In recent times, the Hungaroring has been a permanent shape in the shoe for the domain of Mercedes in the Formula 1. Although last year managed around it with the triumph of Lewis Hamilton, the nature of the path, Hungarian allows its main rivals can argue back the leadership from you to you, and more in a year in which the domain is not so marked. Meanwhile, Friday’s free practice suggest that the German team must deploy all of their weapons to prevent Red Bull and Ferrari passed on the right.
The two cars occupied the same positions in both sessions, the third and the fifth, reversing the order of the factors. In the first, Valtteri Bottas finished in fifth place with a 1:19.248, for after to up the ante in the second with a 1:18.656 that allowed him to occupy the third place behind Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, two tenths out of the lead.
The Finnish driver, who completed her program with 63 laps free of incidents, specified that the balance of the car was still a cause of concern for the German team: “We have work ahead of us. The three teams in front seemed to be very evenly matched. I haven’t liked too much the balance of the car today, especially in the rear. Temperatures should climb tomorrow, so we have to get the rear end more stable. I think that will be the area in which we will focus more tomorrow, should be interesting”.
Lewis Hamilton followed the reverse path. In free morning, he led the offensive of Mercedes with a 1:18.858, three tenths off the best lap from Ricciardo. By the afternoon, however, the british barely managed to grab a few thousandths to that time, and its 1:18.779 he was ranked in fifth position, between Kimi Räikkönen and Max Verstappen, having completed a total of 62 laps.
are Five times that Hamilton has won in Hungary, more than any other rider (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016), but the Mercedes driver recognizes that the fight for the sixth will be intense: “it has Not been the start easier, the wind was very gusty. We finished the day in fifth, but the car has good pace. Ferrari, Red Bull, and we are very close to the top of the table, so it looks like it will be an exciting weekend. Oh, that should be good for the fans! We have more work to do tonight to refine the balance of the car right where we want it, and I think that the pace is there. We just have to unlock it in the face of classification, every tenth is going to be crucial, with three teams in the fight”.