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HUNGARY GP – RACE RESULTS

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This Is For You Jules – A 69 lap charge around the Hungaroring ended in a win for Sebastian Vettel. The German took the lead right after the start, with a forceful move on the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Vettel saw his 30 second advantage wiped out when the Safety Car came out on lap 42. Seb kept his concentration, doing a good job of managing the final third of the race, to take the chequered flag in first place for his second win with Ferrari, his first ever in Hungary.

Kimi Raikkonen was very unlucky today. The Finn was lying second for much of the race, thanks to a great start and a determined overtaking move on Rosberg under braking for Turn 2. Kimi was right behind his team-mate for two thirds of the race, but his chance of a podium evaporated on lap 56 when a problem with his energy recovery system meant he had to retire.

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 69
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 69
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 69
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 69
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 69
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 69
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 69
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 69
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 69
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 69
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 69
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 69
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 69
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 69
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 67
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 65
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 60
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 55
Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 53
Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 41

QUOTES

From formulaspy.com – Kimi: “It would’ve been good for the team to be one and two because we had the speed but we had the problem with the car, we hit the maximum that we could today. I could hear some things change, but for me it was just a sudden loss of power. It was surprisingly okay after the safety car, in the straight lines we were slow but no losing so much. But because we had one problem, there came another, we tried to sort it out but we couldn’t do the whole race like that. I think I have had so many disappointments and bad races, that this is just one more.”

From autosport.com – Kimi:  “We’ve had bad races, that is one more. 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. 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. 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.”

From autosport.com – Kimi: “We had good speed and we pulled away from them, not easily, but we were consistently faster than them. 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.”

From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It’s a shame what happened today in the race, but when you have no luck you have no luck, we did our best today. The start was really good for both of us, probably the best since the beginning of the season; we had good speed and were able to pull away and stay in front. The speed was always there today and I was expecting to push right to the end, but at one point I heard something strange in the car, the sound was getting different and then got worse and worse. We tried to fix it but it was not possible so I decided to retire. As a team we had a pretty good day with Sebastian’s win, but I think that we deserved a better result today, more than just a win. Without my problem we could have got a one-two finish very easily but things seem to always go in the worst possible way. Overall in the first part of the season we had the speed but it has been a bit unlucky. There was always something dictating the final result of the race quite badly. The most important thing now is to get rid of all the problems, we’ll keep pushing and hopefully luck will turn on our side and we’ll get what we deserve.”

From motorsport.com – Kimi: When asked if it was fair that he lost a result that could have swung his future, through no fault of his own, Raikkonen said: “It is not a question of being fair or not. It is not my decision, it is up to them. They do what they want. Obviously it is disappointing. I have had disappointments last year and this year, and I am sure this year we have had pretty good speed all the time. We just keep having issues here and there, and mistakes here and there, and we have struggled to show the real results because of those. But if I did not have the speed I would not be here. I would stop if I didn’t feel I had the speed or the passion. I would not come here, I would stay home.” Although Raikkonen has not been able to deliver the results he believes he is capable of, he thinks the team appreciates how different the situation is to 12 months ago when he was struggling. “When you only see the end result it does not look like a great thing but we have been far away from disaster like last year – even with problems and mistakes. We will keep pushing and hopefully we can put our bad luck behind us. I am sure we can get great results and great races, but we have to make sure that we don’t have many issues and any problems with it. It is a big key point for us, we know we have to improve – but things go wrong sometimes. When it goes wrong with us, with the car or with me, it is just the end result is not good. It is part of the game, an unfortunate thing, and not a nice thing to have, but what can you do? You just have to keep trying and pushing and I am sure we can have good results this year. Who knows what happens next year? It is not in my hands really. It is in the team’s and that is it.”

Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne – “We dedicate this victory to the memory of Jules Bianchi, a fantastic guy whom we all miss terribly. Unfortunately, today in the end, we were unable to celebrate a one-two finish which was within our grasp because of a problem with Kimi’s car. That’s a clear sign we must never drop our guard. We will continue to work on closing the gap to those ahead of us, but without ever ignoring the reliability factor. We will soon be pausing for the summer break, after which I’m sure everyone in the Scuderia will return even more ready and determined than ever.”

Maurizio Arrivabene -“A fantastic win! Over the past few weeks, we had had comments from people who said we were in a slump, people who obviously can’t or don’t want to read the numbers. As a matter of fact, we had anticipated long time ago that there could be ups and down in the course of the season, but that does not mean that we were stepping back. This weekend started with a horrible Friday for us, so we knew we only had P3 on Saturday to properly set the car up. We calmed down and managed to recover, but still we didn’t know we could win the race. We were only confident that we could fight at the front. Then both Seb and Kimi had a tremendous start and being able to drive in clean air surely made a difference in terms of tyre management, as we knew the first two sets of Options would perform very well. I am very disappointed, though, that Kimi din not make it to the end, because he was having a great day. Congrats to him. This is Formula One and we must accept the lack of reliability as another challenge for the future. We won today, but still keep our feet on the ground and remain humble and committed”.

Sebastian Vettel – “I think it looked pretty promising off the line. Obviously it was a great move from Kimi. Obviously he started another row back and we managed to be one-two after the first couple of corners. So I guess he did a hell of a job to get these Mercedes in the first two corners. Yeah, then I was told during the safety car phase that he has a problem with the car. He lost the [MGU]-K and obviously then you’re pretty chanceless, you lose a lot of power and then all the systems start to misbehave, so in the end he didn’t finish. It’s a shame – because I think it could have been, first of all, a very, very strong team result and second, a one-two. A great day for Ferrari but not as great as it could have been. Obviously a bit of a shame for Kimi – it’s not my job but all the bullshit that’s been going around recently, I think both of us were driving a very consistent race and deserved a one-two.”


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HUNGARY GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS+

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In torrid conditions at the Hungaroring, where the air temperature hit 33 degrees, the track on 55, qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix went well for Scuderia Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel was third fastest with a 1.22.739. Kimi Raikkonen was always a front runner, ending up fifth in 1.23.020. Pole position went to Lewis Hamilton who did a 1.22.020 in his Mercedes to finish just ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.22.595.) [via ferrarif1.com]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.020s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.575s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.719s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.754s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.000s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.202s
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1.312s
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.517s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.659s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2.161s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.806s
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.849s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 2.441s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.589s
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.719s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.823s
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.977s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.396s
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.929s

QUOTES

From motorsport.com – Kimi:  “It’s not ideal but we missed the morning with the soft tyres with the issue. We didn’t really know how it would be. It was not too bad, there were a few issues here and there, small things, which cost a bit of time. But at least we are on the clean side, and hopefully can make a good start and go from there and see what happens during the race.” Expanding on his FP3 problems he added: “It didn’t help, like I said, because we didn’t have the run on the soft tyres this morning. Things happen sometimes. It was a bit unknown for qualifying, but we keep improving, still it wasn’t ideal in the end. It wasn’t too bad, but obviously you always want to be higher up. We’ll try to do our best. Obviously Mercedes will be strong, but we’ll try to be second best after that, if we cannot challenge them. It’s going to be a long race. We’ll have to see how it pans out, just keep pushing and see where we are. We had some issues obviously yesterday, so we probably didn’t get exactly what we wanted done, there was red flags and stuff. I think it wasn’t too bad. Like I said hopefully make a good start, and go from there, and see where we get. It should be pretty OK.”

From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It was a pretty normal qualifying, but we did not get the ideal result. We had some difficulties here and there and did not manage to put a very good lap together. This morning we had some issues and could not run with the soft tyres: for sure this did not help and it was a bit of unknown for qualifying, but it was not too bad and the behavior of the car was pretty good. Tomorrow I’ll be on the clean side of the starting grid, we’ll try to make a good start and see what happens in the first few corners. The race will be very long and obviously the Mercedes will be very strong, but if we cannot challenge them we’ll try to be second best. We’ll keep pushing and do our best.”


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HUNGARY GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Sebastian Vettel took his Ferrari to third place in the final free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix with a lap in 1.23.886. Ahead of the German’s SF15-T were the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.22.997) and Nico Rosberg (1.23.095.) In the other Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen was sixteenth with a 1.25.661, having had to spend time in the pits following a loss of hydraulic pressure. The Finn only did 12 laps on the Medium tyres in the last session prior to qualifying, while his team-mate managed 19, doing his final run on the softer compound [via ferrarif1.com]

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.997s 12
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.098s 20
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.889s 19
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1.218s 17
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.329s 22
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.486s 30
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.681s 22
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.849s 16
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1.932s 12
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1.944s 22
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1.956s 16
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2.097s 13
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.232s 16
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 2.348s 17
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 2.396s 25
16 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2.664s 12
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 3.063s 20
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3.098s 20
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.760s 19
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.911s 20

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HUNGARY GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

An Exploratory Friday – Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and seventh fastest respectively in their SF15-Ts in the second free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on this first day of track action.

Raikkonen completed 30 laps, the quickest in 1.25.134, while Vettel did 26. Both men worked on set-up and car balance. They ran both Pirelli compounds, Medium and Soft on the scorching hot Hungarian track, with temperatures hitting the 53 degree mark. Having been quickest in the morning, Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheet again for Mercedes in 1.23.949. Behind him came the Red Bulls of Danil Kvyat (1.24.300_ and Daniel Ricciardo (1.24.451.)

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.949s 36
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 0.351s 29
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.502s 16
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.719s 34
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.185s 30
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.650s 37
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.711s 26
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.803s 31
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.932s 35
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.971s 31
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.986s 19
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.045s 32
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.141s 36
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.430s 36
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2.493s 39
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.882s 29
17 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.164s 29
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.166s 28

PRACTICE ONE

A Busy Morning – The Ferraris ended the first free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, which sees the Formula 1 World Championship up and running again after a three week break, this time at the twisty track on the outskirts of Budapest.

Quickest was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.25.141) and Nico Rosberg (1.25.250,) ahead of Raikkonen in the SF15-T (1.25.812.) On his final lap, the Finn lost the front wing after going over a kerb. Vettel set the sixth fastest time having spent a good part of the session in the pits with an electrical problem that manifested itself on the installation lap. He got back on track, completing 14 laps with a best in 1.26.395.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.141s 18
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.109s 22
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.671s 23
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.912s 20
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 0.929s 17
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.254s 14
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.586s 25
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.635s 14
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.684s 19
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.793s 27
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.131s 16
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.167s 17
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 2.176s 11
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2.240s 19
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.268s 24
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.591s 23
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 3.427s 9
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 4.552s 17
19 Fabio Leimer Marussia/Ferrari 5.490s 18
20 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 4

QUOTES

From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It was not a very clean day, in fact it was a slightly different Friday than normal. We had some issues and missed some running, but we were more or less able to follow our program. The feeling with the car was not too bad and the tyres were behaving pretty ok, but the laptimes are still not right. I don’t know exactly what happened with my front wing, it just broke suddenly and came off damaging the tyre. The team is looking into it and hopefully they will find out the reason. Today it was only Friday, we had been trying many different things to see where we are. I think we can improve for tomorrow and find a bit more speed for the rest of the weekend.”

From f1i.com – Kimi: “It [the front wing] just broke suddenly. Obviously it damaged the front wheel, the front tyre and rear tyre. I don’t know what happened, it just came off. I’m not scared. Obviously it’s not ideal when the front wing breaks but we don’t know the reason yet. At least I don’t know, the team is looking in to it and hopefully we’ll find the reason for it.”

From crash.net – Kimi: “It doesn’t feel too bad but obviously lap times are still not great. We had some issues today so it would have been better if we had run without those. We missed some laps … but it’s a normal Friday really, we’ll try and move forward from where we are and we’ll see tomorrow how we do.”


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