Lap times continued to improve, with the fastest-ever lap of the Hungaroring already set in FP3, and two drivers already breaking into the 1m16s bracket by the end of Q2. They went faster still in Q3, with a pole time of 1m16.276s: nearly 3.7 seconds faster than last year’s equivalent. At 4.381 kilometres, the Hungaroring is a short track, so this equates to the biggest time improvement seen so far compared to 2016 in terms of seconds per kilometre.
The most likely strategy tomorrow is for either one or two pit stops, with thermal degradation set to play an important role. Today’s track temperatures peaked at 57 degrees centigrade and similar weather is expected tomorrow.