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Hungarian GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 29 2018

 
 Pirelli Hungarian GP Qualifying Review
 
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Some rain that began to fall around half an hour before qualifying began and then progressively intensified meant that the session depended on a combination of judgment, opportunism and luck.

In Q1 a mixture of slick and intermediate tyres were used, while in Q2 it was a mixture of intermediate and full wet. For Q3, all the drivers used only the full wet tyres, with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton setting pole position in the closing seconds. He was presented with his fifth Pirelli Pole Position Award of the season (equalling Sebastian Vettel) by former driver Jean Alesi, who made his name in Formula 1 with a Pirelli-equipped Tyrrell in the 1990s.

Dry weather and high temperatures, similar to Friday, are expected for the grand prix. As the drivers all used intermediate and wet tyres for qualifying, the entire grid will have a free choice of slick tyres to start the race tomorrow. One pit stop is expected for most drivers, but this will also depend on the eventual track temperatures.

The regulations now place the cars into parc fermé until the race with no changes allowed, so it will be interesting to see which teams have focussed on a wet or dry set-up.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The wet and dry nature of the track at the start of qualifying was reminiscent of the final phase of the Hockenheim race last weekend, causing a similar headache for the teams who had to try and second guess the conditions. As the qualifying session went on, the situation became clearer, with heavy rain. Tomorrow is expected to be dry though, so we can probably expect a one-stop race, depending on the degradation of the ultrasoft. However, as the teams will all have a free choice of starting slick tyres, the potential for different strategies has been opened up – adding another element of unpredictability.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
MEDIUM - Not seen in qualifying but useful for a one-stopper tomorrow.
SOFT = Only Daniel Ricciardo used these in one Q1 run.
ULTRASOFT - Seen extensively in Q1 before the rain intensified.
INTERMEDIATE - Used by all the teams in Q2 as well as at the end of Q1.
WET - Used to set pole, and by all the drivers in Q3.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Vettel 		1m16.170s ULTRASOFT NEW
Bottas		1m16.229s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen 	1m16.373s ULTRASOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Hamilton 	1m35.658s FULL WET
Bottas		1m35.918s FULL WET
Raikkonen 	1m36.186s FULL WET
Vettel		1m36.210s FULL WET
Sainz 		1m36.743s FULL WET
Gasly		1m37.591s FULL WET
Verstappen 	1m38.032s FULL WET
Hartley		1m38.128s FULL WET
Magnussen 	1m39.858s FULL WET
Grosjean	1m40.593s FULL WET

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  			     LAPS
ULTRASOFT 	Alonso 	  			     28
SOFT		Vandoorne 			     35
MEDIUM 		Sirotkin 			     31
INTERMEDIATE	Bottas, Gasly, Hamilton, Leclerc,
		Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Vettel 	     5
FULL 		WET Sainz			     7

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	   TIME
ULTRASOFT 	Vettel 	   1m16.170s
SOFT		Verstappen 1m17.509s
MEDIUM 		Bottas 	   1m18.489s
INTERMEDIATE    Vettel	   1m25.176s
WET 		Hamilton   1m35.658s
 
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