Hungarian Grand Prix 2019 – Qualifying

Team and Drivers’ quote after qualifying

Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Alexander Albon (STR14-04, Car 23)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:18.024, pos. 17th, 19 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:16.912, (Q2) 1:16.687, pos. 12th

Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Alex Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso

“I’m pretty satisfied with P12 after a tough FP2 after the crash. The car had the potential to reach Q3, but we were always just missing something which was a bit frustrating. Overall, I’m happy because after FP3 I was struggling as the car didn’t really feel connected. We made a few changes after FP3 and in Qualifying the car felt more hooked up, so I got the rhythm back. Reaching Q3 would have been nice, but we were two tenths from getting through, the balance was good in some corners and in other places it wasn’t. Track position is key around here as there isn’t many places to overtake, so we’ll need to think of a good strategy for tomorrow. We’re near the front of the free tyre allocation and I think the degradation will be quite high here, so hopefully we’ll be able to overtake some cars.”

 

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:17.432 pos. 12th, 21 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:16.750, (Q2) 1:16.692, pos. 13th 

F1 Hungary qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

“Apart from a little misunderstanding with the team on the last run, when we went out with the wrong setting on the car, it was an OK Qualifying session. There wasn’t that much left in the car today, maybe a tenth, so this is generally where we are at the moment. We will be able to fight from P13 tomorrow, but it’s difficult to overtake here and usually the races become a bit like a train. However, the race is long so maybe there will be different strategy calls we can make which will help us. The start will be quite important, so we’ll see where we are and we will try and do as good a race as possible.”

Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

Jonathan Eddolls (Chief Race Engineer):

The mechanics did a very good job last night to repair Alex’s car – lucky for us the damage was less than it first looked! The weather forecast made for a potentially mixed Saturday, but in the end both sessions were dry. There was a delay to the start of FP3 because of a large oil leak on the track after the F2 race which required cleaning and left a lot of dust in Turn 4 and 5, giving very low grip conditions and even low visibility. Because of the delay we had to compress what was missing from yesterday’s FP2 and normal FP3 running into 50 minutes, so it was quite a busy session.

Both cars completed two short runs on Option tyre for Qualifying preparation and then several laps on higher fuel to learn about the car in race conditions, since we didn’t have the opportunity in FP2. The track conditions were cooler than Friday, which suited us, and we came out of the session reasonably happy with where the car was. This performance carried into Q1 and the first runs in Q2, but as a team we couldn’t quite achieve the best from the cars for the second runs of each driver.

The wind had increased and so too had the track temperature, reaching 48 degrees Celsius, and this put the balance on a knife edge, making it very difficult to extract the peak performance. In fact, we couldn’t improve on our first runs, even though the track was quicker, missing out on Q3 by just over a tenth and a half. Looking ahead to the race, our car typically has a better balance on Sunday and the weather is looking dry, so we will work on optimising the strategy overnight, given that we have a free tyre choice for the race start.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):

“Max Verstappen produced yet another exceptional performance to secure his first ever pole position in F1. Congratulations to him for that achievement, which was down to a team effort from Honda and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. Now we will focus on carrying this performance through to tomorrow’s race on a circuit where overtaking is very difficult. As for our other three cars, in 6th with Gasly and 12th and 13th places for Scuderia Toro Rosso, I believe we have a good chance of scoring points with all of them. That’s our target.”

Session Results

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:14.572
2Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:14.590
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:14.769
4Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari1:15.043
5Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:15.071
6Pierre GaslyAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:15.450
7Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1:15.800
8Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1:15.852
9Romain GrosjeanRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:16.013
10Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1:16.041
11Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1:16.565
12Alexander AlbonRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:16.687
13Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:16.692
14Kevin MagnussenRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:17.081
15George RussellROKiT Williams Racing1:17.031
16Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:17.109
17Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1:16.804
18Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:17.257
19Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:17.542
20Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1:18.324