Nico Rosberg says he expected Red Bull Racing to be more competitive and closer to Mercedes at the Hungaroring.
The German had a positive first day of running at the circuit, finishing both practice sessions in second place after completing 69 laps in total.
He believes there is still work to do overnight ahead of third practice and qualifying, but feels it was an encouraging start to the race weekend for the current run-away championship leaders.
“I was a bit surprised that we had the quickest car here today as I expected the Red Bulls to have gotten a bit closer again, so that’s a really encouraging start to the weekend,” Rosberg said.
“The car feels great and is super quick in the corners, so overall I’m quite happy. I definitely still need to find some time and there is some setup work for me and my engineers to do tonight if we want to achieve that.
“But I’m confident that we can make it happen. Qualifying will be crucial here, as overtaking is not easy at this great track. We’ll work hard as always during the evening and see what happens tomorrow.”
Lewis Hamilton finished both practice sessions at the top of the timesheets but admitted that he “struggled” for grip. “I don’t know if that’s down to the tyres or the track itself but it was quite bad throughout both sessions,” he explained.
“It’s going to be important to get a good grid position tomorrow as it will be difficult to follow cars on this track and it’s always tough to overtake here.
“We have some work to do overnight to ensure we get the best setup for the weekend as we’re not fully comfortable with the car just yet, but our race pace looked okay. We’ll have to look through the data to really know where we stand.”
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