Mark Webber has admitted Red Bull are playing catch-up after struggling for pace in Friday Practice at the Hungaroring although he ruled out the change to the engine torque mapping rules as the cause. The Australian was fourteenth at the end of the day, a full 1.8s off Lewis Hamilton's fastest time, and is still looking to perfect the set-up.
“We got some running in the wet and the dry, but we've got work to do. I'm not super happy with that today, but it's good that it's only Friday. We seem to be going okay in some places, but losing time in others – so we'll go through it tonight. I need to work on the balance. There's no change from the engine mapping amend.”
Teammate Sebastian Vettel fared a little better, going eighth fastest, but the reigning champion also conceded they were short of where they'd like to have been.
“There's still a lot of room for improvement and things that we need to do a bit better for the weekend – then we can see where we are. We got a decent run on the primes which was important and we learned things from that, but it looks tight. Unfortunately the weather caught us out, same as everyone, but we will see what we get tomorrow.”