Nico and Michael completed the first two practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix today at the Hungaroring circuit just outside of Budapest.
The pair totalled 114 laps between them, ending the two sessions in seventh and eighth places respectively. The focus today was on evaluating the Pirelli soft and super soft tyres around the tight and twisty Hungaroring layout. Two productive sessions saw the team collect plenty of data with further dry running of the recent new developments.
Ross was happy with what he described today as two reasonable sessions: “We covered a lot of mileage achieved on both cars. It’s clear that the tyres are degrading a fair amount with the track in its current state so we have gathered lots of good information on this to work with overnight. Having such a short time between this race and Germany last weekend, there are no further major developments on the car so we are focusing on getting the best from our recent upgrades and improving their performance.”
The mileage was also something Norbert was quite happy with: “We did a lot of laps today, and only both Ferraris achieved a higher mileage during both sessions amongst the top eight placed cars. We learnt a great deal as well which we now will try to translate into a more consistent performance during the race stints on Sunday. Our single lap performance looks quite decent, taking into account our current level of performance, and the fact that the layout of this track is certainly one of the most challenging ones for the current concept of our car. Tomorrow it will be about optimising what we have learned today in order to be in our best possible form for the race on Sunday.”