Driver quotes: Hungarian GP practice




26 JULY 2013

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Sebastian Vettel

“The car feels okay, but there’s always a lot of work to do and there’s some room for improvement. My

long run wasn’t completely clean, as we had to abort it at the start due to the brakes being a bit hot, but

you work to find the limit. I don’t think the tyres feel massively different, but they are a step in the right


Mark Webber

“The tyres feel quite similar to those used previously; we got a feeling already from Silverstone. It went

well today and I’m happy, the car felt good and the team did a great job. Sunday is the main thing;

qualifying is important, but Sunday is what we have to focus on. It’s a demanding circuit and the

conditions are set to stay the same, so I don’t think we’ll be changing a huge amount tonight.”

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso

“As usually happens on Friday, today we managed to get an idea of what sort of pace we should see in

Sunday’s race. Conditions look like being reasonably stable over the whole weekend and this will help

in analysing the times and strategies of the other teams, in order to understand exactly where we are.

The type of tyre has not changed, so we can count on last year’s experience and apart from that, they

are the same for everyone. To gain an advantage over our rivals, it helps to understand them as well

and as quickly as possible. Here, more than at other tracks, starting from the front is extremely

important and for this reason I believe that everyone will try and optimize their cars for qualifying, even

if it means sacrificing a bit for the race.”

Felipe Massa

“All went well today and we tested everything on the programme, with the car seeming reasonably

competitive. Even the long runs produced positive results and that is a very important factor for the

rest of the weekend. Now we must decide which of the solutions we tried can be used for qualifying

and the race. On this track, it’s really important to start as far up the order as possible and we will do

all we can to be in the game. On Sunday, it will be difficult for everyone, as overtaking is almost

impossible here and on top of that, they are predicting very high temperatures, which is a factor that

needs to be given plenty of consideration when it comes to getting the maximum out of our car.”

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Jenson Button

“The two sessions were quite a contrast for us because of the difference in temperature from the

morning to the afternoon – but it’s been a reasonable day in terms of the set-up work we’ve done. I

think we’ve improved our understanding of how the car works. We actually managed to get quite a few

things tested, and our car feels okay around here. There’s very little degradation on the Option tyre, its

more front- than rear-limited, so the tyres are working well, which is another positive. I’m hoping we’ve

taken a step forward, but there’s still room for improvement.”

Sergio Perez

“The car felt pretty good this morning, and our times were competitive, but the track temperature

changed in the afternoon, so I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the balance of the car in the end. Now,

we’ve got time to go away and analyse why the balance felt so different between the two sessions.

We’ve got a lot of information to sift through, and I think we have the potential to do better tomorrow.

Our aim for this weekend will be to score points and to have another decent weekend as we did in


Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Räikkönen

“It wasn’t ideal today but it wasn’t that bad either. We took a bit of time to understand the new tyres and

it was also very hot. It’s too early to say if the heat will suit us with these new tyres, but we’ll soon have

a better idea. I had some traffic in the afternoon and so wasn’t able to set a fast lap on new tyres, plus

we have some areas to improve on with the setup. We’ll try to do the best that we can in qualifying and

we’ll see where we are. If we get the car right we should be ok tomorrow.”

Romain Grosjean

“It’s been a good day overall. I didn’t get to try the new tyres at Silverstone so the main focus was to

work on getting the most from them which all went ok. To be honest they’re not really night and day

from the old ones, which is good as it means we haven’t had to change too much. There’s still a bit of

graining and degradation to deal with but that’s normal. Our pace looks pretty good on both

compounds, but the field is quite close so it’s hard to say where we are. We’ll just keep doing our best

to find the right compromise for qualifying and the race and see where we stand at the end of the


Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Lewis Hamilton

“We got a lot of laps in on the new tyres today which was positive and gives us a lot of information to

look at and take into our programme for the weekend. We came into the weekend on the back foot a

little without experiencing the new tyres. The balance feels different and we need to work on the right

set up but we learned over the course of the day, made some changes and will make more for

tomorrow. It’s difficult to know how the weekend will go for us. Others look quick here but we can

generally pull a bit more out in qualifying so let’s see how tomorrow goes.”

Nico Rosberg

“That was a busy day for us and we learned a lot in the two practice sessions. We know that it’s quite

challenging for our car in these hot conditions and we also had to learn about the new tyres for the

first time today. I’m pleased with the progress that we made today but some of the other teams look

quick here so we have more work to do. Tyre overheating is still an issue but I’m confident that we

will be able to find a good set up and hopefully achieve a decent result this weekend.”

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hülkenberg

“It has been a good Friday. I think the level of performance is a bit difficult to judge. We still need to

work on low fuel pace, especially for qualifying. My run on the medium tyres also wasn’t the best, so

there is room for improvement there. The long run was quite consistent and in terms of pace it also

looked reasonable. We have a good baseline and did all the tests we needed to do. The tyres were

pretty straightforward. Now we have to keep working, improve small bits and see where we finish


Esteban Gutiérrez

“Overall it was a productive Friday. We were able to draw some conclusions about the new parts we

brought here, and it seems like everything is working as expected. But we still have to wait and see

what happens in qualifying. We will certainly be pushing in order to improve. The weather is quite a

challenge for the tyres, as we saw this afternoon, but that is something everyone has to cope with. It’s a

matter of finding the right balance between how much you can push and how long you want the tyres to

last in one stint. The behaviour of the tyres is different. They are a bit more difficult to warm up, but

therefore they last longer. Now we have to adapt as quickly as possible. Overall, I’m quite confident we

can get a better result than in previous races.”

Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team

Adrian Sutil

“It was a positive morning session and quite early on I had found a good balance with the car. In the

afternoon we were working mainly on the tyres and trying to get the most from them. I felt better on the

soft compared to the medium, but it was tricky to get them working all the time. The main thing is that

we got some good information and we can hopefully improve things for tomorrow. Apart from the tyres

the overall balance is good: the car behaves well under braking and on turn-in, and I’m feeling


Paul Di Resta

“It’s not been the most straightforward of days and right from the start of practice I was chasing the setup

of the car. We definitely made some progress this afternoon, but there are a lot of things to discuss

tonight to try and get on top of things ahead of qualifying. Today was the first chance to really start

doing performance work with new tyre construction and we managed to do 60 laps, which gives us lots

of information going into the weekend.”

Williams F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado

“It wasn’t a bad day for us as our performance looked better than at previous events compared to the

times posted today. We still need to work on the balance as the feeling is similar, but we will analyse

the data and try to close the gap for tomorrow. The heat is going to be a big factor this weekend for

all teams.”

Valtteri Bottas

“We did some good mechanical tests during the first practice session and we now need to look at the

second session data to see how we can get more out of the car as the track improves and on the

option tyre. The laptimes could have been better but I had some traffic. We still need to find a good

balance with the car to try to improve for tomorrow.”

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Jean-Éric Vergne

“In the morning, I tried the car with the new updates the team has introduced this weekend. We had

some doubts as to how it was working, so in the afternoon, we returned in some areas to our previous

specification to do a check. Performance wise, we were definitely too slow today, so I expect we will

need to make big changes on the car for tomorrow. I was overheating the rear tyres too much, which

gave me a lot of understeer on the long runs and we were far from feeling comfortable today. A lot of

work will be needed to make us more competitive for the rest of the weekend. The tyres are obviously

very important in these conditions and we need to find out how to get the best out of them, as I was not

very happy with their performance on both the long and the short runs.”

Daniel Ricciardo

“We were optimistic at the start of the morning, because we had quite a few new developments on the

car. However, we were unable to get the best out of them on track. We hope they will make the car

quicker but it seems it is going to take a bit more study to get them producing their best results on track.

We need to do more work on the set-up, but we have been in this situation before, so I expect that after

a long debrief and more work this evening, we will be able to make progress in time for tomorrow. On

the tyre front, we are seeing the usual difference between Option and Prime and in terms of the

developments introduced by Pirelli, they appear to be working fine, which is positive.”

Caterham F1 Team

Charles Pic

“For me FP1 was ok. I didn’t have as much understeer as Giedo and from the start of the session

had reasonable grip. In fact, we had too much grip at the rear for the first couple of runs but we

improved that throughout the session. For FP2 we made a couple more setup changes and started

with a better balance than we’d had in FP1. On the long runs the degradation was ok – it’s there,

more at the rear than the front, but it’s not huge and for me it’s manageable. We can take quite a few

positives from today, particularly the gap to our nearest rivals and the long run pace which is again

comparable to Williams, I think we could have a good weekend ahead.”

Giedo van der Garde

“Both sessions today were all about understeer. In FP1 we ran a different setup to Charles’ car to

give us a baseline comparison and we tried some new brake material. To be honest neither the

setup nor the new brake material really worked and we had to spend most of the FP1 trying to dial

out the understeer. We also had a lot of front locking, something we didn’t have last week in

Silverstone, so we made a few changes to deal with that. In the afternoon the balance was a bit

better but we still had the same understeer issues, and on the long runs we were seeing high

degradation and graining on the front left. However, by the last long run the tyres were working better

and I felt like we’d made some good progress. We’ll work on all everything tonight and even though

we have a lot of work ahead of us I’m pretty positive we can have a decent qualifying and race here

in Hungary.”

Marussia F1 Team

Jules Bianchi

“It has been a busy Friday for us but we are not where we want to be yet with the car. It feels like there

is quite a lot more to find if we are going to be able to fight for a better position this weekend versus our

direct competitors. We are also struggling with the tyre degradation, which is quite severe, so a lot for

us to look at and consider with the engineers overnight.”

Max Chilton

“It’s good to be back on track at the Hungaroring, a place I have great memories of, especially after the

win here in GP2 last year. It’s been a short day for me, having missed FP1, so I had quite a busy

afternoon session to cram everything in. We worked through the usual programme but the car is not

quite there yet. I’m happy with my race pace but as I missed the morning session I didn’t get to work on

my ultimate pace. I also lost a little time on the soft tyre towards the end of the session after a big piece

of rubber hit the visor screen on my car and broke it, which meant that I had to come in to have it

replaced. We have quite a bit of work to do to try to extract more from the car so that will be something

we’ll be looking at carefully this evening.”

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