They say no drivers are indifferent to the Hungarian Grand Prix’s Hungaroring; either they love it or hate it, along with the hot weather that it’s famous for. And teams will certainly be in for some hot weather during this weekend’s event. Temperatures are expected to peak around 84 degrees F (29 degrees C) and there’s very little chance of rain, living up to the event’s traditionally hot and dry conditions.
Things were even hotter during Friday’s practice, where the Mercedes AMG duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued to dominate the field. Hamilton was the quicker of the two, although his best time was only 0.183 seconds better than Rosberg’s. Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen was third quickest.
Most teams focused on setting their cars to run without FRIC suspension systems, the loss of which is expected to have more of an effect here than it did at last weekend’s German Grand Prix. Teams were also evaluating the P Zero White medium tire supplied by Pirelli this weekend, along with the P Zero yellow soft, on a somewhat dirty Hungaroring. There weren’t any major issues although Max Chilton’s Marussia suffered an oil leak that resulted in a fire.
Going into qualifying tomorrow and Sunday’s race, Nico Rosberg leads the 2014 Drivers’ Championship with 190 points, with Lewis Hamilton in second with 176 points and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo third with 106 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes AMG has 366 points versus the 188 points of Red Bull Racing and 121 points of Williams.