Hungarian GP: qualifying team notes – Pirelli

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Mercedes driver George Russell took his first pole after a tense qualifying session at the Hungaroring. Following the previous rain, the track dried out in time for the start of qualifying at 4 p.m. CET, with all riders using the P Zero Red folding tire from start to finish.

Conditions were cool throughout the day, but warmed up slightly during the qualifying hour, with the session ending with an ambient temperature of 24 degrees and a track temperature of 33 degrees.

The FP3 session took place in wet conditions, dominated by Williams driver Nicholas Latifi on the intermediates in the closing stages.

The Pirelli Pole Position Award was presented by Dane Tom Kristensen, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a former single-seater driver who became the king of endurance racing.

The 70-lap Grand Prix could be either one-stop or two-stop. With cooler weather tomorrow, yesterday’s testing suggests the soft could be a viable race tire, as part of a one- or two-stop strategy. A single stop can be soft to hard, or medium to hard (which requires a little less management on the open relay). Most drivers will probably only stop once, in order to maintain their position on the track.

But a double-stop is also a good option, very close to a single-stop in terms of overall time. The obvious two-stop would be soft-medium-medium, but soft-medium-soft is another great option – with much lighter cars towards the end of the race.

Mario Isola: “Congratulations to George on his first pole: he set the perfect lap at the right time to secure a P1 start tomorrow. Today was not easy with the changing conditions: even if it was dry for qualifying, tomorrow’s weather is still uncertain. , with cool conditions expected. With the track ‘reset’ following the previous rain, we saw a lot of track development during qualifying which meant doing a fast lap at the last possible moment was key to getting a good time.



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