“Extra homework” for Mercedes at Hungarian Grand Prix

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff says the team have some catching up to do with the new tires that are being used this weekend.

“We are under no illusions for the second half of the year and this weekend in Hungary we have a number of challenges to overcome,” said Wolff. “First, we will need to do extra homework on Friday to understand how the new tires work with our car.”

Mercedes were banned from attending last week’s test at Silverstone following the punishment handed down by the FIA International Tribunal. The other ten teams all had the chance to evaluate Pirelli’s revised tires.

The team have struggled all year long with tires overheating and this weekend’s race is expected to be very hot. “We will have to get to grips with the high temperatures, a demanding circuit and the soft and medium compound Pirelli tires,” Wolff continued.

“During the race at the Nurburgring, we were overheating the tires and we want to minimize the chance of suffering a repeat problem in Hungary, where the track temperatures will also be high.

“The team has worked thoroughly since Germany to improve the situation and we will find out how the new tires will affect that situation, too.”

Pagenaud leads no-tow times in Sunday practice

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Sunday practice ahead of Day 2 of qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was split into two groups – one for the drivers who ended Saturday qualifying in positions 10-33, and one for the drivers who made the Fast Nine Shootout for the Pole.

In the combined times, Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest overall. But, Simon Pagenaud topped the all-important no-tow speeds with a lap of 229.409 mph.

Pagenaud’s Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power were second, third, and fourth on the no-tow chart – and they were also the only four drivers from the Top 9 who went out for practice.

Of the drivers who qualifying between positions 10 through 33, Alexander Rossi had the quickest no-tow speed of 227.779 mph.

Combined results are below. Qualifying begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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