The F1 summer break is upon us, but before it begins, we have an exciting Hungarian Grand Prix to discuss. We’ve got lots to talk about on tomorrow’s #F1Chat, so here’s what’s coming up…
Let’s begin with the big story of the race – Nico Rosberg started on pole, while Lewis Hamilton started from the pitlane following a fuel leak that caused a fire and substantial damage to his Mercedes in Q1. After a safety car put Rosberg down the pecking order, Hamilton was eventually ahead of his teammate and was asked over the radio to let Nico through as the two were on different strategies – Nico wasn’t close enough to Lewis, so he was denied a switch – what did you make of this? Did you agree with Hamilton’s decision to not let Rosberg past? If he had, do you think it would have seen a different result? What did you think of Lewis’ drive from pitlane to podium?
Lewis wasn’t the only one losing out in qualifying – because of Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado’s early exits in Q1, Ferrari chose not to send Kimi Raikkonen out for one final hot lap thinking they were safe. The result – Jules Bianchi knocked him out of Q1. What did you think about this mistake by Ferrari? And what did you think of Kimi’s recovery in the race?
McLaren had a race to forget when they made the wrong tyre call during the first safety car period. As the front runners of Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel were forced to complete an extra lap due to the safety car coming out after they had passed the pit entrance, Jenson Button, along with Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Massa, pitted first for fresh tyres. While the rest of the teams opted for slicks due to the drying track, McLaren opted for intermediates as their weather radar predicted more showers – showers that never came. What did you think of this bad call made by the team?
Ricciardo’s early switch to slicks and his great pace secured his second win of the season – what did you think of his drive? What about teammate Vettel? Fernando Alonso finished second, and said second was like winning – thoughts on this?
Overall, what did you think of the race? Who was your driver of the day? Overtake of the race?
We’ve reached the halfway point in the season. As the teams pack up in Hungary, they’ll be preparing to go away on their summer breaks. At this point in the season, who is your driver of the year so far? Which race was the best? What are your favourite moments?
Finally, news this week – Azerbaijan is to join the F1 calendar as the new European Grand Prix from 2016 – thoughts on this news? And Mexico will be back on the calendar next year – what do you think about this?
Join us tomorrow at the usual time of 4pm Eastern US, 9pm UK. Follow @F1Chat for the questions and don’t forget to include the #F1Chat hashtag in your answers. As always, we look forward to chatting soon.
Following tomorrow’s #F1Chat, we will be taking a break for the summer, but will be back ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix to discuss the latest news and to look ahead to the remainder of the season.