2018 Hungary F1 testing recap


Ferrari and Mercedes trade places, teams fit new front wings and Williams goes multicoloured 

George Russell Hungary F1 test

Mercedes’ George Russell set the track record at the Hungaroring in the final day of Formula 1 testing on Wednesday, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen by 0.074sec 

Russell, 20, set a time of 1min 15.575sec on Wednesday afternoon on hypersoft tyres, beating Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi’s table-topping time of 1min 15.648 – the benchmark on Tuesday. 

Giovinazzi completed 96 laps on day one of testing, finishing a full 2.5sec ahead of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson. In comparison, Sebastian Vettel set a time of 1min 16.170sec on ultrasoft tyres in the third practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix; Giovinazzi was equipped with hypersofts 

Sean Gelael (Toro Rosso) tested the 2019 Pirelli tyre on day one and brought out the only red flag of the session, crashing the Toro Rosso STR13 at Turn 11. Rain followed, forcing teams to run on intermediates for the rest of the afternoon.  

Russell finished fifth on day one having completed 49 laps, with another 116 under his belt on day two. Giovinazzi swapped for a Sauber on Wednesday, completing 120 laps to finish fourth.  

Red Bull simulator driver Jake Dennis finished third, behind Räikkönen – both completing 131 laps on Tuesday.  

Both Toro Rossos – Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly and – finished at the back having undertaken Pirelli test duties. 

Robert Kubica replaced day one driver Oliver Rowland (ninth on Tuesday) for the final day, finishing sixth overall. Williams tested the 2019-spec front wing: 200mm wider, 25mm deeper, and without complex endplates and wing components.  

Force India, which had Nikita Mazepin (fifth) testing on Tuesday and Nicholas Latifi  (seventh) on Wednesday, also tested the new front wing, as did Rowland and Daniel Ricciardo (sixth on Wednesday) of Red Bull.  

Ricciardo is still waiting on a contract extension with Red Bull. He told Autosport that he was expecting it to take place around the Belgian Grand Prix in August. 

“It will definitely be done by Spa. Whether it gets announced over the summer break or in Spa [I don’t know],” said Ricciardo. 

Other measures in place for 2019 are wider and deeper rear wings, simplified front brake ducts without winglets, an increase in race fuel allowance and the separation of car weight from driver weight to stop heavier drivers being at a disadvantage.

Hungary F1 testing 2018 times – Day 1

Driver Team Time Gap Laps Tyre
Antonio Giovinazzi Ferrari 1min 15.648sec   96 Hypersoft
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1min 18.155sec +2.507sec 95 Hypersoft
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1min 19.251sec +3.603sec 126 Ultrasoft
Lando Norris McLaren 1min 19.294sec +3.646sec 107 Ultrasoft
George Russell Mercedes 1min 19. 781sec +4.133sec 49 Supersoft
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1min 19.854sec +4.206sec 125 Ultrasoft
Nicholas Latifi Force India 1min 19.994sec +4.346sec 103 Soft
Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1min 20.826sec +5.178sec 63 Medium
Oliver Rowland Williams 1min 20.970sec +5.322sec 65 Soft
Sean Gelael Toro Rosso 1min 21.451sec +5.803sec 109 2019 tyre

Hungary F1 testing 2018 times – Day 2

Driver Team Time Gap Laps Tyre
George Russell Mercedes 1min 15.575sec   116 Hypersoft
Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1min 15.649sec +0.074sec 131 Hypersoft
Jake Dennis Red Bull 1min 17.012sec +1.437sec 131 Hypersoft
Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber 1min 17.558sec +1.983sec 120 Hypersoft
Nikita Mazepin Force India 1min 17.748sec +2.173sec 51 Hypersoft
Robert Kubica Williams 1min 18.451sec +2.876sec 103 Ultrasoft
Lando Norris McLaren 1min 18.472sec +2.897sec 73 Soft
Artem Markelov Renault 1min 18.496sec +2.921sec 108 Hypersoft
Sean Gelael Toro Rosso 1min 19.046sec +3.471sec 122 Hypersoft
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1min 19.790sec +4.215sec 75 Pirelli test
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1min 20.221sec +4.646sec 67 Pirelli test

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