First and second place with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes, eighth and tenth for Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll with Aston Martin: it was a positive Friday for these two motorized teams Mercedes, with the Brackley team fast on the flying lap and consistent on the race pace and the former Racing Point at the moment with two drivers virtually in Q3, a result that would be welcomed with satisfaction by Lawrence Stroll’s team.
On the eve of Red Bull was expected to lead at the Hungaroring, but in the second free practice session this was not the case. The journalist Peter Windsor on your channel Youtube he explained that it could be a matter of set-up, in favor of single-seaters built according to a low rake philosophy as in the case of the Mercedes W12 and Aston Martin AMR21. “It is a setup that is easier to fine-tune and less subject to change in behavior based on the compound of tires fitted. – Windsor explained – Red Bull may have the fastest car, but it turns out to be so only when the set-up is perfectly right. Mercedes, on the other hand, has a more stable base ”.
Max Verstappen in fact, during free practice he complained of an understeer RB16-B with soft tires and oversteer with medium tires. A behavior at the antipodes therefore based on the compound of tires fitted: “A high-raked car like Red Bull is more sensitive to this situation and the very high downforce of Red Bull generates a lot of heat on the tires. – Windsor added – the new, more resistant tires behave differently than the previous ones and the Red Bull, which has a lot of downforce, will have to understand how to manage this new variable ”.