F1 Hungarian GP: Honda to change Gasly’s power unit to “avoid further risk” – F1

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Honda has confirmed it will change the power unit in Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri Formula 1 car after recurring issues through qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Gasly will line up 10th on the grid at the Hungaroring on Sunday, but was left managing an engine issue that hindered much of his running through qualifying.

The Frenchman was heard reporting losses of power on his engine in Q2, but was informed by the team it “cannot fix the problem in this session, so we have to live with it, or try to push to get through”.

While Gasly made it through to Q3 in 10th place, he lost his final Q2 run as a result of the issue and was unable to set a time in the final stage of qualifying.

Honda has now confirmed it will undertake a complete power unit change on Gasly’s car “to avoid any further risk”.

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Autosport 70: How Mansell bested Senna in the greatest F1 Hungarian GP ever – F1

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The 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix is remembered as one of the epic Formula 1 races, with Ferrari star Nigel Mansell taking a dramatic and unlikely win. It also topped our recent list of the top 10 Hungarian GPs. Here’s our report, which first appeared in the 17 August 1989 issue of Autosport magazine

For the first time in two years, McLaren-Honda was outpaced. And by a league this was the best race of the season, maybe of several.

Nigel Mansell always thought he and the Ferrari would be on the pace in Hungary. On qualifying tyres, though, the car was a disaster – so much so that he spent the session on race rubber, concentrating on a race set-up. It was a sound gamble, time well spent.

Qualifying only 12th, he took the lead from Ayrton Senna with 20 laps to go. Senna was cheerful in defeat. The man in

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F1 Hungarian GP: Red Bull summoned by stewards for drying Albon’s grid slot – F1

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Red Bull has been summoned by the Formula 1 race stewards for drying Alexander Albon’s grid slot ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Rain in the build-up to the start of the race at the Hungaroring prompted FIA race director Michael Masi to issue an update on inclement weather to all teams.

The teams were permitted to erect tent structures to keep the grid slots dry, but none chose to do so.

Masi informed the teams they were “not permitted to use any means to artificially dry the track, including but not limited to grid boxes e.g: blowers, tyre blankets, etc.”

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer issued a bulletin early in the race confirming that Red Bull had dried the grid slot used for Albon’s car, lining up 13th, and referred the issue to the stewards.

“The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team artificially dried the gridbox of car number

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F1 clamps down on track limits abuse for Hungarian GP – F1

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Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has implemented a clampdown on track limits abuse at the Hungaroring for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

In his event notes issued to teams on Thursday morning, Masi has added a section on track limits that was not present in last year’s version.

As in Austria, where track limits have been an issue for several seasons, drivers can lose laptimes for exceeding them , and if they are persistent offenders in the race they will be shown the black and white warning flag .

Detection loops will be used to automatically log any indiscretions.

The exits of Turns 4, 11 and 12 are now all subject to a similar restrictions as seen at the Red Bull Ring in the previous two races.

“A lap time achieved during any practice session or the race by leaving the track and cutting behind the red and white

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Podcast: Can anyone deny dominant Mercedes F1 team in Hungarian GP? – F1

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Lewis Hamilton scored the 90th pole of his Formula 1 career at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as Mercedes asserted its supremacy over the rest of the field in qualifying.

Having edged team-mate Valtteri Bottas by just over a tenth of a second, Hamilton was almost a full second faster than the best of the rest, Lance Stroll’s Racing Point lining up 0.930s behind in third.

Stroll’s best qualifying effort since the 2017 Italian Grand Prix, when he qualified fourth for Williams but was promoted to second by grid penalties for both Red Bull cars, was the clearest sign yet of the progress Racing Point has made with its controversial copy of the 2019 Mercedes, coming one year after both cars were eliminated in Q1.

Sergio Perez overcame dizziness to join his team-mate on row two, while Ferrari managed to get both cars into Q3 for the first time this year,

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F1 Hungarian GP: Second ‘like a victory’ for Verstappen after fearing he’d miss race – F1

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Max Verstappen felt second place in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix was “like a victory” after fearing he would miss the race following a crash on his way to the grid.

Verstappen crashed his car in damp conditions on the reconnaissance lap ahead of the race, causing damage to the front-end of the Red Bull RB16.

The Red Bull mechanics were forced to hurriedly fix Verstappen’s car in the build-up to lights out, but managed to complete the repairs to the front wing, nose and suspension with seconds to spare before the five-minute warning cut-off.

Verstappen led after four laps before pitting for dry tyres, and spent the remainder of the race running second behind Lewis Hamilton, fending off a late challenge from Valtteri Bottas.

“It was not how I wanted it in the beginning of course, ending up in the barriers on the laps to the grid,” Verstappen said.

“But

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Haas hit with double penalty for formation lap Hungarian GP guidance – F1

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Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have both been hit with a 10-second time penalty for instructions received on the formation lap ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Haas called both Grosjean and Magnussen into the pits at the end of the formation lap to make the switch to slick tyres after initially planning to start on intermediates and wets respectively.

The strategy call lifted the Haas drivers as high as third and fourth once the rest of the field had made the switch to slicks, laying the foundations for Magnussen’s run to ninth place.

But the team’s first points haul of the season was thrown into doubt after the race when the stewards confirmed they were investigating both drivers over a rule breach on driver aids.

The investigation centred on Article 27.1 of the sporting regulations, which states that the “driver must drive the car alone and unaided”,

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F1 reports first two positive COVID test results ahead of Hungarian GP – F1

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Formula 1 has confirmed there have been two positive results for COVID-19 in the latest round of testing ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

F1 has been conducting regular tests for COVID-19 on all personnel attending the “closed event” grands prix at the start of the 2020 season, which commenced with back-to-back races in Austria earlier this month.

A report has been issued each Friday confirming the testing numbers, with more than 8,000 tests resulting in no positive cases over the Austria weekends.

But F1 has now confirmed there have been two positive COVID-19 test results in Hungary following nearly 5,000 tests over the last week.

“The FIA and Formula 1 can today confirm that between Friday 10th July and Thursday 16th July, 4,997 tests for COVID-19 have been performed on drivers, teams and personnel,” a statement reads.

“Of these, two people have tested positive. The individuals were not

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F1 Hungarian GP: Verstappen calls on Russell to ‘focus on his car’ after Albon comments – F1

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Max Verstappen says George Russell should focus on his own car instead of “speaking for someone else” following the Williams Formula 1 driver’s comments about Alexander Albon in Hungary.

Russell reached Q2 for the second race in a row by qualifying 12th for Williams at the Hungaroring, one place ahead of Red Bull driver Albon.

Albon struggled with the balance of his Red Bull RB16 car throughout qualifying, and also made a couple of mistakes on his final Q2 run that meant he missed out on the top-10 shootout.

Russell leapt to the defence of Albon after the session, saying he was “being made to look like an idiot and he’s absolutely not”, and called on the Red Bull team to “sort it out”.

Verstappen conceded that Red Bull is still struggling to find a comfortable car balance after qualifying seventh, 1.4 seconds behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.

But when asked

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Gear synchronisation contributed to Verstappen’s Hungarian GP formation lap crash – F1

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Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen was concentrating on synchronising his eighth gear on the Hungarian Grand Prix formation lap when he crashed.

In a Red Bull column, Horner explained that Verstappen had been pushing on his way to the grid in order to synchronise eighth gear when he misjudged the level of grip available at Turn 12.

After swift repairs from his mechanics, Verstappen would go on to finish second, to turn around what had been a “depressing” weekend for the team in which it had been “a little bit at sea” on Friday.

“I was watching the out lap on the monitor and saw Max run wide at turn six/seven,” Horner said.

“He was pushing to find out where the grip was and trying to synchronise eighth gear on the run down to turn 12, which means you have to be flat-out

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