Hungarian Grand Prix 2019 – Practice

Robert Kubica (POL) Williams Racing with Paul Williams (GBR) Williams Racing Race Engineer. Hungarian Grand Prix, Friday 2nd August 2019. Budapest, Hungary.

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer: The conditions again have made for a challenging day, with rain influencing both sessions. This morning there was light drizzle although the track stayed largely dry, which enabled us to complete most of our original plan. This afternoon was more challenging, but we were able to get a few laps in on the dry tyres either side of the red flag. Once the rain was hard enough for some good consistent running on the intermediate tyres, we took the opportunity to use both cars to do some testing on this tyre. Both drivers got a good feel for driving intermediate tyres in the wet conditions and the slicks in damp conditions and so looking at the forecast for tomorrow, we are perhaps well prepared for FP3 and qualifying.

Sunday looks like it will be dry but still reasonably cool and so it is likely that the consecutive laps that we completed at the end of FP1 will have given the drivers some useful experience of the race conditions. The regulations allow us to carry some additional tyres into Saturday and so we can complete a few more laps in FP3 than we normally would. If conditions allow!

George Russell: It was a pretty productive day and I feel quite pleased with today’s running. We learned a lot even with the limited laps we did, especially in the rain, but also in the dry. We did a full 40 minutes of aero running in FP1 to correlate everything and make sure everything is working as expected. We didn’t do many laps in FP2, but it was still a very intriguing session for us. Generally, the pace was relatively strong, and I think we’ve learned some good things so hopefully we can follow that through into tomorrow.

Robert Kubica: It was a tricky Friday. During FP1, track conditions were ok with light rain and we were able to complete our programme. We were unlucky with the weather in FP2, but that’s just how it is, and it’s the same for everyone. It is kind of a home race although we are not in Poland so there are many Polish fans. I hope for dry weather this weekend so that the fans can appreciated the full potential of a Formula One car. I wish for a good weekend, for them, and for us.

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