Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Raikkonen queries Ferrari’s strategy

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen isn’t happy Fernando Alonso got a preferential strategy call in yesterday’s race.


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Kimi wants explanation on strategy (ESPN)

“‘No, but obviously I want to clear up a few things and that’s all,’ he said when asked if he feels like Ferrari’s number two driver.”

F1 Spanish Grand Prix – Niki Lauda admits: ‘Nobody can beat Lewis Hamilton. He gets better every race’ (The Independent)

“We do not interfere with who is winning what. We let them race from the beginning to the end. This is my philosophy. So far nothing [bad] happens.”

Gerard Lopez Q&A: Lotus are coming back (F1)

“[Pastor Maldonado] is unbelievably fast – every lap for him is something of a qualifying lap. Maybe he’s doing a bit too much and we need to sit down with him and work that out – tell him that in his case – with the speed that he has – most of the time 95 per cent would be enough. But he’s a nice guy and very accepted by the team.”

Christian Horner: “It looked like he’s got his mojo back…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“There’s still some way to go, but we have definitely moved a bit closer. And for sure they were pushing as hard as they could, so it wasn’t like Mercedes were taking it easy.”

Hamilton will not break me – Rosberg (BBC)

“Break me down mentally? I think he will struggle with that one. He has the momentum. There is no way round that. I have to try to break it.”

Red Bull: Wing was broken Red Bull (Sky)

“There was no deliberate intention to instigate the failure and no aerodynamic benefit was derived from the deflection.”

McLaren misery continues in Spain (Reuters)

Eric Boullier: “Yesterday, our qualifying form showed that we’d taken a small step forwards in terms of performance.”

Haas not looking to buy an F1 team (Autosport)

“Gene remains committed to building an American-based Formula 1 team and his plans have not changed.”

A view of today’s F1 cars (MootorSport)

“One can only assume none of the attendees [of Ecclestone’s meeting, see below] had been standing at the turn 14-15 chicane that very morning, watching Fernando Alonso hustle his Ferrari F14 T across the kerbs in a bid to extract performance the design brief failed to include. It was one of the most invigorating things I’ve watched at a race track for some time.”


Comment of the day

What now for Rosberg after another defeat at the hands of Hamilton, asks @Craig-o:

That’s now twice that Nico has had what appears to be a faster package yet Lewis has come out on top. Just. In two of the other races, Lewis had the faster package and he stormed off to a very dominant win. In the case of Australia, we simply will never know who was quicker on the day. Lewis is also leading the qualifying battle 4-1.

Lewis is driving not only very quickly, but very maturely. This is so very different to the Lewis we saw just three years ago. He is perhaps driving better than how he did in 2007 and in 2010, where he was probably the best driver in the field in those years.

However, with Nico, this is the first time he’s had a car capable of winning the championship, and psychologically, he is being bruised by Lewis by finishing second to him four races in a row. Nico is a world class driver, there’s no doubt about it, but I think that spin in China was the first sign that Lewis has the upper hand not only in speed, but mentally too.

There’s much more than meets the eye with Lewis, there’s so much more than the sunglasses, the earrings and the weird hat. He’s driving better than anybody out there at the moment, and that includes your Vettels, Raikkonens, Hulkenbergs, Buttons and yes, even Alonsos.

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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonThe first F1 race weekend since the dreadful events of Imola began 20 years ago today at Monte-Carlo. Unthinkably, yet another crash left a driver seriously injured.

Karl Wendlinger braked too late at the chicane and skidded into a barrier. He suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital, but later recovered from his coma.

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