German GP: Kimi trouble

So what’s going on with Kimi Raikkonen? The unofficial word from inside Ferrari is they’re getting a little ‘disappointed’ with the world champion’s inconsistency. Qualifying at Hockenheim was a good example when he could do no better than sixth.

Raikkonen had been struggling all weekend to find a good set-up. He seemed to be making progress when running with low fuel during the first stage of qualifying. But, having got into Q3, the ‘car was not as good’ when they put in the fuel needed for the first phase of the race.

‘Not as good’ translated into half a second slower than his team-mate, Felipe Massa, who shares the front row with pole sitter Lewis Hamilton. And to make matters worse, Raikkonen is behind the Toyota of Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso’s Renault; two difficult cars to pass.

I may be wrong, but you get the impression that there are some Italians who would quite like Raikkonen to retire at the end of this year and leave the way clear for Alonso to join Ferrari. Now that would be something to savour. The double-world champion never gives up with the Renault, a car that is not the best and, sadly, is unlikely to be as the season reaches the half-way point.

Raikkonen is fantastic value when he’s on it and takes the car right to the edge in a manner similar to Hamilton. But, too often this year, he’s had weekends when he would have been better off staying at home. Or on his yacht drinking vodka with his mates. Monaco, for instance.

Massa defended his team-mate at the post-qualifying press conference when he said that Raikkonen was simply having a bad weekend. ‘It happens to all of us,’ said Massa, a reference perhaps to Brazilian’s nightmare at Silverstone – which didn’t impress Ferrari either.

There’s word that Santander, the Spanish-based sponsor who moved to McLaren last year to accompany Alonso, is in discussion with Ferrari.

Interesting, don’t you think?

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I’m not sure that you could claim Raikkonen to be inconsistent. Every driver has a bad weekend every so often. Raikkonen has had the fastest lap in the last 6 GP’s leading up the Germany.

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Heidfeld had the fastest lap yesterday but did he win? No. Kimi doesn’t seem to have the hunger for a fight and I do happen to think he’s the fastest driver on the grid when his car is working but he’s not interested if he can’t win.

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kimi just had a string of bad luck.. hopefully he will bounce back… and i gota admit that the mclarens have really made quite a progress with their car..

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I am fed up with Kimi…

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Based on Kimi’s record vs Massa they seem to be closely matched since they joined Ferrari. Since M. Schumacher consistently beat Massa it is clear that Kimi was not really at Schumacher’s level which was the common belief before he joined Ferrari.

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Monaco – lost the car in the wet. error but that day only one driver from the front did not make an error. Robert

Montreal – “great” Lewis decided to park his silver arrow in the back of Kimi’s car

France – great race only compromised by broken exhaust but he was still second

Silverstone – Ferrari made an error with tires. do not forget that before first pit Kimi was catching Lewis REALLY quickly

Hockenheihm – it was Ferrari who was on the back foot and they clearly admitted that. was not Kimi on the top of his game ? maybe but I think one worse race is not enough to write him off. I still remember comments about Lewis just 2 races ago and then we have Silverstone.

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It’s unfair to compare the 7 time champion to the 2007 champion … Mr. M. Schumacher has a lot of talented guys in his paddock such as Mr. Todt … Mr. Brawn & Mr. Bryne … which all are battle tested & experienced tacticians … Where as the Ferrari team of today are leftovers of that era … Therefore this is a new ferrari … they still need to learn from experience … Remember a dynasty is not built in a day !!!

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Agreed Kimi has only really had one “bad” race this season @Hockenheim, but his inability to get the car going all weekend is puzzling.
I think it is clear that Ferrari must be worrying now that Mclaren seem to have at least caught up on performance and Lewis is on fire.
I reckon there will be a driver change @Ferrari come end of season but it’s not crystal clear which one should go.

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I think all of these drivers are naturally fast – they have to be and that isn’t under question here. However, the biggest single difference is how good they are at setting their cars up or being able to talk to their race engineers in a way that they can get what they want and the engineer can understand – that separates them from being merely very fast F1 car pilots. I get the impression that neither Massa nor Kimi can do this very well and if the car isn’t underneath them then there is a limit to how much their skills can compensate. I don’t know about Hamilton, but he does appear to be keener to understand these things and that time and interest invested will pay dividends. A little known fact about Schumacher was that he worked as a mechanic before his career took off – he has a natural empathy for a car and understands how to develop a car. Basically, being super fast isn’t enough I don’t think, not at the top of the field, and this is what ultimately separates the very good from the truly great. Alonso has this as well, I think, much as I think he’s a bit brattish, but he does know how to set a car up.

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Get off kimi’s back he is the best driver out there ferarri could just not find the right balance remember he is world champion. SOMTHING HAMILTON CAN’T SAY.on his day kimi could win easily he just dosn’t seem to have the determination to drive or the enthusiasum that other drivers such as vettel ,kubica,webber and trulli!

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Exactly. No determination. That makes him a poor driver.

And by the same token Jacques Villeneuve was world champion in 1997. He won his last race, in 1997. To be honest, being world champion means Jacques s**t

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I don’t think Kimi deserves all the harsh critism he gets because he is not doing that badly and is still a very quick (if somewhat lazy) driver. I am sure he will bounce back at Hungary and if he doesn’t then I would start questioning him.
I agree with PeterM that there will be a driver change at Ferrari next year and as to which should go… dare I say both of them

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I just don’t understand why google would need to do that. really, is there any point? I have read elsewhere that it still passes PR juice around? Anybody have an answer?

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like dbsnappa thurs july 24 said and i have always beleived in .its how the driver comunicates with the car to take time away
during driving so say kill nerves whilest on the wrong part of the track. Tell the cars computter .The buttons you press will un-nerve you untill there fuse blows but then doesnt that give you more power.
there will be a driver change at the end of the season ut its to late tonight to go into it .pit4 and 6 asking for oxygen right away .pits 5 have gased them and someone is using there wind tunnel there are reports of draining the electric supply
Pass Me Some Water

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