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GP Germania, prove sabato–30/07/2016


German GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to earn home F1 pole

Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth pole position of the 2016 Formula 1 season at the German Grand Prix.

Having been outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the first two segments of qualifying, Rosberg was on the back foot after the first runs in Q3 having had to abort his lap because of an "electronic issue".

Hamilton meanwhile went quickest by six tenths of a second among those who completed an early run.

Rosberg headed out early for his second run on super-softs, presumably to give him the option of a second lap if required, and took top spot by just over a tenth of a second.

Hamilton then set off for his final run, but after being just over a tenth of a second faster than Rosberg in the first sector, locked up at the Turn 6 hairpin and fell short.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo beat team-mate Max Verstappen to fourth, 0.363s off Rosberg’s pace.

Ferrari locked out the third row, with Kimi Raikkonen outpacing Sebastian Vettel by almost two tenths to win the intra-team battle.

Force India and Williams had a very close battle for the final four places in the top 10, with the four cars covered by just 0.105s.

Nico Hulkenberg won the battle ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Sergio Perez ninth ahead of Felipe Massa.

Esteban Gutierrez was the fastest driver in Q2 to be eliminated, ending up 11th on the grid, after briefly breaking into the top 10 with his final run before being eliminated by Massa’s late improvement.

McLaren driver Jenson Button was 12th ahead of Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr, who is under investigation for impeding Massa at Turn 2.

Fernando Alonso was 14th after running wide over a kerb and shedding some small parts of his front wing in the stadium section – although he also complained about being held up by Vettel’s slow Ferrari.

Romain Grosjean, who lost most of Saturday morning practice to a gearbox problem that will lead to a five-place penalty, was 15th ahead of Renault driver Jolyon Palmer, the Briton making his first Q2 appearance since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was the surprise driver to be eliminated in Q1 thanks to late improvements from the Renault drivers and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.

Palmer’s final lap put him into Q2, with Kevin Magnussen taking 17th place with a lap less than a tenth slower than his team-mate.

Despite not believing he could have gone any quicker after his second run, Wehrlein used a third set of super-softs to take 18th with what he described as a "great" lap ahead of the baffled Kvyat.

Sauber pairing Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson locked out the back row, with the former just over a tenth faster than his team-mate.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m14.363s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.470s 0.107s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.726s 0.363s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m14.834s 0.471s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m15.142s 0.779s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.315s 0.952s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m15.510s 1.147s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m15.530s 1.167s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m15.537s 1.174s
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m15.615s 1.252s
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m15.883s
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m15.909s
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.989s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.041s
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m16.665s
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m16.716s
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m16.717s
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m16.876s
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m16.977s
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.086s
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.123s
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.238s

Da Autosport.com


F1 German GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg stays on top in FP3, rivals closer

Nico Rosberg maintained his Formula 1 free practice supremacy ahead of the German Grand Prix by setting the pace on Saturday morning.

But the Mercedes driver’s advantage over team-mate Lewis Hamilton was vastly reduced, with the gap between the pair just 0.057 seconds, setting the stage for a close battle in qualifying.

Both Mercedes drivers set their best times relatively early in the session on their first set of super-soft Pirellis, with first Rosberg going fastest on a 1m16.134s.

Hamilton then posted a 1m16.015s followed by a lap of 1m15.795s only for Rosberg to bang in the fastest lap of the session – a 1m15.738s.

That decided the top two, with neither attempting further quick runs later in the session and focusing on other preparation work.

The only problematic moment for Mercedes was when an investigation was triggered into Hamilton being released into the path of Haas driver Romain Grosjean in the pits.

Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest after not running on the super-softs until late in the session.

He lapped just 99 thousandths slower than Rosberg, setting the fastest time of all in the long middle sector, to secure the position of best of the rest.

The two Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, ended up fourth and fifth ahead of Max Verstappen.

At the end of the session, Vettel returned to the pits complaining of possible floor damage most likely as a result of hitting a kerb badly, with the right side of his front wing flapping.

Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa held first and second 15 minutes into the session, but were inevitably shuffled down to seventh and eighth by the end.

This was a big step forward from Friday’s single-lap pace relative to the opposition, although the car had looked good on race pace.

Fernando Alonso was another driver who did not run on the super-softs until the final 10 minutes, posting the ninth fastest time.

At the same time, Nico Hulkenberg also had his first super-soft run to secure 10th place ahead of Carlos Sainz and Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez.

Grosjean had a troubled session, completing only four laps after suffering a gearbox problem moments after spinning onto the grass coming through Turn 3.

Following warnings about track limits being exceeded at Turn 1, only five drivers were noted to have strayed beyond what was allowed – Raikkonen, Verstappen, Vettel, Hamilton and Sergio Perez, with all but Verstappen deemed to have gained no advantage.

Perez did, though, damage the front of his Force India, requiring repairs before he jumped up from 19th to 12th in the closing stages.

THIRD PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.738s 16
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.795s 0.057s 19
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m15.837s 0.099s 13
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m15.902s 0.164s 16
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.104s 0.366s 20
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.182s 0.444s 23
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m16.400s 0.662s 28
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m16.630s 0.892s 26
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.916s 1.178s 11
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.972s 1.234s 16
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.028s 1.290s 20
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m17.066s 1.328s 10
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m17.160s 1.422s 17
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.227s 1.489s 19
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m17.351s 1.613s 9
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m17.473s 1.735s 23
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.685s 1.947s 19
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.057s 2.319s 24
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m18.093s 2.355s 6
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m18.270s 2.532s 24
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m18.272s 2.534s 18
22 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m25.160s 9.422s 4

Da Autosport.com

GP Germania, commenti post libere–29/07/2016


“We’re more or less there”

Kimi confident with further overnight improvement

Kimi Raikkonen: “On Friday it’s always difficult to have a clear idea of where you are, from tomorrow we’ll understand more, but the session today was not too bad. For sure there’s some work to be done to improve, but more or less we are about there. Obviously we want to be in the front, so this evening we are going to focus on fixing some things and improve in certain areas, then I’m sure we’ll be ok.”

Da Ferrari.com

GP Germania, prove libere venerdì–29/07/2016


F1 German GP: Rosberg leads Mercedes team-mate Hamilton in FP2

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second free practice for the German Grand Prix, outpacing Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton by four-tenths of a second.

The home hero had topped the morning session, but initially lagged behind Hamilton on the first runs using the soft Pirelli rubber by four-tenths.

But when the duo then bolted on the super-soft Pirellis, reckoned to be around 1.2 seconds faster than the softs, Rosberg took the upper hand.

First Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg and then Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen hit the top after doing their first super-soft laps, before the two Mercedes drivers.

But Rosberg had his first flier just after the 30-minute mark, setting a time of 1m15.614s to take top spot.

Hamilton then completed his lap, but was slower in all three sectors and ended up 0.394s slower after a slightly ragged effort.

Initially, Red Bull pairing Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccairdo were best of the rest after relegating Raikkonen.

But then Sebastian Vettel, who had a longer break between his runs, finally set his super-soft time just before the 45-minute mark to take second place, six-tenths off Rosberg.

Verstappen and Ricciardo ended up fifth and sixth, with the latter earning criticism from Hamilton late in the session for jinking into the pit exit while passing a slow Manor.

That led to Hamilton moving to the left and complaining over the radio.

Hulkenberg was eventually shuffled down to seventh ahead of Jenson Button, who only completed 16 laps and missed the second half of the session.

Both Button and McLaren-Honda team-mate Fernando Alonso looked to have the potential to go quicker, but ended up slotting into eighth and 10th, sandwiching Force India driver Sergio Perez.

The two Toro Rosso drivers, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat, were separated by just 25 thousandths of a second in 11th and 12th, ahead of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.

Romain Grosjean, who appeared to be battling the same problems under braking as he was in the morning session and had both an off and a spin at the Turn 6 hairpin, was 14th fastest, just ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams.

But the Franco-Swiss driver only completed 13 laps during the session, spending much of it in the pits presumably chasing the cause of the vibration under braking he complained about over the radio.

During 90 minutes, multiple drivers, including Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso and Perez, were reported for running wide beyond track limits at Turn 1 – early in the session, race control issued a message to teams that this situation was being carefully monitored.

This led to drivers being regularly warned by their teams, albeit with regular infringements continuing, particularly for Perez.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.614s 43
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.008s 0.394s 36
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.208s 0.594s 39
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.456s 0.842s 40
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.490s 0.876s 38
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.512s 0.898s 45
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.781s 1.167s 43
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.087s 1.473s 16
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m17.148s 1.534s 44
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.225s 1.611s 21
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.342s 1.728s 32
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.367s 1.753s 38
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m17.425s 1.811s 44
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m17.602s 1.988s 13
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.686s 2.072s 40
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m18.005s 2.391s 42
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m18.056s 2.442s 46
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.130s 2.516s 28
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m18.193s 2.579s 42
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m18.313s 2.699s 47
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m18.591s 2.977s 47
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.295s 3.681s 41

Da Autosport.com



F1 German GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg fastest in FP1 on home soil

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace in first practice for his home Formula 1 grand prix in Germany.

Rosberg’s time of 1m15.517s spearheaded an unsurprisingly dominant one-two for the Silver Arrows, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton 0.326 seconds adrift.

Its nearest challenger in Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was just over a second back in third.

F1 showed just how far it has come since its last visit to Hockenheim in 2014, with 20 of the 22 drivers quicker than Rosberg’s best FP1 time that year.

Rosberg himself was more than three-and—a-half seconds faster than his 1:19.131s lap in that session, when the current turbo hybrid era was only just six months old.

After losing the championship lead he had held all season last weekend in Hungary, Rosberg was quickly on the pace, leading the way early with a 1m17.030s.

With the super-soft tyres then strapped on for the second half of the session, Rosberg was able to improve by almost two seconds, and was never headed.

Reigning champion Hamilton – on a run of five wins from the last six grands prix to take the points lead from Rosberg – was not as smooth as his team-mate throughout a lap, resulting in the three-tenths deficit.

Both drivers were among the many who went off track at Turn 1, which proved particularly problematic to get right as the limits were explored.

Behind the Mercedes duo, Vettel emerged the best of the rest, just over two tenths of a second ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth quickest, separated by 0.162s.

On his 35th birthday, Fernando Alonso emerged seventh fastest in his McLaren, 1.666s down on Rosberg.

Alonso was followed by team-mate Jenson Button, seemingly underlining McLaren’s recently-declared belief it is now the fourth quickest team in F1 behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

With the timesheets following a team-by-team order, Toro Rosso pair Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr rounded out the top 10, with both around 2.5s down.

Further down the field there were practice outings for Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc with Haas and Renault reserve Esteban Ocon.

Leclerc, standing in Esteban Gutierrez, was 17th, just three places and three tenths of a second behind Romain Grosjean.

Ocon, meanwhile, was 19th and only 0.048s behind Kevin Magnussen, with Jolyon Palmer having made way.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.517s 32
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.843s 0.326s 30
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.667s 1.150s 29
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.852s 1.335s 23
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.927s 1.410s 29
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m17.089s 1.572s 30
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.183s 1.666s 18
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.612s 2.095s 15
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m18.008s 2.491s 25
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m18.044s 2.527s 22
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.198s 2.681s 28
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m18.210s 2.693s 37
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m18.322s 2.805s 33
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.589s 3.072s 20
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.591s 3.074s 35
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m18.628s 3.111s 29
17 Charles Leclerc Haas/Ferrari 1m18.882s 3.365s 32
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m18.933s 3.416s 35
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.961s 3.444s 22
20 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m18.981s 3.464s 30
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m19.167s 3.650s 34
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m19.975s 4.458s 33

Da Autosport.com

GP Germania, giovedì–28/07/2016


Raikkonen: "Ho molto rispetto per Allison, non commento la sua uscita"

Raikkonen non vuole entrare nelle questioni della squadra, ma pigia il piede sull’acceleratore sulla questione legata alle regole: "C’è troppa disparità di giudizio: non si può centrare la pole nel giro in cui si è rallentato per le bandiere gialle"

Kimi Raikkonen quando vuole sa dribblare le domande quasi meglio dei cordoli. “Iceman”, è bene chiarirlo, è solo apparentemente distaccato. Questione di atteggiamento, carattere, personalità. Ma sul pezzo, lui, c’è sempre. E non cade mai nei tranelli di qualche domanda più delicata o aggressiva del solito.

Oggi si è arrivati a Hockenheim sull’onda dell’annuncio della Ferrari che ha ufficializzato la separazione consensuale con l’ex direttore tecnico James Allison. L’onda lunga di questa decisione è ancora di estrema attualità nel paddock, ma chi ha provato ad avere un’opinione in merito da Raikkonen, è rimasto deluso.

Come commenti la fine della collaborazione con James Allison?
“Premetto che non sta a me, che sono un pilota, prendere decisioni che riguardano la struttura del team. Non voglio essere coinvolto in questioni che non sono di mia competenza. Ho molto rispetto per James, ed anche per questo motivo non commenterò nulla su quanto accaduto”.

Che voto dai al team e a te stesso sul lavoro fatto prima della pausa estiva?
“Non voglio dare voti. Non siamo dove vogliamo essere, sia come team che per me stesso. Sappiamo dove dobbiamo migliorare, e sappiamo anche che non è così semplice. Ma daremo tutto per riprovarci, ci vorrà un po’ di pazienza, ma lavoreremo sodo per recuperare”.

Continua ad esserci un divario tra la performance della Ferrari in qualifica e in gara. Come lo spieghi?
“La monoposto non era male in Ungheria, ma almeno per quanto mi riguarda, sappiamo cosa non ha funzionato in qualifica, e non ha nulla a che vedere con la performance della monoposto, ma con le condizioni trovate in pista. In gara abbiamo dimostrato che eravamo competitivi, avrebbe potuto essere una gara molto diversa per noi. Dipende molto dalla pista. Sul giro veloce siamo dietro le Mercedes, ma questo non significa che possiamo migliorare, ed è quello che stiamo provando a fare”.

In merito al tuo duello con Verstappen a Budapest, hai intenzione di sollevare qualche protesta nel briefing pre-gara che terrete qui a Hockenheim?
“Quello che è successo non si può cambiare. Il problema è che in ogni gara abbiamo commissari differenti, ed è umano avere un’opinione differente su certi episodi che vanno analizzati. Ci vorrebbe una visione più uniforme, un metro di giudizio stabile in tutte le gare. Quello che dico non è certo legato ad avere una posizione in più sulla griglia, ma ci vuole una visione più chiara nel rispetto delle regole, perché è difficile accettare che si possa aver rallentato in regime di doppia bandiera gialla ed aver ottenuto in quel giro la pole position. La regola è chiara: in quelle condizioni un pilota deve essere pronto a fermarsi. Quello che è successo non si cambia, ma in ottica futura abbiamo bisogno di maggiore chiarezza in merito”.

Alcuni piloti hanno preannunciato un briefing acceso in cui parlerete della questione legata alla doppia bandiera gialla di Rosberg….
“C’è sempre un gran parlare in Formula 1, ma la metà del tempo sono rumors. Non c’è niente di sbagliato nel parlare ma serve uno scopo, un obiettivo reale per migliorare le cose. Se voi foste presenti ai nostri incontri vedreste che negli ultimi dieci anni si è parlato sempre delle stesse cose. La maggior parte delle volte l’argomento sono le bandiere blu e i track-limit della pista, roba del genere. Ovviamente ora ci sarà un altro argomento in più. A volte emergono discussioni utili, ma vediamo cosa succede”.

Hai parlato con Verstappen o con Charlie Whiting su quanto accaduto in Ungheria?
“No, non ho avuto alcun colloquio. Il problema è che è difficile sapere cosa accadrà la prossima volta in una situazione simile perché magari chi giudicherà guarderà le cose in modo differente”.

Da Motorsport.com

GP Ungheria, la grande gara di Kimi–25/07/2016


Kimi Raikkonen drove like an F1 champion in Hungarian GP – Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen proved his Formula 1 world champion credentials with his performance in the Hungarian Grand Prix, according to his Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

Raikkonen and Ferrari got their timing wrong on a rapidly drying track in qualifying, which led to the Finn qualifying 14th.

But the 2007 world champion fought his way through the field, challenging Max Verstappen for fifth when he lost part of his front wing after tapping the rear of the Red Bull.

It comes just one race after Raikkonen signed a new deal to extend his stay at Ferrari until the end of next season.

"I’m very happy because Kimi showed that he was not the last world champion with Ferrari for nothing," said Arrivabene.

"On Sunday, he was really, really a fighter."

Raikkonen felt Verstappen’s driving in defence of fifth place "was not correct" with the Dutchman avoiding investigation by the stewards.

But he was pleased with the car’s performance and the way the team responded following a poor qualifying.

"I had a very good car but unfortunately after Saturday, we were in a position where we couldn’t really get the results that with the car and what we had, we could’ve done," he said.

"We knew when we started the race that it wasn’t going to be easy.

"We did more of less the maximum we could.

"If I’d managed to get past Max it would’ve be better but that didn’t happen so we ended up sixth.

"It’s a bit disappointing in that way because the car was working well and nice to drive and more or less what we could expect."

Da Autosport.com

GP Ungheria, commenti post gara–24/07/2016


Kimi Raikkonen: Max Verstappen’s Hungarian GP driving not correct

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen feels Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen’s driving in defence of fifth place during the Hungarian Grand Prix "was not correct".

Raikkonen lost part of his front wing when he touched the rear of Verstappen’s Red Bull on the approach to Turn 2 as they battled for position.

The Dutchman robustly defended his position on several other occasions, including at Turn 1 when Raikkonen attempted to go around the outside.

"I tried to miss him and I just managed to but there were two times that in my feelings it wasn’t correct," said Raikkonen.

"For me you move once right and then I decided to go left but the other car moved back.

"I did everything I could do to avoid any contact but once I decided to go somewhere you can’t just come there.

"It was good that I managed to somehow half miss him."

Regarding the incident at Turn 1, Raikkonen said: "I moved and then once I decided to go, it’s very hard to back off and the other car started to move after me.

"I guess in the rules… there are so many different rules these days that if you’re in front then in some rules you can move.

"But when the guy behind takes his position you commit to something and when the other car moves afterwards it’s difficult to avoid the car in front."

Raikkonen complained about Verstappen’s driving on team radio with Ferrari raising it with FIA race director Charlie Whiting.

When told about Raikkonen’s complaints, Verstappen said: "As a driver you always try to find excuses.

"But I think I only moved once all the time so for me there was no issue."

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene admitted to going "ballistic" during the heat of the battle but conceded the team had to accept the stewards’ decision not to investigate.

"The rules talk about one move but we all got the impression we saw two moves," he said.

"We called Charlie and they said they were looking carefully at the images and in their opinion it was only one move.

"In this situation, we need to win the races on the track.

"We know that we can’t win the races on paper."

Da Autosport.com


Raikkonen: F1 rule enforcement "a joke", needs changing
A disheartened Kimi Raikkonen has said that Formula 1 "must change" its approach to rule enforcement after several controversies during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
Raikkonen was held to sixth by Max Verstappen in a battle that featured two near-crashes – with the Finn damaging his front wing against Verstappen’s Red Bull RB12 at Turn 2 and, a few laps later, narrowly avoiding the Dutchman under braking at Turn 1.
And while Raikkonen initially spoke of his disappointment that Verstappen’s defending did not yield a penalty, the former F1 champion soon segued into speaking out against F1’s recent approach to rules as a whole.
Raikkonen said: "There’s rules but obviously this weekend it’s been [questionable] – not just talking about the incidents between me and Max – but in many ways, and yesterday.
"Why do we have rules if stewards can decide ‘it’s okay here, it’s not okay here’? Pointless to have any rules if they don’t apply all the time, for all the people."
The Ferrari driver then criticised Saturday’s decision to allow five cars – among them Verstappen and teammate Daniel Ricciardo – to take the start in their qualifying positions, after the FIA opted not to demote the respective drivers down the order to falling below the 107 percent mark in Q1.
"A good example yesterday in qualifying, you have the 107 percent rule and the people who didn’t go through first qualifying, they [the stewards] apply it for those cars but not for the rest.
"How can you suddenly have the same rule in same qualifying applied two different ways? If somebody can explain how that works…
"But that’s F1 these days, and something must change. It just looks bad to people outside, to you guys, and it’s not fair. There’s a rule, it should apply exactly the same way every time to everybody."
Verstappen "not correct"
Speaking about the Verstappen battle specifically, Raikkonen reiterated his belief that the Dutchman overstepped the line in defending position.
Elaborating on the first incident, he said: "For me, he moved once right, I decided to go left but once the other guy moves back, I did everything I could to avoid any contact.
"Once I decided to go somewhere, you cannot just come there – it is good that I managed to somehow half-miss him."
Talking about the latter move – when Raikkonen locked up round the outside of Turn 1 to avoid contact – the Finn said: "It was a bit of a similar story, that second thing – obviously I made a move and once I decided to go, it’s very hard to back off and try to avoid the other car, once the other car started to move after me.
"I tried to miss him and I just managed to miss him but it was two times that, in my feeling, he wasn’t correct.
"But obviously, like I said, the stewards – or the people who decide how things go here, the stewards and some other guys – in many ways, it’s a joke with the rules, you know?"

Da Autosport.com

GP Ungheria, gara–24/07/2016


Lewis Hamilton takes F1 points lead with Hungarian GP victory

Lewis Hamilton captured his fifth Hungarian Grand Prix victory to claim the lead in the 2016 Formula 1 world championship for the first time.

From second on the grid behind polesitting Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, Hamilton took the lead into the first corner and controlled the race from there.

His fifth victory in six races means he has turned a 43-point deficit into a six-point lead in that time.

Rosberg had to settle for runner-up, 1.9 seconds behind, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo just managing to hold off Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari for the final podium spot.

Ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen did the same to the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in a scrap so close the Finn clipped the Dutchman’s car at one stage.

Neither Mercedes had made a supreme getaway from the front row and the Red Bulls both attacked.

Ricciardo nosed ahead around the outside but Hamilton kept both the Australian and Verstappen’s inside line attack at bay. Rosberg then repassed Ricciardo around the outside of Turn 2.

At first the Red Bulls stayed close to the Mercedes, with Verstappen complaining he was "driving like a grandma" behind Ricciardo.

But he the main loser in the first round of stops, dropping behind Vettel as Ferrari used an undercut and also Raikkonen, who started 14th on softs and ran 29 laps in his first stint. The time spent behind the Finn left Verstappen out of the podium fight.

Just before the midway point Hamilton was warned by his team to pick up the pace otherwise Rosberg would pit first at the second round of stops to fend off the threat being posed by Ricciardo.

"I’m driving to the best of my ability," responded Hamilton, who then managed a surge to put 2.8s between himself and Rosberg.

It was enough for Hamilton to take precedence as another set of softs was fitted after 41 laps, with Rosberg following a lap later, and both stayed ahead of the early-stopping Ricciardo.

On lap 53 of 70, with Hamilton held up by the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez – earning the Mexican a middle-finger salute from the Briton when he finally passed and a five-second time penalty for ignoring blue flags – Rosberg closed to 0.6s.

Hamilton then edged away, only for the gap to fall to 0.6s again after 62 laps following a small lock-up at Turn 12, but it was as close as Rosberg managed to get.

Vettel steadily closed in on Ricciardo for third to no avail, while Raikkonen found himself chasing Verstappen as their alternate strategies played out, attacking repeatedly on fresh super-softs but ended up frustrated.

Behind the top six was McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, followed by the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr, Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg for Force India.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was the only retirement after a miserable race including an early loss of hydraulic pressure affecting his brakes, a drive-through penalty for unauthorised radio communication while addressing the problem and finally an oil leak.

RESULTS – 70 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h40m30.115s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1.977s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 27.539s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 28.213s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 48.659s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 49.044s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1 Lap
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1 Lap
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
18 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2 Laps
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Oil leak

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 192
2 Nico Rosberg 186
3 Daniel Ricciardo 115
4 Kimi Raikkonen 114
5 Sebastian Vettel 110
6 Max Verstappen 100
7 Valtteri Bottas 56
8 Sergio Perez 47
9 Felipe Massa 38
10 Carlos Sainz 30
11 Romain Grosjean 28
12 Nico Hulkenberg 27
13 Fernando Alonso 24
14 Daniil Kvyat 23
15 Jenson Button 13
16 Kevin Magnussen 6
17 Pascal Wehrlein 1
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19 Esteban Gutierrez 0
20 Jolyon Palmer 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 378
2 Ferrari 224
3 Red Bull/Renault 223
4 Williams/Mercedes 94
5 Force India/Mercedes 74
6 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 45
7 McLaren/Honda 38
8 Haas/Ferrari 28
9 Renault 6
10 Manor/Mercedes 1
11 Sauber/Ferrari 0

Da Autosport.com

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