• Hungarian Grand Prix - FP2

Massa positive despite lack of long run

ESPN Staff
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Felipe Massa expects a number of teams to be competitive this weekend at the Hungaroring © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa was positive after Friday's practice sessions in Hungary despite being unable to complete a long run in FP2.

Having been seventh quickest during FP1 Massa improved to fourth fastest in the afternoon session before a spell of heavy rain affected the second half of FP2. Massa said that he was unconcerned even though he was unable to complete a stint on high fuel because it was the same for all of the teams, and said he felt comfortable with the tyres already.

"All in all, it was a good day, with the only inconvenient factor being the rain, which arrived halfway through the afternoon, which prevented us doing the planned long run to understand the tyre behaviour," Massa said. "However, it was not just our problem, as everyone found themselves in the same situation. All the same, we did manage to get a reasonably clear idea on tyre performance and on that of the car, but it's really too early to judge where we are compared to the others."

Massa also said that he expected a number of teams to be competitive, but couldn't make a definite judgement because the track would evolve heavily throughout the weekend.

"There are definitely some cars that are going quickly, as indeed was the case in Hockenheim. But we are well aware that the results of the first day at the Hungaroring always need to be taken with a pinch of salt because at the start of the weekend, the track is always very dirty and the situation changes radically from Friday through to Sunday. Let's see how things go tomorrow. We realise we need to do everything as well as possible to get the very most out of what we have to work with."