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Williams Encouraged By Friday Pace

The Williams F1 team were encouraged by their pace in Friday practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix race on Sunday despite finishing both sessions in the middle of the time sheets.

They say that the upgrades they have brought to the circuit seemed to have worked and that the car seems competitive on high and low fuel runs.

“It was a reasonably good day,” said Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley.

“We brought some new components in a constant bid to improve our package which seem to have worked from what we have seen so far,” he continued.

“It has been extremely hot today and the car looks competitive on short and long runs with both low and high fuel which is encouraging.

Felipe Massa was happy with his performance on the day and feels that they will be able to challenge Ferrari this weekend.

“The way the day has panned out it is clear we have the potential to have a good weekend and fight with those closest to us in the championship,” said the Brazilian. “It won’t be easy but we have more to give than was shown today.”

While the car performed well in the hot conditions, Massa says that the cooler temperatures forecast for Sunday’s race will aid them in controlling tyre temperatures.

“The temperatures will be cooler for Sunday which should help us control the tyre temperature a bit better.”

 

Photo credit: Williams Martini Racing Formula 1 Team

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2017 Hungarian GP Broadcast Times

CDTBSTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Friday 03:00Friday 09:00Friday 10:00Friday 10:00
Free Practice 2Friday 08:00Friday 13:00Friday 14:00Friday 14:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 04:00Saturday 10:00Saturday 11:00Saturday 11:00
QualifyingSaturday 08:00Saturday 13:00Saturday 14:00Saturday 14:00
RaceSunday 08:00Sunday 13:00Sunday 14:00Sunday 14:00

2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel177
2 Lewis Hamilton176
3 Valtteri Bottas154
4 Daniel Ricciardo117
5 Kimi Raikkonen98
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