Kimi Raikkonen’s record run of points finishes was ended by a tear-off strip from a rival’s visor, his team have confirmed.
Raikkonen began complaining of brake problems shortly after the start of the race and was told on the radio to beware of high temperatures. During his first pit stop the team discovered a visor tear-off was obstructing the airflow to his left-front brake duct.
The strip was removed during his pit stop but the damage was already done: Raikkonen’s brake had begun to overheat and on lap 25 he went straight on at the chicane. Although he was avoided hitting anything he was only able to make it as far as the pits where he retired.
Raikkonen had finished the last 38 races in a row – thirty for Lotus and eight for Ferrari in the second half of 2009, before he took a two-year break from F1. This was a record-breaking streak, as was his run of scoring points in 27 consecutive races.
Team principal Eric Boullier told Autosport it is unlikely the failure was caused by the design of the duct, even though the team had chosen the most aggressive of its two options: “If the failure had happened on both discs then you would think that the cooling was wrong, but it was only on one disc.”
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All three of them also competed in Champ Car World Series races in Mexico City, with Gonzalez and Diaz part of a six-Mexican driver entry in the 2003 race (Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr., Mario Dominguez and Rodolfo Lavin).
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Around two-thirds of the Formula E grid also race in the WEC, with the two championships preventing clashes so that drivers do not have to pick between them. As a result, it seems inevitable that one of the races will have to change date.
Jolyon Palmer felt “gutted” after a likely top-10 finish in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix was lost following a spin in the closing stages, costing him his first Formula 1 points.
2014 GP2 champion Palmer joined Renault for its return to F1 as a constructor in 2016, but arrived in Hungary without a point to his name from the opening 10 races of the season.
Palmer was left disappointed on Saturday after a red flag knocked him out of qualifying at the first hurdle, but a long first stint brought him into contention for points.
Palmer moved into the top 10 after jumping Nico Hulkenberg in the pits, only for Renault’s hard work to be undone when he spun off at Turn 4, losing three positions in the process.
The Briton was ultimately classified 12th after Esteban Gutierrez’s time penalty, extending his points drought to 11 races.
“I’m gutted as my first points in Formula 1 were there for the taking,” Palmer said.
“The car was good and I was driving well within myself in P10. I turned in the same as normal at turn four – I wasn’t hanging everything out and I was looking after the tires – but for some reason I lost the car in a massive snap.
“I need to look at everything with my engineers to see if there is anything we could have done to prevent it.
“I was running tenth, we had completed all our pit stops, we had good pace relative to those ahead and behind so it looks like we’ve made a real step forward this weekend.
“It was the best drive of my career today and just one small spin took away those points.
“I’m gutted today but I’ll be fighting to get in the same position or better in Hockenheim.”