Fernando Alonso is looking forward to what the remainder of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend will bring after emerging from the first day of practice with the fastest time.

The scene of his first Formula 1 World Championship win in 2003, Alonso has always had form around the tight and twisty circuit and showed as much when he emerged the only driver the day to dip below the 1min 21secs marker.

Nonetheless, it came after a session that saw times get slower as the track conditions worsened, making Alonso's fourth tenths gap over Heikki Kovalainen perhaps not such an accurate reading.

Still, the Spaniard believes he has built a good platform with which to carry on over the course of the weekend.

"Today was good and I am happy with the how the car feels so far," he said. "We spent the morning working on the set-up and limited the number of tyres we used.

"The track here improves as the weekend goes on so we chose to do all the Bridgestone Potenza tyre evaluation in the afternoon session. I think we are in a good position and I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend where we should continue to be strong."

Team principal Ron Dennis also labelled McLaren's pace as 'encouraging' as he looks on his drivers to the team's talking on the track after the legal wrangling currently engrossing them off the circuit.

"An encouraging start to the weekend, with both cars looking competitive. Obviously we will work hard for further improvements overnight but we are comfortable with the progress we have made so far."

 

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