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Hungary Grand Prix – Friday Practice Results

| Source: autosport.com | report @ lotusf1team.com |

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Searing heat and a busy programme for Kimi and Romain this afternoon; the pair ending the opening day at the Hungaroring in P8 / P3 respectively…

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                    Time      Gap       Laps
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m21.264s             34
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m21.308s  +0.044s	42
 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m21.417s  +0.153s	40
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m21.426s  +0.162s	34
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m21.544s  +0.280s	37
 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m21.802s  +0.538s	42
 7. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m21.991s  +0.727s	40
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m22.011s  +0.747s	32
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m22.180s  +0.916s	41
10. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m22.304s  +1.040s	41
11. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m22.526s  +1.262s	39
12. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m22.529s  +1.265s	37
13. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m22.781s  +1.517s	36
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m22.837s  +1.573s	42
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m22.841s  +1.577s	39
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m23.369s  +2.105s	34
17. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m23.411s  +2.147s	41
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m23.646s  +2.382s	34
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m24.325s  +3.061s	38
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m25.065s  +3.801s	36
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       1m25.143s  +3.879s	39
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m26.647s  +5.383s	33

Kimi on Lotus pace: “We had some issues at the beginning of the session and we lost a little bit of time, we didn’t get the lap time on the new tyres because of traffic and then we didn’t enough long run to know,” he said of his pace.

“I think it was a bit difficult today, too much understeer and we have to work on certain things. It is not an awful lot – we’ll just try to find a bit of a better solution.

“Tomorrow is a different day and we’ll try to do our best; if on Fridays you are fast it doesn’t mean it will be like that on Saturdays.”

FP1 TimesFP1 Report:

Kimi and Romain kicked off the weekend in style here in Budapest, with a pair of top five placings – P3 / P5 respectively – capping off a positive morning’s work for the team…

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap     Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m22.723s           19
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m22.982s  +0.259s  24
 3.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m23.010s  +0.287s  20
 4.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m23.099s  +0.376s  22
 5.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m23.111s  +0.388s  20
 6.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.370s  +0.647s  26
 7.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m23.390s  +0.667s  20
 8.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m23.531s  +0.808s  28
 9.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.591s  +0.868s  26
10.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m23.911s  +1.188s  21
11.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.119s  +1.396s  21
12.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m24.150s  +1.427s  27
13.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m24.157s  +1.434s  28
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.204s  +1.481s  15
15.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m24.299s  +1.576s  19
16.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.314s  +1.591s  23
17.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.383s  +1.660s  24
18.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m24.608s  +1.885s  21
19.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m25.827s  +3.104s  24
20.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m26.808s  +4.085s  25
21.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.617s  +4.894s  20
22.  Rodolfo Gonzalez     Marussia-Cosworth     1m28.927s  +6.204s  25

Lotus Friday Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 3rd/8th: “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 – 5th/3rd: “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 weekend.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “A good solid Friday for us with nothing untoward to note – save for a leaky drinks system – during the course of the day. The car is clearly working well here and we have no concerns about the heat. Kimi’s afternoon time isn’t representative as he got caught up with a McLaren on his fast lap and we have no concerns about our long or short run pace. We paid particular attention to the various temperature levels on the car to ensure cooling levels are sufficient for Sunday and we’re happy with all the data we’ve seen so far.”

F1 Practice On Twitter today:

@Lotus_F1Team
#Kimi‘s E21 reveals our #HungarianGP hashtag! What do we think guys? Good enough for our #HungaroKings? #F1 pic.twitter.com/LbNOIFN3V2

@f1fanaticlive
Slade: “We think we had an airbox fire briefly but it’s OK now.” Raikkonen: “I’ve got water on my foot also, on the pedals.” #F1

@F1PitRadio
“OK, Kimi, we think it was an airbox fire briefly” Kimi, “OK, are you sure there’s not something else? I got water on my helmet”

@f1zone
Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button almost come to grief at the last corner #F1 #HungaroKings pic.twitter.com/SkoCE053vo

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