F1 2023 Hungarian GP - Everything You Need To KnowJul 23, 2023
Formula One heads to the Hungarian ring for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend for the eleventh round of the season and we're almost halfway through the action this year. I'm joined for a look this weekend with Alex Kalanokis and Matt Q, welcome. The video this weekend shows Daniel Ricardo's return to Formula One with Alpha Towery, he only ended up being half a season away from competing in Formula One Matt, what do we expect from the Australian this weekend? Something akin to a thankless tax, it seems. because everyone talks about how difficult that car is, you
know, it's heading towards the end of the Constructors' Championship, a difficult car to drive, it comes on a kind of circuit that really depends on a good benign chassis against a teammate really competitive and Yuki Snowden, who is He impressed everyone so competing with Rusty, you
know, he's adjusting to a new team and coming in as an eight-time grand prix winner with the expectation that you know he can make a play for the Red Bull seat it comes with and people expect it.
He just, you know, started racing at a track that he was at before, so I think there's a lot of pressure this weekend, well, a lot of public pressure over this weekend, both personally and internally, it's a little bit. Relieved, well, I should be. I absolutely believe that Daniel Ricardo returns to the fire team that he raced with in 2012 and 2013. Alex, this is the eighth time that Red Bull, as owners, has changed drivers mid-season, it is quite common these days for them to make the changes. when they
needit, but can you really do anything for your 2024 prospects by driving such a slow car?
Well, it's interesting, I think the more that is known about this, the more there will be in the coming days when the key players involved speak publicly. At the press conference, Ricardo himself, particularly Christian Horner in the Red Bull helmet, Marco, you never know what he's going to say at any given moment, when they start talking, they will come out more and more about this, but as Find out more, for example, that Christian Horn is now openly saying that this is actually more about 2025 for Ricardo, not 2024, which would make sense, but also if it's about 2025 and Yuki snoda will be around again in 2024 , what's the Pretty much what happened to the Red Bull Junior program, you've got Liam Lawson doing extremely well in super formula, so if this is all about 2025, there's still a huge bottleneck at the top and If Lawson, as he seems to be doing, is very close to at the top of the rankings in Japan at the moment, if he were to win this super formula title this year, he would logically expect an F1c and one would expect Red Bull to give him one, then, What will happen if Ricardo is in Al-Fittari? for 2024 um, that said, you know, I think it would have been even tougher to put Liam Lawson in this position given half a season without testing of any kind, it makes sense for the very experienced Daniel Ricardo, but as Matt already said, the car is really difficult to drive and it is very difficult to drive in the key area that Ricardo
needs, it is called own inputs, it is really unstable, particularly when the speed decreases, the downforce reduces, the car goes up and it is difficult, it is more difficult to control , it is more difficult to achieve that later. really fast and smooth start that Ricardo wants and that's what happened at McLaren, that's the problem he just couldn't solve apart from that wonderful, wild weekend at Monzo a couple of years ago, so yeah, it seems a bit hiding place for nothing. but I think if you dig into the kind of key explanation that Marco gave about why they stopped freezing, he said that they didn't see one key turn from him or one that you know, a single standout turn for him, so While Ricardo, at least, say Red Bull will be happy and Matt, can I ask you what this means for the Red Bull core team?
Now it's clearly Max Verstappen's team, he can do it if you do all the crazy permutations of the maths. He can win the championship early this year if he gets a point this weekend. I think he matches the points with which Vettel won one of his championships, with different years and different amounts of races, but it's still a lot of statistics to do with. Red Bull this year, why change anything? A lot of people say, well, you know, Daniel Ricardo in the number two team is there to put pressure on Sergio Pérez, as if Sergio Pérez doesn't need any more pressure than being inside that pressure cooker that is Red Bull. and Max Verstappen's teammate, what are the permutations for the main team?
Matt, could this just make Perez crack if there's more pressure? Do you think Perez could improve his game and mean that his 24th place finish is no longer even being questioned? No, there is no doubt that Perez is under pressure and in fact, since the Ricardo sightings were made, I think Horn has been a little more emphatic about the presence of the situation, but so far the party line is either the implicit pipeline, as long as Pérez is in second position in the championship. It doesn't matter much about the conversation that Alex and I had, you know, while we were leaving the sales, our last race together, it's that so far that hasn't been a problem because the reds haven't had, apart from Saudi Arabia, the box of changes. problem or whatever where that rear gunner position has been brutally exposed where if Verstappen is not in the fight there is no one to take, you know, take control and go for the win and that situation has possibly been alleviated even more because Mercedes Aston Martin McLaren now Ferrari none of them can decide who wants to be second fastest so there has been a huge one like Turk and a frame that has again eased the pressure on Red Bull but when those things merge and Verstappen needs a back gun and needs defense to know how to get back. at Hamilton Russell splits the strategy or something, if Perez isn't there and isn't second in the championship that's when those points will really come to Fort, but yeah he's under pressure and the fact that Horner has now said that There is a sort of a route to the Red Bull team, Ricardo's situation does nothing to alleviate that pressure, however, you know that Pérez is a highly paid Formula One driver, he knew what that job alongside Max Verstappen would entail. and if he in his heart believes he can be a world champion and that means beating Verstappen well, that comes with, you know, surviving in an intensely pressurized situation, so in theory, just adding Ricardo to the mix should be water for ducks, but now there are five types of traditional Q3. away, Sprint's standings are five traditional Q3s where he hasn't shown up hungry, he needs to be there, he needs to like Logan Sergeant or whoever has the contract up for renewal, you've got these in this double header and then a month. long summer vacation where ages and managers can meet and a lot of people can waver about situations where prayers have two really strong weekends and he takes a lot of that kind of pressure off so that's what he needs to do and Alex finally news about Red Bull and its prospects for this weekend in the legendary Hungarian ring, the first from a certain Mr.
PK. There is a good family connection there with Max Verstappen these days, but this year he returns as the winner of last year's race. There may be some concern on Red Bull's part, um, Alex, because they are so close to Silverstone that the pace shows them maybe not that far ahead of the competition, as before last year they were followed by the two Mercedes cars, so, what do you think of Red? Bull's prospects this weekend is there anything to worry about or do I have
everythingunder control oh, do I have
everythingunder control, absolutely nothing to worry about.
I think you know the dominant winner in Monaco well, apart from when the rain came, but you know it's over. Back to the low speeds, uh, things and apparently they can manage just as well there as elsewhere, uh, also at the Silverstone thing, don't forget there was a safety car, it was nine seconds before the pit stops, like that That you already know. With about half the race left, I wasn't far from the normal lead. I think a lot has been noted about the small gap at the end. I think in the safety car you can't read anything into that, really, um, so yeah.
No Rebel certainly looks like the favorite, but also a quick thing about the Perez situation. Red Bull already knows what happens if its rear gunner is not up to par with its main driver. It happened in 2021, it cost them a world title and what has happened since has disappeared, there is a new management at the top of Red Bull, they are putting pressure on our fatari to deliver results, the victory in the Constructors' Championship comes with a huge financial windfall, therefore, it is logical, it is logical to expect, but the Red Bull team management knows that they need to achieve double titles and if Pérez is not part of that, that is where the pressure comes from.
Once again we Formula One fans will turn on the television this weekend and there will be a change. Again, some of the details on the earnings sheet, if you will, of how we're going to race each weekend, aren't as important as a Sprint weekend, but there is a change in standings. Matt, all teams will use hard tires in Q1, medium, in Q2, soft. Q3, assuming it's not wet, there is also a reduction in available tire sets. Let's make some significant changes this weekend, since you're about to get on a plane and go see Matt in person, potentially, but not much.
If this topic sounds familiar to you, we were meant to present a kind of test for um immola, but obviously that never happens, so here we are through my Central Line, the public reason is that if you know if you have the If you assign tires for every session, then you can, basically, you can scrap a couple of games and that improves F1's sustainability credentials. I don't think that a couple of flight suitcases won't travel, obviously, it's a step in the right direction, but I don't think that justifies the change in format, in particular I think it's more about the very rare occasions in which you you put like a Williams in Q3, but to get into Q3 they have cleaned all their stuff during FP3 and then in the first two qualifying sessions, well I hope they should mitigate that so they can still put in a competitive lap and suddenly Don't be left with an eight-car anticlimax in Q3, but the other thing will also pay. ahead in the race, isn't that so Williams hasn't burned their set of soft tires and maybe entered Q3 and then has another set of soft tires free so they can be more aggressive in the race and strategy?
Sort of, moving a little bit further, but I think at the moment it's up in the air or we haven't seen it properly, kind of manifest itself on the chart, that's all there really needs to be said about it. I think I don't really know how it's going to happen and if you were, you know there's a relatively new Formula One Fund coming up, if you'll notice a slight difference other than the commentators spent 20 seconds explaining it at the beginning of uh. On Saturday, well we hope to see that and Alex, you mentioned McLaren and some of the reasons why they appeared a little closer at Silverstone, let's dig a little deeper into that.
McLaren jumped up the pecking order significantly. Mercedes called it a rocket. Andrea Stella insists teamwork and the distributed model has been key to the technical reorganization at the factory and, at work now, what do you think of McLaren's performance this weekend? This clue may throw up some unexpected winners that we've seen, button here, win here. when Hakikova Linen Okon wasn't expected to see here when they weren't really the favorites to say the least, so what do we expect from McLaren this weekend? It's going to be a crazy weekend, do you think so? We can, we can take the fight or it will be a specific track.
I guess we won't know until they start putting up some lap times this weekend, but can you expand a little more on what we expect to see? the upgrade package, yes, or I'm interested in the three examples you cited, so the button cover line and ocon required the race's favorite type of drop, although I think actually having Hamilton starting at the front to overtaking was what it was. The main factor is that he got the strategies wrong there in 2021, but, yes, McLaren, I think one would expect that logically they would not have the level of performance of Silverstone simply because it is a super high speed track, which is where they perform very , very good.
Well, Lewis Hamilton is very complimentary about how quick the McLaren was in the high-speed corners at Silverstone and there really aren't any of those in the Hungarian. There is that turn four that is quite fast at the beginning of the second sector. I think I'm right in saying, but other than that, it's basically a go-kart track, it's the cliché Monaco without walls and unfortunately, McLaren Landon Iris is almost almost disarmingly open in what he said at the press conference after being left. second. in Silverstone, and, according to him, McLarenapparently it's still pretty terrible in those conditions, so yeah, a much tougher challenge for McLaren this weekend, but it's still a much better car than earlier in the year when they were struggling, you know?
Norris hits the wall at Jeddah, stuff like that. It's also another high speed circuit where you have walls, Jenna, but it shows how far McLaren has come, so yeah, it should. It's probably not Red Bull that's bothered. I mean, I wouldn't be surprised if it happened like that because, like Matt said, the other opposition is that they can't know which team is going to come in second, race after race. to race, but I would expect Aston Martin to suddenly start looking quite good again, particularly with Fernando Alonso, you know, the previous winner here at the wheel and everything is so, um, yeah, harder for McLaren, not outside the Kingdoms of the possibility of them winning.
I didn't do well, but yeah, I think logically one would expect it to not go as well at Silverstone and finally before we go, Matt, are there any other teams or drivers that I haven't had access to yet? Honorable mention also that you will be keeping an eye out this weekend when you are at Trackside for any particular reason. I can give you a distillable mention if you like Martin, this is please, it's that thing we talked about a Great Britain. Prix podcast and video and um, it's kind of Mercedes, okay, they've been the subject of a lot of attention over the last 18 months, but actually now is almost where things look bleaker because you've supposedly had the game changer .
Monaco update, abandoning its sepia ground effects type of concept to move to Moore's Red Bull Down War side effect and lap time comparisons are more difficult, but in terms of results there hasn't been any of obvious increase and then okay, you had it. The Spanish Grand Prix had a much better performance, but Mercedes was really strong last year, so that result might need to be reviewed as another outlier of you know the car is Mega or the concept car is Mega in Barcelona and not anywhere else, so that's where Let's go from here if it's a case of and neither of them are brilliant, but if it's the case that the updates haven't given them a step up or if the updates will give them a step forward, but now they are what four races later and they haven't properly correlated them, neither of which is a good scenario to be in, so this is where you know Toto will invite Pep Guardiola to the garage to study the autobiography of Alex Ferguson.
This is one of those where he and Lewis Hamilton need to need. In a way, they have the greatest weight in that team and they really need to get ahead and show the best possible management because I don't think there is much to say no, as if rot is a strong path, but I don't think so. There's been too much to suggest there's anything like stopping the rot at the moment and bringing them back to you know a ninth Constructors' title or duct tape the fight with Red Bull well eight is great for Lewis Hamilton he's a pole specialist and victories. at this location, but I doubt I'll do number nine at either location at this location this weekend after what you just said, but hey, we don't know what's going to happen until we see the cars on the track and we don't we can. wait till you see the return of Formula One after a short break, it's a back to back return after the summer break, too, oh my goodness, thanks for watching the video today and remember to watch myself on the Autosport podcast, you can subscribe to it for everyone. our coverage of Formula One and more we would also love to know what you think in the comments below of what our two experts have said today with Alex and Matt are giving their opinion on this weekend, let's hear yours right now, leave us a comment and If you like the video and the channel, be sure to give us a thumbs up and subscribe so you always know what's happening on Auto Sport.
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