kimi-britishgp-050715-2015-krs15The British Grand Prix started under summer skies, but eventually delivered a typical English day, with rain arriving unexpectedly for the final third of the race. When the rain came, Raikkonen had been lying fifth and switched to Intermediate tyres on lap 38, while Vettel came in four laps later. It was enough to make the difference when it came to tyre management, given that the rain intensified just as Sebastian made his stop. Thanks to a great strategy, Vettel managed to jump the two cars ahead to go from sixth to third place, thus returning to the podium after a two race absence. Raikkonen was forced to make a further stop because his tyres were degrading and he ended up eighth. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes [via]

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h31m27.729s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 10.956s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 25.443s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 36.839s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m03.194s
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m03.955s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.744s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
13 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault Retirement
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault Spun off
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Collision
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari Not started


Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 194
2 Nico Rosberg 177
3 Sebastian Vettel 135
4 Valtteri Bottas 77
5 Kimi Raikkonen 76
6 Felipe Massa 74
7 Daniel Ricciardo 36
8 Daniil Kvyat 27
9 Nico Hulkenberg 24
10 Romain Grosjean 17
11 Felipe Nasr 16
12 Sergio Perez 15
13 Pastor Maldonado 12
14 Max Verstappen 10
15 Carlos Sainz 9
16 Marcus Ericsson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 1
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 371
2 Ferrari 211
3 Williams/Mercedes 151
4 Red Bull/Renault 63
5 Force India/Mercedes 39
6 Lotus/Mercedes 29
7 Sauber/Ferrari 21
8 Toro Rosso/Renault 19
9 McLaren/Honda 5
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0


Kimi – Dave Greenwood – Team Radio:

From crash.netKimi: “It changed quite a lot from lap to lap. Then turn 6/7, it got quite slippery and it was raining more and more and I decided to come in as I thought it would rain more, but it was four laps too early. It was the wrong choice, but we tried. We were faster [than Hulkenberg] but we couldn’t get past, then we stopped and it was fine. I was saving the tyres and when I started pushing the car was actually fine. The lap time was a bit missing for whatever reason, but the handling was as good as it could have been.”

From “For me it got quite slippery and it looked like it was raining more and more. Obviously I decided to come in; I thought it would keep raining. Four laps too early, so it was the wrong choice but at least we tried. Raikkonen had been passed by Vettel – who ended up on the podium after a perfectly-timed pit stop on lap 43 – just before his decision to dive into the pit lane on lap 39, which followed a wide moment at Luffield. The Finn says his decision to come in was not down to his hard compounds starting to go off at that point but rather his experiences from the earlier part of the lap. “No, tyres were OK. I had a moment at [Turn] seven/eight on that lap and then it’s very difficult to know where it’s slippery, I got a bit of rain on the visor. I lost of speed on the back straight and he got past me but I decided to come in and pit anyhow on that lap. In the end result the pit stop was too early, but we tried so…”

From f1i.comKimi: “It depends a lot on other circuits and conditions over the weekend, but I expect it to be a different story in the next race and then we go to different circuits again. This was not ideal for us, this kind of conditions, but we have to improve. We have to try and get better, whatever circuit it is, conditions, tyres… they were quite good, even in the race, but we will keep working and try to improve.”

From ferrarif1.comKimi: “In the early part of the race we were stuck behind Hulkenberg’s Force India, they were too fast on the straight and in the places you could pass, while we lacked some speed. It’s a pity because the handling of the car was good through the whole race and the behavior was definitely better than yesterday. When it started raining heavily, the track became very slippery, especially in Turns 7 and 8; so I took the decision to come in the pits for Intermediate, but then the rain stopped. Probably I made the call three or four laps too early. But in general, this kind of track is not ideal for us, and this is something we have to work on.”

Post-Race SkySports Video Interview



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