Sport Vettel hoped for more in Hungary qualifying
Vettel’s new engine not enough to make ‘big step’
Sebastian Vettel has a new engine for the British Grand Prix, but did not think it could have powered him to much better than P10 in qualifying. © PA Images Sebastian Vettel PA That is the position the Aston Martin driver will occupy on the grid for the debut of ‘sprint qualifying’, the new format which Formula 1 is trialling at Silverstone. Qualifying took place on Friday evening in front of a packed crowd, with the British Grand Prix being an official test event for the return of spectators to sporting venues in the UK.
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll both thought a higher grid position was possible for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The midfield battle was as tight as ever when the cars qualified in the extreme heat of the Hungaroring, driving in difficult conditions caused by track temperatures above 60°C –
Finding another tenth of a second would have promoted him above both Alpine cars on the grid and with qualifying being an important factor in Budapest, the four-time former World Champion hoped to extract more pace from the AMR21 after a promising start to the weekend.
What Verstappen can learn from Vettel’s failed title bid
If Max Verstappen wants to prevail, he needs to learn from Sebastian Vettel's failed attempt to beat Lewis Hamilton to the title in 2017. © PA Images Singapore-2017-crash-PA The Dutchman is the first man to really take the fight to Hamilton over the course of a season since Vettel did so in both 2017 and 2018. On both occasions, the German’s title charge unravelled, and Verstappen can take from lessons from the first of those campaigns, in particular, to ensure he doesn’t suffer the same fate.
“It’s still P10, I thought there was still a bit more [in the car],” Vettel said to Formula1.com. “I had a really clean lap in the end, I just got passed by Fernando [Alonso] at the end.
“I think we were struggling a little bit to feel the tyres for the first lap, so we weren’t as strong as maybe we would have liked.
“Yesterday was quite good. I don’t know what other people did, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”
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On the other side of the garage, Lance Stroll did not manage to make it into Q3 on Saturday and felt he had also left lap time on the table in the heat of the Hungaroring.
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marriage proposals should be unforgettable in itself. For a couple from Hungary, it became a certainly lasting memory - especially thanks to Sebastian Vettel. The designated groom was threaded. © Florion Goga / Pool Reuters / ap / dpa Sebastian Vettel made a great pleasure a couple on the edge of the Hungary Grand Prix. When he met Vettel at the airport at the airport during his arrival, he pressed a envelope in the hand. This: appointment and place for the application to the girlfriend.
After a strong showing in Q1, the Canadian could not find the same performance level in the following session and found himself on the sidelines afterwards.
Despite that, he would not rule out anything in the race and hopes to make headway in the field by being able to choose his starting tyres and have a more flexible strategy.
While he has not yet finished above P8 in a race this season, the 22-year-old has been consistent in his performances so far – and will aim for the same again once the lights go out.
“[The top 10] was [in reach],” Stroll admitted. “We had a good Q1, we were sixth in Q1 but then it was tricky after that, so we’ll have to look into it.
“It’s hot for everyone so it’s definitely tricky [with grip] in the last sector with the tyres overheating.
“Tomorrow, I think we have a good start position with the free tyre choice – we’ll see what we can do.”
Aston Martin pulls protest against Sebastian Vettel's Disqualification Back .
© Motorsport Images Aston Martin pulls protest against Vettel-DQ back The Formula 1 racing team Aston Martin has withdrawn his appeal against the disqualification of Sebastian Vettel at Hungary Grand Prix . This was announced by the racing team on Thursday. Thus, the scoring exclusion against the Heppenheimer is final.