Verstappen finished second to Carlos Sainz in FP1 early Friday afternoon in Hungary, and ended up just 0.130sec behind the Spaniard. But a more challenging FP2 – during which he complained about wobbles he called a “joke” on his Red Bull RB18 – saw Verstappen take a P4 and 0.283secs from leader Charles Leclerc, also slower than Lando Norris and Sainz.
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“A bit tricky as one would expect here,” Verstappen said at the end of Friday. “I’m just trying to find a balance from high to low speed. Sometimes it works a little better, sometimes it’s more complex but it takes a little work.
“I suspect [Ferrari] We have a little bit ahead.” “I think it will be difficult for us to beat that. But I think overnight we’ll try to bridge the gap as much as we can and see what else the weather has to offer us tomorrow… I guess in the drought we can’t compete, so maybe in the rain we can, who knows? ”
When asked, meanwhile, if he was influenced by Norris and McLaren’s second-place time in FP2, Verstappen replied: “They looked, of course, rivals – but, of course, our main target is Ferrari.”
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“It was a day to try out very different parts, definitely to get comfortable with the car,” Perez said. “I think we got a good idea, a good understanding today, so hopefully tomorrow we can show what we learned today… but certainly Ferrari looked very strong today.
“I think there is some good understanding of today. We just have to put everything together for tomorrow,” Perez added. [Ferrari] She is definitely very fast. Hopefully there will be a little rain tomorrow – so things can be more mixed. We hope to be there tomorrow.”