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HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

SUPERSOFT USED FROM START TO FINISH: VETTEL LEADS A FERRARI

ONE-TWO, NEARLY 3.7 SECONDS FASTER THAN LAST YEAR’S POLE

 

WARM TRACK TEMPERATURES IN EXCESS OF 50 DEGREES CENTIGRADE TODAY, WITH SIMILAR CONDITIONS EXPECTED TOMORROW

 

PIT STOP STRATEGY WILL DEPEND ON DEGRADATION RATES

ASSESSED DURING THE RACE

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.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“The most remarkable thing about today was the margin by which last year’s pole time was beaten, with the top six cars setting times of under 1m17s. We had more than 50 degrees of track temperature, opening up the possibility of either one or two pit stops tomorrow depending on degradation rates, which will be assessed during the race.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

QUALIFYING TOP 10

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

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