Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda‘s Pierre Gasly made the most out of the tricky conditions in today’s qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix to put a time in good enough to leave him sixth on the grid for the race.
The session started off with a wet and dry track, but as it progressed, conditions deteriorated as the rain set in. After last weekend’s tyre blunder, where Toro Rosso called the Frenchman in to put full wets on, the strategists made the right decision, and Gasly benefitted to claim his second best ever qualifying result in his Formula 1 career.
“It was a crazy qualifying for us, especially in these conditions but I’m super happy with the outcome!” he commented.
“It was very tricky to keep the car on track but the team made a fantastic strategy with the tyres and I managed to put a good lap in. It was super difficult but I really enjoyed it!
“When I saw the rain coming before Qualifying I thought there could be an opportunity, and the result of P6 is just incredible, especially after the tough few weekends we’ve had, it’s really an unbelievable result for the team.”
His team-mate Brendon Hartley also made it into Q3, and will line-up in eighth for the race. Both drivers capitalised on the rain mixing up the expected running order.
“To get both cars into Q3 was a great job and it’s a mega day for Toro Rosso.
“It’s really important to have a good Qualifying here as it is hard to overtake and in the race, we’ll give the others around us a hard time! I think we have good pace so we need to stay focused and prepare well for tomorrow.”