Bridgestone’s super-soft tyres powered Red Bull racing ace Sebastian Vettel to his fourth pole position in a row for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix, while his team mate Mark Webber, joins him in second place.
As predicted, rain had an effect on the condition of the track and ultimately the performance of the tyres and the speed of the cars.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “This morning the track surface was not as good as it was at the end of yesterday’s running due to rain overnight and oil on track from the support category.
“At the start of qualifying the track surface was reasonable, and it continued to improve to the extent that we saw record-breaking pace today.
“The Red Bulls were very quick, especially in the last two sectors of the lap. Their speed at the speed trap is not as high as their opposition, so we can see they are using the maximum potential of their tyres through the Hungaroring’s fourteen corners.”
He added: “Both compounds are working very well here in Hungary. The super soft has not shown much degradation so in terms of tyre performance, many strategies are possible tomorrow.
“It is quite a short lap here, so the front-runners could encounter traffic quite early, which is another factor for making the pit stop calls.
“It will be interesting to watch Jenson Button’s strategy in the race, starting from eleventh, as we have seen him use very good strategies many times so far this season to gain positions in the race.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team