HUNGARIAN GP

 

Qualifying        Race     Grid

 

Round 12 – Budapest, 27 – 29 Jul

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 27th  

FP1

1000 to 1130

0945 to 1150

 

 

FP2

1400 to 1530

1345 to 1550

 

Sat 28th

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1215

 

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1300 to 1540

Recording: 1630 to 1900

Sun 29th

Race

1410 to 1540-ish

1230 to 1710

Recording: 1845 to 2100

 

Tyre Allocation for this race:

 

Medium / Soft / Ultrasoft

 

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Individual driver’s tyre choices:

 

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UltraSoft

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

1

5

7

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2

4

7

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

1

3

9

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2

3

8

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

2

4

7

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2

4

7

Sergio Perez (Force India)

2

3

8

Esteban Ocon (Force India)

2

3

8

Lance Stroll (Williams)

1

3

9

Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)

2

2

9

Carlos Sainz (Renault)

1

2

10

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

2

1

10

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

2

3

8

Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)

1

4

8

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

1

4

8

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

2

3

8

Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

2

3

8

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

2

3

8

Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

2

2

9

Charles Leclerc (Sauber)

1

3

9

 

 

FP1:

·      Hot and dry with high track temperature.

·      I always say that generally the times are not very representative in this practice session, but as expected it does look like the Red Bull chassis is well suited to this circuit and the Mercedes one isn’t. Lack of engine power does not have so much effect over longer distances either, but when Ferrari and Mercedes turn their engines up in qualifying then we’ll see a difference.

·      Hulkenberg stopped trackside after an hour with a total electrical failure but the team got the car back to the garage so have an extra half hour to work on it before FP2.  Ericsson had a spin that damaged his floor so that will need changing.

·      I noticed a lot of cars exceeding track limits during this session – indeed I think Sainz’s quick time was set when he was spending a lot of time the wrong side of the white line.  I suspect the FIA may be saying something before long.  Pity they can’t warn drivers beforehand that any driver who exceeds the limits for whatever reason will lose that laptime.

·      Giovinazzi got another outing with Sauber – this time in Leclerc’s car.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m17.613s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

6

Bottas

Mercedes

1m18.470s 

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

8

Sainz

Renault

 

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

11

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

12

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

1m19.690s 

13

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

15

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

17

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

18

Giovinazzi

Sauber-Ferrari

 

19

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m20.697s 

 

FP2:

Hulkenberg’s car was worked on for the first 45 minutes while they completed a battery change.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m16.834s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

6

Bottas

Mercedes

1m17.868s 

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

8

Sainz

Renault

 

9

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

10

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

11

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

1m18.850s 

12

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

15

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

16

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

17

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

20

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m19.770s 

 

FP3:

·      When you see the cars in or pretty close to team order then you know the drivers are not getting more out of the car than it will give.  In this session they are pretty much two-by-two with the exception of Ericsson and Stroll (probably for reasons of driver ability) and Perez, who, despite appearing to do everything right when seeing the in-car footage, just doesn’t seem able to get any speed out of the chassis.

·      The Mercedes are struggling here despite what the times might show. The handling needs work – rather loose at the back by the look of it.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m16.170s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1m16.946s 

7

Sainz

Renault

 

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m18.139s 

11

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

12

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

13

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

14

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

16

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

18

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

19

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

20

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m19.132s 

 

Q1:

·      There had been recent rain and the track was damp, with more rain expected.  Love it!!

·      The cooler track temperature should suit Mercedes and the wet should suit Red Bull, it says here.

·      Everyone out on intermediate tyres at first. Lightning flashes nearby. Then a number of drivers came in for ultrasoft slicks.  In fact everyone but the top three teams – is that arrogance?!

·      When the rabbits started topping the time sheets Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull all came in for ultrasofts, except Ricciardo who went for Soft tyres, so saving a set of ultrasofts for later.

·      Then the rain started to pick up – brilliant, but it was not enough to stop the top drivers regaining the upper hand.

·      The Force Indias had an awful time, and a lot of the recent hype surrounding Leclerc exaporated. Sainz was doing well in the wet.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m16.666s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m17.526s

6

Sainz

Renault

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

9

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

11

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

12

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

13

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

14

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m18.641s 

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

1m18.782s 

17

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

19

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

20

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m19.301s 

 

Q2:

·      Damp track with rain nearby. The tack was drying so everyone out smartish like. Vettel, who went out initially on inters proved everyone else wrong when they went out on slicks and he went out on inters.  Everyone else was straight back in for inters and Vettel went on to top the times quite comfortably.

·      Then we had the pit straight soaking and the back of the circuit just damp.  Great.  Hence some good performances by Sainz and the Toro Rosso boys and poor performances from Ricciardo (!) and Hulkenberg.

·      Stroll slid off nose first into the barrier early on and lost his front wing.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m28.636s 

2

Sainz

Renault

1m30.771s 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

6

Bottas

Mercedes

1m32.081s

7

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

8

Raikkonen

Ferrari

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m33.654s

11

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

1m35.214s

12

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

13

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

14

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m37.075s 

15

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

No time 

 

Q3:

Raining. Why was the rainmaster, Verstappen, in  a Red Bull at Budapest so far down? You can see from the “1 second gap” how the rain affected the times. If it’s dry for the race this lineup could make for a very good race.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m35.658s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Sainz

Renault

1m36.743s

6

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m37.591s

7

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

8

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m38.858s

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m40.593s

 

GRID:

As usual, assuming no penalties…

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

20

 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

19

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

18

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

17

 

5

Sainz

Renault

16

6

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

15

7

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

14

8

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

13

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

12

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

11

11

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

10

12

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

9

13

Hulkenberg

Renault

8

 

14

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

7

 

15

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

6

 

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

5

 

17

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

4

 

18

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

3

 

19

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

2

 

20

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1

 

 

RACE:

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

70

20

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

70

19

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

70

18

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

70

17

FL

5

Bottas

Mercedes

70

16

 

6

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

70

15

 

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

69

14

 

8

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

69

13

 

9

Sainz

Renault

69

12

 

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

69

11

 

11

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

69

10

 

12

Hulkenberg

Renault

69

9

 

13

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

69

8

 

14

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

69

7

 

15

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

68

6

 

16

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

68

5

 

17

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

68

4

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

49

3

Gearbox

19

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

5

2

MGU-K

20

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

0

1

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