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Raikkonen: P2 on grid in Hungary ‘a bit disappointing’

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Kimi Raikkonen was left frustrated after missing out on pole position during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday, calling P2 “a bit disappointing”.

Raikkonen finished 0.168 seconds shy of Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel during the final stage of qualifying at the Hungaroring, completing a front row lock-out for the Italian marque.

Despite enjoying one of his strongest qualifying displays of the season, Raikkonen was unhappy with his final flying lap, calling it “not too good”.

“The start was good and the end was not too bad but then at the chicane I braked on the outside kerb and got loose and really threw it away there,” Raikkonen explained.

“It was decent enough still for second place but it’s a bit disappointing. I felt I had it quite comfortably but couldn’t really finish it.”

Ferrari appears to have the upper hand over rival Mercedes in Budapest thanks to the tight and twisting nature of the Hungaroring track, but Raikkonen is not resting on his laurels.

“Yesterday wasn’t the easiest day and today we’ve been pretty happy with things. I managed to improve my car for qualifying and I must say we are happy with how they are handling now,” Raikkonen said.

“So far, so good. But tomorrow is going to be a long race and a hard battle so we have to keep going.”

The Hungarian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.

Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.