N after the GP England 2018 we had the Company car of Formula 1 drivers presented. You will surely remember the powerful and luxurious cars. McLaren's team boss Zak Brown parked his 916 hp P1 in the parking lot in front of the Silverstone race track. McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne a 570S. The Toro Rosso drivers each have a Type R.
Three weeks later we find completely different cars in Hungary. Most of the drivers rented a car for the days in Budapest. Because it's easier, and it saves them the hassle of getting the cars from England to Hungary. The Hungaroring is accordingly more down-to-earth. Vandoorne changes from the McLaren 570S to an Audi Q7. Team-mate Fernando Alonso drives the same type of vehicle. Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley have to do without the 320 hp compact sports car. Instead, they drive a Skoda Octavia and VW Jetta to the racetrack.
Sergio Perez also bakes smaller rolls. Instead of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate, his company car on the Hungaroring is called the Mercedes GLC 250d. This car is particularly popular in the paddock: Esteban Ocon as well as HaasF1 team boss Guenther Steiner and driver Romain Grosjean also drive the compact SUV with the star. Sergey Sirotkin has to adapt: the Russian changes from the C43 to a C180d.
Vettel and Hamilton on two wheels
The Sauber and Red Bull drivers are delighted with the most powerful cars. Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc, like team boss Fred Vasseur, race to the Hungaroring in the 510 hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are supplied with the eight-cylinder DB11 by sponsor Aston Martin. The Australian will have to adapt in 2019. With the change from Red Bull to Renault, the company car also changes. Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz are currently getting the 280 hp compact sports car Mégane R.S. posed. The Spaniard will also drive a different car in 2019. We still don't know where Sainz's journey is going.
And what about the two World Cup rivals? They prefer to unpack the motorcycle. Lewis Hamilton's personalized MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is already familiar in the paddock. Sebastian Vettel's choice falls on an old Triumph machine. Last year it was a Suzuki 750 GT. Vettel's triumph is in top condition. That cannot be said of the paddock parking lot at Hungaroring. The concrete walls and floorare partially silted up. A rental car fits better than a super sports car.