FERRARI FASTEST IN HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
Ferrari put on a dominate performance in qualifying for tonights Hungarian Grand Prix, locking out the front row.
Sebastian Vettel set the pace with a cracking 1m16.276s lap, ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
“I’m very happy with where we are as a team, just remember where we were twelve months ago and where we are now.” said Vettel
The pace of the Ferrari’s relegated the Mercedes to the second row, with Valtteri Bottas hold a slight advantage over Lewis Hamilton who ran off the circuit at Turn 4 on his first hot lap.
Red Bull claimed the third row, with Max Verstappen beating out practice pace setter Daniel Ricciardo.
Meanwhile, McLaren showed much improved pace to lock out the fourth row of the grid with both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne moving up after a five place grid penalty for Nico Hulkenberg who replaced a gearbox in his Renault.
The stand out performance of qualifying was Paul di Resta, who stepped in to replace Felipe Massa at the last minute. The commentator and Williams reserve driver, who had never driven the current Williams before the session, qualified 19th slowly picking up his pace in the first segment of qualifying.
“I’m not going to lie, I was scared, nervous, anxious,” said di Resta after the session.
“I’ve not driven one of these cars for three and a half years, apart from ten laps I did in a 2014 car and then you get thrown into qualifying which is the deepest of the deep I think – it’s like being thrown off a cliff and seeing how you can fight for survival.”
Formula 1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying Result
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.797s||0.521s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.818s||0.542s|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m18.311s||2.035s|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.495s||2.219s|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m18.538s||2.262s|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.639s||2.363s|
|19||Paul di Resta||Williams/Mercedes||1m19.868s||3.592s|
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Date posted: July 30, 2017