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Hungarian GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 31 2017

 
 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix Review
 
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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel led home a Ferrari one-two at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Pirelli as title sponsor, with nearly all the drivers adopting a one-stop supersoft-soft strategy.

Track temperatures were again in excess of 50 degrees centigrade, but tyre wear and degradation was contained in the first stint and further reduced by a four-lap safety car period shortly after the start, helping push competitors towards a one-stop strategy.

All the drivers started on the supersoft tyre, just under a second faster than the soft, with the exception of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Williams reserve driver Paul Di Resta, who were the only ones to select the soft on the grid. The fastest lap, set by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, was nearly three seconds faster than last year.

The Formula 1 teams will now remain in Budapest for the second in-season test of the year, during which they will run young drivers as well. Within this test, Mercedes will dedicate one day to a blind test of Pirelli’s 2018 tyre development programme.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“A great performance from Ferrari with perfect tyre management in the hot conditions from all the frontrunners. In the end, because of the early safety car and also the difficulty of overtaking, nearly all the drivers opted for one stop. Before everyone heads off for the summer break, we now have the second in-season test of the year, including one day of dedicated 2018 tyre testing with Mercedes on Tuesday.”

TRUTHOMETER
As we expected, most drivers opted for a one-stop strategy to avoid traffic, rather than risking the theoretically quicker two-stopper for only a small gain. Vettel made his stop from supersoft to soft on lap 32, while the Sauber's were the only cars to stop twice.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
MEDIUM	 SOFT		 	SUPER SOFT
- 	 Alonso 1m20.182s 	Kvyat 1m21.631s
-	 Raikkonen 1m20.461s	Ericsson 1m21.752s
- 	 Verstappen 1m20.490s 	Verstappen 1m22.041s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	 LAPS
SOFT		Ericsson 62
SUPERSOFT 	Palmer   46

 

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