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."
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."
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?"
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:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||27.539s|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||48.659s|
|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|
Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari must learn from Hungarian GP Q2 exit
Kimi Raikkonen believes the Ferrari Formula 1 team can learn lessons about timing from his Q2 exit in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.
Raikkonen took the chequered flag in the rapidly drying second segment of Hungaroring F1 qualifying relatively early and was bumped down to 14th place as others took advantage of the improving conditions.
"It was a shame where we ended up because the car today has been very good in my view," he said.
"Whatever the reasons were, it makes no difference.
"The speed is there, it’s disappointing but what can we do now?
"We have to learn from things and do better next time.
"In hindsight we can always say we should have done this or that differently, but it will not change the end result today and we have to learn and do things better in the future.
"The lap time was OK, but 30 seconds later it was not anymore.
"It was getting drier and faster every lap so it’s one of those things that is part of the game; sometimes you get it right and others do not."
His team-mate Sebastian Vettel made it to Q3 and qualified fifth, though he felt traffic cost him as much as a second and he was only 0.909s adrift of pole.
"Unfortunately when the car came alive I wasn’t able to put a lap in," said Vettel.
"We had a yellow flag in the middle sector and I ran into traffic, and both cars that I faced I think could have done a better job in getting out of the way.
"By the time I was in the last sector I’d lost so much time that there was no point to go into the last corner."
Vettel is confident Ferrari can at least take the fight to Red Bull in Sunday’s race.
"I don’t think we have to hide with the pace we have or we could have had," he said.
"I think our main rivals are right in front of us – the Red Bulls – and I think in the race we can be faster than them."
Raikkonen agreed that Ferrari was firmly back on the pace in Hungary after its troubled British GP.
"I think it’s a lot to do with the circuit layout and the conditions," he said.
"Silverstone was very difficult with the windy conditions and the layout; it was definitely the most difficult for us this year.
"Here we knew it was going to be a lot better.
"We are not where we want to be, but I’m sure with the normal laps we’re not far away on this kind of circuit and it’s very close.
"It’s been a decent day today apart from second qualifying."
Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg snatches pole after four red flags
Nico Rosberg claimed pole position from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, after an incident-filled and rain-affected session.
Hamilton held provisional pole after the initial runs in a dry Q3 at the Hungaroring, and looked on course to seal the deal on his second run, but backed out of his lap as Fernando Alonso spun his McLaren at Turn 9 and brought out yellow flags.
Rosberg was running behind Hamilton on the road, and though there was a yellow for Rosberg at Turn 8, Alonso had got going again by the time Rosberg reached Turn 9.
While the first sector of Rosberg’s final flying lap was more then four tenths slower than Hamilton’s, he was fastest of all through the second sector on a rapidly improving track and stole pole from Hamilton by less than two tenths of a second.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo also had to abort his final flyer and wound up third fastest, just 0.172s slower than Hamilton in a session he called "crazy".
Max Verstappen was fourth fastest in the second Red Bull, ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the only Ferrari to make Q3, Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso, Alonso, the second McLaren of Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton was fortunate to even make it through to Q3 after locking up and running wide at Turn 1 on his final Q2 lap.
On a rapidly drying track he tumbled down the order, but remained just inside the top 10 as Romain Grosjean’s Haas, Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, Sergio Perez’s Force India, Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, and Felipe Nasr’s Sauber all missed the cut.
A 20-minute rain delay and four red flags meant Q1 lasted well over an hour.
A second downpour shortly after an already rain delayed start caused the first stoppage, before Marcus Ericsson crashed at Turn 10, Felipe Massa at Turn 4 and finally Rio Haryanto – again at Turn 10 – all which prompted further red flags. Time was finally called with 1m18s remaining on the clock after Haryanto’s incident.
"Aww f***ing hell, that’s really poor!" bemoaned Jolyon Palmer on team radio, as he became the chief loser of the track position lottery and finished the session 17th quickest, having lapped inside the top 10 in final practice.
Massa ended up 18th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen – who began his final run on wets and aborted to switch to intermediates just before the final stoppage – Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein and Haryanto.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.280s||0.315s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.557s||0.592s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m21.131s||1.166s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.823s||1.858s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.301s||–|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.416s||–|
Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg fends off Max Verstappen in practice
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg edged out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by just 0.002 seconds in final practice for Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Championship leader Rosberg clocked a 1m20.261s on the super-soft tyres for his qualifying-simulation but did make a mistake in the final corner.
Verstappen had been edging nearer to the top throughout the session, and came very close to deposing Rosberg with his last run.
It was an impressive performance from Red Bull with Daniel Ricciardo third, 0.465s off the pace.
Lewis Hamilton ran wide on his first attempt at a qualifying simulation, which left him 0.508s off the pace.
He bolted on another set of super-softs, but ran wildly off road at Turn 4 and backed off, settling for fourth after running out of time for another lap.
Rosberg led the session from his first run onwards, setting the early pace with a 1m20.811s and then improving to a 1m20.547s later in the run, moving nearly half a second clear of Ricciardo at the time.
Hamilton, meanwhile, focused on gathering long-run data after he did not get a chance to do so in practice two following his crash.
Several drivers were adjudged to have abused track limits over the course of the session. The FIA will take a "zero tolerance" approach in qualifying and delete any laps that feature infringements.
Kimi Raikkonen was the leading Ferrari driver in fifth, 0.598s off the pace, and three tenths clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel in sixth.
Fernando Alonso was seventh as Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Jolyon Palmer, who had a much more productive session following his loss of track time on Friday, closed out the top 10.
Williams ran a new floor, of which it only has one in Hungary, on Bottas’s car to evaluate whether it is worth using it for the remainder of the weekend.
Bottas and team-mate Massa, who was 11th, did back-to-back tests with two front wing configurations to check on balance.
Toro Rosso continued to struggle with Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat 16th and 18th respectively.
The Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson outpaced the Manors of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto to finish 19th and 20th.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.263s||0.002s||10|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.726s||0.465s||22|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.672s||1.411s||22|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.402s||2.141s||21|
|17||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.427s||2.166s||22|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.541s||2.280s||18|
“A pretty OK day overall”
Kimi impressed with new road surface
Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall it was a pretty ok day, we made the right improvements and I’m sure we can still make progress and go faster. I think we are going in the right direction. The conditions of the track are much better, they have done a really good job with the tarmac, it’s much smoother and also the kerbs are better than they used to be. I haven’t seen what the others have done and it’s still Friday, too early to know where we are. We know our rivals are fast, but we can improve, we’ll see what happens.”
Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg leads practice, Lewis Hamilton crashes
Nico Rosberg cruised to the quickest time in Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton’s day ended with a crash.
After topping the timesheet in practice one at the Hungaroring, Hamilton was on his fourth lap of the afternoon when he lost control of his car approaching Turn 11, sending him into a high-speed slide across the expansive run-off area before slamming into a tyre wall left-side on.
The 31-year-old eventually managed to extricate himself and slowly trundled back to the garage, with Mercedes confirming his session was over as the car needed to be stripped and checked for internal damage.
With the safety data recorder being triggered given the force of the impact, Hamilton was also required to attend the track medical centre for a check up, but was given the all clear.
Although Hamilton was top of the timesheet at that point 20 minutes into the session, which was red-flagged for repairs to the barrier, it was only based on a run on soft tyres – on which the Mercedes had been a mere 0.001s apart.
That ensured Hamilton was swiftly deposed by Rosberg on the super-softs when the session restarted, with the championship leader posting a time of 1m20.435s, almost 1.6s quicker than Hamilton’s pole lap from last year.
Rosberg held a clear advantage, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo 0.595s adrift and Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari 0.913s off the pace, followed by the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen who ended 1.335s down.
Hamilton’s time was still good enough for fifth, almost a tenth of a second up on Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, followed by McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
McLaren changed Alonso’s power unit in between sessions after discovering what Honda claimed was "an anomaly in Fernando’s data during FP1".
It resulted in the entire system being swapped, but with no new components introduced given the replacement contained the most recent updates on the ERS and internal combustion engine, and was used in four previous races.
Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez completed the top 10, both just over two seconds down.
Williams, with its cars possessing a new floor and with three different variations of front wing being assessed as per the recent test at Silverstone, continued to struggle with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas down in 12th and 14th.
Bottas is also under investigation for failing to keep to the right of the pitlane-entry bollard at one point, with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr also being looked at for crossing the line at the pit entry.
Sainz and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr both had to park with late mechanical problems.
Fuel pressure issues consigned Renault’s Jolyon Palmer to the garage for most of the session before a late run elevated him up to 19th.
Many drivers exceeded the track limits at Turn 4 – one of the two corners at this circuit where electronic kerb monitoring systems have been placed – and will need to be mindful of such an infraction during qualifying and the race.
PRACTICE TWO TIMES
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.030s||0.595s||36|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.770s||1.335s||35|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.449s||2.014s||41|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.653s||2.218s||38|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.689s||2.254s||24|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.948s||2.513s||43|
F1 Hungarian GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes team-mate Rosberg in FP1
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the pace in opening Formula 1 free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The three-time world champion clocked a 1m21.347s on the super-softs, nearly seven tenths quicker than his 2015 pole time at the Hungaroring, which has been resurfaced and the kerbs re-profiled.
His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was second quickest, two tenths off the pace with Sebastian Vettel third, 1.6s adrift.
Vettel’s time was also set on the super-softs, but the rubber was not in great shape after a spin on the previous lap at Turn 12.
Damp patches after overnight rain meant intermediate tyres were required for installation laps.
There was a lull in the action before Valtteri Bottas deemed it dry enough to bolt on slicks and headed out to set the first flying lap of the day – a 1m28.748s.
As the track continued to dry, the times tumbled with Hamilton and Rosberg trading fastest laps on the softs.
Rosberg, who on Friday morning announced a contract extension until the end of 2018, won the early battle with a 1m22.801s, 0.277s clear of Hamilton and then went 1.2s quicker when he bolted on the super-softs.
Hamilton responded with a little over half an hour to go, moving 0.237s clear and that was good enough to finish the session top of the pile.
Kimi Raikkonen used super-softs in the closing stages to take fourth, a tenth adrift of team-mate Vettel.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fifth quickest, three tenths clear of team-mate Max Verstappen, with both drivers only running the soft.
McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button – who had a number of off-track excursions between them – were seventh and eighth respectively with Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez completing the top 10.
Felipe Massa was the leading Williams in 12th, two tenths and one place ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Sauber, its change of ownership announced earlier this week, ran a new rear wing in what is its first major update of the season, with Marcus Ericsson 15th and Felipe Nasr 17th.
Charles Leclerc was 16th and 1.2s behind regular Haas driver Grosjean, in his second successive free practice session in place of Esteban Gutierrez.
Renault reserve driver Esteban Ocon finished ahead of Jolyon Palmer, who spent much of the session in the garage and managed just a handful of laps.
FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.174s||1.827s||28|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.457s||2.110s||27|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.073s||2.726s||29|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.120s||2.773s||29|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m24.579s||3.232s||27|
|19||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.324s||3.977s||16|