Antonio Giovinazzi, Ferrari, Hungaroring

Giovinazzi unofficially beats Hungaroring track record in F1 test

2018 F1 season

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Antonio Giovinazzi set the fastest recorded lap of the Hungaroring as he headed the first day of testing for Ferrari by two-and-a-half seconds.

His lap of 1’15.648 was over half a second faster than the best time set during last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. It was set on hyper-soft tyres, which was not part of the allocation for the race weekend.

The session was red-flagged when Sean Gelael, who was conducting tyre testing for Pirelli, crashed his Toro Rosso. Rain fell during the afternoon which prevented several teams from conducting performance runs. Some, however, took advantage of the opportunity to run on a wet track.

Mercedes suffered a rare setback in testing as a technical problem confined Formula Two championship leader George Russell to the pit for a significant part of the test.

Force India and Williams both ran development versions of front wings built to new regulations which are being introduced for the 2019 F1 season. Red Bull also spent part of the test concentrating on 2019 development items, and like all the teams had access to Pirelli’s development tyres for next season.

Haas is not participating in this week’s test, which concludes tomorrow.

Pos.Car numberDriverTeamModelBest timeGapLaps
199Antonio GiovinazziFerrariSF71H1’15.64896
29Marcus EricssonSauberC371’18.1552.50795
328Brendon HartleyToro RossoSTR131’19.2513.603126
447Lando NorrisMcLarenMCL331’19.2943.646107
563George RussellMercedesW091’19.7814.13349
63Daniel RicciardoRed BullRB141’19.8544.206125
734Nicholas LatifiForce IndiaVJM111’19.9944.346103
827Nico HulkenbergRenaultRS181’20.8265.17863
941Oliver RowlandWilliamsFW411’20.9705.32265
1028Sean GelaelToro RossoSTR131’21.4515.803109

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27 comments on “Giovinazzi unofficially beats Hungaroring track record in F1 test”

  1. Temperatures, compound and track conditions aside, I have to say I’m mighty impressed by that time.

  2. But not any more ‘unofficial’ than an outright lap record for any given circuit (layout) set in qualifying and or a practice session, i.e., the fastest ever lap time around any given circuit set in qualifying and or practice is equally an ‘unofficial’ record. Nevertheless, the first ever sub-1m16s time around the current 2003-present layout of the Hungaroring circuit.

    1. I forgot to add: I wish there were onboard footage of that lap, but I doubt it, unfortunately.

      1. +1 I don’t see the point of reffering to track records as unofficial.

        I can see it’s not an F1 record and a lap record has to be set during a race but if it’s set by an engine attached to wheels it’s surely a track record.

        1. @glynh Well, a track record is unofficial unless it’s set in race conditions, as, of course, only lap times set in the races are regarded as ‘official’ records, but a record set in any other session not, that’s the point.

          1. @jerejj I think that’s the lap record that has to be set during the race, the track record can be officially set in other sessions, usually qualifying which is why I consider it to be the fastest any car can lap a circuit.

          2. @jerejj I think the “lap record” must be set during the race (for a specific formula), whereas the “track record” can be set whenever, by any car e.g. the Porsche 919, 5:19.546 at the nordschleife. (incidentally the F1 lap record for the old ‘ring is held by clay regazzoni, set in 1975 at 7:06.4. lauda’s pole lap was a fair bit quicker, 6:58.6. I’m not sure why they were quicker in 1975 than in 1976, possibly track conditions – there was definitely some rain around in 1976 on race day.)

            so, essentially, i think the headline is misleading or just a contradiction in terms – the track record is neither official or unofficial, it just is what it is. ferrari could have been running a V12 engine or two MGU-Ks for all we know (that’s silly but we cannot be sure they are running to championship rules).

            there’s a more complex point here in that the track, as an entity, is never going to be 100% similar from one moment to the next – this is through the surface ageing (could become better, more rubber down, or worse, more bumpy), temperature variations, changes to the kerbs, the track limits, the dryness of the grass, etc, etc. when we want to compare performance from one season to the next, for instance, we should be looking at a composite of the entire grid and adjusting for the type of lap/session the times were set in. the single headline fastest lap time offers only a small insight due to the variation of the other unknown variables.

    2. @frood19 Precisely what I sort of tried to point out, and yes, it indeed, is also true, that a track as an entity is never going to be 100% similar from one moment to the next for the various reasons you brought up, which means that, for example, two pole laps from as many different seasons around any given circuit are never 100% comparable even if the circuit layout itself was the same on both occasions, and they were both set in dry-weather conditions, since even with the same type of weather conditions both the ambient and the track temperatures can vary, which can (and usually do) affect car behaviour, and grip-levels on the track surface, etc.

  3. Excellent time although it was on a softer tyre than was available at the weekend. It may point to the sort of time we may have seen in a truly dry quali.

    1. @ahxshades I assume the pole time had the qualifying stayed entirely dry throughout would’ve been in the low-1m15s.

      1. I agree. Maybe even a high 1:14.9. Vettel’s FP3 lap was a 1:16.1. I think Q3 would’ve been like 15.8, then 15.4-5 for Q2, 15.0 for pole.

  4. That’s a great lap by Giovinazzi.
    The kid deserves a race seat next season. He’s on Pierre Gasly’s level, and Gasly has impressed everyone this season so far.

    1. Is he though? He stuffed it a couple of times in the Sauber when he stood in for Weihrlein last year. ?

  5. And GIO did it in Sutil’s car?

    1. @davidnotcoulthard I see what you did there, LOL.

      1. Antonio Giovinazzi ran with (FIA assigned) #99, last used by Adrian Sutil in 2014. 😊😊

    2. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
      31st July 2018, 21:17

      Gasly has got Kobyashi’s car a fair number of points this season then!

  6. Looking at the photo the Ferrari seems suit the new wide front wing ’19

    1. That’s the 2018 wing.

    2. Only Force India and Williams ran ’19 spec wings.

  7. It really looks like sometime in the last few weeks/months Ferrari had a eureka moment and it all came together.

  8. Can’t help but think that Fernando Alonso would be leading the championship in that Ferrari.

    1. Peppermint-Lemon (@)
      31st July 2018, 22:46

      Yeah same, he’d be running rings around the lot of them

  9. I agree, I think Vettel in pure speed is faster than Alonso, but Alonso is a more complete driver and he rarely make mistakes.

    1. Alonso would be on track for #4 WDC if he had stayed and supported Ferrari.

  10. Mark Sinclair
    1st August 2018, 12:30

    What cars are being used for testing? I presume it is one of the race drivers car? Eg Mercedes are using Bottas’s car.

    Or do they have a spare car used for testing?

  11. The guys at Sky Sport weren’t so keen but I think he deserves a chance in F1.

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