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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: 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).

 

Ferrari set to announce Massa for 2013

Ferrari is set to announce that Felipe Massa is staying with the famous Italian team in 2013.

Intense speculation has surrounded the future of the Brazilian, who since 2010 has struggled to shine alongside his highly rated teammate Fernando Alonso.

But in an article by veteran correspondent Roger Benoit, the Swiss newspaper Blick said the 31-year-old is staying put in the wake of his recent form surge.

“It (2013) will be his eighth season in red,” wrote Benoit.

In Singapore last weekend, Alonso publicly backed Massa, deriding the “little names” that had been linked with his place for next season.

“With all the names you hear, if you compare what Felipe has done and what these little names have done …” he said.

“In my opinion we need to have a driver that respects Ferrari, that respects the tradition that here we work for the team, for the red cars,” added Alonso.

Source: F1zone.net

Friday practice – drivers statements

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P1 – 1:50.566, 1st; P2 – 1:48.340, 1st

“This is a tough circuit for drivers and cars. Overall we can be happy with today, but let’s see what we do tomorrow, it’s still Friday and today’s results are not so conclusive as some drivers got stuck in traffic etc. Most important is that the car seemed to work on either tyre, so we go from there. The kerbs have been changed this year, which is an improvement.”

Mark Webber, P1 – 1:51.655, 6th; P2 – 1:48.964, 4th
“The second session was useful today. I had a good feeling with the car and we seem to be more competitive here. We need to keep chipping away, also because the track will change a bit by tomorrow, so we need to be ready for that, but a solid start. I think we can be strong on Sunday, we need to execute a clean Saturday first, but so far so good.”

McLaren
Jenson Button, P1 – 1:51.459, 3rd; P2 – 1:48.651, 2nd

“I don’t feel like I’ve found my flow yet – the track surface wasn’t very grippy in either session because of the morning’s rain. I’m not entirely happy with the balance either – not everything we tried changing today was successful – but we’ve still got a few ideas for tomorrow and that’s a positive. There’s still a lot of work to do – but, if we can fine-tune the balance, we should be competitive.”

Lewis Hamilton, P1 – 1:50.615, 2nd; P2 – 1:49.086, 5th
“Our car has quite a nice balance but we still need to make some further set-up changes. It’s tough in these temperatures, especially on the long runs, but to be honest I think everyone’s struggling a bit too. In FP2, I ran a bit wide at the final corner on my fastest lap and probably lost about half a second. Still, it’s great to be able to throw the car around on a high-downforce circuit. My race pace didn’t feel great from inside the cockpit, but my engineers tell me it was quite promising. The track should also rubber-in by tomorrow, so tyre degradation should be less of an issue. We’re in the top five, but it’ll be a very tight battle for pole position tomorrow. We’re looking at set-up and balance to improve our long-run pace, but today’s performance isn’t a bad place from which to start.”

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, P1 – 1:51.525, 4th; P2 – 1:48.896, 3rd

“We tried various new components on the car: some seem to be positive, others less so, but maybe in the case of the latter, we need to spend a bit more time for them to be developed as well as possible. Overall, I would saytoday was positive, even if the first impression is that we are not as competitive as we were in Monza, two weeks ago. We still lack a bit of performance on tracks like this one, where you need maximum aerodynamic downforce. From what we saw today, there’s a significant difference between the two types of tyre, but we will have to wait until tomorrow to get a clear picture of the situation on this front. Maybe today’s difference has been somewhat exaggerated by the evolution of the track surface. Testing the tyres over a long distance is very complicated on a track like this, because of the traffic, therefore it’s difficult to make a direct comparison to our main competitors. I am reasonably sure that, on Sunday, we will see rather significant degradation and it will be important to manage that as well as possible.”

Felipe Massa, P1 – 1:53.080, 16th; P2 – 1:50.039, 9th
“It wasn’t an easy day for me. The car wasn’t right all day and I also suffered particularly badly with tyre degradation in both sessions. At the end of the second session, we found something that wasn’t working properly, but that doesn’t explain all my problems. We must find out what happened so we can fix it for the rest of the weekend. We have reasonably clear ideas about the direction to go in when it comes to set-up: one thing’s certain, there’s a lot of work to do.”

Force India
Paul di Resta, P1 – 1:51.943, 8th; P2- 1:49.300, 6th

“I think you always need time to get up to speed on any street circuit so it was useful to have some trouble-free sessions and get the laps under my belt. The balance we have with the car is already looking good, but there’s always room to improve things overnight. So I think we’re in decent shape and the data collected should leave us well prepared for Sunday’s race.”

Nico Hulkenberg, P1 – 1:51.658, 7th; P2 – 1:49.339, 7th
“It’s been a positive Friday overall and I think we are looking competitive here. The rain at the start of the first session didn’t really have an impact on us and we still had plenty of time to get through the programme. I think in terms of race preparation we can be happy because we focussed on long runs and have lots of information going into tomorrow.”

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, P1 – 1:53.227, 18th; P2 – 1:49.790, 8th

“That was a busy day for us as we needed to learn a lot about our new updates. It always takes some time to understand how things really work on the car, and there is a lot that we can take away from today to study overnight. In general, I feel we have made some progress but it is too early to make any predictions of how the weekend might go from here.”

Michael Schumacher, P1 – 1:52.986, 14th; P2 – 1:50.263, 11th
“We had two productive sessions today, however I have not yet understood the real picture. We will definitely need to have a good look at the data this evening and extract the true performances shown. We were running the new parts today and the car felt reasonable, although at the end of the second session, we had a little brake issue and had to stop. Now we will have to work hard in front of our computers to find out what our chances will be this weekend.”

Lotus
Romain Grosjean, P1 – 1:53.028, 15th; P2 – 1:50.161, 10th

“It feels good to be back on track. Our position on the time sheets in the morning was not what we’d have liked and even after FP2 we know there is more performance to be found. The car is basically the same as what we ran in Monaco and Budapest where we were very competitive but we’ve struggled a bit for grip today. The good thing is we understand what we need to do, the team has been working hard to make improvements and I’m sure we’ll be stronger tomorrow.”

Kimi Raikkonen, P1 – 1:52.716, 12th; P2 – 1:50.345, 12th
“It wasn’t the easiest of days for us today. We don’t have enough grip for some reason, and we seem to be lacking downforce. It’s the same on both tyres ; a little bit better when the tyres are new, but still not quite the pace we want. I think we can improve for tomorrow but we have to find two seconds to get to the front. I don’t think we’ll find that much time ; but I think we should improve from Friday as we usually do.”

Williams
Pastor Maldonado, P1 – 1:51.576, 5th; P2 – 1:50.636, 13th

“It was a good day as we completed our plan. We lost one run in FP1 due to the weather, as the track was still wet, but I’m happy we were able to get all the data we needed. We need to work on our performance but the consistency of the car looks good. It’s difficult to say where we are at this stage as we don’t know what everyone else is doing and this track can be quite unpredictable. The track is also improving all the time so we’ll see tomorrow. You have to change your approach in Singapore but I really enjoy it. It’s both physically and mentally challenging for drivers, but it is an amazing circuit to drive.”

Bruno Senna, P1 – 1:52.629, 11th; P2 – 1:51.452, 17th
“It wasn’t an ideal day but I was still able to learn a lot about the car and we have a good idea on the direction we will take tomorrow. I made a mistake in FP2 and touched the wall which damaged the car. I was trying to push hard and on a track like this unfortunately that means you can end up in the wall. There isn’t too much damage so we need to work hard to be 100 per cent ready for tomorrow. We are aiming for the top ten but the grid is looking very tight so we are going to have to push very hard. It’s going to be important to qualifying as far forward as possible at this circuit but the competition is strong.”

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, P1 – 1:52.275, 9th; P2 – 1:50.791, 14th

“This is not your run of the mill circuit, with the night and the atmosphere at what is a unique venue. It’s great to have a change and myself and Jean-Eric had a chat after the first session and both agreed we were having fun! I felt the first session went better than the second and the changes we made before FP2 meant we did not seem to keep up with track evolution. We therefore need to think what we can do to get closer to the top ten like we were in the first session. But trying things out, whether they work or not, is what Friday is about. As for the tyres, the super soft is naturally faster and by quite a bit, while the soft logically proved more consistent over a long run.”

Jean-Eric Vergne, P1 – 1:53.189, 17th; P2 – 1:52.009, 18th
“This is definitely the hardest new circuit I have come across so far this season, with so many corners and the fact it’s really hot. I really enjoyed this whole experience of racing on a street circuit at night, but at first I was making a lot of mistakes on what is a very long lap. But I am getting used to it, I brought the car back in one piece and I know I will improve tomorrow. Overall, the car did not feel too bad, so I think if we can improve it a bit and I learn my way round a bit better, there should be more to come for the rest of the weekend.”

Sauber
Sergio Perez, P1 – 1:52.296, 10th; P2 – 1:51.122, 15th

“For me it was a difficult day because I was never really happy with the balance of the car. It felt inconsistent and a bit unpredictable. We now have to analyse the data carefully and find a way to improve the car.”

Kamui Kobayashi, P1 – 1:52.839, 13th; P2 – 1:51.450, 16th
“The first session when we were evaluating parts was quite positive but in general our performance was rather weak today. I had way too much oversteer. It is great to go racing in Singapore again but it is important that we improve the balance and set-up because you really need confidence in the car here.”

Marussia
Timo Glock, P1 – 1:54.908, 19th; P2 – 1:52.218, 19th

“A sweaty start, not to put too fine a point on it. That’s normal for Singapore though and the hot conditions are very tough for everyone. It’s just great to be back again and huge fun to drive here. I love every lap. We got through the programme quite well today. In FP2 we did quite an important test which we still have to analyse and have a think about where we go with it, because we seem to have made good progress with the car. Other than that we did some long runs with the tyres and I think that will be the key point over the weekend – to just keep the tyres alive as long as possible. It’s not easy to get the lap together in qualifying but I’ll do my best and also I think there is still a little more to come from the car. We’ll see what we can do.”

Charles Pic, P1 – 1:55.335, 21st; P2 – 1:52.863, 21st
“Again, I’m very pleased to have adjusted well to what is a new circuit for me and also today has been my first time running in night-race conditions, so a lot to take in. This morning I made that my focus but I was quickly up to speed and able to work on the technical programme very soon. The heat and humidity are not easy for anyone in the team – it’s tough. Generally I am quite happy with where we are on only day one – especially in respect of our competitors – and there is certainly room for further improvement through the weekend. I have to say this track is one of the ones I have been most looking forward to in my debut season and so far I love it! The atmosphere already is quite electric because of the unique setting, so I can’t wait to see it build for the race.”

HRT
Pedro de la Rosa, P1 – 1:56.656, 23rd; P2 – 1:54.448, 23rd

“In the first session we focused mainly on learning the circuit. It’s just as I expected, although tougher physically, especially in the first session. The second session was a bit easier, and as I already knew the circuit, we decided to set up the new floor. Now we must analyze the data to fully understand how it worked and how the different tests we carried out went, especially with different heights on the rear. From there we’ll be able to evaluate the magnitude of the improvement and how much we can extract from it.”

Narain Karthikeyan, P2 – 1:54.514, 24th
“The objective was to adapt to the track because street circuits are always tricky and the important thing was to do laps and gain confidence. The track is very demanding physically, not just because of the heat, but because it’s very stop and go. We must be happy with how the session went overall because we did a good job but tomorrow we must take another step forward with the car to progress. And I’m also happy with the trust and support Tata Tea shows in me, with them present on my helmet and drink bottle from this race on.”

Qing Hua Ma, P1 – 1:58.053, 24th
“It was fantastic to drive the F112 once again and do it at such a spectacular track. We did a good session and I learned a lot. We took it calmly as the conditions of the track, which was wet, weren’t easy. We went out on intermediate tyres and the team wanted me to be comfortable and adapt to the track before switching to softs. I improved my times lap by lap and it was also the first time I’d driven a Formula One car in wet conditions, on a street circuit at night time so I’m happy with the result.”

Luca di Montezemolo hints at Massa axe

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has hinted that Felipe Massa’s Ferrari career could be coming to an end because “I have to look to the future”.

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Massa’s contract expires at the end of this season and, despite an upturn in form, he has had a poor year compared to Fernando Alonso and is currently 129 points behind his team-mate in the drivers’ championship. Talking to CNN Montezemolo admitted that he may have to look at younger options than the 31-year-old Massa.

When asked if there was any news on the contract talks with Massa, Montezemolo replied: “Not yet.

“We will see. Not yet. For sure he has to give us good results, and Felipe has been and still is an important driver for Ferrari. We are not with a gun here to decide. We will see. I think I have to look to the future and we need two very competitive drivers. We will see.”

Montezemolo also reiterated his threat that Ferrari could leave Formula One in future.

“(Ferrari could quit) when I don’t think that F1 represents for us any more one of the 3 main ingredients. If Formula 1 will not be for us for research, technology and research then this could be a risk – because we are going too far in terms of aerodynamics just to make an example. Formula 1 is becoming a sort of satellite, or aeroplane aerodynamic research – I want to do car research. Or if Formula 1 is not any more an extreme technology competition – again to transfer technology around road cars. Yes, maybe we can see Formula 1 without Ferrari. I will never see Ferrari without competition and sport challenges.”

Montezemolo did admit, however, that it wasn’t an immediate concern.

“Today (it) is not the case. Maybe the future – it will depends on the rules, it will depend on a lot of different reasons. When I heard when we can do electric car Formula 1, this is a joke; because this is not Formula 1. This is not emotion. This is not sporting. Maybe our nephew in the future. So we have to look ahead without losing our essence.”

Source: ESPN F1