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F1: Massa out, Raikkönnen in for Ferrari

Kimi Raikkönnen will leave Lotus for Ferrari in 2014/15. It’s the second time that the finn will drive for Ferrari. He drove for them from 2007-2009. In these years he got 9 GP wins and 1 world championhsip in 2007. He then was replaced by Feranando Alonso in 2010, who’s also he’s new teammte for the next season. Yesterday evening Felipe Massa announced that he will leave Ferrari at the end of 2013, no news on his future plans yet.

Now it’s of course interesting to see who’s going to drive for Lotus, i hope it’s going to be Nico Hülkenberg, who showed great performances in the last couple of years in F1. But who will replace him at Sauber? Well most likley it’s going to be Sergey Sirotkin, who’s only 17 years old and for me not ready for an F1 full time cockpit.

I really can’t wait to see how the F1 2014 season is going to unfold, with Raikkönnen now in a team that has the money to produce a winning car.

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F1: Ricciardo will replace Webber at Red Bull for 2014

On 21:19, evening time, Daniel Ricciardo was announced as 2nd driver for the Infiniti Red Bull F1 team for 2014 on the austrian TV channel Servus TV.

He will replace Mark Webber, who drove for Red Bull from 2007-2013.

Webber will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2014, including the 24h of Le Mans, in a Porsche LMP1 car.

Red Bull said that they’re aiming a at least three year partnership with Ricciardo.

Ricciardo is in the Red Bull Junior programme since 2010.

He was test and reserve driver and also drove in the WSBR, finishing 2nd in the standings.

Then he was replacing Narain Kartikehyan at the 2nd hafl of the F1 2011 season in a HRT F111.

He then joined Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2012.

His teammate Jean Eric Vergne was always more consistend on points, but Ricciardo was the faster driver, especially on one Qualifying lap.

The decison from Red Bull to take Ricciardo was quite obvious.

I never took the Raikkönnen/Alonso romours seriously.

It would be stupid if they won’t have taken Ricciardo, because then the philosophy of the Toro Rosso team would be in question.

F1: Hamilton wins the Hungarian GP

At the start of the GP Lewis Hamilton was leading into Turn 1. Vettel tried  to hold of Grosjean on the outside of the track.

Rosberg meanwhile, who started from 4th position had contact with Massa’s frontwing at Turn 5.

Rosberg had to go wide and settled for 12th postion, then he overtoke some cars bringing him to 7th but then he retired 10 laps before the end of the race due a engine failure.

Hamilton was leading ahead of Vettel and Grosjean until the first pitstops came around the laps 9-13.

Vettel already had to defend his 2nd position against Grosjean and surprisingly struggled with the handling of the car.

After Vettel made his first pitstop, he came back behind McLaren driver Jenson Button, who held him off for 33 laps, what was a quite amazing perfomance from the brit.

So Vettel held up Grosjean, and some laps later Alonso was becoming faster, so it became a four way battle for 2nd.

Vettel finally got past Button for 2nd and Grosjean was also trying to pass Button, but with contact resulted to a penalty after the race. After Grosjeans 2nd pitstop, he was behind Massa.

Grosjean was much faster than the Ferrari driver and tried a brave outside move into the blind Turn 5 corner, which was succesfull but illegal. He had all four wheels off the track and he was over the line, so he gained an advantage over Massa.

The frenchman got a drive through penalty and later made his third pitstop, he ended up in 6th position.

His teammate Raikönnen however had a fantastic strategy and despite the hot weather there he managed his tires very well and made only two pitstops.

So he came up to 2nd, but Vettel was close behind him and tried a ”Grosjean move” on the outside of Turn 5.

But Raikkönnen defended and kept his 2nd place until the end.  Webber had a great race, coming from 10th on the grid after his bad luck in Qualifying to 4th in the race.

Hamilton controlled his lead and won the Hungarian GP after 70 laps. It was his first GP win of the season and the third for Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Sutil had a horrible 100th GP, he had problems starting his car again at his first pitstop and had to retire.

Williams meanwhile scored their first points of the season with Maldonado finishing 10th.

Teammate Bottas had to retire after an engine failure.

The next race of the Formula 1 World Championship is on the 25th of August for the Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps.

Full Results:

1 10 L. Hamilton Mercedes 70 1:42:29.445 179,507
2 7 K. Räikkönen Lotus 70 +0:10.938 +0:10.938 179,188
3 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 70 +0:12.459 +0:01.521 179,144
4 2 M. Webber Red Bull 70 +0:18.044 +0:05.585 178,982
5 3 F. Alonso Ferrari 70 +0:31.411 +0:13.367 178,595
6 8 R. Grosjean Lotus 70 +0:52.295 +0:20.884 177,993
7 5 J. Button McLaren 70 +0:53.819 +0:01.524 177,950
8 4 F. Massa Ferrari 70 +0:56.447 +0:02.628 177,874
9 6 S. Perez McLaren 69 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 176,881
10 16 P. Maldonado Williams 69 +1 Rnd. +0:17.883 176,368
11 11 N. Hülkenberg Sauber 69 +1 Rnd. +0:29.391 175,532
12 18 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 69 +1 Rnd. +0:00.459 175,519
13 19 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 69 +1 Rnd. +0:00.611 175,502
14 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 68 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 173,349
15 20 C. Pic Caterham 68 +2 Rnd. +0:06.374 173,171
16 22 J. Bianchi Marussia 67 +3 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 171,347
17 23 M. Chilton Marussia 67 +3 Rnd. +0:42.899 170,163
18 14 P. di Resta Force India 66 +4 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 175,043

Retirements:

GUT, SUT, BOT, ROS.

Driver championship standings after 10 races:

1. S. Vettel 172 15 25 12 25 12 18 25 A 25 15
2. K. Räikkönen 134 25 6 18 18 18 1 2 10 18 18
3. F. Alonso 133 18 A 25 4 25 6 18 15 12 10
4. L. Hamilton 124 10 15 15 10 12 15 12 10 25
5. M. Webber 105 8 18 A 6 10 15 12 18 6 12
6. N. Rosberg 84 A 12 A 2 8 25 10 25 2
7. F. Massa 61 12 10 8 15 A 4 8 A 4
8. R. Grosjean 49 1 8 2 15 A A 15 8
9. J. Button 39 2 10 1 4 8 8 6
10. P. di Resta 36 4 A 4 12 6 2 6 2
11. A. Sutil 23 6 A A 10 1 6 A
12. S. Perez 18 2 8 2 A 4 2
13. J. Vergne 13 1 A A 4 8 A A
14. D. Ricciardo 11 A 6 1 A 4
15. N. Hülkenberg 7 S 4 1 A 1 1
16. P. Maldonado 1 A A A 1
17. V. Bottas 0 A
18. E. Gutierrez 0 A A A
19. J. Bianchi 0 A A
20. C. Pic 0 A
21. G. van der Garde 0 A A
22. M. Chilton 0

Manufactures championship standings:

1.RedBull 277

2.MercedesBenz 208

3.Ferrari 194

4.Lotus 183

5.Force India 59

6.McLaren 57

7.Toro Rosso  24

8.Sauber 7

9.Williams 1

10.Marussia 0

11.Caterham 0

F1: My opinion on the Pirelli tires

So now i will talk a bit about the Spanish GP.

Well Alonso won his first Spanish GP since 2006 ahead of a disappointed Raikkönnen and teammate Massa.

Mercedes went backwards in the race-Rosberg was from Pole to P6, teammate Hamilton from P2 in Quali to P12 in the race.

Vettel was 4th, but he’s still leading the championship with only 3 points ahead of Raikkönnen.

But really the GP was the most boring race after a long long time and i will now tell you why (this is my personal opinion, of course some of you will disagree):

So my problem is that the tires are ruling the races in F1 WAY too much.

The drivers have to look more over their tires then on the most important thing- namely driving the car to the limit!!!

The tires from last year were still ok and some could still drive very fast, but now Pirelli overstated it.

I mean did anybody requested (aside of the FIA) that they should do new tires for the 2013 season?

No i don’t think so and you see the result of it.

So the drivers and teams are complaining about the tires and blaming Pirelli. But don’t blame Pirelli, they’re just doing their job.

You have to blame the FIA for that, they requestet for that back in 2011, when Bridgestone just left.

So how should be the tires for the future?

Well Pirelli announced to revise the tires for the British GP, so two GPs to go until that happens.

They have two options for the changes:

1. They use the tires from 2012, but they stay to the current composites

2. They stick to the current tires, but make the composites harder. (What do you think is better?)

Anyway i will want the 2nd option because i hope the tires are at least so hard like in 2011, were it wasn’t so crazy with the tires like nowadays.

Or better bring them to 2010 form (but i don’t think it will happen).

Because i think 2010 was the last F1 season with real racing, no DRS, no KERS, no tire zick zack whatever, just side by side racing and that’s it.

But it won’t happen sadly 😦

However the next GP- in Monaco will be a lot different than the last one. The track characteristics are a lot different and the surface is completely different. So it’s still going to be exciting.

UPDATE: The new tires come already to the Canadian GP with option 2 (2013 composites).

 

FP2: Sebastian Vettel fastest again despite water leak

 

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in FP2 ahead of Webber and Alonso. Vettel had water pressure issues and couldn’t drive the first 30 minutes.

 

But the team solved the problem and he was driving the fastest lap with a 1:38.718, 0.8 seconds faster than his teammate Webber.

Grosjean, De La Rosa, Massa and Hamilton spun out in this session. I think we will see a chaos start at the race  to Turn1, because the track will be still very slipprey. Kartikehyan didn’t come over the 107% time (1:44.558).

We will have a very exiciting Qualifying tomorrow.

Full results of FP2:

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:37.718 17
2 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:38.475 +0:00.757 +0:00.757 36
3 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:38.483 +0:00.765 +0:00.008 35
4 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:38.748 +0:01.030 +0:00.265 31
5 3 J. Button McLaren 1:38.786 +0:01.068 +0:00.038 32
6 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:39.029 +0:01.311 +0:00.243 33
7 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.448 +0:01.730 +0:00.419 32
8 19 B. Senna Williams 1:39.531 +0:01.813 +0:00.083 38
9 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:39.653 +0:01.935 +0:00.122 36
10 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:40.115 +0:02.397 +0:00.462 30
11 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:40.166 +0:02.448 +0:00.051 32
12 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:40.230 +0:02.512 +0:00.064 35
13 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:40.286 +0:02.568 +0:00.056 32
14 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:40.326 +0:02.608 +0:00.040 35
15 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:40.435 +0:02.717 +0:00.109 30
16 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:40.516 +0:02.798 +0:00.081 32
17 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:40.700 +0:02.982 +0:00.184 34
18 11 P. di Resta Force India 1:41.430 +0:03.712 +0:00.730 35
19 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:42.476 +0:04.758 +0:01.046 38
20 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:42.652 +0:04.934 +0:00.176 33
21 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:42.846 +0:05.128 +0:00.194 38
22 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:43.538 +0:05.820 +0:00.692 38
23 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:44.453 +0:06.735 +0:00.915 16

Ferrari updates ‘no great revolution’ says Gene

Ferrari has travelled to India with some improvements for its 2012 car, test driver Marc Gene has revealed.

Despite admitting its wind tunnel has not always been up to scratch this year, the Italian team remains determined to fight back after Fernando Alonso lost his long-standing championship lead to Red Bull’s on-form Sebastian Vettel two weeks ago in Korea.

Spaniard Gene is quoted by the EFE news agency as admitting Ferrari has brought “a number of improvements” to India, the fourth-last stop on the 2012 calendar, but insisted it does not add up to a “great revolution”.    Photo credit: Ferrari S.p.A.

“But we do hope they help,” he said.

“All the time there are less and less races, so we are doing everything to end the championship with even a single point more than second place,” added Gene.

Spain’s Marca newspaper said the changes to the F2012 are in the area of the exhaust, the wings and the diffuser, amounting to “between 0.2 and 0.4 seconds” per lap.

Chief designer Nicholas Tombazis confirmed Ferrari tried the improvements during a straightline track test last week, after finding that parts tested only in the wind tunnel ahead of recent grands prix brought “unpleasant surprises”.

“We ran control tests on these updates to really understand what the problem was. We got some very interesting answers which we believe will allow us to recover from those problems,” he said.

F1 legend Niki Lauda, however, warned that it might already be too late for Ferrari, particularly as he has heard that Red Bull has also travelled to India with some car developments.

“If that goes well (for Red Bull), then it becomes very difficult for Alonso,” he told the broadcaster RTL.

 

Source: F1zone.net