19 July 2020 14:34
Sebastian Vettel reckons Mercedes and Racing Point are almost "on a different planet" compared to Ferrari. The Italians bounced back from last weekend's Styrian Grand Prix horror show by putting in their best qualifying performance of 2020 on Saturday. Sebastian Vettel admits Ferrari are lagging behind Mercedes and Racing Point "I think it is a better weekend for us, as we already saw yesterday during free practice," said Vettel after qualifying. "But there is still a lot of work ahead for both of us. "Starting on the softs, we will be on a different tyre strategy to the four cars ahead of us and so we will see how that evolves, as we may have an advantage on the run to turn one and then for the first couple of laps.
"The forecast says it might rain in the race and although we struggled a bit in the wet yesterday, it might actually give us a bit more of a chance tomorrow, although the two teams ahead of us seem to be on a different planet!" WATCH THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX LIVE Team principal Mattia Binotto stated prior to the Styrian Grand Prix nightmare that Ferrari are currently not fit to bear the name of F1's most illustrious team. His outlook picked up after Saturday's qualifying session but he admitted being on the third row is nothing to write home about. DON'T MISS Max Verstappen takes swipe at George Russell How Ferrari recovered at Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton reacts to 90th career pole in F1 Sebastian Vettel qualified in fifth for Ferrari at the Hungarian Grand Prix Trending Sebastian Vettel won all four of his F1 titles before joining Ferrari +++ Refresh page for updates +++ Podium as it stands: 1. Hamilton 2. Verstappen 3.
Bottas Lap 36 of 70: Bottas, also now on hard tires, duly takes the fastest lap point and moves to third. There seem to be mixed thoughts on whether this rain is coming. Lap 33 of 70: Instant result for Vettel, who lays down the fastest lap time so far. Lap 31 of 70: Vettel now going to hard tires, without waiting for the expected rain shower. A gamble? Hamilton has lapped both Ferraris, though Leclerc and Vettel have both pitted twice. Lap 29 of 70: Ferrari must be expecting Leclerc to make it to the end on his new tires but he's got some serious work to do. There's some talk that rain is not far off. Lap 24 of 70: Hamilton, so good at leading from the front, is still doing exactly that. He looks to tally untroubled. At the other end of the scale, Leclerc is not a happy bunny and has pitted again to try different tires. He's down in 15th, a lap behind the leader. Lap 19 of 70: Vettel, who looks much quicker than Leclerc, now passes his Ferrari teammate on the outside. The German is up in eighth. Lap 18 of 70: Stroll, as expected, slips past Magnussen back up in to third. There's a real battle between the two Ferraris and Albon's Red Bull car, which is sandwiched between them. Finally, Albon slips past Leclerc in to seventh but the Frenchman won't let teammate Vettel through. Elsewhere Gasly has retired, with flames coming from the back of his vehicle. Lap 13 of 70: Bottas easing his way up the field again now, after a slick overtake on Grosjean helped him up to fifth. Vettel, after that shoddy pit stop is still back in ninth. It looks like Hamilton vs. Verstappen, with Bottas also in the frame. Pretty incredible from the Red Bull driver after he crashed on the way to the grid. Lap 9 of 70: Hamilton has reclaimed the fastest lap from Bottas. It's all settling down a little now. The Englishman's lead is now more than 8 seconds. Lap 8 of 70: It sounds like Bottas may be penalized for that jump start. Lap 7 of 70: Right, after all that tire changing, Hamilton still leads and Verstappen just set a new fastest lap. Bottas', after this jump start is down in seventh just ahead of Vettel. Lap 4 of 70: Hamilton eased ahead early on and continued to cruise, the gap to second was over seven seconds at one point. But then Bottas and Hamilton pitted, changing to medium tires it seems. Vettel then pits but can't find an easy route out. He will have lost some time there. Stroll has also gone in and out. Frantic. Lap 1 of 70: Lights out and a shocker from Bottas, who drops right down to sixth. In better news for Mercedes, Hamilton retains his lead while Stroll moves to second and Verstappen shakes off his pre-race nightmare to move up from seventh to third. Vettel sits in fourth.--Verstappen looks to have made it to the start somehow, but the condition of his car remains to be seen.--The Red Bull mechanics are still working away on fixing Verstappen's car. There's only ten minutes to go. Arguably the best driver in the wet could miss out in the rain, here.--Max Verstappen has managed to crash on the way to the starting grid and the Red Bull mechanics have had to find a new nose cone and a front wing. Not an ideal start. It happened on Turn 12, which is likely to cause real problems in these slippery conditions.--There's a little rain in the air today and it looks likely to be intermittent during the race. That could be good news for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who was quickest in the wet on Friday. "It should be an exciting race," the German told Sky Sports. I hope we don't have to start behind a safety car. "Their [the cars in front of gim's] pace is genuine, not just in qualifying but also the race. If you are fast, you are fast. It will be a bit of a stretch but we will try." July 18 Qualifying roundup--Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton claimed his second successive pole of the truncated 2020 Formula 1 season with a track record, while teammate Valtteri Bottas completed an all Mercedes front row. The two drivers have won a race each so far and already look likely to battle for the driver's title. Six-time world champion Hamilton clocked a rapid time of one minute and 13.447 seconds on his second run, while Racing Point came in third and fourth with Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez. Following them were Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc for Ferrari, after a much-improved display by the Italian team. Racing Point have caused some controversy this year, with a car designed closely on that which won the title for Mercedes last year. What the drivers said--"I have to pinch myself. It doesn't register [matching Schumacher's record of eight poles in Hungary.] It's quite humbling because I work with an incredible bunch of people who do an amazing job here and back home." Lewis Hamilton--"I'm very happy. The car was really strong throughout today and the whole weekend so far. It feels great when you manage to put it all together at the end of qualifying." Lance Stroll, who sits third on the grid. The track--The Hungaroring is a familiar location, with a track that doesn't tend to quicken up all that much over a race weekend. Conditions during qualifying were cooler than usual for the time of year, with rain threatening but never falling. Overtaking is always tough, given the tracks frequent twists and turns, and it's sometimes compared to that used at Monaco.