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Belgian Grand Prix Preview
24-26 AUGUST 2018
ROUND 13 OF 21
The sun sets on summer as we return to the race track following Formula One’s two-week “shutdown”. With five races over six weeks in June and July, teams were rightly rewarded with a fortnight’s rest to recharge before Belgium, host of Round 13. A favourite amongst fans, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is the longest track of the year, made all-the-more exciting with its ever-changing weather conditions.
Preview – 2018 Formula One Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix
After the two-week Formula One summer break, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team returns to the race track with a fresh boost of energy and motivation – this time, heading to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the 2018 FIA Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. One of the most famous and popular tracks on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps offers various challenges to drivers and teams, of which the wide variety of corner types Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc find the most interesting. With often unpredictable weather conditions, this race weekend is one that demands high flexibility from teams in how they manage the ever-changing conditions. The team looks forward to getting back on track for the second half of the season.
2018 Belgian Grand Prix - Preview
Battle continues with Round 13 of the 2018 season from the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Toto Talks Belgium
After five races in six weeks before the summer break, the shutdown came at just the right time. It gave us the opportunity to recharge a little and return energised for what will certainly be a hard-fought second half. Both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ Championship are extremely tight and I expect it to be a close battle all the way through to Abu Dhabi.
2018 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
Welcome to the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix Preview.
Please find driver quotes below.
Hungarian Grand Prix
Sergey Sirotkin finished 16th and Lance Stroll 17th in the Hungarian Grand Prix
Sergey started the race from P19 on the soft Pirelli tyre
Lance was forced to start the race from the pitlane, after changing his front wing during parc fermé following his accident in Saturday’s qualifying session
Both cars made clean starts and gained positions on the opening lap
Sergey pitted on lap 31 for the medium tyre whilst Lance pitted on lap 47 for the ultrasoft tyre
2018 Hungarian Grand Prix: Race Report
P13 - ESTEBAN OCON - VJM11-03
Strategy: New Soft (39 laps) – New UltraSoft (30 laps)
Esteban: “A difficult race for us and we knew it was going to be a big challenge to score points today. The start of the race was strong and we made up a few positions, but we didn’t have enough pace to recover from the back of the grid and fight for points. I enjoyed some good battles with the Renaults, but the problems in qualifying yesterday really determined our result today. We have a few weeks off now and there is still a long way to go in the second half of the season. Everybody deserves a rest so that we can come back stronger in Spa.”
2018 Formula One Rolex Hungarian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny and dry, 32-35°C air, 47-57°C track
It was a disappointing race outcome for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team at the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix. Starting from P14 (Marcus Ericsson) and P16 (Charles Leclerc), the two drivers went into the race ready to work their way into the midfield. Unfortunately, Charles Leclerc was involved in an incident on the opening lap of the Grand Prix, and sustained damage to his car that required him to retire from the race immediately. Marcus Ericsson was also involved in an incident on the first lap and fell to the back of the field. From there he was faced with recovering positions on a track where is very difficult to overtake. Marcus did his best to gain places during the race and ultimately finished in P15.
HUNGARIAN GP – RACE
29 JULY 2018
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 12th
“We had a pretty good car and I was able to make it to fourth having been at P16 at one point on the first lap, so in the end it was a good result for us. The start was pretty chaotic and I took a hit on my front left tyre which caused some vibrations and we lost a few positions there. Ocon then went really deep in Turn 6, cut the chicane and stayed in front of me for two laps. That was frustrating, especially at the beginning when everyone is so close, you lose a lot of ground. After this with the pace advantage we had we were able to get on and do some overtakes, and I had some fun with that and could get up the field. Before the incident at the end with Valtteri in Turn 1, I knew he had some damage, so I knew it should be relatively easy to pass him, but he obviously just went too deep into that turn. I couldn’t see his car in my blind spot so I left room, and then I got the hit but fortunately I didn’t spin. I thought it was likely he would get a penalty but I really wanted to pass him on track, which fortunately I could do on the last lap. I was happy today, happy to finish and get some points and have a race I feel I maximized.”
2018 Hungarian Grand Prix - Sunday
Lewis wins in Budapest with Valtteri in P5
Lewis claimed his 67th career victory – his fifth in 2018 and sixth at the Hungarian Grand Prix
Valtteri came home P5 after running P2 much of the race and defending the position strongly
Lewis (213 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 24 points from Sebastian Vettel (189 points) with Valtteri (132 points) in P4
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (345 points) leads Ferrari (335 points) by 10 points in the Constructors’ Championship
Riccardo Musconi, Senior Race Engineer car #44, accepted the team’s trophy on the podium
HUNGARIAN GP - QUALIFYING
July 28, 2018
What a result in Qualifying! All smiles in the garage today
Pierre Gasly (STR13-02, Car 10)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:18.139, pos. 10th, 22 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:18.577, (Q2) 1:31.286, (Q3) 1:37.591, Pos. 6th
"It was a crazy qualifying for us, especially in these conditions but I'm super happy with the outcome! It was very tricky to keep the car on track, but the team made a fantastic strategy with the tyres and I managed to put a good lap in. It was super difficult but I really enjoyed it! When I saw the rain coming before Qualifying I thought there could be an opportunity, and the result of P6 is just incredible, especially after the tough few weekends we've had, it's really an unbelievable result for the team. To get both cars into Q3 was a great job and it's a mega day for Toro Rosso. It's really important to have a good Qualifying here as it is hard to overtake and in the race we'll give the others around us a hard time! I think we have good pace so we need to stay focussed and prepare well for tomorrow."
2018 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
"The conditions were very difficult today and in these situations you need a bit of luck"
Hungaroring, Saturday 28 July
The final free practice before today’s qualifying session was rendered unrepresentative since it took place in dry and sunny conditions. Fernando and Stoffel ran through their specific run programmes – Stoffel’s session halted temporarily for a planned floor change – and the pair finished in 14th and 17th respectively.
Thirty minutes before qualifying, the heavens opened and storms began rumbling, leading to a last-minute change in strategy for everyone in the pit-lane. A dramatic session ensued as the drivers were forced into quick tyre strategy decisions to adapt to the ever-worsening conditions. Fernando qualified just outside the top 10 in P11, with Stoffel in 16th.
HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX – “WE HAVE TO BE POSITIVELY HAPPY”
Kimi: not so lucky with traffic. Seb: good car for the race
Mogyoròd, July 28 – The lottery of a wet qualifying session resulted in Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, taking 3rd and 4th place on the grid respectively. Conditions were tricky throughout the session as rain was falling with variable intensity and some sections of the track were flooded, while you could see semi-dry patches in others, so the call for tyres was always difficult in the first two segments, while the third one saw the Extreme Wet compound being the only sensible choice. The SF71Hs could not capitalize on the performance advantage that had been apparent in the dry P3 session, but both drives are determined to do their best in tomorrow’s 70 lap race, for which dry and particularly hot conditions are currently forecast.
2018 Hungarian Grand Prix - Saturday
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport lock out the front-row in wet Qualifying in Budapest
Lewis claimed his 77th career pole position – his sixth pole at the Hungaroring, fifth of the 2018 season and 125th front row in Formula One
Valtteri will start tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix from P2 on the grid, completing the fourth front-row lockout for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in 2018
Today’s result marks the 11th pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix for Mercedes-Benz power, a new record for engine suppliers
2018 Formula One Rolex Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 27-30°C air, 52-59°C track; Qualifying: cloudy and raining, 22-26°C air, 27-33°C track
After working on both cars overnight, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team had a productive third free practice session and was ready to tackle the qualifying session, when the rain shuffled the cards. As qualifying approached, the weather conditions suddenly changed, with temperatures dropping and rain starting to fall. Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc started the session on intermediate tyres. With changing conditions, both drivers pitted and opted for dry tyres after a few laps, and pushed to complete their fastest laps. Marcus Ericsson advanced to Q2, while Charles Leclerc finished a hectic and challenging qualifying session in Q1 (P17).
HUNGARIAN GP – QUALIFYING
28 JULY 2018
MAX VERSTAPPEN Position: 7th 1:38.032 (Practice 3 – P6 1:16.946)
“My main issue today was a lack of grip, especially in Q3. The feeling on the Intermediate tyre wasn’t that bad but when we put the Wets on it was really tricky. It seems at the moment that this year’s car struggles a bit in the wet and we need to look into why it is different to last year’s. We have already experienced that we struggle to get heat into the tyres and today that really showed. Usually I feel comfortable enough to lay down a lap in these conditions but I just was not able to today. I feel, due to the rain, we have missed an opportunity to have a really strong Qualifying so that is a bit frustrating. We weren’t happy this morning in the dry but we made some setup changes that I think would have made it better for Qualifying, had it not rained. This gives me confidence tomorrow but starting from P7 here does not make it easy. I think it is supposed to be dry and really warm for the race. That said we didn’t expect this today so let’s wait and see what we get tomorrow.”