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Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

Vettel: Ferrari was on ‘back foot’

Sebastian Vettel is not happy with how the first two practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas went for him after a damaged wing cost him track time in FP1 and performance in FP2. The German is confident the pace will be better on Saturday as Ferrari couldn’t show its full potential on Friday. A trip over the kerbs during the first session damaged some front end aero components and the right rearview mirror on his SF16-H which required repairs before he was able […]

Posted on Sunday, August 28, 2016

Raikkonen critical over Verstappen's racing

Kimi Raikkonen probably had the pace for finishing the Belgian Grand Prix on the podium if it wasn't for the first corner clash which ruined both his car and race. The Ferrari driver finished ninth after an eventful race that saw him involved in a few battles with Red Bull's Max Verstappen. “After the start, at the first corner, Sebastian didn't see that there was another car on the inside: he expected me to turn but I couldn't, so I found myself stuck in the […]

Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rosberg beats Verstappen to Spa pole

Nico Rosberg held on in the face of an unexpected challenge from Red Bull's Max Verstappen to claim a crucial pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. Rosberg notched a 1:46.744 on his first run in Q3, but Verstappen was only a tenth adrift with a mightily-impressive lap, and although the Dutchman couldn't improve with his final attempt, he will become the youngest-ever driver to start on the front-row, delighting his adoring fans. Kimi Raikkonen out-qualified team-mate Sebastian Vettel to take third on […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Difficult day for Ferrari

Ferrari did not have a positive first day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix as the team’s best time, scored by Sebastian Vettel in the second practice, was almost a second down on Red Bull's Max Verstappen. Canotte Cleveland Cavalier Both drivers struggled with making the tyres last on the very hot asphalt but also with finding a good balance of the cars. Fjallraven Kanken Big “In the morning the feeling with the car was pretty good, but then in the afternoon, when I […]

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016

Leclerc would feel ready for 2017 F1 jump

Charles Leclerc says he would feel ready if the opportunity to race in Formula 1 next season came his way. Leclerc, 18, joined Ferrari’s young driver scheme at the start of the year and currently leads the GP3 Series standings, racing for ART Grand Prix Leclerc made his test debut for Ferrari at Silverstone, sandwiched by two FP1 outings with Haas, having placed 16th in the first practice session at the Hungaroring. “Yeah, I think so," he said when asked whether he felt prepared to […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Raikkonen tops final Silverstone test

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen led the way as Formula 1 in-season testing concluded at Silverstone on Wednesday. Raikkonen clocked a time of 1:30.665 on the Soft tyres to finish over half a second clear of Mercedes youngster Esteban Ocon, who racked up the most mileage in the W07 Hybrid. Red Bull young driver Pierre Gasly was third in the RB12, with Force India development driver Nikita Mazepin receiving another day in the VJM09. He placed fourth, having recorded his best time on the Super Soft […]

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2016

Vettel: 'No need to panic' after Silverstone slump

Sebastian Vettel says there is no need for Ferrari to panic despite enduring a difficult time at the British Grand Prix. Vettel qualified sixth but was demoted to 11th due to a gearbox penalty and from there had a problematic race, spinning at Farm and receiving a penalty for forcing Felipe Massa wide at Village. Vettel ultimately finished the race in ninth place, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen secured fifth, over a minute behind race winner Lewis Hamilton. "It was a tough day, but we trust […]

Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2016

Raikkonen reckons Ferrari struggles a one-off

Kimi Raikkonen is confident that Ferrari's difficult showing at the British Grand Prix is circuit-specific, rather than a deeper malaise with the SF16-H. Raikkonen qualified in fifth place and raced to the same position, albeit over a minute adrift of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who claimed the squad's ninth victory of the campaign. With Red Bull finishing third and fourth courtesy of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, it means Ferrari holds a slender nine point advantage over its rivals in the scrap for second in the […]

Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Vettel admits Ferrari 'a bit behind'

Sebastian Vettel has conceded that Ferrari is a "bit behind" as he struggled to sixth position during qualifying for the British Grand Prix. Ferrari has been overhauled by rivals Red Bull at Silverstone and Vettel saved a wild moment at Stowe during Q3 to record sixth place. However, Vettel will drop to 11th place on the grid due to a penalty for changing his gearbox, the third time he has been affected by such a sanction this season. "On this track it seems we are […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Arrivabene explains Raikkonen 2017 deal

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene says the squad's focus on closing the gap to Mercedes in the championship made the decision to retain Kimi Raikkonen straightforwards. Ferrari announced on Friday morning that Raikkonen will stay with the team into 2017, alongside Sebastian Vettel, for what will be his seventh season with the outfit. Arrivabene says the decision to keep Raikkonen was made on Thursday and that Ferrari's focus is on catching Mercedes, rather than worrying about its driver line-up. "We confirmed Kimi because, first of […]

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016

Ferrari keeps Raikkonen for 2017

Ferrari has confirmed that it has retained Kimi Raikkonen for the 2017 season, after months of speculation surrounding the Finn's future. Raikkonen's contract expired at the end of 2016 but Ferrari announced on Friday morning that he will continue alongside Sebastian Vettel for a further season. "Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen," read a statement issued by Ferrari. "The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel." […]

Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2016

Raikkonen: Podium result a big gift

Kimi Raikkonen says finishing on the podium was a "big gift" as he endured a challenging Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Raikkonen moved up to second place during the early stages of the race but slipped behind Nico Rosberg and both Red Bull drivers to run in fifth position. Raikkonen passed Daniel Ricciardo to take fourth and closed in on Max Verstappen in the battle for the final podium spot. However, the collision between the Mercedes drivers on the final lap compromised […]