Hamilton and Raikkonen in hunt for Hungaroring records - Hungarian GP in numbers

Hamilton and Raikkonen in hunt for Hungaroring records - Hungarian GP in numbers

There is another one of those coming at the Singapore GP in mid-September.

It was the perfect retort from Vettel, one point ahead of Hamilton in the championship race, after he finished a lowly seventh at the British Grand Prix a fortnight ago following a penultimate-lap puncture.

The halo design forms a semi-circular barrier around the driver's helmet in the front half of the cockpit, protecting against debris without completely closing the cockpit. When first tested ahead of 2016, drivers were split as to whether they liked it with some - such as three-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton - criticizing it on aesthetic grounds.

The decision raised eyebrows, considering how valuable the points were that Hamilton was essentially giving away to a main rival. Researchers took in various factors: car-to-car contact, car-to-environment contact and external objects, such as a wheel.

Verstappen was given a 10-second penalty by the race stewards for being found to be at fault for the collision.

"I want to win the championship the right way". The manufacturer has yet to be decided, although several companies have been contacted.

No driver has been on top of the podium more times than Hamilton at the Hungaroring, where he has five victories to his name and can match the great Schumacher's total of 68 poles if he sets the pace in qualifying.

Indeed Di Resta, the reserve driver for Williams, was told he would be filling in for Massa just 90 minutes before Saturday's session.

"We don't drive in circles because we enjoy it so much", said Wolff. "When you don't have the radio it's like driving with a blindfold on".

The F1 championship resumes at the Belgian GP in Spa on Aug. 27.

There were glum faces down in his team's garage too as boss Toto Wolff could not hide his disappointment at seeing Kimi Raikkonen take second spot to make it a Ferrari one-two.

Hamilton could only qualify down in FOURTH place after an unhappy afternoon where he complained about the performance of his Mercedes.

"We believe (the halo) would have changed dramatically the outcome of the accident", Mekies said. "But knowing something is there that would help us is stupid to ignore. Overall it's supposed to help us, so that's what we should remember".

While Hamilton and others have been critical of the halo's appearance, Vettel championed it.

"In Monte Carlo we had problems much worse than here", he added. There was a lot of talk about the new cars. "I do think today was the right way to do things".

"Doesn't look too good", Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg said.

"Not sure that this additional protection is necessary because all the other areas (of safety) are improving".

After the problems of last year, when Ferrari failed to win a race and finished third behind Red Bull and Mercedes in the constructors' championships, things are looking up.

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