McLaren on top, but all signs point to another close weekend

McLaren on top, but all signs point to another close weekend

McLaren started the Hungarian GP strongly, building on their impressive form in Germany. But as Mark Hughes reports Lotus, Ferrari and Red Bull - even with changed engine map regulations - have reasons to be positive

Has the latest technical directive from the FIA regarding engine maps hurt Red Bull's form at all? Cynics may conclude so after a cursory look at the Friday practice times, with the RB8s 13th and 15th in the morning and seventh and 14th in the afternoon. But that would be a simplistic assessment.

The team was focused very much on long-run, heavy fuel simulations in the morning, a programme that continued into the afternoon. In addition Mark Webber stayed on the harder medium tyre, with rain 38 minutes from the end preventing him getting onto the soft. Sebastian Vettel did a seven-lap run on the soft at the same time Webber was doing a run of the same duration on the mediums – and his best time was a full 1s faster.

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