Vettel delights in proving Ferrari critics wrong

31 July, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is fourth in the F1 driver's championship

"Someone hit me. If that's who I think it was, that's ****." said Riccardo, who was visibly frustrated as he went through the incident with Helmut Marko in the garage.

Mercedes' teammate Bottas tried to put up a fight but Ferrari had already established their dominance.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen locked up as he approached the second corner and calamitously crashed into his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, whose race was ended during the first lap.

However, it is only the second pole this season of Vettel, which leads the championship of a small point in front of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and has imposed only once at the Hungaroring. Raikkonen, who led Ferrari's last qualifying one-two at May's Monaco Grand Prix, was 0.168 seconds slower.

Lewis Hamilton says his decision to honour his position swap with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Hungarian Grand Prix came from his heart and not his head.

Sebastian Vettel won his fourth race of the season despite having steering wheel problem for most of the race, but with nine races left the Mercedes have more than enough time to catch him after the summer break.

Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas were the first out for Q2, the Englishman reporting "there's a bit of vibration on these tyres" as he rejoined the fray in pursuit of a place in the top 10 shootout.


At Turn One, Frenchman Romain Grosjean's Haas collided with German Nico Hulkenberg's Renault before, at Turn Two, the two Red Bulls collided when Verstappen over-steered into his team-mate. Bottas was asked by the team to let Hamilton overtake so that he could chase the Ferrari duo.

The 32-year-old Hamilton will have to wait until the next F1 race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium to have a shot at equalling the pole record.

"It is good you can not overtake around his track".

"Even if the reasons are obvious, complaining about losing a second and a fourth place is not Ferrari's style". Verstappen finished fifth despite that, which was quite impressive.

"I felt like I had it [pole] comfortably but I couldn't really finish it". "Obviously, the last race wasn't great for us, but we are here now".

Spaniard Carlos Sainz was seventh for Toro Rosso with Mexican Sergio Perez eighth and Force India team mate Esteban Ocon ninth.

Kimi Raikkonen was not impressed with Paul di Resta, the reserve driver in the seat of Felipe Massa's Williams, suggesting he should "stick to reporting".

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