GP Ungheria, prove del sabato–29/07/2017
Sebastian Vettel takes Hungarian GP pole, Lewis Hamilton fourth
Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in qualifying for Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix, as title rival Lewis Hamilton struggled to fourth on the grid.
Vettel was fastest in final practice earlier on Saturday, led the way in Q1 as well, and was the first F1 driver to lap under under 1m17s around the Hungaroring in Q2, before Hamilton made a second run.
Vettel then set a 1m16.276s best on his first run in Q3 to take pole, which proved enough to get the job done despite Vettel lapping slightly slower on his second attempt.
Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen snatched a brake at Turn 1 on his first run in Q3 so was down in fifth, but he improved dramatically on his second run to leap to second, within two tenths of Vettel’s mark.
Hamilton went off at the fast Turn 4 on his first run in Q2 and did so again in Q3. He struggled for grip throughout qualifying, complained of vibrations through the tyres, and ultimately wound up only fourth fastest, more than four tenths of a second off the pace.
Mercedes struggled in the first sector of the lap compared to Ferrari and Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was only third quickest, 0.163s clear of Hamilton.
Max Verstappen was second fastest in Q1 and third in Q2, but Red Bull faded from the pole position fight in Q3.
Verstappen was fifth fastest, a tenth behind Hamilton, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was sixth, only 0.021s adrift despite missing most of final practice with a hydraulic problem.
Nico Hulkenberg lapped quicker than Ricciardo in Q2 and ended up best of the rest in the best of the works Renaults in seventh, just under a tenth clear of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda.
Stoffel Vandoorne made Q3 for the second race in a row and qualified ninth, three tenths behind Alonso.
Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso rounded out the top 10, after making only a nominal run in Q3.
The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer was 11th fastest, missing the Q3 cut by a tenth of a second thanks to a monster final flying lap in Q2 from Sainz.
Esteban Ocon was best of the Force Indias in 12th, ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, Ocon’s Force India team-mate Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean’s Haas.
Grosjean’s Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen matched Perez to the thousandth of a second in Q1, but missed the Q2 cut by account of setting his best time later than the Force India driver.
Lance Stroll’s Williams was only 0.007s further back in 17th, while emergency stand-in team-mate Paul di Resta outstandingly split the Saubers of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson to qualify 19th for his first grand prix since 2013.
Di Resta achieved this despite not having driven a 2017 F1 car before, and only turning his first laps of the weekend in qualifying after Felipe Massa fell ill in final practice.
Di Resta gradually worked down to a time 0.766s slower than Stroll, only 0.029s slower than Wehrlein, and over a tenth clear of Ericsson. Williams rightly called this a "fantastic job" in difficult circumstances.
The Sauber drivers ended up more than seven tenths adrift of Stroll’s Williams, despite planning to run their year-old Ferrari engines at full power for the first time this season, after having cooling updates fitted to the cars.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.797s||0.521s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.818s||0.542s|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m18.912s||2.636s|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.495s||–|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.639s||–|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m18.538s||–|
|19||Paul Di Resta||Williams/Mercedes||1m19.868s||–|
Hungarian GP: Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in practice
Sebastian Vettel shattered the Hungaroring track record as he set a scintillating pace and led a Ferrari one-two in final practice for Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Vettel clocked a 1m17.017s on the super-softs during his qualifying simulation to finish the session 0.475s quicker than Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
The lap was 1.464 seconds quicker than the previous track record, set by Rubens Barrichello in 2004.
Mercedes struggled for speed, with Valtteri Bottas Ferrari’s closest challenger in third, 0.897s off the pace, with Lewis Hamilton half a second further back in fifth.
Mercedes focused on running the soft tyre in the first half of the session while the rest of the field chose the super-soft rubber.
Vettel set the early pace using that compound, clocking a 1m17.790s, 0.119s quicker than team-mate Raikkonen.
Hamilton’s best effort on the softs was 0.949s off the leading pace, with Bottas a further tenth back.
Attention then turned to qualifying preparation, with teams running low fuel and bolting on a fresh set of super-softs.
Vettel slashed seven tenths off his previous time on the softs to extend his advantage at the top of the standings.
When Mercedes tried the super-softs, it was unable to match that pace – with Hamilton struggling for grip and having a couple of off-track excursions.
Max Verstappen was the leading Red Bull driver in fourth, 1.177s off the pace, as team-mate Daniel Ricciardo hit trouble.
Ricciardo, who had led Friday practice, failed to complete a qualifying simulation after stopping on track midway through the session with what the team suspected was a hydraulic problem. That left him eighth.
Stoffel Vandoorne pumped in an impressive lap in the closing stages to vault up to sixth, 1.621s off the pace, two tenths quicker than and three places ahead of McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was seventh while team-mate Jolyon Palmer, who had his first clean session of the weekend, completed the top 10.
Felipe Massa ended his session early as he felt unwell again.
The Williams driver was taken to hospital in Budapest after Friday practice for precautionary checks but was given the all-clear to compete in final practice.
After 12 laps, he asked the team to stop and his fitness is set to be evaluated ahead of qualifying.
If he is not able to take part, the likely replacement will be Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta, who last competed in F1 with Force India in 2013.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m18.194s||1.177s||25|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m18.714s||1.697s||7|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m19.300s||2.283s||22|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.352s||2.335s||22|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m19.455s||2.438s||23|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.609s||2.592s||22|