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MONACO GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

Formula One World Championship 2015, Round 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Saturday 23 May 2015 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Scuderia Ferrari

Formula One World Championship 2015, Round 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Saturday 23 May 2015 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Scuderia Ferrari

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]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.098s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.440s 0.342s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.849s 0.751s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.041s 0.943s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m16.182s 1.084s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.427s 1.329s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.808s 1.710s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m16.931s 1.833s
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m16.946s 1.848s
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m16.957s 1.859s
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.093s
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m17.193s
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.278s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m26.632s
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.101s
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m17.007s
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m18.434s
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.513s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m20.655s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m20.904s

QUOTES

From autosport.comKimi: “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.comKimi: “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.ukKimi: “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.”


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SPAIN GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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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]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.681s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.948s 0.267s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m25.458s 0.777s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m25.694s 1.013s
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.136s 1.455s
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.249s 1.568s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.414s 1.733s
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m26.629s 1.948s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.757s 2.076s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m26.770s 2.089s
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m27.375s 2.694s
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m27.450s 2.769s
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m27.760s 3.079s
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.854s 3.173s
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.005s 3.324s
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.112s 3.431s
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.365s 3.684s
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m28.442s 3.761s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m31.200s 6.519s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.038s 7.357s

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.


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BAHRAIN GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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kimi-bahgp-180415-krs22The SF15-Ts of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from second and fourth spots on the grid respectively. At the end of today’s qualifying at the Sakhir circuit, where the temperature was around the 25 degree mark, pole position went to Lewis Hamilton who posted a 1.32.571 in his Mercedes. To claim his front row slot, Vettel did a 1.32.982, beating Nico Rosberg (1.33.129) in the other Mercedes. Raikkonen was fourth fastest with a 1.33.227 and therefore starts from the second row. [ferrari.com]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.571s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m32.982s 0.411s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.129s 0.558s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.227s 0.656s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m33.381s 0.810s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m33.744s 1.173s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.832s 1.261s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.450s 1.879s
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m34.462s 1.891s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m34.484s 1.913s
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.704s
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.737s
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.034s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.039s
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.103s
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.677s
17 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m35.800s
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.713s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.722s
20 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda

QUOTES + STUFF

From autosport.com Kimi: “I think there was more grip than I expected. Afterwards it’s easy to say I could have pushed a bit harder in certain places but I wasn’t sure. But the car was OK, the lap wasn’t too bad, maybe I just ran a little bit wide in one corner but that wouldn’t have cost a lot of laptime. I could have pushed more in certain places because there was surprisingly good grip. It gives you a better chance or a more easy life for tomorrow as long as we make a good start out of it. Obviously then the race can turn out to be different because of that, so that helps. We know that we still have some work to do and things to improve but I’d take this rather than fifth or sixth place – I’m kind of happy.”

From ferrari.comKimi: “It was a positive day even if it’s a bit disappointing to finish fourth, because our aim is to be at the front. My last lap was quite good, I made a small mistake and ran wide a little bit in one corner, but it was nearly nothing, it did not cost me a lot of time. It was very close with everybody. On the track there was more grip than I expected and probably I could have pushed a little bit more, but I was not sure I could. My car was working well today, the position on the grid is not ideal but it’s a good starting point for the race. Tomorrow we’ll try to make a good start, and move on from there with a good first lap. To get ahead of Rosberg would help a lot, and then we’ll see what we can do. We’ll do our maximum”.


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CHINA GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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It was an exciting qualifying session at the Shanghai track today. Come the end of the hour long grid deciding session, the two Mercedes locked out the front row, with Hamilton on pole in 1.35.782 and Rosberg second with a 1.35.824. Sebastian Vettel will start from the second row in his Ferrari, third fastest with a 1.36.687. Kimi Raikkonen is sixth, separated from his team-mate by the Williams duo of Massa and Bottas. [ferrari.com]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.782s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.824s 0.042s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m36.687s 0.905s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m36.954s 1.172s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.143s 1.361s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.232s 1.450s
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m37.540s 1.758s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m37.905s 2.123s
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.067s 2.285s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.158s 2.376s
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m38.134s
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m38.209s
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.393s
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m38.538s
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m39.290s
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.216s
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.276s
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.280s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m42.091s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m42.842s

QUOTES + STUFF

From autosport.comKimi: “It is just how difficult it was in the first three corners in the last try,” said Raikkonen when explaining what had gone wrong. “I lost so much time in corner three basically that I was a bit surprised. The car had been behaving very well and in the last run it was not so easy there for some reason. The laptime was pretty much done there – you couldn’t catch up.”

Raikkonen was convinced that the change of wind direction had not been a factor. “Obviously it was different from yesterday but I don’t know what happened. I got a loose car and lost an awful lot of time from that corner to the next corner. Maybe it is my fault. Maybe it just happened. But it is disappointing anyhow. It is not a complete disaster, but it seems to become a habit. I would rather get rid of it. For the race we have a good car. It has been behaving well all weekend. Today was not ideal with the last set of tyres, but we will do our best for tomorrow and see where we end up.”

From espn.co.uk – Kimi: “We have had a pretty okay weekend, but surprisingly enough on the last try something wasn’t correct. I’m not complaining that something wasn’t correct, but it was a shit lap in that one area and the reasons for it we don’t know. It’s disappointing for me and I’m disappointed in myself that it has ended up this way again because it makes it much more difficult to start in that position. Tomorrow is another day and we expect the car to be good in the race, but that doesn’t make life easy to start in that position.”

From Scuderia FerrariKimi:“I’m disappointed with the result, my car was behaving pretty well most of the time but in in my last run I was not able to put a good lap together. For some reason the handling of the car was different, more loose than in the previous laps and slippery on the rear especially in the first three corners. It’s a shame because in the previous sessions I had been satisfied with the behaviour. My starting position for the race tomorrow it’s not ideal , but I expect to have the same good car we’ve had so far. We’ll try to do our best and I’m sure that with a good start we can extract the best result out of the situation.”

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