26 July

Strategy, tyres and weather key for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungry Like The Wolf
Romain Grosjean qualified in fifteenth whilst Pastor Maldonado frustratingly retired from qualifying after a tough day for Lotus F1 Team at the Hungarorging for the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Whilst Romain pushed through to the second wave of qualifying at the 4.4km circuit, Pastor’s charge evaporated before a lap was completed.

"What happened today is of course disappointing," said Pastor. "We have suffered of reliability issues early in the season but we were doing okay in the last couple of races, with no issues so to have this happen today is not what you want. We missed out on the opportunity of a good qualifying result and we could have been in the top ten. This morning we saw how close we already were to 10th and possibly even better."

For Romain, the target had also been Q3.

"Qualifying today was not exactly what we wanted," he said. "During the few laps I did yesterday in free practice we could see that there was potential to be tenth or 11th.

"This morning looked promising and we thought that with some small set up changes that we could reach our target. Come qualifying the car didn't feel the same so we need to understand where we lost the pace today as if we can get it back we could go much better in the race."

The Hungaroring is notorious for being a tough circuit but both drivers are ready for a fight in tomorrow’s race.

"This circuit is tough for drivers," said Pastor.

"It's going to be a challenge to get a good strategy from where we're starting, but a solid result isn’t impossible. The race is long and we have a lot of new tyres which will also contribute to the race pace. I can also rain here, so anything can happen. We need to be very clever and try to get 100% of the situation during the race."

posted at 22:13:00 on 07/26/14 by webmaster - Category: races