Nicholas Latifi had an amazing Friday. He took full advantage of the car during the free practice sessions and managed to end P1 after FP3. He stated that he was ecstatic with the result.
“So yeah, I guess today had a bit of everything. Probably the literal definition of hero to zero. Yeah, obviously FP3 was it was amazing. I think we were not obviously expecting to be that competitive.
“We know that when it rains it kind of levels everything out a little bit more and we’ve been competitive before So yeah, it was obviously very cool to, to go P1 and obviously with Alex P3 you know, it wasn’t by fluke either. Every other driver was out there setting lap times at the same time. So yeah, we clearly we got something right, clearly, I’m not that bad a driver either, I still got to pedal it round.”
But then Saturday's qualifying sessions came around, and he seemed to have run out of that luck as he didn’t get too far, staying in Q1 and getting the last spot of the grid to start the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“And then qualifying it’s unfortunate, I mean, the rain was in the wrong session, Let’s say it dried out and I think we were always expected to slip back. I mean we were, unfortunately, lacking a lot of pace yesterday in the dry, and yeah, I mean, I made a big mistake on my final lap in the last corner,” he admitted.
“It probably would have been a very similar time to Alex, maybe just on that cusp of either getting in or not getting to get into Q2. But nonetheless, we’re not where we want to be, we know that. But hopefully, there are opportunities tomorrow, maybe a repeat of last year, probably unlikely, but that’s probably what I'm going to be dreaming about tonight.