• Budapest, Friday – Ross: “We have lots of information and data to work with tonight”

Lewis and Nico completed the first two practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit just outside of Budapest today.

Today gave the first opportunity for the team to try the new Pirelli medium and soft tyre compounds for the first time. Lewis and Nico completed 70 and 68 laps of the 4.381km circuit respectively, almost two full race distances. The programme focused on tuning the balance and set-up of the car to the new tyres, with longer runs this afternoon.

Ross thinks “it was an interesting day as we were running the new tyres for the first time. It took us a while to find a good balance with the car but our long runs looked respectable this afternoon.

Both drivers enjoyed trouble free running in the very hot conditions here in Budapest and we have lots of information and data to work with tonight.”

“A solid first day of the race weekend for us” said Toto after Free Practice. “The target was to do as many miles as possible and collect the maximum amount of information on the tyres, which we managed to do.

That means we still have improvements we can make to tune the car balance and that will be our challenge tomorrow morning. There is now a busy evening ahead of us to find the right balance between qualifying and the race but we have made a decent start.”