Mercedes man Michael Schumacher has said he will be hoping for better tomorrow after finishing practice for the F1 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday down in tenth place.
Schumacher languished at the bottom of the top ten in both sessions and his best lap, a 1 minute 21.733 seconds, was more than 1.5 seconds off the pace setting Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.
Indeed despite running with a revised aerodynamic package, Schumacher was not at all pleased: "Today we saw two sessions where neither the long runs nor the single laps were looking particularly good," he conceded. "We are not up to the speed that we normally are on Fridays and unfortunately our car does not look very good here at the moment.
"We have to look deeply into the data now to see if there are any specific reasons or if it is due to the character of the circuit. I think our specification is better than we had at Silverstone but we have to make it suit this track. We obviously hope for a better performance tomorrow and Sunday."
Team-mate Nico Rosberg also struggled in the sister car and while he was eighth in FP1, he slipped down to 13th in FP2, his best time a 1m 22.039s. Rosberg maintained though that he could have gone quicker.
"It was an interesting day and even though we have taken a small step back with our upgrades, the car seems to work as it should," he continued. "The track was unexpectedly fast so we had to do some different things with the set-up just to get a feel for it. My lap time wasn't particularly representative as I didn't set a time because of the traffic so I think we look to be in our general position behind the frontrunners at the moment."
Mercedes Grand Prix team principal, Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug meanwhile noted that they have a lot of work to do tonight prior to final practice tomorrow morning.
"We had a busy day working with our revised aero package to find the right direction for qualifying and particularly the race," Brawn explained. "Both drivers completed some good set-up work but Nico and particularly Michael are not completely happy with our position at the end of today.
"We have a fairly clear picture of where we expect the prime and option tyres to be positioned for qualifying and the race but we have a lot to do this evening to improve the cars."
Haug echoed those thoughts: "Not a perfect first day of practice for us and there is certainly still work to be done tonight in order to improve the set-up of our cars. If the forecast is correct for tomorrow though, there is a chance of thunderstorms around lunchtime which could possibly create a really exciting qualifying session," he concluded.