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Friday analysis - how much do Red Bull have in hand? 30 Jul 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 30 July 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 30 July 2010 (L to R): Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren tempts Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) with two large pieces of the 25th Hungarian GP birthday cake.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 30 July 2010 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 30 July 2010 Frank Williams (GBR) Williams Team Owner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 30 July 2010

Red Bull’s Friday pace around the Hungaroring looked ominous, even without an F-duct on the RB6 and regardless of tyre compound. Ferrari could have an answer, while McLaren admit they are a long way off an adequate response (and could come under threat from Renault on Saturday). We take a team-by-team look at early progress in Budapest…

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 20.976s, P1/1m 20.087s, P1
Mark Webber, 1m 21.106s, P2/1m 20.597s, P3

Vettel played things down and suggested that rivals might catch up tomorrow, but Dr Marko privately allowed that they had a lot in hand today. Webber thought his day was “pretty good”, and said he got through everything he needed to and that the track simply got quicker and quicker as it rubbered in.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, 1m 22.772s, P7/1m 20.584s, P2
Felipe Massa, 1m 23.007s, P12/1m 20.986s, P4

Alonso said the set-up of his F10 needed more work as it was understeering too much. Massa also said that they needed to work on their performance, but that he’d had no problems whatsoever returning to the scene of his 2009 accident.

McLaren
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 24.075s, P18/1m 21.308s, P6
Jenson Button, 1m 22.444s, P4/1m 21.730s, P9

Hamilton said McLaren were a “massive” distance away from Red Bull and Ferrari - in his case nearly 1.3s, 1.6s in Button’s. He said his MP4-25 felt better than any car he had every driven here, but that it just wasn’t fast enough. Button echoes his sentiments.

Renault
Robert Kubica, 1m 22.072s, P3/1m 21.375s, P7
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 23.249s, P13/1m 21.195s, P5

Petrov was happy with his R30’s balance, and was able to try some new components in the afternoon after a productive morning. Unusually, Kubica played second fiddle to his team mate in the afternoon, but had nothing specific to report.

Williams
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 22.966s, P10/1m 21.623s, P8
Rubens Barrichello, 1m 22.601s, P5/1m 21.844s, P12

Hulkenberg said he was quite happy with the way his day had gone, while Barrichello managed to finish plenty of key comparative tests.

Mercedes
Michael Schumacher, 1m 22.792s, P9/1m 21.773s, P10
Nico Rosberg, 1m 22.777s, P8/1m 22.039s, P13

Mercedes had a disappointing day, on both the short and long runs, and both Schumacher and Rosberg felt that the updates to the MGP W01 amounted to a backward step, at least with the car set up as it was.

BMW Sauber
Pedro de la Rosa, 1m 22.764s, P6/1m 21.809s, P11
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 23.327s, P14/1m 22.212s, P14

A positive and productive day for De la Rosa, on the track where he scored his best-ever result (second) in the wet 2006 race. He complained of understeer, but was otherwise cheerful. Kobayashi went off track more than anyone else, and complained of understeer and oversteer.

Toro Rosso
Jaime Alguersuari 1m 23.868s, P17/1m 22.469s, P15
Sebastien Buemi, 1m 23.780s, P16/1m 22.602s, P17

Alguersuari was happy with the updates Toro Rosso brought to Hungary and felt he’d had a fruitful day as he celebrated his first anniversary in F1. Buemi reverted to some old components at one stage so the team could conduct a meaningful back-to-back test. Its information was deemed to be inconclusive.

Force India
Adrian Sutil, 1m 23.003s, P11/1m 22.507s, P16
Paul di Resta (am) 1m 23.520s, P15
Tonio Liuzzi (pm), 1m 23.138s, P18

Sutil started work with the sole new blown diffuser that Force India could get made in time. The German did as much running as he could, and said he was encouraged by the results thus far, but that he hadn’t got the best out of his car’s set-up. Di Resta learned the Hungaroring in the morning, and completed his programme without any problems. Liuzzi only drove in the afternoon, and as the team were cautious he focused on basic set-up work and tyre evaluation rather than lap times.

Lotus
Jarno Trulli, 1m 25.032s, P19/1m 24.553s, P19
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 25.210s, P20/1m 27.705s, P24

Trulli completed his day’s programme without any problems, but after a good start in the morning Kovalainen was thwarted by a hydraulic issue in the afternoon.

Virgin
Timo Glock, 1m 25.990s, P21/1m 25.376s, P20
Lucas di Grassi, 1m 26.686s, P22/1m 25.669s, P21

A straightforward day for Glock and Di Grassi, as they focused on normal set-up work and tyre evaluation.

HRT
Bruno Senna, 1m 26.990s, P23/1m 26.745s, P22
Sakon Yamamoto, 1m 28.157s, P24/1m 26.798s, P23

An uneventful day for HRT, apart from some undisclosed technical problems for Yamamoto in the morning.