Until Budapest, Romain Grosjean
had managed to out-qualify his vastly more experienced team mate Kimi Raikkonen
only once before in 2013. But in Hungary, there was no question about who had the measure of the Hungaroring
this weekend and who was struggling to get to grips with the tight and twisty 2.722-mile circuit.
“It's been a good weekend so far with the car consistently showing strong pace," beamed Romain Grosjean
after clinching third place on the grid for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix
in qualifying on Saturday.
"Setting the fastest time in practice this morning was a good sign, and the car was handling really well throughout each qualifying session," he said.
Grosjean was also very happy that he was well within striking distance of the leaders - only two tenths of a second separates him from pole position man Lewis Hamilton.
"Lewis set a very quick time, but we're not too far from Sebastian and anything could happen in the race depending on the tyres," said Grosjean. "I think tomorrow will be very open and a lot will depend on strategy, traffic and things like that, so if we can put everything together there's the strong possibility for a good result."
It was the tyres that were at the forefront of Kimi Raikkonen's thoughts, as his slightly underwhelming weekend in Hungary continued, with the Finn being unable to improve on sixth place on the grid.
"It hasn't been the easiest weekend for me so far<' the 2007 world champion admitted after qualifying. "Maybe the new tyres are a bit different – especially on the front – so it's been hard to find a good setup.
"We're getting there little by little and the car was definitely better in qualifying than at any other point this weekend," he continued, sounding a little more optimistic. "Obviously P6 is not ideal, but it's better than we have seen sometimes so we'll try and see what we can do tomorrow.
"It's not so easy to overtake here, but we have seen in past years that if you can run with the tyres well you can make a lot of places, so let's see what we can do," he added.