Sport Ferrari to hold Kimi Raikkonen talks after disappointing Chinese Grand Prix?

11:55  11 april  2017
11:55  11 april  2017 Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

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Having missed out on a podium place at last weekend's curtain-raiser in Melbourne, Raikkonen , Ferrari 's last world champion who returned to Maranello as a replacement for Felipe Massa in 2013, finished a distant fifth in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix after initially qualifying fourth and competing

Ferrari has openly criticised Kimi Raikkonen after Sunday's Chinese grand prix . The Italian marque was not alone. The influential sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport said after Shanghai that the difference between Raikkonen and his teammate Sebastian Vettel was the latter's overtakes.

Kimi Raikkonen © Provided by IBT Media (UK) Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has suggested the team should sit down for talks with Kimi Raikkonen following the veteran Finn's underwhelming start to the 2017 Formula One season.

Having missed out on a podium place at last weekend's curtain-raiser in Melbourne, Raikkonen, Ferrari's last world champion who returned to Maranello as a replacement for Felipe Massa in 2013, finished a distant fifth in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix after initially qualifying fourth and competing in third for a short while.

Those failures have been compounded by the impressive form of teammate Sebastian Vettel, who claimed victory in the opening race of the season and finished as runner-up in Shanghai to whet the appetite for a potentially enthralling title duel against Lewis Hamilton that would be welcomed by neutrals on the back of three years of unrelenting Mercedes dominance.

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Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne wants talks with Kimi Raikkonen after saying the Finn "seemed to be doing nothing" in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix .

Formula One - F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - 6/4/17 - Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland walks at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of the Chinese F1 Grand Prix .Reuters. "I talked about this with Maurizio," said Marchionne.

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"Perhaps we need to sit down and discuss with Kimi, because today he seemed to have other things on his mind," Marchionne was quoted as saying by Sky Italia after the Chinese Grand Prix. "It was not his day. Was he tired?"

Raikkonen cut an increasingly frustrated figure in China and, as evidenced by his radio transmissions, was disgruntled by Ferrari's pit strategy that saw him forced to wait until the 39th lap – five later than Vettel – to make a second stop for new tyres. Such a decision left the 37-year-old, who also complained of power issues early on, behind the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton claims fifth Chinese GP victory

  Hamilton claims fifth Chinese GP victory Lewis Hamilton claimed a fifth victory at the Chinese Grand Prix in what was a comfortable afternoon for the Mercedes driver in tricky, changeable conditions. Hamilton maintained the lead off the start from pole position and controlled the race from the front showing Mercedes had the strongest race pace this weekend.The Briton was assisted by Sebastian Vettel falling behind both Red Bulls and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who he was unable to pass for several laps.

Formula One - F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - 6/4/17 - Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland walks at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of the Chinese F1 Grand Prix .Reuters. "I talked about this with Maurizio," said Marchionne.

After running in third place in the opening phase of the Chinese Grand Prix , Raikkonen suffered tyre and front-end grip issues as the track dried out and after a late pit stop he faded to a ' disappointing ' fifth place.

McLaren Honda F1 car 2017 © Provided by IBT Media (UK) McLaren Honda F1 car 2017

"I think we could have, should have had a better result – but this is what we got today," Raikkonen replied when asked if such an approach compromised his race. "I think we should have changed earlier, but obviously it's easy to look at what happened and say after the race.

"The car was good when the tyres were fresh, but it seemed to lose the front and at a place like this, you give a lot of time away and struggle to drive. I feel we should have done much better."

Raikkonen lies fifth in the drivers' standings heading straight into another race weekend in Bahrain, a full 21 points behind joint-leaders Hamilton and Vettel. In the race to be crowned constructors' champions, Ferrari trail the Silver Arrows by a solitary point.

Verstappen leads final Bahrain practice ahead of Hamilton .
Max Verstappen was fastest in final practice ahead of this evening’s qualifying in Bahrain. A late lap from Verstappen saw him displace Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the top of the timesheets by nearly half a second on the super-soft tyres. Lewis Hamilton was on course to beat Verstappen’s benchmark after setting a purple first sector but was unable to pick up speed through the rest of the lap, ending the session a tenth off in second. Vettel was half a second shy of Verstappen’s best time in third, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Less than half a tenth of a second separated the trio. 2007 and 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix winner Felipe Massa continued to show strong pace in the Williams FW40, ending the session in sixth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, who also showed impressive speed once again. There was a sizeable gap of seven-tenths of a second to the rest of the midfield as the two Toro Rossos rounded out the top 10. Romain Grosjean’s crash at Turn 4 caused the only stoppage of FP3. The Frenchman oversteered on the exit, damaging the front of his Haas but he was able to drive back to the pits and complete a handful of laps as the session came to a close.

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