F1 News: 2014 Hungarian GP Practice – Ferrari

//F1 News: 2014 Hungarian GP Practice – Ferrari

F1 News: 2014 Hungarian GP Practice – Ferrari

Ferrari LogoHungarian Grand Prix

Budapest, 25th July 2014

Fernando Alonso: “Going from one race to the next doesn’t usually involve many changes, but here, unlike
what usually happens on a Friday, we had to work a lot on the set-up, to try and adapt the car to the circuit, the
tyres and the high temperatures. So there was rather more work than usual, but it produced results and we
improved run after run. Sure, there’s still a lot to do to be as competitive as we’d like, but I think we’re on the
right road. There’s less grip here than in previous years, but it’s the same for everyone and now we have to try
and prepare the car as well as possible for qualifying and the race. High temperatures like those we saw today
are always challenging for the tyres, but the forecast is for cooler conditions from tomorrow and maybe rain on
Sunday, so we have to be ready for every eventuality.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “In the first free practice session, we managed to do a good job, testing various solutions on
the programme and I was feeling reasonably pleased with the handling of the car. Then, in the afternoon, I went
out for a second run on the Medium tyres, because the behaviour of this compound seemed worse as the
temperature went up and that affected the handling of the car, while on the Soft I had no problems. In the
second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the
Mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn’t show any
problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days.”

Pat Fry: “The Hungaroring always presents a major challenge for drivers and also engineers, especially during
free practice. All the teams know this track lacks grip and, especially on Friday, one has to adapt to the
gradually improving conditions, as the rubber gets put down on the surface. Today, because of instability that
seemed to affect other cars as well as ours, we had to pay particular attention to set-up, trying to improve the
balance at the entry and exit to the corners. This track is very demanding on the aerodynamic front and today’s
high temperatures had a significant effect on tyre behaviour, although it’s due to get cooler for the rest of the
weekend. The lap is particularly short and will make managing the ERS system very interesting during the race
and this is an area where we are learning a lot race after race. The performance level over short and long runs
are similar to those seen in recent races and it looks like being a very tough weekend. Overtaking opportunities
are strictly limited and so, more than elsewhere, you need to get the best possible result in qualifying.”

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