F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: Formula 1 to Test Tweaked Qualifying Format in Hungary

For the three-day race at the Hungaroring, the Italian tyre maker Pirelli will only provide 11 pairs of tyres instead of 13, with mandatory usage of certain compounds for qualifying on Saturday.

By Divyam Dubey | on July 18, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

The twelfth F1 race in 2023 will take place at the Hungaroring in Budapest. This track marks a dramatic departure from the last two high-speed circuits that F1 has visited. The Formula 1 teams and drivers competing in the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix will keep a careful watch on the weather forecasts throughout the weekend. Fortunately, rain is not expected to impact the Sunday race. There has been a high probability of precipitation this season in Formula One, with rain playing a significant role in three of the past five races on Saturdays in Montreal, Spielberg, and Silverstone. In addition to the rain in Barcelona, there was also a little drizzle in Monaco during the Grand Prix. There is a good chance that rain won't interfere with the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend's most important sessions. Even so, it may impair the quality of Friday's data collection during the practice sessions.

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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: Formula 1 to Test Tweaked Qualifying Format 

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The revised qualifying procedure that was supposed to implement in the postponed Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will instead make its debut in the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix. Formula 1 and Pirelli are experimenting with new regulations for the types of tyre compounds that teams may employ in different qualifying phases. The number of available slick tyre compounds per team every weekend has been cut from 13 to 11, under Alternative Tyre Allocation (ATA), comprising three hard tyres, four medium tyres, and four soft tyres.

When qualifying, teams may only employ certain compounds for dry circumstances. For Q1, teams must use the hard compound, and in Q2, they may switch to the medium compound, and lastly, in Q3, they can switch to the soft. If the race authorities call for ‘wet’ conditions, the teams are free to use any wet compound tyre.

Due to flooding in the area, Formula 1 was unable to test the new qualification format during the May Grand Prix in Emilia-Romagna. However, F1 is set to debut this new qualification format at the Hungaroring.

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F1: AlphaTauri Forced to Delete Daniel Ricciardo Photo

Fans of motorsports have been ecstatic about Daniel Ricciardo's return to the F1 grid, but his new team has been given an unpleasant reminder of how attentive those fans can be. After Daniel Ricciardo's pictures were uploaded on social media, fans detected an unpleasant aspect in the pictures, prompting Alpha Tauri to remove promotional photographs. Ricciardo is taking over for Nyck de Vries, who was dropped by Red Bull after just 10 races. After a successful 2022 debut with Williams as a substitute for Alex Albon at the Italian GP, he was hired by Alpha Tauri to replace the departing Pierre Gasly.

While Red Bull is known for being tough on drivers, many F1 fans believed the team was too severe on de Vries while he was still getting used to driving for Alpha Tauri. They also saw that Ricciardo's photographs were really merely his head superimposed on an already existing shot of de Vries in his racing suit, which only made things worse.

After being called out, the team quickly swapped up the photographs with legitimate images of Ricciardo; however, the portrait of Ricciardo featured above his team garage for the next Hungarian Grand Prix still seems to be the previous morphed version.

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