Lewis Hamilton will be desperate for a strong showing at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday after struggling in Friday’s practice sessions.
The Brit did not even manage to set a lap time in FP1 as the weather caused havoc in Budapest, while he was only good enough for 16th place in FP2 due to Mercedes’ lack of pace.
Hamilton’s best lap in FP2 was over a second slower than the fastest time of the day, which was set by Charles Leclerc, leaving Mercedes with plenty of food for thought ahead of today’s qualifying session at the Hungaroring.
The 38-year-old did not mince his words after Friday’s running as he suggested that the Silver Arrows had taken yet another backwards step in spite of the upgrades introduced by the team this weekend.
“It was feeling like the car at its worst today, but we will work on our set-up tonight,” said Hamilton. “Last year it felt terrible at the beginning and we turned it around and did some set-up changes. We will work on that tonight and hopefully tomorrow it will feel better.”
erstappen raises complaints
Max Verstappen has complained about the balance of his Red Bull car after failing to secure pole position for tomorrow’s race.
He said: “It doesn’t matter where you are on the grid, if it doesn’t feel good, it doesn’t feel good.
“The whole qualifying I’ve been struggling a lot. Well, the whole weekend really, with the shift in balance, with understeer and you try to correct it and it’s oversteer, and it was just never in a good window.
“I was struggling a lot in Q1, Q2. I mean, there’s not much you can do really once you go into qualifying.
“But every time I got to the apex of the corner it was just not gripping up for me and that’s probably the worst balance I can have in a car. I tried to correct a few things in Q3 but there’s only so much you can do.”