Hungarian GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review
By Courtesy of Pirelli
August 3 2019
|Pirelli Hungarian GP Qualifying Review|
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen
has set his first F1 pole position and a scintillating new track record at
the Hungaroring, using the P Zero Red soft tyre. Like the five other drivers
in the top six of the grid, Verstappen set his fastest Q2 time on the
medium, which means that he will start the race on this compound. Verstappen
took his first-ever pole and received his Pirelli Pole Position Award from
English actor Jeremy Irvine, who starred in the epic movie ‘War Horse’.
Verstappen becomes the 100th driver to set a pole position in the history of
Formula 1, by just 0.018 seconds.
|KEEP AN EYE ON
- Weather. Conditions were mixed yesterday, and reasonably warm today, with qualifying getting underway in 27 degrees centigrade ambient and 48 degrees of track temperature. The race is expected to be dry, but this forecast is far from certain.
- Strategy. Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull all set their best times on the medium tyre in Q2. They will all start the race on this compound, locking out the top six places on the grid.
- McLaren. Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have been consistently quick all weekend, with the sinuous track suiting the characteristics of their car. They line up best of the rest, seventh and eighth on the grid, and the highest-placed cars to start on the faster soft tyres.
- Williams. After bringing an upgrade to Germany and scoring points, Williams took another step forward with a strong qualifying performance in Hungary, after George Russell nearly got through to Q2 and outqualified some big names.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“We’ve already seen some remarkable speeds this year at the Hungaroring, with the fastest-ever lap already being beaten in FP3. This benchmark was lowered further in qualifying, both on the medium and on the soft tyre. The optimal tyre, in terms of flexibility, to start the race on is the medium, which is why the top three teams have all chosen it. However, every indication so far has shown that the frontrunners are extremely closely matched in terms of pace, so it's set to be an unpredictable grand prix, where the start and the pit stop strategy will be particularly important, given the difficulty of overtaking. The weather is another question mark, which could affect strategy if temperatures are much higher than they have been up to now. Congratulations to Max Verstappen on a brilliant first Formula 1 pole.”
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Hamilton 1m16.084s SOFT C4 USED Verstappen 1m16.097s SOFT C4 NEW Vettel 1m16.166s SOFT C4 NEW QUALIFYING TOP 10 DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Verstappen 1m14.572s SOFT C4 NEW Bottas 1m14.590s SOFT C4 NEW Hamilton 1m14.769s SOFT C4 NEW Leclerc 1m15.043s SOFT C4 NEW Vettel 1m15.071s SOFT C4 NEW Gasly 1m15.450s SOFT C4 NEW Norris 1m15.800s SOFT C4 NEW Sainz 1m15.852s SOFT C4 NEW Grosjean 1m16.013s SOFT C4 NEW Raikkonen 1m16.041s SOFT C4 NEW MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS HARD C2 Hamilton 12 MEDIUM C3 Stroll 23 SOFT C4 Norris, Russell 24 INTERMEDIATE Giovinazzi, Raikkonen, Vettel 15 BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER TIME HARD C2 Hamilton 1m17.995s MEDIUM C3 Hamilton 1m15.548s SOFT C4 Verstappen 1m14.572s INTERMEDIATE Bottas 1m32.357s