Friday’s practice sessions started off with resuming normalcy with Mercedes finding pace on a track that many believe is a Red Bull play ground. It did become apparent that Red Bull are challenging Ferrari for dominance in Hungary as Daniel Ricciardo set the pace ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel but both trailed Nico Rosberg and Mercedes.
Lewis Hamilton looked on pace as well before spinning into the barrier and criticizing the new curbing at the circuit:
“I think I put my rear wheel slightly over the white line and touched that kerb and they’re very, very slippery,” said Hamilton.
“I don’t know why they’ve actually put them there. It was fine the way it was before.
“I don’t put it down to the track, it was obviously me, I put the wheel in the wrong place.
“It’s a shame that sometimes they do these things. I don’t know why. We had these old kerbs before and where I went off there was a nice little small lip, it was fantastic.
“It worked for so many years and then they decided to change it. I assume they’ve just got so much money that they needed to spend it.”
It is now a major talking point that seems to be bubbling to the surface with the track limits in Austria and other circuits that the drivers are putting all four wheels over. This weekend will see a new electronic monitoring systems on two turns in Hungary.
The press have been somewhat sympathetic the FIA’s attempt to keep the drivers inside the white lines but with the curbs and white line policing biting Lewis, perhaps Sky Sports F1 will begin a campaign to get them removed…like the radio ban. I JEST!
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.030s||0.595s||36|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.770s||1.335s||35|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.449s||2.014s||41|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.653s||2.218s||38|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.689s||2.254s||24|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m22.948s||2.513s||43|
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT