HungarianGP: Fernando to start 7th

A great Saturday in Hungary for McLaren, as Fernando qualifies 8th & Stoffel 9th. Fernando will start 7th!

Free Practice Three

# Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Vettel 1:17.017 17
2. Räikkönen 1:17.492 +0.475s 16
3. Bottas 1:17.914 +0.897s 15
4. Verstappen 1:18.194 +1.177s 25
5. Hamilton 1:18.434 +1.417s 14
6. Vandoorne 1:18.638 +1.621s 18
7. Hulkenberg 1:18.699 +1.682s 20
8. Ricciardo 1:18.714 +1.697s 7
9. Alonso 1:18.884 +1.867s 14
10. Palmer 1:18.956 +1.939s 19


# Driver Team Time
1. Vettel Ferrari 1:16.276
2. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.444
3. Bottas Mercedes 1:16.530
4. Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.707
5. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:16.797
6. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:16.818
7. Hulkenberg Renault 1:17.468
8. Alonso McLaren 1:17.549
9. Vandoorne McLaren 1:17.894
10 Sainz Toro Rosso 1:18.912

McLaren Honda earned its best qualifying positions of the season in Hungary this afternoon. Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will line up seventh and eighth respectively for tomorrow’s 70-lap Hungarian Grand Prix.

Fernando celebrated his birthday today by equalling his best starting position of the year (he lined up seventh in Barcelona). In starting eighth, Stoffel also equals his previous best grid slot, achieved at the British Grand Prix earlier this month.

“It’s been a positive weekend so far for us as a team. We knew the top three teams would effectively be out of reach, so fighting for seventh and eighth was the maximum target we could aim for today. And, indeed, that’s where we’ll start tomorrow.

“There are no points to gain on Saturday, so hopefully we can convert those positions in the race and score some good points. They’re very much needed by the team at the moment.

“In terms of race pace we should be okay. This is a circuit where it’s difficult to overtake; the tyres are very stable and have low degradation so I think that, if we have a good start, we should have a good chance to maintain our positions – that’s the target for tomorrow.”