Charles Pic is confident that his Caterham team can have a strong weekend in Hungary and take the fight to Williams after an encouraging Friday at the Hungaroring.
Pic was 19th fastest in both free practice sessions, ahead of nearest rivals Marussia and just behind the Williams of Valteri Bottas.
The Frenchman said: “We can take quite a few positives from today, particularly the gap to our nearest rivals and the long run pace which is again comparable to Williams, I think we could have a good weekend ahead.”
Pic’s team-mate, Giedo van der Garde struggled with oversteer throughout the day, but is assured that the team has made a step forward on its long runs.
“Both sessions today were all about understeer”, explained the Dutchman. “In FP1 we ran a different setup to Charles’ car to give us a baseline comparison and we tried some new brake material. To be honest neither the setup nor the new brake material really worked and we had to spend most of the FP1 trying to dial out the understeer.”
“In the afternoon the balance was a bit better but we still had the same understeer issues, and on the long runs we were seeing high degradation and graining on the front left. However, by the last long run the tyres were working better and I felt like we’d made some good progress.
“I’m pretty positive we can have a decent qualifying and race here in Hungary.”
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