Jenson Button proved during practice at Budapest that McLaren have taken a few strides forward in recent weeks.
Jenson Button:"The two sessions were quite a contrast for us because of the difference in temperature from the morning to the afternoon - but it's been a reasonable day in terms of the set-up work we've done. I think we've improved our understanding of how the car works. We actually managed to get quite a few things tested, and our car feels okay around here. There's very little degradation on the Option tyre, it's more front- than rear-limited, so the tyres are working well, which is another positive. I'm hoping we've taken a step forward, but there's still room for improvement."
Sergio Perez: "The car felt pretty good this morning, and our times were competitive, but the track temperature changed in the afternoon, so I wasn't entirely satisfied with the balance of the car in the end. Now, we've got time to go away and analyse why the balance felt so different between the two sessions. We've got a lot of information to sift through, and I think we have the potential to do better tomorrow. Our aim for this weekend will be to score points and to have another decent weekend as we did in Germany."
Adrian Sutil: "It was a positive morning session and quite early on I had found a good balance with the car. In the afternoon we were working mainly on the tyres and trying to get the most from them. I felt better on the soft compared to the medium, but it was tricky to get them working all the time. The main thing is that we got some good information and we can hopefully improve things for tomorrow. Apart from the tyres the overall balance is good: the car behaves well under braking and on turn-in, and I'm feeling comfortable."
Paul di Resta:"It's not been the most straightforward of days and right from the start of practice I was chasing the set-up of the car. We definitely made some progress this afternoon, but there are a lot of things to discuss tonight to try and get on top of things ahead of qualifying. Today was the first chance to really start doing performance work with new tyre construction and we managed to do 60 laps, which gives us lots of information going into the weekend."
Pastor Maldonado: "It wasn't a bad day for us as our performance looked better than at previous events compared to the times posted today. We still need to work on the balance as the feeling is similar, but we will analyse the data and try to close the gap for tomorrow. The heat is going to be a big factor this weekend for all teams."
Valtteri Bottas: "We did some good mechanical tests during the first practice session and we now need to look at the second session data to see how we can get more out of the car as the track improves and on the option tyre. The laptimes could have been better but I had some traffic. We still need to find a good balance with the car to try to improve for tomorrow."
Esteban Gutierrez: "Overall it was a productive Friday. We were able to draw some conclusions about the new parts we brought here, and it seems like everything is working as expected. But we still have to wait and see what happens in qualifying. We will certainly be pushing in order to improve. The weather is quite a challenge for the tyres, as we saw this afternoon, but that is something everyone has to cope with. It's a matter of finding the right balance between how much you can push and how long you want the tyres to last in one stint. The behaviour of the tyres is different. They are a bit more difficult to warm up, but therefore they last longer. Now we have to adapt as quickly as possible. Overall, I'm quite confident we can get a better result than in previous races."
Nico Hulkenberg: "It has been a good Friday. I think the level of performance is a bit difficult to judge. We still need to work on low fuel pace, especially for qualifying. My run on the medium tyres also wasn't the best, so there is room for improvement there. The long run was quite consistent and in terms of pace it also looked reasonable. We have a good baseline and did all the tests we needed to do. The tyres were pretty straightforward. Now we have to keep working, improve small bits and see where we finish tomorrow."