Force India theft
Force India have revealed a steering wheel worth 100,000 euros was stolen from their garage during the Monza weekend.
The Italian police are investigating, though Nico appears to have had something far more important removed.
Ferrari blame game – lite
Prior to the start of the 2015 Italian GP, Niki Lauda of Mercedes Benz revealed his main concern was a fast starting Kimi Raikkonen who would give no quarter into turn one if he found himself level with Lewis Hamilton.
The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Raikkonen was stuck on the grid as cars streamed past, ending up dead last on the first lap.
Maurizio Arivabene was questioned as to the cause of Raikkonen’s woes. “It looked like he was struggling, or messing a bit, with his finger to follow the procedure. But to make an accusation before I have data is wrong,” he told reporters at Monza.
What I can say to be positive is that on Saturday he made a fantastic qualifying and on Sunday into the race, starting from that position, he was doing very good overtaking and we were happy.
Of course, if you are asking what the ideal situation would be it was to see Kimi go and pass for first in the first corner and to have Vettel second or third.
This would be ideal, but we have to be happy because we had a driver who was second, we are still second in the constructors’ championship.
Kimi on the other hand was not so sure. Raikkonen unusually was quite detailed about the matter.
“It went into anti-stall when I let the first clutch go and as far as I understood, I did the correct thing but obviously we can see there was a problem in the second clutch in the way that it was not in the correct place.
I’m pretty sure I put everything correct as always but I don’t know exactly. Whatever it was, it triggered the anti-stall and obviously after a few seconds I was in last place.
From the data it’s like it’s in the incorrect place but as far as what I do always, I did the same thing, so I cannot explain why. There are only a few small chances as to why it could be but whatever the reason is, we have to make sure that we will understand it correctly 100% and make sure if we have to make changes that we do the right things.”
After that we did the best that we could. I’m obviously quite disappointed, the race was OK, I finished 5th but when you start in 2nd place and you end up in last place at the first corner, so it’s not ideal. It’s a bit disappointing but you have to learn on those and hopefully make a better result.
Obviously it’s not ideal, we were in a good position for the start then after a few seconds we were in last. The front row didn’t help us a lot but like I said, the race was OK and the weekend has been good, good apart from that issue. Obviously it’s fine to get back to 5th but like I said earlier, we started from second place and have that kind of start and end up in last place. It’s a bit disappointing but not the first time unfortunately that this happened after the race weekend. I’m sure we’re doing the right things but we keep having issues and compromising our race big time so, we’ll keep trying and I’m sure things will get better soon.”
Ferrari team members are now concerned Kimi will be unable to fulfil his media obligations in Singapore – because he may actually have run out of his word allowance for September.
A tale of two bosses
The man who runs a Formula One team with at present no engine for 2016, has commented on the Mercedes engine upgrade following the Italian GP.
“It looked quite frightening on Friday and then obviously they must have had some kind of issue with Rosberg, because [after that] it looked like they wound the engines back a little bit. But certainly the step they made on Friday look significant, quite worrying. I mean, they’re in a league of their own at the moment.”
Clearly Horner and Red Bull are facing down the barrel of a 2016 season where the chance of spoils is minimal.
Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne though is bullish about his team’s opportunities for next year.
“For ’16, all bets are off,” Marchionne said. “I think we’re entering that season with a completely re-designed engine and a new car and I feel relatively comfortable Ferrari will be back as a true competitor rather than a catch-up artist, which it has had to do in 2015.”
The Ferrari chairman explains he believes the power unit development is the key.
“’16 is a different ball of wax, it’s a completely different environment. We have been working on the ’16 power unit for a while now. The difference between this year and the other seasons is that we have never abandoned ’15, ’15 has remained front and centre in our development work and that’s why we’re here today on the front row. In past seasons we would have given up after the initial bruises and started working on next year. We’ve been doing both concurrently, at some cost, but I think we have maintained our emphasis on ’15 and ’16.”
Ironically, this will be music to Christian Horner’s ears given that Ferrari is the only power unit option available to his quadruple championship winning outfit.
Formula One success has always ebbed and flowed in cycles, but for fans of the ‘keep you awake all night’ fizzy drinks car – 2017 can’t come soon enough.