GP Ungheria, commenti post gara–26/07/2015
Losing Ferrari 1-2 in Hungarian GP painful – Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen said it was painful to miss out on completing a one-two result for the team in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Finn jumped to second from fifth on the grid at the start, and was running comfortably behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who went on to take Ferrari’s second win of the season.
But with 28 laps to go, Raikkonen experienced a problem with his engine’s MGU-K and though Ferrari attempted a fix, it led to other problems and the team decided to retire the car.
It was Raikkonen’s third retirement of the season and comes as his F1 future remains the subject of speculation, with Ferrari yet to decide whether to keep him for next year.
"We’ve had bad races, that is one more," said Raikkonen.
"Obviously it would have been much greater for the team to have a one-two, but as a team we still won with Seb so it is good for the team.
"It was a pain for us not to be one and two because we easily had the speed and everything was there, we just got done by a problem with the car.
"Unfortunately that’s part of the luck for us and part of the business and part of the racing and there is nothing we could do.
"The car went wrong but we did the maximum level we could at the end of the day."
Raikkonen is now 86 points behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel but he is hopeful things will get better when the season resumes after the summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix next month.
"When you look at the end result it’s not such a great thing but it looks far away from the disaster of last year," said Raikkonen.
"We’ve had all the issues and problems and now we keep pushing and hopefully we get a little bit of luck.
"We showed that we can do a great result, great races, but we just have to make sure we don’t have any issues in part of the weekend."
Ferrari’s Formula 1 pace has been hidden, says Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen believes the 2015 Ferrari Formula 1 car’s true race pace has been hidden because it has rarely been able to get ahead of pacesetter Mercedes to show it.
Sebastian Vettel and Raikkonen jumped the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the start of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix and had the speed to pull away.
Vettel converted that into a second GP win of 2015, holding on despite losing a large lead to a late safety car, while Raikkonen retired with an MGU-K problem while on course for second.
"We had good speed and we pulled away from them, not easily, but we were consistently faster than them," said Raikkonen.
"I don’t know what would have happened if we were behind them, probably we couldn’t have used our own speed because it is hard to overtake.
"There have been many times this year when we feel we had more speed than we have been able to show because we were stuck behind another car and not been able to overtake.
"So the benefit of making good starts made a big difference and it was nice to have a good start with both cars because it hasn’t been our strongest point this year.
"It shows that we are doing things right and that the car is not too bad."
Ferrari has rarely been able to threaten Mercedes in qualifying this season and its lower grid slots have hampered its ability to make progress on Sunday.
"It’s true that when we start as we started in Hungary, in the open air, the car is giving you more chance," said Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.
"At the back conserving the tyres is quite hard, but it happens sometimes that we are at the back and our consumption is higher. Today we were in front and it was OK."