FERRARI - Hungarian GP Qualifying

Hungarian Grand Prix
Budapest, 26th July 2014

ALONSO – Chassis 307 RAIKKONEN – Chassis 308
Q1 P10 1:26.087 New Medium – 4 laps P17 1:26.792 New Medium – 5 laps
Q2 P6 1:24.249
New Soft – 3 laps
New Soft – 2 laps
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Q3 P5 1:23.909
New Soft – 2 laps
Old Soft – 3 laps
New Soft – 3 laps
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Weather: 28/31°C, track 39/50 °C. Cloudy, light rain at the end


Fernando Alonso: “After a chaotic qualifying like today’s, you always think you could have done better. But if
you then analyse everything that happened, finishing fifth is a good result, because we made the most of every
opportunity that came our way. Getting to start on the clean side of the track is very important as it gives you a
chance to make up places at the start and to race with the leaders. The rain expected for tomorrow definitely
has an effect on strategy: so far, in the hot and dry conditions, there was talk of two or three stops, but
tomorrow everything changes. Both Kimi and I need to score points for the team, because we want to get back
the third place in the Constructors’ championship that we lost last weekend. Even starting far back, a good
strategy could help us reach that goal.”


Kimi Raikkonen: “I am very disappointed with the outcome of qualifying, especially because this weekend I was
going well and had a good feeling from the car. After the first run on the Medium tyres the team told me that
my time should be good enough to get me through to the next part and so we decided to take a risk and not go
out for a second run on the softer compound. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off and I couldn’t get past Q1. It’s
going to be difficult, because there’s not much chance of overtaking here at the Hungaroring. We definitely
made a mistake, but now I only want to look ahead. Tomorrow, even if it will be tough, we will do our best to
try and move up the order.”


Pat Fry: “Mixed fortunes for our team in today’s qualifying, with our drivers ending up no less than twelve
places apart. In the first part, the fact that Maldonado and Hamilton were out led us to keep both cars in the
garage, banking on the times set with the Medium tyres. With Fernando this worked, but unfortunately, with
Kimi we were caught out by the evolution of the track. It’s very disappointing not to have got through with him
because he’s been going better this weekend. Clearly tomorrow he will be on the attack: on this track, it’s not
easy to move up the order because of the traffic, but our race pace is good and we will do all we can to turn
things around. In the second part of qualifying, the track continued to improve and Fernando got into Q3 easily
enough. In the end, when the rain came, we decided to go out immediately, but then it was impossible to finish
the lap. The hot track dried out very quickly but, concerned it might rain again, we decided to go out on track
earlier than planned and Fernando ended up fifth. Rain is forecast for tomorrow which means it is even harder
to make predictions, but whatever the weather we must try and get Kimi back up into the points and to get a
good haul with Fernando.”



Tom Beeler

Tom has been a contributor to RIS since 1992. He was invited to join the staff as a full-time reporter/editor in 1995, and has covered IndyCar, Formula 1, NASCAR, Grand-Am, ALMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition to his RIS work, Tom has been a contributor for General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and the ACO.

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