The fastest lap of Fernando Alonso on the Hungarian GP was a big surprise because, unlike his last year’s fastest lap in Monza, was not achieved by late tyre change.
In the final laps of the race all the cars are very close to the empty tanks so the most important variable is the type of tyre and their age.
Fernando Alonso replaced his worn supersoft in the lap 35 with the new set of softs, so he did not have the advantage of newer tyres compared to his opponents.
Indeed, at the very beginning of his stint on softs, Alonso had a fierce battle with Sainz when he pushed his tyres hard while they were in the best condition.
If we look at all of Alonso’ laps, we will see that his second fastest lap was 1:20.745 (lap 65), about half a second slower than the fastest lap he set in the lap 69, so Alonso was most likely using a maximum settings of Honda engine in those laps. Something Ferrari and Mercedes did not need to do.
The average of the ten fastest laps of a single driver in the race put Alonso sixth behind Ferrari, Mercedes and Verstappen in Red Bull, but his average was 0.773 seconds slower than the best, which clearly demonstrates the progress of McLaren Honda.
“The fastest lap at the end of the race was a surprise, but also a gift. But the gift we accept! “Said Alonso after the race.
“Definitely a good race and we go on a summer break with a smile on the faces.”
When Vandoorne was asked how Alonso made that fastest lap and suggested it was “crazy,” Vandoorne said it was probably the best way to describe this achievement.
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