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ITALY GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Report – It was a complicated qualifying session for Scuderia Ferrari at Monza, the scene tomorrow at 2pm of the Italian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso managed to get his F14 T onto the seventh spot on the grid, while Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for twelfth, although he will start eleventh as Daniil Kvyat has a grid penalty in the Toro Rosso.

Both Ferrari men got through Q1 without any problems: Fernando was tenth and Kimi thirteenth. In Q2, things got more complicated: all the drivers were on the Medium tyres, going for the fastest time possible. Alonso’s first run produced a 1.25.525 which would see him safe, but with a 1.26.110, Kimi was tenth for a long time. At the flag, Fernando got into Q3 in fifth place, but Kimi was unable to improve and ended up twelfth and therefore outside the zone. In the final part, Alonso was seventh after his first run behind Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.109s -
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.383s 0.274s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m24.697s 0.588s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.865s 0.756s
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m25.314s 1.205s
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m25.379s 1.270s
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.430s 1.321s
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m25.436s 1.327s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.709s 1.600s
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m25.944s 1.835s
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.110s -
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.157s -
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m26.279s -
14 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.588s -
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.692s -
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m27.520s -
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m27.632s -
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m27.671s -
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m27.738s -
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.247s -
21 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.070s -
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m28.562s -

Qualifying format: 1st-10th – Q3, 11th-16th – Q2, 17th-22nd – Q1

Kvyat has 10-place grid penalty


QUOTES

 

Raikkonen mystified by car handling change: “We changed the car a little bit, but it’s hard to believe that those small changes made it as difficult as it was. We had a good weekend on this side and we had no issues. Things were running smoothly, as they should always, and then we had difficulties to get grip in qualifying. For some reason I kept locking the fronts a bit and couldn’t find how I could make one sector good but not all of them in a row. It just got difficult for some reason. It was a bit of a surprise for me, an unpleasant surprise. We have to try to look into the details a bit and hopefully find an explanation. Obviously today our qualifying was not very good for me, but overall the weekend has maybe been a bit better than expected. We knew that qualifying would be a little bit difficult compared to some of the Mercedes people. They usually make a bigger step for that, and then it comes back a little bit for the race. We had a good long run yesterday, so I 100 per cent believe that we can do a much better race. Do we have enough speed to overtake people? We will know tomorrow. But I believe that we should be stronger than today.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “After a definitely positive start to the weekend, today in qualifying, I was expecting a better result. I experienced some difficulties in the afternoon, as the car was harder to drive, I was struggling to find the right grip level and I was locking the fronts. That’s why, on my last run on the Medium tyres, I made a few small mistakes which prevented me getting further than Q2. Starting eleventh is not ideal but all the same, I will give it my best shot tomorrow. We know we are up against some very strong opponents, but the long run went well and even if the race is another matter, this factor means we can be confident. It will be very important to get off the line well and choose the best strategy. It would be very nice to produce a good result for all our fans who have come to support us here in Monza.”

Pat Fry: “Compared to the morning session, we experienced a few more difficulties in qualifying, in terms of the balance of the car, especially in the fast corners and under braking, areas that are more complicated to manage on a track where you run low downforce. I don’t think Fernando could have done any more with his car. With the race pace we saw in Friday’s practice, let’s hope that tomorrow he can make up a few places and manage the Red Bulls behind him. Unfortunately, with Kimi, we didn’t make it to Q3, which is a real shame after what had been his first trouble-free free practice sessions of the season. Today he suffered a lot with locking the front wheels and at the vital moment in Q2, he lost time going into Roggia. With both compounds we experienced reasonably linear degradation, so even with the high temperatures expected tomorrow, it should not influence our strategy. If we want to score as many points as possible with both cars in the race, it will be important to manage the reliability parameter and try and get a good start.”

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ITALY GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

PRACTICE THREE

Report – The Ferrari F14 Ts of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen set the second and seventh fastest times respectively, in the final free practice for the Italian Grand Prix. In total, the Scuderia cars covered 28 laps of the Monza track. Both men started on Hard tyres, switching to the Medium compound, the softest of the two tyres supplied by Pirelli, after half an hour.

Fernando Alonso did 13 laps, the fastest in 1.25.931, while Kimi Raikkonen did 15, the best being a 1.26.327. Around halfway through the session, President Luca di Montezemolo arrived in the garage, before crossing the pit lane to wave at the fans, to warm applause. He then stayed to watch the rest of the session.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.519s - 23
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.931s 0.412s 13
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m26.090s 0.571s 19
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.114s 0.595s 18
5 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.242s 0.723s 21
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m26.290s 0.771s 17
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.327s 0.808s 15
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.437s 0.918s 21
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m26.482s 0.963s 16
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m26.608s 1.089s 17
11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.829s 1.310s 20
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.207s 1.688s 18
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.312s 1.793s 10
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.479s 1.960s 22
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.498s 1.979s 12
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.025s 2.506s 19
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m28.137s 2.618s 20
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m28.265s 2.746s 21
19 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m28.459s 2.940s 14
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.579s 3.060s 19
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m29.251s 3.732s 22
22 Nico Rosberg Mercedes s 24h58m34.481s 3

ITALY GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – Kimi Raikkonen set the third fastest time in the second free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix, while Fernando Alonso was fourth. Temperatures were slightly higher this afternoon than in the morning at Monza, as the F14 Ts completed a total of 57 laps between them, which is more than a race distance. Kimi and Fernando continued to work on set-up and ran a comparison between the two compounds Pirelli has supplied this weekend: the Hard, which was also tried in the morning and the Medium, which is faster over a single lap.

Raikkonen did 31 laps, the best in 1.26.331 and Alonso did 26, the fastest being a 1.26.565. In the final half hour, both Scuderia drivers did long runs so as to evaluate the behaviour of the car and tyres over a long run.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.225s - 41
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.286s 0.061s 16
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.331s 0.106s 31
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m26.565s 0.340s 26
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m26.758s 0.533s 34
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.762s 0.537s 34
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m26.762s 0.537s 27
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.881s 0.656s 44
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.935s 0.710s 33
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m26.992s 0.767s 37
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.079s 0.854s 42
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m27.227s 1.002s 39
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.476s 1.251s 37
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.840s 1.615s 33
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.929s 1.704s 33
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.029s 1.804s 35
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.659s 2.434s 34
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m28.700s 2.475s 42
19 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.786s 2.561s 29
20 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m29.085s 2.860s 29
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m29.178s 2.953s 32
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m29.275s 3.050s 37

 


PRACTICE ONE

Report – Under overcast skies, but in dry conditions, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen completed 23 and 27 laps respectively, working on set-up, while also starting work on evaluating the Hard Pirelli tyres. Fernando’s best time was a 1.27.169, which puts him fourth, while Kimi stopped the clocks in 1.27.493 to take seventh place on the time sheet.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.187s - 25
2 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.810s 0.623s 27
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.995s 0.808s 26
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m27.169s 0.982s 23
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m27.228s 1.041s 30
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m27.271s 1.084s 27
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.493s 1.306s 27
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.687s 1.500s 13
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.741s 1.554s 33
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.112s 1.925s 23
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.114s 1.927s 21
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m28.148s 1.961s 20
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m28.150s 1.963s 21
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.300s 2.113s 30
15 Giedo van der Garde Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.429s 2.242s 19
16 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m28.487s 2.300s 12
17 Daniel Juncadella Force India/Mercedes 1m29.192s 3.005s 10
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m29.512s 3.325s 24
19 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m30.017s 3.830s 25
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m30.081s 3.894s 27
21 Charles Pic Lotus/Renault 1m30.125s 3.938s 23
22 Roberto Merhi Caterham/Renault 1m30.704s 4.517s 29
23 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m30.948s 4.761s 16

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a very busy day, but a positive one. We made the most of every minute available to us in both sessions, managing to try everything we had on our programme. In the morning, we concentrated on assessing different aero configurations, in search of the best level of downforce. Then in the afternoon, we opted for an intermediate solution that seemed to produce the best results on both compounds. The difference between the Medium and the Hard is more or less what we expected; the softer one behaves well, but in terms of driveability, I found the Hard wasn’t bad either.”

Pat Fry: “Monza is a special circuit with unique characteristics. The long straights and the small number of corners mean that on Friday one has to work on finding the best aerodynamic configuration. Even if in general, the cars have less downforce, this year it’s more complicated than usual to find the right set-up and decide what is the right level of downforce for the fast corners such as Ascari or the Parabolica. Therefore, in the morning and the afternoon, we worked to improve the cars’ stability and now we will try and optimise our package based on the data gathered from both drivers. Fortunately, we encountered no problems today and it was important to get through the programme, including evaluating tyre performance, as the ability to generate grip from the tyres is even more important when the cars are running in low downforce configuration. Overall, we are pleased with today’s work, but we know we still face a particularly demanding weekend.”

Thursday in Monza

Kimi Raikkonen says he is encouraged by the progress he has made over the last few races even if it took until the Belgian Grand Prix to really show in terms of results.

Fourth place in Belgium was Raikkonen’s best result of the season as he held third for much of the latter stages of the race before losing out to Valtteri Bottas. However, Raikkonen said it wasn’t just in Spa that he was noticing an improvement and insists he won’t put too much importance on the result in Monza, though he hopes for another clean race.

Asked if Spa marks a turning point in his season, Raikkonen replied: “I hope so.

“We had a pretty OK feeling in the other races before Spa but always something happened. Some damage to the car in Germany, being hit by other drivers sometimes, some other small issues with certain things… Then in Hungary we put ourselves in a pretty bad position after qualifying, so when you produce those kinds of issues or mistakes it’s very hard to try and get results afterwards trying to pass people.

“I think in Belgium we still had a lot of issues in Friday practice which we have to get rid of, but the race itself was probably the first race where we had no issues at all so we could kind of run our own speed and do the things we planned to do. Obviously the result was a bit better but who knows? Hopefully we have a good race here but for some reason if we retired here or at the next race people will say it’s back to what happened before.

“The feeling has been better for a while but we have to make sure we have no issues and we make a clean weekend and can run our normal program on Friday. It’s small things but they can make a big difference in the end so that’s the aim. I think we’ve been improving things all the time so we should get a bit better [results]. This race might be a bit more tricky with the top speed but overall it’s getting better.”

Focusing specifically on the Italian Grand Prix, Raikkonen said he does still hold out hope of being competitive despite Monza’s long straights.

“We expect to have a more difficult race here because mainly the straight-line speed is what we’ve been lacking. Not so much in qualifying but in the race condition I think we have a bigger disadvantage than the Mercedes cars and probably Renault. But we thought that also in Spa and it was surprisingly good for us so hopefully we’ll find out that it’s a similar case here but we have to really see once we get running tomorrow how it is.”

[ Source: crash.net | ferrari.com ]