Hungarian Grand Prix: Qualifying Recap

Event:  Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix (Round 11 of 20)

Date:  Saturday, July 29

Location:  Hungaroring in Budapest

Layout:  4.381-kilometer (2.722-mile), 14-turn circuit

Weather:  Sunny

Air Temps:  26.3-27.9 degrees Celsius (79.3-82.2 degrees Fahrenheit)

Track Temps:  55.4-58 degrees Celsius (131.7-136.4 degrees Fahrenheit)

Pole Winner:  Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari (1:16.276 – new track record)

Result:  Romain Grosjean qualified 15th / Kevin Magnussen qualified 16th

●  Lasts 18 minutes, with all 20 drivers participating

●  Fastest 15 drivers advance to Q2

Grosjean:  14th quick (1:19.085), advanced to Q2

Magnussen:  16th quick (1:19.095)

Fastest Driver:  Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari (1:17.244)

Cutoff:  15th-quick Sergio Perez of Force India (1:19.095)

●  Lasts 15 minutes, featuring the 15 fastest drivers from Q1

●  Fastest 10 drivers advance to Q3

Grosjean:  15th quick (1:18.771)

Fastest Driver:  Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:16.693)

Cutoff:  10th-quick Carlos Sainz Jr. of Toro Rosso (1:18.311)

●  Lasts 12 minutes, featuring the 10 fastest drivers from Q2, all battling for the pole

Pole Winner:  Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari (1:16.276)

Second:  Kimi Räikkönen of Scuderia Ferrari (1:16.444)

Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen qualified 15th and 16th, respectively, for the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday at the Hungaroring in Budapest.

Grosjean set the 14th-fastest time in Q1 with a lap of 1:19.085 around the 4.381-kilometer (2.722-mile), 14-turn circuit to move on to Q2. Magnussen was 16th quickest with a lap of 1:19.095 and just missed cracking the top-15 to advance to Q2. In fact, Magnussen ran an identical lap time to 15th-quick Sergio Perez of Force India, but since Perez set his quick time prior to Magnussen, Perez was given the spot and final position in Q2.

In Q2, Grosjean earned the 15th fastest time with a lap of 1:18.771. Only the top-10 drivers from Q2 move on to Q3.

Both Grosjean and Magnussen ran exclusively on the Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tire throughout qualifying.

Taking the pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix was Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. His fast lap of 1:16.276 was the quickest all-time at the Hungaroring and .168 of a second better than runner-up and teammate Kimi Räikkönen. This was Vettel’s 48th career Formula One pole and his second this season, and with Räikkönen qualifying second, it marked the third Ferrari front-row lockout of 2017.

Before Grosjean, Magnussen and the rest of their Formula One counterparts participated in knockout qualifying, they had one final practice (FP3) to dial in their racecars for a quick lap around the track.

The Haas F1 Team duo ran identical programs, with a three-lap installation run on the White medium tire followed by two timed stints on Red supersofts.

Grosjean ran a total of 18 laps on the latter compound, split over eight-lap and 10-lap runs. He set the 15th-fastest time with a 1:19.622 on his 11th lap. Magnussen logged 15 laps on the supersoft rubber, comprising eight-lap and seven-lap outings. His best time of 1:19.895 was earned on his 14th lap and placed him 16th overall.

The top of FP3 was a prelude to qualifying, with Vettel setting the fastest time with a 1:17.017 that was .475 of a second better than next best Räikkönen.

“I guess it’s the best we could do. We both had to overdrive the car in Q1 and I managed to get through to Q2 where I tried really, really hard on the last lap. I couldn’t quite get better than 15th. When we lose all of Friday with one car – actually we can say we lost all of Friday with my car as well – we just had too many problems. Things were going up and down and we couldn’t really get anything, so it’s very, very difficult. We need to improve as a team and get the car better from the first lap in FP1. If we’re getting decent lap times there we can move forward. Here, we’ve just been struggling. I crashed on the first lap in FP1, so we’ve been in a very difficult position. I thought this would be the same as Austria and we’d be generating temperature in the tires. It’s all related to tires and we’re just not working them properly. What is the key? I don’t know, but it’s something that’s not quite working.”

“We haven’t been competitive this weekend, for some reason. We were expecting to be okay here. We knew it wasn’t going to be the best because of the slow corners, but at least it’s a short, twisty track without big straights. We shouldn’t be too bad in theory, but we haven’t had the pace. On top of that, it’s been a difficult weekend not doing Friday. Well, I did four laps on Friday and a few more this morning. It’s not good preparation to go into qualifying. I made the most of it. I was only one hundredth of a second from Romain and I had the same lap time as Perez who was P15, so Q2 was right there. So with that little running, I’m quite happy with that.” 

“Not ideal starting positions. I think after yesterday we’ve turned a little bit around. We couldn’t get the full lost day from yesterday back, but everybody regrouped. We’re 15th and 16th. We’d liked to have been further up, but we rescued what we could rescue over a short period of time. Tomorrow we’ll try to move forward. I think this was one of our worst race weekends of last year and it looks like we’re repeating it this season. Nevertheless, everybody is trying to get points.”