Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Should Mercedes have split strategies to beat Ferrari?

Ferrari came to Hungary needing a strong win after the huge setback of Silverstone and they got it, thanks to some determined team play and some clear-sighted tactics. Mercedes, on the back foot after qualifying, considered various opportunities to attack but were hamstrung by Lewis Hamilton with a poor start getting stuck behind Max Verstappen for the opening stint. The strategists’ mantra at Budapest is ‘dodge things that lose you time’, such as blue flags, slower traffic and poor starts that leave you behind a […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ferrucci: 'A lot of progress'

Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci completed his second and final day of Formula One testing on Wednesday by logging 116 laps at the Hungaroring track.  Ferrucci’s fastest lap in the Haas VF-17 was a 1:20.994, earned on a set of supersoft tires. It was the 12th-quickest time among the 13 drivers participating in the test, and it was Ferrucci’s best overall time during the two-day test having run solely on Yellow soft tires Tuesday with a best time of 1:21.185. Haas' 57-lap morning […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ferrari fastest in both testing days

Scuderia Ferrari set the fastest times during both testing days at the Hungaroring circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the second and final in-season test for the Formula One teams.  Ferrari's Charles Leclerc set the quickest time (1:17.746) during the first day of testing, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas recording the most laps (155). Quickest on the final day at Hungaroring was Sebastian Vettel with a 1:17.124. Williams' Luca Ghiotto ran the most laps (161). Day 1 1.   C. Leclerc Ferrari 01:17.746      98 2.   S. […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Kubica enjoys official F1 return

Renault Sport Formula One Team concluded the Hungary in-season test with Robert Kubica making a return to his first official Formula 1 test session in over six years. To a backdrop of enthusiastic chanting from his loyal fans, Kubica completed 142 laps (equivalent to over two Grands Prix) following a programme of various aero and tyre assessments. Kubica's best lap of 1:18.572 was his fastest-ever time around the Hungaroring, the same circuit where he made his Formula 1 Grand Prix debut almost eleven years ago. […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Leclerc: 'A fantastic experience'

98 laps at the wheel of the SF70H in the boiling heat of the Hungaroring and a final lap time of 1’17”746 on the Soft tyres. It was also the fastest lap overall on the day. But for Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari Driver Academy student and current leader of the F2 championship, the stopwatch readout was not the most important aspect of this day. “Driving a Ferrari is never a ‘normal’ experience,” commented the 19 year old Monegasque driver. "I felt as though I was […]

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017

The Hungarian GP in pictures

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Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017

McLaren enjoys its best race of the season

McLaren Honda recorded its most competitive race of the season so far after scoring nine points during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso drove a strong race to finish sixth; a performance that included a committed overtaking move around the outside of Carlos Sainz at Turn Two, and a crackling second stint on the Prime tyre, which concluded with him setting the overall fastest lap of the race, on lap 69. “We were probably looking at seventh or eighth position today, but with Ricciardo out […]

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hamilton: 'I tried my best out there'

Lewis Hamilton finished the Hungarian Grand Prix fourth after facing radio communication issues for most of the race, causing him to remain stuck behind his team mate and losing time that would have helped him to attack the Ferrari drivers. After Valtteri Bottas eventually let him past to put pressure on Kimi Raikkonen, the Brit was unable to pass and gave Bottas the place back in the final corner.  The Mercedes driver remains second in the Drivers’ Championship, 14 points off Sebastian Vettel (202 points).  […]

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017

Force India breaks the 100 points mark

Sahara Force India scored six points in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix with Sergio Perez racing to eighth place ahead of Esteban Ocon in ninth. This result edges the team over the 100 points mark, which is a positive way to head into the summer break. A very aggressive first lap brought both drivers up into the top ten, from where it was mostly a routine afternoon with both cars executing one-stop strategies.  “I’m very pleased to come away with eighth place today. It hasn’t been an […]

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017

Vettel victorious at Hungaroring

Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel expands his championship lead after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday over team mate Kimi Raikkonen. The four-time Formula One champion won the race from the pole, leading all 70 laps to secure his 46th career Formula One victory, his fourth of the season and his second at the Hungaroring. The triumph also gave Vettel some breathing room in the championship. Vettel came into Hungary with only a one-point lead over his nearest pursuer, Lewis Hamilton, but leaves with a 14-point […]

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ferrari locks front row in qualifying

Scuderia Ferrari drivers will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from first row after setting the two fastest times in Qualifying on Saturday. Sebastian Vettel's lap of 1:16.276 was the quickest all-time at the Hungaroring and .168 of a second better than runner-up and teammate Kimi Räikkönen. This was Vettel’s 48th career Formula One pole and his second this season, and with Räikkönen qualifying second, it marked the third Ferrari front-row lockout of 2017. Qualifying results: 1.   S. Vettel Ferrari 01:17.244      01:16.802     […]

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Di Resta takes over Massa's seat

Williams' Reserve Driver Paul di Resta will drive alongside Lance Stroll for the remainder of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend after Felipe Massa was feeling unwell during practice in Budapest on Friday and Saturday. Massa visited the medical centre and the MH EK Honvedkorhaz hospital for precautionary tests on Friday, after feeling unwell and dizzy during FP2. He was cleared to take part in Saturday’s practice session by the FIA medical delegate, but he felt unwell again during FP3 and has made the decision to withdraw […]