July 27, 2015 @ 12:17 PM

In what could have been a one-two finish for Scuderia

In one of the most emotional, not to mention unpredictable, races to date, Sebastian Vettel comes out on top.


In one of the most emotional, not to mention unpredictable, races to date, Sebastian Vettel comes out on top.

 
After witnessing a qualifying that presented no surprises Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had defied all odds and dominated a race that looked doomed to being as predictable as a Michael Schumacher season around the start of this new millennium, only this time we would have a Mercedes on top (make that two Mercedes).
 
A gloom has set upon the sport this weekend following the passing of fellow F1 driver Jules Bianchi, the entire paddock had arranged themselves to pay their last respects to Bianchi with a minute of silence and a driver's circle of respect. The gloom soon lifted when the five red lights went out and both Scuderias kicked off their races with flying starts, Sebastian Vettel had driven comfortably pass Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes in a move that left the entire F1 watching community scratching their heads on how the two world champions had not collided. Kimi Raikkonen on the other hand challenged Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes for second place, Rosberg’s tyre lock-up in Turn 2 had given Raikkonen the upper hand.
From then on the Hungarian Grand Prix belongs to both the Ferraris. Pace setter Vettel opened up a three-second gap to his team mate while they left the rest of the field behind. Rosberg only just managed to keep pace with Raikkonen’s Ferrari but did not manage to close the gap between them. While the rest of the field shook down to their respective places amidst much carnage, penalties and unreliability, the Ferraris raced on until misfortune strike.
 
Having dominated 40 laps of the race, Kimi Raikkonen reported an issue with this car. The team later confirmed to the frustrated Iceman that his Ferrari was suffering from a MGU-K problem. Raikkonen will have to finish the race without the help of the energy recovery system and work hard to keep the Mercedes of third place man, Nico Rosberg, behind him.
Unfortunately for Raikkonen, a failed front wing on Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India saw him crashing spectacularly into the barriers at Turn 1 leaving a sea of debris behind therefor calling out the safety car and Bernd Maylander out for duty. The race was then diverted into the pit-lane for two laps while the marshals cleaned up the debris from both Hulkenberg’s failed front wing and Lewis Hamilton’s off-road excursion at Turn 6.
 
As a result, Vettel saw his 30-second race lead reduced to nothing behind the safety car while Raikkonen worried himself sick waiting for the safety car to turn off its light and head back into the pits. While Vettel raced away at the restart, Raikkonen made futile efforts in defending himself in the other Ferrari from both Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Rosberg.
 
The message that passed between Raikkonen and his race engineer on the radio would have broken any Ferrari fan’s heart with both side apologising to each other on the failed defence and the reliability issue. The team broke Raikkonen into the pits and rebooted the MGU-K system but Raikkonen returned to the pits a lap later for retirement.
Vettel on the other hand cruised his way to his second victory for Ferrari and his first at the Hungaroring, blissfully oblivious to the drama and carnage happening in the battle for second place. The crowd at the Hungaroring were on its feet cheering their Ferrari driver on to the first Ferrari victory since Michael Schumacher in 2004. It would have been every bit sweeter if Raikkonen had brought home the second Ferrari to a one-two.
 
Scuderia Ferrari dedicated the win at the Hungaroring to the late Jules Bianchi whose funeral was held last Tuesday. #JB17 
 
“Merci Jules, you will always be in our hearts and we know that sooner or later you would have been part of this team.”
Sebastian Vettel

Jerrica Leong

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