Verstappen, Perez think they need to improve

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 30: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda stops in the Pitlane during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 30, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Mercedes’ pace in FP2 is not a surprise for Max Verstappen, who admits that Red Bull will do the analysis of the day.

Friday at Hungaroring ended on a high for Mercedes as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were the quickest drivers in FP2. The title rival Verstappen, however, is not shocked by the results of the day.

“No – I mean it’s nothing too big to overcome, just in general it’s not been an easy day with track temperatures like this, so we’ll analyze everything,” he said.

“[There were] a few adjustments we were trying from FP1 to FP2 so just need to look into which things worked, which things didn’t,” Verstappen added. “[We still need to improve] especially over one-lap and also long run, so a lot of things to look into. But nothing shocking.”

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez admits that he has not felt at ease in his car and that he wants to improve things on Saturday.

“I’m not fully comfortable with the car. We’ve made good steps from not expecting these kind of conditions, so just reading conditions better and getting a better lap. Traffic was critical on my lap as well, so I think there’s plenty to play for tomorrow still. I’m looking forward to it,” he commented.

“We’ve got a pretty good idea of which steps we have to take,” he added, “so I’m optimistic for the rest of the weekend.”

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