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Fuori dal tunnel?–29/07/2014


Kimi Raikkonen says there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

Kimi Raikkonen reckons his performance in the Hungarian Grand Prix shows there is "light at the end of the tunnel" following his difficult start to his Formula 1 season.

Raikkonen bounced back from a qualifying blunder on Saturday to rise from 16th on the grid to sixth at the Hungaroring, the Finn’s best result since rejoining Ferrari.

The 2007 world champion has struggled to get comfortable driving the F14 T, but said his performance in Sunday’s race at least suggests things are moving in the right direction.

"It was more fun because the car has been feeling a bit better, which makes life easier and lets you enjoy it more," Raikkonen said.

"You can push and fight more rather than just defending and falling backwards, which obviously helps.

"It was difficult, but fun, and shows we’re doing something right and that there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

"But one result doesn’t change the big picture."

Raikkonen suggested the fact he failed to overtake the fifth placed Williams of Felipe Massa in the closing stages of the race shows how much work Ferrari still needs to do to improve.

"The car worked pretty well so it’s just we need a bit more straight-line speed, especially against the Mercedes-powered cars, to be able to pass them at this kind of track," Raikkonen added.

"We know we still have issues and things to improve – mechanical grip, downforce, power.

"Here and Monaco seemed to be better for us but there is still a long way for us to go before we can say we’re happy and where we should be.

"The result was a bit better for me and the team got more points, but the fact is there hasn’t been a massive change.

"We know where we are and what we have to do, and there’s a lot of things to do to get where we want to be."

Da Autosport.com

GP Ungheria, commenti post gara–27/07/2014


Raikkonen not expecting big improvement over summer break

Kimi Raikkonen says he is not expecting Ferrari to make a big improvement over the summer break, after finishing in sixth place in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

It is the Finn’s best result of the year so far, after starting down in 16th place following a strategy mistake from the Maranello-based outfit.

“Yeah, after yesterday’s mistakes, this kind of place it is hard to place and we were lacking straight-line speed, I had difficulties passing the Sauber in the middle of the race with the DRS so obviously it was a bit tricky but we managed to gain place,” he said when asked if sixth was the best possible result. “We were faster than Williams but I just couldn’t get past.”

He hopes the second part of the year is better, but does not expect a big difference after the summer break. “I hope that the second part of the season can be much better than the first one, but obviously one little bit better day doesn’t change an awful lot,” he explained.

“It doesn’t take away the mistakes and the things we have to really improve, make it work as a team much better. That doesn’t change from this moment to this afternoon; there are an awful lot of things left to be done to make sure we can be where we should be.

“I believe in the team, that we can put ourselves where we should be. There are some signs, today we had good speed but obviously starting where we started, it was hard to make any better place. I don’t think there is going to be a big difference in three or four weeks, but for sure next year. So we try to work more improving things and improve in the second half, make sure things are how we want and should be.”

He believes the cooler conditions helped Ferrari but admitted that the team is nowhere near where it should be.

Da RichlandF1.com


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Alonso’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen recovered from 16th on the grid to finish sixth, but the Finn said he took little satisfaction from scoring his best result of the season.

"Sixth doesn’t really give me anything – I’m here to win races," said Raikkonen.

"It’s good points but still nowhere near where we should be. I’m still disappointed.

"We are going in the right direction but there is still a long way to go."

Da Autosport.com


GP Ungheria, gara–27/07/2014


Hungarian GP report: Daniel Ricciardo wins thrilling F1 race

Daniel Ricciardo made two late overtaking moves on Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso to claim the second victory of his Formula 1 career in a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alonso looked set to end a 15-month victory drought for Ferrari, but ultimately found a mammoth 32-lap final stint on a set of soft Pirelli tyres too much and thus had to settle for second.

Hamilton reduced the points gap to title rival Nico Rosberg by taking an unlikely podium finish after a pitlane start, just fending off his Mercedes team-mate over the final lap as he battled to the finish on a well-worn set of medium tyres.

Hamilton survived a brush with the barrier after spinning at Turn 2 on the first lap, and also courted intra-team controversy by holding up team-mate Rosberg during his final stint despite radio requests to let him through.

Rosberg dropped to seventh after his third and final stop with 14 laps to go, but charged back to fourth to minimise the damage inflicted by two-stopper Hamilton to his championship lead to just three points.

Poleman Rosberg had dominated the wet early stages, leading Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and the fast-starting Ferrari of Alonso, but this quartet had to wait an extra lap before pitting for dry tyres when Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily exiting Turn 3 on lap nine, bringing out the safety car.

This dropped them into the pack behind Ricciardo’s Red Bull and the McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, and not far ahead of Hamilton, who had made rapid progress through the midfield.

McLaren gambled on more rain, so fitted Button with new intermediate tyres and left Magnussen out on his original set. This gambled failed and the McLarens were forced to pit for dry tyres in racing conditions.

A huge crash for Sergio Perez (who had earlier collided with Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg) exiting the final corner on lap 23 brought the safety car back out, and Ricciardo and the Williamses of Bottas and Felipe Massa dived for the pits.

This left Alonso in the lead, but the Spaniard’s gamble on a two-stop strategy failed as Ricciardo charged back to the head of the field over the final few laps.

Massa ran as high as second, but switched to a three-stop strategy and made it home fifth, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who scored his best result since returning to Ferrari this season by rising from 16th on the grid to sixth.

Vettel ran in the top order early on, but spoiled his race with a frightening 360-degree spin after catching the wet kerb exiting the final corner on lap 32.

The reigning world champion ultimately brought his Red Bull home seventh, ahead of Bottas (who lost out badly in the pits) and the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne (who also ran at the front early on).

Button recovered from McLaren’s early strategic blunder to claim the final point for 10th.

Results - 70 laps:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                     Time/Gap
 1.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault         1h53m05.058s
 2.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                       +5.225s
 3.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                      +5.857s
 4.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                      +6.361s
 5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes            +29.841s
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                      +31.491s
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault             +40.964s
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes            +41.344s
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault           +58.527s
10.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes           +1m07.280s
11.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari             +1m08.169s
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes           +1m18.465s
13.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault              +1m24.024s
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault             -1 lap
15.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari               -1 lap
16.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari               -1 lap
                                                             
Retirements:                                          
                                                             
     Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari                33 laps
     Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault              25 laps
     Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes          23 laps
     Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes          15 laps
     Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                 11 laps
     Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault               8 laps
Drivers' championship:
 1.  Nico Rosberg       202
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     191
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo   131
 4.  Fernando Alonso    115
 5.  Valtteri Bottas    95
 6.  Sebastian Vettel   88
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    69
 8.  Jenson Button      60
 9.  Felipe Massa       40
10.  Kevin Magnussen    37
11.  Sergio Perez       29
12.  Kimi Raikkonen     27
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   11
14.  Romain Grosjean    8
15.  Daniil Kvyat       6
16.  Jules Bianchi      2
17.  Adrian Sutil       0
18.  Marcus Ericsson    0
19.  Pastor Maldonado   0
20.  Esteban Gutierrez  0
21.  Max Chilton        0
22.  Kamui Kobayashi    0

Constructors' championship:
 1.  Mercedes              393
 2.  Red Bull-Renault      219
 3.  Ferrari               142
 4.  Williams-Mercedes     135
 5.  Force India-Mercedes  98
 6.  McLaren-Mercedes      97
 7.  Toro Rosso-Renault    17
 8.  Lotus-Renault         8
 9.  Marussia-Ferrari      2
10.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0
Da Autosport.com

GP Ungheria, commenti post qualifiche – 26/07/2014


 


Hungarian GP: Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari should not make Q1 errors

Kimi Raikkonen says that his Ferrari Formula 1 team should not be making the kind of strategic error that led to him being eliminated in Q1 at the Hungaroring.

The 2007 world champion missed the cut in the first segment of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix when Ferrari decided to keep him in the pits in the closing stages, and his time was beaten by the Marussia of Ferrari protege Jules Bianchi.

Raikkonen admitted that he was unsure if it was the right decision to not run as he felt happier on the softer tyre compound, but the team believed it had made the right call.

“The plan was to do another run but we never did,” the Finn told reporters after the session.

“The team told me, ‘we are fine, we don’t need to go out’.

“I questioned it a few times but they said there was no need, and obviously we can see the end result.

“As a team in Formula 1, as Ferrari, we shouldn’t make these kind of things. We are not in our first year, any of us.

“It’s not good for me, not good for the team, but mistakes have been made.

“People make mistakes, but obviously there are things we need to change to make it better.”

Raikkonen and team-mate Fernando Alonso were knocked out in the first part of qualifying for the British Grand Prix, with the Spaniard saying afterwards the Scuderia needed to “speed up” its decisions.

When asked if he could have simply overruled the team and demanded to go out, Raikkonen said that he placed his faith in Ferrari to make the right calls.

“I’ve got trust in the team and I believe in the people,” he added. “I questioned it but I cannot go against advice.

“We are here as a team, we make decisions as a team and today the outcome was this.

“I don’t really see the point in shouting around. I’ve done mistakes in the past and will make more in the future.”

Da Autosport.com

GP Ungheria, prove sabato–26/07/2014


Hungarian GP: Rosberg on pole, fire puts Hamilton out in Q1

Nico Rosberg had a clear run to pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix after team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes caught fire early in qualifying.

Hamilton was the favourite for pole after topping all three free practice sessions, but he was eliminated just five minutes into Q1 when he stopped in the pit entry with the rear of his Mercedes ablaze thanks to a fuel leak.

But although this meant Rosberg’s main rival was not in contention, rain that struck at the start of Q3 made the world championship leader’s task difficult.

Rosberg was the first onto the track on slick tyres with conditions worsening, but with the first corner particularly wet he slid off into the runoff area on his first flier, ruining his lap.

But Kevin Magnussen, who was second on the road, also outbraked himself, hitting the tyre barrier on the outside of the corner and bringing out the red flag before anyone could set a time.

When qualifying resumed after an eight-minute delay, the rain had eased and while the track was slippery, everyone opted to continue on slicks.

With the track drying up, everyone went back out on slicks, with Rosberg going fastest on his second flying lap after a brief spell at the top of the times for Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.

But unlike Rosberg, who stayed out and used only one set of softs in Q3, Vettel pitted for new rubber and took top spot from the Mercedes driver on his final lap.

Moments later Rosberg improved, taking pole position by almost half-a-second.

Vettel held onto second ahead of Bottas, the latter also opting to pit for new tyres, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth fastest.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were fifth and sixth, both also having two runs in the restarted Q3 segment, with Jenson Button eighth ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne.

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg was the slowest of those to set a time in Q3 in ninth, with Magnussen classified 10th having not set a time before his crash.

Daniil Kvyat was in contention for a top 10 slot, but he locked the rears at Turn 12 on his final lap in Q2 and spun, ending up 11th.

Sauber driver Adrian Sutil was 12th ahead of Sergio Perez, who suffered a hydraulic leak during Q2 and could only attempt one run.

Esteban Gutierrez took 14th ahead of Romain Grosjean, with Jules Bianchi ending up 16th after an excellent performance to make the second stage of qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen was a shock casuality during Q1, ending the session 17th fastest.

With Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado, whose Lotus had stopped early in Q1, not running, most teams opted not to send their cars out for a second run on the basis that they only needed to finish ahead of the Caterhams and the Marussias to make the next phase.

But Raikkonen was the slowest of those who did not attempt a run on soft rubber and when Bianchi put in his final lap, the Finn was relegated to the dropzone while sat in the garage.

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi was 18th ahead of Max Chilton, who suffered a fuel pressure problem on his final run, with Marcus Ericsson slowest of those who set a lap.

Hamilton was classified 21st ahead of Maldonado thanks to starting a flying lap.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m22.715s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m23.201s  +0.486s
 3.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m23.354s  +0.639s
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m23.391s  +0.676s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m23.909s  +1.194s
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m24.223s  +1.508s
 7.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.294s  +1.579s
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m24.720s  +2.005s
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m24.775s  +2.060s
10.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes
Q3 cut-off time:                       1m24.647s
11.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m24.706s  +1.396s**
12.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.136s  +1.826s
13.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m25.211s  +1.901s
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.260s  +1.950s
15.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m25.337s  +2.027s
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m27.419s  +4.109s
Q2 cut-off time:                       1m26.728s
17.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m26.792s  +1.851s***
18.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m27.139s  +2.198s
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m27.819s  +2.878s
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m28.643s  +3.702s
21.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault

107 per cent time: 1m30.886s

** Gap to fastest in Q2
*** Gap to fastest in Q1

Da Autosport.com


Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton edges Nico Rosberg in final practice

Lewis Hamilton cemented his status as favourite for pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix by topping Saturday morning free practice.

The Mercedes driver had a quiet start to the session, not going for laptimes on his early laps on the slower medium-compound Pirellis.

Hamilton was down in 18th place when he went out for his third run, still on the mediums, jumping to eighth fastest on his 14th lap on the rubber and then knocking Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari off top spot by almost three-tenths of a second on his 16th lap.

But with a big step in performance between the medium and the soft-compound Pirellis, the fastest laps were always going to be set on that rubber.

Hamilton had slipped to seventh by the time he started his qualifying simulation, but he set the fastest times in the first two sectors of the lap and then a personal best in the final one to knock team-mate Nico Rosberg off top spot with four minutes remaining.

Rosberg subsequently improved on his second attempt after a cool-down lap, closing the deficit to Hamilton from 0.453s to 0.229s. He then improved again, cutting the deficit to just 47-thousandths.

Sebastian Vettel then went third fastest on his qualifying simulation, four-tenths off the pace, with Valtteri Bottas just shaded to fourth fastest by the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, who had been the first of the frontrunners to go out on the soft Pirellis with 10 minutes remaining were briefly first and second after lapping just 49-thousandths apart.

But they eventually slid to sixth and seventh in the final reckoning, just ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren.

Scuderia Toro Rosso proved it would be a threat for Q3 this afternoon, with Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat ninth and 10th ahead of Felipe Massa and Jenson Button.

Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were down in 17th and 18th place behind the Saubers and the two Lotus entries, both unable to extract a competitive laptime from the soft rubber.

Kamui Kobayashi continued Caterham’s improved weekend by outpacing the Marussias of Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi, with team-mate Marcus Ericsson 21st after a brief spin at Turn 13.

Pos Driver             Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m24.048s           21
 2. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m24.095s  +0.047s  24
 3. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m24.455s  +0.407s  16
 4. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m24.678s  +0.630s  15
 5. Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m24.685s  +0.637s  21
 6. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m24.769s  +0.721s  11
 7. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m24.818s  +0.770s  19
 8. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.867s  +0.819s  21
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m25.162s  +1.114s  17
10. Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m25.170s  +1.122s  19
11. Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m25.231s  +1.183s  18
12. Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.468s  +1.420s  14
13. Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m25.829s  +1.781s  22
14. Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m25.859s  +1.811s  19
15. Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.934s  +1.886s  21
16. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m26.023s  +1.975s  23
17. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m26.035s  +1.987s  19
18. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m26.142s  +2.094s  17
19. Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m27.560s  +3.512s  23
20. Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m28.083s  +4.035s  17
21. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m28.605s  +4.557s  22
22. Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m28.821s  +4.773s  14
Da Autosport.com

GP Ungheria, commenti post libere–25/07/2014


Kimi Raikkonen: “Evaluate every detail”

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first free practice session, we managed to do a good job, testing various solutions on the programme and I was feeling reasonably pleased with the handling of the car. Then, in the afternoon, I went out for a second run on the Medium tyres, because the behaviour of this compound seemed worse as the temperature went up and that affected the handling of the car, while on the Soft I had no problems. In the second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the Mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn’t show any problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days.”

Da Ferrari.com

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