Toro Rosso Ferrari Friday Practice

Hydraulic problems limited Sebastian Vettel to just four laps in the morning free practice session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix while the same problem reoccurred in the afternoon limiting the German racer to just another five laps.

With Vettel languishing at the bottom of the timesheets and having to play catch up tomorrow, Toro Rosso Ferrari team-mate Sebastien Bourdais had a relatively trouble-free run to 15th position in the afternoon session.

Sebastian Vettel“I had hydraulic problems in both sessions. A shame because I lost a lot of track time and Friday’s work is very important. I hardly ran at all and therefore we are lacking information which will be a handicap for the rest of the weekend. Obviously, this means the data from the other car will be twice as important as usual. I will try and learn from Sebastien, but relying on your team-mate is never as good as finding your own way around the track. Hopefully I can catch up a bit tomorrow morning.”

Sebastien Bourdais“Not too bad today.  This morning was the first time I have driven here since the track configuration was changed, so I was finding out what it’s like in a Formula 1 car. That went okay. This afternoon it was the usual programme of evaluating the tyres with different fuel loads. The track rubbered in quite a lot towards the end and as I did low fuel runs earlier in the session, this did not show in our later lap times."

"I was struggling a bit on the option (soft), which I had expected. As this track changes a lot, if you don’t have a major problem with the car, it’s best to leave it alone and see what happens on the second day. Otherwise, you make changes to the car which are not appropriate for the Saturday conditions. You have to be patient!”

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