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Ferrari alert over F1 qualifying change

How will the change affect the Hungarian Grand Prix?

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Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur has warned the qualifying rule change for the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend must be "looked at carefully".

An 'Alternative Tyre Allocation' will be provided in Budapest, with only 11 sets of Pirelli tyres available per car compared to the usual allowance of 13 as sustainability efforts continue.

As part of the allocation changes, teams will be obliged to run the Hard tyre in Q1, Medium tyre in Q2 and the Soft in Q3.

If the trial, which will also take place at the Italian Grand Prix after the summer break, is successful, it could be voted in for next season.

Vasseur said: "This weekend, for the first time, all the teams have to deal with the new qualifying rules relating to the use of a single tyre compound for each phase of qualifying, which adds yet another variable that needs to be looked at carefully, given how evenly matched are most of the teams."

Ferrari determined

Ferrari has found improvement since introducing a raft of upgrades at the Spanish Grand Prix, finding more consistency between qualifying and the races to take a step back towards the top of the standings.

That form took a hit with ninth and 10th at the British Grand Prix, though Vasseur is unmoved by the small step backwards.

"We are determined to continue making progress, which began with the introduction of several technical updates on the SF-23," added the Frenchman.

"Even if Silverstone saw a dip in the upward trend, there were clear signs of progress in Canada and Austria and we believe that we now have a car that will allow Charles and Carlos to give of their best at the Hungaroring.

"They both like this track and have prepared very well for this weekend, paying particular attention to qualifying, which is always very important on this tight circuit.

"We expect to be fighting near the front on Saturday and Sunday."

F1 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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