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…
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.”
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
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:
“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”