Report F1: The truth about the duel between Vettel and Räikkönen


Ferrari started the season with many hopes of being able to at least stand face-to-Mercedes. In the first few races, the car seemed to be fast enough to be able to challenge for wins, but different drawbacks prevented them from paying the maximum.

strategic Errors, incidents, or breakdowns led to both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen lost opportunities and, from the Grand Prix of Spain, the stagnation of the team of Maranello in the development of the car, along with the recovery of Red Bull from the hand of Renault, that complicated things even more.

Ferrari has suffered with the reliability, with the tires with the strategy and also with the evolution of the single-seater, which suffered a stagnation from Spain until the last few races of the month of July. Subsequently, the team reacted in part, but Red Bull had already reached a level that is scarcely comparable to those of Maranello and the runner-up position was soon unattainable.

And, in regard to the pilots, in many it has been the feeling that Kimi Räikkönen has been better than Vettel this year. And it is true that the performance of both has changed with respect to 2015 but, is enough to give the finn the label of best pilot of the team this year?


  • Sebastian Vettel he placed first in the snatch, but the bet by the superblandos used in the interruption by red flag forced him to stop again and a nut ill-fitting you removed the whole option of disputing the victory to the Mercedes and finished third.
  • Kimi Räikkönen gave four-tenths with his teammate in the standings after having problems to build temperature in the tires. In the start was a second behind Vettel, but made the same strategic mistake. Shortly after it lost power and the car caught fire in the pit-lane, having to leave with the turbo broken.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET No time 1:40.761 (8th) 15 1:25.852 (3rd) 25 1:26.945 (10th) 1:25.257 (3rd) 1:24.675 (3rd)
RAI 1:40.754 (17th) 1:39.486 (3rd) 17 1:26.435 (5th) 23 1:26.579 (5th) 1:25.615 (7th) 1:25.033 (4th)

Classification: Vettel 1-0 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 0-0 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel remade well of the multiple problems of Friday (graining, failure in the DRS and nut improperly adjusted) and ranked third in grill. The engine broke on the formation lap and did not start the race.
  • Kimi Räikkönen had problems to build temperature in the tires superblandos and gave up two tenths with his teammate in qualifying. In the race we recovered well from a bad start and came to pressure Nico Rosberg for the victory, finishing second.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:35.073 (11th) 1:32.650 (6th) 40 1:31.683 (1) 19 1:31.636 (4th) 1:30.439 (2nd) 1:30.012 (3rd)
RAI 1:34.128 (3rd) 1:32.452 (5th) 54 1:31.723 (2nd) 7 1:31.685 (6th) 1:30.559 (4th) 1:30.244 (4th)

Classification: Vettel 2-0 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 0-0 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel he only made an attempt to fast lap in Q3, and committed a number of errors in the same. In the start, hit your partner to be scared of Daniil Kvyat, who will prevail by the right. Your strategy of three stops was good and allowed him to climb up to second place.
  • Kimi Räikkönen also made mistakes on his fast lap in Q3 and was beaten by him in the first corner, suffering a puncture and breakage of the front wing, ending the race fifth
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:38.665 (3rd) 1:36.896 (2nd) 12+33 1:57.351 (1) 3 1:37.001 (1) 1:36.183 (2nd) 1:36.246 (4th)
RAI 1:39.155 (5th) 1:37.005 (1) 11+35 2:00.812 (12th) 5 1:37.347 (2nd) 1:36.118 (1) 1:35.972 (3rd)

Classification: Vettel 2-1 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 1-0 Räikkönen


  • An electrical problem prevented Sebastian Vettel rolling schedule Friday and in qualifying he had to face a penalty of five seats for the replacement of the gearbox. In the race he was beaten by Daniil Kvyat twice in the first round, being forced to leave.
  • Kimi Räikkönen encountered problems to generate temperature in the tyres and made an error on his fastest lap. The pace car allowed him to finish in third place in spite of committing some driving errors during the race.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:39.175 (3rd) 1:38.235 (2nd) 19+10 1:37.007 (3rd) 28 1:36.555 (3rd) 1:36.623 (3rd) 1:36.123 (2nd)
RAI 1:39.332 (4th) 1:38.793 (4th) 18+35 1:37.727 (4th) 14 1:36.976 (4th) 1:36.741 (4th) 1:36.663 (4th)

Classification: Vettel 3-1 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 1-0 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel had problems with the temperature rise in the rankings and gave up two tenths with his teammate. In the race, the higher rate of the Red Bull was too much and finished third.
  • Kimi Räikkönen could not complete a third sector good at classification. In the race he recovered from a bad start to climb to fourth place and the change of strategy to two stops allowed him to lay claim to victory for Max Verstappen, finally ending second.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:23.951 (1) 1:25.017 (4th) 22+35 1:23.255 (3rd) 16 1:24.124 (6th) 1:23.688 (6th) 1:23.334 (6th)
RAI 1:24.089 (2nd) 1:24.176 (2nd) 18+31 1:24.110 (6th) 13 1:23.796 (5th) 1:23.504 (4th) 1:23.113 (5th)

Classification: Vettel 3-2 Räikkönen | Race-Vettel 1-1 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel he suffered an accident on Thursday and was not able to find the levels of grip suitable in the classification, repeating the problems of Montmeló. In the race, found traffic at the exit of pit lane and lost a lot of time behind Felipe Massa, finishing in fourth position.
  • Kimi Räikkönen continued with problems to get the most out of the tires. In the race, lost control of the car in the hairpin and had to leave.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:15.956 (3rd) 1:16.269 (9th) 26+39 1:14.650 (1) 24 1:14.610 (1) 1:14.318 (3rd) 1:14.552 (4th)
RAI 1:16.912 (9th) 1:16.040 (7th) 24+37 1:15.555 (9th) 22 1:15.499 (10th) 1:14.789 (5th) 1:14.732 (6th)

Classification: Vettel 4-2 Räikkönen | Race-Vettel 1-1 Räikkönen


  • A small mistake in his fastest lap he lost some time Sebastian Vettel in the classification. In the race, the two-stop strategy was overly conservative and was not able to beat Lewis Hamilton finishing second.
  • Kimi Räikkönen ended up very unhappy its classification, in which committed several errors and was six tenths slower than Vettel. In the race finished sixth after a lot of problems to generate temperature in his tyres and the subsequent need to save fuel.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:15.243 (3rd) 1:14.469 (2nd) 22+45 1:13.919 (1) 21 1:13.925 (2nd) 1:13.857 (7th) 1:12.990 (3rd)
RAI 1:15.618 (5th) 1:15.234 (8th) 23+43 1:14.332 (4th) 21 1:14.477 (6th) 1:13.849 (6th) 1:13.579 (6th)

Classification: Vettel 5-2 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 2-1 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel was ranked fourth on the grid with three-tenths of a margin. In the race, his pace was very competitive and only Nico Rosberg beat him.
  • Kimi Räikkönen was found in traffic classification and could not get the most out of the car, something that also happened in the race. He was punished with five seconds by stepping the input line to the pits on his first stop. and finished fourth.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:48.627 (5th) 1:46.219 (8th) 26+36 1:45.630 (5th) 20 1:45.062 (11th) 1:44.461 (6th) 1:43.966 (4th)
RAI 1:49.635 (12th) 1:46.694 (13th) 16+32 1:46.024 (10th) 16 1:44.936 (9th) 1:44.533 (8th) 1:44.269 (5th)

Classification: Vettel 6-2 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 3-1 Räikkönen


  • Too conservative in your lap and with a penalty of five seats for the replacement of the gearbox, Sebastian Vettel was ranked fourth on the grid. In the race, he had to leave to burst one of the tires in the straight when he was a leader.
  • Kimi Räikkönen finished on the podium after not being able to face up to Verstappen, but take advantage of the incident between Hamilton and Rosberg on the last lap.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:08.022 (3rd) 1:08.589 (4th) 28+25 1:07.098 (1) 20 1:06.761 (2nd) 1:06.662 (3rd) 1:09.781 (4th)
RAI 1:08.222 (4th) 1:08.820 (8th) 30+23 1:07.234 (2nd) 26 1:07.240 (6th) 1:06.940 (7th) 1:09.901 (6th)

Classification: Vettel 7-2 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 3-1 Räikkönen

Great Britain

  • Sebastian Vettel had to face a penalty of five seats for the replacement of the gearbox and, in addition, committed several errors in his lap. In the race, he spun and was penalised five seconds for an overtaking incorrect about Felipe Massa, ending the race ninth.
  • Kimi Räikkönen he spun on his first lap of Q2 and a plane in the second, but was faster than Vettel in Q3. In the race, had several outputs on a wet track, but improved it in the dry and finished fifth.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:32.501 (4th) 1:32.570 (4th) 20+40 1:32.049 (5th) 10 1:31.606 (5th) 1:30.711 (4th) 1:31.490 (6th)
RAI 1:33.039 (6th) 1:32.736 (5th) 28+38 1:32.833 (9th) 12 1:31.326 (4th) 1:31.385 (6th) 1:30.881 (5th)

Classification: Vettel 7-3 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 3-2 Räikkönen


  • classification, Sebastian Vettel was adversely affected by the yellow flags. In the race, showed pace was very promising when he had a clear track.
  • Kimi Räikkönen was eliminated in Q2 on a wet track at the beginning and that was drying up gradually. In the race, made a first relay with soft very competitive which allowed him to overcome. In the final phase, lost an endplate of the front wing while trying to overtake Max Verstappen and finished sixth.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:22.991 (3rd) 1:21.348 (3rd) 22+31 1:21.185 (6th) 22 1:35.718 (4th) 1:24.082 (6th) 1:20.874 (5th)
RAI 1:23.082 (4th) 1:22.058 (6th) 19+46 1:20.859 (5th) 18 1:36.853 (8th) 1:25.435 (14th)

Classification: Vettel 8-3 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 4-2 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel could not move forward with the car set-up during the day on Saturday and was two tenths slower than his teammate. On Sunday he won the position to Räikkönen at the start and finished fifth.
  • Kimi Räikkönen again found it difficult to generate temperature in the tyres and in the race, finished sixth after a bad start and excessive degradation.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:16.667 (3rd) 1:16.208 (3rd) 29+39 1:16.104 (5th) 20 1:15.927 (6th) 1:15.630 (9th) 1:15.315 (6th)
RAI 1:16.852 (4th) 1:16.512 (6th) 23+45 1:15.902 (4th) 16 1:15.752 (4th) 1:15.242 (4th) 1:15.142 (5th)

Classification: Vettel 8-4 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 5-2 Räikkönen


  • classification, Kimi Räikkönen went off track on his first attempt of Q3 and made a mistake in the second.
  • On race, Sebastian Vettel he spun to the touch with Kimi Räikkönen in the first corner, but the red flag allowed him to recover ground and finished sixth. His companion finished ninth after having to stop in the pit lane, by the touch of the first curve and making the rest of the race with the floor of the car damaged.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:49.768 (5th) 1:49.023 (4th) 19+27 1:48.297 (3rd) 12 1:47.802 (2nd) 1:47.994 (8th) 1:47.108 (4th)
RAI 1:49.147 (3rd) 1:49.244 (7th) 24+30 1:47.974 (1) 11 1:47.912 (3rd) 1:47.664 (5th) 1:46.910 (3rd)

Classification: Vettel 8-5 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 6-2 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel completed a weekend without mistakes and finished on the podium. Kimi Räikkönen also had a Grand Prix without problems, but was unable to match the pace of his team-mate.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:24.307 (4th) 1:23.254 (3rd) 17+33 1:22.946 (3rd) 13 1:23.077 (3rd) 1:22.275 (3rd) 1:21.972 (3rd)
RAI 1:24.047 (3rd) 1:23.427 (4th) 16+28 1:23.149 (4th) 12 1:23.158 (4th) 1:22.568 (5th) 1:22.065 (4th)

Classification: Vettel 9-5 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 7-2 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel was eliminated after suffering the breakage of the stabilizer bar in the Q1. In the race soared from last place to fifth with a strategy of three stops.
  • Kimi Räikkönen was ranked fifth and in the race he advanced to a position that could have been two had it not been for a bad strategic decision of the team.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:46.287 (3rd) 1:45.161 (5th) 22+33 1:45.104 (5th) 13 1:49.116 (22º)
RAI 1:46.890 (6th) 1:44.427 (2nd) 20+34 1:44.860 (3rd) 15 1:44.964 (2nd) 1:44.159 (5th) 1:43.540 (5th)

Classification: Vettel 9-5 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 7-3 Räikkönen


  • Kimi Räikkönen found traffic and was back to having problems to build temperature in the tires during qualifying.
  • On race, Sebastian Vettel dropped on the first lap after touching with Nico Rosberg and breaking his front left suspension. Kimi Räikkönen finished fourth after completing the last phase of the race with the ground damaged in a touch with Nico Rosberg.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:36.331 (4th) 1:35.605 (3rd) 18+37 1:35.170 (5th) 14 1:34.557 (4th) 1:33.972 (6th) 1:33.584 (5th)
RAI 1:36.315 (3rd) 1:35.842 (4th) 16+31 1:35.150 (4th) 15 1:34.556 (3rd) 1:33.903 (5th) 1:33.632 (6th)

Classification: Vettel 10-5 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 7-3 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel lost time on his last lap of Q3 with a bad third sector while, in the race, suffered with the degradation of the soft compound and finished in fourth position.
  • Kimi Räikkönen had to face a penalty of five seats for the replacement of the gearbox and, in the race, finished in fifth place, eight seconds of Vettel after rolling in traffic much of the race.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:33.525 (3rd) 1:33.103 (5th) 19+34 1:32.731 (3rd) 13 1:31.659 (1) 1:31.227 (3rd) 1:31.028 (4th)
RAI 1:33.817 (4th) 1:32.573 (3rd) 17+26 1:33.011 (5th) 12 1:31.674 (2nd) 1:31.406 (4th) 1:30.949 (3rd)

Classification: Vettel 10-6 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 8-3 Räikkönen

united States

  • Kimi Räikkönen qualified ahead of his teammate, but had to abandon the race after a nut, bad set on the second stop will force it to do so.
  • Sebastian Vettel stood at the gates of the podium after having a touch without consequences, with Nico Hülkenberg in the first curve and take advantage of the abandonment of Verstappen and Räikkönen.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:39.988 (8th) 1:38.178 (4th) 15+35 1:37.894 (6th) 8 1:37.151 (7th) 1:36.462 (4th) 1:36.358 (6th)
RAI 1:39.407 (4th) 1:38.865 (10th) 21+31 1:37.284 (3rd) 15 1:36.985 (6th) 1:36.584 (5th) 1:36.131 (5th)

Classification: Vettel 10-7 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 8-3 Räikkönen


  • Sebastian Vettel had a lot of trouble getting the tire superblando to work properly and Kimi Räikkönen beat him in qualifying by a few thousandths.
  • In the race, and Sebastian Vettel again beat his teammate and came to roll in the position of a podium finish, but the penalty of ten seconds for his defense over Daniel Ricciardo sent him to the fifth position. In spite of that, his partner ended up behind after having a lot of problems with the medium compound.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:20.993 (2º) 1:19.790 (1) 23+47 1:19.937 (6th) 16 1:19.865 (4th) 1:19.385 (3rd) 1:19.381 (7th)
RAI 1:21.072 (3rd) 1:20.259 (4th) 19+37 1:19.994 (7th) 16 1:19.554 (2nd) 1:19.936 (7th) 1:19.376 (6th)

Classification: Vettel 10-8 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 9-3 Räikkönen


  • With a lap too conservative in Q3, Sebastian Vettel was passed by Kimi Räikkönen in qualifying despite a little understeer from the Ferrari, the finn and the bad second sector.
  • On race, Kimi Räikkönen dropped out after a spin in the straight with the track waterlogged and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth after a spin in the first part of the race.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:11.991 (2nd) 1:13.002 (7th) 29+45 1:11.959 (3rd) 14 1:12.159 (5th) 1:12.010 (4th) 1:11.495 (5th)
RAI 1:13.569 (10th) 1:13.047 (8th) 26+24 1:12.027 (4th) 16 1:12.100 (4th) 1:12.301 (6th) 1:11.404 (3rd)

Classification: Vettel 10-9 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 9-3 Räikkönen

Abu Dhabi

  • Sebastian Vettel had many problems to cope well when the temperature drops with the arrival of the night, and Kimi Räikkönen will outperformed in classification.
  • In the race, recovered to finish on the podium, and putting pressure on Nico Rosberg in the final laps. Kimi Räikkönen lost ground with many problems to build temperature in the tires.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:44.005 (5th) 1:41.130 (3rd) 27+31 1:40.775 (1) 16 1:40.341 (3rd) 1:40.034 (5th) 1:39.661 (5th)
RAI 1:44.556 (7th) 1:41.464 (6th) 27+34 1:40.999 (3rd) 14 1:40.338 (2nd) 1:39.629 (3rd) 1:39.604 (4th)

Classification: Vettel 10-10 Räikkönen | Race Vettel 10-3 Räikkönen

Season mediocre

Error in the pit lane in Australia, engine is broken in Bahrain, one’s own mistakes in China, electrical failure, gear box and accident in Russia… thus began the season of Sebastian Vettel when the car was at its best. But the season as Kimi Räikkönen was not much better, mainly due to its chronic problems in the understanding of the Pirelli tyres and be able to generate the sufficient temperature as to be able to maximize your grip.

Neither Sebastian Vettel nor Kimi Räikkönen have surrendered to a level that can be considered satisfactory and, in the light of the results, a result complicated to define if any of the two deserves a approved this year, although we can not forget that the car, although fast, it has been really complicated to implement and too sensitive to changes of temperature and track conditions. In the race, the Ferrari has yielded much better than in qualifying, but the delayed positions of the output or the errors and misfortune have ended up with the most of the opportunities to obtain a good result and have not gotten the victories or pole positions and only eleven podiums of 42 possible.


Sebastian Vettel started the season by taking advantage over his team-mate in Australia, but both spent a large part of the year by exchanging their respective positions in the classification. Finally, the German was highlighted in the last four races.

But, what pilot has managed to improve the performance of your partner? By very bad that it has been the season of Sebastian Vettel, has been better than Kimi Räikkönen a year more. More points, more podiums, more Great Prizes that has dominated his teammate throughout the weekend, less driving errors, the more damage suffered, more sanctions by mechanical problems, something that was to be expected known of the history of the Finnish, much better understanding with the tires.

What is certain is that Kimi Räikkönen has few arguments in its favor to justify that it has had a better perception of their season with respect to Sebastian Vettel. The consolation that his season has been better than the, 2015, with a single lower -at least compared to its rivals – should not mislead us to say that, without a doubt, the worst season for Vettel in many years has been, in any case, better than that of Räikkönen.

we must Not forget that Kimi Räikkönen is a driver of enormous talent who was World Champion with Ferrari and, therefore, its reaction in classification starting from the month of July and your best average of points compared to other seasons should not be considered sufficient. Thus, what has been the best Räikkönen Vettel in 2016? At all.

Sebastian Vettel Kimi Räikkönen
Incidents 6 (AUS, CHI, RUS, AUT, BEL, EVIL) 6 (CHI, HUN, BEL, BAD, USA, BRA)
Breakdowns 2 (OH, NO) 1 (AUS)
tyre Problems 2 (JPN, MEX) 9 (AUS, BAH, RUS, MON, CAN, GER, MAL, MEX, ABU)
Sanctions 5 (RUS, AUT, GBR , MEX) 2 (EUR, JAP)