Rush Hour Traffic Halts Quali Progress in Budapest
The Hungaroring proves a challenge for the team once again on Saturday
Checo lines up P17 and Lance will start from P18 for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez - P17
Sergio: “It's been a difficult day. I think we could have got through to Q2 to be honest. It would have needed a good lap, but we didn’t get it. My final run was badly compromised when all the cars were trying to find space in the final corner. That’s where [Daniel] Ricciardo tried to do something crazy, overtaking me in the last corner. He screwed up his lap and my lap too because I ended up too close to Norris and Daniel was close behind me.
We all know traffic is tricky in Q1. We spoke about it in the Drivers' Briefing and the importance of being respectful of each other. For me, it was quite disrespectful. He's an experienced driver and I didn't expect that from him. We know this track isn't the best for us anyway, but now we're really in a tough place for tomorrow. It’s been a bad day for us, so let's hope it gets better in the race.”
Lance Stroll - P19
Lance: “It’s been a frustrating day. We know this circuit is not the best suited to our car and that’s shown in the end result. We really struggled in practice this morning and that put us on the back foot for qualifying.
I was blocked on one of my laps and there were also some mistakes from my side which proved costly because I think it could have been much better. It was not our day, but as we saw last weekend, anything can happen in the race and we will be pushing hard tomorrow.”
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal
“A disappointing qualifying session where we didn’t maximise our performance. Both drivers got caught out by the traffic in Q1 and that cost us the chance to progress. We’ve got to take this one on the chin because today’s result doesn’t reflect the progress we’ve made with the car recently.
It’s a shame not to be further up the grid because we know how tough it is to overtake around here.
There are a few question marks about tyres and race pace because of the disrupted Friday sessions, so maybe that will create some variation in the strategies tomorrow and generate some opportunities for us.”