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Hungarian GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 20 2020

 
 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix Review
 
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KEY MOMENTS
* Rain before the start of the race influenced all the strategies today, with the grand prix getting underway on a damp track. Everyone went to the grid on the Cinturato green intermediate tyre, apart from the Haas of Kevin Magnussen on the blue full wets.
* At the end of the formation lap, both Haas cars went to the pits for P Zero Yellow medium slick tyres. Their early switch meant that both Haas cars were running in third and fourth places throughout the opening stages of the race, after all the other drivers changed to slicks on a rapidly-drying track.
* There were four different strategies in the top five places. Hamilton was the last of the frontrunners to stop, making a third and final pit stop for P Zero Red soft tyres, to chase the point for fastest lap. * His team mate Valtteri Bottas, who finished on the podium, also made a third stop to try and get past Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver was second with just two stops: despite crashing en route to the grid.
As the race started with wet-weather tyres, the rules no longer obliged drivers to run two different types of slick tyres during the grand prix.

HOW EACH TYRE PERFORMED
HARD C2: Used by the majority of the drivers for the final stint and an integral part of the strategy from the beginning of the weekend, with only three finishers not using it in the race (including Hamilton). Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kvyat completed more than 50 laps on a set of the P Zero White hard to the finish
MEDIUM C3: Most drivers switched straight to this compound after removing the intermediate at the start of the race. There were some long stints seen on this tyre too, with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo running it twice to score points in eighth.
SOFT C4: Hamilton was the only driver to use this in the top 10 at the flag, benefitting from the extra speed of the red compound to secure the point for fastest lap on the final tour, also setting a new race lap record at the Hungaroring and taking the lead of the championship.
INTERMEDIATE: Used by all the drivers to get away from the grid, but only for a few laps afterwards as the track was drying rapidly – making an early switch to slicks profitable..

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“The overnight rain that persisted into this morning washed away any rubber that had been laid down, so we had a green and slippery track for the start of the race, which was run in quite cool conditions. However, the surface dried quickly, which was pivotal to the strategy. Uncertainty over the weather remained though, which led some drivers to extend their stints, just in case they needed to switch to intermediates again. In the end, it stayed dry for the whole race and so we saw a certain degree of degradation on the front tyres in particular, which is to be expected in these unusual conditions. Most drivers stopped twice but some chose to stop three times, looking for extra performance to pass a rival or claim the championship point for fastest lap.” 

 

EST TIME BY COMPOUND
HARD		     MEDIUM		 SOFT		    INTERMEDIATE
Bottas 1m17.665s     Hamilton 1m18.611s	 Hamilton 1m16.627s Hamilton 1m31.458s
Stroll 1m18.973s     Bottas 1m18.945s	 Latifi 1m22.058s   Verstappen 1m33.264s
Verstappen 1m19.184s Ricciardo 1m19.532s Kvyat 1m23.781s    Stroll 1m33.732s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND	DRIVER							  LAPS
HARD C2		Kvyat							  51
MEDIUM C3	Ricciardo						  39
SOFT C4		Leclerc							  18
INTERMEDIATE	Norris, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Ocon, Giovinazzi, Russell  4

 

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