F1 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix: Testing time for Hamilton on new tyres

PUBLISHED: 22:40 26 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:40 27 July 2013

Lewis Hamilton in practice ahead of the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton in practice ahead of the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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MERCEDES Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had to play catch-up in today's opening two practice sessions ahead of the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Today (Friday) gave Hamilton and Rosberg the first chance to try the new Pirelli medium and soft tyre compounds.

The Mercedes pair completed 70 and 68 laps respectively of the Hungaroring circuit just outside of Budapest.

The programme focused on tuning the balance and set-up of the car to the new tyres, with longer runs in the afternoon.

Hertfordshire-born Hamilton was P13 in first practice after clocking 1m 24.157s and improved in second practice to sixth on the timesheets with a lap time of 1m 21.802s.

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

* Race distance: 70 laps (306.630km/190.531 miles)

* Start time: 14:00 (local)/12:00 (GMT)

* Circuit length: 4.381km/2.722 miles

* 2012 winner: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren MP4-27) 69 laps in 1hr41m05.503s (179.391km/h)

* 2012 pole: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren MP4-27) 1m20.953s (194.824km/h)

* Lap record: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004) 1m19.071s (199.461km/h)

Rosberg was eighth in P1 with a time of 1m 23.531s, and was seventh in the afternoon session with 1m 21.991s.

Hamilton said: “We got a lot of laps in on the new tyres today which was positive and gives us a lot of information to look at and take into our programme for the weekend.

“We came into the weekend on the back foot a little without experiencing the new tyres.”

Rosberg added: “We know that it’s quite challenging for our car in these hot conditions and we also had to learn about the new tyres for the first time today.”

Qualifying for the 2013 Grand Prix of Hungary starts at 1pm on Saturday.

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