Weather: sunny and dry, 29-33°C air, 46-55°C track
A disappointing result for the Sauber F1 Team in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix with positions 17 (Marcus Ericsson) and 18 (Felipe Nasr). Both drivers struggled to get the tyres to work, which was mainly due to very high track temperatures on the Hungaroring.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 17th in Q1 (1:24.843 min / soft tyres)
3rd practice: 18th (1:26.095 min / soft tyres / 20 laps)
“It has been a difficult weekend for us. We have done a decent job over the practice sessions, working step by step and trying to improve the car considering the package we have at the moment. Of course, it is disappointing being out after Q1. Now we need to focus on a clean race tomorrow.”
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (1:24.997 min / soft tyres)
3rd practice: 17th (1:26.060 min / soft tyres / 20 laps)
“It was a difficult qualifying today. We were struggling a lot with the tyres due to overheating. On the other hand, the balance of the car feels good, but we just have not enough grip on the tyre side to fight against our direct competitiors. It is going to be a tough race, but we need to take any opportunity that might come up.”
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“That was a disappointing qualifying at the Hungaroring. This is a result that reflects the free practice sessions. From our grid positions it is important to make no mistakes in the race in order to be ready for any opportunity which could present itself during the race."