Day two of the in-season test at the Hungaroring ended with Sunday's race winner, Sebastian Vettel atop the day's timesheet.
Vettel took the wheel of the SF70H for the morning session, and handed over to Kimi Raikkonen after a couple of hours, for the Finn to continue the development work. Vettel completed 47 laps, his best time being a 1:17.124 on Supersoft tires, while Raikkonen ran 60 laps with a best time of 1:17.842 on Supersoft tires.
“You don’t get a lot of testing over the season”, Seb said “so it was a good opportunity to try a couple of things and get a feeling from the car. Obviously, in such a brief test you are not expecting to turn the world upside down, but it will be useful for the next races and for a better understanding of the car. I think this year we’ve been strong pretty much everywhere, of course there have been races in which we did not perform at our best; of course there will always differences from track to track, but the purpose of all the work we do is to be in a good shape for the rest of the season. We’ve picked up momentum with the win in Hungary, now it’s up to us to keep it going, but I am confident that we have the right people and are going in the right direction. As for my holidays… I haven’t done much planning, I think I’ll just be getting some rest, after all those flights!”
Added Raikkonen, “We always bring something different, irrespective of where we are and try to learn from it. We had a very good result, as a team, here in Hungary, but we always try to improve further. Today was a normal testing day, but obviously here you have more time and tires available than you have during a race weekend, so we try to get the best out of it. In the last few races, my feeling with the car has improved consistently, which shows that the new things we’ve brought have helped me drive better and better. Also, I am happy that I could help Charles Leclerc prepare for his test, but then it’s fair to say that all the team supported him”.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 90 laps with George Russell behind the wheel of the W08 EQ Power+ and ended the day in eighth on the timesheet, clocking a 1:19.391 on the SuperSoft compound tire in the afternoon. The team tested of the Halo however a loss of oil pressure caused Russell to stop on track shortly before the test ended.
"I was very pleased with the test." said Russell "I managed to get through the two days not so physically tired. I feel like I could have done even more laps. It’s obviously extremely tough driving the 2017 car. And there’s no rest at a circuit like this – especially in 36 degree temperature. I was playing it safe because I knew I had two days in the car with lots of mileage planned. I wanted to do a good job for the team and tick of all of their test items. We didn’t focus on coming out on top of the timesheets. We came away from this test learning a lot. From our point of view we took everything away we needed to. We had a couple of issues this morning, as things didn’t go quite to plan. But we had a very productive afternoon. At the end of the day, the engineers told me I had a loss of oil pressure and had to stop the car. That’s all I know at this stage, we’re looking into it more at the moment. I had a much better view with the Halo than I expected. When the sun was coming down at the end of the day, it blocked the sun from my eyes. So I actually saw more than I would usually see when the sun is low. From a driver’s perspective, the visibility is completely fine. The only hindrance could potentially be seeing the start lights. Getting in and out of the car with the Halo takes a bit of experience. I struggled initially, but after a few trial runs I was fine."
Williams had Luca Ghiotto at the wheel who started off doing some short runs moved on to doing some chassis work in the morning on new tires and then they rolled into long runs in the afternoon.
"What can I say other than first of all, I have to say a big thank you to Williams and everyone that made this possible because I have been working on this since I started racing." said Ghiotto "It was unbelievable and now that the day is over, I can say it has been more unbelievable than I thought it could have been. I am really happy about today, especially because I can see the team is happy about the work we’ve done, all the things we’ve tested have worked out well and we were good, we could feel all the changes we made. The car is unbelievable to drive and of course it took me a lot to adapt to such a great car. I did many laps which I’m surprised about. I couldn’t believe I could do 161 laps which is a lot, especially on such a tight track on a hot day, so yeah, I am really, really happy about the whole day. It was a shame we couldn’t do a laptime on the supersoft tyres because of the red flag at the end but still, considering all the tyres we ran and the conditions, I am really happy and also from what I saw, the team is happy with everything as well.
Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci completed his second and final day of Formula One testing by logging 116 laps. Ferrucci’s fastest lap in the Haas VF-17 was a 1:20.994 earned on a set of Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tires. It was the 12th-quickest time among the 13 drivers participating in the test, and it was Ferrucci’s best overall time during the two-day test having run solely on Yellow soft tires Tuesday with a best time of 1:21.185.
Haas F1 Team’s 57-lap morning program consisted of ongoing setup work, running exclusively on the Yellow soft compound after an installation tour on White medium tires. Three new sets of softs were utilized among eight runs with Ferrucci setting his quickest time of the morning – a 1:21.235 on his 21st lap – that came on his first timed stint on fresh rubber.
The afternoon session allowed Ferrucci to sample the grippier and subsequently faster Red supersoft tires with three new sets at his disposal. With fresh tires bolted on each time for a pair of seven-lap runs and a five-lap stint, Ferrucci lowered his morning time to secure his quick lap of 1:20.994. He concluded the team’s program by recycling two sets of supersofts followed by runs on two sets of softs.
Sahara Force India brought its testing program to an end in Budapest as Lucas Auer and Nikita Mazepin completed 97 laps overall.
Lucas Auer said, “It was a good session and I believe we managed to stick to our run plan and get all the data that the team wanted. I felt pretty good in the car this morning: I had a good night’s sleep and I felt a lot more confident compared to my first time in the car yesterday. The team helped me so much and I was very impressed by the work of everyone: they had a lot of data from the race weekend, of course, and it was interesting to see how they used it. There is so much attention to detail and everyone made sure the instructions were clear so we were able to maximise our time.
“Experiencing Formula One has been great. There is so much speed and the cars have so much downforce. You have to train your eye to be quick because everything happens faster – it’s a very interesting way of driving and you have to take care of a lot of settings on your steering wheels while pushing the car hard. It’s a real challenge. I feel every new car you drive teaches you something as a driver because you need to adapt to it. I’ll see in the next races what I have learnt from this. I’d like to thank the team once more for these two half days – it was a pleasure to drive the VJM10 and work with everyone.”
1. S. Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 1:17.124 24 / 40
2. L. Norris McLaren Honda 1:17.385 81 / 91
3. K. Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:17.842 51 / 60
4. R. Kubica Renault Sport F1 Team 1:18.572 131 / 142
5. C. Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:18.850 61 / 68
6. D. Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:19.116 53 / 54
7. L. Auer Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:19.242 40 / 49
8. G. Russell Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:19.391 71 / 90
9. N. Mazepin Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:19.692 31 / 48
10. P. Gasly Red Bull Racing 1:20.337 15 / 107
11. L. Ghiotto WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:20.414 59 / 161
12. S. Ferrucci Haas F1 Team 1:20.994 80 / 116
13. N. Matsushita Sauber F1 Team 1:21.998 89 / 121
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