Ferrari's F1 turnaround in Hungary track specific - Mercedes

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is convinced Ferrari's return to form at the Hungarian Grand Prix is track specific, rather than a sign it has made big progress with its car

Ferrari's F1 turnaround in Hungary track specific - Mercedes

Ferrari put a host of updates to good use on the tight and twisty Hungaroring track, which better suits its SF70H car, to lock out the front row for the first time since Monaco in May.

But while Lewis Hamilton feared that Ferrari's progress was real and it had moved forward, Wolff believes that circuit characteristics are the real reason behind his team being beaten in qualifying.

"I think it is track specific," said Wolff, when asked by Autosport why he felt Ferrari were so strong this weekend.

"There are three tracks that are similar, high downforce tracks, Monaco, Budapest and Singapore, and we are starting to see a little bit of a pattern.

"The DNA of our car just seems to be running more stable on the faster circuits, and Ferrari is doing very well on the twisty slower circuits."

Wolff said he took encouragement from the fact that Mercedes was closer to Ferrari than it had been in Monaco.

"In Monte Carlo we had problems much worse than here," he said.

"We have solved the problems - and this is what I take positive from the day: that we have become much closer to Ferrari on this type of circuit."

Although the difficulties of overtaking at the Hungaroring mean Ferrari is clear favourite for victory in the race, Wolff still senses opportunities for his drivers.

"There is definitely an opportunity off the start," he said.

"If you have a good getaway, the straight line is 600-700m [610m], there is an overtaking opportunity.

"And around Turn 1 and Turn 2 there are opportunities. But from then on it becomes a bit more difficult.

"For me it is still motor racing, a lot of things can happen during the race and we will see what end result it will be.

"From the pure car performance it is about damage limitation."

HUNGARIAN GP GRID

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.276s -
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.444s 0.168s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.530s 0.254s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.707s 0.431s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.797s 0.521s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.818s 0.542s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.549s 1.273s
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m17.894s 1.618s
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.912s 2.636s
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m18.415s 2.139s
11 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m18.495s 2.219s
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m17.468s 1.192s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m18.639s 2.363s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.771s 2.495s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m19.095s 2.819s
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.538s 2.262s
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m19.102s 2.826s
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.839s 3.563s
19 Paul Di Resta Williams/Mercedes 1m19.868s 3.592s
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.972s 3.696s

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