Training analysis GP Hungary 2015

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Training analysis GP Hungary 2015
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D he picture after the Friday endurance runs is relatively clear. And it's different than usual. Mercedes is leading the way, even if the long-run ranking is led by two Red Bulls. 'But they are still gaining a lot of power on Saturday,' says Red Bull. With their own engine partner Renault, there is not much going on in qualifying.

Red Bull has solved a problem on the front axle

There are two reasons for Red Bull's resurrection. There is only one straight line, but 14 curves that are all lined up. This makes the Renault handicap less severe. 'And our car is much better than it was in Monte Carlo,' reveals team advisor Helmut Marko. Since Silverstone, Red Bull has solved its aerodynamic problem on the front axle. Since then, the drivers have felt the bite again when turning in.

Vettel not yet satisfied with setup

Even after calculations by Mercedes is Red Bull's second force. Before Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Williams. While Williams is still hoping for the famous performance boost from Mercedes, Ferrari is still looking for a better balance. Sebastian Vettel's program was interrupted by two spiners. 'We tried a lot on the car, but not yet found the right way,' said Vettel.

Kimi Räikkönen had to get the coals out of the fire for Ferrari. With 1.29.250 minutes the Finn was only two tenths slower than the Mercedes, but 0.3 seconds faster than the Williams. But we know the game by now. Ferrari is still falling behind the competition on Saturday. Little glimmer of hope. Räikkönen uncoiled his long run on the hard tires and was better than Felipe Massa on the soft soles.

In the middle of it all, a Toro Rosso opened up again. Carlos Sainz finished ahead of Williams with 1.29.218 minutes. The question is whether the Toro Rosso drivers can keep what Friday promised on Saturday.

At Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton was clearly the faster man on one lap. Nico Rosberg apologized for0.719 seconds behind with traffic. In the endurance run, however, the World Cup second was able to score. Rosberg was six tenths faster on the soft tires in the five-lap endurance run. Hamilton was slightly ahead on the hard soles.

Pirelli expects two stops

The racing simulations were a little difficult to read. But this was not due to the extremely hot temperatures with asphalt temperatures of 53 degrees, but to a red flag. Triggered by Ricciardo's engine failure. She interrupted many endurance runs. With the Williams drivers, Felipe Massa was the faster man. The Brazilian had a better grip on tire degradation than Valtteri Bottas.

Pirelli sports director Paul Hembery warns against reading too much into the long runs. 'We haven't seen a clear picture today. The softer tire is two seconds faster on the first lap. And it is also the better racing tire.' Mercedes team lean Ron Meadows specifies: 'In the long run, the medium tire needs a few laps longer before it produces the same or better lap times.' Despite the heat, Pirelli expects two pit stops. Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado complained: 'The hard tire is too hard again.'

There are also signs of shifts in midfield. Lotus struggled with the balance of its cars. Felipe Nasr in the Sauber was practically as fast as Romain Grosjean's Lotus-Mercedes, which was rated higher. Like Red Bull, McLaren-Honda benefits from the track layout. However, Honda also has more power on offer. The Japanese have retuned their V6 turbo. For the first time the pilots are allowed to use the full electric power. Fernando Alonso was in the range of Lotus and Sauber with an average of 9 laps with 1.30.385 minutes. The Spaniard was slower on four laps. Because his medium rubbers only allowed faster times again from lap 6.

Force India stays in the pits

Force India does not appear in our table. Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez's two cars remained in the pits. It is still not clear what triggered Perez's accident in morning practice. An employee flew back to England with the suspected suspension parts. At 8:30 p.m. UK time, they are supposed to be on the dissection table in the factory. Then the carbon handlebars are screened for possible damage and subjected to a stress test. If this is passed, Hülkenberg and Perez can take part in the third training again.

Since this year we have been offering you an even better long run service. In the table below we compare two long runs. The longest in each case, and then extracted from this the intersection of a minimum number of laps that each driver has covered.

On the Hungaroring, there were 4 laps for the medium tire and 5 for the soft set. This value is more representative of the speed of the car under racing conditions because theTire degradation refers to the same number of laps. You can find it in the first column. We will also supply you with the type of tire used in the racing simulation.

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