by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

Hungarian F1 Grand Prix 2011: Free Practice Report (VMM)

- MP4-26A-03
- P1 programme: 19 laps, 1m23.350s, 1st
- P2 programme: 29 laps, 1m21.018s, 1st

“It’s a great feeling to start the weekend on a high. We had a much smoother Friday here than we did at the Nurburgring, so I’m pretty happy. The car looks reasonably competitive, given the balance and the fuel load that we had.

“It’s important not to read too much into Fridays, though. The track may be different tomorrow, as may the temperatures. Having said that, I think we’ve probably got about the same pace as we had in Germany, which is encouraging.

“The guys have been pushing very, very hard back at the factory. We’ve got a couple of upgrades here this weekend and it’s a great achievement by everyone to have got them here in such a short space of time.”

- MP4-26A-04
- P1 programme: 20 laps, 1m23.772s (+0.422s), 5th
- P2 programme: 34 laps, 1m21.322s (+0.304s), 3rd

“A trouble-free day, which is nice. We managed a lot of good runs and did a lot of useful set-up work, so it was a good day. I’m very happy with the direction we’ve taken with the car.

“We’re strong in the first and last sectors. I’m quickest in the first sector and Lewis is fastest in the last. If we can put it all together, we’ll be looking pretty good.

“I enjoy driving at the Hungaroring. With a few more set-up tweaks, I think we can be competitive. I hope to challenge for victory, but I’m not the only driver thinking that. Ferrari and Red Bull will also be looking to have good weekends, but that’s great for Formula One.”

Team Principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“We’ve had a pretty straightforward day. It’s good to see Lewis topping the time sheets, and both drivers have been pretty competitive on their long runs.

“There’s a huge amount of evolution in the track here, from Friday morning through to Saturday morning. It only therefore starts becoming representative on Friday afternoon, so there are still some question marks.

“But it’s definitely a better feeling to go back to the hotel on a Friday night at the top of the timesheets rather than in the middle somewhere. So far, so good.”

* Official photos and report courtesy of VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES *

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