This afternoon’s Austrian Grand Prix was a difficult race for Scuderia Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a frightening accident with Fernando Alonso on the opening lap, luckily with neither driver sustaining any injury. Sebastian Vettel was also out of luck: a problem with the left rear wheel nut at his pit stop complicated his race, as his stop was inevitably too long and he rejoined in fourth place. From then on the German chased down Felipe Massa, but despite gradually closing on the Brazilian, the bottom step of the podium eluded him and he had to settle for fourth [via ferrarif1.com]
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m04.075s|
|7||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1 Lap|
|11||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1 Lap|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|14||Roberto Merhi||Marussia/Ferrari||3 Laps|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Retirement|
From crash.net – Kimi: “I had wheelspin and suddenly went left. That’s about it really. The wheels spun really aggressively there and I don’t know what caused it, but the result is always the same. It’s not normal but it happened, that’s the way it is. The car didn’t have any grip. It’s dangerous, but racing is dangerous always. It must have been worse for the guy that was standing there and we must have come close to hit him.”
From espn.co.uk – Kimi: “It’s not ideal, but it happens. Obviously it’s not normal and I was surprised when it happened, but it is what is. We didn’t expect it to happen, we were expecting to race into the top ten, but something obviously happened.”
From @miezicat1 – Q: Can you remember a similar incident in your career? Kimi: “No, that was very strange. I was in the 3rd or 4th gear and never I would have expected such a reaction from the car. Something happened there. Now we have to find out what was there.”
From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “I don’t know exactly what happened before the crash, I had some wheelspin in an unusual place. I was at a quite high speed, suddenly went left and end up there. I did not see anything coming, everything happened very quickly. Unfortunately at that time my race was over, it has been a poor weekend, now we have to think about next one.”
Kimi interview after crash:
Kimi Raikkonen interview after incident https://t.co/7QphnjyoHe #AustrianGP
— Ky (@FiftyBuckss) June 21, 2015
Fernando Alonso on the incident
From motorsport.com – Alonso: “He was sliding a lot out of Turn 2. I think there was a big difference between the soft and supersoft tyres. He started sliding, going left and right, left and right, and I was on the left and at one point he lost the car and I was there. It was a bit weird, because if someone hits you on a corner that can happen, but that the cars are sliding so much in fourth and fifth gear was a bit strange. This time it happened to him and I was in the wrong place. I saw I had a Ferrari below me in the mirrors, but I didn’t know where he was. I thought I was alone. I tried to get out as quickly as possible to see if he was okay. I saw him removing the steering wheel so I was relieved.
From crash.net – Alonso: “I’m OK. I just went to the medical centre because it is mandatory under certain G-force. We had 34Gs on the impact, I think. It was a very unfortunate accident. I started well today and made a lot of places in turn one and two, then Kimi was with the prime tyre so his exit had a lot of wheelspin and we were all overtaking him left and right, then he lost the car to the left and I was on the left. We went both on the wall and I was lucky not to hit him in the head, because looking at the replay I was braking but my wheels were in the air, so I was close with him. Luckily we are both fine. It was strange – wrong place, wrong time. A strange incident, he lost the car in fifth gear, very low grip.”
From espn.co.uk – Alonso: “Me and Kimi are both OK and that’s the important thing.”
No action warranted – both Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are innocent as far as the accident is concerned, according to FIA.
Should’ve seen it coming tbh lol #AustrianGP #Kimi7 pic.twitter.com/3yuRMQTpiw — KimiRäikkönenSpace (@EvenstarSaima) June 21, 2015
Kimi’s onboard start from Canal+ tv:
Austrian GP 2015 – Start Onboard Räikkönen and Ricciardo https://t.co/AwudpMvvwc what’s that round thing Kimi puts on the car?
— Verena (@miezicat1) June 25, 2015
The crash onboard Kimi:
Amateur footage at trackside:
Race start and replay https://t.co/8SYQW43aI8 #AustrianGP
— Ky (@FiftyBuckss) June 21, 2015
here it looks even more scary 😱 and yes, that guy standing there was lucky too! http://t.co/ZkoE3v9d8Q — Verena (@miezicat1) June 21, 2015
The problem with Kimi is a aggressive mapping that Ferrari uses in the first lap of the race and in the return to the track after the Pit
— RoboCoPG® (@RoboCoP_G) June 21, 2015
7 thoughts on “AUSTRIAN GP – RACE RESULTS”
Bad luck overall this weekend but, what does not kill hem makes hem stronger…
Another race to forget… But thank God the McLaren didnt land on Kimi’s head…
Some articles on the accident and situation for Kimi:
No mention of Kimi, his accident or what caused it in Arrivabene’s official statement lol
“We have to trust Kimi”
Arrivabene and Marchionne’s reaction to Kimi and Alo’s collision.
In as much as I am relieved Kimi or Fernando were not injured – or worse – I hate to say that I simply cannot see him staying on at Ferrari next year. Too many errors and mistakes and misjudgements. Some his fault, some not. Arrivabene is all too aware of this, and Austria again another setback for Raikkonen’s future.
I personally think that both Kimi and Ferrari need to cool down on the rhetoric and just focus on driving. Enough of the blaming games and all the complaints, if the other car is doing just fine then there is a problem somewhere on Kimi’s car/garage.
As a driver Kimi doesn’t need to prove anything, but as the season is going YES he needs to improve.
I want to trust Kimi, and see him in good shape. But week after week i only saw things getting worst. Some fans already lost patience. What about his hater or non fan?
I almost want to give up watching F1 but I still have hope on him. I wish to see him will end his F1 career high. Keep it Cool Kimi!
Totaly agree with you