PREMA Racing had a split qualifying session with its two drivers at Hungaroring. Returning to the venue near Budapest for the 8th round of the FIA Formula 2 season, Mick Schumacher fought at the front end of the pack and eventually secured a good fourth place.
It was a difficult session for everybody as conditions changed dramatically compared to the dry practice and the track was particularly slippery. The 20-year-old German was in the fight for the whole time though, as he did in practice, and despite struggling with traffic, he posted the second-fastest lap time of qualy. Then, he held on and eventually finished P4, a great starting position for tomorrow's feature race.
On the other hand, Sean Gelael ended the session in P17 as he struggled to get the needed confidence due to the alternating weather conditions. The Indonesian will have to start from 19th due to the controversial carryover penalty from the previous round at Silverstone.
The forecasts remain uncertain and the ability to adapt and react quickly is set to be paramount.
# 9 - Mick Schumacher
“We can be very happy about both P2 in free practice and about our Qualifying. In free practice we found some good points to look at and to work on which was obviously positive, even if, coming into Qualifying, everything changed. The rainy conditions made things a bit interesting – since it was actually the first time for me going into a wet F2 session. We did a great job in handling it right from the beginning. Unfortunately again we had a bit of traffic in our lap but seeing the gap to the front there is for sure a lot of work to be done on my side anyway. P4 is a great result but certainly we should focus on tomorrow’s performance and on preparing tomorrow’s race as best as we can. Whatever the conditions will be I am confident we can hope for a good result and obviously try to make the maximum out of this starting position.”
# 10 - Sean Gelael
"It's definitely weird to be so far off with the pace we've had all season. We need to see and analyze everything and try to have a conclusion for tomorrow."