• Hungarian Grand Prix - FP1

Whitmarsh expects strong Red Bull

ESPN Staff
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Sebastian Vettel was only 15th quickest in FP1 © Press Association

Martin Whitmarsh does not expect Red Bull to be heavily affected by the FIA's engine mapping clampdown this weekend.

Following an investigation in to the Red Bull cars ahead of the German Grand Prix last Sunday, the FIA has issued a directive that closes a loophole allowing teams to use engine maps that effectively result in a form of off-throttle blown diffuser. With the issue being constantly raised during Thursday's press briefings, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have both insisted that the new regulation will not noticeably affect their competitiveness at the Hungaroring this weekend.

Speaking to Sky Sports after a first practice session when McLarens were first and second and both Red Bulls were outside the top ten, Whitmarsh said that he was taking Red Bull at its word and confirmed McLaren was unaffected.

"We're fortunate that we're running the same engine maps here as we ran last week," Whitmarsh said. "So I think we're fortunate in that regard. I don't know; they themselves have said it's not a big issue, so I'm sure they're accurate - they don't ever give us inaccurate information. So I suspect it's not that much of an issue.

"I think you shouldn't read too much in to this. I suspect they were working hard, doing their homework and they're going to be competitive. Fernando's going to be competitive, so winning here's quite tough; it's getting quite hot isn't it and that can change the game. So we're not complacent, we're just focused on trying to do the best job we can."