Bruno Senna is feeling bullish after setting the third best time today in practice for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Senna again sat out first practice this morning, with test and reserve driver Valtteri Bottas piloting his car and finishing up ninth quickest. However this afternoon, Senna was back in his Williams FW34, posting a 1 minute 22.253 seconds, leaving him just a couple of tenths off pace setter, Lewis Hamilton and almost a second up on Pastor Maldonado, who was twelfth in the sister car. While rain mid-way through P2 did limit the amount of dry running and meant the times were even less representative than usual, Senna still felt it had been a positive session.
“It was a good afternoon getting a feel for the track conditions and how the tyres were performing. The car was behaving well but we need to keep working,” he commented. “There is good potential in the car though which makes me happy ahead of qualifying tomorrow.”
Maldonado meanwhile was also pretty happy, although he conceded that there is still quite a bit to do in P3.
“It was a busy day for us trying a few different things to help us decide which direction to go regarding set-up for the weekend. We didn't complete all our planned long runs because of the rain this afternoon so it's difficult to say where we are,” he explained.
“I'm still feeling confident for the weekend, but we have some work to do in practice tomorrow morning to make sure we can improve before qualifying.”
“We had a very good couple of sessions today with all three drivers performing well and giving us back excellent feedback on what was an extremely busy run programme,” summarised Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan.
“In the morning both Pastor and Valtteri tested a number of different aero development items. They also established a decent mechanical baseline set-up.
"In the afternoon Bruno and Pastor ran different programmes, concentrating on getting more tyre information for the remainder of the weekend.
“Unfortunately the rain came earlier than expected and we adapted the run programme to get some information in the wet, which may prove useful come the race on Sunday.”