Charles Pic believes the new Pirelli tyres could aid the Caterham F1 team as it looks to progress and close the gap to the established teams.
Pirelli's revised rubber will be used for the first time this weekend in Hungary and speaking after running with them during the final day of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone last week, Pic said the consistency now is much better.
“We had a productive afternoon [on Friday]. We repeated the same plan we ran in the morning and it obviously wasn't about times, it was about working with the new Pirelli tyres and evaluating setups that we can work on for Hungary and the rest of the season. I was quite pleased with how consistent the sets we used have been, the deg levels are certainly lower than the tyres we've used so far this year and that should help us,” he stated.
As for Budapest itself, Pic is looking forward to round ten in the 2013 F1 World Championship: “I've always gone well at the Hungaroring and I like the whole place,” he continued. “The city's beautiful, the track is a good challenge, particularly sector two which you need to get right and find the right rhythm and then you can gain a lot of time, and it's nearly always hot there so physical fitness also plays its part.
“It'll be another busy week for the team, coming straight from Silverstone to Hungary, but after that they have a very well deserved rest and a chance to recharge the batteries. After the test we're as prepared as we can be and if we can pick up where we left off in Germany before we had the puncture, I think we can have a good weekend.”
Team-mate Giedo van der Garde meanwhile is also hoping he can do well and given he shined at Monaco, a track that is somewhat similar to the Hungaroring, he is full of confidence.
“Hungary's the last race before the summer break, and another chance for us to keep up the momentum we picked back up in Germany," van der Garde remarked. "I've won races and had podiums at the Hungaroring in GP2 and World Series and now, in F1, it's tight, twisty and a relatively short lap so it's a bit like Monaco without the barriers!
“We obviously had our best quali result of the year so far in Monaco and while I doubt the weather will play its part in Hungary as it did on Saturday in Monaco, the track layout and characteristics are still kind of similar and the length of the lap and the reduced reliance on pure aero performance may help us edge closer to the cars ahead.
“We will continue the aggressive development plan started in Bahrain and have updates again for Hungary and that'll help us, particularly on Sunday. That's the goal for this weekend – have a clean Friday to set us up for both quali and the race, and then see if we can use what we've learned at the Silverstone test to fight on Sunday afternoon,” he concluded.