The Iceman delights the fans. Staged just outside Budapest, the 2016 FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ is traditionally a home race of sorts for Finnish world champion Kimi Räikkönen. Each year, thousands of the Ferrari star’s followers flock to the Hungaroring to euphorically cheer him on. This year, they got to see him make an amazing charge up the field and post the fastest lap of the race.
His position on the grid did not look good at all. Kimi Räikkönen was only 14th on the grid after a tough rain-affected qualifying on Saturday. He was facing an almost impossible task at the Hungaroring which is not known for its overtaking opportunities. The Iceman, however, did not let that put him off his stride. He started on the soft tires, gradually battled his way forwards and even had a chance of a podium over the final laps with the freshest tires of anyone in the Top Six.
Räikkönen had to pass Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in order to realize his chances and improve even further on what had already been a strong charge from P14 to P6. The two were already acquainted from Barcelona. There too, the Finn had chased the Dutchman to the end of the race – and had been unable to pass. Verstappen took his first GP win, Räikkönen finished second. It was a similar story in Hungary. The Red Bull driver defended his position strongly against the attacks of the faster Ferrari driver. Not even a contact could upset Verstappen. Räikkönen posted the fastest lap time of 1:23.086 minutes on Lap 52 while hunting down the Red Bull in front of him.
“My car was really good today and behaved well. We had the speed, but obviously, this is not the easiest place to overtake,” said Räikkönen. The Hungaroring is not conducive to overtaking and prevented him from translating his good form into an even better result. “After yesterday’s qualifying, unfortunately, we were not best placed to get the result we deserved today, and that’s the most disappointing thing. We achieved the maximum today. I’m disappointed, because I couldn’t get past Verstappen and catch the rest.”
This was the Iceman’s first win in the 2016 DHL Fastest Lap Award. Mercedes ace Nico Rosberg still leads the overall rankings with five fastest laps. Teammate and new world championship leader Lewis Hamilton is in second place (two fastest laps). Räikkönen is now in joint third place with three other drivers, all with one fastest lap to their names.
Fastest Lap time: 2016 Hungarian GP
|05||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:24.608||60|
|06||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:24.669||48|
|07||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:24.687||40|
|09||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:25.021||65|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:25.103||67|
July is a hectic month for Formula 1. Four races in five weeks present logistics technicians with a major challenge. F1 will move directly from Hungary to Hockenheim for this weekend’s 2016 FORMULA 1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX at the Hockenheimring (July 29th – 31st), bringing a close to their summer marathon.
DHL FASTEST PIT STOP
Williams have proved unstoppable nine times in a row, but Mercedes now look like seriously putting the kings of the pit lane under pressure. The Silver Arrows crew achieved the fastest pit stop of the race for the second time on the trot.
|1||Mercedes||Nico Rosberg||2.15 Sec|
|2||Williams||Valtteri Bottas||2.16 Sec|
|3||Williams||Felipe Massa||2.24 Sec|
|4||Williams||Valtteri Bottas||2.28 Sec|
|5||Ferrari||Kimi Raikkonen||2.31 Sec|
What a fantastic battle! A mere one hundredth of a second separated the two fastest pit stops during the 2016 FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ at the Hungaroring. The Mercedes crew sent Nico Rosberg back on his way in just 2.15 seconds on his first stop of the race, beating Williams for the second consecutive time.
But the team from Grove showed once again why they reign supreme at the top of the 2016 DHL Fastest Pit Stop Awards. Three of the four fastest stops were by Williams. A clear demonstration of the perfection and attention to detail that predominates at Williams.
Source: DHL – Formula 1 Official Logistics Partner