Clear skies and warm weather greeted the drivers today as they took to the track for testing and first qualifying at the Hungaroring (Hungary). Mark Webber (26) and Justin Wilson (25) both worked through their usual Friday test programme...
Clear skies and warm weather greeted the drivers today as they took to the track for testing and first qualifying at the Hungaroring (Hungary). Mark Webber (26) and Justin Wilson (25) both worked through their usual Friday test programme evaluating tyres and set-up. The morning was productive despite Mark suffering an engine failure near the end of his session and Justin Wilson suffering from a gearbox issue.
Both drivers were however, pleased with this afternoon's performance that saw Mark qualify his R4 in 3rd position with a time of 1:22.625 and Justin delivering a lap to secure 15th position with a time of 1:24.343. Both drivers will be looking to secure competitive places tomorrow when there is everything to play for in preparation for Sunday's race.
Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:
"It's been a busy day for us here at the Hungaroring with both drivers working hard to put as many laps in as possible prior to tomorrow's qualifying. We had a relatively good morning with Mark and Justin working on tyres and set-up. Unfortunately we did have two issues, one when Mark suffered an engine failure and then again when Justin suffered a gearbox problem. We are of course working with Cosworth Racing to ensure that we iron out these gremlins in preparation for tomorrow's qualifying."
Justin has done a good job in the car today despite the fact that he actually missed a good deal of the end of P1, when the track was actually at its best. He is also settling into the team very quickly and we are pleased with how he is progressing. Mark as always has worked well with the team to prepare the car and in the end actually qualified in the T-car and as a result of the preparation of the mechanics secured an impressive third position this afternoon."
"However, it is important to remember that the track is always much cleaner nearer the end of a session and we certainly benefited from running slightly later than some of the front-runners. We will be working hard this evening and tomorrow morning to ensure that both of our drivers approach Saturday Qualifying confident that the R4 is operating at its optimum."
"I am very pleased with how today has gone. The team and I have been working hard on set-up and balance and the car feels generally quite good. The fact that we actually went out in tenth position today did play into our hands somewhat as we benefited from a cleaner track. The rising temperature, however, was almost too much as it meant that we spent much of this morning chasing the set-up as the temperature rose."
"We have lots of work ahead of us before Sunday and I know that Cosworth will be pulling out all of the stops in a bid to provide us with a reliable engine. The track, despite its new layout remains fairly twisty and narrow so I have no doubt that the race is going to be tough for us. I am pleased however to be back behind the wheel and I am looking forward to tomorrow already when we can go back on track and push the R4 some more."
"A frustrating morning for me as I was forced to miss quite a lot of the first session because of a gearbox problem. Despite that I have enjoyed driving the car as the balance and set-up is good. I am working well with the team in order to understand more about the R4 and Friday testing certainly helps. I enjoyed qualifying although the car was quite lively and on my in-lap I suffered an issue that forced the team to ask me to switch the car off and park it. I am not too sure what this was at the moment as the team are looking into it. I am generally pleased with 15th position although of course it will be tomorrow that really counts."
Best time: 1:22.625
Best time: 1:24.343