The race at Hungary this afternoon was quite hectic at times, and during the event Kimi Raikkonen was being investigated for his actions at the very start. There were two other incidents of note during the grand prix that the stewards didn’t initially state they were investigating, but after the race the appropriate team members were summoned to the steward’s office to offer explanations. Renault have been suspended from the next race, and Red Bull have been reprimanded for the second race in a row.
As the lights went out in Hungary and the race got underway, Kimi Raikkonen was making use of his KERS device and was thundering up the field. The Finnish pilot squeezed Sebastian Vettel over to the right and the German Red Bull driver believes contact was made. After the first corner, Vettel radioed his team to say that he thought there was damage to the front wing, but it turned out to be more serious. The front-left suspension on the RB5 had been broken, and at about the mid-point of the race, it gave way. Vettel was forced to retire his car.
Despite this though, the stewards, who were investigating the incident, said that it was just a racing incident and that no punishment would be handed out.
However, Renault have been given a very harsh penalty following the incident that saw Fernando Alonso’s wheel come off mid-lap. The team, Piquet inclusive, will not race in Valencia in a months time. Although it is rumoured that Piquet will not be racing for Renault again anyway, penalty or no penalty. Further information on the Renault suspension can be read in this post.
Also, Red Bull have been reprimanded for the second race in succession. In Germany, Vettel was released early following a pitstop and the Milton Keynes squad were given a slap on the wrists. And again in Hungary this time, Mark Webber was released into the path of Kimi Raikkonen following a bodged pitstop that almost saw the fuel man get dragged to the floor. Webber thought he had been given the indication to go, but in fact the fuel nozzle was still attached to the RB5. Webber quickly backtracked his motions and stopped, but now under pressure, the team released him without checking the fast lane again and Webber was forced to back out of the throttle to avoid colliding with the Ferrari.
Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Sebastien buemi, who was enjoying a great weekend starting in P10, has not only finished in last place and been beaten by his rookie team mate, but has also received a fine for €1800 for speeding in the pitlane.
All in all, it was quite the Hungarian Grand Prix. Renault are out for one race, Raikkonen got away with being a bit boisterous at the start and Red Bull are treading on a very thin line with regards to pitstops.
- The live race notes can be viewed here: Hungary 2009: Live Race Notes
- The race result can be viewed here: Hungary 2009: Race Result
- The race report can be viewed here: Hungary 2009: Lewis Hamilton Returns McLaren To Top With Victory
- The pitstop and tyre strategies can be viewed here: Hungary 2009: Pitstop & Tyre Strategies
- The fantasy racers round-up can be viewed here: Hungary 2009: Fantasy Racers Update
- The Renault penalty post can be viewed here: Hungary 2009: Renault Have Been Suspended From The European Grand Prix