Ferrari: We had to work a lot on the set-up

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

The Scuderia Ferrari drivers ended the second free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix in fourth and sixth places. As expected, it was hotter this afternoon, with the track hitting 56 degrees.

Fernando did 26 laps with a best oF in 1.25.437, while Kimi completed 30, stopping the clocks at 1.25.730.

This afternoon, the Scuderia drivers and indeed the others too, continued working on set-up and running a tyre comparison, using the Softs as well as the Mediums.

In the last half hour the focus switched to long runs and a simulation of the first stint of the GP, running on a heavy fuel load. Kimi and Fernando also worked on the start procedure, coming through the pit lane several times to practice getting off the line.

Fernando Alonso: “Going from one race to the next doesn’t usually involve many changes, but here, unlike what usually happens on a Friday, we had to work a lot on the set-up, to try and adapt the car to the circuit, the tyres and the high temperatures. So there was rather more work than usual, but it produced results and we improved run after run. Sure, there’s still a lot to do to be as competitive as we’d like, but I think we’re on the right road. There’s less grip here than in previous years, but it’s the same for everyone and now we have to try and prepare the car as well as possible for Qualifying and the Race. High temperatures like those we saw today are always challenging for the tyres, but the forecast is for cooler conditions from tomorrow and maybe rain on Sunday, so we have to be ready for every eventuality.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the First Free Practice session, we managed to do a good job, testing various solutions on the programme and I was feeling reasonably pleased with the handling of the car. Then, in the afternoon, I went out for a second run on the Medium tyres, because the behaviour of this compound seemed worse as the temperature went up, and that affected the handling of the car, while on the Soft I had no problems. In the second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the Mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn’t show any problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days.”

Pat Fry: “The Hungaroring always presents a major challenge for drivers and also engineers, especially during Free Practice. All the teams know this track lacks grip and, especially on Friday, one has to adapt to the gradually improving conditions, as the rubber gets put down on the surface. Today, because of instability that seemed to affect other cars as well as ours, we had to pay particular attention to set-up, trying to improve the balance at the entry and exit to the corners. This track is very demanding on the aerodynamic front and today’s high temperatures had a significant effect on tyre behaviour, although it’s due to get cooler for the rest of the weekend. The lap is particularly short and will make managing the ERS system very interesting during the race and this is an area where we are learning a lot, race after race. The performance levels over short and long runs are similar to those seen in recent races and it looks like being a very tough weekend. Overtaking opportunities are strictly limited and so, more than elsewhere, you need to get the best possible result in Qualifying.”

(Scuderia Ferrari F1)