There were good vibes for PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing at the Hungaroring, where the FIA Formula 2 Championship drivers lined-up for qualifying for the 8th round of the 2018 Season. Dutchman Nyck De Vries delivered a fine performance. After a positive run in practice, the 23-year-old was one of the main contenders for pole and even led the timesheets with his first set of tires. He then had to settle for third place, but he is still in a good position for tomorrow’s race 1 at the Hungarian venue.
21-year-old Indonesian Sean Gelael scored 18th place, encountering more struggles than expected. With the uncertain weather condition forecasted for Saturday, there might be good chances for a recovery despite the twisty nature of the venue near Budapest.
Sean Gelael, Car #3
Free Practice: P19 Fastest lap: 1:30.574
Qualifying: P18 Fastest lap: 1:28.648
“I’m not sure what caused today’s lack of pace, obviously we will get back to the drawing board and it will be a long race tomorrow. It should be really hot, or maybe it will be raining. It will be a very interesting run, full of chances. I’m a bit disappointed for today, but the points are tomorrow so obviously looking forward to the race.”
Nyck De Vries, Car #4
Free Practice: P2 Fastest lap: 1:29.188
Qualifying: P3 Fastest lap: 1:27.631
“We are back to normal and competitive as we were up to Paul Ricard and that’s positive. We were there in free practice, and during the whole qualifying session, we were able to fight for pole. With the first set I was leading, and with the second we were close to pole until sector 3 where I made a mistake which didn’t allow us to improve the lap time we had with the first set. Not sure we would have been able to take P1 but we would have been close. We are kind of a bit disappointed that we didn’t take pole, but still, there was a great improvement from the last few races. We should take that and work hard for the first race.”