Ferrari placed on ‘pink demonstration of energy’

Helmut Marko says Ferrari placed on a “pink demonstration of energy” throughout Friday’s practices on the Hungaroring, Charles Leclerc nearly three-tenths up on Max Verstappen.

Ferrari set the tempo in Friday’s two practices for the Hungarian Grand Prix, first Carlos Sainz was P1 after which Leclerc.

On a sizzling day in Budapest, the Monégasque driver laid down a 1:18.445 to beat Lando Norris by 0.217s whereas Sainz was third and Verstappen P4.

The latter was 0.283s off the tempo of his title rival.

Marko concedes Ferrari had been superior all over the place, each within the corners and on the straight.

Calling it a “pink demonstration of energy”, he informed Auto Motor und Sport that “with a spot like that, you’re not simply slower in a single nook”.

This 12 months’s championship has seen Ferrari win the cornering whereas Pink Bull’s RB18 has typically shut the hole down the straights.

The Hungaroring has only one however Marko reckons all of it got here all the way down to a set-up change they made after FP1, one which shall be reversed earlier than Saturday’s motion.

“We clearly deteriorated and now we have now to return and discover the perfect compromise,” the Pink Bull motorsport advisor mentioned.

In accordance with AMuS journalist Michael Schmidt, ‘it’s tough to place a determine on how a lot of that is because of the observe format and the way a lot of a distinction is made by the brand new underbody used for the primary time in France. In any case, Pink Bull had no probability.’

As for Verstappen, he’s grateful there shall be rain on Saturday as with out he doesn’t consider Pink Bull can beat Ferrari.

“I feel they’re a bit forward of us and I feel will probably be onerous for us to beat that,” mentioned the championship chief on Friday night.

“In a single day we’ll attempt to shut the hole as a lot as you may and see what the climate will give us as nicely tomorrow.

“I feel within the dry we are able to’t compete so possibly within the rain we are able to, who is aware of.”

Verstappen will line up on the Hungaroring grid 63 factors forward of Leclerc within the race for the World title.



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