Incase you don’t know what rapport means, it means sympathy and understanding (according to my great Oxford Thesaurus). And that’s what this report includes on the story of Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari so far, courtesy of Adam Cooper of autosport.com.
Preview: "Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari career could hardly
have got off to a better start in Australia in
March. Pole position and victory – it was the sort of debut performance that
almost made you think, Michael who? Since then, however, not a lot has gone right for the Finn…"
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Personally, I think this Adam Cooper guy is quite fair and correct in what he has written.
There is more to F1 than just driving fast indeed, but I still think the use
of driver input is hugely exaggerated. Especially now! Because of the
regulations and rules and limits the FIA have implemented, they can’t even overtake without taking a brave pill! (Overtaking your teammate is harder because of the same aerodynamics on the cars and the speed relativity. Which is why we saw neither Alonso or Kimi being able to pass their teammates despite being faster at one point.)
I don’t understand though, this ‘problem’ if there is one between Kimi and his way of working. Kimi is 27 years old now and should be able
to understand these situations, especially at a Schumacher-less Ferrari
team. Kimi is Kimi, he can’t change and shouldn’t, but even just a
little compromise such as being with the team for full debriefs and
full chats of the issues with everyone, can’t hurt can it? I hope he’s
beginning to do so. However, I think Kimi only gets increasingly
motivated when he’s found something himself. Like at Indy, his
performance was better and he’ll be more motivated to improve. And
working with the team better because of that will come naturally. You can’t force someone to learn and I think Kimi has just been going at his own pace. Yes, perhaps more communication is needed but where did Kimi improve last weekend? It was on the track by himself, not in the garage with the team. And as long as he is finding his way, there should be no problem at all. If he get’s beaten by Massa, he get’s beaten, it’s as simple as that. It’s not because he isn’t listening to Schumacher or isn’t cooperating with the team.
And people wonder why Kimi is the highest paid driver on the grid. He was a young charger out of Formula Renault, with just 24 races to his name, came to Sauber and got 9 points in his first season, got a podium on hs first race with McLaren the next year and kept it up and challenged and led the WDC in 2003 from Schumacher consistantly and missed out on his first WDC title by just 3 points due to car unreliability undoubtedly, won a memorable race at Spa in a gloomy poor reliability ridden 2004 season, drove more brilliants races in 2005 and claimed 10 fastest laps that and 7 victories in that season. Yet he has nothing. He went to Ferrari to get that something. A strong, fast and reliable car to be able to win the world championship. But it isn’t that easy to jump into a new car and team without 2 major figures, completely different design and structure of previous ones, and different tyres. That’s why we are disappointed. We expected Kimi to perform a miracle. Is the 2 time WDC Fernando Alonso performing the same miracle at McLaren after leaving Renault? Looking at his poor races (yes, he struggled too) at Bahrain, Spain and Indy, obviously not. But Fernando joined McLaren a year after they had a poor season (2006) to move on without Newey and with a staff reshufflement in Mercedes, Fernando has a year’s cushion, with McLaren fully recovered. Kimi has come straight to Ferrari after Michael and Ross Brawn have left, which is a blow and the team is only just recovering. Kimi has a much tougher job and will come to remove doubts very soon.
Other headlines *Updated*:
Stepney lawyer rules out sabotage claims
"I don’t find it credible that a professional of his calibre could damage his own team."
A mysterious powder was found on the gas tanks of
Felipe Massa’s and Kimi Raikkonen’s cars on May 21, six days before the
Monaco race, the Gazzetta dello Sport and the Italian news agency ANSA
Ferrari’s Stepney faces criminal enquiry
The Modena district attorney in Italy has opened criminal investigation against Ferrari stalwart Nigel Stepney, after the Maranello outfit filed a formal complaint earlier this week.
But if this is more down to Stepney’s behaviour and not really his job, it’ a good thing Ferrari are sorting it out. Because apparantly Stepney has been a naughty man. This may have something to do with….[sensationalism]DRUGS!!!![/sensationalism], according to an Italian news site:
Esposto contro un tecnico
Sabotaggio a Montecarlo
La casa di Maranello vuole veder chiaro sui comportamenti Nigel Stepney. Trovata polvere bianca vicino alle Rosse prima delle prove ufficiali del Gp di Monaco. Todt: "Pensiamo che possa aver fatto qualcosa di illecito"
Maranello, 21 giugno 2007 – La Ferrari ha presentato un esposto alla procura di Modena per capire il ruolo di un suo tecnico, Nigel Stepney. La Ferrari vuol vederci chiaro sui suoi comportamenti e, anche se nessuno si sbilancia sui motivi dell’esposto, non si puo’ escludere che Stepney sia considerato in qualche modo coinvolto in qualche mezzo passo falso della Ferrari degli ultimi tempi.
Secondo indiscrezioni, prima delle prove ufficiali del Gp di Montecarlo, è stata trovata della polvere bianca vicino alle Rosse di Massa e Raikkonen. Le vetture sono state sostituite.
”Fino a prova contraria e’ ancora un nostro dipendente – ha tagliato corto l’ad Jean Todt – se abbiamo fatto un esposto e’ perche’ pensiamo che possa aver fatto qualcosa di illecito”.
Stepney, 48 anni, e’ a Maranello dal 1993: e’ stato prima capo meccanico, poi, a partire dal 2002, coordinatore tecnico dei gran premi. Il tecnico inglese sarebbe in procinto di lasciare la scuderia del cavallino per passare alla Honda. Alla notizia dell’esposto, la Ferrari si e’ limitata a rispondere che, a parte il fatto che e’ un dipendente, ”non c’e’ nulla da dire”.
Taken from a rough translation, the article says: "The team at Maranello wants to clearly see the behaviour of Nigel Stepney. There was some white powder found at the Reds right before the qualifying of the Monaco gp". Todt: "We think he has done something illegal"
Maranello 21st june 2007 – Ferrari have presented (someone) to the attorney of Modena to understand the role of its engineer, Nigel Stepney. According to descriptions, right before the start of Monaco qualifying, some white powdery substance was found on the cars of Massa and Kimi. The cars have been substituted.
"Until proven otherwise he is still employed with us. We have asked if he has done something illegal".
Stepney, 48 years of age, has been at Maranello since 93: he was the first chief mechanic, then, after 2002, technical cordinator of GPs. the english engineer, was said to be leaving the scuideria for Honda. After this news, Ferrari have limited themselves to saying that "there’s nothing more to add."
Oh dear, F1 and Drugs? And if this white powdery substance was on the cars of Kimi’s and Massa’s on qualifying at Monaco and they were substituted, were they using complete new cars afterwards? However, with the parc ferme rules, that’s not possble. The cars probably were taken away after the race. This case may be one of the reasons of Ferrari’s poor performance this year, if it’s not slightly affected by it.
Freshf1.com find that some young engineers have resigned from Ferrari during the Canadian
GP weekend, so Aldo Costa has had to return to Maranello to ensure that
no new leaks happen.