Saturday, April 12, 2008

Raikkonen had ear infection in Bahrain - New pit system in place at Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen struggled through the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend in more ways than one, according to reports.

The reigning world champion was off-colour at Sakhir, as he was outperformed all weekend at the desert venue by his Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa.

The Finn argued that he simply did not get the setup of his Ferrari right, and it is true that he is not a fan of the Bahrain layout.

But the Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell claims that Raikkonen also struggled physically, with an ear infection.

Raikkonen also encountered a dose of bad luck, when Ferrari's novel new pitstop lights system - which has replaced the more common 'lollipop man' - didn't function well during his first stop.

At recent races, a series of LED lights, mounted horizontally on the team's pitlane gantry, informs the Ferrari drivers when it is time to exit the pits.

The 'green' light is apparently triggered automatically with the removal of the fuelling hose.

"There was a problem with the system, so it took a bit longer, but it didn't change much," Raikkonen insists.

Source: GMM
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Raikkonen happy with second in Bahrain - Taking the championship lead with Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen may not have had the pace to beat Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa in Bahrain at the weekend, but for the Malaysian Grand Prix winner, the one-two result for the Ferrari squad was still an excellent result as the team prepare for the fourth round of the championship in Spain.

"We came to Bahrain hoping for a double win and it worked out: it's difficult to do any better," Raikkonen began. "True, the second place was not ideal for me, but it was a great weekend for Ferrari, making up ground in the Constructors' Championship, where we are second now, just one point behind the leader."

"The team gives its best to remain on this level," Raikkonen continued. "There's no better reward for all these efforts, than seeing two Ferraris ahead of all the other cars. Felipe has done some great work since Friday, while I had some problems finding the right set up for the car, especially on Saturday. During the race the set up was very difficult to handle, especially on the first two laps, when there was oil on the track. The situation improved and I could press more and keep a good race rhythm. But when you know that you'll come in one lap before your teammate, there's hardly anything you can do."

"I want to win races and fight for the title: coming in second left me a bit disappointed. Sometimes certain weekends are just like that and the one in Bahrain was one of them. For one reason or the other the Sakhir circuit does not seem to be very favourable to me.

But there's still some satisfaction at the end of this GP: I'm leading the Drivers' Championship. When we think about how many points we gained in Melbourne this is a great result."

"The worst part of the weekend was the qualifying and then the start; I had Felipe in front of me and I knew that I couldn't lead a trump. The BMWs were very close. I managed to pass Kubica, when he had some trouble: this was an important moment, because his race rhythm was very good. In the end I already said that in this season it will be very hard to gain every single place. It will be a very long and tough Championship. I wouldn't be surprised if BMW won some races this year. There will be GPs where we will be stronger and others where they will have an advantage; the same is true for McLaren, who remain very competitive."

"After the first three races we're now heading back to Europe," he said. "I can't wait to race in Barcelona, where we're also having some tests over the next week. We'll give it all to remain ahead of our competitors."

E.A. © CAPSIS International
Source: Ferrari


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Sunday, April 6, 2008

2008 F1 Standing (after Bahrain F1 GP)

-Kimi is leading the drivers championship
-BMW leading the constructor championship for the 1st time in 2008

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F1 2008 Bahrain Race Results

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1-2 for Ferrari
3-4 for BMW Sauber
Not a good race for Mclaren
2008 1st win for Massa
2008 2nd podium for Kubica

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