kimi-austriagp-190615-krs9PRACTICE TWO

In the second free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix, the team concentrated on long runs looking ahead to the race. The weather forecast for Sunday is currently very different to the conditions expected for qualifying and this means it will be very complicated to select the best set-up, but the team acquired a lot of useful data. Come the end of this afternoon’s 90 minute session, Sebastian Vettel was fastest with a 1.09.600. He stopped running 15 minutes before the end so the team could carry out some checks on his car. Behind the German came Nico Rosberg, who did a 1.09.611 in the Mercedes, while in the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen was third with a 1.09.860. [via]

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m09.600s 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m09.611s 0.011s 50
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m09.860s 0.260s 41
4 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m09.914s 0.314s 44
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.137s 0.537s 49
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m10.160s 0.560s 49
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m10.267s 0.667s 38
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m10.356s 0.756s 48
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m10.495s 0.895s 39
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m10.585s 0.985s 46
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m10.631s 1.031s 50
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m10.686s 1.086s 48
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m10.744s 1.144s 40
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m10.746s 1.146s 34
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m11.011s 1.411s 42
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m11.517s 1.917s 17
17 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.676s 2.076s 38
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m11.919s 2.319s 17
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m12.522s 2.922s 34
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m13.094s 3.494s 34


Mixed fortunes for the Scuderia Ferrari drivers in the first free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix, eighth round of the World Championship here at the Red Bull Ring.

Kimi Raikkonen had a trouble-free time, finishing third fastest with a 1.11.028, while Sebastian Vettel was sidelined after just four laps, with a transmission problem. Fastest was Nico Rosberg, who posted a 1.10.401 ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton (1.10.709.) [via]

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m10.401s 36
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.709s 0.308s 28
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.028s 0.627s 22
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m11.452s 1.051s 26
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m11.633s 1.232s 28
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m11.642s 1.241s 31
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.724s 1.323s 29
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m11.825s 1.424s 38
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m11.890s 1.489s 29
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m11.905s 1.504s 37
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m11.948s 1.547s 32
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m12.004s 1.603s 34
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m12.031s 1.630s 36
14 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m12.050s 1.649s 27
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m12.159s 1.758s 30
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m12.920s 2.519s 30
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m13.272s 2.871s 10
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m13.937s 3.536s 29
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m15.459s 5.058s 11
20 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.684s 5.283s 4


From “We did a normal Friday but then only did one lap on the super-soft. I would have preferred to run it on the long run but I destroyed it myself. We tried to run it on the other car but I don’t think they could run as long as they wanted, so it’s one of those things that didn’t pan out as we wanted. We did the soft long run and more or less everything is OK – still some things to improve and work on but not too bad. We’ll see on Sunday.”

From ferrarif1.comKimi: “It has been a good day of work, but it’s only Friday and it’s difficult to know where we are compared to our opponents: because of the layout of the track here all the cars are closer to each other. Unfortunately I could only run one lap with the Supersoft: I was going a bit fast and I ran wide, then I destroyed the right front tire by locking it. It was a pity, I would have preferred to do the long run with this compound. I did it with the Soft compound and even if I was a bit stuck in traffic it was more or less ok. Now we have to wait and see what happens tomorrow. We have to make sure that everything works well, then start from there and do a good job over the weekend.”



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Thursday in Austria

kimi-austriagp-180615-krs4Kimi speaking in Spielberg today: “This track has a different layout from the last one we raced on in Montreal, and the conditions are different; tomorrow we’ll be on track and see where we are. The weather, as we saw in the last race, can play a big role if the conditions keep changing is not ideal and it can limit our running, but let’s wait and see. The result we had in Canada was not a disaster, but obviously we want to do better; the upgraded engine worked as we expected but, as package goes, we are still lacking the speed needed to compete with the Mercedes. Overall we have improved a lot from last year and even during this year, but the other teams are also improving. We know where we want to be, the team is going in the right direction but we know that we cannot change things from one day to the other. So we keep doing our best.” [via]

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that it is Ferrari or nothing for him in Formula 1 next year, as he hit out at reports he will have to take a pay cut to stay in 2016.

The Finn’s current contract with the Maranello team runs out at the end of this year, but Ferrari has an option to extend it if it wishes to.

Raikkonen has said that he has not yet had any indication from Ferrari management about its intentions, but says that he is far from concerned about the situation.

“They have a contract, they have to sign it and it is as simple as that,” said Raikkonen in Austria. “It is not my decision and you have to ask the team.

“If I am not with Ferrari, I am not with any team – it is as simple as that. You guys worry about it more than me.

“I always said it is not the end of my life if I don’t race next year but obviously I want to be here.

“I think the team is definitely going in the right direction, and I am sure in the future we can really be the team to beat. We have to still work though to improve things.”

Raikkonen was upset, however, at suggestions that emerged in the Italian media claiming that he would have to accept a pay cut if he was to get a fresh deal.

“I would be interested to know who wrote it,” said Raikkonen. “First of all they have no idea what my contract says, they never will have.

“It is bullshit who says that. Just keeping writing that. You have no idea what my contract says.”

Raikkonen even confronted the journalist who wrote the story suggesting the pay cut.

“So you just come up with bullshit that has nothing to do….yes or no?” asked Raikkonen. “You don’t see the contract but you write stuff?

“So you write stuff that is not true…. We will see. Maybe you should start writing some things that make sense.”

After admonishing the press, Raikkonen finished with: “Write what you want, I don’t really care.” [via |]

Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari can avoid a repeat of the problem that caused him to spin in the Canadian Grand Prix, even though Formula 1’s rules limit the team’s options.

The 2007 world champion spun on an out-lap after a pitstop at the Montreal hairpin in the Canadian GP, when he was caught out by the engine settings his car was still running as a result of his stop.

While Raikkonen believes he and Ferrari can now make allowances for what happened in Canada, the FIA’s rules on how engine settings can be changed after a car makes a launch (at the start or after a pitstop) means there is always a risk of something similar happening again.

“It was a freak accident, but that’s part of the game, and I’m sure we can avoid it,” Raikkonen said in the Red Bull Ring paddock on Thursday.

“There are some rules when you do starts, and after the pitstops, there’s an FIA lockout that lasts a certain time.

“It doesn’t matter when you switch [the engine mode] off it still takes 90 seconds – it’s a normal thing on a race weekend.

“You cannot change that, but we have settings we can work on, and knowing what can happen we can try to avoid it.

“We know what caused it and we will do the best we can to minimise that risk.

“The rules limit what you can do, but we know certain corners, at certain circuits, there might be a chance [of a repeat], so we know to do it differently.”

Raikkonen added the Montreal spin was the first time he had suffered the problem with the 2015 Ferrari.

“It hasn’t happened at all this year – never in testing or practice – the first time it happened was in the race,” he said.

“Unfortunately on that circuit in those conditions it happened, and I spun because of it.” [via]



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Raikkonen to attend Goodwood FOS again

FoS140028_KRSShell Motorsport have just announced that Kimi Raikkonen will appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at once again this year, on Friday 26th June.

Last year Kimi made his first appearance at the classic event with 1964 Ferrari champion John Surtees. Read all about that day here and Kimi’s F1 Racing interview. Last year’s photo album is here.

We must have made a good impression on the Iceman, mustn’t we? News that the inimitable Finn will, like Felipe Massa, be returning to the Festival of Speed for the second year in succession stirred memories of the wonderful occasion last year when he starred alongside 1964 World Champion John Surtees in an historic run up the hill in Ferrari Grand Prix cars old and new.

The 20-time Grand Prix winner and 2007 World Champion will be here on Friday only and will be accompanied by Ferrari‘s long-standing fuel supplier Shell, which will be demonstrating on its stand its pursuit of innovation. Shell Chairman Erik Bonino tells us ‘Everyone at Shell is delighted to be back at Goodwood. This event, with its rich history, is a showpiece in the international automotive calendar. It is the perfect venue for us to demonstrate our fearless pursuit of innovation and mobility, including the ground-breaking developments we are making today as a result of our Technical Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari.’

Kimi will be driving up the hill on Friday in a 2010 Ferrari F10 Grand Prix car and we cannot wait! Welcome back to Goodwood, Kimi.

Further good news is that Friday tickets are still available! Click here.

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Santander to bring Kimi to Finland for karting event

Kimi will be at Helsinki Ice Hall on 18th August.

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Raikkonen’s Le Mans experience

raikkonen-peugeot-lemans-test_krsWe are just an hour away from the start of the 83rd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Here’s a little round-up of Kimi’s experience with Le Mans back in August 2011:

It was Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at the Motorland Aragon circuit. The usually quiet area was shattered by the repeated comings and goings of a race car. The entire Peugeot Sport team was working hard at the Spanish circuit preparing for the Silverstone Intercontinental Le Mans Cup race. The delegation of drivers was classic, with Stéphane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny, Alex Wurz and Simon Pagenaud.

kimi-raikkonen-peugeot-2011_krsTo them add a prestigious guest who used the session to get to know Peugeot. Quite different from what he knew behind the wheel of his Citroën DS3 WRC, but actually quite close to what he had lived in Formula 1, Kimi Räikkönen went all in. The Finland native completed 35 laps in the Zaragoza province and worked closely with the Sochaux manufacturer’s technicians and engineers for this one-day experience!

True to his great oratorical skills, the 2007 F1 World Champion declared at the end of the session: “The 908 is a great car to drive!” Ah, Kimi. There is no way to know if the session would have led to a factory driver contract in 2012, knowing that Räikkönen was to make his big return to single-seaters with Lotus that year. The only information, his desire to rediscover the sensations on the track was very real and the birth of the FIA World Endurance Championship could have very well met Iceman’s expectations. [ via]


Kimi, characteristically honest about his experience in this interview, said:

“The Le Mans car was interesting but, to be honest, the steering was quite shit and the widescreen was really strange – it sort of distort the view… maybe because it’s very round. I can’t imagine what it’s like with oil and mess on it after you’ve been racing for a long time. But I enjoyed the experience and the car felt good, even though I’m told that it had less power compared to previous years. I’ hadn’t really driven on a circuit for ages apart from the NASCAR race, but that was on an oval, so it was completely different.”

As a Kimi fan, I would certainly love to see Kimi participate in the 24h Le Mans for real. He’s tried the WRC, Nascar, rides motocross as a hobby, and it would just be awesome to see how his endurance skills result in Le Mans, as he often uses this strength to achieve best possible results in outstanding tyre management in his F1 races.

The 31-year-old, who told Finalnd’s Turun Sanomat that racing at Le Mans would be ‘great’, summarised the experience: “I enjoyed this test with Peugeot. The 908 is a really fun car to drive.”

Peugeot Sport team manager Pascal Dimitri said the test had proved interesting, with Raikkonen offering valuable feedback on his first test.

“Kimi adapted very quickly to the car,” Dimitri said, “and gave us a valuable technical feedback. It is always interesting to get inputs from drivers such as Kimi.”

Peugeot’s sport director Olivier Quesnel said the test had been planned ‘for a long time’ and that no decisions have been taken for the future.

“Originally, this test session was planned for a long time in order to prepare the rest of the season, on top of which we have allowed Kimi to discover the 908.

“As of today, nothing has been scheduled or planned for the future.” [via | other sources: |]

This weekend, Nico Hulkenberg will start from 3rd on the Le Mans grid with car #19 thanks to Porsche dominating qualifying. Good luck to him and all the others participating, including Kimi’s long time friend Toni Vilander (teamed up with Giancarlo Fisichella) who will be driving car #51 headed by Gianmaria Bruni for Ferrari GTE-pro.

“I am very pleased the 2015 Formula One calendar allows for it and I’m grateful to my Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s generosity to let me go for it,” said Hulkenberg when announcing his Le Mans plans.

Though it was common in the past, the last driver to compete in both Formula One racing and the Le Mans 24 Hours at the same time was Sebastien Bourdais, who raced for Toro Rosso and Peugeot in the respective disciplines in 2009.

Only four drivers in history have won both the Formula One world championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours overall – Mike Hawthorn, Phil Hill, Jochen Rindt and Graham Hill.

Can you just imagine how cool it would be if Kimi was there too?! It would be something to look forward to once Kimi leaves F1 for good. Maybe with Ford? Just look at this beauty.

I hope you’re reading, Mr Raikkonen.