Force India, Williams and Haas failed to break into the top-ten in practice for the Hungarian GP with Sauber slowest of all.
Esteban Ocon: “I was in the car this afternoon and I think I caught up with things pretty quickly. I found a nice rhythm straight away and I’ve ended the day feeling comfortable in the car. It’s clear we have some work to do tonight to find a bit more performance, but we’ve done a lot of the hard work and we know where we need to improve. They have made some changes to the kerbs this year, which impact on the character of this circuit a little bit. I preferred the old style kerbs, but it’s still an awesome track and I really enjoy driving here.”
Sergio Perez: “Our long run pace looks promising, but I think there’s still a lot we can find in terms of performance. The track improved a lot between the morning and the afternoon sessions, but it was still very windy and it made things quite difficult. It’s very hard to overtake here so there’s a big emphasis on qualifying tomorrow. I haven’t been totally comfortable with the balance of the car so far but I am confident we can get it together and be in a position to fight for the top ten.”
Lance Stroll: "The day wasn’t too bad, as we had a clean one without too many issues, so that is positive. We are not where we were hoping to be, but, as expected, we knew this track would be tricky for us and we need to keep pushing and work for tomorrow. The grip is quite hard to predict and, especially Turn 11, is quite bad. I saw a lot of drivers going off there. Like always, we will push as hard as we can to get the best possible result."
Felipe Massa: "It was a typical Friday, we were just trying to understand the tyres and the car on this circuit. For sure we did not have a great position at the end of the day, but we just need to understand everything around the car so that we can improve during the weekend. But this is normal for a Friday."
Kevin Magnussen: “It’s been a tough day not getting much out of the Friday sessions. I only got a couple of laps at the end of FP2 on low fuel. So, we don’t have a great feeling for things at the moment but, hopefully, I’ll catch up a bit tomorrow. For sure, it’s going to make things a little bit difficult.”
Romain Grosjean: “A pretty tough day for the whole team. We’ve been struggling with the balance all day. I think we can quote it as one of our worst Fridays since we started Haas F1 Team. We just need to put everything together and try to understand what the problems are. Obviously, we’ve had some issues today. We have to try to get better for tomorrow. It’s not over yet, but we’ve certainly not made our lives easy.”
Marcus Ericsson: “The day started off quite well for me. We were able to make some improvements on the car side with the new aero update, although it is not visible on the timesheets yet. The car felt good in terms of driving from the beginning of FP1 onwards. FP2 was a bit less smooth than the morning session, so we are now working on understanding how to optimize the car’s setup for tomorrow and Sunday.”
Pascal Wehrlein: “Of course, I am disappointed about having crashed into the barrier during FP2 – fortunately, I am feeling ok. We did have some positive moments before that in testing the new aero update. We are now working on looking into the data to understand the causes of the incident in more detail. I hope that we will be able to perform well for the rest of the weekend.”
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