Race Distance- 306.630
Corners- 14 6 Left 8 Right
DRS Zones- 1
Activation- Entry Turn 14
Deployment- Exit Turn 14
Downforce level- High
Tyre Degradation- Medium
Time @ Full Throttle- 55%
Gear Changes- 78 per lap
Time lost in Pit lane- 21.7(fast)
Pole Side- Left
Hard Medium Soft
C3 C4 C5
Minimum Starting Tyre Pressure-
Maximum Tyre Camber-
TRIAL QUALIFYING FORMAT EXPLAINED
This weekend F1 & the FIA are trialing a new Qualifying format, previously run in Baku during the sprint weekend. This weekend is different in that the format won't be incorporated into a sprint weekend and the qualifying sessions with limited tyre running will have a direct impact on the Sunday feature race grid, where as the last test this format set the Sprint Race grid.
also different is the Pirelli and FIA tyre choices.
Qualifying 1 - Hard Tyre only 5 slowest are lost
Qualifying 2 - Medium Tyre only 5 slowest dropped
Qualifying 3 - Soft Tyre only top 10 Shootout
In Baku Pirelli chose to run the Medium Tyre during both Q1 & 2. This format is meant to help smaller teams with slower cars to gain an advantage on faster ones by stopping the stronger engined cars from putting a softer compound on to get through to the next round of qualifying.
Teams are given an allocation of tyre per weekend within which they may choose the amount of each compound they want for the weekend.
Teams like Redbull need to do less runs in qualifying to get through to the next round because their engine/car combined with the better soft compound of rubber means they have a fall back if their run on a harder compound isn't fast enough, this gives Redbull a scrubbed set of softs still within working range for a race stint. This is not the case for teams like..... well everyone other than Redbull it seems in 2023 . Sometimes needing to do 2 runs on a set of softs to guarantee progression to the next round will render that soft tyre unrace worthy, which compromises their race strategy and Sunday is when the points are scored so they can not run the soft to get through every time because it would ruin their race ultimately.
This new format forces Redbull and the other teams to make the cooler compounds work harder to get through the rounds of qualifying and historically they aren't the best at firing up those Hard compound tryes. Ferrari and Mercedes also have struggled to make the Hard tyre work in Qualifying this year resulting in some close calls and Q2 exits. So we could see some big names go out in the first 2 rounds of Qualifying and have a brilliantly mixed grid for Sundays Hungarian Grand Prix.
QUALIFYING- 1 RUS 1.17.377
2 SAI 1.17.421
3 LEC 1.17.567
RACE- 1 VER (2 stop)
2 HAM (2 stop)
3 RUS (2 stop)
FASTEST LAP- 1.21.386 HAM Lap 57
WEEKEND SCHEDUAL F1, F2 & F3
The Hungarian Grand Prix is an under rated race. Nomally a very hot race weekend its hard on both car and driver. Its a difficult place to over take, so with the running of the trial Qualifying format where competitors are only given one tyre option per Qualifying round, a difficult Qualifying could ruin your whole weekend. Lets hope its as eventful and entertaining as many of our other visits here.
Writer @ F1 Journal