Fernando and Lance reached the chequered flag in the points in the 2023 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, the 11th consecutive points-scoring race of 2023.
High temperatures and high tyre wear meant this would always be a multi-stop race. Fernando qualified eighth but finished ninth. He began the race on a used set of Medium tyres, pitting for a used set of Hards on Lap 20 and a new set of Hards on Lap 43.
Lance meanwhile carried out a solid recovery from P14 to P10, collecting the final point on offer. He began the race on a new set of Soft compounds, making his way into the top 10 on the first lap before pitting for used Hards on Lap 25 and for another set of used Hards 10 laps later.
Despite being outscored by rivals in Hungary, Aston Martin F1 Team retain P3 in the Constructors’ Championship, heading to Belgium.
I think three points for us was the maximum we could achieve [as a team] today. We had a bit of a lonely race with no threats behind us, but we were unable to make significant ground-up on our competitors ahead of us. It was also a hot and demanding race, and we all had to manage the tyres throughout.
There have been a lot of surprises in the last few race weekends, but we need to try our best to get back to fighting at the front of the pack. We will analyse everything and look to bounce back at Spa next week.
I think P10 was the best we could have done today. I had a good first lap, and I was happy with the move around the outside of [Valtteri] Bottas, but after that, the pace just wasn’t up there.
As a team, I think we have some work to do to try and understand what we can do better. The car is quick, but there’s more pace to unlock and that has to be our priority as the season continues. We’ll take these learnings into Spa next week, where, as always, we’ll be pushing hard.
Mike Krack, Team Principal:
Getting two cars home inside the points was the maximum today. It was a quiet and uneventful race, and the results were in pace order as we finished behind our direct competitors. Both Lance and Fernando performed very well, but we are missing the performance to challenge higher up. Lance did particularly well to finish just behind Fernando from his initial grid position.
Today is a reality check. We need to keep our heads down, keep working hard, and push through the developments to get back to where we were in earlier in the season.