Lewis and Valtteri finish P5 and P6 in both practice sessions...
- Conditions were warm and dry for Friday's two practice sessions. There was a threat of rain in FP2, with dark clouds looming in the distance, but they failed to hit the track.
- Lewis ended the opening 90-minute session in fifth place with a best time of 1:18.036. Valtteri was P6 with a 1:18.470, both drivers setting their quickest times on Softs.
- Both drivers finished in the exact same positions in FP2. Lewis was P5 with a 1:17.587, with Valtteri close behind with a 1:17.868. Their fastest times were set on the Soft compound.
- Lewis completed 71 laps of the Hungaroring on Friday, with Vatteri lapping the circuit 66 times in total.
- The focus on Friday was understanding tyre performance and finding the optimum cooling level for the high temperatures in Budapest.
What Did We Learn?
While both cars clocked up a healthy tally of laps on Friday, there's still plenty of work to do in order to find more pace.
"It's not as dusty or bumpy as it was in years gone by, but Budapest always presents a real challenge to the car and driver - searing heat and an asphalt that is not easy on the tyres," explained Technical Director James Allison.
"Although we managed to improve the car across the sessions, especially with Valtteri, there's more to be done ahead of tomorrow if we want to come home from this weekend with a good result.
"So, we are busy working this evening to try to make sure that we can get the car in good shape for Qualifying on a track where it is notoriously difficult to overtake, while making sure that we have decent long run pace on Sunday when it's expected to be very hot indeed."
What We're Saying
Lewis: "It has been a relatively normal day. As we expected, the Ferraris and the Red Bulls were quite quick and had a little bit more pace than us, so we've got some work to do tonight.
"This is a tricky circuit and the tyres are overheating; looking after the rear tyres is the biggest issue. The temperatures today and the layout of the track - corner after corner after corner - made it really tricky for the tyres as there's no time for them to cool down.
"We will do our debrief now and dig deep to try and figure out what changes we make between now and tomorrow.
"I hope we're able to find something tonight and that tomorrow is dry so we can test whatever changes we make overnight."
Valtteri: "Today was not an easy day; the car was difficult to drive and I struggled to get laps together, especially in FP1.
"We managed to improve the set-up for FP2, but there's still more work to do. This is a difficult circuit, you need to have a well-balanced car in order to get all the corners right and we need to get the car more stable.
"The wind direction is forecast to change for tomorrow, so we need to count that in as well. We struggled to get the UltraSoft compound tyres working consistently and had some issues with overheating.
"It is difficult to overtake here, so track position is very important and the less stops you can do is always going to be better.
"Red Bull and Ferrari are as quick as we expected; I think it's going to be very close."