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Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Raikkonen content with podium finish

Kimi Raikkonen was content with finishing on the podium at the Russian Grand Prix though accepted Ferrari did not have the pace to challenge rivals Mercedes. Raikkonen moved up to second at the start at the expense of Valtteri Bottas but was overhauled by his compatriot at the restart, before being passed by Lewis Hamilton into Turn 5. Raikkonen extended his first stint and emerged from the pits ahead of Bottas, after which he had a lonely run to third place. "I had a pretty […]

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Vettel eyes recovery after gearbox penalty

Sebastian Vettel is sure that he can make progress at the Russian Grand Prix but accepts Ferrari must make improvements following a grid penalty due to an unscheduled gearbox change. Ferrari has emerged once more as Mercedes' primary challenger in 2016, but Vettel was seven-tenths adrift of Nico Rosberg in qualifying at Sochi, and will drop to seventh due to his penalty. "We will start seventh which is not where we belong, so we should be quicker than the other cars around and go from […]

Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2016

Raikkonen: Fifth position not a disaster

Kimi Raikkonen accepted an apology from Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel following a first lap collision before recovering to fifth place in China. Raikkonen adopted a wide line through Turn 1 but was clipped by Vettel, which sent him off track with a damaged front wing. Raikkonen was able to surge through the pack to collect fifth place and labelled his race as "not a disaster." "I have no idea of what happened at the start, I suddenly got hit and spun," he said. "I had […]

Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ferrari drivers rue errors in Q3

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were left to rue errors on their final runs in Q3 at the Chinese Grand Prix. Raikkonen held provisional pole after the first laps but was unable to improve following a mistake at the hairpin and slipped behind Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel opted for just a single run at the end of Q3 but made a couple of errors in the final sector and could manage only fourth. "It's more of a disappointment than anything else: […]

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

Vettel sure Ferrari can still improve

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is confident that the outfit can make further progress despite leading the way during the second practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix. Vettel placed second at Shanghai despite running deep at Turn 14, as team-mate Kimi Raikkonen headed proceedings for Ferrari, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg a tenth further back in third. "We had a decent day and the feeling with the car was ok, but we can still improve, especially the balance," he said. "Tonight we'll have a lot of work […]

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

Räikkönen moves ahead in second session

Ferrari turned the tables on Mercedes during the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix as Kimi Räikkönen led a 1-2 for the team on Super Soft tyres. Räikkönen posted a lap of 1:36.896 to finish 0.109s clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who went slightly deep into the Turn 14 hairpin on his flying lap. Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton completed their Super Soft runs slightly earlier in the session and placed third and fourth, with the German 0.237s behind compatriot Vettel. […]

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Raikkonen: Work required on Ferrari reliability

Kimi Raikkonen accepts that Ferrari needs to work on its reliability after a mixed start to the 2016 season. Ferrari has again emerged as Mercedes' nearest challenger, with Sebastian Vettel leading the Australian Grand Prix before finishing third, while Raikkonen placed second in Bahrain. However, Raikkonen was unable to finish in Australia while Vettel retired on the formation lap in Bahrain. Raikkonen is sure that the inherent speed of the SF16-H is encouraging but that work is required on its reliability. "It's positive what the […]

Posted on Sunday, April 3, 2016

Raikkonen: Victory challenge scuppered by start

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was left to rue a slow start, which scuppered his prospects of challenging for victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Raikkonen qualified in fourth position, though was effectively third on the grid after team-mate Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure on the formation lap. Raikkonen, however, dropped to fifth on the first lap of the race and was 10 seconds behind leader Nico Rosberg by the time he recovered to second place, a position he held until the finish. "[It's] obviously […]

Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Vettel: Gap to Mercedes larger than anticipated

Sebastian Vettel has accepted that Ferrari's deficit to Mercedes during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix was larger than expected, though is encouraged that the outfit has saved a set of tyres for the race. Vettel set the third fastest time during Q3, albeit 0.838s adrift of World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who collected pole position for the season opener in Melbourne. "In comparison to the Mercedes drivers we are a bit further behind than we expected, but we are happy with 3rd and 4th, especially […]

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Raikkonen downplays visual impact of halo device

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says that the 'halo' device makes very little difference when driving a Formula 1 car, after he debuted a prototype on Thursday. Raikkonen completed an installation lap in the SF16-H at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Thursday, with the sport set to introduce increased cockpit protection for drivers in 2017. "This morning I tried the Halo protection device and the difference to the usual driving was surprisingly small," he said. "The visibility is just a little bit limited at the front […]

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Raikkonen ends penultimate day on top

Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen set the quickest time on the penultimate day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Räikkönen, who trialled a prototype ‘halo’ head protection device during an installation lap in the morning session, posted a time of 1:22.765 on the Ultra Soft tyres shortly before lunch. Räikkönen’s time proved to be 0.428s faster than Williams’ Felipe Massa, who was the last driver to join the action during the morning session. Nico Hülkenberg placed third for Force India as Max Verstappen completed the […]

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Raikkonen tests head protection concept

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has debuted the 'halo' cockpit protection system, which could be introduced into the sport next season. Increasing head protection has been a primary concern for Formula 1 in recent years, with research accelerated in the wake of the deaths of Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson. Raikkonen took to the circuit on the third day of the final pre-season test in Spain with a concept of the 'halo' device fitted to his SF16-H to complete an installation lap. It was agreed last […]