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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 […]

Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2016

Ferrari drivers rue sub-par Q3 effort

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were left to rue a disappointing final part of qualifying as they collected fourth and sixth positions respectively. Vettel set the fourth best time in Q3 but will be demoted to ninth place on the grid due to his penalty for taking on a new gearbox. Raikkonen will therefore move up to fifth, but both were underwhelmed by their efforts. "In Q3 the rain came, but by the end of the session the track was drying up, so […]

Posted on Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Italian GP - Thursday Press Conference

Transcript of the Thursday Press Conference organised by the FIA for the 2016 Italian Grand Prix. Drivers – Esteban Gutierrez (Haas), Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Kevin Magnussen (Renault), Jenson Button (McLaren), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) PRESS CONFERENCE Q: Kevin, obviously a horrible accident in Spa. How are you and what did you have to do to get ready for this race? Kevin Magnussen: I have just relaxed. Nothing was broken, I wasn’t injured so just a bit sore in my body and I […]

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016

Raikkonen: No point to defend from Perez

Kimi Raikkonen says there was no point fighting Sergio Perez on the final lap of the European Grand Prix due to the time penalty which he picked up earlier in the race. Raikkonen crossed the white line entering the pit lane and was slapped with a five second time penalty, before he pulled aside to allow team-mate Sebastian Vettel to pass. Raikkonen ran in third place but had an insufficient buffer to Perez in order to negate the impact of his penalty. Perez attacked Raikkonen […]

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016

Raikkonen pins struggles on cool conditions

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says he struggled with the cool conditions throughout the course of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. Raikkonen was able to qualify only sixth and converted his grid position at the finish line, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel led the race and secured second spot. Raikkonen says that the cool conditions led to problems with getting the tyres into the optimum operating window, a situation exacerbated by the need to save fuel. "It hasn't been an easy weekend, we tried to make the […]

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016

Raikkonen left to rue 'difficult day'

Kimi Raikkonen says nothing Ferrari tried improved the handling of his SF16-H as he struggled during practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. Raikkonen was eighth quickest during the second practice session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, over a second down on Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel was able to emerge as Hamilton's closest challenger across one lap but Raikkonen conceded he struggled, despite trying a variety of approaches. "It’s obviously a far from ideal day," he commented. "We just struggled to make any […]

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Raikkonen: No 'magic' solution for Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says there is no "magic" solution for Ferrari as it strives to close the gap to leaders Mercedes in the championship. Ferrari held hopes of fighting for the title in 2016 but has yet to win a race this year and trails Mercedes by 67 points, while it has only a nine point buffer back to rivals Red Bull. Ferrari has brought an updated turbocharger to this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix but Raikkonen says the upgrades will not enable the outfit to make […]

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2016

Raikkonen gets five place grid drop

Kimi Raikkonen has been handed a five place grid penalty for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix due to an unscheduled gearbox change. Ferrari informed the technical delegate, Jo Bauer, of the change following the conclusion on Saturday's third practice session, in which Raikkonen placed ninth. As the gearbox has been changed before the obligatory run of six consecutive events, Raikkonen will be shuffled back five places from wherever he qualifies.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Ferrari 'realistic' over pace in Spain

Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has stressed that his outfit must be "realistic" despite a double podium finish at the Spanish Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen was second, with Sebastian Vettel third, but Arrivabene emphasised that the first lap collision between the Mercedes drivers distorted the situation. "We must be realistic and accept the fact that, if both Mercedes had been in the race, the result would have been different," he said. "We had an opportunity and we failed to take advantage. "Even if on track […]

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Raikkonen: Final sector scuppered win prospect

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says second was a good recovery from a poor start but rued poor traction exiting the final corner, denying him the chance of challenging Max Verstappen for victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. Raikkonen lapped within a second of Verstappen throughout the final stint of the race but was unable to follow the Dutchman through the final chicane, losing ground entering the pit straight. Raikkonen was never close enough to try a move on Verstappen, despite his proximity to the Red […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ferrari puzzled by qualifying slump

Sebastian Vettel conceded that Ferrari "didn't get it right" as he managed only sixth place during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel had closed to within two-tenths of a second of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg during Saturday morning's final practice session, suggesting Ferrari had the potential to challenge for pole position. However, Vettel could set only the sixth best time in Q3, 1.3 seconds behind pole man Lewis Hamilton. "I think every day can be tough but for sure I didn't expect to be that […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Ferrari sure of closer Mercedes challenge

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are confident that the outfit can make progress in order to challenge Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix. Raikkonen finished second to Mercedes' Nico Rosberg during practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya while Vettel collected fourth position. "It was a normal Friday, we were focused on our programme," Raikkonen said. "At one point I came back into the garage to check something in the car: we wanted to be sure that everything was ok. "It was only a […]