Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2015

Fast starts help Ferrari unlock soft tyre pace for win

2015 Hungarian Grand Prix lap times and fastest lapsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine



Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2015Ferrari were able to win the Hungarian Grand Prix because the rapid starts made by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen allowed them to make the most of their car’s pace on soft tyres.

Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said the team had endured a “horrible” Friday at the Hungaroring but were in better shape after Saturday. “But still we didn’t know we could win the race,” he said. “We were only confident that we could fight at the front.”

That all changed when Vettel and Raikkonen took full advantage of starting on the clean side of the track to pass both Mercedes drivers around the opening corners.

“Both Seb and Kimi had a tremendous start,” said Arrivabene, “and being able to drive in clean air surely made a difference in terms of tyre management, as we knew the first two sets of [softs] would perform very well.”

Sure enough, Nico Rosberg had no answer for their pace at this point in the race, and with Lewis Hamilton mired back in the pack Vettel was able to stretch his legs at the front. By lap 17 he was leading Raikkonen by almost three seconds and Rosberg was another seven seconds back.

With Rosberg switching to medium tyres for his middle stint, Vettel pulled away at an en quicker rate. At the half-way point in the race Rosberg was 22 seconds behind. Even with his final soft-tyre stint to come, and even allowing for Ferrari being weaker on the medium tyres, this was a very strong showing by Ferrari. Had it not been for Raikkonen’s mid-race MGU-K failure, they had a strong chance of taking their first one-two finish for five years.

2015 Hungarian Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2015drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Lewis Hamilton 101.635 91.345 90.861 90.201 90.363 90.101 90.397 90.675 89.751 88.71 89.966 90.486 88.559 88.141 88.115 87.695 87.862 87.961 90.955 107.17 87.013 87.635 88.448 89.23 88.447 88.263 88.321 88.412 87.45 87.032 87.303 86.947 86.801 87.599 87.975 88.076 87.86 89.349 88.571 88.672 89.078 98.98 129.025 109.706 117.788 143.815 143.854 124.969 95.088 90.09 92.414 111.708 86.908 93.485 99.401 85.871 86.096 86.495 88.112 88.493 86.012 86.938 85.839 86.178 87.249 88.663 87.184 85.727 86.491
Nico Rosberg 95.978 89.499 88.808 88.409 88.277 88.214 88.563 88.459 88.692 88.888 89.092 88.658 88.591 89.027 88.549 88.276 88.794 88.521 88.531 91.91 106.432 88.36 87.97 89.195 89.055 88.072 89.039 88.561 88.339 88.212 88.536 88.454 88.499 88.731 88.881 88.835 89.801 89.075 87.883 87.979 88.541 95.026 128.803 112.056 121.971 145.394 145.489 126.108 88.251 87.394 87.318 86.917 87.083 87.672 87.569 87.363 87.453 87.095 87.15 87.224 87.153 87.052 87.179 127.418 108.633 87.187 85.253 85.149 88.315
Sebastian Vettel 92.868 88.82 88.664 88.067 88.312 87.976 88.132 88.361 88.271 88.339 88.17 88.278 88.183 88.206 88.071 87.913 88.184 88.748 88.288 88.51 91.463 105.677 86.877 87.386 87.367 87.505 87.548 88.011 87.653 87.822 88.239 87.775 87.743 87.769 87.923 87.925 88.055 88.012 87.802 88.048 87.79 88.098 110.825 127.289 148.914 144.948 154.423 126.538 88.232 87.439 87.122 87.095 87.434 87.482 87.357 87.283 87.379 87.265 87.196 87.221 87.074 87.344 86.772 87.038 87.358 87.34 87.547 87.211 88.01
Daniel Ricciardo 99.193 91.382 90.333 89.962 89.525 89.663 89.597 89.516 89.429 88.83 88.888 89.433 88.409 88.625 88.717 88.679 88.926 88.804 89.211 89.209 92.192 106.428 88.345 88.378 89.096 88.407 88.419 88.732 89.692 88.696 88.924 88.428 88.108 88.444 88.281 88.587 88.387 88.429 88.74 89.493 88.853 99.537 127.62 111.996 112.519 143.89 138.742 124.052 90.229 88.552 86.961 86.508 86.623 86.794 86.75 87.258 87.113 87.289 87.015 87.305 87.115 87.137 87.016 92.601 113.294 85.315 85.016 84.821 86.611
Kimi Raikkonen 94.2 89.087 88.731 88.255 88.309 88.168 88.37 88.255 88.341 88.45 88.153 88.234 88.426 88.054 88.187 88.14 88.403 88.641 88.738 88.543 88.229 91.501 107.08 86.954 87.607 87.927 88.122 88.297 87.771 87.924 87.905 87.972 87.645 88.537 88.008 88.231 88.526 88.296 88.398 88.798 90.511 91.911 113.428 130.119 132.088 145.322 149.065 126.66 90.599 89.058 89.466 93.032 145.313 89.701 92.339
Valtteri Bottas 97.282 90.564 89.796 89.774 89.577 89.671 89.794 89.682 89.747 89.917 89.673 89.8 93.595 109.73 88.622 88.911 89.035 88.826 89.074 90.719 89.116 89.095 89.04 89.057 89.145 89.327 89.62 89.32 88.927 89.273 89.308 89.112 88.927 89.311 89.21 89.285 89.815 91.918 107.719 89.105 89.291 108.122 111.724 111.643 97.657 129.246 137.771 123.432 121.356 115.085 87.058 87.874 88.414 88.81 89.196 88.233 87.958 88.168 88.048 87.433 87.683 87.982 88.284 88.817 88.046 87.993 89.269 87.854 88.347
Daniil Kvyat 98.483 91.656 90.104 90.003 89.587 89.658 89.603 91.34 89.97 89.888 90.616 89.62 92.71 108.099 89 90.377 89.457 89.249 89.096 89.799 89.377 89.536 89.748 89.55 89.658 90.436 90.043 89.441 89.753 89.745 89.352 89.306 91.945 106.638 86.97 87.236 87.562 87.556 89.907 88.811 89.036 108.722 110.93 129.17 98.502 112.487 136.826 122.036 91.177 87.909 88.089 86.824 87.311 86.879 86.761 86.711 86.519 87.243 87.582 86.917 86.712 87.113 87.284 88.727 87.368 87.101 87.451 87.544 87.917
Felipe Massa 100.775 91.857 90.734 90.312 90.278 90.15 90.144 90.129 90.631 91.136 90.172 90.402 90.424 93.041 115.529 90.466 90.225 89.92 89.966 90.174 89.687 90.303 90.11 89.882 90.245 90.564 91.751 91.708 93.361 107.24 88.757 88.33 89.134 89.127 90.573 90.121 91.479 89.682 89.943 89.817 98.638 109.661 111.856 127.878 145.548 120.247 91.15 90.534 89.907 89.988 89.124 89.532 90.217 93.557 106.195 87.717 87.272 87.23 86.864 87.289 87.22 87.025 87.543 87.907 90.035 88.613 88.233 89.148 89.856
Max Verstappen 103.086 92.547 90.747 90.708 90.092 89.765 89.651 90.525 90.113 90.076 90.441 90.314 90.291 93.177 107.191 88.469 88.877 88.831 89.737 88.774 89.63 89.054 89.356 88.88 89.137 89.313 89.238 89.242 89.427 90.002 89.508 89.585 89.627 89.258 89.332 89.57 92.121 108.742 88.734 88.822 88.777 110.215 110.752 106.925 101.804 117.505 139.424 121.724 94.465 90.351 88.988 88.215 88.51 88.446 88.465 90.692 100.694 88.063 88.17 87.855 87.679 87.65 87.659 88.421 87.746 87.873 87.907 88.329 88.942
Romain Grosjean 105.374 92.231 91.457 91.467 89.466 90.278 90.128 89.897 90.449 90.36 90.901 90.093 90.071 93.249 108.011 89.282 88.998 89.358 89.61 90.695 90.737 89.516 90.265 90.369 88.952 89.681 89.65 89.629 89.214 89.449 89.78 89.144 89.66 92.715 114.696 89.526 88.782 89.056 89.287 89.391 96.383 111.239 129.439 120.568 145.347 119.309 90.943 90.153 89.794 90.169 88.991 89.468 90.193 88.631 88.407 88.865 89.288 88.338 88.116 88.08 88.213 88.212 88.115 88.202 88.194 88.759 89.524 88.139 88.61
Nico Hulkenberg 98.769 90.222 90.129 90.073 89.921 89.716 89.51 89.921 89.973 90.997 89.86 89.687 89.78 89.599 92.257 107.962 89.035 89.18 88.854 89.418 89.491 89.277 89.888 88.916 89.191 89.471 89.584 89.732 89.282 89.047 89.313 89.185 89.07 89.396 89.205 92.095 106.634 88.074 89.621 89.093 89.146
Carlos Sainz Jnr 102.132 91.644 90.997 90.336 90.225 89.99 90.387 90.638 90.201 90.186 90.457 90.071 90.407 90.242 92.126 110.714 88.853 88.97 89.398 89.452 90.233 91.005 89.014 88.898 88.973 89.432 89.322 89.263 90.053 90.074 89.628 89.292 89.518 90.098 89.767 93.448 108.759 88.611 89.533 89.453 89.922 113.334 112.017 144.042 144.973 122.171 91.987 90.748 89.33 89.255 89.247 89.846 89.095 88.922 90.933 90.032 92.2 92.092 90.419 104.05
Sergio Perez 99.783 91.895 90.605 90.359 90.08 90.077 90.423 90.06 90.238 90.052 90.009 90.695 91.344 89.624 89.391 92.509 107.087 88.638 100.508 89.253 89.984 90.848 89.903 89.911 90.194 89.944 90.382 89.895 90.517 94.463 108.526 88.791 89.677 90.014 90.929 90.113 90.302 90.959 89.867 89.825 97.29 128.053 111.059 119.008 144.29 129.499 89.348 92.079 89.458 88.645 88.499 88.967 96.273
Pastor Maldonado 103.745 93.242 91.676 91.441 91.669 91.814 90.618 90.848 90.623 90.368 90.626 90.937 90.268 90.363 91.1 91.092 91.718 90.307 91.959 91.341 91.042 91.558 91.621 94.876 107.001 107.759 88.092 87.989 88.175 88.623 88.646 88.456 88.903 88.969 90.207 91.793 90.103 89.472 90.127 91.062 98.815 131.122 113.206 112.419 144.07 118.673 94.044 92.329 87.643 87.358 87.234 87.898 88.45 90.604 87.52 88.015 91.278 92.779 100.817 87.745 87.298 87.13 87.424 87.682 87.615 88.524 88.101 88.973 90.132
Fernando Alonso 102.692 92.138 90.956 90.629 90.39 91.251 90.153 90.363 90.381 89.767 90.09 90.075 90.355 90.2 92.306 107.493 89.342 89.407 89.386 89.181 90.538 89.316 89.358 89.219 89.34 89.454 89.439 89.269 90.003 89.217 89.46 89.043 89.607 89.462 89.301 92.104 107.803 90.66 89.507 89.947 89.589 112.497 112.333 151.24 144.712 121.943 91.291 90.347 89.035 88.633 89.032 89.896 89.202 88.909 89.113 88.617 88.671 87.97 88.173 87.965 87.554 87.49 87.717 88.067 88.61 88.625 87.311 87.976 87.944
Jenson Button 103.467 92.813 91.399 90.859 90.558 90.512 90.004 90.082 90.469 90.24 90.583 90.185 90.31 93.164 107.162 89.883 89.315 89.474 89.535 89.783 89.872 90.232 90.446 89.508 89.61 89.651 89.525 89.303 89.211 89.699 89.887 89.6 89.759 89.816 92.442 107.242 89.863 89.889 89.701 89.676 97.749 107.745 111.934 140.596 145.038 122.084 91.615 90.787 90.781 89.524 89.251 89.559 89.321 88.991 89.191 89.493 92.035 89.318 88.714 88.674 88.568 88.615 89.424 88.875 88.535 88.826 89.278 88.901 88.862
Marcus Ericsson 105.581 92.865 91.769 91.203 90.763 90.049 90.43 90.284 90.43 90.338 90.395 90.058 90.101 90.27 89.913 93.119 109.228 90.136 89.978 90.215 89.99 90.095 90.287 89.818 90.072 90.345 89.584 89.873 89.908 90.205 90.113 89.638 93.569 110.136 89.951 89.986 90.496 89.821 91.483 89.961 101.213 126.78 113.783 113.584 144.213 117.371 93.894 93.919 88.639 88.395 88.087 88.702 88.18 88.47 88.056 88.511 88.646 89.468 88.725 88.004 88.342 89.285 88.503 88.782 88.773 89.321 88.832 88.894 89.287
Felipe Nasr 105.925 93.199 92.34 90.961 90.83 90.826 90.967 90.704 90.505 90.691 90.792 90.576 90.464 94.109 107.375 88.318 89.979 89.544 89.561 89.952 89.901 90.23 90.346 90.054 90.091 90.153 90.968 89.618 89.735 89.753 90.574 92.743 111.071 89.722 89.967 89.652 92.785 90.19 90.641 89.94 101.049 110.889 128.078 113.801 144.053 116.581 93.839 93.541 89.45 88.538 88.268 88.612 88.753 88.824 88.305 88.293 88.378 88.656 89.173 88.638 88.639 88.311 88.606 89.176 89.312 89.545 89.173 89.369 89.841
Roberto Merhi 105.442 94.703 92.97 92.627 93.625 95.672 115.638 93.645 93.694 92.197 91.642 94.902 91.839 92.608 91.365 92.258 91.562 93.403 91.799 92.447 91.67 91.883 91.723 93.841 92.169 92.147 94.057 92.252 93.957 95.136 112.929 93.101 91.869 92.281 95.194 98.483 92.227 93.71 92.28 101.35 112.578 129.214 103.997 143.884 115.605 93.784 92.848 93.059 90.596 90.365 90.843 90.862 90.876 90.969 91.479 90.132 90.724 90.377 89.868 91.213 92.86 91.411 90.858 90.794 90.393 90.403 91.768
Will Stevens 107.035 95.14 93.355 92.841 92.699 93.309 92.813 92.544 92.647 92.672 92.747 92.566 92.546 92.533 92.69 93.284 93.886 93.657 94.5 92.444 93.615 94.31 93.956 92.594 92.349 96.144 112.137 91.005 93.716 93.936 92.129 91.664 93.17 92.92 91.947 92.488 93.233 91.772 92.977 98.223 111.972 130.198 119.538 145.072 121.231 93.952 94.688 95.483 92.403 92.042 92.139 93.612 93.58 95.434 111.142 89.543 90.318 90.179 90.246 89.838 90.044 91.879 90.357 93.98 115.511

2015 Hungarian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’24.821 68
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.149 0.328 68
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.727 0.906 68
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1’26.519 1.698 57
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’26.772 1.951 63
6 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’26.864 2.043 59
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’26.954 2.133 24
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’27.058 2.237 51
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1’27.130 2.309 62
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’27.311 2.490 67
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1’27.650 2.829 62
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.004 3.183 60
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.074 3.253 38
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1’28.080 3.259 60
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.268 3.447 51
16 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’28.499 3.678 51
17 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1’28.535 3.714 65
18 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.611 3.790 38
19 Will Stevens Manor-Ferrari 1’29.543 4.722 56
20 Roberto Merhi Manor-Ferrari 1’29.868 5.047 59

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9 comments on “Fast starts help Ferrari unlock soft tyre pace for win”

  1. poor kimi
    having acted as a perfect rear gunner for Sebastian suffered an MGU-K fail
    he’s had alot of bad luck this year

    1. he was lucky and competitive on his first season with Lotus (2012). since then his luck seems to have ran out..I hope he’ll have a much better 2nd half of the season, beginning at his favourite Spa circuit.

      1. Think you need to look at the definition of the term ‘luck’. Kimi wasn’t lucky in 2012/13. He was brilliant. He swamped Grosjean and won the team battle even when he didn’t race for the last couple of races.

        1. @evered7

          He was not brilliant it is well known how quick lotus where and easy on there tyres Alo would have won the title in 1 of them years. Well faster than his Ferrari in race pace. I mean Kimi has been beaten soundly by 2 WC, i can guarantee if Kimi and a driver like Gro wwere the best of the rest at times and challenging Red Bull at Suzuka Alo would have won many races.

          1. So if a competitor is fast in a car, it is because of the car. But if our favorite driver does it, its because he was down pedalling it like the Flintstones?

            The TPs know how fast the car was and what their advantages were. If you have proof that the car was capable of more and Kimi underachieved, please provide it. Facts and not opinions count here.

            The reason Alonso didn’t win any championships at Ferrari was purely down to him. He had plenty of chances to close the deal but individual mistakes led to his downfall. Easy to blame the team for Abu Dhabi while ignoring his mistakes in Monaco, China. Similar case with his crash in Suzuka and underperformance in USA.

  2. wow 5 years since a ferrari 1-2!

  3. Vettel managed an incredibly consistent pace throughout the race. Just doing what he does best: leading a race from the front.

  4. Ham clearly had the pace, makes me laugh people yesterday saying Ham was like avg like Catalunya and Austria he had a bad race but was quicker than anyone unlike Austria and Catalunya. Remember Ros could not even stick with Ferrari he was so slow. If Ham kept 1st place he runs away with it and probably gets even more than 7 points. This was like Monaco for Ham best and quickest yet made mistakes. Ros was embarassing.

    1. It was pretty underwhelming and worse than Spain or Austria imo. He was not faster than Vettel in clean air which is pretty shocking considering he definitely had the faster car. The fact that he made a couple of faster laps with better tyres in clean air doesn’t change the fact that he wasn’t really closing down the gap as he should have.
      Rosberg wasn’t comfortable with the car all weekend, but didn’t make any mistake until he misjudged the situation with Ricciardo, which was a racing incident. Next time Hamilton’s uncomfortable with setup and complains you would make sure to mention it’s not entirely his fault…

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