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Ferrari gamble puts Raikkonen near back of grid

Ferrari gamble fails, puts Kimi Raikkonen near back of starting grid for Hungarian GP

Finnish Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari arrives for the third free practice session on the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, July 26, 20...
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car during the qualifying of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, ...

Hungary F1 GP Auto Racing

Finnish Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari arrives for the third free practice session on the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, July 26, 20...

Hungary F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car during the qualifying of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, ...

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Kimi Raikkonen has had little to celebrate in this Formula One season and an unsuccessful gamble in qualifying will likely extend his cheerless run.

With the Finnish driver in 14th place near the end of the first part of qualifying, Ferrari decided to keep Raikkonen on ice, hoping to save some tire wear, and betting that no one from the slower Caterham or Marussia teams would better him.

With six racers excluded after the initial qualifying stage, and Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado already out, Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, seemed assured of at least 16th place and a spot in the next qualifying stage.

Marussia's Jules Bianchi, however, managed a surprising lap of 1 minute 26:728 seconds, leaving Raikkonen 0.064 seconds behind him in 17th place out of 22.


Updated : 2021-03-08 15:39 GMT+08:00