The weather complicated the work for all drivers in the first practices of this weekend. Scuderia Ferrari brought to Hungary some aerodynamic updates – a new boomerang wing and barge board upgrade, which were tested by the drivers. However, due to the ambiguous conditions, it is still unclear whether the updates really work, since the results of Charles and Sebastian are far from the ideal.
"The morning session wasn’t bad. I’m sure we can improve quite a bit because I don’t think we got all the potential out of the car on my quickest lap. In fact, more than going for a lap time, I was trying to get a good feeling from the car, which is why I think we can make progress. Having said that, we must wait until tomorrow to see where everyone stands and we know there is still work to do," – Vettel said.
"There’s not much to say about the afternoon, even if, in sessions like the second one there is always something to learn. For example, we were able to do a few more laps on the intermediate tyres, after those we did in Hockenheim and that was useful for me."
As for the new parts, Sebastian was on the older specification in FP1, but next practice he also joined the teammate to test the updates. The German said it worked as the team had expected, although didn’t make much difference.
"As for the aero updates, it’s difficult to assess, but I can say they worked as we had expected. That’s good. But it wasn’t a big step," – Seb explained.
Charles Leclerc was better in the wet conditions today, but had some difficulties with the balance of the car. Also the driver had more time for testing new elements of the car and as Sebastian said he confirmed that it worked as expected.
"It was quite a difficult day. We faced mixed weather conditions, the first session being relatively dry and the second rainy. Overall, from my side, we struggled with the car balance and are now working on finding a way to improve this for tomorrow. I think that I was in a better shape in the wet, so it will be interesting to see what the conditions will be like in qualifying. On the upside, we tested some new parts today which worked as expected. Hopefully, we can make a good step forward."
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