Sebastian Vettel has urged Aston Martin to “up our game” ahead of what is expected to be a very wet qualifying at the Hungaroring as the last two wet sessions have seen him exit in Q1.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for Saturday’s qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
According to weather.com, the last tests on Saturday should be held on a wet track, 49% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms.
And with conditions worsening later in the afternoon, there is an 84% change in rain and thunderstorms.
It will however turn into a drizzle at 5pm local time, so if qualifying is delayed there is a chance it will take place an hour later than scheduled.
But having failed to make it out of Q1 in the last two wet qualifying sessions, Canada and Great Britain, Vettel says Aston Martin have their work cut out for them.
“We’ll see how wet it will be,” he said according to Motorsport.com.
“Obviously it would be a shame if it was so wet that we couldn’t race, and the people in the stands are having a not very pleasant day! So let’s cross our fingers.
“But yeah, if it’s wet then I think we really need to improve our game from the last two times we had wet qualifying sessions.
“So a bit of homework and preparation to do, but so far I think it’s a good start to the weekend.”
Pressed to find out exactly what Aston Martin can do with its controversial all-new rear wing to make the car better in the wet, Vettel replied: “I mean the classic rain setup doesn’t exist anymore, it’s gone. for a long, long time. I probably witnessed the end of it when I joined a long time ago!
“Obviously we will try to make the car faster. I think we can, knowing that Sunday is dry, which is probably the main exercise, but also prepare as much as possible for Saturday, knowing that it will rain.
With a good run in qualifying, the quadruple world champion hopes to score points in the first race since the announcement of his retirement.
“Points. I just missed them last week, and I think that’s the goal from now on, to score points every race,” he said.
This season will be Vettel’s final year in Formula 1, with the 35-year-old announcing on Thursday that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Looking ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix
The Hungarian Grand Prix is the last race before Formula 1’s summer break.