Raikkonen’s history at the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Hungary is the closest Finnish drivers get to a home Grand Prix according to the man himself – Kimi Raikkonen. We’ve seen hundreds of Finnish flags waving there for Kimi, as well as ex-F1 driver and double champion Mika Hakkinen. Here’s a quick look at the Iceman’s history at the circuit:

2001
Finished just outside of the points with Sauber in 7th place.

2002
Qualified 11th in the McLaren, finished 4th. We were given a taster of Kimi’s early combat skills when he tackled Montoya in the Williams:

 

2003
Qualified 7th, took his first podium at Hungary in 2nd.

2004
Qualified 11th, retired on lap 10 with electrical issue.

2005
Qualified 4th. Race day was a different story – took the fastest lap and the win with the beautiful MP4/20.

 

2006
Pole position with 1.19.599.

Did not finish the wet race, as Kimi crashed while trying to lap a confused Torro Rosso of Liuzzi’s:

 

2007
Qualified 4th in the Ferrari. Set the fastest lap of the race. Finished on podium in 2nd.

2008
Qualified 6th. Iceman took the fastest lap once again in the race and finished 3rd.

2009
In his last Hungaroring outing, Kimi qualified 7th and finished the race on the podium in 2nd.

Statistics breakdown:

  • Pole positions: 1
  • Wins: 1
  • Fastest laps: 3
  • Podiums: 4
  • Points finishes: 1
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21 responses

  1. Ram

    that 2002 video was payback for what montoya did to kimi @ hockenheim earlier

    July 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    • yea! he pushed Kimi off the track lol but that was a great battle, Kimi held his ground for like 1/3 of the circuit!

      July 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

  2. Erm…is it just me or is the fact that Kimi didn’t touch his champagne on the podium a bit off character?! Oh….I get it, he just didn’t want to waste it by spraying it around loooool.

    July 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

  3. Lars

    Well I must say he’s got a good history in Hungary. And the way he did his race in Hockenheim. Even Martin Brundle was lyric about his race craft. But I haven’t heard anyone being lyric about their strategy. Many jaws were dropped when he was notified that the second stint he was on option tires.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

  4. Lotus haven’t really progressed much this season, yet. They’re in the same position as they were in Bahrain. It’s their strategies which are costing a lot. McLaren have developed really well ahead and now it seems Lotus have to do a lot more than just improve performance and tyre strategies.

    Having said that, they are going to have new developments for Spa/Monza…

    July 23, 2012 at 11:01 pm

  5. Kinga

    Saima, if I remember well a McLaren team member died just before the GP that’s why Kimi didn’t spray the champagne.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

    • Oh yes of course… totally forgot about that :(

      July 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  6. Leonardo

    Yes, they need to improve on strategy. The year will be over before we know it – and so will the season. The only team to improve dramatically so far this year is Ferrari.

    But the main push should be on pole positions, or very close to pole. As we have seen all season, pole is the only guarantee for the win. Look at Alonso, Button, Rosberg, Webber. All won races from pole. I promise you now, Kimi won’t win if he does not take pole. He must push harder, because he has not really pushed this season, only maybe in China.

    Take pole, you will win – unless mechanical fault.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

  7. Kinga

    I think I disagree, Leonardo. I don’t know if he pushed hard or not but getting the pole is not the only way to win a race this year. But I do agree that Lotus should improve their strategies.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

  8. Ram

    I don’t understand the logic of pushing hard or not in F1, every driver gives it his best with his maximum concentration, to say alonso is pushing harder than massa is pretty much stupid, why would massa simply not push hard, his career is at stake…? the only way you can surely win in F1, is to do your best in the car at the given situation….the car will need to suit the track/the driver input, fine tune as much as possible for every race, use the correct strategy, hope for your right weather conditions, throw a little luck to win… in other words do the best you can with what you have…. if someone else does better than you with what they have, they win… simple, it isn’t rocket science that the media makes it to be… the perfect example would be the 7 time world champion…. not challenging for championship is he? after 3 years coming back to F1?

    July 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    • Leonardo

      I am not saying Kimi is no good, don’t get me wrong. I am a huge fan, like you guys here. The problem is the season, and that the cars are so closely matched – which is why Kimi needs to push extra hard. Alonso is pushing hard in an average car, and its paying off. Ferrari are winning now.

      Lotus needs to do the same

      July 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

    • Leonardo

      Chill out, Ram. I was just stating my opinion.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

  9. Leonardo

    Check this out?

    July 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

    • Amit

      Lotus has let down kimi.. Their strategies have been faulty. I doubt they are giving their 100% behind kimi ? Kimi as a racer is on par with alonso & lewis, if not better. Qualifying is hurting kimi badly. Lotus need to put in their 100% behind kimi. I win he wins the coming week in hungary.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

      • Leonardo

        yes, very true. Qualifying is hurting Kimi badly, and he knows it.

        Its time for a complete rethink on strategies otherwise Kimi wont win one GP this year

        July 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

  10. Except Spa :P

    July 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    • Leonardo

      Dont be so sure. He wont win at all this year unless he qualifies better, and that means better strategy by the team.

      Qualifying in 10th is just not good enough

      July 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  11. Ram

    Stated my opinion as well Leo… and my post was about facts of a f1 driver in a car and not about kimi

    July 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

  12. If Kimi can win at Spa in that dog of a ‘car’ called the F60 then he can this year :) but yes…let’s wait and see lol

    July 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  13. Leonardo

    We need better strategy (and a prayer :)

    July 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

  14. Kimi could win at Spa if he gets a great start. But on his last two races he ran wide at turn 1, and would probably get a penalty like Vettel in the last race for something similar. So I agree that in order to win, he needs to start from the first or second row.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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