Hungary Result Achieved despite ‘far from easy circumstances’ – Arrivabene


Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished 1-2 in Hungary - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene said the Hungarian Grand Prix saw a great 1-2 finish for the Scuderia Ferrari team, even though it was not a straightforward day for the Maranello-based outfit.

Sebastian Vettel secured his forty-sixth career victory at the Hungaroring despite an issue with his steering wheel that affected his pace, while Kimi Raikkonen played the team game by holding position behind his team-mate despite having the faster car in the second half of the race.

Team principal Arrivabene was delighted to see the team take their second 1-2 finish of the season – the first came in Monaco in May – and he praised both drivers for the job they did under the circumstances at the Hungaroring.

“A great race and a result obtained in far from easy circumstances,” said Arrivabene. “Once again it demonstrated the strength of character at Ferrari.

“Congratulations to the guys here and back in Maranello, working together in what is the mark of a great team. Seb drove a magnificent race, managing to keep the lead despite the problem with the steering wheel.

“He was helped by a great performance from Kimi who demonstrated, not only that he is a champion, but also that he is a true team-player.”

Arrivabene is already turning his focus to the Belgian and Italian Grand Prix, which take place directly after the summer break, with the mandatory factory shutdown set to begin just after the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test, which will see Charles Leclerc testing for Ferrari.

“Next week, here in Hungary, prior to the FIA mandatory shutdown, we continue our development work, in preparation for the Grands Prix in Spa and Monza,” said Arrivabene.