It was smiles all round in the McLaren garage on Friday as the vastly improved MP4-24 catapulted Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen to the top of the timesheets.
As Hamilton gears up for today’s crucial qualifying session in Budapest he knows he will have a tough fight with the Red Bull and Brawn cars:
“Over the bumps and at the exits of corners: unlike the Red Bulls and the Brawns, we re just not able to get the power down as early as them,” he confirmed. “It s the speed out of the corners onto the straights where we lose out.”
“The front row would be beautiful but, to be honest, I m just aiming to get into Q3. The car is much more competitive we ve come from 2.5s off but we re still about four to five tenths off the leaders, so we ve got to keep working to make that up before we can start thinking about winning.â€