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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


From – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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kimi-britishgp-050715-2015-krs15The British Grand Prix started under summer skies, but eventually delivered a typical English day, with rain arriving unexpectedly for the final third of the race. When the rain came, Raikkonen had been lying fifth and switched to Intermediate tyres on lap 38, while Vettel came in four laps later. It was enough to make the difference when it came to tyre management, given that the rain intensified just as Sebastian made his stop. Thanks to a great strategy, Vettel managed to jump the two cars ahead to go from sixth to third place, thus returning to the podium after a two race absence. Raikkonen was forced to make a further stop because his tyres were degrading and he ended up eighth. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes [via]

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h31m27.729s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 10.956s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 25.443s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 36.839s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m03.194s
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m03.955s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.744s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
13 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault Retirement
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault Spun off
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Collision
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari Not started


Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 194
2 Nico Rosberg 177
3 Sebastian Vettel 135
4 Valtteri Bottas 77
5 Kimi Raikkonen 76
6 Felipe Massa 74
7 Daniel Ricciardo 36
8 Daniil Kvyat 27
9 Nico Hulkenberg 24
10 Romain Grosjean 17
11 Felipe Nasr 16
12 Sergio Perez 15
13 Pastor Maldonado 12
14 Max Verstappen 10
15 Carlos Sainz 9
16 Marcus Ericsson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 1
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 371
2 Ferrari 211
3 Williams/Mercedes 151
4 Red Bull/Renault 63
5 Force India/Mercedes 39
6 Lotus/Mercedes 29
7 Sauber/Ferrari 21
8 Toro Rosso/Renault 19
9 McLaren/Honda 5
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0


Kimi – Dave Greenwood – Team Radio:

From crash.netKimi: “It changed quite a lot from lap to lap. Then turn 6/7, it got quite slippery and it was raining more and more and I decided to come in as I thought it would rain more, but it was four laps too early. It was the wrong choice, but we tried. We were faster [than Hulkenberg] but we couldn’t get past, then we stopped and it was fine. I was saving the tyres and when I started pushing the car was actually fine. The lap time was a bit missing for whatever reason, but the handling was as good as it could have been.”

From “For me it got quite slippery and it looked like it was raining more and more. Obviously I decided to come in; I thought it would keep raining. Four laps too early, so it was the wrong choice but at least we tried. Raikkonen had been passed by Vettel – who ended up on the podium after a perfectly-timed pit stop on lap 43 – just before his decision to dive into the pit lane on lap 39, which followed a wide moment at Luffield. The Finn says his decision to come in was not down to his hard compounds starting to go off at that point but rather his experiences from the earlier part of the lap. “No, tyres were OK. I had a moment at [Turn] seven/eight on that lap and then it’s very difficult to know where it’s slippery, I got a bit of rain on the visor. I lost of speed on the back straight and he got past me but I decided to come in and pit anyhow on that lap. In the end result the pit stop was too early, but we tried so…”

From f1i.comKimi: “It depends a lot on other circuits and conditions over the weekend, but I expect it to be a different story in the next race and then we go to different circuits again. This was not ideal for us, this kind of conditions, but we have to improve. We have to try and get better, whatever circuit it is, conditions, tyres… they were quite good, even in the race, but we will keep working and try to improve.”

From ferrarif1.comKimi: “In the early part of the race we were stuck behind Hulkenberg’s Force India, they were too fast on the straight and in the places you could pass, while we lacked some speed. It’s a pity because the handling of the car was good through the whole race and the behavior was definitely better than yesterday. When it started raining heavily, the track became very slippery, especially in Turns 7 and 8; so I took the decision to come in the pits for Intermediate, but then the rain stopped. Probably I made the call three or four laps too early. But in general, this kind of track is not ideal for us, and this is something we have to work on.”

Post-Race SkySports Video Interview



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Formula One World Championship 2015, Round 8, Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Austria, Sunday 21 June 2015 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF15-T passes the damaged Ferrari SF15-T of team mate Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.

This afternoon’s Austrian Grand Prix was a difficult race for Scuderia Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a frightening accident with Fernando Alonso on the opening lap, luckily with neither driver sustaining any injury. Sebastian Vettel was also out of luck: a problem with the left rear wheel nut at his pit stop complicated his race, as his stop was inevitably too long and he rejoined in fourth place. From then on the German chased down Felipe Massa, but despite gradually closing on the Brazilian, the bottom step of the podium eluded him and he had to settle for fourth [via]

Final Results and Standings:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h30m16.930s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8.800s
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 17.573s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 18.181s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 53.604s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m04.075s
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
14 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement
Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari Retirement
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Collision
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Collision


Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 169
2 Nico Rosberg 159
3 Sebastian Vettel 120
4 Kimi Raikkonen 72
5 Valtteri Bottas 67
6 Felipe Massa 62
7 Daniel Ricciardo 36
8 Daniil Kvyat 19
9 Nico Hulkenberg 18
10 Romain Grosjean 17
11 Felipe Nasr 16
12 Sergio Perez 13
13 Pastor Maldonado 12
14 Max Verstappen 10
15 Carlos Sainz 9
16 Marcus Ericsson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 0
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 328
2 Ferrari 192
3 Williams/Mercedes 129
4 Red Bull/Renault 55
5 Force India/Mercedes 31
6 Lotus/Mercedes 29
7 Sauber/Ferrari 21
8 Toro Rosso/Renault 19
9 McLaren/Honda 4
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0


From crash.netKimi: “I had wheelspin and suddenly went left. That’s about it really. The wheels spun really aggressively there and I don’t know what caused it, but the result is always the same. It’s not normal but it happened, that’s the way it is. The car didn’t have any grip. It’s dangerous, but racing is dangerous always. It must have been worse for the guy that was standing there and we must have come close to hit him.”

From “It’s not ideal, but it happens. Obviously it’s not normal and I was surprised when it happened, but it is what is. We didn’t expect it to happen, we were expecting to race into the top ten, but something obviously happened.”

From @miezicat1 – Q: Can you remember a similar incident in your career? Kimi: “No, that was very strange. I was in the 3rd or 4th gear and never I would have expected such a reaction from the car. Something happened there. Now we have to find out what was there.”

From ferrarif1.comKimi: “I don’t know exactly what happened before the crash, I had some wheelspin in an unusual place. I was at a quite high speed, suddenly went left and end up there. I did not see anything coming, everything happened very quickly. Unfortunately at that time my race was over, it has been a poor weekend, now we have to think about next one.”

Kimi interview after crash:

Fernando Alonso on the incident

From – Alonso: “He was sliding a lot out of Turn 2. I think there was a big difference between the soft and supersoft tyres. He started sliding, going left and right, left and right, and I was on the left and at one point he lost the car and I was there. It was a bit weird, because if someone hits you on a corner that can happen, but that the cars are sliding so much in fourth and fifth gear was a bit strange. This time it happened to him and I was in the wrong place. I saw I had a Ferrari below me in the mirrors, but I didn’t know where he was. I thought I was alone. I tried to get out as quickly as possible to see if he was okay. I saw him removing the steering wheel so I was relieved.

From – Alonso: “I’m OK. I just went to the medical centre because it is mandatory under certain G-force. We had 34Gs on the impact, I think. It was a very unfortunate accident. I started well today and made a lot of places in turn one and two, then Kimi was with the prime tyre so his exit had a lot of wheelspin and we were all overtaking him left and right, then he lost the car to the left and I was on the left. We went both on the wall and I was lucky not to hit him in the head, because looking at the replay I was braking but my wheels were in the air, so I was close with him. Luckily we are both fine. It was strange – wrong place, wrong time. A strange incident, he lost the car in fifth gear, very low grip.”

From – Alonso: “Me and Kimi are both OK and that’s the important thing.”


No action warranted – both Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are innocent as far as the accident is concerned, according to FIA.

Kimi’s onboard start from Canal+ tv:

The crash onboard Kimi:

Amateur footage at trackside:


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kimi-cangp-070615-krs7Kimi Raikkonen was fourth past the chequered flag at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing 5 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel. The Finn was third for much of the race, until he spun at Turn 10 on lap 28, handing the position to Valtteri Bottas.

Sebastian Vettel put in a gritty drive, starting from 18th on the grid. The German worked his way up to fifth at the end and at times he was the quickest man out on track. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes while Vettel and Raikkonen lie third and fourth in the Drivers’ Championship classification. [via]

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h31m53.145s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2.285s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 40.666s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 45.625s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 49.903s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 56.381s
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m06.664s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 4 Laps
Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari Retirement
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Retirement


Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 151
2 Nico Rosberg 134
3 Sebastian Vettel 108
4 Kimi Raikkonen 72
5 Valtteri Bottas 57
6 Felipe Massa 47
7 Daniel Ricciardo 35
8 Daniil Kvyat 19
9 Romain Grosjean 17
10 Felipe Nasr 16
11 Sergio Perez 11
12 Nico Hulkenberg 10
13 Carlos Sainz 9
14 Max Verstappen 6
15 Pastor Maldonado 6
16 Marcus Ericsson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 0
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0


Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 285
2 Ferrari 180
3 Williams/Mercedes 104
4 Red Bull/Renault 54
5 Lotus/Mercedes 23
6 Sauber/Ferrari 21
7 Force India/Mercedes 21
8 Toro Rosso/Renault 15
9 McLaren/Honda 4
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0


From motorsport.comKimi: “Not the result that we wanted. The spin is exactly the same story as last year. No problems in practice, but on both outlaps there is something odd happening, it just gives a massive throttle release and you cannot control it. It’s not ideal, but it is what it is. It’s a very odd thing, because obviously we do practices and similar stuff. So far this year there’s been no issues, so who knows? The tyres were working more or less fine, but on this kind of circuit fuel saving was a big part and that really limited our speed today in the end.”

“It was not the nicest weekend for us, but we still came home with fourth and fifth place, so it was not a disaster. But we are looking for better results and that is what we are aiming for. It is disappointing where we finished, but we have to keep working and improving.” [ms]

From crash.netKimi: “It was obviously something different that has been happening all year, otherwise I wouldn’t have spun, but this is something that we should know now and probably should have been more smart about it in being able to avoid it. Our map – I don’t know how to explain it – but it’s very on the edge, you move the pedal a little bit and you get a massive difference from the torque and there is no way I could have controlled it any more. It’s a stupid thing, but it happens, we have to learn from it and obviously it hurt us in the race, but you know disappointing results in the end. Obviously we wanted more in the end but you know it’s what it is. It was nothing to do with the tyres. It’s obviously to do with the pit stop maps and it’s nothing to do with the tyres or anything else. Unfortunate thing but it happens and we have to learn those things and improve.”

From autosport.comKimi: “We were hoping for better results and better speed against them but I think this circuit is going to show you the difference if you’re lacking on something. I’m sure the upgrade was good and worked as expected but obviously we still have to work hard and improve things overall. I’m sure when we go to more normal circuits, we will be stronger and we’ll know where the differences were. We were hoping for a bit more of a closer fight and better result.”

“I think we have to improve in the all areas.The car is actually pretty nice. We’ve improved on all the areas since last year but we still have work to be done.” [as]

From ferrari.comKimi: “The result of today is not ideal, we expected more than what we got in the end. My start was pretty good but then I did not have enough speed to go through and try to pass the Mercedes at the first corner. The tires were working pretty much ok, but in this kind of circuit fuel saving plays a big part and this obviously limited our speed today. My spin is exactly the same story of last year, I had no problem in any of the sessions during the weekend, but for some reason today in both the outlaps something odd happened with the throttle, and I could not control it . It’s a very unfortunate thing. Then we tried to recover from that but we found ourselves on different tactics than the Williams. Overall we had a pretty good weekend, we definitely improved in certain areas but of course this is not the result that I was expecting this morning. We’ll keep on working and improving things.”

From Maurizio Arrivabene: “If we look at the race pace, it was good, but a lot of circumstances occurred which prevented us from getting a better result. Sebastian drove a great race, making up thirteen places from the grid position. The upgraded engine gave us a positive feedback, but the weekend just wasn’t a good one. As for Kimi, he was scheduled for a one-stop race, then we switched to two tire changes when he fell behind Bottas. His spin at the hairpin is something we haven’t fully understood yet, it may be a case of contributory negligence as he said the same thing happened last year. It would be wrong to blame either him or the team in any case. He was pushing hard, too, but some issues slowed him down at some stages in the race. We must remain humble and try not to let the podium slip off from under our feet as it happened this time. We’re still the second strongest team, but we must look ahead instead of behind us”.


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