Vettel’s best time gives hope for qualifying in Hungary

Vettel's hope on the fast lap at the Hungaroring

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Sebastian Vettel from Germany from the Ferrari team at the Hungaroring.

Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to it. It should be as narrow as possible on the less than 4.4 kilometers long route with its 14 corners. Today (3 p.m. / RTL and Sky) is the qualification time at the Hungaroring.

For the third time, the 20 Formula 1 drivers will be starting from the late Corona emergency season. For the third time, Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas are on the pole as top candidates in the knockout stages.

However, the weather at the Hungarian Grand Prix could at least make life difficult for the two Silver Arrow drivers on a fast lap. “This route is fantastic in the dry, but difficult in the wet,” was Hamilton’s conclusion after the two training sessions on Friday.

After his best time on the drier morning, the 35-year-old six-time world champion from Great Britain did not even complete a lap on time in the afternoon. Hamilton was only 16 in the rain.

The power of the superior Mercedes engine does not play such a crucial role on the course with some slow corners. The rather frugal appearances of all teams on Friday also allow little conclusions to be drawn about qualifying, which, according to Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto, is the key to the race on Sunday (3.10 p.m. / Sky and RTL) in Hungary.

With the best time in the rainy second practice, Sebastian Vettel gave hope for better results for the Scuderia by the four-time world champion. “It’s no secret that we still have homework to do, but overall it looks like we’re more competitive on the course,” said Vettel.


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