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Hungarian GP: Pirelli qualifying quotes

Paul Hembery: "An intriguing qualifying session, which was again held in very high temperatures. The track temperature actually fell slightly for Q3, which had an effect on the top 10 shoot-out and made the timing of the final laps crucial. With a performance gap of more than a second and a half between the medium and soft tyre, it's clear that the soft tyres were the ones to qualify on and the medium tyre is a very solid race tyre. So during qualifying, the teams aimed to ensure that they had a fresh set of soft tyres for their final run in Q3.

"The tyre combination we have nominated here sets the scene for an interesting strategic battle tomorrow, with either two or three pitstops possible. The tight battle at the front of the grid also presents some opportunities for those who might choose to start on the medium tyres, in order to gain all-important track position after the first pitstops.

"Statistically, overtaking here can be even more difficult than it is in Monaco. Wear and degradation has been very much under control so far, but with even higher track and ambient temperatures expected tomorrow, good tyre management and a flexible strategic approach will definitely pay off."

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