Ferrari yet to show their hand in Hungary (First practice interactive data)

Although Red Bull showed impressive pace in the first practice session at the Hungaroring it’s clear we haven’t seen representative times from all their rivals.

Chief among which are Ferrari and McLaren who were running different programmes this morning in Hungary.

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As the Hungaroring does not get used much between F1 races the track is typically very dusty first thing on a Friday. As it cleans up and rubber goes down it improves very quickly – teams refer to this as the track’s ‘evolution’.

As teams tend to use just one set of tyres in first practice the improvement in the track is usually cancelled out by tyre degradation towards the end of the session. But with the track improving so much, and most teams doing very little running in the first half hour, we saw times improving across the board even in the final minutes.

But the Hungaroring is also a track where each lap of fuel carries a significant time penalty – around 0.08s per lap, one of the highest of the year. And it seems very likely from looking at these times that several of Red Bull’s key rivals were running with more fuel on board.

Red Bull’s advantage was greatest in the second sector of the lap – no surprise there, as it contains turns four, ten and eleven, the quickest corners on the track and a happy hunting ground for the RB6. Sebastian Vettel was 0.567s faster through this than everyone apart from his team mate.

Slow-motion replays during the session showed the car’s flexing front wing working to great effect

But this is also a good track for Red Bull as it plays down straight-line speed disadvantage. Mark Webber was the slowest driver through the speed trap (281.9kph versus Paul di Resta’s best of 293.3kph) yet was only a whisker off Vettel at the top of the times.

The middle sector is also the point on the lap where a lighter fuel load has the greatest effect on lap times. Ferrari were eight tenths off Red Bull in this sector, but not as far behind elsewhere, a further indication that they were doing more high-fuel running in the first session.

They may have had an eye on the weather and wanted to concentrate on their race set-up. Sunday is expected to be dry but a band of rain is heading towards the track and could reach it ahead of this afternoon’s session, though at the time of writing it looks unlikely.

Lewis Hamilton set his best time on his first flying lap – suggesting there is a lot more time to come from his McLaren that his 18th place on the times sheet indicates.

Force India conducted back-to-back tests of their exhaust-blown diffuser which was run on Adrian Sutil’s car while Paul di Resta ran without the upgrade for comparison.

Sutil set his best time, a 1’23.003, half an hour before di Resta’s best, suggesting he had more time in hand. The team pronounced themselves happy with the amount of data they’d gathered from running the new part.

Drivers’ best lap times

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Lap At time Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’20.976 19 68 29
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’21.106 0.130 15 59 27
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’22.072 1.096 18 78 21
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.444 1.468 7 65 17
5 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’22.601 1.625 9 50 25
6 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.764 1.788 16 79 24
7 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’22.772 1.796 23 90 25
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.777 1.801 22 89 25
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’22.792 1.816 11 46 26
10 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’22.966 1.990 20 75 25
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’23.003 2.027 7 61 19
12 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’23.007 2.031 16 67 26
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’23.249 2.273 19 84 24
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.327 2.351 10 48 23
15 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’23.520 2.544 18 92 19
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.780 2.804 10 49 22
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.868 2.892 10 40 28
18 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.075 3.099 3 49 15
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’25.032 4.056 10 59 22
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’25.210 4.234 10 59 23
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.990 5.014 19 90 21
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.686 5.710 13 73 17
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’26.990 6.014 20 62 34
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’28.157 7.181 18 84 24

Drivers’ ultimate lap times

A drivers’ ultimate lap is their three best sector times added together.

Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’20.706 0.270
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’20.907 0.201 0.199
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’21.922 1.216 0.150
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.276 1.570 0.168
5 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’22.494 1.788 0.298
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.545 1.839 0.232
7 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’22.574 1.868 0.198
8 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’22.601 1.895 0.000
9 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.628 1.922 0.136
10 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’22.744 2.038 0.263
11 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’22.791 2.085 0.175
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.898 2.192 0.429
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’22.986 2.280 0.263
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’23.003 2.297 0.000
15 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.238 2.532 0.837
16 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’23.381 2.675 0.139
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.586 2.880 0.282
18 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.761 3.055 0.019
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’24.951 4.245 0.081
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’24.968 4.262 0.242
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.511 4.805 0.479
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.598 5.892 0.088
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’26.906 6.200 0.084
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’27.853 7.147 0.304

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7 comments on Ferrari yet to show their hand in Hungary (First practice interactive data)

  1. Oli said on 30th July 2010, 12:26

    What actually happened with the di resta tyre problems??

  2. Splint3r said on 30th July 2010, 12:42

    still to early to tell

  3. Todfod said on 30th July 2010, 13:04

    The Red Bulls are a second a lap faster than any other car on the circuit. I agree that its way too early to judge, but all the teams cant be sandbagging, can they?

  4. sasbus said on 30th July 2010, 14:43

    “Slow-motion replays during the session showed the car’s flexing front wing working to great effect”

    Well I guess Red Bull really gives your wings. :)

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