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Spanish GP: Mixed Fortunes in Qualifying

Posted by on May 9, 2015

Ferrari third and seventh Come the end of qualifying to decide the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel (1.25.458) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.26.414) finished in third and seventh places respectively. Track conditions were still difficult this afternoon and it was in the final sector of the track that the two Mercedes carved out their advantage, on their way to locking out the front row. Nico Rosberg is on pole with a 1.24.681 ahead of Lewis Hamilton (1.24.948.) Pos. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Fastest 1 Nico  Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.490s 1:25.166s 1:24.681s 18 2 Lewis  Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.382s 1:25.740s 1:24.948s 17 3 Sebastian  Vettel Ferrari 1:27.534s 1:26.167s 1:25.458s 15 4 Valtteri  Bottas Williams 1:27.262s 1:26.197s 1:25.694s 16 5 Carlos  Sainz Toro Rosso 1:26.773s 1:26.475s 1:26.136s 17 6 Max  Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:27.393s 1:26.441s 1:26.249s 20 7 Kimi  Räikkönen...

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Chinese GP: Qualifying

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015

It was an exciting qualifying session at the Shanghai track today. Come the end of the hour long grid deciding session, the two Mercedes locked out the front row, with Hamilton on pole in 1.35.782 and Rosberg second with a 1.35.824. Sebastian Vettel will start from the second row in his Ferrari, third fastest with a 1.36.687. Kimi Raikkonen is sixth, separated from his team-mate by the Williams duo of Massa and Bottas.   Pos Name Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.285 1:36.423 1:35.782 12 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.496 1:36.747 1:35.824 12 3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.502 1:36.957 1:36.687 17 4 Felipe Massa Williams 1:38.433 1:37.357 1:36.954 15 5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:38.014 1:37.763 1:37.143 15 6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:37.790 1:37.109 1:37.232 17 7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:38.534 1:37.939 1:37.540 18...

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Abu Dhabi GP: A Fighting Finale

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014

Fernando Alonso: “Today’s qualifying was very tricky on a weekend that, in general, has been more complicated than usual. Changing the engine after the final free practice session created a few extra problems and it took until Q2 for the car to perform consistently. Tomorrow, I expect an uphill struggle, partly because, over the past two days, we haven’t done any practice starts and I have never run with a full fuel load. But at the same time, I really want to give it my all and try and make up as much ground as possible. It will be a special day for me and even if it’s really about the title contenders, Rosberg and Hamilton, I would like my last race for Ferrari to feature some nice battles, for the team and for all the fans who have...

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Brazilian GP: Fourth and Fifth Rows for Fernando and Kimi

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will start today’s 71 lap Brazilian Grand Prix from the fourth and fifth rows of the grid, in eighth and tenth places respectively. Like the previous three sessions, this fourth one took place in the dry, as the threat of rain didn’t materialize. Q1 went off smoothly for Kimi and Fernando, who went through to the next stage in seventh and tenth places, although they immediately had to make use of the Soft tyres. The fight was tighter in Q2, with the Scuderia drivers having to use their remaining sets of the softer of the two compounds. This time, they got to Q3, again in seventh and tenth places. In Q3, they were only able to do one run each, with Fernando posting a 1.10.977 and Kimi a 1.11.099. Nico Rosberg took pole for...

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United States GP: Third and Fourth Row for Scuderia Ferrari

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014

Scuderia Ferrari secured places on the third and fourth rows of the grid come the end of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, at the Circult of the Americas. Fernando Alonso will set off to tackle tomorrow’s 56 race laps from sixth place (1.37.610) alongside Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. The Spaniard will have Kimi Raikkonen right behind him, given that although the Finn qualified ninth in 1.37.804, he moves up one place as Jenson Button (McLaren) has a gearbox change penalty. Only four cars went out at the end of Q1 and Q2, as there were only 18 cars on track and Fernando and Kimi got through without any particular problems, although in Q2 the Finn had to use an extra set of Soft tyres. In the final part, Nico Rosberg was fastest in 1.36.067 to...

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Italian GP: Fourth and Sixth Rows for Fernando and Kimi

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014

It was a complicated qualifying session for Scuderia Ferrari at Monza, the scene tomorrow at 2pm of the Italian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso managed to get his F14 T onto the seventh spot on the grid, while Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for twelfth, although he will start eleventh as Daniil Kvyat has a grid penalty in the Toro Rosso. Both Ferrari men got through Q1 without any problems: Fernando was tenth and Kimi thirteenth. In Q2, things got more complicated: all the drivers were on the Medium tyres, going for the fastest time possible. Alonso’s first run produced a 1.25.525 which would see him safe, but with a 1.26.110, Kimi was tenth for a long time. At the flag, Fernando got into Q3 in fifth place, but Kimi was unable to improve and ended up twelfth and therefore...

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Hungarian GP: Two Sides to Saturday

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014

Fernando Alonso: “After a chaotic qualifying like today’s, you always think you could have done better. But if you then analyse everything that happened, finishing fifth is a good result, because we made the most of every opportunity that came our way. Getting to start on the clean side of the track is very important as it gives you a chance to make up places at the start and to race with the leaders. The rain expected for tomorrow definitely has an effect on strategy: so far, in the hot and dry conditions, there was talk of two or three stops, but tomorrow everything changes. Both Kimi and I need to score points for the team, because we want to get back the third place in the Constructors’ championship that we lost last weekend. Even starting far back, a...

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German GP: No Surprises in Hot Hockenheim Qualifying

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014

The extensive experience of Scuderia Ferrari’s world champion drivers could be a great asset in what looks like being a very tough race, the hottest of the year, tomorrow at the Hockenheimring. From seventh on the grid, Fernando Alonso will be aiming to make up as many places as possible, as will Kimi Raikkonen, who faces more of an uphill struggle, as he will watch the lights go out from the sixth row of the grid in twelfth place. Like all the other drivers with the exception of Bottas and the unfortunate Hamilton, who crashed his Mercedes at the Sachskurve, because of a brake problem, Fernando and Kimi used both the Soft and Supersoft to be sure of making the cut from Q1 into Q2. The Spaniard did it by setting the seventh fastest time and the Finn the...

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Le Mans: Ferrari on Two Provisional Poles

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014

Ferrari made its mark on the first qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours with the 458 Italia GT2 setting the fastest time in both categories in which it is entered. The session was held up by several red flag periods caused when cars went off and got stuck in the gravel, on what was a dirty and tricky track. In fact, the two hour session was stopped half an hour early when Fernando Rees crashed his Aston Martin, seriously damaging the barriers at the Porsche corner. Against this difficult background, the excellent lap set by “Gimmi” Bruni in the LMGTE Pro class takes on even more significance. On his fifth of ten laps in the AF Corse 51 car, he posted a 3.54.754 to beat Stefan Mucke in the Aston Martin by over three tenths and the...

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Ferrari Dominates Front Row at Daytona

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014

January 23, 2014 (Daytona Beach, Fla.) In an incredibly close qualifying session for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT-Daytona field on Thursday afternoon, Ferrari sports car ace Toni Vilander qualified the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia on pole position for the historic first race of the TUDOR Championship. Demonstrating the speed of the 458 Italia, five examples of the model qualified in the top-eight of the 29-car GT-D field. The Rolex 24 at Daytona is also the first race of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Vilander, who missed the Roar Before the 24 earlier in January, recorded a lap of 1:47.028 to narrowly take the coveted pole position. “Even though I had so little track time, I was confident when I got in the car for practice and was on the pace immediately,” said Vilander....

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