Hungaroring - hot time in Hungary

Hungaroring - hot time in Hungary

Postby meteorite » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:26 pm

With the sun still high in the sky, the last race before summer break has historicaly favoured Ferrari -there's something about the short, tortuous track that seems to favout the Maranello design philosophy. They seem to always do well.

This weekend was no exception. To all appearances, it seemed that Ferrari tires stuck better the hotter it got. They seem to have developed a better understanding of Pirelli's present rubber and how to make it work. It isn't that much engine tweaks; the cars Ferrari supplies with customer engines (haas and Sauber) got notably unspectacular results. In fact the first five rows were Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault, Honda and Toro Rosso.

There were some varainces. The Force Indias were relegated to the slower group, Palmer's Renault and Kvyat's Toro Rosso were well behind their teammates; Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta was shoehorned into Felipe Massa's car when Massa took sick just before the start of qualifying, trailing young newbie Lance Stroll across the line. The final grid is like this:


FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2017 - QUALIFYING

28 30 Jul 2017 Hungaroring, Budapest

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.244 1:16.802 1:16.276 14
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.364 1:17.207 1:16.444 14
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.058 1:17.362 1:16.530 18
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.492 1:16.693 1:16.707 17
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:17.266 1:17.028 1:16.797 14
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:17.702 1:17.698 1:16.818 14
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.137 1:17.655 1:17.468 14
8 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:18.395 1:17.919 1:17.549 17
9 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:18.479 1:18.000 1:17.894 17
10 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:18.948 1:18.311 1:18.912 19
11 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:18.699 1:18.415 14
12 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:18.843 1:18.495 16
13 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:18.702 1:18.538 15
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:19.095 1:18.639 15
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:19.085 1:18.771 15
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:19.095 9
17 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:19.102 9
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:19.839 9
19 40 Paul di Resta Williams Mercedes 1:19.868 11
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:19.972 8

The Ferraris have a tremendous advantage as the Hungaroring is a notoriously tough track on which to pass, and they even managed to preserve an extra set of tires for each car within their race allocations. But the day will be hot enough to push into new parameters of tire performance wile exhaustion and dehydration can be serious riskd for drivers. Take nothing for granted.
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Re: Hungaroring - hot time in Hungary

Postby meteorite » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:46 am

As noted n qualifying, historically the Hungaroing plays favouites - especially red cars with bright yellow Pancing Horse emblems on the sides. Today was no different, the Ferraris started 1 - 2 and finished 1-2, proving in the process that it is not impossible to pass on this track, but it might as well be.

Vettel was barely started before he discovered that his steering wheel was offset, with the car pulling slightly to the left when the wheel was centred. This used to be quite common on private road sedans, but it is disconcerting behaviour from a custom wheel costing something north of $50,000. He adapted quickly, though, and his wingman Raikkonen was more of an obstacle than any challenger was likely to get around to attack his leader.

The main threat was actually from Red Bull but Daniel Ricciardo was punted out of the race by his teammate in a second-turn miscalculation. Daniel was spun out in the middle of the track, necessitating a safety car caution and retiring his Red Bull. The offender, his teammate Max Verstappen made an unplanned emergency pit stop to repair his damage leaving him on the back of the restart with a ten-xsecond penalty to be served at his first planned stop. It too him the rest of the race before he could get in sight of the leaders again, too late to challenge.

In other events of interest, Fernando Alonso not only drove a steady race to his best finish of the year, but his teammate was also in the points. And he evenset the fastest lap at the very end. The Ferraris ere unassailable at the front, but the customer cars (Haas and Sauber got to watch the Mercedes and Renault-powered machinery recede int the distance. When Bottas was ahead later in the race, Hamilton felt he had more pace and asked that Bottas be told to move over and let him by. Hamilton did make a vigorous charge at Raikkonen but could make no impressi0n on the Ferraris, so as he had promised his pit e drew back and let Bottas resume his attack - with equal lack of success. Interesting and honourable team play within the Mercedes camp.

So now the circus takes a break, resuming their combat at Spa on August 28th. How they return coud be fascinating.


FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2017 - RACE RESULT

28 30 Jul 2017 Hungaroring, Budapest

Race result
Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 70 1:39:46.713 25
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 70 +0.908s 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 70 +12.462s 15
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 +12.885s 12
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 70 +13.276s 10
6 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 70 +71.223s 8
7 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 69 +1 lap 6
8 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 69 +1 lap 4
9 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 69 +1 lap 2
10 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 69 +1 lap 1
11 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 69 +1 lap 0
12 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 69 +1 lap 0
13 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 69 +1 lap 0
14 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 69 +1 lap 0
15 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 68 +2 laps 0
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 68 +2 laps 0
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 67 DNF 0
NC 40 Paul di Resta Williams Mercedes 60 DNF 0
NC 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 20 DNF 0
NC 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 0 DNF 0

Note - Magnussen had 5 seconds added to his race time for forcing another driver off the track.
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