Mercedes drivers left with contrasting views
25 July 2014 – Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were left with contrasting views after the opening day of practice in Hungary.
Hamilton set the standard during both of Friday's 90-minute sessions at the Hungaroring, with championship leader Rosberg in close company.
But despite holding the upper hand, Hamilton was left concerned about the state of his tyres after the longer runs, with Pirelli's Soft and Medium selection being challenged by the twisty layout and high temperatures.
"The tyres don't feel very good here," Hamilton explained to reporters.
"[I had] very poor grip out there. I don't know if it's the tyres or the track, but it's pretty bad."
For Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 14 points heading into the weekend, the first day felt smoother.
"For me it's been a very good day," said Rosberg, who trailed Hamilton by 0.238 seconds.
"It's always a challenge here. It's like a street circuit; one corner after the other, the kerbs and the bumps.
"I was just finding my way today and in the end I was pretty pleased with the car."
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was Mercedes' closest challenger on Friday, six tenths adrift.