The qualifying result for the Hungarian Grand Prix did not reflect the Scuderia Ferrari SF21's actual capability.
As the start of the qualifying, Charles Leclerc and his teammate Carlos Sainz were able to lock-in a spot in Q2 with respective laptimes of 1:16"649 (P4) and 1:17"084 (P7).
As Q2 began, both drivers took onto the track the soft tyre compound. However, the session was red flagged due to Sainz hitting the barriers in the last turn and was unable to set a laptime and will be starting Sunday's race P15. Leclerc was able to advance to Q3 with a laptime of 1:16"725 (P2) w
As Q3 began, Leclerc clocked in 1:16"646 with six minutes left in the session. Unfortunately, Leclerc only able to improve his time, he will be starting in P7. He would have finished fourth if he had gone 75 thousandths quicker than his best Q3 mark of 1'16"496.
Leclerc comments, "It was a bit disappointing, as we expected a little more than a P7."
He continues, "The high temperatures were not as much of a challenge as the wind was today. As it picked up in Q2, we started struggling with our rears and couldn’t maximize our potential."
He adds, "Tomorrow is when we score points though. Our race pace looks strong so I am confident"
To conclude, "It is not an easy track to overtake on, so a good start will be essential."