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:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.456s||0.842s||40|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.490s||0.876s||38|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.781s||1.167s||43|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.148s||1.534s||44|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m17.342s||1.728s||32|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m17.367s||1.753s||38|
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:
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.927s||1.410s||29|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.089s||1.572s||30|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m18.008s||2.491s||25|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m18.044s||2.527s||22|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.591s||3.074s||35|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.628s||3.111s||29|
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|
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|
F1 Silverstone test: Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari on second day
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded the year’s final in-season Formula 1 test with the quickest time of the second day at Silverstone.
Raikkonen posted his best lap of his 103 with 50 minutes remaining, clocking a 1m30.665s on the soft tyre, 0.216 seconds faster than his qualifying time for last weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The Finn’s time was also six tenths up on the best from day one set by Fernando Alonso in his McLaren.
For the second successive day Mercedes development driver Esteban Ocon had to settle for second, finishing 0.547s down on Raikkonen.
And for the second successive day, Ocon also racked up the most laps, following up his 123 on day one with 139 on day two.
Pierre Gasly enjoyed a better day in the Red Bull after difficulties on Tuesday when cabling had to be replaced inside the car, restricting him to just seven laps in the morning before rain arrived.
The new GP2 race winner managed 103 laps, with his best a 1:31.429s on soft tyres to finish third on the timesheets.
Force India’s 17-year-old development driver Nikita Mazepin finished 0.896s behind Raikkonen having set his time on super-soft tyres, and 0.203s ahead of McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne, whose best lap from his 114 was run on Pirelli’s soft compound.
Valtteri Bottas was fifth quickest in his Williams, 1.758s behind Raikkonen, completing a late run with the double-decker rear-wing first seen during May’s in-season test at Barcelona.
Bottas was followed by Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci, with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer – primarily running the rule over a new suspension – eighth, 2.643s adrift of Raikkonen.
Palmer stopped on track just after the chequered flag was brought out.
On his F1 debut, Red Bull junior Sergio Sette Camara fared well with Toro Rosso, completing 82 laps and ending up 3.375s off the ultimate pace.
On his third outing for Manor, Jordan King was 10th and 4.395s in arrears, with only Pascal Wehrlein slower in the 2014 Mercedes.
Wehrlein was helping Pirelli assess compounds and structure concepts for its 2017 tyres, completing 128 laps, and with times not a concern as he finished 5.517s down.
DAY TWO TIMES:
|3||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Renault||1m31.429s||0.764s||103|
|4||Nikita Mazepin||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.561s||0.896s||69|
|9||Sergio Sette Camara||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.040s||3.375s||82|
Ferrari’s troubles not Silverstone-specific admits Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen claims the problems experienced by the team over the course of the British Grand Prix weekend were not specific to Silverstone.
It was suggested after the grand prix, and by team-mate Sebastian Vettel in particular, that while the race was "weak" for the Scuderia, that performance slump was a one-off.
After being handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, Vettel could only manage ninth from 11th on the grid.
Raikkonen started and finished fifth, meaning Ferrari equalled its worst points haul of 2016 by scoring just 12.
During testing on Wednesday at Silverstone, Raikkonen said: "We’re doing normal testing work, all kinds of different things to try and find good things.
"It’s not just specifically we had some aero problem here, and this circuit needs a lot of aero, we’re lacking overall.
"For the next race in Hungary our car should definitely suit that circuit better. Is it good enough to challenge for a win? We’ll see."
Although Raikkonen is third in the drivers’ championship, eight points ahead of Vettel, the Finn has yet to stand on top of the podium since his return to Ferrari in 2014.
Raikkonen is convinced Ferrari can resolve its issues and win again this year, regardless of whether it happens on pure merit or via problems for rivals.
"We always expect more as a team, we want to win, and until we win all the time it’s not ideal," added Raikkonen.
"As Ferrari we expect to win, but this is what we have got, so we’ll keep working and improving.
"We will see what will happen in the second part of the year, and yes we believe we can still win. It doesn’t matter if every car is there or not.
"Who knows what will happen in the races, but we know we’ve work to be done, and for sure there will be circuits where it will be better."
As to whether Ferrari has a chance of either title given the considerable gaps in both championships to Mercedes, Raikkonen added: "We will keep working and improving, and not give up until it’s not possible any more.
"We know where Mercedes is, ahead of everybody right now, but it doesn’t mean we should give up or we’re not working on things. We will try to catch them up."
Lewis Hamilton wins British GP, Nico Rosberg under investigation
Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in a rain-hit British Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg, who is being investigated for a breach of radio rules.
Reigning world champion Hamilton, who secured his third straight Silverstone win, crossed the line 6.9 seconds clear of Rosberg with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking his second successive podium in third after splitting the Mercedes for much of the race.
Verstappen nearly grabbed second when Rosberg ran into late gearbox problems.
The German was told to shift quickly through seventh gear and given a line of advice on settings, messages the stewards will now investigate to see if Mercedes breached the restrictions on team radio.
The race started with six laps behind the safety car after a heavy shower, though it had stopped raining by the time the grand prix began.
Several drivers, led by Kimi Raikkonen in fifth, dived straight into the pits for intermediates when the safety car pulled in but Hamilton, Rosberg and Verstappen chose to stay out.
It proved to be smart decision as the virtual safety car was introduced when Pascal Wehrlein beached his Manor in the gravel, allowing the top three to pit and rejoin with a sizeable gap on the rest.
Verstappen coped with the drying track better than Rosberg, carrying far more speed through Becketts and then passing around the outside within the high-speed complex for second before pulling away.
Sebastian Vettel started the trend for dry tyres soon afterwards, with the top three maintaining the same order as they moved to slicks.
Hamilton and Verstappen were caught out by a puddle at Abbey, pitching them over the runoff and allowing the top three to close to within five seconds just past half-distance.
Rosberg was quicker than Verstappen as the track continued to dry and after complaining that the Red Bull driver moved too many times in defence, he eventually made a move stick to snatch second around the outside of Stowe.
Rosberg then closed on Hamilton, getting the gap down from eight to six seconds before the gearbox scare halted his chase.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for the fifth time in 10 races this season, with mid-race Raikkonen fifth after a late pass on Sergio Perez – who had gained ground by staying out on wets as long as the leaders – into Stowe.
Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr and Vettel, who held onto ninth despite a five-second time penalty for forcing Felipe Massa off track at Village.
Raikkonen, Perez and Sainz all escaped excursions and spins at Abbey on the same slippery patch that caught out Hamilton and Verstappen.
Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10 to ensure Toro Rosso’s fourth double-points finish of the season.
Massa missed out on points in 11th ahead of Jenson Button, who started 17th, and Fernando Alonso, who had a spectacular spin at Abbey and nudged the barrier before continuing.
Jolyon Palmer had a messy home race, with 10-second stop-go penalty after his Renault team released him in the pits without a right-rear tyre, and retired late on.
Rio Haryanto spun out at Abbey, tapping the barrier, while Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson also failed to see the chequered flag.
RESULTS – 52 LAPS:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||8.250s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||26.211s|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.941s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.712s|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.858s|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.600s|
|11||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|12||Jenson Button||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|13||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|14||Valtteri Bottas||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|15||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|16||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|–||Rio Haryanto||Manor/Mercedes||Spun off|
|–||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor/Mercedes||Spun off|