Lewis Hamilton is hoping that Mercedes’ prodigious qualifying pace will bring them closer to the front after an uncompetitive Friday at the Hungaroring. The Briton has taken pole position for the last two races but after finishing half a second off the pace in seventh today, he isn’t confident of a repeat tomorrow.
“We got a lot of laps in on the new tyres today which was positive and gives us a lot of information to look at and take into our programme for the weekend. We came into the weekend on the back foot a little without experiencing the new tyres. The balance feels different and we need to work on the right set up but we learned over the course of the day, made some changes and will make more for tomorrow. It’s difficult to know how the weekend will go for us. Others look quick here but we can generally pull a bit more out in qualifying so let’s see how tomorrow goes.”
After missing the young driver test, Mercedes got their first taste of the revised Pirelli tyres and Nico Rosberg expects them to be a challenge on race day.
“That was a busy day for us and we learned a lot in the two practice sessions. We know that it’s quite challenging for our car in these hot conditions and we also had to learn about the new tyres for the first time today. I’m pleased with the progress that we made today but some of the other teams look quick here so we have more work to do. Tyre overheating is still an issue but I’m confident that we will be able to find a good set up and hopefully achieve a decent result this weekend.”