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#31 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by YiNing 25.10.2013 16:04

Raikkonen says revised tyres hampering qualifying progress
By Jonathan Noble Friday, October 25th 2013, 13:14 GMT

Kimi Raikkonen says the chances of curing his qualifying issues are being hampered by the tyre usage restrictions that have been imposed over the second half of the campaign.

As reported by AUTOSPORT, Raikkonen has suffered a drop in qualifying form because the new Pirelli tyres used since the Hungarian Grand Prix do not suit his driving style.

Although he has made some progress on the issue in recent races, he revealed ahead of the Indian GP that he is being limited in what he can do by the camber and pressure restrictions that Pirelli have imposed on safety grounds.

"The limits on the cambers and pressures, they add up to a lot," he said, when asked by AUTOSPORT about how he was coping with the matter.

"There are not many things you can do, and unfortunately we are a bit stuck. If we were free to do with the cambers what we want, it would be a much easier thing.

"But that is how it is. I think for one lap it is an issue - but in the race it is not so much because you don't push as much in certain places

"Hopefully we can try to do other things, but then you start hurting in places that you were fine before.

"It is a never ending story and we are not really getting anywhere - so we have to try to figure it out. It is what it is, but we are not worried by it.

"In certain places yes I could go faster, but we have to try to live with it."

Despite fearing that the usage limits will prevent a total cure for his problems he thinks that some progress is being made.

"We have some plans and hopefully we can improve it a bit," he said. "I am sure we can do better than the last few races."

#32 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by WHATEVER 25.10.2013 17:09


But of course, you can always take advantage of the situation and make it look like something else <img src=" title="roll" />:

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier wants to sign Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg for 2014 to replace the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen. Before then he must secure the team’s financial future in a deal which he says is now almost complete. All being well it could mean positive news ahead of the next round in Abu Dhabi…

Q: The last time we spoke you’d just had to swallow Kimi Raikkonen’s 2014 move to Ferrari - have you fully digested it now?
Eric Boullier: Oh yes, already a long time ago. (laughs)

Q: And it’s not hurting anymore?
EB: No, it’s not hurting anymore. I have to say that seeing Romain blossoming, the car performing and the new generation that we brought in after (former technical director) James (Allison) left for Ferrari delivering, it all looks very good right now.

Q: Since he knew Kimi was moving on, Romain has indeed appeared to bloom. Is that pure coincidence?
EB: Frankly speaking, yes, it is a coincidence. You could say that Romain’s stepping up started in Germany. Since then Romain was always there when we had a good enough car. True, always behind Kimi, as he still was doing little mistakes, but always very close. In the races where we struggled, both drivers ended up nowhere, but the moment we returned to ‘our’ tracks Romain was immediately there again with a podium in Korea and Japan. And that was no coincidence.

Q: But there is the impression that now Kimi is leaving, something has unlocked in Romain’s head. He seems to be a man unleashed…
EB: Yes, it is true, it was a bit of an unlocking in his mind - at the right time. He was already on the right path. His personal life is going well and he started to blossom. When Kimi announced his departure it was the moment when something unlocked in Romain and the blossoming gained speed. Every piece seems to fall into place for him. He’s got momentum right now - and he’s using it.

Q: Lotus is now the most attractive drive available for 2014. For you, who is for you the next best thing to Kimi?
EB: Grosjean.

Q: We are talking about the vacant seat. Grosjean is already on your payroll.
EB: Nico Hulkenberg.

Q: Will you sign him?
EB: I would love to. This is the recommendation that I gave to my board.

Q: You have said that getting the Lotus drive is all about talent and not about money - but what about size and weight? Would that matter?
EB: It would matter if you have a problem over weight with the car. I believe we will not have that problem.

Q: Can you make that prediction from the state the 2014 car is in right now?
EB: We have been monitoring the situation for months. The car has been virtually weighed and today I can say that we’re fine. We always based our car on the size and weight that is similar to Nico. More or less.

Q: We’ve heard frequently over the last couple of weeks that a contract between Lotus and investors is only a matter of days away. What’s the state of affairs right now?
EB: This is a very complicated matter as it touches so many more issues than only Lotus. It is involving Genii - and many other aspects and many different parties. We probably underestimated a bit the amount of work such a deal implies. All the paperwork and all compliance is done, the lawyers gave it the nod - now we have to bring all these things together. I would say that 98 percent of the deal is done. The only issue that there is right now is that there is a deadline. We already dragged this out for many months, but we cannot drag it out forever. We have a deadline - and I hope they will not miss it.

Q: When is the deadline?
EB: Soon.

Q: Very soon?
EB: Very soon.

Q: With that deal in place, are the tough times then history for Lotus? What will it mean?
EB: For us it would mean a long-term financial commitment. It would mean one level up and for the next five years it would allow us to build a different strategy for the team. You are free in your choice. You can pick up any driver by merit and work on the attractiveness of the team. We have good people, a very good car and a great ambiance in Enstone, and with more means and resources you can refine all these things even more.

Q: Would that mean that you come nearer the level of McLaren or Mercedes?
EB: I hope so, yes. Maybe in between.

Q: Recently only Renault-powered cars seem to have what it takes for a podium finish. Is that coincidence?
EB: It’s part of it. It’s not all due to the engine, as these are good cars. It is the package. Renault is very rooted at Lotus and Red Bull. It is more a part of the team rather than just an engine supplier. Working with them means that we are able to find better ways of how we use the engine and the chassis.

Q: There has been a visible performance explosion at Lotus and Red Bull…
EB: …and I can tell you that this is not related to the engine at all.

Q: That means that you are still developing this year’s car - probably more so than others such as McLaren or Mercedes…
EB: Well I think in the case of McLaren they’ve stepped down in their performance, so my guess is that they’ve stopped earlier with the development of the 2013 car. It is true that our latest car - the long-wheelbase development car - has already had some benefits for us.

Q: So P2 in the constructors’ championship seems to be a very realistic prospect for you?
EB: I think today we have the best package in terms of performance. The tyres work for us and the tracks we are heading to for the last few races suit us - the layout is good for us. And we are in the position of the challenger, which is the better one to be in as it means less pressure.

Q: Are you convinced you can do it?
EB: Yes, pretty much so.

Q: So there is only the issue of the second driver that has to be solved. When will that be?
EB: I would love to do it before Abu Dhabi.

Q: And it could be Hulkenberg? You gave the recommendation to the board and you would like to have him…
EB: Yes.

#33 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by Sonny 25.10.2013 17:58

I really hope Kimi can get the car sorted out in qualifying. <img src=" title="oi" />

It sounds like they may have risked an extreme setup and it just didn't work. <img src=" title="" />

The end of this season has become quite frustrating..

It looks like Gro is set to comfortably out qualify Kimi again

#34 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by Boudica 25.10.2013 21:43


This season is really going to be painful until the end. I just wish the season would be over already, it has been very boring in any case. I hope Kimi can atleast do slightly better in qualifying, that will help.

#35 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by luviceman 26.10.2013 05:36


<img src=" title="ty" /> Appletree for this info

TS wrote, "IN FP1 mechanics made an error. And then Kimi says "At the morning there were some parts in the car that shouldnt have been there"

I wonder if it was old parts? or next year parts? or parts of Gro? or broken parts??
loose seat in Singapore, n now wrong parts?? surprising, Lotus. amateur or professional? or on purpose?

#36 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by icemaid 26.10.2013 06:34

Geez, mechanic's error, mystery parts...this is so disruptive for Kimi's efforts to find a way to qualify better! <img src=" title="blink" /> <img src=" title="fury" />
Wasting his FP time! <img src=" title="mad" />
Oh dear looks like Kimi is going to forever qualify around P9-10. <img src=" title="roll" />

#37 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by Sonny 26.10.2013 06:43

Maybe they'll give him some <img src=cream" title="icecream" /> next and say he's not motivated <img src=" title="cheeky" />

#38 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by Jalumi 26.10.2013 07:27


<img src=" title="tap" /> Come on Lotus. Please play fair with Kimi. <img src=" title="holy" />

#39 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by Jalumi 26.10.2013 08:46


This guy is tyre engineer @ LotusF1:

Manuel Muñoz ‏@ManuelMunozF1 10h
Getting my back treated by #Kimi's physio when he suddenly steps in and says: "I give him to you if you give me quicker tyres for tomorrow".

Poor Mark <img src=h" title="hih" />

Manuel Muñoz ‏@ManuelMunozF1 10h
I must admit THAT wasn't the exact words -but I'm afraid the real request would speak out some set-up hints! Anyway hope u get the message..

#40 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by YiNing 26.10.2013 10:18

Thanks Ja <img src=" title="ha" />

#41 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by Jalumi 26.10.2013 11:51


Poor Gro <img src=" title="there" /> <img src=y" title="wink" />
Well done Kimi <img src=" title="bliss" /> Lets see what he can do from P6 <img src=" title="holy" />

#42 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by miezicat 26.10.2013 14:10


Taking Chances - Qualifying, Saturday 26th October

Kimi Räikkönen qualified sixth with team-mate Romain Grosjean seventeenth ahead of tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix. Warm, dry conditions remained throughout the day at the Buddh International circuit, with the poor visibility that had hampered FP3 earlier in the day clearing sufficiently to allow un-interrupted running for qualifying.

A tightly contested Q1 session saw Kimi make two runs – one on each tyre compound – to eventually progress in P6 using the soft rubber. Romain by contrast ran a single stint on medium tyres; a gamble which narrowly failed to pay off as the Frenchman found himself eliminated at the first hurdle, despite posting a time just a second away from the fastest car.

Q2 was more straightforward for the remaining E21; Kimi progressing comfortably to the top ten in fourth with a strong pair of single lap runs on the medium tyres. The final session saw the Finn take sixth spot at the flag with a single run on soft rubber.

Kimi Räikkönen, E21-05 Q: P6, 1:25.248 FP3: P11, 1:26.635
“It wasn’t an ideal qualifying session and I’m still having some problems with understeer, but the car did feel better overall than yesterday. The tyres have to be managed over a full lap for qualifying so we are where we are on the grid. We’ll see what happens tomorrow and I’ll try to do as well as I can. Overall, the car feels slightly better than in the last few races; still not where we want it to be, but slightly better.”

Romain Grosjean, E21-04 Q: P17, 1:26.577 FP3: P5, 1:26.350
“We took a gamble once again to try just one run on the prime tyres in Q1, and although it’s been a successful tactic for us recently it didn’t pay off this time. The times were much tighter than expected and ultimately we made a miscalculation with the cut-off time. It’s easy to look back and think what might have been, but we made the decision together and unfortunately in the end it was the wrong one. It’s tough to overtake here so it’s going to be a long race from seventeenth on the grid. We’ll have to pull off something quite special with the strategy to take anything from there, but of course we’ll analyse the options overnight to see what’s possible. For sure we won’t be leading after the first corner this time, but we’ll do our best.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“In hindsight we made the wrong call”

How was qualifying for the team?
In hindsight we made the wrong call with Romain. We expected him to progress quite comfortably through Q1 on the medium tyre and unfortunately this wasn’t the case. Clearly, he’s starting a long way out of position and will need a strong charge through the field to make it into the top ten, but we’re extremely confident that he’ll be able to do so. How far into the points he can progress will depend on the start and our management of the tyres. It was a reasonably straightforward session for Kimi with no real dramas. He’ll be the first to admit that qualifying hasn’t been going to plan for him recently, and he’s about where we expected him to be after free practice this morning. As always we’re confident that his race pace will be exemplary, so we’re anticipating a very strong race from him starting from sixth on the grid.

Where do we stand in terms of setup to help the drivers progress through the field tomorrow?
We’ve taken this into account after seeing how tough overtaking can be here during last season’s race. Kimi’s car is certainly more biased towards race pace than single lap performance, and we’ll be looking at ways to help Romain carve his way up the order overnight too. Our race pace on the medium tyre looked strong during practice, so we’re hopeful of making progress.

What are the tyre strategy considerations for the race?
Today very much followed the pattern of the weekend so far, with the option tyre suffering from blistering and graining while the prime looks to be a very strong choice for the race. We’ve seen so far that there’s about a second per lap difference in long run pace between the two. One of the keys to the race is certainly making the front left tyre – and to a lesser extent the front right – last when using the soft compound; particularly on high fuel at the start of the race.

#43 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by YiNing 26.10.2013 15:42

Indian GP: Raikkonen making progress with camber issues
By Edd Straw Saturday, October 26th 2013, 13:14 GMT

Kimi Raikkonen believes he has made some progress in improving his qualifying performances even though he still cannot get the car to handle as he wants it to.

The Finn was sixth fastest in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix, his best position on Saturday since he took fourth at the Nurburgring in July.

Raikkonen revealed yesterday that the camber and pressure limits introduced at the German GP have held him back, but while he is not happy there have been some gains.

When asked by AUTOSPORT if qualifying is back to normal, he replied: "No, I don't think so.

"The issues are still there but it's maybe a little bit less.

"We can go much faster but we have to do those things [change restricted settings].

"Overall, it was a little bit better, but it's still not as I want it. There are still some issues."

The 2007 world champion is hopeful of being able to contend for a podium finish from his place on the third row.

In the last three races, he has finished in the top five every time, twice on the podium, even though he started no higher than ninth.

"Usually we go better in the race, so that's the aim and we have to see what happens tomorrow," he said.

"There are a lot of different ways of doing the race, differences with the tyres, so we will see how it goes.

"You cannot plan the race as there are a lot of things you cannot plan, the start, safety cars.

"You try to make the best decisions where it comes and see where we are."

#44 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by Boudica 26.10.2013 15:55


For once we actually have a mildly interesting setup for the race, with some people starting on the soft tyres and others on medium tyres. Kimi needs to get a good start tomorrow, I just hope he can keep Alonso behind him. I have a feeling that the soft tyres might last a bit longer then what people are expecting from FP2. Vettel is on the same strategy so hopefully it is alright to be soft tyres. Of course it is always different driving in the pack then driving out in front. It is difficult to predict what might happen, Ferrari also looks stronger here, if the medium tyre strategy works out then Alonso will properly do well. Lotus will properly try to drive for longer on soft tyres, that could work it the soft tyres could last a bit longer, but it will not be good if the soft tyres lose performance quickly.

#45 RE: F1 Indian Grand Prix 2013 by icemaid 27.10.2013 05:32

I am gonna miss today's race. <img src=" title="sad" />
Hope the race will turn out well for him. <img src=" title="pray" />
Please cheer him on for me! <img src=" title="cheer" /> <img src=" title="gokimi" />

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