Ferrari’s shining form looks set to continue in Hungary, with Felipe Massa more than a full second clear of Fernando Alonso (Renault) in afternoon practice on Friday.
With temperatures still unseasonably cool, title protagonist Michael Schumacher’s young teammate – Massa – set his sterling time around the 20-minute mark.
Runners for both Bridgestone and Michelin, however, appeared to struggle with tyre graining, although the situation is expected to improve as the weekend rolls on.
Massa’s best lap, meanwhile, was set with a new set of boots, while Schumacher – two seconds behind – stuck with old ones.
Christijan Albers endured a tricky second session in Budapest after the Dutchman stopped his MF1 in the second sector with apparent mechanical gremlins.
Williams’ ‘Friday’ driver Alex Wurz had an off-track excursion, as did Giancarlo Fisichella in a chicane, while Renault teammate Alonso returned to his fist-waving ways after getting blocked by the third Red Bull of Robert Doornbos, who was fourth.