Although it produced similar results, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa had very different opinions about their day following free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Unusually fastest in neither session, Raikkonen and Massa proved second and third fastest in the morning session respectively before slipping to sixth and seventh in the afternoon as tricky weather conditions set in.

However, while Massa was satisfied with his day, Raikkonen was not so pleased, the Finn cursing the handling of the F2007 around the tight and twisty Hungaroring. Indeed, the title contender's grievances have credence too as split times show he is losing significant time in the middle section of the lap.

Nonetheless, Raikkonen is willing to make the car work for him ahead of qualifying where he will bid to secure the crucial pole position he will likely need around the Hungaroring if he is to record the win he desperately needs to keep his title aspirations realistic.

"I am not very happy with the handling of my car in these two sessions and obviously we have a lot to do in order to improve. But this is only Friday and there is no point in making a drama out of it as far as qualifying and the race are concerned.

"I wasn't able to get a really clear picture of the performance of the two types of tyre, especially on the first lap, firstly because of traffic and secondly because of that quick short shower."

Although he ended the day slower than his team-mate, Massa was content with his own performance, adding that he doesn't believe the front runners for the weekend have yet been established.

"Overall, I am happy with the day. In the final series of laps I could have done a good time but there was a yellow flag and I had to slow. It's hard to say at this stage of the weekend if we are faster or slower than our closest rivals, but we are definitely competitive.

"We worked a lot on the set-up and towards the end of the day we found some good solutions. There is still a slight unknown as far as tyre performance is concerned, especially on the softer ones over a long run, while the harder ones however are more consistent."

 

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