A complicated qualifying – Kimi Raikkonen endured a complicated qualifying session, having to park the car a few minutes before the end of Q2, when his car lost oil pressure. The Finn was ninth fastest at the time, but dropped to fourteenth because of the failure. In the other Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel was ninth fastest, making a mistake at the final corner, but will probably start from eighth because of a penalty for Romain Grosjean. The first row was locked out by Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton (1:47.197) on pole and Nico Rosberg (1:47.895) second. [via ferrarif1.com]
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m48.599s||1.402s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m48.639s||1.442s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m49.771s||2.574s|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m49.121s||–|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m49.228s||–|
|18||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||–||–|
From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “I don’t know exactly what happened, I lost some drive and had to stop. It’s too early to say what the problem was, we have to wait to know more about the issue. Our car has been handling pretty nice all weekend, unfortunately the issue has come at the bad time, my position could have been a bit better. Yesterday we had been trying few different things and I think we had made the right choices for today. Obviously we know we have to improve in all areas. My starting position will make my race very tricky but I hope that the race condition will turn in our favour. It’s important to go through the first corner: even if it won’t be easy to get past Mercedes-engined cars, we’ll keep fighting and doing our best.”
From f1i.com – Kimi: “The Mercedes-engined cars are pretty strong here but our car is handling pretty nicely all weekend so it was bad timing for the issue, but it is what it is.”
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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]
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.754s|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1.312s|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1.659s|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1.806s|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1.849s|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||2.441s|
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.”
A large crowd was treated to a very exciting qualifying session for the British Grand Prix this Saturday afternoon. In front of around 100,000 spectators, the Scuderia ended up with Kimi Raikkonen fifth in 1.33.379 and sixth with Sebastian Vettel, who did a 1.33.547. On their last set of Medium tyres, neither Ferrari man managed to improve on the times posted on their first set of new tyres, but it was enough to lock down the third row of the grid for tomorrow’s race. Pole went to Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes with a 1.32.248 [via ferrarif1.com]
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.636s||1.388s|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m33.649s||1.401s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m33.673s||1.425s|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.943s||1.695s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.268s||2.020s|
|13||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m34.502s||2.254s|
From crash.net – Kimi: “Obviously, we expected to be behind the Mercedes but, today, we ended up behind the Williams with a small difference between us and them. I don’t see it as sliding back, but we maybe didn’t get exactly what we wanted today. This kind of layout and in windy conditions, we know that it’s not very good for us, but it’s not like a disaster, it’s just that we are not happy to be fifth and sixth. There is no point to start talking about sliding back – I’m sure we are improving, but maybe the times didn’t show today. I think it’s down to the conditions, circuit layout and which tyres are at which race. There wasn’t the second difference in the last race, so you see how quickly things change. It wasn’t an ideal day for us, but I don’t expect this to be suddenly the true story. It’s one of the places where we seem to have a bit of struggle [and] we are not being worried about this going on all year. I think we could have done it better in the way we ran the whole thing, but the main thing is that we went through in Q2 after we got a bit close. It’s been quite tricky to get the laps together and I think it’s the windy conditions that seems to affect us quite a lot. One lap is fine and the next lap is a bit different, so it’s hard to get it right. On the last two new tyres in Q3, if I could have managed to put the sectors together, we probably could have been third or something, but we did our best. Obviously it’s a bit disappointing to be where we are, in fifth, and it doesn’t make me any more happy [to be ahead of Vettel] when we are fifth and sixth. I don’t care if he is in front of me when we are in this position. It makes a difference when we are going for P1 and P2, but it doesn’t make me happy to be in front of him when we are in the position we are in. Maybe other people look differently, but for me it is just a number.”
From autosport.com – When asked if Saturday’s performance showed Ferrari is losing ground, Raikkonen said: “I don’t think so – I don’t see that we are sliding back. Every race is different. We didn’t get exactly what we wanted today, but in these windy conditions we know it’s not easy for us. But it’s not like a disaster. There’s no point to talk about if we are sliding back.”
From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It was not an easy qualifying, with the strong wind the handling was not ideal and it was very tricky for everybody, because the conditions kept changing from run to run and from corner to corner. We know that when is windy it’s not very easy for us, we improved our car on that side but here it was still difficult to get the lap right, putting all the sectors together. Obviously we can’t be happy for fifth and sixth position, it’s a bit disappointing, but we tried our best and hopefully tomorrow we’ll do better. I don’t think we’re slipping back, it’s just the different conditions we had today. In the race we’ll see what is going to happen, we’ll push to gain some positions”.
Q+A from f1.com – Q: Kimi, would you say that it was good weekend so far? At least from the outside it has looked pretty smooth…
Kimi Raikkonen: No, not really. There were many things that we were running through and today, for example, there was one lap that was super and then the next lap was cr*p. So we had to get our game together at some point. In Q3 finally I was able to put all the sectors together – and it was okay. We did our best.
Q: Were there higher expectations after Q1 when you were quickest?
KR: No, because we ended up on the grid pretty much where we thought that we are. We keep our expectations realistic. And Q1 is never decisive, as we are all know, so to think that this could be the grid position would have been pretty blue eyed. And we are very down to earth with our expectations.
Q: You got one lap in Q2 deleted. Was there a misunderstanding on your side as to what was allowed in terms of track limits?
KR: No, not at all. We have to analyse what happened and see that we do not run into the same issues again. But it was no big drama.
Q: From what we’ve seen lately – including today – would you say that Ferrari are moving backwards in terms of relative performance?
KR: No, I definitely don’t think so. But every track produces different racing conditions – it is nothing more than that. Our car likes certain conditions and if these conditions are not there – just like the relatively windy conditions here – then we are struggling probably a bit more. Maybe you could say that we haven’t been too happy today, but tomorrow is the race and things can change pretty rapidly.
Q: What do you expect in terms of race pace compared to the Williams? They’ve shown that they will be a factor to consider this weekend…
KR: I have not looked at what they’ve done in qualifying. I was basically focusing on myself. But from my position I think it should be possible to gain some positions. But that is something that will – if at all – happen tomorrow! (laughs)
Q: It is the first time that you have outperformed Sebastian Vettel in qualifying in a situation where he didn’t have a problem. Are you dealing better with the fast corners – or what do you put it down to?
KR: Well, starting one position better than Seb doesn’t make my any happier. I don’t care whether it is fifth or sixth, this doesn’t have any impact on me. Yes, if it were first or second – that is something different. But fifth or sixth – no. That just shows that we have to work on the gap!
Q: The gap to the Mercedes is still somewhat significant for a team that wants to fight for wins. Are there any updates in the pipeline that will help you get closer?
KR: There are always bits and pieces that are new on the car at every race. Other than that I will not go into detail. We know that we have things to improve – and Ferrari was never a team that ‘forgets’ to develop. We have a clear goal and that is to fight for the championship. We know that it will not be this year, but everything that we learn and do this season will help us be more competitive in 2016. I have no worries that we will get there and improve to the point where we can challenge them.
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Qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix left Scuderia Ferrari with mixed feelings. The variable track conditions in Q1 left Kimi Raikkonen unable to post a good timed lap and so the Ferrari man had to settle for the eighteenth fastest time. Sebastian Vettel will start from third on the grid having lapped in 1.08.810, beaten only by the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.08.455) and Nico Rosberg (1.08.655.) [via ferrarif1.com]
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m09.278s||0.823s|
|7||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m09.612s||1.157s|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m10.465s||–|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.522s||–|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m09.694s||–|
|18||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m10.482s||–|
Note: Kvyat, Ricciardo, Alonso and Button all have penalties
From espn.co.uk – Kimi: “[I was told] that we have three timed laps and obviously they noticed at some point that we went out too late and I was not going to have three timed laps, but I was never told. I was doing a normal plan and obviously it made a big difference. It was wrong. I was doing the same thing that I was doing when I went out and I never got the information that it was not possible to do what was the original plan and obviously we missed the one lap completely. I was thinking that I was doing the normal thing and I was not told that the plan had changed suddenly. They sent me out too late, we missed one lap and it obviously cost a lot. Obviously it was not ideal. We should be much higher up and I’m sure we could have fought at the front, but we tried to do our best and obviously it’s not an ideal starting place. Yes, there are long straights but also there are very tricky corners to be in the middle of the pack, so we have much bigger chances to have that happening in the first few corners, so you try to stay clear of all the s*** in the first lap and then I guess we should have speed, but you never know what will happen in the race. We will do our best and see where we end up.”
From autosport.com – Kimi: “More or less until this point, it has been a pretty good weekend. The car is handling well. I’m sure we can do a good job.”
From crash.net – Kimi: “It is what it is tomorrow. Obviously we should have the speed [as I mentioned] but it’s not a very ideal position to start because there are so many things that can go wrong in the first few corners. I’m sure if we get clear through those then we try to maximise our result, but there is no point guessing what is going to happen. We will push as hard as we can and hopefully make the right decisions when they come and gain many positions.”
From ferrarif1.com – Kimi: “It has been a very bad Saturday and this result will not help us tomorrow. When I went out for my last run in Q1, the team informed me that I could do three timed laps, but then the plan was changed and I did not get the information. Therefore we missed one lap completely and I was knocked out. The point is that I was sent out too late and that cost us a lot. Obviously my starting position is not ideal; we should have been much higher up, I’m sure we could have fought at the front. Tomorrow we should have the speed we need, but you never know what happens in the race. In the first lap it will be better to stay away of problems because there is a much bigger chance of something happening in the first few corners. There is a long straight, but also two corners which can be tricky if you happen to be in the middle of the pack. Then we’ll try to maximize our result. Until now it has been a pretty good weekend, the car is handling well: we’ll try to do our best and see what we can do”.
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