It’s race day at the Hungaroring. Remember to join us for the live blog during the race. Here’s today’s round-up:
Ross Brawn: “I think probably what we are asking is, before we all go off and have a massive development programme, is Charlie [Whiting] going to change the rules before we get there? When it is demonstrated to you, you look at all the ways that you can achieve it and I think for the latter part of this year, and next year, we will all be doing the same. We just want to make sure that Charlie is comfortable with it and is not going to change the rules when we get there, because it will be an awful waste of effort.”
Comment of the day
Who thinks that Domenicali, Alonso, and Massa are going to have a talk tonight about turn 1, and making sure Alonso is not impeded if he gets a good run on the Red Bulls?
Anyway, even with the massive raw speed edge I don?óÔé¼Ôäót see Red Bull running away at the lights on heavy fuel. Also, traffic will play a big role and with five to eight seconds on the backmarkers, we could see them caught by lap ten to twelve. This track is very narrow and twisty and a back marker could cost you seconds. And with the hard tyres able to run very long, Red Bull could be in danger of getting leapfrogged if their pursuers are able to pit at the moment where Red Bull hit traffic.
If Red Bull pit early they risk getting stuck behind a Sauber or whatever running 1 more seconds per lap off the lead pace. It will be very dicey to time the pit stops tomorrow. Thus I think we may well see a real race here tomorrow.
On this day in F1
It’s 30 years to the day since French F1 star Patrick Depailler was killed in a testing accident at the Hockenheimring.
Cari has written a retrospective on Depailler and it will be up on the site shortly.