Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber not resting on laurels despite Red Bull's dominant Friday
Webber insists "it looks pretty tight on one lap" at Hungaroring
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 27/07/13 7:32am
Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have insisted the World Champions still have work to do to their RB9 despite dominating Friday practice at the Hungaroring, with the latter insisting the picture over one lap is "tight" among the top teams.
The team, with growing points advantages in both championship battles, are chasing their third victory in the four races this weekend and made the most auspicious of starts to that quest on the opening day of track action in Budpaest as Vettel lead a one-two in both practice sessions.
However, although acknowledging that the RB9 indeed was looking at home around the tortuous track and with most pundits already installing them as clear favourites for victory on Sunday, neither Vettel nor Webber were feeling completely comfortable yet.
"It was a good day for us. Quite some work in the background, but it's obviously nice when you feel in control of the car and you can do what you like to play around," Vettel told Sky Sports F1.
"The car suits the track and there's still a little room for improvement, so we need to make sure we get everything out of the car tomorrow."
With the two Red Bulls separated by a mere 0.044 seconds at the head of the Practice Two timesheet, Lotus's Romain Grosjean finished third ahead of the two Ferraris.
The top four were covered by 0.162s and Webber argued that Red Bull certainly weren't clear at the front, with the Australian admitting the World Champions needed to keep an eye on two-times World Champion Fernando Alonso in particular.
"It looks pretty tight on one lap. Ferrari are not hanging around. Fernando's always been strong here - I had a race in Formula 3000 with him back in 2000 - so the old dog's still there," Webber suggested.
"We know there are going to be some quick guys and we're not leaving the track in ten minutes - we've got work to do tonight."
Speaking on The F1 Show, Red Bull chief Christian Horner adopted a similarly cautious stance when it was put to him that the team had enjoyed a successful trouble-free day.
Indeed, he insisted that it would be foolish to count any of their usual rivals out of the fight at the front yet.
"There's been a few things that haven't gone right. We had a few things to deal with this morning. It's tight - you never know what fuel loads people are running," Horner argued.
"The usual culprits look like they're going to be up there as well. It's been a track that Lewis [Hamilton] has always excelled at and we take nothing for granted. There's been a lot of data that we've gathered today, it's been a good positive day for us but it doesn't mean anything else for the rest of the weekend at the moment."