July 24th, 2013 (F1plus).- After the Red Bull RB9, the fastest machine on the grid is probably the Mercedes W04 driven by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Even at times it seems faster, just not as consistent, which is something that will be tested this weekend at Hungaroring.
Having missed the “Young Drivers Test” that actually counted with the participation of the official drivers, most probably will have a toll on the 'silver bullets' as they only received certain second-hand data.
Maybe not even the reported thermal infrared camera that streams data to engineers about the live performance of Pirelli's sensitive 2013 tyres, including early signs about possible overheating will be enough. (According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport)
Whatever the case is, the team recognizes they will have a lot of work to do during the weekend.
“Friday will also be our first opportunity to work with the new tyres on our car, so we have a great deal to learn in a short space of time. We want to finish the first half of the season on a high but the challenge facing us is clear.” Brawn, the Team Principal said.
Toto Wolff, the team Executive Director, seconded these thoughts: “First, we will need to do extra homework on Friday to understand how the new tyres work with our car.”
Both drivers recognize the challenges they will face this weekend, where high temperatures and the steep learning curve of the new tyres could hinder a good result.
“Hungaroring has quite a challenging layout for the drivers. With all the twists and turns, it feels very much like Monaco but takes place on a normal circuit.
“Qualifying will be important this weekend, which is good for us, but we know that we have to deliver on Sunday as well.
“The forecast looks hot and it is likely to very demanding on the tyres. Physically it will be a tough race and the lack of straights means that you never get a moment to relax. “ Rosberg Said.
Similarly, Lewis Hamilton, who has won it three times, understands the relevance of qualifying and the understanding of the revised tyres.
“It will be an important weekend for us and we need to get off to a good start on Friday when we have the chance to try the new tyres for the first time.
“I've spent some time at the factory since we returned from Germany and I know that everyone there is working really hard to improve our overall performance and to address the issues that we experienced at the last race. I
“It would be great to reward all of that effort with a strong weekend in Budapest and I'll certainly be pushing to make that happen.” Hamilton said in reference to the probably long hours the team has put in the factory at Brackley (UK) since last round at Germany.