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HUNGARY GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring 24-27 July 2014

PRACTICE THREE

Report – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished the final free practice session prior to qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in sixth and seventh places respectively. Fernando did 11 laps, the best being a 1.24.769, while Kimi did 19, the quickest in 1.24.818.

In the first part of the session both Scuderia Ferrari drivers did a race stint simulation using Medium tyres, the harder of the two compounds Pirelli has in Hungary. Then, in the final 15 minutes the focus switched to qualifying, doing some laps on the Soft tyre.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver             Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m24.048s           21
 2. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m24.095s  +0.047s  24
 3. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m24.455s  +0.407s  16
 4. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m24.678s  +0.630s  15
 5. Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m24.685s  +0.637s  21
 6. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m24.769s  +0.721s  11
 7. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m24.818s  +0.770s  19
 8. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.867s  +0.819s  21
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m25.162s  +1.114s  17
10. Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m25.170s  +1.122s  19
11. Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m25.231s  +1.183s  18
12. Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.468s  +1.420s  14
13. Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m25.829s  +1.781s  22
14. Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m25.859s  +1.811s  19
15. Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.934s  +1.886s  21
16. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m26.023s  +1.975s  23
17. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m26.035s  +1.987s  19
18. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m26.142s  +2.094s  17
19. Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m27.560s  +3.512s  23
20. Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m28.083s  +4.035s  17
21. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m28.605s  +4.557s  22
22. Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m28.821s  +4.773s  14
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HUNGARY GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

PRACTICE TWO

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                     Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 1m24.482s          38
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 1m24.720s +0.238s  38
 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         1m25.111s +0.629s  33
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  1m25.437s +0.955s  26
 5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         1m25.580s +1.098s  34
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                  1m25.730s +1.248s  30
 7. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         1m25.983s +1.501s  29
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        1m25.999s +1.517s  37
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1m26.234s +1.752s  33
10. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes        1m26.402s +1.920s  18
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       1m26.689s +2.207s  42
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       1m26.703s +2.221s  37
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     1m26.789s +2.307s  39
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           1m26.919s +2.437s  41
15. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     1m27.013s +2.531s  39 
16. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1m27.019s +2.537s  40
17. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            1m27.021s +2.539s  14  
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           1m27.480s +2.998s  32
19. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         1m28.370s +3.888s  35 
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         1m28.469s +3.987s  26
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         1m28.586s +4.104s  35
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         1m29.036s +4.554s  34

 


PRACTICE ONE

Report – Kimi Raikkonen completed 29 laps, with a best time of 1.26.421, while Fernando did 23 on his way to a 1.26.872. It was a trouble-free session for both drivers.

The track was still very dirty during the 90 minutes of the session, while temperatures were not too high. The team worked on set-up and on evaluating the Medium tyre supplied by Pirelli this weekend, along with the Soft.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver               Team                    Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes                1m25.814s           27
 2. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                1m25.997s  +0.183s  31
 3. Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari                 1m26.421s  +0.607s  29
 4. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                 1m26.872s  +1.058s  23
 5. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault        1m27.220s  +1.406s  28
 6. Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes        1m27.357s  +1.543s  28
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault      1m27.683s  +1.869s  30
 8. Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault        1m27.782s  +1.968s  16
 9. Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes        1m27.804s  +1.990s  27
10. Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes       1m27.960s  +2.146s  24
11. Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari          1m27.967s  +2.153s  25
12. Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes    1m28.101s  +2.287s  28
13. Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault      1m28.208s  +2.394s  32
14. Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault           1m28.266s  +2.452s  28
15. Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Mercedes       1m28.330s  +2.516s  21
16. Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes    1m28.376s  +2.562s  24
17. Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault           1m28.593s  +2.779s  24
18. Adrian Sutil         Sauber-Ferrari          1m29.025s  +3.211s  23
19. Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham-Renault        1m30.363s  +4.549s  30
20. Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault        1m30.892s  +5.078s  24
21. Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari        1m31.004s  +5.190s  5
22. Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari        1m31.248s  +5.434s  20

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first free practice session, we managed to do a good job, testing various solutions on the programme and I was feeling reasonably pleased with the handling of the car. Then, in the afternoon, I went out for a second run on the Medium tyres, because the behaviour of this compound seemed worse as the temperature went up and that affected the handling of the car, while on the Soft I had no problems.

In the second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the Mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn’t show any problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days.”

Pat Fry: “The Hungaroring always presents a major challenge for drivers and also engineers, especially during free practice. All the teams know this track lacks grip and, especially on Friday, one has to adapt to the gradually improving conditions, as the rubber gets put down on the surface. Today, because of instability that seemed to affect other cars as well as ours, we had to pay particular attention to set-up, trying to improve the balance at the entry and exit to the corners. This track is very demanding on the aerodynamic front and today’s high temperatures had a significant effect on tyre behaviour, although it’s due to get cooler for the rest of the weekend.

The lap is particularly short and will make managing the ERS system very interesting during the race and this is an area where we are learning a lot race after race. The performance level over short and long runs are similar to those seen in recent races and it looks like being a very tough weekend. Overtaking opportunities are strictly limited and so, more than elsewhere, you need to get the best possible result in qualifying.”

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Thursday in Hungary

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Kimi Raikkonen had his usual meeting with the media this afternoon, in the hot conditions that are likely to typify this Hungarian weekend. As to how the Scuderia Ferrari man expects to perform at the Hungaroring, it’s the usual Thursday guessing game. “Hopefully, we’ll get that good feeling and get the car where we want and just have a clean weekend without any issues in any practices and can try things where we want,” he began. “Even though it’s twisty and people say you can’t overtake here, we’ve seen in the past that it can change a lot in the race after qualifying so we’ll see how it goes.”

On the much discussed topic that the Finn has found it hard to get a good feeling form his F14 T, the Ferrari man felt progress was being made. “There’s sometimes a good feeling and unfortunately it doesn’t last long, but last weekend was a better feeling again, we changed something in the car so hopefully that will put us in the right direction and we can get to where we should be.”

Kimi has spent a lot of time in Maranello and what he saw in the factory has put him in a positive frame of mind when it comes to next year. “I have 100% belief in the people in the factory and I know that we have the tools and the people to do the job we’re supposed to do. I’m sure we can be where we should be, hopefully already next year. With Marco (Mattiacci,) he didn’t have much knowledge of F1 when he came in but he has a smart head. I think he’s doing good work, making good decisions, but it takes time to get involved and get people’s trust but I think he’s the guy we need.”

[ Source: ferrari.com ]

Raikkonen: issues not down to regulations

“I don’t think it’s the regulations,” Raikkonen said. “In my view I don’t think it is that much different to the way you drive than last year’s car. Obviously it’s a different team, different car design and certain things are slightly different to how it was in the past. The biggest difference is that it’s not to my liking, and unfortunately these are not easy things to change.

“I’m sure we can turn it around and sometimes there is a good feeling but it doesn’t last long. Last weekend was a better feeling again and we changed something and got something new in the car so hopefully that will start putting us in the right direction and we will get to where we should be.”

“Overall it was a bit better and a lot more to my liking over the weekend. But I did qualifying and we were a bit out of position compared to where I think we should have been. Then you end up between the cars fighting and we got damaged twice on the front wing and I think that compromised our race a lot.

“Probably we should have done different things on the tactics, but that’s how it went. There were some good times and hopefully that’s happening more and we can keep it all the time.”

And Raikkonen believes Hungary could be a better circuit for Ferrari than recent tracks.

“It’s a different circuit more close to Monaco than the other place. We were having quite a good race there but obviously we have to see if we get that good feeling and get the car where we want and have that good feeling without any issues in practice to try things however we want.

“We will have to see tomorrow, but usually it is a good race and even this twisty track where people say you can’t overtake, we have seen in the past that it can change a lot in the race after qualifying. We’ll see how it goes.”


 

Alonso: Raikkonen having same difficulties as me

While Alonso has scored points at every single race, Raikkonen has struggled, recording a best finish of seventh. Nevertheless, the Spaniard is unconcerned about his teammate.

“I don’t really have an opinion on that,” he said when asked about Raikkonen’s struggles. “Obviously, the car is not great, we lack some downforce, some traction. We had some difficulties under braking in the first half of the races, brake-by-wire and all the systems that are new this year. Probably he was not feeling confident with the car, or he was not totally happy with the balance.

“At the moment, we are not super happy with the performance, either him or me, and we try to keep improving and score more points, especially with the constructors’ championship. We’re going backwards a little bit and we need to put both cars in the points as many times as possible.”

Alonso confirmed that he is constantly sharing feedback and information with Raikkonen, despite the Finn having a reputation for a less co-operative approach from his time at Lotus.

“Definitely we work a lot together,” Alonso confirmed. “The meetings are quite long this year, because we have quite a lot of things to sort out after the races, and we’ve been constantly making our suggestions and our comments on what we see on the track, and try to help the engineers to transfer that to Maranello and translate those comments into ideas to help the car.

“It’s not a big change from the work that I have done with Felipe [Massa]; it’s a working relationship trying to help the team all the time.”

Mattiacci: Ferrari ‘needs’ Raikkonen for 2015

Raikkonen & Mattiacci

Marco Mattiacci has hit back at suggestions Ferrari could or should plan its revival for the 2015 season without Kimi Raikkonen.

Lamenting the Maranello team’s slip behind Williams for third in the constructors’ chase, Fernando Alonso said at Hockenheim that Ferrari has “only been able to count on one car again and we have to improve on that”.

It might be concluded that Spaniard Alonso wants a more competitive teammate for 2015, but new Ferrari boss Mattiacci has moved swiftly to end those sorts of rumours.

When told by the Spanish sports daily Marca that the mid-season scorecard between Alonso and Raikkonen reads “10:0″, Mattiacci insisted: “This is not football.

“In F1 we don’t speak in those terms.

“Yes, I want better results, but Kimi is the driver that Ferrari needs for next year.”

And La Gazzetta dello Sport also quotes the Italian as saying: “We believe in him, he is a world champion, he is part of our present and our future.”

But that doesn’t mean Ferrari is not planning big changes for 2015, including significant improvements to the turbo V6 and the first car designed fully under the technical directorship of James Allison.

“He (Allison) is working very hard on the car for next year,” a team source told the Spanish sports daily AS.

“It will be his first car for us and we have very high hopes.”

[ Source: onestopstrategy.com ]