Report – Mixed fortunes for Scuderia Ferrari in the German Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso fought tooth and nail all race long, to finish a strong fifth. Kimi Raikkonen went well in the first stint, but then slipped down the order in the second to finish outside the points.
The Safety Car came out immediately after the start after Magnussen and Massa collided, with the Brazilian’s car tipping over. Alonso therefore moved up to fourth on the opening lap, while Kimi also got away well to go eighth.
The first pit stops mixed up the order: while the top ten had to start on Supersofts, Kimi was on the Soft and thus running longer, so when Fernando and Vettel found themselves behind the Finn and, as they went either side of him, they bounced off one another, Kimi sustaining front wing damage.
Alonso and Vettel kept close company up to two thirds distance. Vettel then made an early final stop to get the edge over the Ferrari man, who then had a thrilling 3 lap duel with Ricciardo in the other Red Bull, the Australian twice passing the Spaniard, but Fernando eventually made it stick. After a difficult middle stint, Kimi was unable to climb back into the points.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h33m42.914s 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +20.789s 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +22.530s 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +44.014s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +52.467s 6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +52.549s 7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1m04.178s 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1m24.711s 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes -1 lap 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes -1 lap 11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari -1 lap 12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault -1 lap 13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault -1 lap 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari -1 lap 15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap 16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -2 laps 17. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps 18. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault -2 laps Retirements Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 47 laps Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 44 laps Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26 laps Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 0 laps Drivers' championship Constructors' championship 1. Nico Rosberg 190 1. Mercedes 366 2. Lewis Hamilton 176 2. Red Bull-Renault 188 3. Daniel Ricciardo 106 3. Williams-Mercedes 121 4. Fernando Alonso 97 4. Ferrari 116 5. Valtteri Bottas 91 5. Force India-Mercedes 98 6. Sebastian Vettel 82 6. McLaren-Mercedes 96 7. Nico Hülkenberg 69 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 15 8. Jenson Button 59 8. Lotus-Renault 8 9. Kevin Magnussen 37 9. Marussia-Ferrari 2 10. Felipe Massa 30 10. Sauber-Ferrari 0 11. Sergio Pérez 29 11. Caterham-Renault 0 12. Kimi Räikkönen 19 13. Jean-Éric Vergne 9 14. Romain Grosjean 8 15. Daniil Kvyat 6 16. Jules Bianchi 2
Kimi Raikkonen – “It’s a real shame the way my race went, because this weekend, I felt more comfortable and today, on fresh tyres, I was going well. Unfortunately, twice I found myself squeezed between two cars and on both occasions my front wing got damaged and that compromised my race. Tyre performance dropped more than expected and I had graining on the front left and was losing aerodynamic downforce. On the positive side, I was able to drive the way I like today. I am sure that, but for these problems, things would have worked out differently and I would have been able to finish in the points.”
Marco Mattiacci – “He (Raikkonen) is the driver that we need. I think he knows what he can do better, it’s not up to me, he is a professional driver and a world champion with Ferrari. He’s motivated, he knows there is areas of improvement… we are all together on this. He has the utmost confidence and support from Ferrari.”
Raikkonen: damage caused poor result – “We thought it was the right [strategy] choice but I got hit twice, ended up in the middle of two cars and damaged my front wing. The endplate came off. That didn’t help. I killed the front left – the tyres were always OK except the front left. So I couldn’t run as long as we wanted on the super-softs and just lost performance because of the damage to the car. It was OK [battle with Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton], but when I’m in the middle I can’t go anywhere. I ended up squeezed a little bit. It wasn’t much but it was enough to damage the wing. I couldn’t go more to the left because there were cars.”
- Kimi: “I was hit two times by other cars, I was blocked between them, I didn’t know where to go, the first time there were some parts flying out from the car and the second time the front wing has broken. The car was good with the tyres but the front wing was broken so it gave me some problems on the front. And all these problems damaged us, but this apart, the car gave me some good feelings.”
- Q: “We heard you complaining at the radio for the strategy. Would you have made something different?”
- Kimi: “Well, I don’t think there’s anything to speak about, we lost the front wing, we couldn’t do anything much different. I was blocked among cars, there were some contacts and I think this damaged us most, there was nothing wrong with the strategy, having a “complete” car would have helped me.”