Hamilton confident after leading Friday practice

2012 Hungarian Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Sam Michael, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2012Lewis Hamilton led both practice sessions on Friday and also managed one of the longest stints in preparation for the race.

Afterwards a confident Hamilton said: “I?m on it. I?ve been on it all year.

“I feel a lot of support from the fans, here and everywhere, and I think things are looking pretty good this weekend. I?ll be focusing on maximising every lap and every opportunity I get out there.”

Here’s a look at the data from the first two practice sessions.

Longest stint comparison – first practice

Hamilton did a string of 12 timed laps on the medium tyre during the first practice session. The tyres appeared to start to lose performance on his last few laps.

The rain in the second session meant that, for the third race weekend in a row, drivers were unable to do long runs to compare both compounds of tyre – in this case, the medium and soft. Pirelli say the latter is worth around eight tenths of a second per lap here.

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) during their longest unbroken stint:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2012drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Sebastian Vettel 90.325 86.831 85.594 88.77 85.481 85.01
Mark Webber 84.605 84.644 85.681 85.021
Jenson Button 86.5 84.137 91.638 83.753 92.244 83.199
Lewis Hamilton 88.23 87.21 87.014 94.505 87.052 87.492 89.428 86.425 86.379 90.907 86.696 87.17
Fernando Alonso 88.403 84.205 94.281 84.055
Felipe Massa 89.413 87.213 83.904
Michael Schumacher 88.19 84.117 84.395 87.025 89.588 87.011 84.947
Nico Rosberg 86.822 88.492 91.994 100.355 86.395 99.322 86.851 85.994 85.243
Kimi Raikkonen 88.218 84.658 88.815 84.109 89.24 85.729 83.983
Romain Grosjean 86.731 85.297 88.016 84.304 84.596
Paul di Resta 90.551 85.271 84.742 90.586 88.814 84.559
Jules Bianchi 88.304 86.754 93.18 85.985 99.149
Kamui Kobayashi 90.128 84.67 88.489
Sergio Perez 89.112 87.616 86.615 86.183 94.475 84.316 87.284
Daniel Ricciardo 86.275 85.494 85.858 85.482 86.214 86.869
Jean-Eric Vergne 87.051 86.515 86.742 85.938 90.715 87.861 86.822
Pastor Maldonado 90.195 85.809 96.474 84.449 93.962 84.3
Valtteri Bottas 87.644 84.939 92.369 84.152 89.818 84.214
Heikki Kovalainen 90.573 89.12 97.251 88.435 94.636 104.299 87.66
Vitaly Petrov 91.211 88.051 86.713 89.676 92.841 86.765
Pedro de la Rosa 89.698 88.048 87.612 87.712 87.487 87.514
Dani Clos 91.787 88.903 88.866 89.168 88.581 88.319
Timo Glock 90.502 89.606 88.5 87.015 87.597 98.022 93.179 88.061
Charles Pic 92.074 87.865 93.454 87.335 94.643 90.443 86.861 91.685 86.705

Sector times and ultimate lap times – second practice

Bruno Senna was third quickest overall and had the second fastest time based on combined fastest sectors. It indicates Williams have a strong car here and suggests Senna may be able to use its capabilities more fully than he has previously.

“There is good potential in the car though which makes me happy ahead of qualifying tomorrow,” he said.

Car Driver Car Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3 Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 29.104 (1) 29.680 (2) 23.211 (4) 1’21.995 0.000
2 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 29.304 (4) 29.680 (2) 23.158 (2) 1’22.142 0.147 0.111
3 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 29.301 (2) 29.831 (5) 23.048 (1) 1’22.180 0.185 0.000
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 29.303 (3) 29.731 (4) 23.360 (8) 1’22.394 0.399 0.188
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 29.381 (6) 29.667 (1) 23.369 (9) 1’22.417 0.422 0.000
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 29.351 (5) 30.085 (11) 23.222 (5) 1’22.658 0.663 0.089
7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 29.439 (7) 29.991 (7) 23.245 (6) 1’22.675 0.680 0.149
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 29.449 (8) 30.186 (12) 23.159 (3) 1’22.794 0.799 0.000
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 29.652 (12) 29.853 (6) 23.377 (11) 1’22.882 0.887 0.040
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 29.461 (9) 30.070 (10) 23.369 (9) 1’22.900 0.905 0.260
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 29.592 (11) 30.233 (13) 23.339 (7) 1’23.164 1.169 0.000
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 29.734 (14) 30.045 (9) 23.558 (13) 1’23.337 1.342 0.000
13 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 29.513 (10) 30.294 (14) 23.617 (16) 1’23.424 1.429 0.289
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 29.941 (17) 30.006 (8) 23.647 (17) 1’23.594 1.599 0.247
15 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 29.655 (13) 30.609 (18) 23.436 (12) 1’23.700 1.705 0.114
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 29.956 (18) 30.570 (17) 23.595 (15) 1’24.121 2.126 0.224
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 30.059 (20) 30.556 (16) 23.577 (14) 1’24.192 2.197 0.136
18 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 29.964 (19) 30.540 (15) 23.916 (19) 1’24.420 2.425 0.203
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 29.790 (15) 31.106 (19) 23.927 (20) 1’24.823 2.828 0.000
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 29.875 (16) 31.484 (20) 23.861 (18) 1’25.220 3.225 0.000
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 30.712 (21) 31.914 (23) 24.231 (21) 1’26.857 4.862 0.249
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 30.883 (23) 31.633 (21) 24.386 (23) 1’26.902 4.907 0.202
23 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 30.937 (24) 31.777 (22) 24.353 (22) 1’27.067 5.072 0.118
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 30.882 (22) 32.247 (24) 24.484 (24) 1’27.613 5.618 0.209

Complete practice times

Kimi Raikkonen is increasingly happy with the balance of his Lotus E20, particularly with the progress made in the last few races.

But all is not well on the other side of the Lotus garage where Romain Grosjean appears to be grappling with a continuation of the problems he had in Germany.

“The car didn?t feel quite as I like it, similar to how it felt in Hockenheim, which made things a bit tricky,” said Grosjean. “I made a mistake running wide on the exit of turn seven in the second session which meant I touched the wall, so a big apology to the guys for that.”

Meanwhile Timo Glock is happier with the feel of his Marussia: “With all the changes made since Hockenheim, my car seems more ??back to normal?, I would say. There?s still some work to do on the set-up and to make the car a little quicker, but I was quite happy at the end of the morning.”

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.821 1’21.995 50
2 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’23.983 1’22.180 44
3 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’22.253 34
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’23.904 1’22.417 54
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’23.397 1’22.582 46
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.922 1’22.747 41
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’24.559 1’22.794 45
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.608 1’22.824 43
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’23.633 1’22.922 36
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’23.845 1’23.160 45
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.628 1’23.164 58
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’24.300 1’23.337 49
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’23.713 26
14 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.546 1’23.814 41
15 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.394 1’23.841 47
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’24.152 24
17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.268 1’24.623 50
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.559 1’24.328 52
19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.354 1’24.345 53
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’26.440 1’24.823 57
21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’26.755 1’25.220 58
22 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1’25.715 26
23 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’26.705 1’27.185 47
24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.015 1’27.104 52
25 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’27.101 1’27.106 40
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’27.822 20
27 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 1’28.176 24

Speed trap – second practice

Unusually the speed trap has a Red Bull at the top of it – Sebastian Vettel’s. His team mate Mark Webber insisted there had been “no change” in the car’s performance since the FIA outlawed the engine map the team used in the last race.

“We got some running in the wet and the dry, but we?ve got work to do,” he said. “I?m not super happy with that today, but it?s good that it?s only Friday. We seem to be going okay in some places, but losing time in others ?ǣ so we?ll go through it tonight. I need to work on the balance.”

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 304.6
2 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham Renault 303 1.6
3 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 302.2 2.4
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 301.4 3.2
5 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham Renault 300.2 4.4
6 11 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 299.7 4.9
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 298.7 5.9
8 3 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 298.5 6.1
9 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 297.9 6.7
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 297.6 7
11 19 Bruno Senna Williams Renault 297.4 7.2
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 297.1 7.5
13 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 296.4 8.2
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 296.2 8.4
15 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 295.4 9.2
16 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 295.2 9.4
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 294.8 9.8
18 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 294.5 10.1
19 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 293.2 11.4
20 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 293 11.6
21 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth 291.2 13.4
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT Cosworth 287.6 17
23 25 Charles Pic Marussia Cosworth 286.9 17.7
24 24 Timo Glock Marussia Cosworth 286.8 17.8

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23 comments on Hamilton confident after leading Friday practice

  1. Valentino (@valentino) said on 27th July 2012, 18:12

    Does anyone know what are the changes made to the first corner?

  2. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 27th July 2012, 18:54

    Hope Senna finally manages to really outshine his team mate all the weekend. I don’t like how Williams only give Senna’s car to Bottas at every friday practice, it should be balanced between all 3 drivers. It really penalizes Senna, and surely that shows during the Grand Prix.

  3. DaveW (@dmw) said on 27th July 2012, 19:01

    Sunny and hot tomorrow (in Budapest, anyway). And maybe no rain until the evening on Sunday. I’m expecting a McLaren lock-out on Saturday. On Sunday, I figure Hamilton or Button to win, but look out for RAI. The Lotus is looking quicker and quicker all the time. As ususal little to say about RBR. They may be smarting for the loss of their quasi-TC, but they often look slowish on Friday but then rise up in Q3.

  4. Cornflakes (@cornflakes) said on 27th July 2012, 19:03

    Around 9/10ths slower than last years P2 time. I guess we didn’t see full potential because of the rain in the last half, but it goes to show how valuable the EBD were.

  5. SD (@sd) said on 27th July 2012, 19:56

    Martin Brundle was saying before P1 that there is a rule which states that if you lay down rubber on the pit lane, you have to go out on the track. I have no clue what he was talking about, can anyone please clarify?

    • James (@jamesf1) said on 27th July 2012, 20:06

      It refers to drivers who spin up their wheels on their pit box. Drivers do this to give them a little more grip when leaving the pit lane, just to give them an extra .1 or .2 of a second advantage if at all possible. Once they have done so, they have to go out on to the track, supposedly. However, I’m sure teams wheel the car back into the garage after some, unless this is after the session has ended.

  6. sid_prasher (@) said on 27th July 2012, 20:36

    Going by how close the cars have generally been this year, McLarens are looking very very fast!

  7. Tom (@newdecade) said on 27th July 2012, 22:16

    Not surprising to see a Red Bull top the speed table when the engine is finally producing the torque that its revs say it should be!!

    • Lothario said on 27th July 2012, 23:08

      +1

    • who's better who's best said on 27th July 2012, 23:14

      And of course they have shed some drag with the loss of downforce

      How ever they only had that torque map at hockenhiem so I doubt it has anything to do with that

      Perhaps they were running low fuel and are just rubbish around the corners

    • Mike (@mike) said on 28th July 2012, 5:33

      I’d be very surprised if Red Bull had bended to rules to slow themselves down O.o

      What Red Bull had been trying to do, was increase the downforce at the bottle neck, and reduce the wheel spin of the car as it accelerates. Neither of which would have slowed them down along the straight.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th July 2012, 11:00

      @newdecade I’m reckoning that Vettel perhaps got a tow, considering that Webber is so far down.

    • The engine maps were helping the driver open the throttle more mid-corner, allowing more air to flow through the exhaust to get more downforce, and also helping not spin up the rears too much, helping tyre wear.

      Neither of these things have anything to do with top end speeds, which are taken at the end of the longest straight. :]

  8. FOM misquote on Webber

    “There’s no change from the engine mapbeping amend.”

    should have been

    “There’s no change from the engine mapping my end.”

  9. F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 28th July 2012, 9:45

    @Keithcollantine – Have I already told you how pleasing the color/font combo is on this site’s pages? Well, it sure is!

    I hope it would not be too much to ask if you could possibly incorporate color change in the news/headlines that has already been read once by an user, for that user? I seem to get a little confused on what I’ve read/unread during each visit.

    Thanks in advance!

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th July 2012, 11:04

    McLaren certainly seem quick but so do Lotus. The E20 is fast and is probably the most consistent car when it comes to actual speed but they jut can’t use it when it matters, it’s qualifying that let’s them down.

    Strange to see an RB8 on top of the speed trap, and a Caterham. Could the drivers perhaps have benefited from a tow?

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