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|
Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari F1 team ‘stuck’ in Silverstone conditions
Kimi Raikkonen says the Ferrari Formula 1 team is "stuck" in windy conditions such as those of the British Grand Prix after being outpaced by Red Bull at Silverstone.
Raikkonen qualified fifth on Saturday, but was half a second off the third-placed Red Bull of Max Verstappen and 1.5s behind polesitter Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
"I kind of expected it to be a bit tricky here and that’s how it turned out to be," said Raikkonen.
"We don’t have enough speed. In the windy conditions, it’s just tricky for us.
"My car was the best it’s been all weekend in qualifying but it’s still not easy.
"We are a bit stuck with certain things.
"With the set-up we have, we can change a lot but it will not help because there are certain issues where we struggle with the handling.
"Is it the circuit or the conditions? It’s more the conditions."
Raikkonen believes Ferrari is struggling to get temperature into its tyres this weekend.
"We need to get more downforce to bolt the car to the ground," he said.
"That will change the behaviour of tyres and many other things. But that’s much easier said than done.
"When you come to these kinds of places, with windy conditions, it can make quite a bit of difference."
The Finn, who was re-signed by Ferrari for 2017 earlier this week, outqualified team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.6s but shrugged off the achievement.
"Me being ahead of him gives nothing," said Raikkonen.
"If you’re one-two then fine, but we’re fifth and sixth."
Vettel will start 11th, having received a gearbox-change penalty for a second straight race and the third time in 2016.
He said the Silverstone problem was a new one, but had occurred in practice on both Friday and Saturday.
"This one here was unique, something new, something we haven’t suffered before," Vettel said.
"We had the same failure yesterday so we need to have a look.
"I was going for the upshift and the gear didn’t go in. Fairly boring.
"We didn’t have anything [like it] before so it might be something to do with the track-band, it happened at the same place here.
"We took some precautions going to qualifying, we didn’t have anything in qualifying and didn’t see anything on Kimi’s car."
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on pole after track limits scare
Lewis Hamilton claimed British Grand Prix pole position for the Mercedes Formula 1 team, despite having a time deleted for a track limits offence in Q3.
The reigning F1 world champion was almost three tenths of a second faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg after their first runs in Q3 at Silverstone, but had his provisional pole lap scrubbed for running wide at Copse, after officials promised a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to track limits transgressions ahead of the session.
Hamilton bounced back on his final run, going another half a tenth faster to grab pole for his home grand prix, again just over three tenths clear of Rosberg.
Red Bull locked out the second row of the grid, with Max Verstappen outqualifying team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for the first time, by 0.305s.
Ferrari was next up, Kimi Raikkonen well clear of Sebastian Vettel. The German survived a massive slide at Stowe on his best lap in Q3, but will fall back to 11th when a gearbox-change penalty is applied.
Vettel’s lap was still enough to leave him 0.067s clear of the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, while Fernando Alonso put his McLaren-Honda eighth fastest before his best time was deleted for running off track at Stowe.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg also had his best time deleted (for running wide at Copse) after the session ended, so Carlos Sainz Jr claimed eighth place for Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg was demoted to ninth, Alonso 10th.
Sergio Perez narrowly missed the top-10 cut-off after a flurry of late improvements in Q2.
He trailed Force India team-mate Hulkenberg by just over a tenth.
Felipe Massa ended up a disappointing 12th in the second Williams, just ahead of Haas pair Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez, and the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.
Both Grosjean and Kvyat failed to improve during their second runs in Q2, with Kvyat complaining of being blocked by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault.
Magnussen put Renault into Q2 for the first time since May’s Spanish GP, despite having a time deleted for a track limits offence in Q1.
Magnussen’s 16th place on the grid came at the expense of McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button, who failed to escape Q1 after deciding not to do a second run.
Button’s first run was over half a second slower than team-mate Alonso, and left him only a few tenths clear of the drop zone.
Late improvements from Kvyat and Magnussen (who pipped Button by just 0.059s) meant the British driver wound up only 17th fastest in a car that should have been comfortably good enough for Q2.
Jolyon Palmer was the fastest Renault driver after the first runs in Q1 (despite both having times deleted for track limits offences), but failed to improve on his second run so ended up 18th.
Rio Haryanto pipped Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein to the 19th fastest time, while Sauber will bring up the rear of the grid.
Felipe Nasr was slowest of the runners and Marcus Ericsson failed to participate in qualifying after crashing heavily in final practice and going to hospital for precautionary checks.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.313s||1.026s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m30.618s||1.331s|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m31.989s||2.702s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.172s||2.885s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.875s||–|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.306s||–|
British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops disrupted final F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of fastest times in practice ahead of the British Grand Prix, with the final session blighted by a heavy shunt involving Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.
Hamilton had just set the quickest time of the weekend to date at Silverstone, with a lap of 1m31.234s, when Ericsson lost control of his car on the exit of Stowe with 22 minutes of the hour-long session remaining.
Ericsson skidded across the track and grass before spearing into the inside barrier nose first, a hit that dislodged the steering wheel in the process, spinning him around before he finally came to rest back on the track.
After the wrecked car was cleared and returned to the pits on the back of flatbed truck, lengthy barrier repairs were undertaken that led to the session being unable to restart until five minutes before the end.
That was enough time for what turned into an effective qualifying session, one ‘won’ by Hamilton with a 1m30.964s on a set of new soft tyres, beating Rosberg by 0.063s.
The duo were again comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack, spearheaded by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, but 0.584s adrift, followed by team-mate Max Verstappen, a further 0.073s down.
Sebastian Vettel took fifth spot in his Ferrari, albeit 1.145s off the pace, with the German driver ending the session with a worrying message back to the team saying "OK, I think we failed the gearbox again," as he gesticulated in the car at the end of his final lap.
A rain shower 30 minutes before the green light for FP3 – that swiftly passed through – led to a damp start.
The majority of drivers performed exploratory laps on intermediate or wet tyres, and it was not until 14 minutes in that Force India duo Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg became the first to venture out on slick rubber, both using the mediums.
It was Rosberg, though, in need of track time after sitting out all of FP2 as Mercedes did not want to lose an engine after discovering a water leak at the start, who set the pace early on running hard tyres.
Vettel then took over top spot with a 1m33.203s on medium tyres just before the half-hour mark as the track dried, and with it the times tumbled.
Rosberg then initially set the quickest time with a lap of 1m31.331s that was quickly beaten by Hamilton by 0.045s, and then 0.093s on the world champion’s next attempt.
Ericsson’s shunt followed before the late five-minute blast, but with Hamilton on top heading into qualifying.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.584s||6|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.657s||7|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.894s||14|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.985s||10|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||2.457s||13|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||2.634s||10|
Ferrari’s Vettel/Raikkonen admit blame for Austria qualifying slump
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have admitted they should have pushed harder in drying conditions at the end of Austrian Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying on Saturday.
Ferrari enjoyed a one-two in final practice, but its hopes of battling Mercedes in a straight fight for pole position were dashed by rain at the end of Q2, which led to a drying track in the crucial Q3 session.
Vettel ended the session fourth fastest with Raikkonen sixth, although the former then has to take a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
"It was a question of how much risk you were taking and when you crossed the line – the later the better," said Vettel.
"With hindsight I wasn’t taking enough risk. I should have taken more.
"In these conditions the only reference is the lap before, and taking into consideration that it’s drier the next lap, but you don’t know how much.
"It’s a bit of a shame we didn’t get to see a head-to-head in Q3 with two sets of ultra-softs [per car]. It was looking very good this morning."
Raikkonen said several factors worked against Ferrari after its strong performance in practice.
"In the end it’s disappointing to finish sixth – there was more to come," said the Finn.
"For many small issues or reasons we didn’t go faster, but we have to look at ourselves and take that blame.
"I’m sure I could have done a better job, but many small things could have been slightly better.
"I should have pushed harder, it was hard to know where the grip was.
"It’s not a disaster. The car has been working well all weekend, and it’s not too bad with some other guys getting penalised."
Ferrari and Red Bull both managed to get their drivers through Q2 on the super-soft tyre, meaning they get to start on a better race tyre than the ultra-softs used by Mercedes.
Mercedes then tried to react by sending its drivers out for a super-soft run at the end of Q2, but the rain meant Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had to abandon their attempts to switch their race-start compound.
"The tyre life will be a challenge for everyone, so whoever makes the tyre last best will benefit in the race," said Raikkonen.
"Is it going to be a big advantage tomorrow? It depends on the weather."
Vettel added: "We think it’s an advantage, otherwise we would have gone for the ultra-soft.
"Other people had the same thought, some succeeded and some didn’t."
Austrian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops eventful F1 qualifying
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix, bouncing back from tyre blistering problems in final practice to top a rain-affected and dramatic qualifying session.
The drivers began Q3 at the Red Bull Ring on intermediate tyres after rain fell heavily in Spielberg at the end of Q2, but everyone had to switch to dry tyres for the last few minutes as the circuit conditions improved.
Hamilton ended the session 0.543 seconds quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, but Rosberg will drop to seventh thanks to a grid penalty for changing his gearbox after a crash in final practice.
Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India was the first car to switch to slicks in Q3 and ended the session with the third fastest time, ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, which also carries a five-place grid penalty.
Jenson Button was a superb fifth fastest for McLaren-Honda and will start third on the grid thanks to Rosberg’s and Vettel’s penalties.
Kimi Raikkonen was 0.001s slower than Button in the second Ferrari, just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.
The Williams of Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and the second Williams of Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10.
That rain during the final minutes of Q2 prevented Mercedes matching the Red Bull and Ferrari strategy of setting faster times on super-soft tyres, meaning they can start the race on those sets.
Mercedes tried to respond after it used ultra-softs at the beginning of Q2, before the rain came, but the track was too wet when it sent its cars out on super-softs, so Hamilton and Rosberg will start on the less suitable softest compound.
The bad weather also protected Button from possible elimination, as he made Q3 for the first time since the 2014 Abu Dhabi GP by squeaking ahead of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, which finished the session 11th fastest.
Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein starred with the ninth best time in Q1, before going 12th fastest in Q2 – equalling Manor’s best qualifying result in F1.
Romain Grosjean ran off track during his first run in Q2 on old tyres, and the subsequent rain condemned him to 13th on the timesheet, 0.150s adrift of Wehrlein.
Fernando Alonso was a distant 14th in the second McLaren-Honda, after mistakenly doing his first Q2 run on old tyres.
He finished the session ahead only of the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr and Sergio Perez’s Force India, who both sat out Q2 due to engine and suspension failures respectively.
The climax to the first part of qualifying was heavily affected by two separate incidents for Toro Rosso.
First Daniil Kvyat crashed after suffering suspension failure over the exit kerb at Turn 8, which caused a red flag that meant rivals had to abort runs.
Then team-mate Sainz suffered his problem exiting the pits after the restart, which caused yellow flags and rendered the final minutes largely redundant.
However, Hulkenberg improved his time while the yellow flags were out, so his front-row start is under threat from an investigation into how much he backed off when passing the incident.
Sainz remained 11th fastest, while Renault pairing Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer stayed 17th and 18th, behind Alonso’s McLaren.
Rio Haryanto ended up 19th fastest in the second Manor, improving under the yellow flags but not in the first sector and not by enough to gain any places.
Kvyat ended up 20th, narrowly ahead of the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, the latter of which also improved under the yellows but again not by enough to improve position.
(Penalties for Rosberg and Vettel applied)
|2||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.285s||1.363s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m09.980s||2.058s|
|8||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.153s||3.231s|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||–||–|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||–||–|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m08.409s||0.487s|
Austrian GP practice: Vettel fastest, big crash for Rosberg
Sebastian Vettel edged out Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to set the pace in final Austrian Grand Prix practice as Nico Rosberg crashed following a suspension failure.
Vettel clocked a 1m07.098s on the ultra-softs, 0.136 seconds clear of Raikkonen with Lewis Hamilton just under a tenth further back in third.
Reigning champion Hamilton ran wide at Turn 8 early in the session and radioed his Mercedes team complaining about his rear tyres, which looked to be badly blistered.
After a long stint in the garage, he returned to the track for his qualifying-simulation, but had to abort his run when the session was red-flagged after Rosberg crashed.
The championship leader ran onto the kerbs on the exit of Turn 2 with the left-rear tyre vibrating heavily.
The suspension then appeared to fail, pitching him into the barriers nose-first before he rebounded back onto the track.
Mercedes is investigating the issue and now faces a race to get the car fixed in time for qualifying later on Saturday afternoon.
As Rosberg was unable to complete a low-fuel run at the end of the session, he ended up bottom of the timesheets.
After a 10-minute stoppage, the session restarted with drivers left with just 12 minutes to complete their qualifying-simulations.
Vettel was first to set a lap time and promptly went quickest while Hamilton’s first effort was 0.656s off the pace.
After a cool-down lap, Hamilton improved to a 1m07.308s but could not make any further inroads into Vettel’s leading time.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest, half a second off the pace but a tenth quicker than team-mate Max Verstappen.
Valtteri Bottas ruined his final run when he pushed too hard into Turn 8 and spun but was still sixth, a fraction ahead of Williams team-mate Felipe Massa.
Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, who lost a piece of bodywork from his McLaren when he clobbered the aggressive yellow kerbs late in the session, completed the top 10.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m07.639s||0.541s||22|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m07.761s||0.663s||22|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m08.285s||1.187s||23|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m08.442s||1.344s||26|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m08.786s||1.688s||32|
|18||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m09.008s||1.910s||11|
Kimi happy with progress mad on handling
It hasn’t been an easy weekend, but today in qualifying we managed to make the car nicely balanced, the feeling was good and obviously it was a lot faster than earlier this weekend. I felt I could drive it as I wanted and it was a good feeling. In my last run in Q3 I had fitted a new set of Supersoft tires, but then the red flag came out and I was not able to improve my lap time. After that, with only 2 minutes in the session, everybody tried to rush out and do a last lap, but there was traffic in the out lap and the timing was very tight. I’m sure that if we could have run smoothly it could have been better, but if you look at how tricky the weekend was so far, we can happily take this result. Obviously we are not here to finish fifth and today I felt there was more to come from the car. In many ways it will be a long and tricky race for everybody, we just need to do our best, make the right choices and see what will happen.