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Fernando Alonso

Alonso hopes to avoid Hungarian 'gamble' over weekend

The Aston Martin driver finished eighth quickest in the second session at the Hungaroring.

Alonso Hungary Friday
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Fernando Alonso wants to avoid the Formula 1 "gamble" of wet weather at the Hungarian Grand Prix after a solid day for Aston Martin.

The Hungaroring - the scene of Alonso's maiden win 20 years ago - was one event he circled earlier in the season as a potential race he could defeat Max Verstappen and was eighth quickest in a topsy-turvy second session on Friday.

Earlier in the day, rain had heavily disrupted the first session leading to an effective washout, with two-time champion Alonso clear that he would prefer a dry weekend.

Alonso's preference

"It was obviously a compromised day with FP1 being wet so there was a shorter time for everybody to set up the car," Alonso explained post-session.

"But we maximised the car going into FP2 and the race conditions.

"I'd prefer dry [conditions] as normally in wet conditions you are gambling on which tyres and the track conditions.

"In dry [weather], you usually get the position you deserve.

"Generally, I am quite happy with today and we'll see what we can do in Qualifying."

Teammate Lance Stroll was 12th in FP2 and was positive that the team managed to work through most of their testing programme, but added that "there are still a few changes" the team could potentially make heading into Saturday.


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