• Hungaroring, Friday – Ross: “there’s some work that we want to do tonight to improve the car for the weekend”

The Hungarian Grand Prix weekend got underway in Budapest today with the first two practice sessions taking place.

Michael and Nico completed a total of 103 laps of the 4.381 km Hungaroring circuit. P1 was dry, with P2 starting dry before a rain shower over the circuit led to the use of intermediate tyres.

Michael’s afternoon came to an early conclusion when he aquaplaned at turn 12 and hit the barriers.

“We had a mixed day really” said Ross after the second session. “We did some lower fuel work this morning and planned to do higher fuel this afternoon, however the rain came just as we began that programme so there is still some work to do there. Michael had an unfortunate incident during P2 when the car aquaplaned and went straight off.

The conditions were similar to those which we might see on Sunday so we were keen to get out and see how the car was, and we were still able to pick up quite a lot of useful information from Nico.

The balance of the car isn’t great yet around this technically challenging circuit and there is some work that we want to do tonight to improve the car for the weekend.”

For Norbert, “it was not a great first day for us here in Hungary, and there is room for improvement tomorrow. Michael's off in the second session due to aquaplaning was not a big deal. He lost only ten laps of track time compared to Nico and his car will be fine for tomorrow.”