27 JULY 2018
HUNGARIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
First Practice session: 1:17.701 Position: 3, Laps: 29
Second Practice Session: 1:16.908 Position: 2, Laps: 35
“To set a good lap time around this circuit you need a good balance, I felt we have that. The car was good but unfortunately we still lose a bit of time on the straights. I am not sure if the strengths in cornering will be enough to compensate for this, so we shall have to wait and see. I think we can still improve the setup of the car a little bit more and be quicker than our best lap today, if that will be enough for pole position I’m not sure. We are strong in sector 2 as you would expect as it is very tight and twisty. Qualifying will be important as it’s hard to overtake here so getting ahead early is vital. Another factor is tyre management and strategy, this will be important come the race so we will look into the data tonight in order to get an understanding before Sunday. Mercedes seemed to struggle on the Ultras a bit but I’m expecting them to get it together tomorrow as they usually do. It is also uncertain how much they gain with their power mode. In the long runs they already looked quite competitive.”
First Practice Session: 1:17.613 Position: 1, Laps: 30
Second Practice Session: 1:17.061 Position: 3, Laps: 36
“Today was a good day. I think this morning we started well and this afternoon we were also strong, and I think we have a good enough car to be on the front row. Over one lap I think we could still make some improvements, but the long run pace looks good and we’re all very close. I predicted that the top six would be tight this weekend, I think come tomorrow this will still be the case. I feel I can still improve my lap time, but so far it was a good start. I think both of the tyres (Ultrasoft and Soft) performed quite well today and even in the long runs they were holding up alright. I would probably say that the Ultras are my preference for tomorrow, but we’ll make a plan tonight and then we’ll see. Front row would be perfect, second alright, we just don’t want to be third row as it’s difficult to overtake here.”
The Shutdown Rules
After five arduous races in six weeks, we’ve almost reached what until now seemed like some kind of mirage – the summer break. However, while no one will deny that everyone in the sport needs a little downtime, it’s universally acknowledged that Formula 1 personnel, in any sphere, are absolutely rubbish at switching off. So, in order to assist you in avoiding work-related thought during the holidays, we’ve helpfully compiled an easy-to-follow set of Rules for the F1 Shutdown. Pay attention now campers…
1. When lying on a sun lounger at your hotel, it is not acceptable to develop a new software system to better optimise lane use of the hotel swimming pool.
2. If you are a staff member of the governing body it is even less acceptable to ban large inflatable sharks/donuts/enormous comedy ducks from the pool on the grounds that they are either a) a driver aid or b) a movable aerodynamic device.
3. We all do it, but really, getting through an airport is not a competitive sport. Your three year old will not thank you for yelling across the departure lounge “Go on son! Strat 3, deploy the war button!”
4. As an addendum to rule three: no one wins if there is a sudden suspension failure on the Trunki development parts you’ve been tinkering with in the shed.
5. When the sky above the beach begins to cloud and your offspring are in the water, resist the urge to yell: “brief rain shower expected in three minutes, stay out, stay out!”
6. Nice people do no attempt the sun lounger undercut. But this is Formula 1, so you know, whatever…
7. Remember: a pedalo is not a transport mode from which you can “unlock lap time” as you “maximise the development curve”.
8. Sun tan lotion is not flo-vis. Applying it liberally to loved ones and then making them run up and down the beach to check its efficacy is not how this works.
9. Seat 4F of a budget airline full of happy holidaymakers is no place to suddenly start pointing out process lapses in the pilot’s systems checks or to point out some alarming tyre deg on the port side wheels.
10. When you arrive home and your significant other says, “Right, get out there and use that rake” it is not in reference to conducting an aero test.