is the race so hopefully we can score good points.”
Ferrari brought a major update package to Spain, but after Raikkonen struggled for pace in Friday practice he reverted back to the Bahrain set-up. The Finn said it was his decision to do so and denied that had anything to do with his poor grid slot. Instead, he put the error down to the conditions and his own mistakes.
“It was my decision plus the team’s. We changed the car to the old package because I wasn’t sure about it as yesterday was a difficult day. I wanted to make sure this was OK and if the new package was working as it should.When you make the decision obviously it is a lot of work to change. There was no chance to change it back but I’m happy to take the risk. I don’t think the outcome would have been as bad but for the last part of qualifying. The car felt good in the morning and in qualifying, too, but the last set [of tyres] in Q3 gave me poor grip and it was a bad lap. I was prepared to take the risk and it was working OK up until that point. It is what it is.”
From crash.net – Kimi: “It has been a difficult few days. We kept changing things, but nothing seems to make much sense. It doesn’t make our life easy for tomorrow. Okay maybe here it should be easier to overtake, but you always put yourself in with more chances of something going wrong in the first few corners when you are more in the middle of the pack. We will just go forward and do the best we can – it is a long race and we should have the speed to do pretty well. I think we can still get a good race out of it. It is not the end of the life, but I’d rather take better positions from qualifying than this. Obviously it has been a tricky few days, but it is not the first time for me, but as I say, it’s a long race.”
Post-qualifying press conference – Q: (Luigi Perna – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Could you explain why you and Kimi choose two different configurations – aerodynamic configurations – on the car? You with the new one and Kimi the old one. The reasons and why the different choice.
Sebastian Vettel: Very simple. We didn’t have the best day yesterday I believe. We both were not entirely happy with how the car felt. I think, as I mentioned before, it was probably tricky conditions this weekend, quite windy, I think the tyres are not working for us as they maybe used to. So, we were not sure about where we were and we decided to split the cars for today.
— KimiRäikkönenSpace (@EvenstarSaima) May 9, 2015
— Ky (@FiftyBuckss) May 9, 2015