Nico and Michael qualified in seventh and ninth places today ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Both drivers will have the benefit of starting from the cleaner side of the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Ross felt the team had a “reasonable” qualifying session today: “Nico and Michael got the most out of the car that we had. Our positions are about where we are at the moment. During this morning’s practice session, we focused on our race performance, and that should pay off for us tomorrow afternoon. It’s likely to be quite a tricky race with the tyres as the super softs are right on the limit, so we will have to look after them carefully and make the most of them.”
Norbert also felt Nico and the team did good job today in getting the maximum from our current technical package and putting the car in seventh position behind the three top teams. “The fact that Mark was on pole one week ago and now is in sixth place demonstrates how tough the battle in this group is, and how challenging it is to break into the top six this season. Michael had a more difficult Q3 and struggled slightly with the set-up of his car. By using primes in Q1 and doing only one outing in Q2 and Q3, Nico saved one set of fresh options for the race which will be very helpful tomorrow. It will be a challenging race for us and our aim is to come home where we are starting or slightly better.”