HUNGARY GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report – Scuderia Ferrari recorded its best result of the season today. Fernando Alonso finished second, having led for a while until three laps from the end, while Kimi Raikkonen staged a great charge up the order to go from 16th on the grid to sixth at the flag.
It was a spectacular race, in part because it started on a wet track with everyone running Intermediate tyres. After a few laps, the Safety Car was required when Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily in the Caterham. The SC came out after the top four, including Fernando, had passed the pits, which jumbled the order, promoting Ricciardo to the lead.

The Safety Car came out again when Sergio Perez crashed the Force India on the pit straight, with Ricciardo changing tyres and mixing up the strategies. When the race was on again, Alonso therefore found himself leading, although Ricciardo, on a different strategy, retook the position, handing it back to the Spaniard with 15 laps remaining. Raikkonen meanwhile had his best race of the year, making the most of the run of pit stops to get as high up as third at one point.

Final Results:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                     Time/Gap
 1.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault         1h53m05.058s
 2.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                       +5.225s
 3.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                      +5.857s
 4.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                      +6.361s
 5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes            +29.841s
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                      +31.491s
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault             +40.964s
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes            +41.344s
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault           +58.527s
10.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes           +1m07.280s
11.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari             +1m08.169s
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes           +1m18.465s
13.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault              +1m24.024s
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault             -1 lap
15.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari               -1 lap
16.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari               -1 lap
                                                             
Retirements:                                          
                                                             
     Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari                33 laps
     Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault              25 laps
     Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes          23 laps
     Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes          15 laps
     Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                 11 laps
     Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault               8 laps
Drivers' championship:
 1.  Nico Rosberg       202
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     191
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo   131
 4.  Fernando Alonso    115
 5.  Valtteri Bottas    95
 6.  Sebastian Vettel   88
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    69
 8.  Jenson Button      60
 9.  Felipe Massa       40
10.  Kevin Magnussen    37
11.  Sergio Perez       29
12.  Kimi Raikkonen     27
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   11
14.  Romain Grosjean    8
15.  Daniil Kvyat       6
16.  Jules Bianchi      2
17.  Adrian Sutil       0
18.  Marcus Ericsson    0
19.  Pastor Maldonado   0
20.  Esteban Gutierrez  0
21.  Max Chilton        0
22.  Kamui Kobayashi    0

Constructors' championship:
 1.  Mercedes              393
 2.  Red Bull-Renault      219
 3.  Ferrari               142
 4.  Williams-Mercedes     135
 5.  Force India-Mercedes  98
 6.  McLaren-Mercedes      97
 7.  Toro Rosso-Renault    17
 8.  Lotus-Renault         8
 9.  Marussia-Ferrari      2
10.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0

QUOTES

Raikkonen not expecting big improvement over break“Yeah, after yesterday’s mistakes, this kind of place it is hard to place and we were lacking straight-line speed, I had difficulties passing the Sauber in the middle of the race with the DRS so obviously it was a bit tricky but we managed to gain place. We were faster than Williams but I just couldn’t get past. I hope that the second part of the season can be much better than the first one, but obviously one little bit better day doesn’t change an awful lot. It doesn’t take away the mistakes and the things we have to really improve, make it work as a team much better. That doesn’t change from this moment to this afternoon; there are an awful lot of things left to be done to make sure we can be where we should be. I believe in the team, that we can put ourselves where we should be. There are some signs, today we had good speed but obviously starting where we started, it was hard to make any better place. I don’t think there is going to be a big difference in three or four weeks, but for sure next year. So we try to work more improving things and improve in the second half, make sure things are how we want and should be.”

Kimi: We deserved more“Sixth doesn’t really give me anything. I think we deserved a bit more, but not after yesterday. I’m here to try and win races, OK it’s some good points but it’s nowhere near where we want. The car has been feeling pretty OK all weekend but it was a hard race to make any better result from where we started. It was more fun, for sure. The car was also feeling a bit better so it makes life a bit easier and means you can enjoy it more. It was a fun race. Difficult, but fun. However the big picture does not change from one result. It’s welcome to get some points and a bit better result but it doesn’t change the fact that we could have scored much better points in some of our races, but always something happens. I’m happy for it but its disappointing overall how things went and we have to make sure we don’t make those things [happen again]. There were some signs of improvements and the car is a lot better than at the start of the year but that’s normal. After yesterday’s mistakes, problems, at this kind of place it is still hard to pass and we are lacking straight-line speed a bit. I had difficulties getting past a Sauber at the start of the race even with DRS. It was a bit tricky but we managed to gain places. It’s hard, we were faster than the Williams but we couldn’t get past it and following it for so many laps takes a lot out of the tyres. I had a few times where I got close but it was impossible.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today’s race was difficult, but much more fun than the others, as I had a good feeling with the car, the pace was good and I felt I could push. After the way qualifying went yesterday, sixth was the most we could hope for. At the start, I got away well but then I lost vital time behind a Sauber and when I caught Massa’s Williams, I couldn’t get past: here in general, overtaking is not easy and we lack speed down the straights. Sure, this is a good team result, but we must not get too excited, because even if there are signs of improvement, we still have much work to do in a lot of areas to get to where we want to be. We’ve had a very complicated start to the season, but I hope the second part of the championship will go better. I have great faith in the team and I feel we are going in the right direction. Even if it’s going to take some time, I’m sure the results will come.”

Pat Fry: “After mixed fortunes in qualifying yesterday, today the team showed it could react extremely well and keep a cool head when faced with the variable situations that arose during the race. It’s never easy in cases like this, with rain at the start, the Safety Car, having to avoid traffic and especially with having to keep faster cars behind us, but the team performed very competently. The F14 T demonstrated the good race pace it had already shown on Friday and that has helped us re-take third place in the Constructors’ classification. After the summer break, we come to two races that will be difficult for us, on two tracks where it will be important to make the most of any opportunity, just as we did today. On behalf of the team, I wish to congratulate Fernando and Kimi. We had promised them redemption and we were true to our word. We know that there is still a long way to go, but we will spare nothing in our efforts, continuing to work hard to improve, day by day.”

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8 responses

  1. If it wasn’t for the strategy blunder yesterday, we wouldn’t be left with a “what could have been” for the Iceman today. It’s amazing that he’s feeling one with the car again and hope he’s on point for his kingdom – Spa after the summer break. He should be stronger and stronger as the season progresses. Love your site Evanstar Saima – I’m a fan! :D

    July 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

  2. Mohan Balaji

    Congrats kimi well done you would have been in the podium have they not messed up the quali never mind have very good summer break all the best kimi

    July 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  3. Gio

    First of all congrats to Kimi!
    Looking back at all the horrendous mistakes that Ferrari have done and maybe in some part Kimi, I personally think that Kimi wasn’t supposed to be in this 2014 car and he was a very late inclusion (to maybe) sanction Alonso for criticizing the Ferrari publicly.
    For a team and driver with so much experience in racing, it is unacceptable the childish mistakes that they are doing. Week in and week out that seems to be something new…
    However, I think that it is time to rectify all the mistakes and start on a clean sheet and go back on the right track especially for next season…

    July 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  4. Leonardo

    Stupid Ferrari like idiots with strategy! Can’t believe it myself!

    From 16 to 6th? Kimi is the boy! Pity about that damn car though.

    July 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  5. yuss590

    No matter what happened inside Ferrari, outsider only see the drivers’ performance. Driver cant run away from the critics after poor result, moreover the teammate result is the opposite ie. Very well or maybe considered extremely well. Look at all other teams, their drivers’s lap time/ result ate quite close. So this made the situation worst. Hope thing will turn around after the summer break. At least start closing the gap, and move much higher up on the driver standing eg. To 8 or 7th?

    July 29, 2014 at 5:57 am

  6. rahim5077

    Kimi will finish 7th in the championship and Alonso 5th..thats my prediction

    July 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  7. Kimi – ‘Light at the end of the tunnel': http://www.espn.co.uk/hungary/motorsport/story/170135.html

    “It’s been a hard first part of the year,” Raikkonen said. “When you can push and fight against people rather than just defend and fall backwards, it shows that we are doing something right and getting at least some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a good thing but the big picture hasn’t changed from one result.

    “We still have issues where we have to improve – mechanical grip, downforce, power. Here and Monaco seem to be a bit better for us but there is still a long way until we can say we are happy. The result is a bit better for me, and the team got a few more points, but the team hasn’t suddenly made a massive change.”

    “It’s not a disaster, that’s for sure, otherwise there would not be the results the team has achieved so far. We know the areas where we have to work and it’s a bit everywhere. We are not really bad anywhere but we are not fantastic anywhere.

    “It’s a reliable car, some places work better and some conditions work better but we have a lot of places that we know if we improve we can improve the whole thing. Things are not easy to change or improve in Formula One. You can pinpoint the issue you have but it’s very tricky to suddenly come up with a fix otherwise it would be easy and nobody would have any issues.”

    July 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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