February 21, 2018

F1: Hungarian Grand Prix, Ferrari's Vettel on the Pole

30 July 2017, 07:13 | Randolph Howard

Given the slight cooling-off in Ferrari's recent form, you'd be forgiven for thinking that qualifying in second place for the Hungarian Grand Prix as part of a team 1-2 would be cause for celebration for Kimi Raikkonen.

Practice on Friday had hinted that Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull Racing were on for an upset in Hungary as they topped the times in both sessions.

If Vettel gets away cleanly on the long straight up to Turn 1, Hamilton will be up against it on the most hard track for overtaking in F1, along with street circuits Monaco and Singapore. Vettel stood on top of his Ferrari and waved to the crowd.

"I got the vehicle in quite a good spot in Q2 and was hoping to at least start there in Q3 and build on it", said Hamilton.

"Clearly we are not performing as we want here".

Vettel had a 25 point lead over Hamilton after Monaco in May but that has been whittled down progressively as champions Mercedes get on top of a tricky auto that team boss Toto Wolff has compared to a diva.

Mercedes struggled with the setup of their auto at the start of the season with Toto Wolff labeling it a "diva", but they have since solved their issues and been more consistent despite the changing nature of the track layout. It is going to be a long day tomorrow.

"We didn't get the best races maybe in the last couple", he said.

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"Really step-by-step [we have been improving] and I am very happy where we are as a team".

"The vibrations I had didn't cause any issue to do with the balance, what happens is that it's like a road auto tyre, so when you have an imbalanced wheel as soon as you drive out and go down the straight it's nearly like having a flatspot before you've even started".

"We knew they [Ferrari] were quick and we were aware of their pace. Yeah, I think we can do it". "It should be interesting". I didn't expect myself to be behind (Hamilton) all the time.

"Ferrari seemed to find a bit more pace in the afternoon but I still managed to stay ahead so all signs are good". So, I think it s going to be close. - As told to

If the Mercedes driver claims pole on Saturday he will equal the great Michael Schumacher's record of 68 pole positions.

5 - Hamilton has more wins at Hungaroring than any other driver. He has finished first or second in the last four races, including a win in the Austrian Grand Prix. He now comes to a place where he has won five times, including the 2016 race.

"The Mercedes driver has won exactly half of his ten races in Hungary". Hamilton triumphed on each of those occasions. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 154 points 4. He has three wins on the year and four runner-up finishes.

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