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Hungarian GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 30 2017

 
 Pirelli Hungarian GP Qualifying Review
 
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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix, after a qualifying session that was run from start to finish on the supersoft tyre, which is around 0.8 seconds faster than the soft tyre.

Lap times continued to improve, with the fastest-ever lap of the Hungaroring already set in FP3, and two drivers already breaking into the 1m16s bracket by the end of Q2. They went faster still in Q3, with a pole time of 1m16.276s: nearly 3.7 seconds faster than last year’s equivalent. At 4.381 kilometres, the Hungaroring is a short track, so this equates to the biggest time improvement seen so far compared to 2016 in terms of seconds per kilometre.

The most likely strategy tomorrow is for either one or two pit stops, with thermal degradation set to play an important role. Today’s track temperatures peaked at 57 degrees centigrade and similar weather is expected tomorrow.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING “The most remarkable thing about today was the margin by which last year’s pole time was beaten, with the top six cars setting times of under 1m17s. We had more than 50 degrees of track temperature, opening up the possibility of either one or two pit stops tomorrow depending on degradation rates, which will be assessed during the race.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
Super Soft - Used from start to finish of qualifying, so the top 10 will start on these.
Soft - A versatile tyre that’s set to be an important part of tomorrow’s strategy.
Medium - Not used at all today and unlikely to be used for the rest of the weekend.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES 
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Vettel 		1m17.017s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Raikkonen 	1m17.492s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Bottas 		1m17.914s SUPERSOFT  NEW 

QUALIFYING TOP 10 
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Vettel 		1m16.276s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Raikkonen 	1m16.444s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Bottas 		1m16.530s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Hamilton	1m16.707s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Verstappen 	1m16.797s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Ricciardo 	1m16.818s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Hulkenberg 	1m17.468s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Alonso 		1m17.549s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Vandoorne 	1m17.894s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Sainz 		1m18.912s SUPERSOFT  NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR 
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  LAPS 
MEDIUM 		Sainz 	  7 
SOFT 		Ocon 	  22 
SUPERSOFT 	Sainz 	  25

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR 
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  TIME 
MEDIUM 		Sainz 	  1m22.742s 
SOFT 		Hamilton  1m18.739s 
SUPERSOFT 	Vettel 	  1m16.276s
 
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