Racing Point: It was hard to learn a huge amount

Racing Point report from day one of free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Round 12 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Hungaroring near Budapest.

Lance Stroll

  • FP1 1:19.722 P18 34 laps
  • FP2 1:19.774 P16 14 laps

“We did some good running this morning, but then the rain came this afternoon which limited our programme. It means we are missing quite a lot of information, but it’s the same for everybody. It was good to get a few laps on the intermediate tyres under our belts in case the rain continues into the weekend. I was exploring the limits in FP1, but I ran a bit wide into six and got caught out in seven. It’s hard to assess where we stand because the sessions were so disrupted. We are still fine-tuning the car and I think we can make some progress overnight to improve before qualifying.”

Sergio Perez

  • FP1 1:19.325 P15 20 laps
  • FP2 1:19.721 P15 13 laps

“We did limited running today due to the wet weather. It’s hard to learn a huge amount, but we did what we could. The difficulty is predicting where the track will be tomorrow, but I think we can be competitive whether it’s wet or dry. I think if it’s wet again it will open up more opportunities for us. There’s definitely a lot of work to do tonight to go through the data and pick out the best bits.”

Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal: “We made the best of the relatively dry conditions this morning to continue learning about the car. We used some aero measurement devices and also applied flow viz around the rear of the car. When the rain came this afternoon, we fitted the intermediate tyres and did a few runs to learn what we could, but it’s far from certain what the weather will do tomorrow or Sunday.”

Hungary FP2: Gasly Pips Rain and Verstappen