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Hungarian GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 30 2018

 
 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix Review
 
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole using a one-stop ultrasoft-soft strategy.

The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel used an alternative one-stop soft-ultrasoft strategy to finish second from fourth on the grid. A similar strategy was used by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to climb from 12th to fourth. The other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen went for a two-stopper, finishing on the podium.
Track temperatures were extremely high throughout the grand prix, having peaked at 60 degrees centigrade just before the race start.

All the teams apart from Haas will now remain in Hungary for the second in-season test on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Toro Rosso running a second car for two days to assess Pirelli’s 2019 prototype tyres.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“With a wet qualifying session yesterday, the teams had a free choice of slick tyres to start the race, which led to some split strategies. In particular, Vettel went in a different direction from his key rivals, which enabled him to make progress from his grid position, as was the case with Ricciardo as well. The data that the teams collected from Friday was reliable enough to formulate their race strategies, with the track having effectively reset itself after the rain. Consequently, we saw a few different tactics throughout the field, with the teams making good use of all three compounds, which stood up well to track temperatures that were close to the highest we have ever seen”.

TRUTHOMETER
Lewis Hamilton won the race using the optimal one-stop strategy as we predicted, swapping the ultrasoft for the soft at the end of lap 25. His Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas, who eventually finished fifth, used a similar strategy, but with a much longer final stint on soft.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
MEDIUM		  SOFT		      ULTRASOFT
Alonso 1m22.090s  Raikkonen 1m20.292s Ricciardo 1m20.012s
Hartley 1m22.612s Hamilton 1m21.107s  Vettel 1m20.056s
Sainz 1m22.774s   Magnussen 1m21.302s Hulkenberg 1m21.261s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	 LAPS
ULTRASOFT 	Gasly 	 32
SOFT		Bottas	 55
MEDIUM		Ericsson 62

 

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