2018 Hungarian Grand Prix – FRIDAY PRACTICE

2018 Hungarian Grand Prix – FRIDAY PRACTICE

Location: Hungary

Circuit: Hungaroring

Race Weekend: 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix

It’s the final race weekend before the summer break and we’re here for the Hungarian Grand Prix! Following a dramatic race in Germany last weekend (see this post here) we’re sharing all the latest as it happens.

Here, you can see a roundup with everything that happened today during Friday Practice – featuring driver interviews and photos from around the paddock.

MERCEDES – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix – FRIDAY PRACTICE

LEWIS HAMILTON

Lewis Hamilton: “It’s been a relatively normal day. As we expected, the Ferrari’s and the Red Bulls were quite quick and had a little bit more pace than us so we’ve got work to do tonight. This is tricky circuit and the tyres are overheating – looking after the rear tyres will be the biggest issue.”

“The temperatures today and the layout of the track, corner after corner, made it really tricky for us and for the tyres as there’s not time for them to cool down. We will be doing our debrief now and we will dig deep to try and figure out what changes we can make between now and tomorrow.”

“I hope we’re able to find something tonight and that tomorrow is dry so that we can test whatever changes we make overnight.”

VALTTERI BOTTAS

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Valtteri Bottas: “Today was not an easy day, the car was difficult to drive and I struggled to get the laps together especially in FP1. We managed to improve the setup for FP2 but there’s still much work to do.”

“This is a difficult circuit and you need to have a well-balanced car in order to get all the corners right and we need to get the car more stable. The wind direction is forecast to change tomorrow and we struggled with the UltraSoft compound tyres to work consistently and had some issues with overheating.”

“It’s difficult to overtake here, it’s very important that the less stops you can do here is always better – Red Bull and Ferrari are quick as we expected and I think it’s going to be very close.”

RED BULL RACING – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix – FRIDAY PRACTICE

MAX VERSTAPPEN

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Max Verstappen: “To set a good lap time around this circuit you need a good balance, I felt we have that. The car was good but unfortunately we still lose a bit of time on the straights.”

“I am not sure if the strengths in cornering will be enough to compensate for this, so we shall have to wait and see. I think we can still improve the setup of the car a little bit more and be quicker than our best lap today, if that will be enough for pole position I’m not sure.”

“We are strong in sector 2 as you would expect as it is very tight and twisty. Qualifying will be important as it’s hard to overtake here so getting ahead early is vital. Another factor is tyre management and strategy, this will be important come the race so we will look into the data tonight in order to get an understanding before Sunday.”

“Mercedes seemed to struggle on the Ultras a bit but I’m expecting them to get it together tomorrow as they usually do. It is also uncertain how much they gain with their power mode.”

“In the long runs they already looked quite competitive.”

DANIEL RICCIARDO

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Daniel Ricciardo: “Today was a good day. I think this morning we started well and this afternoon we were also strong, and I think we have a good enough car to be on the front row.”

“Over one lap I think we could still make some improvements, but the long run pace looks good and we’re all very close. I predicted that the top six would be tight this weekend, I think come tomorrow this will still be the case. I feel I can still improve my lap time, but so far it was a good start.”

“I think both of the tyres (Ultrasoft and Soft) performed quite well today and even in the long runs they were holding up alright. I would probably say that the Ultras are my preference for tomorrow, but we’ll make a plan tonight and then we’ll see.”

“Front row would be perfect, second alright, we just don’t want to be third row as it’s difficult to overtake here.”

FERRARI – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix – FRIDAY PRACTICE

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

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Sebastian Vettel: ““I was pretty happy in the afternoon, more than in the morning session as I think the car is performing over one lap – I think we can still improve but this has been one of the best Fridays so far, technically speaking.”

“We have a great amount of work ahead of us and this is probably the best thing for keeping our mind busy and getting through the weekend. It’s not easy but I focused on the job we have to do.”

“On this track, the qualifying session and the start are very important and this can make a difference because overtaking is very difficult – getting ahead after the first couple of corners is crucial but there’s a lot of work to do before getting to that point.”

KIMI RAIKKONEN

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Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a very normal Friday, we are trying things and learning as much as possible. The conditions were not very easy in many ways, but it’s normal on a Friday.”

“We don’t really pay too much attention to the lap times as they really don’t count in a practice session. For sure we still have some work to do but overall, it’s not too bad and the car has been working as we expected.”

“Tomorrow, we will have the speed we need hopefully.”

MCLAREN – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix – FRIDAY PRACTICE

FERNANDO ALONSO

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Fernando Alonso: “It’s been a positive Friday for us, in terms of the feeling in the car. We did a lot of tests and collected good data with the morning session focusing more on aero tests and gathering basic information.”

“It was quite warm today with the asphalt reaching as much as 61 degrees Celsius in FP2 I think, which is quite a record! So, let’s see tomorrow what we can find.”

“The set-up and balance were not ideal today, as we struggled a little bit with understeer. There is a lot of performance to unlock in the car if we find the right balance.”

“We need to chase the track temperature and track conditions as this is a circuit that always keeps improving with more rubber being laid down by different series running.”

“Tomorrow we’ll have a different track and we need to anticipate that.”

STOFFEL VANDOORNE

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Stoffel Vandoorne: “I’m happy with how this Friday went. I had a normal feeling in the car, and we could go back working on the set-up of the car again and not just trying to solve problems all the time.”

“Unfortunately, I didn’t set any lap-times on the Ultrasoft tyres because I made a mistake and spun off the track but our long-run pace looked strong and we’re getting the balance much more together.”

“There were significant changes from FP1 to FP2 and we gathered a lot of valuable info to put the car in good shape for tomorrow.”

“I’m looking forward to having a good final practice session and then we can prepare as best we can for qualifying. The target for us is to be as close as possible to the top-ten as I don’t know if actually being in Q3 is a good thing, having to start on the Ultrasoft tyres.”

“All-in-all, it was nice to just have a normal Friday.”

SAUBER – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix – FRIDAY PRACTICE

MARCUS ERICSSON

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Marcus Ericsson: “It was a mixed day for me. FP1 was a bit messy, with some spins that damaged my tyres. We could not run as much as we wanted to after that, so it was not the best first session.”

“We made up for it in FP2, where we completed a good number of laps. We have some work to do overnight and will do our best to optimise for tomorrow.”

ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI

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Antonio Giovinazzi: “It was another productive free practice session today – my second one with the team so far this season. It was great to be back in the car after just a week again, and I am starting to get a better feeling for it.”

“As it was last week, my target today was to complete the full programme and give as much feedback to the team as possible. I am happy with this.”

“I look forward to being back in the car for a day of testing with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team next week.”

CHARLES LECLERC

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Charles Leclerc: “Today was a more difficult day. I missed the first free practice, and had some catching up to do during the second session.”

“We have a lot of work ahead of us to get to where we want to be for the rest of the weekend.”

“Hopefully we will manage to take a step in the right direction and build on our performance from the past weeks.”

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