Ferrari driver Felipe Massa was pleased after completing practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix today.
The Brazilian was seventh quickest this morning, but improved in P2, before the rain arrived, setting a 1 minute 22.417 seconds, which put him fourth overall, a tenth up on his team-mate, Fernando Alonso.
“All in all, it was a good day, with the only inconvenient factor being the rain, which arrived halfway through the afternoon, which prevented us doing the planned long run to understand the tyre behaviour,” Massa reflected. “However, it was not just our problem, as everyone found themselves in the same situation.
“All the same, we did manage to get a reasonably clear idea on tyre performance and on that of the car, but it's really too early to judge where we are compared to the others.
“There are definitely some cars that are going quickly, as indeed was the case in Hockenheim. But we are well aware that the results of the first day at the Hungaroring always need to be taken with a pinch of salt because at the start of the weekend, the track is always very dirty and the situation changes radically from Friday through to Sunday. Let's see how things go tomorrow. We realise we need to do everything as well as possible to get the very most out of what we have to work with.”
Alonso meanwhile was more circumspect in his assessment of the day, although he did confirm that the team managed to complete all the work they wanted to with their new aero updates.
“What's to say, the usual Friday, at the end of which it is always difficult to hypothesise on how things will go in qualifying or the race,” he commented, “even more so when it rains, as happened over the past three race weekends
“Because of this afternoon's rain in fact, we did not manage to try the dry tyres over a long run but, at least in the morning we managed to complete the work relating to the aerodynamic updates which we brought here in Hungary.
“Now it's up to our engineers to do all the analyses to put together the best possible package for the rest of the weekend. Here, qualifying is definitely more important than elsewhere: it will therefore be vital to go into every little detail to be as well prepared as possible for tomorrow.
“The unknown relating to tyres? It's the same for everyone as was the case in Silverstone and Hockenheim!”