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Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Raikkonen says crash didn't make a difference

Kimi Raikkonen says that he was not going to improve his position when he crashed out of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Raikkonen was attempting to progress through to Q3 when he lost control of his Ferrari F14 T and wiped the front off of his car. "Qualifying wasn’t straightforward today, especially because of traffic," he said. "When I was on a quick lap, I had a car in front of me at every corner. "That stopped me getting a clean lap and at […]

Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Alonso: Fifth a good result for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso says that fifth place is a good result for Ferrari ahead of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. Alonso made it through to a wet Q3 in which he set the fifth fastest time. "I think fifth is a good result in such a difficult qualifying session, especially as it’s the first time we’ve run in the wet with the new car and because from this position, a podium finish is possible, which is worth a lot of points," he said. "We were lucky in […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Alonso: We must stay 100% concentrated

Fernando Alonso says he and Ferrari must stay fully concentrated all weekend if they are to collect a good result at the season opening Australian Grand Prix. The Spaniard, entering his fifth season with the team, hesitated to comment on Ferrari's position in the pecking order but emphasised that remaining concentrated will be crucial as the sport enters a new era. "It’s difficult to say what position we can end up with," he said. "What we do know is that with such complex cars there […]

Posted on Saturday, March 8, 2014

2014 season is wide open - Raikkonen

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen believes that the 2014 Formula 1 season is wide open, as he prepares for his comeback race with the team in Australia next weekend. Raikkonen is gearing up for his first race with Ferrari since Abu Dhabi in 2009 as he returns to the venue where has won twice. Raikkonen won on his Ferrari debut in 2007 and again six years later with Lotus. "If I had to compare the two Australian wins, somehow, winning it last year for the second […]

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014

Alonso: Drivers will need to be clever

Ferrari racer Fernando Alonso says that drivers will have to be clever in 2014 in order to reach the end of races. The Spaniard, entering his fifth season with Ferrari, believes that the sport will be very different to last year. "The new Formula 1 rules are very different to what we were used to," he said. "I think the concept of what constitutes a Grand Prix will actually change this year, with Saturday and Sunday being very different from one another." "In qualifying, one […]

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014

Apprehensive Alonso encouraged by running

Fernando Alonso says he is encouraged by Ferrari's progress but stressed that he is unsure where the team sits in relation to their rivals. Alonso completed 122 laps on the second day of the third test in Bahrain and set the second quickest time. "Six hundred kilometres are always welcome, but it’s still too early to say we are a hundred percent ready for Melbourne," said Alonso." "We still have a lot to learn, but I am happy with the way the day went." "In […]

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Raikkonen targets race simulation

Kimi Raikkonen says he has 'seen worse winters' than the 2014 pre-season tests but is keen to conduct a race simulation on Saturday. Raikkonen was third fastest on the first day of the final pre-season test but stopped out on track during the closing stages. The Finn will drive the Ferrari F14 T on Saturday for the final time before the Australian Grand Prix. "Before I leave Sakhir, it’s planned that I should do a race distance and that’s the only thing I’m missing," he […]

Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014

Raikkonen takes blame for crash

Kimi Raikkonen has accepted the blame after he crashed out of the final day of the second pre-season test in Bahrain. Raikkonen lost control of the F14 T during the closing moments of the session and hit the inside barriers at turn four, causing significant damage to the front of the car. "At the end, it wasn’t a technical problem, I just spun at turn 4 and damaged the car," he said. "But I don’t think it will be a problem to fix it for […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ferrari: Raikkonen more mature since first stint

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says that Kimi Raikkonen has returned to the team as a more mature driver. Raikkonen is beginning his second stint at Ferrari having raced for the team between 2007 and 2009. Domenicali believes that Raikkonen is aware of the challenge he faces in the form of team-mate Fernando Alonso. "I have found a more mature Kimi, more closely knit to the team," said Domenicali. "He comes to Maranello almost every week to work with the engineers." "He knows his worth […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ferrari's wind tunnel crisis now over

Fernando Alonso has confirmed reports Ferrari has now ended its wind tunnel crisis. For some time, including throughout last season, the famous Italian marque has been working at Toyota's Cologne facilities, while the troublesome Maranello wind tunnel was closed for a complete overhaul. Ferrari had struggled with the correlation of data between the tunnel and the actual track, but last week at Jerez proved that the Maranello facility is now back at full steam. Team boss Stefano Domenicali confirmed that the "aerodynamic validation" at Jerez […]

Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014

Montezemolo: Now it is time to win

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says that it is time for his team to return to championship glory. Ferrari has not won a championship since their victory in the constructors' battle in 2008. The Italian squad unveiled its 2014 challenger, the F14 T, at Maranello on Saturday. "Now it is time to win," he said. "I have a lot of confidence in the new technical director James Allison and in the work that our people have made in the engine," he said of Ferrari's new […]

Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014

Raikkonen: Ferrari capable of fighting for title

Kimi Raikkonen says that Ferrari is capable of fighting for their first world title since 2008. Raikkonen returns to the team with which he won the 2007 drivers' and constructors' title, as well as the latter crown a year later. Gallery: Ferrari launches F14 T But despite Ferrari failing to win a title across the past five seasons, the Finn believes that he and team-mate Fernando Alonso can bring the championship trophy back to Maranello. "It's nice to come back to the team with which […]