It will not be an ordinary Sunday for the strategists of the Formula 1 teams. A violent downpour fell on the Hungaroring track which ended four hours before the start of the Grand Prix, a period of time in which temperatures should rise a lot, recreating the conditions seen. yesterday in qualifying.
If at the start of the race the asphalt is higher than fifty degrees, the simulations of the teams and Pirelli hypothesize a scenario at the limit for those who intend to tackle the seventy laps of the race with a single stop.
The fastest strategy involves two pit stops, with the first race stint of twenty laps with soft, then moving on to hard until lap 50 and a set of medium (or soft) for the last twenty laps. Different speech for the two Mercedes, the only two single-seaters in the top-10 that will start with medium tires. For Hamilton and Bottas the challenge will be to be able to cover 30-35 laps before the pit stop, then trying to finish the race with a hard set.
However, the teams will be forced to monitor the progress of the race in the first twenty laps, to assess tire wear and tear and decide on the basis of the data that will derive the real strategy in real time.
To further complicate the plans is also the possibility that a disturbance will reach the Hungaroring after the first third of the race, a scenario that the weather rate is 60 percent.
The availability of new tire sets sees the teams very aligned. All the riders can count on a set of hard, while the only driver at the start who does not have a train of new mediums is Valtteri Bottas, who, however, will have a set of soft at his disposal in qualifying.