AVF closed an incredibly hard Saturday of running in Budapest with a top ten finish in Race 1, thanks to an amazing recovery drive by Arthur Pic. The day saw heavy rain hit the Hungarian circuit before both Qualifying and Race 1, making the track very slippery and giving drivers and teams a really hard task.
Unfortunately, that's what happened to Arthur Pic, who spun at Turn 10 and got stranded in the gravel bed. Yann Cunha, on the team's other car, managed to bring the car home and clinch P15, a very good performance on such a treacherous track.
After such a nightmarish Qualifying, the conditions for Race 1 weren't much better: rain started falling 5 minutes before the green light, forcing Race Direction to opt for a rolling start behind the Safety-Car. That was quite a pity for Pic, who could have made the most of a standing start to gain some places from Row 12, but despite that the Frenchman still managed to gain some spots at the restart on lap 2.
Thanks to a staggering pace Arthur managed to climb to P15 in just a few laps, and then throughout the race he kept recovering places as the track dried out. Two very good passed on Laine and Stockinger brought him to P10, and a spin by Negrao on the penultimate lap meant that he crossed the line in 9th place after starting from P24, sealing one of the season's best drives in WSR. Yann Cunha, meanwhile, had a bittersweet race. In the opening laps he was quick and managed to lap on the same pace of the top ten drivers, but as the track conditions improved he started struggling due to a wet oriented set-up: trying to cope with the odds he spun on lap 17, bringing his race to an end.
Arthur Pic (Q1 - P24; R1 - P9): "It was a good race, it's just a pity that I made that mistake in Qualifying, but track conditions were really awful. The race was quite fun, I managed to pass a lot of cars and looking at the laptimes I'd say that just a couple of guys were quicker than us today. It shows that the team did a good job, and it bodes well for tomorrow even if we expect to race on a dry track".
Yann Cunha: (Q1 - P15; R1 – DNF): "I was quite happy about my qualifying performance, and then in the first laps of the race the car felt balanced and pretty quick. Unfortunately my car had a very wet-oriented setup, and so when the racing line started to dry-up I started to struggle for pace. Towards the end of the race controlling oversteer became really hard and I spun. It's a pity, but we keep showing progress and that's my real aim at the moment".