For the spherical on the Hungaroring, F1 modified the foundations governing tyre allocation and restricted every automotive to only 11 units of slick Pirelli rubber over the weekend. This additionally locked the groups into working onerous tyres in Q1, medium tyres in Q2, and softs in Q3.
The side-effect of the diminished allocation was hindered apply working, though FP1 was arguably hit much less onerous as moist climate supplied the groups the prospect to make use of the intermediate and moist tyres to cut back the affect on their allowance.
In his reactions to the ATA format trial, Sainz felt that he had been collateral in F1’s want to spice up qualifying – and, though he didn’t agree that the format wanted livening up, he felt that it was the championship’s prerogative and had extra situation with diminished apply working.
“I discover [the format] attention-grabbing for quali, for the remainder of the weekend, very boring, very boring. We arrive right here on a Wednesday to organize every thing. After which on Friday you spend extra time within the storage than working [in front of] the followers, as a result of we’ve no tyres.
“Why even trouble doing two one-hour apply classes if you do not have tyres to run? Or why even having Friday if we’ve no tyres to run on them and to be taught from the automotive, the observe and placed on a present for the followers?
“Positively, one thing wants reviewing – both the format or the tyre allocation, the 2 on the identical time, it is such as you’re not doing one factor or the opposite.
“That is what I believe comes [from trying to] boost the issues. At present, I’ve paid the worth for it. However for F1, in the event that they wish to spice it up, I imply I do not assume they should, but when they wish to combine issues up a bit, then combine them up. However that is why I do not complain about qual and I complain a bit extra in regards to the free apply stuff.”
Hungarian Grand Prix polesitter Lewis Hamilton agreed with Sainz’s evaluation that the impact on apply was not notably conducive to good leisure for the Friday crowds.
Nonetheless, he accepted that the knock-on impact of the tyre allocations had nonetheless produced an attention-grabbing qualifying session.
Max Verstappen additionally concurred that the diminished working in Friday apply was not a very fascinating by-product of the ATA trial, and likewise voiced his disagreement that the session format didn’t must be modified.
“Yeah, I am not likely certain. I imply, individuals stated that we criticised the ATA, I believe it was extra simply the truth that simply being acutely aware of the followers right here, once we solely have one set within the session, we’ve much less working,” Hamilton stated.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14
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“And already after they modified the foundations a few years in the past once we solely have two units within the session would not lead you to a variety of working and we’ve much less time on observe as effectively.
“So I am unsure that was essentially the most effective for the Friday for leisure, however at present clearly offered nice [entertainment], it was nice beginning on the onerous within the first session after which over to the medium. I usually loved the qualifying session in that respect.
“I like the conventional format. I do not assume there’s something incorrect with it,” Verstappen added.
“And I believe when you will have automobiles that are simply very shut, like we had now a Q3 on a comfortable, that was most likely nonetheless probably the most thrilling. So you’ll be able to nonetheless even have that in Q1, Q2 on comfortable tyres. So would not actually matter within the format
“I believe it is extra vital, like Lewis stated on Friday that we simply run, as an alternative of simply sit within the field. Individuals are paying a lot cash to sit down on the grandstand and you are not doing a variety of laps, in order that’s not perfect.”
Fernando Alonso was stronger in his opposition to the diminished amount of tyre units, labelling it a “catastrophe” and felt that the spectators had been short-changed by much less on-track working throughout apply.
“It was unusual, however not an enormous deal,” Alonso defined. I believe the most important draw back of this format is the apply that we can’t take a look at as a result of we’re saving tyres. I am not a fan of the format. I believe it was a catastrophe to see automobiles not working in free apply as a result of we’re saving tyres.
“I believe it did not add something to the present. I really feel unhappy for the spectators, they paid the ticket for Friday, FP1, FP2 and FP3, and automobiles on the within the storage as a result of we do not have tyres to run.”